Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

Mets Minutia – 12/10/09

Posted by JD on December 10, 2009

As we learned earlier, Mike Piazza grounded into 27 double plays in 1999 (which led the league) and 26 in 2002. Piazza grounded into 229 double plays over his entire career, reaching double digits 13 times (in only 16 seasons!) and recording more than 20 four times. Piazza is in second place on the Mets’ all-time leaderboard for GIDP with 132, trailing Ed Kranepool by only six GIDP despite having 2,056 fewer plate appearences (third place is held by another catcher, Jerry Grote).

That got me thinking: who’s on the Hall of Fame leaderboard for GIDP? Yes, I know Piazza’s not in the Hall of Fame yet. The point of this exercise is to determine whether or not his GIDP totals will stand out when compared to the players already in the Hall. One caveat: GIDP didn’t become an official stat in the NL until 1933 and the AL until 1939. So, I omitted all the Hall of Famers whose careers started before 1939. For the record, that includes Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Ty Cobb, Hank Greenburg, and many others.

That being said, the results were surprising. Piazza would tie with Ernie Banks and trail 17 Hall of Famers. Here’s the full list:

1 Cal Ripken 350 1981 2001
2 Hank Aaron 328 1954 1976
3 Carl Yastrzemski 323 1961 1983
4 Dave Winfield 319 1973 1995
5 Eddie Murray 316 1977 1997
6 Jim Rice 315 1974 1989
7 Brooks Robinson 297 1955 1977
8 Roberto Clemente 275 1955 1972
9 Al Kaline 271 1953 1974
10 Frank Robinson 269 1956 1976
11 Tony Perez 268 1964 1986
12 Tony Gwynn 260 1982 2001
13 Willie Mays 251 1951 1973
14 Harmon Killebrew 243 1954 1975
15 Stan Musial 243 1941 1963
16 Wade Boggs 236 1982 1999
17 George Brett 235 1973 1993

Willie Mays? Stan Musial? Hank Aaron? Piazza’s not eligible yet but when he is, he won’t have to worry about his GIDP total.

And I think it’s just awesome that Cal Ripken leads this list. I loved watching him early in his career, but couldn’t stand him by the time he finished. So it was nice to see him take the top spot. But that’s just me.

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