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Ozzie Smith

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Ozzie Smith

Ozzie Smith was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 2002, with 91.7% of the vote.

The first table below presents Ozzie Smith's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Ozzie Smith
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1978SDN23
159
21.121.60.4940.4
2.1
20.321.90.481-0.11.5
1979SDN24
156
17.418.90.479-0.2
1.2
18.420.60.472-0.41.1
1980SDN25
158
21.321.00.5040.9
2.5
22.422.70.4980.62.3
1981SDN26
110
13.115.50.459-0.7
0.4
14.215.50.477-0.21.0
1982SLN27
140
19.616.80.5381.8
3.2
19.117.90.5151.02.4
1983SLN28
159
20.217.80.5311.5
2.8
18.918.00.5120.72.0
1984SLN29
124
17.915.50.5371.9
3.1
16.916.20.5111.02.2
1985SLN30
158
22.518.10.5532.8
4.3
20.118.50.5211.42.9
1986SLN31
153
18.916.70.5311.6
2.9
17.816.90.5130.92.2
1987SLN32
158
23.017.40.5703.3
4.9
23.418.40.5593.04.7
1988SLN33
153
22.617.80.5602.7
4.3
23.319.40.5472.33.9
1989SLN34
155
20.718.60.5271.5
2.9
20.920.00.5121.02.4
1990SLN35
143
16.317.20.485-0.1
1.1
16.316.10.5030.51.6
1991SLN36
150
20.717.70.5391.8
3.3
20.618.00.5341.63.1
1992SLN37
132
18.516.80.5241.3
2.6
18.917.60.5171.02.4
1993SLN38
140
18.618.20.5060.6
2.0
17.517.90.4940.11.5
1994SLN39
98
10.912.30.469-0.5
0.5
11.512.40.481-0.20.8
1995SLN40
44
4.65.60.453-0.4
0.0
4.45.40.448-0.4-0.0
1996SLN41
82
7.56.80.5240.5
1.1
7.67.30.5120.31.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,572
335.3310.10.52020.8
45.5
332.4320.60.50914.239.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
42
4.74.80.494 0.44.75.20.475 0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,614
340.0314.90.520
45.9
337.1325.70.509 39.4


Ozzie Smith won 13 Gold Gloves at shortstop - more than anybody else in major-league history - and was widely regarded as the best defensive shortstop not merely of his generation, but of all time. The development of better fielding statistics in recent years has done little or nothing to change that perception. Ozzie Smith was an extraordinary fielding shortstop.

But how does Ozzie Smith rank among the greatest fielders in major-league history regardless of position?

There are two challenges in answering this question. First, an average fielding shortstop is more valuable than an average fielding first baseman, because the former is harder to find than the latter. Second, as with baseball players in general, there is value in a player being somewhat below average, as long as that player is better than the alternative(s).

The solution to the first challenge is to look at positional averages, so that a first baseman who amasses a Player winning percentage exactly equal to the average winning percentage of all first basemen is equal in value to a shortstop who amasses a Player winning percentage exactly equal to the average winning percentage of all shortstops. The solution to the second challenge is to compare players against a baseline of replacement level instead of average. In my work, I calculate replacement level relative to positional average, so that using replacement level in my analysis solves both challenges.

In other words, one can measure a player's "position-neutral" fielding value by calculating his fielding wins above replacement level.

The next table, then, presents the top 25 players in career fielding wins over replacement level.

Fielding Wins
Top 25 Players
Player eWins eLosses Win Pct. WORL_f
1Ozzie Smith118.1103.30.53418.7
2Cal Ripken111.0101.60.52216.5
3Pee Wee Reese91.779.60.53514.3
4Luis Aparicio111.1106.50.51014.3
5Mark Belanger76.766.50.53614.0
6Omar Vizquel107.4101.60.51413.8
7Dave Concepcion96.591.00.51513.1
8Alan Trammell83.877.60.51912.7
9Lou Boudreau73.462.00.54212.2
10Brooks Robinson90.477.40.53912.0
11Tim Foli71.864.40.52711.4
12Bill Russell84.879.50.51611.4
13Bert Campaneris90.289.20.50311.3
14Ichiro Suzuki95.383.50.53311.3
15Larry Bowa88.886.30.50711.3
16Roy McMillan86.781.00.51711.2
17Garry Templeton85.380.20.51511.2
18Nellie Fox85.580.00.51711.0
19Frank White82.876.80.51911.0
20Bill Mazeroski85.080.60.51310.8
21Willie Randolph81.074.70.52010.7
22Chris Speier84.081.50.50710.4
23Tony Fernandez80.476.30.51310.4
24Ozzie Guillen72.767.80.51810.4
25Carl Furillo74.061.00.54810.2


And there you have it. Ozzie Smith was the most valuable defensive player in major-league history (at least since 1921).



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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