Kemp, Ethier Low on Range Factor Charts

The Dodgers outfield ranked far down the list of National League teams in 2009, then slipped even more in 2010 when Matt Kemp finished 10th among 11 center fielders and Andre Ethier was eighth of eight in right field. Surprisingly, Manny Ramirez, during his limited time in the outfield, would have tied for fifth had he played enough innings.

Kemp, who earned a Gold Glove in 2009 with a sparkling 2.53 mark, didn't receive a vote for the award in 2010, sliding to 2.23. Including the American League center fielders, Kemp finished 18th of the 19 who played the required 1,000 innings.

Due to injuries, the Dodgers had no qualifiers at second base, shortstop or left field.

Blake DeWitt fashioned a 5.03 range factor at second base, which would have been good enough for fourth place in the league, before being traded to Chicago. His totals, including with Chicago, were 4.83 compared to a 4.49 for his replacement, Ryan Theriot, who was traded to St. Louis.

Casey Blake finished sixth in the National League with a 2.52 plays per game mark at third base.

Rafael Furcal finished 200 innings short of qualifying at with a 4.52 average, which would have been good enough for third place among shortstops.

Multiple leaders in Range Factor from the Brooklyn era include second baseman George Cutshaw in 1913-14-15 and Pee Wee Reese in 1941-42 and 1948. Only two Dodgers outfielders have topped the league: Pete Reiser in 1941 and Willie Davis in 1965.

Range Factors are the number of plays made per nine innings and is computed by adding putouts and assists and then dividing the total by games played. Since the actual innings played are now available, the exact ‘games' played is found by dividing the innings played by nine. Range Factors do not work at first base and catcher for obvious reasons.

Los Angeles all time leaders include: Second baseman Steve Sax (5.45), shortstop Don Zimmer (5.59), third baseman Ron Cey (3.29), right fielder J.D. Drew (2.31), center fielder Willie Davie (2.68) and left fielder Eric Davis (2.21).

Brooklyn Records
Brooklyn Range Factors are not as accurate, since no record of innings played was kept until recent years and total games were used to determine the average. Then, too, the difference in play has made many of them higher than the modern fielders.

There are many more strikeouts in today's games, cutting down chances in the field. A 15% increase in strikeouts drops a range factor of 5.80 to 5.08.

Then, too, for many of the early years, umpires kept battered and discolored baseballs in play until they were soft, allowing pitchers to allow more balls in play without as much danger of them being hit over the fence or in the gaps.

Splitting the rankings by position does not do justice to Jimmy Johnston, who in 1933 played 84 games at second and 52 at short -- not enough games to qualify for ether position. But between the two difficult spots he fielded a brilliant 6.49 (6.73 at short and 6.10 at second). He is awarded the all-time utility man record.

Brooklyn leaders include second baseman Pete Kilduff (5.92), shortstop Bill Dahlen (6.30), third baseman Lave Cross (3.79) and outfielder Jigger Statz (3.16).

Top Five 2008 N.L. Range Factors
(minimum 1,000 innings):

  Second base
5.31—Orlando Hudson, Minnesota
5.14—Chase Utley, Philadelphia
5.05—Skip Schumaker, St.Louis
*5.03—Brad DeWitt, Los Angeles
4.42—David Eckstein, San Diego
4.95—Martin Prado, Atlanta
 *Only 628 innings

 Third base
2.90—Placido Polanco, Philadelphia
2.87—Scott Roland, Cincinnati
2.83—David Wright, NY Mets
2.64—Ian Stewart, Colorado
2.60—Mark Reynolds, Arizona
*2.52—Casey Blake, Los Angeles
 *Finished 6th

 Shortstop
5.07—Troy Tulowitzski, Colorado
5.01—Brendon Ryan, St. Louis
*4.52—Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles
4.49—Ian Desmond, Washington
4.33—Starlin Castro, Chicago
4.33—Ronny Cedeno, Pittsburgh
 *Only 800 innings

 Left Field
*2.02—Scott Podsednik, Los Angeles
1.93—Ryan Braun, Milwaukee
1.90—Matt Holliday, St. Louis
1.76—Jonny Gomes, Cincinnati
1.75—Josh Winningham, Florida
**1.75—Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles
 *Only 272 innings
 **Only 369 innings

 Center Field
2.85—Chris Young, Arizona
2.78—Michael Bourn, Houston
2.73—Nyjer Morgan, Washington
2.69—Marlon Byrd, Chicago
2.64—Shane Victorino, Philadelphia
*2.23—MATT KEMP, Los Angeles
 *10th among 11 N.L. center fielders

 Right Field
2.63—Jay Bruce, Cincinnati
2.41—Mike Stanton, Florida
2.29—Hunter Pence, Houston
2.14—Justin Upton, Arizona
1.98—Jayson Werth, Philadelphia
*1.79—Andre Ethier, Los Angeles
 *8th among 8 N.L. right fielders

 LOS ANGELES RECORDS 
 Second base
5.45 - Steve Sax, 1984
5.44 - Delino DeShields, 1994
5.41 - Alex Cora, 2003
5.37 - Jeff Kent, 2006
5.36 - Steve Sax, 1982

5.29 - Charlie Neal, 1959
5.27 - Jeff Kent, 2005
5.26 - *Jody Reed, 1993
5.20 - Ted Sizemore, 1969
5.19 - Steve Sax, 1986

 Shortstop
5.59 - *Don Zimmer, 1958
5.26 - *Bill Russell, 1972
5.17 - *Maury Wills, 1965
5.12 - Alfredo Griffin, 1991
5.05 - Maury Wills, 1969

5.02 - Bill Russell, 1978
5.00 - Rafael Furcal, 2006
4.96 - Bill Russell, 1973
4.96 - Rafael Furcal, 2007
4.95 - Bill Russell, 1977

 Third base
3.29 - Ron Cey, 1974
3.16 - Ron Cey, 1977
3.10 - *Blake DeWitt, 2008
3.09 - Ron Cey, 1976
3.09 - Mike Sharperson, 1990
3.06 - *Bill Sudakis, 1969

3.04 - Ron Cey, 1981
3.01 - Ron Cey, 1973
2.97 - Adrian Beltré, 2004
2.92 - *Adrian Beltré, 2000
2.87 - Ron Cey, 1975

 Left Field
2.21 - Eric Davis, 1993
2.14 - Kirk Gibson, 1988
2.10 - Bill Buckner, 1976
2.07 - Dusty Baker, 1980
2.04 - Kal Daniels, 1990

2.02 - Dusty Baker, 1979
1.94 - Kal Daniels, 1991
1.90 - Brian Jordan, 2002
1.89 - Dusty Baker, 1981
1.87 - Dusty Baker, 1981

 Center field
2.68 - *Willie Davis, 1964
2.62 - Willie Davis, 1971
2.62 - Willie Davis, 1972
2.56 - Brett Butler, 1994
2.53 - Jimmy Wynn, 1974
2.53 - Matt Kemp, 2009

2.51 - Willie Davis, 1962
2.48 - Brett Butler, 1992
2.48 - Willie Davis, 1970
2.46 - Dave Roberts, 2002

  Right Field
2.31 - J.D. Drew, 2006
2.22 - Raul Mondesi, 1996
2.20 - Shawn Green, 2002
2.19 - Raul Mondesi, 1997
2.16 - Raul Mondesi, 1995

2.12 - Andre Ethier, 2007
2.04 - Pedro Guerrero, 1982
2.04 - Raul Mondesi, 1999
2.04 - Shawn Green, 2001
1.99 - Raul Mondesi, 1994

  BROOKLYN RECORDS

 Second base
5.92 - Pete Kilduff, 1921
5.91 - *Tony Cuccinello, 1932
5.88 - Whitey Alperman, 1907
5.88 - *George Cutshaw, 1914
5.87 - Tony Cuccinello, 1934

5.78 - *George Cutshaw, 1913
5.75 - Pete Kilduff, 1920
5.69 - *Ed Stanky, 1945
5.65 - *George Cutshaw, 1915
5.60 - John Partridge, 1927

 Shortstop
6.30 - Bill Dahlen, 1900
6.08 - Ivy Olson, 1921
5.82 - Bill Dahlen, 1901
5.67 - Ivy Olson, 1919
5.66 - *Tony Smith, 1910

5.66 - Glenn Wright, 1930
5.60 - Bill Dahlen, 1903
5.60 - Dave Bancroft, 1928
5.57 - Lonny Frey, 1934
5.49 - John Butler, 1926

 Third base
3.79 - Lave Cross, 1900
3.36 - *Gus Getz, 1915
3.27 - Charles Irwin, 1902
3.26 - Red Smith, 1912
3.25 - Ed Zimmerman, 1911

3.21 - Charles Irwin, 1902
3.21 - Ollie O'Mara, 1918
3.20 - Charles Irwin, 1901
3.16 - Jimmy Johnston, 1921
3.17 - Billy Cox, 1949

 Outfield
3.16 - Jigger Statz, 1927
2.98 - Eddie Brown, 1925
2.96 - John Frederick, 1929
2.91 - Hy Myers, 1918
2.90 - Augie Galan, 1943

2.86 - John Frederick, 1930
2.83 - Hy Myers, 1919
2.83 - Goody Rosen, 1945
2.81 - John Frederick, 1931
2.78 - *Pete Reiser, 1941
 *-League Leaders Other league leaders: SS Pee Wee Reese,
(1941, 1952, 1948) and 3B Joe Stripp, (1933).

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