Kent and Furcal Move Onto DP Charts

Dodger fans reminisce about the Alex Cora and Cesar Izturis acrobatic double plays during the 2004 season. They turned 187 double plays and Adrian Beltré added 32 DPs at third base in what was the tightest infield in Dodger history.

However, as far as double plays go, the 2003 entry was even better with Cora and Izturis totaling 206, second in Dodger history, and Beltré recording 33, also second in LA.

In 2006, Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal combined for 190 double plays, fourth in Los Angeles and 11th all-time. In doing so, Furcal wracked up 117 to set a new L.A. record, topping Bill Russell's 106 set in 1973.

The most prolific Los Angeles combination was Charlie Neal, who earns three different spots on the list, at second and Don Zimmer at short in 1958, the Dodgers' first season in California. The team turned a record 198 DPs while finishing in seventh place

The top double play combination in club history is (surprise!) the Jackie Robinson-Pee Wee Reese combination that combined for 243 DPs in 1951 and 227 in 1950. The duo is represented four times in the top 15 performances.

Ron Cey holds the top third base mark with 39 double plays in 1973, topping the legendary Billy Cox who was involved in 35, although having eight fewer games scheduled in which to accomplish the total.

The fewest DPs in Los Angeles, excluding strike seasons, is 106 in 1973. The low mark came in Brooklyn in 1908 when they only turned 66.

Team Fielding The Dodgers had a remarkable defense 2004, a season in which the team made a franchise-low 73 errors. This is only the second time in the history of the franchise that a team was under the 100+ mark in error.

The team fielding average of .988 was also the highest in the Dodgers' 115 years in the National League.

The 2002 Dodgers were charged with only 90 boots. The L.A. low mark is an incredible 170 in 1964.

In 2006, the club finished the season with a .982 fielding percentage (third best in Los Angeles), making 115 errors and turning 174 double plays.

To say the club missed Adrian Beltré at third base is a huge understatement. In 2005 the Dodgers turned 27 double plays and made 25 errors; in 2006 the number was even worse: 34 boosts and 30 DPs. In Beltre's three best seasons he recorded 93 double plays.

The 2004 team's .988 percentage tops the charts, the 2002 is the second highest (.985) and the 2001 and 2003 are tied for the fourth best percentage (.981).

The best Brooklyn fielding mark was .982 in 1952. The 1905 team, who compiled a 48—104 record, contributed to that dismal mark with 408 errors. The 1951 team made 192 double plays.

Those numbers demonstrate the very long way Major League teams have come. The Brooklyn teams of 1892, 1891 and 1890 made 398 (just over three errors a game), 358 and 319 errors -- but still led the National League in fielding.

The top double play combinations:
  Los Angeles

221—Neal 121, Zimmer 100, 1958
206—Cora 112, Izturis 94, 2003
196—Lopes 90, Russell 106, 1973
190— Kent 73, Furcal 117, 2006
187—Cora 91, Izturis 96, 2004

180—Lefebvre 91, Wills 89, 1965
179—Lopes 88, Russell 91, 1978
176—Lopes 74, Russell 102, 1977
172—Reed 76, Offerman 95, 1993
167—Neal 63, Wills 104, 1961

166—DeShields 79, Gagné 87, 1996
165—Young 111, Gagné 54, 1997
162—Sax 99, Anderson, 63, 1984
156—Neal 78, Wills 78, 1960
155—Lefebvre 69, Wills 86, 1971

   All-Time

243—Robinson 137, Reese 106, 1951
227—Robinson 133, Reese 94, 1950
222—Stanky 123, Reese 99, 1949
221—Neal 121, Zimmer 100, 1958
212—Robinson 199, Reese 93, 1949

206—Cora 112, Izturis 94, 2003
196—Cuccinello 113, Wright 83, 1932
196—Herman 97, Reese 99, 1942
196—Lopes 90, Russell 106, 1973
192—Stanky 88, Reese 104, 1946

190—Kent 73, Furcal 117, 2006
187—Cora 91, Izturis 96, 2004
185—Gilliam 102, Reese 83
180—Cuccinello 113, Wright 83, 1932
176—Robinson 83, Reese 93, 1948
176—Lopes 74, Reese 102, 1977

    Third base 
  Los Angeles      All-time
39—Cey, 1973      39—Cey, 1973
33—Beltré, 2003   35—Cox, 1950
32—Beltré, 2004   33—Johnston, 1921
30—Beltré, 2000   33—Beltré, 2003
29—Cey, 1977      32—Beltré, 2004

29—Hamilton, 1988 29—Hamilton, 1988
27—Zeile, 1997    28—Lavagetto, 1939
26—Sudakis, 1969  28—Cox, 1949
26—Cey, 1974      27—Gilbert, 1930
25—Cey, 1978      27—Zeile, 1997
25—Cey, 1979      26—Lavagetto, 1938
25—Anderson, '89  26—Jorgensen, '47
26—Sudakis, 1969
26—Cey, 1974

  Individual records:

    Los Angeles

  Second base       Shortstop
121—Neal, 1958     117—Furcal, 2206
112—Cora, 2003     106—Russell, 1973
111—Young, 1997    104—Wills, 1961
110—Neal, 1959     102—Russell, 1977
 99—Sax, 1984      100—Zimmer, 1958 

 92—Sax, 1987       97—Grudzielanek, 2000 
 91—Lefebvre, 1965  96—Izturis, 2004
 91—Cora, 2004      95—Offerman, 1993
 90—Lopes, 1973     94—Izturis, 2003
 88—Lopes, 1978     91—Russell, 1978  

  All-time

  Second base          Shortstop
137—Robinson, 1951    106—Reese, 1951
133—Robinson, 1950    104—Reese, 1946
128—Cuccinello, 1936   99—Reese, 1942
121—Neal, 1958         99—Reese, 1947
123—Stanky, 1947        94—Reese, 1950

119—Robinson, 1949      93—Reese, 1948
113—Cuccinello, 1932    93—Reese, 1949
113—Robinson,  1952     93—Reese, 1948
112—Cora, 2003          90—Durocher, 1938
111—Young, 1997         89—Reese, 1952

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