Dicking around with LAD bWAR

With so many Dodgers having great seasons, while premature I thought it would be fun to check in on the all-time bWAR infield leaders for the Dodgers and see how the new brood is matching up.

I used > 5 bWAR as the criteria

Since bWAR is an accumulation stat the more you play the more you will add to your bWAR.  To add a little color to the table I created a column that divides the bWAR by the number of plate appearances.

HOF Mike Piazza clocked in with a WAR/PA of over .010. As did current Dodgers Cory Seager and Justin Turner.  The only other Dodgers to have a WAR/PA over .007 were Hanley Ramirez at .0085 and Ron Cey at .0077. To put that in perspective a WAR/PA of over .010 is a historical rate.  Only four NL HOF players have a .010 rate in baseball since 1958. Mike Piazza as a Dodger is .01057 but overall he drops to .07999. The longer you play the game the harder it is to keep that rate above .010.

The lowest WAR/PA Dodger infielder with at least 5 bWAR is Eric Karros at 0.001721 and it is not even close.

They consider catchers part of the infield so we will start with the catchers.

Piazza had the most accumulated bWAR and the highest WAR/PA by far.  This plays out as expected, with Grandal now on the list.  The Dodgers have had a long history of good catchers starting with John Roseboro and ending with Grandal. Rarely has the team had an ineffective catcher for any length of time.

Player bWAR WAR/PA Age PA OPS
Mike Piazza 31.9 0.01057 23-29 3017 0.966
Mike Scioscia 26.2 0.00518 21-33 5057 0.700
John Roseboro 22.3 0.00495 25-34 4505 0.713
Steve Yeager 17.7 0.00457 23-36 3869 0.657
Russell Martin 15.9 0.00586 23-27 2713 0.761
Paul Lo Duca 13.8 0.00584 26-32 2361 0.771
Tom Haller 10.2 0.00623 31-34 1637 0.737
A.J. Ellis 7.4 0.00385 27-35 1922 0.688
Yasmani Grandal 6.1 0.00498 26-28 1225 0.789

At 1st base:

Garv leads in both categories with Wes and Adrian giving him a run for WAR/PA.  Yeah, James Loney was bad, but Eric Karros was worse.

Player bWAR WAR/PA Age PA OPS
Steve Garvey 36.4 0.00518 20-33 7027 0.796
Wes Parker 22.9 0.00474 24-32 4835 0.726
Adrian Gonzalez 13.8 0.00473 30-35 2916 0.797
Eric Karros 11.4 0.00172 23-34 6624 0.782
James Loney 8.6 0.00255 22-28 3378 0.764
Eddie Murray 8.3 0.00419 33-41 1983 0.798
Greg Brock 5.9 0.00340 25-29 1737 0.739

At 2nd Base:

Davey Lopes takes both categories. Sax and Kent must have been punished for defense. 1969 ROY Ted Sizemore does surprisingly well. Mark Ellis had an excellent 944 plate appearances as a 2nd baseman.

Player bWAR WAR/PA Age PA OPS
Davey Lopes 32 0.00603 27-36 5308 0.729
Steve Sax 15.8 0.00333 21-28 4745 0.696
Jeff Kent 6.6 0.00308 37-40 2146 0.847
Ted Sizemore 6 0.00455 24-31 1318 0.659
Charlie Neal 5.8 0.00269 27-30 2159 0.738
Mark Ellis 5.5 0.00583 35-36 944 0.685

At ShortStop:

Maury Wills barely nosed out Bill Russell in bWAR but with 1300 less PA he easily wins the bWAR/PA category.  At catcher, 1st, and 2nd base the top bWAR player was also the top bWAR/PA player but not at SS.  The two top bWAR earners are the two worst WAR/PA performers.  Seager is playing at a HOF rate but Hanley Ramirez did some great offensive work for the Dodgers at SS during his stay here. You could have made an argument that Rafael Furcal was the best LAD SS when he finished his LAD career but not anymore.

Player bWAR WAR/PA Age PA OPS
Maury Wills 31.9 0.00473 26-39 6745 0.663
Bill Russell 31.4 0.00391 20-37 8021 0.648
Rafael Furcal 15.4 0.00549 28-33 2803 0.757
Corey Seager 12.6 0.01010 21-23 1247 0.905
Hanley Ramirez 9.6 0.00857 28-30 1120 0.874

At 3rd base:

Kind of loaded. You have Ron Cey and future HOF Adrian Beltre both being crushed by Justin Turner on the WAR/PA category.  In only 1745 PA Justin Turner can make a real claim about being the best LAD 3rd baseman ever.

Player bWAR WAR/PA Age PA OPS
Ron Cey 47.4 0.00776 23-34 6108 0.804
Adrian Beltre 23.3 0.00610 19-25 3818 0.794
Justin Turner 17.7 0.01014 29-32 1745 0.887
Casey Blake 9.1 0.00566 34-37 1608 0.768
Juan Uribe 7.5 0.00539 32-36 1391 0.687
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