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.
Other than DeWitt, the Dodgers fielders did not rank well against the rest of the National League. Among the qualifiers, second baseman Jeff Kent and left fielder Juan Pierre were 10th; center fielder Matt Kemp was 15th and last and right fielder Andre Ethier was 17th. The Dodgers did not have a shortstop who played the required number of innings.
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 2008 he had slipped to 4.55 mark. The three-quarters of 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 last season. Eight different players took their turns over the year. DeWitt started the season at third, then switched to second when Kent was injured. He had a 4.79 RF at second base and remained there throughout the playoffs.
But before leaving the hot corner he has crafted a 3.10 mark, good for third place on the all-time charts. But the media hammered about the "black hole" at third base, praising Casey Blake when he appeared from Cleveland and provided a 2.51 range factor over 56 games, over a half-play below DeWitt's figure.
When manager Joe Torre used Russell Martin at third base, the All-Star catcher recorded a splendid 2.92 Range Factor.
At shortstop, six different players attempted to fill the gap left by Furcal. Oddly enough, Furcal had the lowest range factor of the six (4.20), trailing Luis Maza and Pablo Ozuna, who had few games at the position but also behind the 4.76 from Chin-Lung Hu in 35 games, a 4.72 by Angel Berroa, who played the most at shortstop, 79 games and Nomar Garciaparra who had a 4.46 mark over his 36 games.
The Dodgers outfield ranked far down the list of National League teams. Pierre slid from 2.35 in 2007 to 1.81 in '08. Ethier, who had a 2.12 last season in right field, slid to 1.83, next to last on the league list and Kemp, who played left and right last year, was dead last among qualifiers in center.
Included are the Dodgers who did not quality as "regulars" on the list. And it would be wise to point out that range factors for a small sample of games can be dramatic -- Andy LaRoche's 6.23 at second base and Jason Repko's 7.00 in center field -- and sometimes gives a distorted representation of their talent.
National League leaders included Adam Kennedy of St. Louis at second, Colorado's Troy Tulowitzski at shortstop, DeWitt at third, Connor Jackson of Arizona in left; Aaron Rowland of Philadelphia in center and Randy Winn of San Francisco 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 and 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 15-18% increase in strikeouts drops a range factor of 5.80 to 5.08.
Then, too, 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).
2008 N.L. Range Factors Second base 5.21—Adam Kennedy, St. Louis 5.18—Chase Utley, Philadelphia 5.16—Kelly Johnson, Atlanta 5.12—Freddy Sanchez, Pittsburgh 5.08—Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati 5.02—Rick Weeks, Milwaukee 4.86—Dan Uggla, Florida 4.82—Orlando Hudson, Arizona 4.57—Kaz Matsui, Houston 4.55—Jeff Kent, L.A. 4.52—Luis Castillo, NY Mets 4.41—Mark DeRosa, Chicago Other Dodgers (gms) 6.23—Andy LaRoche (3) 5.40—Pablo Ozuna (27) 5.06—Delwyn Young (5) 4.79—Blake DeWitt (27) 3.75—Angel Berroa (5) 3.56—Chin-Lung HU (30) Third base 3.10—Blake DeWitt (95) 2.91—Ryan Zimmerman, Washington 2.76—Garrett Atkins, Colorado 2.77—Troy Glaus, St. Louis 2.73—Chipper Jones, Atlanta 2.72—Pedro Feliz, Philadelphia 2.64—Kevin Kauzmanoff, San Diego 2.62—Ty Wiggington, Houston 2.62—Bill Hall, Milwaukee 2.51—David Wright, NY Mets 2.51—Jorge Cantu, Florida 2.25—Mark Reynolds, Arizona 2.23—Ed Encarnacion, Cincinnati 2.16-Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Dodgers (gms) 2.92—Russell Martin (11) 2.74—Nomar Garciaparra (11) 2.51—Casey Blake (56) 2.66—Andy LaRoche (14) 0.00—Pablo Ozuna (1) Shortstop 5.22—Troy Tulowitzski, Colorado 5.07—Jack Wilson, Pittsburgh 4.85—Cesar Izturis, St. Louis 4.79—Yuniel Escobar, Atlanta 4.52—Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia 4.49—Chris Guzman, Washington 4.48—JJ Hardy, Milwaukee 4.40—Hanley Ramirez, Florida 4.19—Kahali Green, San Diego 4.18—Miguel Tejada, Houston 4.07—Jose Reyes, NY Mets 4.00—Jeff Keppinger, Cincinnati 3.95—Steve Drew, Arizona 3.93—Omar Vizquel, San Francisco 3.90—Ryan Theriot, Chicago Dodgers (gms) 6.07—Luis Maza (16) 5.40—Pablo Ozuna (4) 4.76—Chin-Lung Hu (35) 4.72—Angel Berroa (79) 4.46—Nomar Garciaparra (31) 4.20—Rafael Furcal (36) Left Field 2.07—Connor Jackson, Arizona 1.99—Chase Headley, San Diego 1.95—Ryan Braun, Milwaukee 1.93—Adam Dunn, Cincinnati 1.88—Alfonso Soriano, Chicago 1.88—Fred Lewis, San Francisco 1.88—Carlos Lee, Houston 1.82—Matt Holliday, Colorado 1.82—Josh Winningham, Florida 1.81—Juan Pierre, Los Angeles 1.77—Jason Bay, Pittsburgh 1.61—Pat Burrell, Philadelphia Dodgers (gms) 3.00—Jason Repko (12) 1.90—Manny Ramirez (53) 1.88—Delwyn Young (15) 1.66—Andre Ethier (41) 0.00—Pablo Ozuna (2) 0.00—Terry Tiffee (1) 0.00—Mark Sweeney (1) Center Field 2.95—Aaron Rowand, Philadelphia 2.84—Jody Gerut, San Diego 2.75—Cory Patterson, Cincinnati 2.72—Carlos Beltran, NY Mets 2.71—Cory Ross, Florida 2.68—Michael Bourn, Houston 2.66—Nate McLough, Pittsburgh 2.65—Lastings Milledge, Washington 2.61—Willie Tavarez, Colorado 2.60—Jim Edmonds, SD/Colorado 2.58—Chris Young, Arizona 2.55—Rick Ankiel, St. Louis 2.52—Mike Cameron, Milwaukee 2.42—Shane Victorino, Philadelphia 2.39—Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers (gms) 7.00—Jason Repko (2) 2.43—Andruw Jones (66) 2.24—Juan Pierre (18) Right Field 2.55—Randy Winn, San Francisco 2.51—Xavier Nady, Pittsburgh 2.34—Hunter Pence, Houston 2.33—Austin Kerns, Washington 2.32—Ryan Church, NY Mets 2.25—Ryan Ludwick, St. Louis 2.22—Jeremy Hermida, Florida 2.18—Elijah Dukes, Washington 2.06—Jeoff Jenkins, Philadelphia 2.05—Kosuke Fukudome, Chicago 2.04—Jayson Werth, Philadelphia 2.03—Cory Hart, Milwaukee 2.01—Jeff Francoeur, Atlanta 1.99—Brian Giles, San Diego 1.94—Ken Griffey, Cincinnati 1.89—Juston Upton, Arizona 1.83—Andre Ethier, Los Angeles 1.50—Brad Hawpe, Colorado Dodgers (gms) 1.94—Matt Kemp (63) 1.24—Delwyn Young (11) 1.20—Jason Repko (7) 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 2.51 - Willie Davis, 1962 2.48 - Brett Butler, 1992 2.48 - Willie Davis, 1970 2.46 - Dave Roberts, 2002 2.43 - Ken Landreaux, 1982 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 Other league leaders: Pee Wee Reese, (1941, 1952, 1948); Joe Stripp, (1933).