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 1983Leaders 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