02 September 2013

RFers with the Most Career ABs

Here are the Top 10 RFs in Capra History as based on Career ABs.

These are probably the most likely candidates for the Capra Hall of Fame based upon their career longevity in RF.

+ ------- + --------------- + ---------- + ---------+ ---- + ------ + --- + --- + --- + ------ + ------- +
| id      | Name            | Career ABs | % ABs RF | r    | h      | 2b  | 3b  | hr  | rbi    | sb      |
+ ------- + --------------- + ---------- + -------- + ---- + ------ + --- + --- + --- + ------ +-------- +
| 1078163 | Santos Flores   | 10689      | 86       | 1900 | 3050   | 670 | 114 | 373 | 1611   | 651     |
| 2614392 | Pep Rapp        | 8111       | 98       | 1251 | 2324   | 378 | 29  | 401 | 1259   | 78      |
| 170488  | Garrett Stewart | 8028       | 90       | 1266 | 2491   | 419 | 45  | 287 | 1180   | 42      |
| 170030  | Clinton Anderson| 9000       | 75       | 1612 | 2599   | 447 | 69  | 667 | 1837   | 155     |
| 641391  | Al Maurer       | 7377       | 91       | 1384 | 2392   | 336 | 26  | 485 | 1381   | 2       |
| 585955  | Alberto Sosa    | 8665       | 73       | 1451 | 2539   | 421 | 56  | 556 | 1666   | 40      |
| 787221  | Matt Kirkland   | 6555       | 88       | 990  | 1792   | 276 | 18  | 383 | 1150   | 9       |
| 2055117 | Alan Greenwood  | 6995       | 81       | 931  | 1921   | 294 | 27  | 347 | 1113   | 1       |
| 392081  | Juan Valentin   | 6113       | 93       | 1164 | 1742   | 386 | 73  | 302 | 1008   | 423     |
| 2614515 | Cesar Pulido    | 9299       | 56       | 1583 | 2495   | 343 | 58  | 642 | 1780   | 221     |
+ ------- + --------------- + -----------+ -------- + ---- + ------ + --- + --- + --- + ------ + ------- +

Note that the arguments for Santos Flores are largely centered around longevity, triples and stolen bases. Amongst long-lived RFs he is average at OBP, below average in RC27 and decidedly below average in SLG.

+ ------- + ------------------- + -------- + -------- + --------- +
| id      | Name                | obp      | slg      | rc27      |
+ ------- + ------------------- + -------- + -------- + --------- +
| 1078163 | Santos Flores       | 0.3566   | 0.4740   | 6.619     |
| 2614392 | Pep Rapp            | 0.3528   | 0.4886   | 6.458     |
| 170488  | Garrett Stewart     | 0.3795   | 0.4809   | 6.993     |
| 170030  | Clinton Anderson    | 0.3468   | 0.5761   | 7.422     |
| 641391  | Al Maurer           | 0.4092   | 0.5741   | 9.225     |
| 585955  | Alberto Sosa        | 0.3451   | 0.5470   | 7.148     |
| 787221  | Matt Kirkland       | 0.3438   | 0.4963   | 6.093     |
| 2055117 | Alan Greenwood      | 0.3298   | 0.4732   | 5.723     |
| 392081  | Juan Valentin       | 0.3531   | 0.5202   | 7.246     |
| 2614515 | Cesar Pulido        | 0.3428   | 0.5248   | 6.572     |
+ ------- + ------------------- + -------- + -------- + --------- +


Also, note that Santos Flores was a poor fielding RF.  He leads the all-time minus plays at RF.  This is not just longevity. Regarding minus plays per inning, he commited:
  • more than any other RF with at least 10,000 innings in RF (15 qualifiers) and
  • 4th most of RFs with at least 5,000 innings in RF (59 qualifiers) (behind Sherry Young, Javy Mercedes, and Rodney D'Amico)
The best rightfielder of all time is Al Maurer.  Based upon the decreasing offense in the current era, Pep Rapp is probably the next best RF.

An outfielder such as Garrett Stewart, who doesn't even warrant mention in HoF discussions might be the best comparison to Santos Flores:
  • Superior OBP, SLG and RC27.  
  • A similar defender (with only 17 minus plays as compared to 128).

01 September 2013

The Hall of Fame Case for Santos Flores

Santos Flores
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Age: 42B/T: R/R
Born: Los Abreus, CU
Position(s): RF
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Santos Flores hung up the cleats after season 26. Here's why he's a hall-of-famer.
  1. Awards He's a 6-time all-star and won the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove at right field.
  2. Consistent Quality He didn't ever get accused of swinging from his heels. Flores never struck out 120 times. He never struck out 100 times. Flores never even struck out 85 times. His low was 50 strikeouts and his high was 81 over a long career. All told he only struck out once per 8 at-bats. Flores's home runs plus stolen bases added up to 55 or better each season from his rookie year of season 8 through season 20. Up until his last two seasons he was a starter, hitting 9 or more home runs and stealing 17 or more bases. He averaged 20 home runs and 36 stolen bases per 162 games for his career.
  3. Okay, time for the longevity stats. He's #2 to Jim Heathcott in at-bats, plate appearances, and pitches seen. He's got 31 more doubles than hall-of-famer Hal Randall. He's #2 in games behind hall-of-famer Rudy Lombardi. He's #5 in hits. He's #2 behind hall-of-famer Rogers Glynn in runs. He's got one more triple than hall-of-famer Walt Cashman without playing in the triples seasons.
  4. Something Different He's not a first baseman or designated hitter. Flores would be the first player known primarily as a right fielder in the hall of fame.
     I wrote that as the S26 playoffs were winding down and I reflected on what a great career Flores has had. Imagine my surprise when Flores didn't retire when Season 27 rolled over! He went on to play two more seasons and add to the lore that has developed around The Best Pure Right Fielder in History (TM). So, in trading a couple of points' batting average/OPS, he's strengthened his case while playing for a dud of a team to end his career.
     To bring you up to date, Flores finished his career #1 in the following categories:
  • at-bats (+210 over Heathcott), 
  • plate appearances (+271 over Heathcott), 
  • doubles (+35 over Randall*), 
  • games (+162 over Lombardi*), 
  • pitches seen (594 over Maduro), 
  • and triples (4 over Cashman* who had 50 triples in the first 2 seasons while the world was triple-happy).
     Amazingly, Flores hit at least one triple every season. Even when his speed dropped into the 30s he hit two triples in his last year. Flores finished 2nd in hits (103 behind Heathcott), 2nd in runs (217 less than Glynn*, 62 ahead of Randall*), and probably #6, 7, or 8 in stolen bases, although the list stops at #5.
* denotes Hall-of-Famer
+ denotes North Star

     So here are my campaign points as I'm wrapping up my rally:
  • #1 in triples and doubles 
  • #2 in hits 
  • 3 years over .900 OPS, 10 over .850 
  • Best season's hard to pick: 8? 10? 12? 15?
  • Gold Glove and Silver Slugger, 6-time All-Star 
  • 10 seasons of 39+ doubles 
  • 15 seasons of 30+ stolen bases to start career