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Updated Dodger 1st Baseman Win Shares

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For the last two years I've done a rundown of Los Angeles Dodger Win Shares. In many circles Win Shares has become passe as WAR has become the stat of choice, but because I built the complete Win Share database based on data in the original book plus the subsequent  Bill James Handbooks I haven't felt like letting go. For those who have never heard of Win Shares, it is a statistic created by Bill James the author of the great The Bill James Baseball Abstract series which changed many a baseball fans perception of the game. I used to link to a Rob Neyer review of  Win Shares but the article is now gone. For a more recent story,  THT compares WAR to Win Shares.  THT used to carry their own tweaked version of Win Shares but stopped after the 2008 season. Here is what the 2008 Season Win Share breakdown looked like.

Sure Win Shares is not the be all stat, but it is still interesting to see how the breakdown works. It is a complex algorithm but the guts is that each team is credited with three win shares per actual win. Bill James then works his magic to allocate those wins based on statistical measures to each player on the team.

Here is the 2009 season update.

Los Angeles Dodgers 2009 Win Shares
Player Win Shares
Matt Kemp 26
Andre Ethier 21
Orlando Hudson 20
Casey Blake 19
James Loney 18
Manny Ramirez 18
Rafael Furcal 17
Russell Martin 16
Jon Broxton 16
Randy Wolf 14
Juan Pierre 12
Clayton Kershaw 12
Chad Billingsley 9
Ramon Troncoso 8
Ronaldo Belisario 7
Hiroki Kuroda 5
Jeff Weaver 5
G Mota 4
Hong-Chih Kuo 3
Mark Loretta 3
James McDonald 3
Brad Ausmus 3

Castro and Stults had two each, while EyeChart, Wade, Abreu, Milton, Haeger, and Elbert had a single win share. Based on the formual the Dodgers would have had 285 win shares (95 * 3) to spread among it's players. I have no way of knowing how many win shares Sherrill(13), Belliard(7), and Padilla(8) had since they don't break them up per team. If you add up all of the Dodgers including those three we have 13 extra win shares which means they should be divided among the trade/waiver deadline pickups.

James Loney was the only 1st baseman of note to garner any Win Shares for the Dodgers in 2009. His season was quite pedestrian by most measures but he did have the 5th most win shares on the team in 2009 with 18. He's yet to crack the top 10 single season win share mark but after only three full seasons he's moved into 5th place on the all-time 1st baseman Win Share list passing Gil Hodges and Greg Brock. For many of you this is the first time you have seen this list, so I'll remind you that this only includes Los Angeles Dodgers. It has been 19 years since the last memorable season by a Dodger 1st baseman.

Los Angeles Dodgers Seasonal Win Share Leaders for 1st Baseman
Player Order Career Win Shares Year Win Shares
Murray, Eddie 1st 68 1990 31
Parker, Wes 2nd 146 1970 29
Garvey, Steve 3rd 223 1974 27
Garvey, Steve 4th 223 1976 26
Karros, Eric T-5th 175 1995 25
Garvey, Steve T-5th 223 1978 25
Garvey, Steve T-5th 223 1975 25
Karros, Eric T-8th 175 1998 22
Garvey, Steve T-8th 223 1980 22
Garvey, Steve T-8th 223 1979 22

For the career totals and complete seasonal leaders for 1st baseman click on read more.

Many Dodgers played 1st and the outfield. Ron Fairly was the 1st baseman for the early part of the 60's before Wes Parker took over. Mike Marshall played many games at 1st and in the outfield. Same with Franklin Stubbs. Someday I may break out the career numbers but for now I'm lumping them into the 1st/OF category.

Career Win Shares for LA Dodger 1st Baseman
Player TWS Pos
Garvey, Steve 223 1st
Karros, Eric 175 1st
Parker, Wes 146 1st
Murray, Eddie 68 1st
Loney, James 51 1st
Brock, Greg 47 1st
Hodges, Gil 37 1st
Garciaparra, Nomar 29 1st
Farily, Ron 142 1st/OF
Mike, Marshall 108 1st/OF
Buckner, Billy 80 1st/OF
Larker, Norm 35 1st/OF
Stubbs, Franklin 34 1st/OF

Los Angeles Dodgers Seasonal Win Share Leaders for 1st Baseman
Player Pos Career Win Shares Year  Win Share Per Season
Murray, Eddie 1st 68 1990 31
Parker, Wes 1st 146 1970 29
Garvey, Steve 1st 223 1974 27
Garvey, Steve 1st 223 1976 26
Karros, Eric 1st 175 1995 25
Garvey, Steve 1st 223 1978 25
Garvey, Steve 1st 223 1975 25
Karros, Eric 1st 175 1998 22
Garvey, Steve 1st 223 1980 22
Garvey, Steve 1st 223 1979 22
Murray, Eddie 1st 68 1989 21
Garvey, Steve 1st 223 1977 21
Farily, Ron 1st 142 1963 21
Farily, Ron 1st 142 1962 21
Karros, Eric 1st 175 1999 20
Karros, Eric 1st 175 1996 20
Parker, Wes 1st 146 1965 20
Garciaparra, Nomar 1st 29 2006 18
Karros, Eric 1st 175 2002 18
Karros, Eric 1st 175 1997 18
Parker, Wes 1st 146 1971 18
Parker, Wes 1st 146 1969 18
Loney, James 1st 51 2009 18
Parker, Wes 1st 146 1966 17
Farily, Ron 1st 142 1964 17
Hodges, Gil 1st 37 1959 17
Loney, James 1st 51 2007 16
Murray, Eddie 1st 68 1991 16
Loney, James 1st 51 2008 15
Brock, Greg 1st 47 1985 15
Brock, Greg 1st 47 1983 15
Garvey, Steve 1st 223 1982 15
Parker, Wes 1st 146 1967 15
Farily, Ron 1st 142 1961 15
Karros, Eric 1st 175 2000 14
Parker, Wes 1st 146 1972 14
Larker, Norm 1st 35 1960 14
Karros, Eric 1st 175 1992 13
Garvey, Steve 1st 223 1981 13
Parker, Wes 1st 146 1968 12
Hodges, Gil 1st 37 1958 12
Garvey, Steve 1st 223 1973 11
Buckner, Billy 1st 80 1973 11
Karros, Eric 1st 175 1993 10
Stubbs, Franklin 1st 34 1987 9
Brock, Gregg 1st 47 1986 9
Karros, Eric 1st 175 2001 8
Brock, Greg 1st 47 1984 8
Larker, Norm 1st 35 1959 8
Karros, Eric 1st 175 1994 7
Larker, Norm 1st 35 1958 7
Stubbs, Franklin 1st 34 1988 6
Larker, Norm 1st 35 1961 6
Hodges, Gil 1st 37 1961 5
Farily, Ron 1st 142 1959 5
Loney, James 1st 51 2006 3
Parker, Wes 1st 146 1964 3
Hodges, Gil 1st 37 1960 3
Farily, Ron 1st 142 1958 2