Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
August 7, 2003
BASEBALL: Jason Giambi, Gold Glover?

Looking through the graphs of in-season Win Shares through August 2, 2003, I noticed something really odd: Dodgers shortstop Cesar Izturis is credited with 7.11 Win Shares, all of them in the field. I wonder what player holds the record for most Win Shares in a season entirely from defense. All I could find on this in Bill James' book was that Bill Bergen was the last regular player to regularly have no offensive Win Shares in a season.

I thought I'd look more closely at who the system rates as the best defensive player at each position in each league, both cumulatively and per inning (with more than 100 innings):

Pos.NL Cum.NL Per Inn.AL Cum.AL Per Inn.
CBrad AusmusMichael BarrettBen MolinaMolina
1BDerek LeeLyle OverbayDoug MentkeiwiczJason Giambi
2BAlex CoraCoraBret BooneTony Graffanino
SSIzturisIzturisJose ValentinValentin
3BDavid BellBellJoe CredeRobin Ventura
OFSteve FinleyRuben RiveraMike CameronCarlos Beltran
OFAndruw JonesFinleyBeltranCameron
OFCraig BiggioMarvin BenardTerrence LongDee Brown

Jason Giambi? Terrence Long? I think maybe I need a little more convincing on the merits of the defensive system.

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