Shortstops of the last 30 years

April 27, 2018
                                                                       121. Larkin

            From 1990 to 1995 the best shortstop in baseball was Barry Larkin.  Dave Concepcion and Barry Larkin both had careers lasting 19 years, entirely in Cincinnati.   Both men played from ages 22 to 40.   Their careers overlap by three seasons, 1986-87-88, so that the Cincinnati shortstop position was in the very capable hands of one or the other for 35 years.  Concepcion didn’t make the Hall of Fame, at least yet, but we should add that to the list of "baton passes", like Ted Williams to Carl Yastrzemski to Jim Rice and DiMaggio to Mantle and Bill Dickey to Yogi Berra.   The guy who preceded Concepcion, Leo Cardenas, was really good, too, although not at the same level.  

              Used to know a guy in Cincinnati who had a dog named Larry Barkin.                

First

Last

YEAR

HR

RBI

Avg

OBA

SPct

OPS

Value

Barry

Larkin

1990

7

67

.301

.358

.396

.753

26.25

Alan

Trammell

1990

14

89

.304

.377

.449

.826

25.19

Cal

Ripken

1990

21

84

.250

.341

.415

.756

23.88

Tony

Fernandez

1990

4

66

.276

.352

.391

.742

19.84

Shawon

Dunston

1990

17

66

.262

.283

.426

.709

18.06

Jay

Bell

1990

7

52

.254

.329

.362

.691

17.42

Ozzie

Smith

1990

1

50

.254

.330

.305

.635

17.40

Kurt

Stillwell

1990

3

51

.249

.304

.352

.656

15.29

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Barry

Larkin

1991

20

69

.302

.378

.506

.884

28.66

Cal

Ripken

1991

34

114

.323

.374

.566

.940

27.43

Ozzie

Smith

1991

3

50

.285

.380

.367

.747

22.10

Jay

Bell

1991

16

67

.270

.330

.428

.757

20.38

Tony

Fernandez

1991

4

38

.272

.337

.360

.697

18.08

Alan

Trammell

1991

9

55

.248

.320

.373

.693

16.83

Shawon

Dunston

1991

12

50

.260

.292

.407

.699

14.87

Greg

Gagne

1991

8

42

.265

.310

.395

.705

14.64

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Barry

Larkin

1992

12

78

.304

.377

.454

.831

30.39

Cal

Ripken

1992

14

72

.251

.323

.366

.689

22.47

Ozzie

Smith

1992

0

31

.295

.367

.342

.708

20.94

Jay

Bell

1992

9

55

.264

.326

.383

.709

20.37

Tony

Fernandez

1992

4

37

.275

.337

.359

.696

17.22

Pat

Listach

1992

1

47

.290

.352

.349

.701

17.19

Mike

Bordick

1992

3

48

.300

.358

.371

.729

14.74

Greg

Gagne

1992

7

39

.246

.280

.346

.626

13.81

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

First

Last

YEAR

HR

RBI

Avg

OBA

SPct

OPS

Value

Barry

Larkin

1993

8

51

.315

.394

.445

.839

26.10

Jay

Bell

1993

9

51

.310

.392

.437

.830

20.61

Cal

Ripken

1993

24

90

.257

.329

.420

.748

19.79

Ozzie

Smith

1993

1

53

.288

.337

.356

.693

19.04

Tony

Fernandez

1993

5

64

.279

.348

.394

.742

16.59

John

Valentin

1993

11

66

.278

.346

.447

.793

16.49

Alan

Trammell

1993

12

60

.329

.388

.496

.885

15.64

Andujar

Cedeno

1993

11

56

.283

.346

.412

.758

14.68

Greg

Gagne

1993

10

57

.280

.319

.406

.724

14.65

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Barry

Larkin

1994

9

52

.279

.369

.419

.788

26.61

Cal

Ripken

1994

13

75

.315

.364

.459

.823

19.97

John

Valentin

1994

9

49

.316

.400

.505

.905

19.67

Jay

Bell

1994

9

45

.276

.353

.441

.794

17.92

Wil

Cordero

1994

15

63

.294

.363

.489

.853

14.60

Tony

Fernandez

1994

8

50

.279

.361

.426

.787

14.58

Omar

Vizquel

1994

1

33

.273

.325

.325

.650

12.65

Greg

Gagne

1994

7

51

.259

.314

.392

.706

12.52

Ozzie

Smith

1994

3

30

.262

.326

.349

.675

12.45

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Barry

Larkin

1995

15

66

.319

.394

.492

.886

29.85

John

Valentin

1995

27

102

.298

.399

.533

.931

25.86

Cal

Ripken

1995

17

88

.262

.324

.422

.745

18.63

Jay

Bell

1995

13

55

.262

.336

.404

.739

17.26

Omar

Vizquel

1995

6

56

.266

.333

.351

.684

16.24

Wil

Cordero

1995

10

49

.286

.341

.420

.761

14.36

Shawon

Dunston

1995

14

69

.296

.317

.472

.788

14.01

Jose

Offerman

1995

4

33

.287

.389

.375

.765

13.85

Jose

Vizcaino

1995

3

56

.287

.332

.365

.698

13.74

 

 

122.  A-Rod Was Young Once, Believe it or Not

              Can’t believe it has been twenty years since we had talk show wars over A-Rod and Nomar and Derek Jeter.   A-Rod was a historic talent, er. . . .maybe it wasn’t talent, I don’t know:

 

First

Last

YEAR

HR

RBI

Avg

OBA

SPct

OPS

Value

Alex

Rodriguez

1996

36

123

.358

.414

.631

1.045

29.77

Barry

Larkin

1996

33

89

.298

.410

.567

.977

29.23

John

Valentin

1996

13

59

.296

.374

.436

.811

21.85

Cal

Ripken

1996

26

102

.278

.341

.466

.807

19.67

Jose

Valentin

1996

24

95

.259

.336

.475

.811

17.05

Derek

Jeter

1996

10

78

.314

.370

.430

.800

17.02

Jay

Bell

1996

13

71

.250

.323

.391

.714

17.01

Kevin

Elster

1996

24

99

.252

.317

.462

.779

16.84

Omar

Vizquel

1996

9

64

.297

.362

.417

.779

16.32

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Alex

Rodriguez

1997

23

84

.300

.350

.496

.846

25.98

Nomar

Garciaparra

1997

30

98

.306

.342

.534

.875

24.05

Barry

Larkin

1997

4

20

.317

.440

.473

.913

23.43

Derek

Jeter

1997

10

70

.291

.370

.405

.775

21.18

Jay

Bell

1997

21

92

.291

.368

.461

.829

20.36

Omar

Vizquel

1997

5

49

.280

.347

.368

.715

16.54

Royce

Clayton

1997

9

61

.266

.306

.398

.704

15.81

Jose

Valentin

1997

17

58

.253

.310

.407

.717

15.00

Tony

Fernandez

1997

11

44

.286

.323

.423

.746

14.75

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Alex

Rodriguez

1998

42

124

.310

.360

.560

.919

29.55

Nomar

Garciaparra

1998

35

122

.323

.362

.584

.946

28.54

Derek

Jeter

1998

19

84

.324

.384

.481

.864

26.70

Barry

Larkin

1998

17

72

.309

.397

.504

.901

24.62

Jay

Bell

1998

20

67

.251

.353

.432

.785

19.92

Omar

Vizquel

1998

2

50

.288

.358

.372

.730

18.34

Tony

Fernandez

1998

9

72

.321

.387

.459

.846

16.60

Jose

Valentin

1998

16

49

.224

.323

.393

.716

15.95

Royce

Clayton

1998

9

53

.251

.319

.366

.685

15.51

Neifi

Perez

1998

9

59

.274

.313

.382

.695

15.07

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Nomar

Garciaparra

1999

27

104

.357

.418

.603

1.022

31.28

Derek

Jeter

1999

24

102

.349

.437

.552

.989

30.50

Alex

Rodriguez

1999

42

111

.285

.357

.586

.943

29.61

Jay

Bell

1999

38

112

.289

.374

.557

.931

22.24

Barry

Larkin

1999

12

75

.293

.390

.420

.810

22.04

Omar

Vizquel

1999

5

66

.333

.397

.436

.833

19.67

Miguel

Tejada

1999

21

84

.251

.325

.427

.751

18.56

Rich

Aurilia

1999

22

80

.281

.336

.444

.780

16.91

Neifi

Perez

1999

12

70

.280

.307

.403

.710

16.86

Edgar

Renteria

1999

11

63

.275

.334

.400

.734

16.58

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

First

Last

YEAR

HR

RBI

Avg

OBA

SPct

OPS

Value

Alex

Rodriguez

2000

41

132

.316

.420

.606

1.026

35.34

Nomar

Garciaparra

2000

21

96

.372

.434

.599

1.033

28.84

Derek

Jeter

2000

15

73

.339

.416

.481

.896

27.22

Miguel

Tejada

2000

30

115

.275

.349

.479

.828

22.70

Jose

Valentin

2000

25

92

.273

.343

.491

.835

20.57

Rich

Aurilia

2000

20

79

.271

.339

.444

.783

18.53

Jay

Bell

2000

18

68

.267

.348

.437

.786

17.57

Omar

Vizquel

2000

7

66

.287

.377

.375

.753

17.41

Edgar

Renteria

2000

16

76

.278

.346

.423

.770

17.13

Barry

Larkin

2000

11

41

.313

.389

.487

.876

16.75

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Alex

Rodriguez

2001

52

135

.318

.399

.622

1.021

35.66

Derek

Jeter

2001

21

74

.311

.377

.480

.858

27.40

Miguel

Tejada

2001

31

113

.267

.326

.476

.801

25.46

Rich

Aurilia

2001

37

97

.324

.369

.572

.941

22.61

Orlando

Cabrera

2001

14

96

.276

.324

.428

.752

17.70

Jimmy

Rollins

2001

14

54

.274

.323

.419

.743

17.50

Edgar

Renteria

2001

10

57

.260

.314

.371

.685

17.45

Nomar

Garciaparra

2001

4

8

.289

.352

.470

.822

17.34

Cristian

Guzman

2001

10

51

.302

.337

.477

.814

16.73

Jose

Hernandez

2001

25

78

.249

.300

.443

.743

16.44

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Alex

Rodriguez

2002

57

142

.300

.392

.623

1.015

34.71

Miguel

Tejada

2002

34

131

.308

.354

.508

.861

28.60

Derek

Jeter

2002

18

75

.297

.373

.421

.794

24.83

Nomar

Garciaparra

2002

24

120

.310

.352

.528

.880

24.01

Edgar

Renteria

2002

11

83

.305

.364

.439

.803

20.69

Rich

Aurilia

2002

15

61

.257

.305

.413

.718

18.55

Jimmy

Rollins

2002

11

60

.245

.306

.380

.686

18.02

Orlando

Cabrera

2002

7

56

.263

.321

.380

.701

18.01

Rafael

Furcal

2002

8

47

.275

.323

.387

.710

17.83

Omar

Vizquel

2002

14

72

.275

.341

.418

.759

17.62

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Alex

Rodriguez

2003

47

118

.298

.396

.600

.995

32.75

Miguel

Tejada

2003

27

106

.278

.336

.472

.807

26.75

Derek

Jeter

2003

10

52

.324

.393

.450

.844

23.82

Edgar

Renteria

2003

13

100

.330

.394

.480

.874

22.74

Nomar

Garciaparra

2003

28

105

.301

.345

.524

.870

22.25

Rafael

Furcal

2003

15

61

.292

.352

.443

.794

21.29

Orlando

Cabrera

2003

17

80

.297

.347

.460

.807

20.32

Jimmy

Rollins

2003

8

62

.263

.320

.387

.707

19.64

Jose

Valentin

2003

28

74

.237

.313

.463

.776

17.29

Carlos

Guillen

2003

7

52

.276

.359

.394

.753

17.06

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

First

Last

YEAR

HR

RBI

Avg

OBA

SPct

OPS

Value

Miguel

Tejada

2004

34

150

.311

.360

.534

.894

27.08

Derek

Jeter

2004

23

78

.292

.352

.471

.823

26.07

Michael

Young

2004

22

99

.313

.353

.483

.836

24.26

Jimmy

Rollins

2004

14

73

.289

.348

.455

.803

22.47

Carlos

Guillen

2004

20

97

.318

.379

.542

.921

21.71

Rafael

Furcal

2004

14

59

.279

.344

.414

.758

21.42

Edgar

Renteria

2004

10

72

.287

.327

.401

.728

20.19

Omar

Vizquel

2004

7

59

.291

.353

.388

.741

18.22

Julio

Lugo

2004

7

75

.275

.338

.396

.734

18.12

Orlando

Cabrera

2004

10

62

.264

.306

.383

.689

17.93

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Michael

Young

2005

24

91

.331

.385

.513

.899

26.96

Derek

Jeter

2005

19

70

.309

.389

.450

.839

26.87

Miguel

Tejada

2005

26

98

.304

.349

.515

.865

24.94

Jimmy

Rollins

2005

12

54

.290

.338

.431

.770

22.82

Rafael

Furcal

2005

12

58

.284

.348

.429

.777

22.31

Edgar

Renteria

2005

8

70

.276

.335

.385

.721

20.26

Felipe

Lopez

2005

23

85

.291

.352

.486

.838

19.24

Jhonny

Peralta

2005

24

78

.292

.366

.520

.885

19.06

Omar

Vizquel

2005

3

45

.271

.341

.350

.691

18.89

Julio

Lugo

2005

6

57

.295

.362

.403

.765

18.80

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Derek

Jeter

2006

14

97

.343

.417

.483

.900

28.65

Michael

Young

2006

14

103

.314

.356

.459

.814

25.60

Jimmy

Rollins

2006

25

83

.277

.334

.478

.811

25.09

Jose

Reyes

2006

19

81

.300

.354

.487

.841

24.47

Rafael

Furcal

2006

15

63

.300

.369

.445

.814

23.04

Hanley

Ramirez

2006

17

59

.292

.353

.480

.833

22.99

Carlos

Guillen

2006

19

85

.320

.400

.519

.920

22.60

Miguel

Tejada

2006

24

100

.330

.379

.498

.878

22.02

Edgar

Renteria

2006

14

70

.293

.361

.436

.797

20.05

Orlando

Cabrera

2006

9

72

.282

.335

.404

.738

19.16

 

 

123.  This is Going to Irritate the Phillies Phans

            Hanley Ramirez played shortstop in the National League from 2006 to 2013, and ranked as the #1 shortstop in baseball four times:

 

First

Last

YEAR

HR

RBI

Avg

OBA

SPct

OPS

Value

Hanley

Ramirez

2007

29

81

.332

.386

.562

.948

27.70

Jimmy

Rollins

2007

30

94

.296

.344

.531

.875

25.97

Derek

Jeter

2007

12

73

.322

.388

.452

.840

25.42

Jose

Reyes

2007

12

57

.280

.354

.421

.775

24.14

Michael

Young

2007

9

94

.315

.366

.418

.783

23.49

Carlos

Guillen

2007

21

102

.296

.357

.502

.859

21.40

Troy

Tulowitzki

2007

24

99

.291

.359

.479

.838

21.10

Orlando

Cabrera

2007

8

86

.301

.345

.397

.742

19.65

Edgar

Renteria

2007

12

57

.332

.390

.470

.860

19.30

Rafael

Furcal

2007

6

47

.271

.333

.355

.689

18.25

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Hanley

Ramirez

2008

33

67

.301

.400

.540

.940

31.04

Jose

Reyes

2008

16

68

.297

.358

.475

.833

24.92

Jimmy

Rollins

2008

11

59

.277

.349

.437

.786

24.72

Derek

Jeter

2008

11

69

.300

.363

.408

.771

22.61

Stephen

Drew

2008

21

67

.291

.333

.502

.836

19.11

Orlando

Cabrera

2008

8

57

.281

.334

.371

.705

18.20

Jhonny

Peralta

2008

23

89

.276

.331

.473

.804

17.40

Troy

Tulowitzki

2008

8

46

.263

.332

.401

.732

17.25

J.J.

Hardy

2008

24

74

.283

.343

.478

.821

17.19

Miguel

Tejada

2008

13

66

.283

.314

.415

.729

16.84

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

Hanley

Ramirez

2009

24

106

.342

.410

.543

.954

30.77

Derek

Jeter

2009

18

66

.334

.406

.465

.871

24.05

Troy

Tulowitzki

2009

32

92

.297

.377

.552

.930

23.69

Jimmy

Rollins

2009

21

77

.250

.296

.423

.719

21.81

Yunel

Escobar

2009

14

76

.299

.377

.436

.812

19.83

Jason

Bartlett

2009

14

66

.320

.389

.490

.879

19.16

Miguel

Tejada

2009

14

86

.313

.340

.455

.795

18.63

Stephen

Drew

2009

12

65

.261

.320

.428

.748

18.35

Erick

Aybar

2009

5

58

.312

.353

.423

.776

18.22

Asdrubal

Cabrera

2009

6

68

.308

.361

.438

.799

17.76

 

   

 

 

 

     

 

First

Last

YEAR

HR

RBI

Avg

OBA

SPct

OPS

Value

Troy

Tulowitzki

2010

27

95

.315

.381

.568

.949

25.37

Hanley

Ramirez

2010

21

76

.300

.378

.475

.853

24.43

Jose

Reyes

2010

11

54

.282

.321

.428

.749

22.07

Jimmy

Rollins

2010

8

41

.243

.320

.374

.694

21.15

Derek

Jeter

2010

10

67

.270

.340