Furcal Second in N.L. in Range Factor

The injured ankle shortstop Rafael Furcal suffered during spring training slowed his offensive efforts but it didn't effect his fielding and he finished the season second in Range Factor to Colorado;s Troy Tulowitzski (and ahead of Gold Glover Jimmy Rollins of Philadelphia). Furcal's 4.96 plays per nine innings also moved him into ninth place on the all-time Los Angeles chart.

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.

Jeff Kent was fourth in the N.L. in 2005 with a 5.27 RF at second base. His range has steadily decreased since them and in 2007 he had slipped to 12th in the league with a 4.67 mark. The half a play per game loss makes quite a difference over a 162-game schedule.

The Dodgers didn't have an entry on the third base chart. Eight different players took their turns over the year with Wilson Betemit playing 53 games(2.04 RF), Nomar Garciaparra 43 games (2.44), Andy LaRoche 30 games (2.66) and Tony Abreu 28 games during which he recorded a sparkling 3.27 Range Factor. Had he completed the necessary number of innings to qualify, he would have led the league by a full .20 per game and would have ranked just .02 behind Ron Cey at the top of the Dodgers list.

In the outfield, Andre Ethier proved himself a more competent outfielder than many would have thought. He was ninth in right field with a 2.12 mark, and had an even better 2.21 over 60 games in left field. Luis Gonzalez made 1.77 plays per nine innings and was tied for eighth.

In center field, Juan Pierre had a poor a Range Factor, ranking dead last among qualifiers with a 2.35 RF. Matt Kemp, who played both left and right, had a 1.90 rating in right field.

National League leaders included Kaz Matsui of Colorado at second and teammate Tulowitzski at shortstop; Ryan Zimmerman of Washington at third; Geoff Jenkins of Milwaukee in left; Nook Logan of Washington in center and Cory Hart of Milwaukee in right.

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 Range Factors are not as accurate, since no record of innings played was kept until recent years. 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.

For many years, umpires kept battered and discolored baseballs in play until they were soft, allowing pitchers to allow more balls in play without danger of them being hit over the fence.

Dividing 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. 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: second baseman Pete Kilduff (5.92), shortstop Bill Dahlen (6.30), third baseman Lave Cross (3.79) and outfielder Jigger Statz (3.16).
 N.L. Range Factors

  Second base
5.33—Kaz Matsui, Colo
5.24—Adam Kennedy, StL
5.10—Chase Utley, Phil
5.08—Marcus Giles, SD

5.04—Ron Belliard Wash
4.91—Orlando Hudson, Az
4.89—Freddy Sanchez, Pitt
4.76—Ray Durham, SF
4.76—Kelly Johnson, Atl

4.74—Rick Weeks, Mil
4.72—Dan Uggla, Fla
4.67—Jeff Kent, LA
4.58—Mark DeLaRosa, Chi
4.40—Craig Biggio, Hou

 Other Dodgers (gms)
6.25—Wilson Valdez (12)
5.21—Tony Abreu (25)
3.74—Ramon Martinez (36)

 Third base
3.07—Ryan Zimmerman, Wash
2.99—Scott Rolan, StL
2.92—Jose Bautista, Pitt
2.91—Pedro Feliz, SF
2.87-Aramis Ramirez, Chi

2.73—David Wright, NY
2.51—Miguel Cabrera, Fla
2.50—Ed Encarnacion, Cin
2.38—Kevin Kauzmanoff, SD
2.29—Garrett Atkins, Colo

2.11—Ryan Braun, Mil

 Dodgers       (gms)
3.27—Tony Abreu (28)
3.03—Ramon Martinez (17)
2.86—Shea Hillenbrand (18)
2.66—Andy LaRoche (30)
2.44—Nomar Garciaparra (43)

 Shortstop
5.39—Troy Tulowitzski, Colo
4.96—Rafael Furcal, LA
4.96—Jack Wilson, Pitt
4.52—Dave Eckstein, StL
4.41—Jimmy Rollins, Phil

4.38—Kahali Green, SD
4.30—Felipe Lopez, Wash
4.27—Hanley Ramirez, Fla
4.24—Alex Gonzalez, Cin
4.14—Edgar Renteria, Atl

4.04—Ryan Theriot, Chi
4.00—JJ Hardy, Mil

 Other Dodgers (gms)
5.11—Tony Abreu (7)
4.62—Wilson valdez (12)
4.24—Chin-Lung Hu (10)
3.79—Ramon Martinez, (8)

 Left Field
2.30—Geoff Jenkins, Mil
2.30—Eric Byrnes, Az
2.22—Alfonso Soriano, Chi
2.02—Jason Bay, Pitt
1.97—Matt Holliday, Colo

1.96—Chris Duncan, StL
1.88—Adam Dunn, Cin
1.86-Moises Alou, NY
1.77—Luis Gonzalez, LA
1.77—Carlos Lee, Hou

1.75—Barry Bonds, SF
1.68—Josh Willingham, Fla
1.61—Pat Burrell, Phil

 Other Dodgers (gms)
2.21—Andre Ethier (60)
1.57—Delwyn Young (7)
1.36—Brady Clark (36)

 Center Field
2.98—Nook Logan, Wash
2.87—Carlos Beltran, NY
2.74—Jim Edmonds, StL
2.72—Dave Roberts, SF
2.67—Andruw Jones, Atl

2.64—Aaron Rowand, Phil
2.57—Chris Young, Az
2.52—Mike Cameron, SD
2.35—Juan Pierre, LA

 Other Dodgers (gms)
4.15—Matt Kemp (6)

 Right Field
2.67—Cory Hart, Mil
2.50—Austin Kerns, Wash
2.35—Shane Victorino, Phil
2.32—Jeremy Hermida, Fla
2.29—Ken Griffey, Cin

2.25—Luke Scott, Hou
2.20—Randy Winn, SF
2.16—Jeff Francoeur, Atl
2.12—Andre Ethier, LA
2.01—Shawn Green, NY

1.99—Xavier Nady, Pitt
1.85—Brian Giles, SD
1.84—Juan Encarnacion, StL
1.83—Brad Hawpe, Colo

 Other Dodger (gms)
2.06—Brady Clark (13)
1.90—Matt Kemp (88)

L.A. 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
5.25 - 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
3.09 - 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

  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

 Center field
2.68 - Willie Davis, 1965
2.62 - Willie Davis, 1971
2.62 - Willie Davis, 1972
2.56 - Brett Butler, 1994
2.53 - Jimmy Wynn, 1974

2.51 - Willie Davis, 1962
2.48 - Brett Butler, 1992
2.48 - Willie Davis, 1970
2.46 - Dave Roberts, 2002
2.43 - Ken Landreaux, 1982

 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

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

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