Kemp Moves Onto LA Range Factor Charts

The Dodgers outfield ranked far down the list of National League teams in 2009 but center fielder Matt Kemp earned a tie for fourth place on the Los Angeles portion of the Top 10.

Kemp averaged 2.53 plays in center during the season and now trails only Willie Davis, who holds the top three slots and Brett Butler. He is deadlocked with Jimmy Winn (1974) in fourth place. Manny Ramirez, who was 1.90 in 2008, dipped to 1.57 last year.

Pierre slid from 2.35 in 2007 to 1.81 in '08 and recorded a 1.28 in 2009 in limited action. Ethier, sixth in the league with a 1.88 mark, had a 2.12 in 2007, then slid to 1.83, next to last on the league list.

While the Dodgers are planning on Blake DeWitt to take over, or share, the second base position in 2010,his Range Factors seem to indicate he is superior fielding third baseman. He led the National League at that position in 2007. While at second base in 2008, he ranked in the lower half of the league. DeWitt was the first league-leader and the first third baseman listed since Adrian Beltré in 2000.

Multiple leaders in Range Factor from the Brooklyn era include second baseman George Cutshaw in 1913-14-15 and Pee Wee Reese in 1941-42 and 1948. Only two Dodgers outfielders have topped the league: Pete Reiser in 1941 and Willie Davis in 1965.

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.

Overall, Dodgers fielders did not rank well against the rest of the National League in 2009. Among those who played 1,000 innings, Orlando Hudson held fourth place among second basemen (4.84) and Casey Blake was fourth at third base with a 2.53.

By the way, Andy LaRoche led the National League at third base with a 3.02 mark after being traded to the Pirates in 2009 in a deal that brought Ramirez to L.A. That would have earned him a slot in the all-time Top 10 had he stayed in Dodger Blue.

Rafael Furcal was fifth at shortstop last season and his Range Factor bumped up a bit from 4.20 in 2009 to 4.25; Ethier sixth in right field and Ramirez eighth in left.

Included are the Dodgers who did not quality as "regulars" on the list. DeWitt had an excellent 6.75 mark at second but saw only brief action.

National League leaders included Kaz Matsui of Houston 5.33 at second base; Washington's Chris Guzman at shortstop (4.59), LaRoche at third, Josh Winningham, Florida (2.17) in left; Mike Cameron of Milwaukee (2.90) in center and former Dodger Jayson Werth of Philadelphia (2.36) 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 Records
Brooklyn Range Factors are not as accurate, since no record of innings played was kept until recent years and total 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 of the early 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
(minimum 1,000 innings):

  Second base
5.33—Kaz Matsui, Houston
5.13—Clint Barmes, Colorado
5.05—Chase Utley, Philadelphia
4.90—Kelly Johnson, Atlanta
4.87—Skip Schumaker, St. Louis
4.84—ORLANDO HUDSON, Los Angeles
4.84—Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati
4.79—Luis Castillo, New York
4.56—David Eckstein, San Diego
4.43—Dan Uggla, Florida

 Other Dodgers (gms)
7.00—Tony Abreu (1)
6.75—Blake DeWitt (2)
5.68—Mark Loretta (3)
5.04—Juan Castro (20)
3.10—Ron Belliard (10)

 Third base
3.02—Andy LaRoche, Pittsburg
2.97—Ryan Zimmerman, Washington
2.83—Pedro Feliz, Philadelphia
2.81—CASEY BLAKE, Los Angeles
2.65—Mark Reynolds, Arizona
2.51—David Wright, NY Mets
2.50—Emilio Bonifacio, Florida
2.40-Aramis Ramirez, Chicago
2.37—Ian Stewart, Colorado
2.32—Kevin Kauzmanoff, San Diego
2.32—Pablo Sandoval, San Franicsco
2.32—Chipper Jones, Atlanta
2.27—Geoff Blum, Houston

  Dodgers       (gms)
1.000—Tony Abreu (1)
2.87—Mark Loretta (23)
2.78—Juan Castro (8)
2.38—Blake DeWitt (14)
2.37—Ron Belliard (10)
0.00—Russell Martin (1)

 Shortstop
4.59—Chris Guzman, Washington
4.52—Miguel Tejada, Houston
4.51—Troy Tulowitzski, Colorado
4.47—Yuniel Escobar, Atlanta
4.25—RAFAEL FURCAL, Los Angeles
4.24—Ryan Theriot, Chicago
4.22—Steve Drew, Arizona
4.07—Hanley Ramirez, Florida
3.96—Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia
3.85—Edgar Renteria, San Francisco

 Dodgers (gms)
3.38-Blake DeWitt (28)
3.12—Juan Castro (2)
1.38—Chin Lung Hu (3)

 Left Field
2.17—Josh Winningham, Florida
2.06—Ryan Braun, Milwaukee 
2.02—Chase Headley, San Diego 
1.88—Alfonso Soriano, Chicago 
1.86—Chris Coghlan, Florida
1.84—Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia
1.73—Garrett Anderson, Atlanta
1.57—MANNY RAMIREZ, Los Angeles
1.56—Carlos Lee, Houston

 Dodgers (gms)
1.78—Juan Pierre (94)
0.00—Casey Blake (2)
0.00—Juan Castro (2)

 Center Field
2.90—Mike Cameron, Milwaukee
2.81—Carlos Beltran, NY Mets
2.59—Michael Bourn, Houston
2.56—Chris Young, Arizona
2.53—MATT KEMP, Los Angeles
2.43—Aaron Rowand, Philadelphia
2.33—Shane Victorino, Philadelphia

 Dodgers (gms)
2.47—Juan Pierre (15)
1.00—Jason Repko (3)

 Right Field
2.36—Jayson Werth, Philadelphia
2.27—Juston Upton, Arizona
2.22—Randy Winn, San Francisco
2.17—Hunter Pence, Houston
1.99—Milton Bradley, Chicago
1.88—ANDRE ETHIER, Los Angeles 
1.84—Ryan Ludwick, St. Louis
1.84—Cory Hart, Milwaukee
1.63—Brad Hawpe, Colorado

 Dodgers (gms)
3.09—Jamie Hoffmann (5)
2.57—Mitch Jones (1)
1.80—Matt Kemp (7)
1.29—Jason Repko (3)
0.75—Xavier Paul (3)

 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
2.53 - Matt Kemp, 2009

2.51 - Willie Davis, 1962
2.48 - Brett Butler, 1992
2.48 - Willie Davis, 1970
2.46 - Dave Roberts, 2002

  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
 *-League Leaders

  Other league leaders: SS Pee Wee Reese,
(1941, 1952, 1948); 3B Joe Stripp, (1933).

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