Saito and Martin Top N.L. Win Shares List

A Dodger battery, closer Takashi Saito and catcher Russell Martin, led the National League in Win Shares at their positions. It is the second title for Saito. He recorded 14 Win Shares in '06 and 16 this season. Martin finished third with 16 in 2006, although he only played part of the season, and his 24 WS topped the league this season.

Starter Brad Penny, after leading the league much of the season, slipped a bit in the final weeks and recorded 21 WS, second on the team and third in the N.L. Penny was 17th in 2006. Other starters included Chad Billingsley, 17th, Derek Lowe 21st (after finishing 10th last year) and Randy Wolf 19th, a solid performance considering he went down for the count after the All-Star break.

Jeff Kent, a master of consistency, was sixth among N.L second basemen. Rafael Furcal, second in '06 with 27 WS, was 10th in 2007, limited because of injuries. Wilson Betemit (20th), Tony Abreu (22nd) and Andy LaRoche 24th) were the highest-scoring third basemen.

James Loney, recalled from Las Vegas on Jun 10, racked up 17 WS and finished 10th in the league at first base. Nomar Garciaparra, who collected only 11 WS, was ranked 14th after finishing seventh in 2006 with 18.

Los Angeles outfielders didn't fare well. Andre Ethier was the leader, despite not playing regularly. He was 26th. Juan Pierre slipped from 21st with Chicago last year to 30th in '07. Luis Gonzalez was 30th.

Jonathan Broxton ranked 12th among relief pitchers for the second season in succession. Joe Beimel (37th) and Rudy Seanez (34th) were the only other members of the bullpen in the top 50 rankings.

Win Shares, a concept of Bill James, is a bit more inclusive way of measuring a players performance than Runs Created. The statistic allows comparison between players at different positions and represents the number of wins contributed by that player over a given season.

Win Shares are divided into batting (which includes base stealing), fielding and Pitching. They are adjusted for ballpark and for conditions, since runs is harder to score in Dodger Stadium than in Coors Field.

One point must be made: Win Shares measures contribution, not talent. If a player has a career year and hits, 45 home runs, he receives full credit for those home runs. The fact that he's never going to do it again doesn't figure into the totals.

The 2007 Dodgers are listed in order and the all-time top 10 performances and the top 10 by position are included.
 
 2007 Dodger Win Shares

24 - Russell Martin c
21 - Brad Penny p
18 - Jeff Kent 2b
16 - James Loney 1b
16 - Takashi Saito p
15 - Rafael Furcal ss
14 - Andre Ethier of
13 - Juan Pierre of
13 - Luis Gonzalez of
12 - Chad Billingsley
11 - Nomar Garciaparra 1b-3b
11 - Matt Kemp of
11 - Derek Lowe p
10 - Jonathan Broxton
 6 - Joe Beimel p
 6 - Rudy Seanez p
 6 - Randy Wolf p
 5 - Wilson Betemit
 4 - Tony Abreu, inf
 3 - Scott Proctor p
 2 - Mark Hendrickson
 2 - Andy LaRoche 3b
 2 - David Wells
 2 - Delwyn Young

  One each -  Shea Hillenbrand, D. J. Houlton, 
Chin-Lung Hu, Ramon Martinez, Eric Stults, Chin-Hu 
Tsao, Wilson Valdez. 
  No Win Shares-- Marlon Anderson, Yhency Brazoban, 
Brady Clark, Roberto Hernandez, Eric Hull, Mike 
Liebenthal, Jon Meloan, Olmedo Saenz, Jason Schmidt, 
Mark Sweeney, Chad Moeller. 
  Minus 1 Win Share-- Brett Tomko, Hong-Chih Kuo, 
Esteban Loaiza.
Dodger top 10
Catcher Mike Piazza and outfielder Duke Snider lead the Los Angeles and Brooklyn lists with 39 Win Share each. Second baseman Jackie Robinson recorded 38 in 1951, while third baseman Adrian Beltré (2004) and Snider (1953) scored 37 Win Shares.

Dazzy Vance scored 36 in 1924 and Sandy Koufax had 35 in 1966 to top the pitching department. Koufax also had 33 in 1965 and 32 in 1963 to close out all the pitchers among the top 10.
 Top 10 performances

 Los Angeles	                Brooklyn

39—Mike Piazza c 1997	      39—Duke Snider of 1954
37—Adrian Beltré 3b 2004      38—Jackie Robinson 2B 1951
36—Tommy Davis of 1962	      37—Duke Snider of 1953
35—Sandy Koufax p 1966	      36—Dazzy Vance p 1924
35—Pedro Guerrero of 1985     36—Jackie Robinson 2b 1949

34—Shawn Green of 2001	      36—Duke Snider of 1955 
33—Sandy Koufax p 1965	      35—Zach Wheat of 1924
33—Mike Piazza c 1996	      35—Harry Lumley of 1906
32—Maury Wills ss 1962	      34—Dan Brouthers 1b 1892
32—Sandy Koufax p 1963	      34—Jake Fournier 1b 1924
32—Jimmy Wynn of 1974	      34—Pete Reiser of 1941
32—Pete Guerrero of 1983
Leaders by position
Martin's 24 Win Shares gives him the No. 9 spot on the Los Angeles catching chart. Furcal's 27 in 2006 was the fourth best in L.A. history.

Not surprisingly, Sandy Koufax holds the top three spots on the L.A. list and is second and third on the all-time charts, trailing only Dazzy Vance's 36 WS recorded in 1924.

Mike Piazza and Roy Campanella have their fingerprints all over the catching list; Steve Garvey is ranked seven times at first base; Jackie Robinson has the all-time 1-2-3-5 marks at second base; Maury Wills and Pee Wee Reese dominate at shortstop; Adrian Beltré and Ron Cey own third base and Duke Snider's excellence shows in four of the 10 all-time totals.
  Los Angeles	                 All-Time

  Pitchers
35—Sandy Koufax p 1966	      36—Dazzy Vance p 1924
33—Sandy Koufax p 1965	      35—Sandy Koufax p 1966
32—Sandy Koufax p 1963	      33—Sandy Koufax p 1965
28—Andy Messersmith, 1975     32—Ed Pfeiffer, 1916
27—Don Drysdale, 1965	      32—Burleigh Grimes, 1920
			      32—Dazzy Vance, 1928
26—Don Drysdale, 1964	      32—Sandy Koufax, 1963
26—Claude Osteen, 1969	
26—Bill Singer, 1969          31—Nap Rucker, 1911
25—Don Drysdale, 1960	      30—Ed Stein, 1892
25—Andy Messersmith, 1974     30—Jim Hughes, 1899
25—Orel Hershiser, 1988	      29—Tom Lovitt, 1891
25—Eric Gagné, 2003	      29—Bill Kennedy, 1893
		              29—Burleigh Grimes, 1921

 Catchers
39—Mike Piazza, 1997	      39—Mike Piazza, 1997
33—Mike Piazza, 1996	      33—Roy Campanella, 1951
31—Mike Piazza, 1993          33—Roy Campanella, 1953
29—Joe Ferguson, 1973         33—Mike Piazza, 1996
28—Paul Lo Duca, 2001	      31—Mike Piazza, 1993

27—Tom Haller, 1968	      29—Joe Ferguson, 1973
27—Mike Piazza, 1995	      28—Roy Campanella, 1955
26—Mike Scioscia, 1985	      28—Paul Lo Duca, 2001
24—Russell Martin, 2007	      27—Tom Haller, 1968
21—John Roseboro, 1966	      27—Mike Piazza, 1995
21—Mike Piazza, 1994	      26—Mike Scioscia, 1985
	
 First base 	
31—Eddie Murray, 1990	      34—Dan Brouthers,1892
29—Wes Parker, 1970           34—Jake Fournier, 1924
27—Steve Garvey, 1974	      33—Lefty O'Doul, 1932
26—Steve Garvey, 1976	      31—Eddie Murray, 1990
25—Steve Garvey, 1975	      30—Augie Galan, 1945
25—Steve Garvey, 1978	
25—Steve Garvey, 1979	      29—Jake Fournier, 1924
25—Eric Karros, 1995          29—Dolph Camilli, 1941
	                      29—Wes Parker, 1970 
22—Steve Garvey, 1979         29—Gil Hodges, 1954           
22—Steve Garvey, 1980         28—Dolph Camilli, 1939 
22—Eric Karros, 1998	      28—Dolph Camilli, 1942
	                        28—Dolph Camilli, 1942
	        
  Second base  	
31—Steve Sax, 1986            38—Jackie Robinson, 1951
29—B Grabarkewitz,1970	      36—Jackie Robinson, 1949
28—Jim Gilliam, 1963          34—Jackie Robinson, 1952
28—Jeff Kent, 2005            31—Steve Sax, 1986     
27—Davey Lopes, 1979	      29—Jackie Robinson, 1950
		              29—B Grabarkewitz,1970
             	
26—Davey Lopes, 1978	      28—Hub Collins, 1890            
25—Charlie Neal, 1959	      28—Tom Daly, 1899               
25—Jim Lefebvre, 1966	      28—Andy High, 1924             
24—Davey Lopes, 1975	      28—Ed Stanky, 1946              
24—Davey Lopes, 1977          28—Jim Gilliam, 1956
24-Steve Sax, 1988	      28—Jim Gilliam, 1963

  Shortstop
32—Maury Wills, 1962	      32—PeeWee Reese, 1949
28—Maury Wills, 1965	      32—Maury Wills, 1962
27—Maury Wills, 1963	      28—Arky Vaughan, 1943
27—Rafael Furcal, 2006	      28—Maury Wills, 1965
25—Cesar Izturis, 2004	      27—Pee Wee Reese, 1942
     	                      27—Maury Wills, 1965
		              27—Rafael Furcal, 2006
21—Maury Wills, 1961	
20—Maury Wills, 1964	      26—Pee Wee Reese, 1946
20—Greg Gagné, 1996	      26—Pee Wee Reese, 1947
19—Maury Wills, 1971	      26—Pee Wee Reese, 1954
	
		
  Third base           
37—Adrian Beltré, 2004	      37—Adrian Beltré, 2004
32—Pedro Guerrero, 1983	      32—Pedro Guerrero, 1982
29—Dick Allen, 1971           29—Dick Allen, 1971       
28—Adrian Beltré, 2001	      28—Adrian Beltré, 2001
27—Ron Cey, 1975       	      27—Billy Herman, 1943       
27—Ron Cey, 1976       	      27—Ron Cey, 1975 
		              27—Ron Cey, 1976 
      
25—Ron Cey, 1978       	       25—Ron Cey, 1978        
25—Ron Cey, 1979       	       25—Ron Cey, 1979          
23—Ron Cey, 1974      	       23—Cookie Lavagetto, 1939  
23—Ron Cey, 1980       	       23—Ron Cey, 1974       
		               23—Ron Cey, 1980       		
  Outfield             
36—Tommy Davis, 1962	       39—Duke Snider, 1954
35—Pedro Guerrero, 1985	       37—Duke Snider, 1953
34—Shawn Green, 2001	       36—Duke Snider, 1955
31—Kirk Gibson, 1988	       36—Tommy Davis, 1962
31—Gary Sheffield, 2000	       35—Harry Lumley, 1906
30—Gary Sheffield, 2001	       35—Zach Wheat, 1924
  
30—Shawn Green, 2002	       35—Pedro Guerrero, 1985
30—Pedro Guerrero, 1982	       34—Pete Reiser, 1941
29—Tommy Davis, 1963	       34—Duke Snider, 1956
29—Reggie Smith, 1977	       34—Shawn Green, 2001

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