Friday, January 23, 2009

Player of the Day: Jeff Kent

As you probably know, he has retired. By most accounts, he was an ass, but one heck of a ballplayer. I checked to see where he ranks in wins above replacement, among second basemen of the retrosheet era:

1. Joe Morgan 101.6
2. Rod Carew 80.5
3. Lou Whitaker 70.6 (one of the HOF voters' most egregious mistakes)
4. Bobby Grich 67.0
5. Craig Biggio 66.9
6. Roberto Alomar 65.9
7. Willie Randolph 61.2
8. Ryne Sandberg 60.7
9. Jeff Kent 59.6

So he's the lowest of the 2B who have HOF arguments, but #3 through #9 are relatively close. There is a pretty big gap between this group and the next 2B - It's hard to find career 2B for the Hall of Very Good. There are some who had great careers, and the rest either weren't that great, or didn't last very long.

The next group:
10. Tony Phillips 50.6 (played everywhere but 2B was probably his most natural position)
11. Chuck Knoblauch 44.2 - had a chance to be as great as Alomar/Biggio but really crapped out early.
12. Julio Franco 42.0 - another case of what position do you classify him? But his best years were at second.
13. Davey Lopes 39.2
14. Dick McAuliffe 35.2
15. Ray Durham 34.2
16. Junior Gilliam 32.3

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