Mariner all-time putout and assist leaders

DMZ · March 2, 2008 at 9:00 am · Filed Under Mariners 

I realized in making a quip earlier this week about Ichiro’s base stealing that the information on who the M’s leaders in putouts and assists is not readily available. Caveat: in the database, outfielders frequently have their position listed as “OF” and since center fielders dominate defensive statistics, it’s hard to pick out left fielders particularly. I welcome corrections.

Neither of these are particularly great defensive statistics on their own, though they’re also not as worthless as you might have been led to believe — but I’ll leave that discussion for another day. So!

Mariner all-time putout leaders

Player Year Putouts Position
Dan Wilson 1997 1050 C
Alvin Davis 1985 1438 1B
Harold Reynolds 1991 348 2B
Alex Rodriguez 1998 268 SS
Bill Stein 1977 146 3B
Randy Winn 2003 299 LF
Mike Cameron 2003 485 CF
Ichiro! 2005 381 RF

A putout is an action that “causes the out of a batter-runner or runner”. Catchers rack up putouts for strikeouts, first basemen rack up putouts for catching balls thrown to them. Centerfielders get theirs the hard way.

Beltre owns spots 2-4.

Updated: 1999 Brian Hunter gets bumped by 2003 Randy Winn, who managed that line in only 134 games started in left (!).

Mariner all-time assist leaders

Player Year Assists Position
Dan Wilson 1997 72 C
John Olerud 2000 133 1B
Harold Reynolds 1987 507 2B
Omar Vizquel 1993 475 SS
Jim Presley 1985 335 3B
Brian Hunter 1999 14 LF
Ken Griffey Jr. 1998 11 CF
Ichiro! 2004 12 RF

A shortstop gets an assist for fielding a grounder and throwing to first (where the first basemen gets a putout). So the infielders get a ton of those, while outfielders have to really work for those.


18 Responses to “Mariner all-time putout and assist leaders”

  1. fetish on March 2nd, 2008 9:45 am

    Al Davis?

    What kind of heathen, Mariner-hating bloggers are you?

    Al Davis. Jeesh.

  2. Carson on March 2nd, 2008 9:55 am

    Geez, one small mistake and all of the accusations of non-fandom, pessimism, and hatred are validated.

    Anyway, this just further proves the awesomeness of Ichiro. Is there any other player in baseball who is more awesome in as many ways? Besides baseball skills, he’s possibly wackier than Rickie.

  3. Evan on March 2nd, 2008 11:20 am

    Does an assist get credited to the fielder on an unassisted double play? I’m thinking specifically of that unassisted double play Cameron managed in 2003 or so. He caught the fly (first putout), and then ran to second and doubled off the runner (second putout). But does he get an assist for that, as well?

  4. dlb on March 2nd, 2008 11:38 am

    Did I miss something in a drunken fog back in 1999, or was Hunter really that good?

  5. Doc Baseball on March 2nd, 2008 12:35 pm

    Does an assist get credited to the fielder on an unassisted double play? … Cameron … caught the fly… ran to second and doubled off the runner… does he get an assist for that, as well?


    (He gets two putouts, zero assists)

  6. fetish on March 2nd, 2008 1:01 pm

    Did I miss something in a drunken fog back in 1999, or was Hunter really that good?

    Only if outfield putout and assists are the start and end of outfield goodness.

    Brian Hunter was athletic, with elite speed, on a team that I’m sure had a high flyball rate. Shouldn’t be surprising that he recorded a lot of put outs.

  7. scraps on March 2nd, 2008 1:01 pm

    Jim Presley??

  8. Doc Baseball on March 2nd, 2008 1:02 pm

    Did I miss something in a drunken fog back in 1999, or was Hunter really that good?

    He wasn’t all that good — his 235 is nowhere close to the major league record for left fielders, which is well over 400, and not even anywhere near the about 380 or so needed to be in the top 10 all-time.

    Ichiro’s got a couple of about 380’s to be in the top 5 all-time twice among right fielders … and Cameron’s 485 is just shy of the top-10 all-time for center fielders.

    It does say something, however, about the quality of Mariner left fielders over the years….

  9. milquetoast on March 2nd, 2008 1:32 pm

    A quick glance at Randy Winn’s ESPN card here:

    says that he had 299 putouts in 2003 as a LF in 139 games (134 games started; he had another 64 putouts split betwen CF and RF that year).

    That was just my gut instinct to check. Maybe he isn’t the putout leader in LF but he certainly had more than Hunter in 1999.

  10. Typical Idiot Fan on March 2nd, 2008 2:37 pm

    Too many people will believe that those assists are the OF using their cannon arms to throw people out taking an extra base (Ichiro vs. Terence Long, for example). While I’m sure a few of those are, most of them are times when the ball was caught on the fly and thrown back to a base for a double play because some idiot ran with the hit instead of waiting for it to drop.

  11. DMZ on March 2nd, 2008 3:30 pm

    Great catch — I was trying to screen for full-timers, and missed that entirely.

  12. Breadbaker on March 3rd, 2008 12:50 am

    Anyone interested in the topic of how reputation and “style points” overrides statistics in Gold Glove awards should compare Harold’s 1991 stats with “Gold Glover” Roberto Alomar. One had 79 DPs, one had 133. Their other stats are nearly identical. Guess who had 133.

  13. eponymous coward on March 3rd, 2008 10:37 am

    Um. DPs have a bit to do with runners on base, so you have to adjust for that- otherwise you’d habitually say that the best players at turning the DP play on teams that have bad pitching staffs that let lots of runners on base.

  14. msb on March 3rd, 2008 2:50 pm

    anyone bothered to see what Olney’s Beltre defense piece has to say today?

  15. DMZ on March 3rd, 2008 3:06 pm

    “Beltre’s great, but he’s not worth his contract”

    Ugh. That meme.

  16. Jeff Nye on March 3rd, 2008 3:17 pm

    It’s journalism like that that is really going to sell me on ESPN Insider, someday.

  17. Breadbaker on March 3rd, 2008 9:36 pm

    13: You can’t explain away 54 double plays by runners on base. Harold had 7 seasons of more than 100 DPs; Alomar, in a much longer career, had three. Alomar was a far better hitter, and I’m not knocking his defense, but at that one skill Harold was significantly better.

  18. Evan on March 4th, 2008 4:14 pm

    “Beltre’s great, but he’s not worth his contract”

    Wait, wrong blog.

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