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Greatest Defenders of All-Time

Having some more fun with Rally's WAR Database, I decided to calculate the greatest defenders of all-time according to Total Zone.  However, note that an average-fielding SS is a better defender than say an average-fielding 1st baseman, so I included positional adjustments in the calculation (if you are looking at Rally's data, I added TZ, ifDP, OFarm, Catcher, and Positional Adjustment).  Here is the list of top 10 career defenders according to how many runs above average they were defensively:

Name
 RAA
Ozzie Smith
 386
 Brooks Robinson
 363
 Mark Belanger
 354
 Cal Ripken
 324
 Luis Aparicio
 313
 Joe Tinker
 294
 Ivan Rodriguez
 289
 Rabbit Marranville
 288
 Omar Vizquel
 286
 Bill Dahlen
 279

The top of the list shouldn't be very surprising.  Ozzie Smith is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of all-time, and he tops the list by a decent margin.  Similarly Brooks Robinson perhaps is to 3rd base what Ozzie Smith was to SS, so it again shouldn't be shocking that he is #2.  Cal Ripken's inclusion is interesting, as he is usually noted for the streak and for being an offensive player.  Of course Joe Tinker formed the first part of the famous double play combo Tinker to Evers to Chance.  Two active players in Pudge Rodriguez and Omar Vizquel are also represented, and again both are widely regarded as elite defenders.  Just missing out on this list is Andruw Jones in a tie for 13th at 257.  He's fallen off a lot in recent years, but he was quite elite in his prime.

I did the same procedure but looked for the top individual seasons rather than top careers.  The player's on this list might not have the same name recognition as the former list, but that's to be expected since it was only necessary to have one true outlier season to appear on this latter list.

Name
 Year RAA
Adam Everett
200647
 Mark Belanger
197544
 Terry Turner
1906
44
Frankie Frisch
1927
42
Rey Ordonez
1999
42
Ozzie Smith
1989
41
Darin Erstad
2002
40
Art Fletcher
1917
40
Glenn Wright
1924
39
Andruw Jones
1999
39

Belanger and Ozzie Smith appear on both lists, and Andruw Jones did manage to sneak in this time (his 1998 season was also tied for 11th...the man could play some D in his day).  Six seasons of the top 10 came in years when the Gold Glove was awarded, and five of them won (Belanger, Ordonez, Smith, Erstad, and Jones).  I don't know what to say about that, but it's interesting.

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