Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

Flushing Frivolity – 12/17/09

Posted by JD on December 17, 2009

With the end of the year closing in, we’ve been dealing with an increasing amount of “Best in Decade” lists. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not in that camp; I think that the decade runs from 2001 to 2010. However, I’m a sucker for those lists so I’m going to run with it. And, if I’m still blogging next year, we’ll do the whole thing over again.

I decided to see who grounded into the most double plays during the aughts. Here’s the top 10:

Rk Player GDP PA
1 Mike Piazza 93 2902
2 David Wright 83 3665
3 Carlos Beltran 43 2966
4 Carlos Delgado 43 2023
5 Todd Zeile 43 1631
6 Rey Ordonez 40 1159
7 Paul Lo Duca 33 1039
8 Jason Phillips 33 894
9 Jose Reyes 32 3651
10 Luis Castillo 30 1170
11 Ty Wigginton 30 1099
12 Cliff Floyd 28 1884
13 Jay Payton 28 1215
14 Robin Ventura 27 1100
15 Edgardo Alfonzo 24 1731
16 Shawn Green 22 616
17 Fernando Tatis 20 685
18 Roberto Alomar 20 957
19 Endy Chavez 18 853
20 Roger Cedeno 18 1089

No surprises, really (Mike Piazza has the franchise record). But that got me: looking more carefully at the data revealed that even though Jose Reyes had two more GIDP’s than Luis Castillo, they came in 2,483 more plate appearances. Hardly a fair comparison at all. So I decided to turn it into a rate statistic: GIDP/plate appearance.  Here are your leaders (minimum 50 plate appearances):

Rk Player GDP PA GDP/PA
1 Wilson Valdez 6 95 6.32%
2 Julio Franco 12 240 5.00%
3 Jeff Keppinger 6 123 4.88%
4 Bubba Trammell 3 65 4.62%
5 Mike Jacobs 5 112 4.46%
6 Ricky Gutierrez 3 70 4.29%
7 Victor Diaz 16 377 4.24%
8 Doug Mientkiewicz 12 313 3.83%
9 Rey Sanchez 7 183 3.83%
10 Jose Offerman 3 80 3.75%
11 Jason Phillips 33 894 3.69%
12 Shawn Green 22 616 3.57%
13 Rey Ordonez 40 1159 3.45%
14 Moises Alou 14 414 3.38%
15 Richard Hidalgo 12 358 3.35%
16 Ramon Martinez 2 62 3.23%
17 Gary Sheffield 10 312 3.21%
18 Mike Piazza 93 2902 3.20%
19 Cory Sullivan 5 157 3.18%
20 Paul Lo Duca 33 1039 3.18%

Now this list cracks me up. Wilson “Exxon” Valdez atop a leaderboard? Sign me up!

As much as I love that list, it’s not entirely fair. 50 at bats is an extremely small sample size. To even it out, let’s up the threshold to 502 plate appearances and see how it shakes out:

Rk Player GDP PA GDP/PA
1 Jason Phillips 33 894 3.69%
2 Shawn Green 22 616 3.57%
3 Rey Ordonez 40 1159 3.45%
4 Mike Piazza 93 2902 3.20%
5 Paul Lo Duca 33 1039 3.18%
6 Damion Easley 17 565 3.01%
7 Fernando Tatis 20 685 2.92%
8 Brian Schneider 16 578 2.77%
9 Ty Wigginton 30 1099 2.73%
10 Todd Zeile 43 1631 2.64%
11 Ryan Church 16 614 2.61%
12 Mo Vaughn 17 654 2.60%
13 Luis Castillo 30 1170 2.56%
14 Robin Ventura 27 1100 2.45%
15 Daniel Murphy 17 707 2.40%
16 Jay Payton 28 1215 2.30%
17 David Wright 83 3665 2.26%
18 Benny Agbayani 17 753 2.26%
19 Derek Bell 14 622 2.25%
20 Vance Wilson 16 713 2.24%

Again, interesting list. Jason Phillips wasn’t entirely unexpected, but Shawn Green surprised me. Fernando Tatis’ presence on this list kind of torpedo’s my defense of him, doesn’t it? I feel foolish (and it won’t be the last time). Carlos Delgado GIDP’d in 2.13% of his plate appearances, ranking 21st. Other notables include Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran at 1.49% (28/29), Edgardo Alfonzo at 1.39% (31st), and Jose Reyes at 0.88% (34th).

The owner of the best GIDP percentage among qualifiers? Kazuo Matsui at 0.64 (36th). We’ll always be able to say that Kaz-Mat grounded into the fewest double plays per plate appearance among Mets receiving a minimum of 502 plate appearances between 2000 and 2009. So, we got that going for us.

Rk Player GDP PA To From Age GDP/PA
1 Wilson Valdez 6 95 2009 2009 31-31 6.32%
2 Julio Franco 12 240 2006 2007 47-48 5.00%
3 Jeff Keppinger 6 123 2004 2004 24-24 4.88%
4 Bubba Trammell 3 65 2000 2000 28-28 4.62%
5 Mike Jacobs 5 112 2005 2005 24-24 4.46%
6 Ricky Gutierrez 3 70 2004 2004 34-34 4.29%
7 Victor Diaz 16 377 2004 2006 22-24 4.24%
8 Doug Mientkiewicz 12 313 2005 2005 31-31 3.83%
9 Rey Sanchez 7 183 2003 2003 35-35 3.83%
10 Jose Offerman 3 80 2005 2005 36-36 3.75%
11 Jason Phillips 33 894 2001 2004 24-27 3.69%
12 Shawn Green 22 616 2006 2007 33-34 3.57%
13 Rey Ordonez 40 1159 2000 2002 28-30 3.45%
14 Moises Alou 14 414 2007 2008 40-41 3.38%
15 Richard Hidalgo 12 358 2004 2004 29-29 3.35%
16 Ramon Martinez 2 62 2008 2009 35-36 3.23%
17 Gary Sheffield 10 312 2009 2009 40-40 3.21%
18 Mike Piazza 93 2902 2000 2005 31-36 3.20%
19 Cory Sullivan 5 157 2009 2009 29-29 3.18%
20 Paul Lo Duca 33 1039 2006 2007 34-35 3.18%
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