ALL-TIME PLAYER RANKINGS

The Top 100 Shortstops of All-Time

Rankings

#1.  Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

Years: 1994-2016        Primary Team: Seattle Mariners

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
323.9 117.7 64.3 29.2 91.0 642.1 55.7 24.8 140

After adjustments for era, competitive balance, and contributions to pennant-winning teams, ARod, Ripken, and Wagner are very close. One could argue that my adjustment for era penalizes Wagner too much. But then again, it's difficult to believe that the greatest shortstop in baseball history ended his career before World War I concluded. ARod's hitting exploits (natural and unnatural) were so great that they obscure his ability as a defender. He was quick and had excellent feet for a bigger man. The Yankees insisted on moving him to third base, which was silly, but necessary to mollify Derek Jeter's ego. You could rank Ripken ahead of ARod and it wouldn't look ridiculous. But Wagner, having not faced all the best players, having spent half his career playing the outfield and elsewhere, and having played in an era when the difference between the best players and the average players was so large, his stats are inflated. After our adjustments, ARod comes out slightly ahead among this trio.

#2.  Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal Ripken Jr.

Years: 1981-2001        Primary Team: Baltimore Orioles

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
322.7 95.5 56.0 29.6 75.8 196.8 -4.8 180.7 112

#3.  Honus Wagner

Honus Wagner

Years: 1897-1917        Primary Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
301.7 130.6 65.2 30.9 97.9 639.2 33.5 85.0 151

#4.  Pee Wee Reese

Pee Wee Reese

Years: 1940-1958        Primary Team: Brooklyn Dodgers

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
272.8 66.4 40.7 19.0 53.6 31.3 42.9 117.0 99

#5.  Arky Vaughan

Arky Vaughan

Years: 1932-1948        Primary Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
268.2 72.9 50.7 25.5 61.8 362.8 -7.4 21.0 136

#6.  Robin Yount

Robin Yount

Years: 1974-1993        Primary Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
262.4 77.0 47.2 24.8 62.1 232.9 56.7 -47.5 115

#7.  Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

Years: 1995-2014        Primary Team: New York Yankees

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
259.0 71.8 42.3 22.1 57.1 353.1 56.0 -246. 115

#8.  Ozzie Smith

Ozzie Smith

Years: 1978-1996        Primary Team: St. Louis Cardinals

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
256.9 76.5 42.3 20.3 59.4 -116. 79.3 238.7 87

#9.  Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks

Years: 1953-1971        Primary Team: Chicago Cubs

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
253.2 67.4 51.8 27.7 59.6 255.5 -6.9 55.0 122

#10.  Luke Appling

Luke Appling

Years: 1930-1950        Primary Team: Chicago White Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
247.9 74.5 43.9 21.3 59.2 234.0 -0.1 41.0 113

#11.  Alan Trammell

Alan Trammell

Years: 1977-1996        Primary Team: Detroit Tigers

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
244.7 70.4 44.6 21.5 57.5 132.4 24.9 76.8 110

#12.  Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin

Years: 1986-2004        Primary Team: Cincinnati Reds

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
239.9 70.2 43.1 20.3 56.7 200.2 80.2 17.7 116

#13.  Lou Boudreau

Lou Boudreau

Years: 1938-1952        Primary Team: Cleveland Indians

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
236.0 63.0 48.9 26.4 56.0 193.0 -6.8 118.0 120

#14.  Joe Cronin

Joe Cronin

Years: 1926-1945        Primary Team: Boston Red Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
219.3 66.4 44.0 22.5 55.2 241.9 -4.1 28.0 119

#15.  Phil Rizzuto

Phil Rizzuto

Years: 1941-1956        Primary Team: New York Yankees

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
215.6 40.8 33.8 17.7 37.3 -29.9 15.7 115.5 93

#16.  Bert Campaneris

Bert Campaneris

Years: 1964-1983        Primary Team: Mustache Gang

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
195.8 53.0 36.7 17.9 44.9 -71.0 57.5 62.7 89

#17.  Jim Fregosi

Jim Fregosi

Years: 1961-1978        Primary Team: California Angels

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
190.1 48.7 40.9 21.1 44.8 138.8 9.4 3.0 113

The best shortstops by decade:

1900s: Honus Wagner
1910s: Art Fletcher
1920s: Joe Sewell
1930s: Arky Vaughan
1940s: Lou Boudreau
1950s: Ernie Banks
1960s: Jim Fregosi
1970s: Bert Campaneris
1980s: Robin Yount
1990s: Barry Larkin
2000s: Alex Rodriguez
2010s: Andrelton Simmons

If you do this exercise for every position, using cumulative WAR as the measuring stick, you'll get a list consisting largely of Hall of Fame players. You might have one player at each position who was first in WAR for a decade who did not get elected to the Hall of Fame. But at shortstop we find three players who are not in the Hall: Fletcher, Fregosi, and Campaneris. Chances are you might get a ten-year "decade" stretch where a sure-fire HOFer won't quite concentrate enough good seasons to lead in WAR. But usually it works out. In the case of the shortstops there's a lag in quality that occurred from the 1960s to the mid-1970s. Fregosi and Campy were better players than Sewell, but neither hit .300 for his career or got to significant career milestones to gain much attention from the keepers of Cooperstown.

#18.  Luis Aparicio

Luis Aparicio

Years: 1956-1973        Primary Team: Chicago White Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
187.7 55.7 32.6 15.5 44.2 -197. 91.4 148.6 82

#19.  Nomar Garciaparra

Nomar Garciaparra

Years: 1996-2009        Primary Team: Boston Red Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
187.1 44.2 43.1 21.3 43.7 188.9 0.4 15.2 124

#20.  Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Years: 2006-2018        Primary Team: The Rox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
181.4 43.8 40.2 20.0 42.0 114.3 -1.5 96.0 118

#21.  Joe Sewell

Joe Sewell

Years: 1920-1933        Primary Team: Cleveland Indians

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
176.6 53.7 37.5 18.9 45.6 149.7 -1.8 -4.0 108

#22.  Johnny Pesky

Johnny Pesky

Years: 1942-1954        Primary Team: Boston Red Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
176.1 31.8 31.1 16.3 31.5 78.8 8.5 16.6 107

#23.  Dave Bancroft

Dave Bancroft

Years: 1915-1930        Primary Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
175.4 48.5 37.2 20.1 42.9 14.7 -7.5 93.0 98

#24.  Cecil Travis

Cecil Travis

Years: 1933-1947        Primary Team: Washington Senators

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
174.5 29.5 28.2 16.2 28.9 79.7 -4.7 5.0 108

#25.  Al Dark

Al Dark

Years: 1946-1960        Primary Team: New York Giants

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
170.5 43.0 33.0 16.9 38.0 -10.7 11.9 33.4 98

Dark was a fantastic athlete, excelling in basketball, football, and baseball. He signed a bonus for $45,000 with the Braves in 1946 but couldn't report immediately because he was still in the U.S. Marines. He dominated the competition in one season in the minors and was a starting shortstop in the big leagues in '48 when he hit .322, won Rookie of the Year, and helped the Braves to their first pennant in 34 years. He developed a lifelong friendship with second baseman Eddie Stanky, the two of them joined as a double play duo for two teams. First, the pair played two seasons in Boston, then they were traded together to the Giants where they helped New York to the pennant in 1951. Dark and Stanky were similar personality types and scrappy players. They both learned under the tutelage of Leo Durocher, who fostered that fiery spirit on each of them. Like Stanky, Dark went on to become a manager, enjoying great success in two stints in the Bay area. With the San Francisco Giants, Dark won the 1962 pennant while managing his former teammate Willie Mays. A decade later, in 1974, he guided the Oakland A's to the pennant and their third consecutive championship after succeeding Dick Williams in the dugout. In 13 seasons as a skipper, Dark had a winning record and won nearly 1,000 games.

#26.  Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins

Years: 2000-2016        Primary Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
168.7 46.0 32.4 16.4 39.2 -40.9 67.5 30.5 95

Only three double play combinations have ever played as long as ten years together. First there was Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers for the Cubs in the early years of the 20th century. Then there were Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, who spent a remarkable 19 years together in Detroit. Finally, there's Rollins and Chase Utley, who teamed up in Philadelphia for a decade starting in 2005. Rollins has the most hits (2,455) of any of those six players, and he was the best base stealer of the bunch. Rollins has a photographic memory of sorts, which helped him remember patterns as he faced opposing pitchers. He was a multi-sport star in Oakland and he hailed from a family of accomplished athletes.

#27.  Maury Wills

Maury Wills

Years: 1959-1972        Primary Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
168.3 39.6 29.7 15.5 34.7 -90.1 54.7 0.4 88

#28.  Art Fletcher

Art Fletcher

Years: 1909-1922        Primary Team: New York Giants

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
166.6 47.0 36.8 18.9 41.9 0.8 -3.9 144.0 100

The best "old" shortstops were Wagner, Ozzie Smith, George Davis, Pee Wee Reese, Bobby Wallace, Barry Larkin, and Art Fletcher. That's based on WAR from the age of 31 to 37. Fletcher didn't get a starting job until he was 27 because he was stuck behind Al Bridwell, another very good defensive shortstop. John McGraw had the prescience to realize that Fletcher was a star and for several years he was the best all-around shortstop in the National League, in the stretch between the Giants two dynasties. Fletcher's range factors are nearly off the charts, he was slightly better with the glove than Dave Bancroft, the Hall of Fame shortstop who came along about that same time, and for whom an aging Fletcher was traded during the 1920 season.

#29.  Joe Tinker

Joe Tinker

Years: 1902-1916        Primary Team: Chicago Cubs

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
164.6 53.2 33.1 17.0 43.2 -37.4 9.5 180.0 96

Only five players in baseball history have accumulated 30 WAR on both offense and defense. There's the three great Orioles' infielders: Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken Jr., and Luis Aparicio, then there's Ozzie Smith. Finally, there's Joe Tinker, the only one of the five who earned more defensive WAR than offensive WAR. Tinker was the best of the three players in the famed Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play combo that led the Cubs to four pennants from 1906-1910. All three rank well at their positions: Tinker at #29, Evers at #30, and Chance at #32 among first basemen. Tinker asked to be traded in 1913 rather than play under double play partner Evers (who had been appointed player/manager). The two played side-by-side in the infield for a decade but barely spoke to each other due to personality conflicts. On the field they maintained a symbiotic relationship, helping Chicago to four pennants and two World Series titles. The Cubs traded Tinker to the Reds, where he too became a player/manager, but after one season he quit when he was informed the front office planned to send officials on road trips to spy on his players.

#30.  Tony Fernandez

Tony Fernandez

Years: 1983-2001        Primary Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
160.6 45.1 30.4 14.5 37.8 22.9 -2.5 31.5 101

#31.  Mark Belanger

Mark Belanger

Years: 1965-1982        Primary Team: The O's

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
159.2 41.0 31.9 16.1 36.5 -219. 16.0 241.0 68

#32.  Vern Stephens

Vern Stephens

Years: 1941-1955        Primary Team: St. Louis Browns

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
158.3 45.5 33.6 17.6 39.6 151.5 5.2 -0.6 119

#33.  Travis Jackson

Travis Jackson

Years: 1922-1936        Primary Team: New York Giants

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
155.9 44.0 35.2 16.6 39.6 6.8 -0.9 139.0 102

#34.  Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez

Years: 2005-2018        Primary Team: Florida Marlins

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
155.7 37.6 34.9 19.4 36.3 224.5 20.7 -113. 125

#35.  Rico Petrocelli

Rico Petrocelli

Years: 1963-1976        Primary Team: Boston Red Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
155.2 39.1 33.1 19.7 36.1 55.2 -10. 66.7 108

The five best seasons by non-active position players not in the Hall of Fame (and not tainted by steroid or gambling scandals), belong to:

Al Rosen (1953), Rico Petrocelli (1969), Larry Walker (1997), Terry Turner (1906), and Norm Cash (1961).

For Rico, '69 was a true outlier year coming in his age 26 season. He had 74 extra-base hits that season, and only two other times did he ever have as many as 50. Rico was a very good shortstop at that point of his career, but no one saw a 40-homer season coming. He hit over .400 in April and had 23 homers by the end of June. He was a good player for five more years, but the peak he had reached in 1969 was rarified air that normally only Hall of Famers breathe.

#36.  Omar Vizquel

Omar Vizquel

Years: 1989-2012        Primary Team: Cleveland Indians

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
153.8 45.3 26.7 13.5 36.0 -244. -1.0 128.0 82

#37.  Dave Concepcion

Dave Concepcion

Years: 1970-1988        Primary Team: Cincinnati Reds

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
151.2 39.8 29.8 14.8 34.8 -120. 20.1 51.8 88

#38.  Julio Franco

Julio Franco

Years: 1982-2007        Primary Team: Cleveland Indians

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
148.3 43.4 30.7 18.3 37.1 155.8 16.9 -42.3 111

#39.  Dick Groat

Dick Groat

Years: 1952-1967        Primary Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
147.7 36.7 29.8 17.7 33.3 -98.4 3.3 47.5 89

#40.  Dick Bartell

Dick Bartell

Years: 1927-1946        Primary Team: Phillies

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
147.6 40.2 29.7 17.0 35.0 -23.6 -6.0 40.0 96

#41.  Miguel Tejada

Miguel Tejada

Years: 1997-2013        Primary Team: Oakland A's

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
146.5 46.9 36.6 18.8 41.8 101.9 11.1 -47.5 108

#42.  Rafael Furcal

Rafael Furcal

Years: 2000-2014        Primary Team: Atlanta Braves

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
146.3 39.1 30.0 15.6 34.6 -17.9 52.3 67.0 96

#43.  Roger Peckinpaugh

Roger Peckinpaugh

Years: 1910-1927        Primary Team: New York Highlanders

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
143.2 45.0 29.0 14.9 37.0 -115. 6.9 100.0 86

#44.  Jay Bell

Jay Bell

Years: 1986-2003        Primary Team: Pirates

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
143.2 36.9 30.1 16.5 33.5 33.0 5.3 -12.6 101

#45.  Donie Bush

Donie Bush

Years: 1908-1923        Primary Team: Detroit Tigers

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
141.6 39.3 33.7 17.7 36.5 -40.1 7.0 -34.0 91

#46.  Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes

Years: 2003-2018        Primary Team: New York Mets

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
140.0 36.7 29.1 15.7 32.9 53.5 53.9 -77.0 104

Has a lot in common with Garry Templeton. Both were switch-hitting shortstops with speed and strong arms. Both were good base stealers and both led the National League in triples a number of times, Templeton three straight years and Reyes four times overall. Both established themselves as stars in their early 20s. Each had a knack for being embroiled in controversy, often because of their mouth. When Templeton learned he was selected as a substitute for the All-Star Game, he refused to go. He said "If I ain't startin', I ain't departin." When Reyes was told his manager was considering moving him from the leadoff spot, he bristled. He said "I've hit there all my life, I won't hit anywhere else." But that's where the similarities end.

Unlike Templeton, Reyes was an outgoing (almost bubbly) man known for being loose and lively in the clubhouse. He was criticized for an elaborate dance he liked to do in the dugout after hitting a home run. He was a little too happy when his team lost, according to some teammates. But Reyes was a fun guy for the most part, a smile on his face in the batting cage. Templeton was a dour man who never really loved playing baseball. It was his job and he didn't care for the extra stuff that came with being a ballplayer outside the white lines. Templeton and Reyes diverge in regards to productivity as well. Reyes kept being a valuable ballplayer after his 26th birthday, while Templeton took a few steps backward after a trade to San Diego and survived the rest of his career on his defensive talent while not maturing as a hitter.

Reyes is clearly the best shortstop in the history of the New York Mets, still plugging along as of 2018 in his second stint with the team, although as a bench player. For decades the Mets had a problem finding a great third baseman, until David Wright solved that. But the franchise also had troubles at short, usually settling on good-field/no-hit guys until Reyes came along. He played more than a decade on the left side of the infield with Wright.

#47.  Rabbit Maranville

Rabbit Maranville

Years: 1912-1935        Primary Team: Boston Braves

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
139.4 42.8 30.4 14.8 36.6 -228. 4.0 130.0 82

#48.  John Valentin

John Valentin

Years: 1992-2002        Primary Team: The Sawx

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
138.1 32.5 31.3 18.3 31.9 63.3 -2.8 79.1 109

A Jersey guy, Valentin was a really good shortstop who got stiffed by the Boston front office. The Red Sox made a number of poor personnel decisions in the 1980s, two of them cases of burying players in the minors when they were clearly ready for the big leagues. Clearly to everyone else anyway. Valentin was one of those guys, he didn't get to play regularly until he was 26 years old because the Sox had a hard-on for Luis Rivera, who was about 1/20th the player he was. Valentin finished ninth in AL MVP voting in his third full season, hitting 27 homers, 66 extra-base hits, reaching base 250 times, and driving in 102 runs. It was a better season (according to WAR) than any year Nomar Garciaparra had. The other Red Sox farmhand who was delayed in the minors too long was Wade Boggs. Boston made bonehead moves in the 1970s too, but those were mostly done by different stuffed shirts. They lost both Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn due to paperwork errors, for example... Valentin is the only player in baseball history to hit three home runs in a game, hit for the cycle, and also turn an unassisted triple play.

#49.  Bobby Wallace

Bobby Wallace

Years: 1901-1918        Primary Team: St. Louis Browns

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
137.1 70.1 41.7 20.1 55.9 67.1 -13. 133.0 105

#50.  Johnny Logan

Johnny Logan

Years: 1951-1963        Primary Team: Boston Braves

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
135.9 32.7 29.4 15.6 31.1 -27.4 8.4 57.1 94

#51.  Eddie Joost

Eddie Joost

Years: 1936-1955        Primary Team: CIN-BSN-PHA-BOS

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
135.3 30.7 27.2 16.9 29.0 18.0 -3.1 4.8 99

#52.  Marty Marion

Marty Marion

Years: 1940-1953        Primary Team: St. Louis Cardinals

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
127.9 31.6 26.1 13.7 28.9 -140. -1.3 130.0 81

In the 1930s there was a comic strip named Abbie and Slats, written and illustrated by Al Capp (of Lil' Abner fame). When Marty Marion came along as a green-eared prospect in the Cardinal organization, Burt Shotton named him "Slats" after the tall, skinny character in the comic strip. Marion had long legs and arms, his other nickname was "Octopus", and he was an unusual sight on the diamond in his era. Most shortstops in the 1940s were short and scrawny. Marion out-fielded all of them, establishing himself as the premier defensive shortstop in the game. He won the NL MVP Award in 1944 almost entirely on the strength of his defense, and he was a seven-time All-Star. Marion helped the Redbirds win four pennants in five seasons and his reputation as a great fielder was so good that his name remained on the Hall of Fame ballot for 14 years and he received as much as 40 percent support.

#53.  Freddy Parent

Freddy Parent

Years: 1901-1911        Primary Team: The Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
125.8 35.9 32.2 17.9 34.1 6.5 -4.7 70.0 99

In the 1903 "World's Series" between Boston and Pittsburg, Parent outplayed the opposing shortstop, Honus Wagner. He had three triples and four RBIs in Boston's victory over the favored National League Pirates. Parent was a well-educated French-Canadian who teamed with second baseman Hobe Ferris and first baseman Candy LaChance to form a famous double play combo for Boston in the early 20th century.

#54.  Edgar Renteria

Edgar Renteria

Years: 1996-2011        Primary Team: Florida Marlins

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
125.2 32.1 25.5 13.9 28.8 -35.1 21.0 -21.2 94

The most hits through age 25 by a shortstop are by Alex Rodriguez (1,167), and second is Robin Yount with 1,153. Renteria was third with 1,061. But when his career was over he had just 2,327 total hits, and only 142 after the age of 32. He delivered two historic hits in the postseason: the single in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Seven to win the 1997 World Series; and a three-run homer in Game Five of the 2010 World Series that staked the Giants to their first championship in San Francisco.

#55.  Scott Fletcher

Scott Fletcher

Years: 1981-1995        Primary Team: Chicago White Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
125.0 32.0 27.1 13.6 29.6 -68.6 7.6 100.5 85

Depending on how you look at it, Fletcher was either unwanted or highly coveted in Chicago. The Cubs drafted him and cultivated the shortstop through their system, he made his debut in 1981. But they traded him in a rare deal with their crosstown rivals the White Sox two years later. Fletcher was a very good shortstop, his defensive stats rating among the best in the league for his three years with the ChiSox. But the Pale Hose had young Ozzie Guillen to play short and decided to ship Fletcher to Texas at the winter meetings following the 1985 season. Craving his defense, the White Sox reacquire Fletcher a few years later so he could play second base next to Guillen.

#56.  Andrelton Simmons

Andrelton Simmons

Years: 2012-2017        Primary Team: Atlanta Braves

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
123.2 28.6 27.7 17.5 28.2 -28.8 0.3 163.0 90

When he's been healthy, Simmons has been the best defensive shortstop in the game during every year of his career. He's done a lot already at the age of 28 (through 2018) that merits attention: he's won three Gold Gloves and received MVP votes twice despite being an average hitter. His range and arm at short are the best of his generation. He's tall and skinny, but not clumsy at all, using his long strides and wide wingspan to reach ground balls deep in the hole or to his left up the middle. Two years shy of his 30th birthday, Simmons already had two 7 WAR seasons, one with the Braves and one with the Angels.

#57.  Elvis Andrus

Elvis Andrus

Years: 2009-2017        Primary Team: Texas Rangers

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
118.1 28.8 25.8 12.6 27.3 -54.7 36.5 20.0 89

Always lauded for his defense, Andrus finally turned a corner as a hitter at the age of 27 and followed it with a great year in 2017 when he posted career highs in runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, and RBIs. He was extremely durable through his first nine seasons and then he suffered a break in his elbow that looked to sideline him for a few months in 2018. Given a healthy stretch in his 30s, and with new-found pop in his bat, Andrus could vault into the top 30 at his position.

#58.  Terry Turner

Terry Turner

Years: 1901-1919        Primary Team: Cleveland Indians

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
117.2 38.2 28.6 17.2 33.4 -68.6 4.3 102.0 89

Turner was one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball in the first decade of the twentieth century, he had great range and strong throwing arm. In 1906 he had one of the greatest seasons of that era when he put together a fine year at the plate too. His fielding numbers that year are off the charts good. Turner was small and fragile, and he got injured or was absent from the lineup a lot due to sickness, including two bouts with typhoid fever. In 1908 he was hit in the head by a pitch from Eddie Cicotte and was knocked out for a while. He recovered, but the incident was scary enough that twelve years later when Ray Chapman was killed after being hit by a pitch in the head, it was compared to the Turner beaning.

#59.  Bill Russell

Bill Russell

Years: 1969-1986        Primary Team: LA Dodgers

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
115.3 31.2 21.3 10.9 26.3 -155. 22.9 72.4 83

Russell was a switch-hitter for one season, in 1971, the Dodgers feeling he was fast and athletic enough to make it work. That season, he hit for almost the exact same average from the left side of the plate as he did from his natural right side, and actually had more power as a left-handed hitter. But the Dodgers had the young outfielder abandon the experiment the following season in an effort to have him concentrate on becoming a shortstop instead. He played more than 1,700 games at short, all of them for LA, and was a three-time All-Star. Russell had a knack for pestering really good left-handed pitchers: he performed well throughout his career against Steve Carlton and Jerry Reuss, for example.

#60.  Carlos Guillen

Carlos Guillen

Years: 1998-2011        Primary Team: Detroit Tigers

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
114.7 27.7 24.2 13.9 26.0 82.4 2.3 -36.8 111

#61.  Jose Valentin

Jose Valentin

Years: 1992-2007        Primary Team: MIL-CHW-LAD-NYM

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
114.3 31.6 25.2 12.8 28.4 -63.6 23.9 61.6 96

#62.  Chris Speier

Chris Speier

Years: 1971-1989        Primary Team: San Francisco Giants

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
113.9 30.6 22.5 13.3 26.6 -95.1 -24. 32.5 88

Similar to an earlier Giants' shortstop Alvin Dark, Speier converted his religion and faith became very important later in his career. A sure-handed infielder who played 19 seasons, Speier was a fine all-around player early in his career, but injuries robbed him of his ability to drive the ball, and after hitting 53 home runs in his first five seasons, Speier hit just 59 over the next 14. He was very comparable to Bill Russell in value, but he didn't get to play with as many great teammates.

#63.  Denis Menke

Denis Menke

Years: 1962-1974        Primary Team: Atlanta Braves

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
111.9 28.1 23.3 13.8 25.7 37.8 -5.2 -30.5 103

#64.  J.J. Hardy

J.J. Hardy

Years: 2005-2017        Primary Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
111.8 28.2 24.4 12.7 26.3 -78.5 -8.9 88.0 90

#65.  Solly Hemus

Solly Hemus

Years: 1949-1959        Primary Team: St. Louis Cardinals

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
111.4 25.5 25.4 16.5 25.5 74.2 1.7 22.1 115

#66.  Billy Jurges

Billy Jurges

Years: 1931-1947        Primary Team: Chicago Cubs

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
111.0 30.7 22.9 12.5 26.8 -140. -0.1 113.0 82

#67.  Roy Smalley

Roy Smalley

Years: 1975-1987        Primary Team: His uncle's team

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
110.9 27.8 23.8 13.6 25.8 26.0 -5.0 -10.0 103

#68.  Ray Chapman

Ray Chapman

Years: 1912-1920        Primary Team: Cleveland Indians

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
110.2 29.0 27.2 15.9 28.1 52.3 14.4 -26.0 111

#69.  Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen

Years: 1958-1972        Primary Team: Baltimore Orioles

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
109.7 24.1 25.9 16.2 25.0 -43.2 -4.7 85.0 92

#70.  Garry Templeton

Garry Templeton

Years: 1976-1991        Primary Team: San Diego Padres

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
109.3 27.6 23.6 12.4 25.6 -151. 5.6 28.8 87

#71.  Leo Cardenas

Leo Cardenas

Years: 1960-1975        Primary Team: Cincinnati Reds

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
108.8 27.3 23.2 13.6 25.3 -116. -16. 30.9 88

#72.  Kid Elberfeld

Kid Elberfeld

Years: 1901-1914        Primary Team: Washington Nats

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
108.5 32.9 25.9 13.8 29.4 65.0 -6.9 -7.0 105

#73.  Jack Barry

Jack Barry

Years: 1908-1919        Primary Team: Philadelphia A's

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
107.3 25.9 24.6 13.5 25.3 -44.1 -1.8 49.0 88

#74.  Gene Alley

Gene Alley

Years: 1963-1973        Primary Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
106.7 24.4 24.3 15.4 24.4 -57.9 5.8 58.3 88

#75.  Yunel Escobar

Yunel Escobar

Years: 2007-2017        Primary Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
106.4 26.7 23.2 12.4 25.0 34.7 -3.1 -8.0 101

#76.  Mike Bordick

Mike Bordick

Years: 1990-2003        Primary Team: Oakland A's

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
105.1 26.8 22.4 12.3 24.6 -116. -9.6 68.2 83

#77.  Glenn Wright

Glenn Wright

Years: 1924-1935        Primary Team: Pirates

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
104.6 25.3 24.4 15.2 24.9 -19.7 0.1 71.0 99

#78.  Jhonny Peralta

Jhonny Peralta

Years: 2003-2017        Primary Team: Cleveland Indians

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
104.6 31.3 26.8 14.5 29.1 30.9 -26. -17.0 102

#79.  Greg Gagne

Greg Gagne

Years: 1983-1997        Primary Team: Minnesota Twins

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
104.5 26.3 21.4 11.2 23.9 -125. -8.5 82.6 83

#80.  Billy Rogell

Billy Rogell

Years: 1925-1940        Primary Team: Tigers

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
104.4 23.7 24.5 15.3 24.1 -108. -5.2 60.0 85

#81.  Dickie Thon

Dickie Thon

Years: 1979-1993        Primary Team: Houston Astros

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
102.0 23.9 22.0 15.7 23.0 -21.5 9.7 6.6 95

Thon was struck in the face by a pitch from Mike Torrez in the first week of the 1984 season, suffering a broken orbital bone. He rushed back to play on opening day the following year but it became obvious that he had serious troubles picking up the baseball at the plate. He missed a full month in '85 and then played sporadically. He tried to regain his form for the next few years but was never the same. He managed to play nine seasons after the gruesome injury but he was only a shell of his former self. How good was Thon before the beaning? In 1982-83 he was the best all-around shortstop in the National League. For those two seasons he posted a WAR of 6.1 and 7.4 for Houston. He was an All-Star, a Silver Slugger winner, and he finished seventh in MVP voting in '83. He was compared to Robin Yount, Cal Ripken, and Alan Trammell. Those three are in the Hall of Fame now, and at the time in the mid-1980s, Thon compared favorably to Trammell, was a much better hitter than Ozzie, and he had the power to hit home runs like Ripken, though Thon toiled in the spacious Astrodome.

Only 27 shortstops have ever had two or more seasons with a WAR of 6.1 or higher. Thon did it before he was 26 years old but never had a (healthy) chance to fill in the rest of the ledger. He never had the really good or good seasons (4 to 5.5 WAR) that those other shortstops had. As a result, Thon's third best year is 2.2 WAR and plummets from there. The other 27 shortstops who had at least two seasons as Thon did are all on this list, the lowest ranked is #53 (Freddy Parent). There's no guarantee that Thon had reached his peak before the injury, he could have pushed the bar higher. I think he was a better than Parent and Julio Franco and probably better than Miguel Tejada. He might have been able to jump ahead of such career-guys like Omar Vizquel and Dave Concepcion, and it's possible Dickie Thon might have been a top 20 Hall of Fame type shortstop had he been able to get out of the way of that fastball.

#82.  Asdrubal Cabrera

Asdrubal Cabrera

Years: 2007-2017        Primary Team: Indians

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
101.9 25.9 21.5 12.5 23.7 49.3 3.8 -47.0 106

Cabrera was a natural shortstop but the Indians moved him to second base in his rookie season because they had Jhonny Peralta (#78 on this list) at short. A few years later, Cabrera pushed Peralta to third and hit over .300 with 42 doubles and 17 stolen bases as a 23-year old. Those doubles started to turn into homers a few years later, but Cabrera fell in love with the power stroke at the expense of all else. His defense was never anything to write back to Venezuela about, and even though he still had a starting job as of 2018 with the Mets, Cabrera's not likely to move much further up the list.

#83.  Erick Aybar

Erick Aybar

Years: 2006-2017        Primary Team: Angels

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
100.3 23.8 23.0 12.4 23.4 -76.5 28.5 -4.0 89

#84.  Juan Uribe

Juan Uribe

Years: 2001-2016        Primary Team: White Sox, Giants, and almost every other team

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
98.5 23.8 21.1 12.1 22.5 -116. -8.9 82.1 87

Juan Uribe is an example of how a player can have several flaws in his game yet still manage to play a long time and earn close to $60 million. How did he do it? By having two valuable strengths: 1) Uribe was a very good glove man at shortstop, and 2) he could hit home runs now and again at a rate higher than most players at his position. But the Dominican had many flaws, namely: he had poor judgment on the base paths and was terrible at stealing bases; he hardly ever met a pitch he wouldn't swing at, and often missed pitches, striking out a lot while not getting on base at a very good rate. He was also notoriously streaky and he was a bad hitter on the road, his home/road splits are some of the most severe in history (.779 OPS at home, .659 on the road). Uribe had one of the best arms at short of his generation, and despite a pot-belly physique, he was quick at getting into the hole and covering ground in the middle of the diamond. He helped the White Sox, Giants, and Mets get to the World Series in a 16-year career spent with seven teams.

#85.  Roy McMillan

Roy McMillan

Years: 1951-1966        Primary Team: Cincinnati Redlegs

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
96.9 25.6 20.0 10.7 22.8 -221. -9.0 93.0 72

#86.  Jack Wilson

Jack Wilson

Years: 2001-2012        Primary Team: The Bucs

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
96.5 23.5 21.0 12.7 22.3 -148. 2.8 141.2 76

#87.  Marco Scutaro

Marco Scutaro

Years: 2002-2014        Primary Team: The A's

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
96.0 22.2 21.1 12.6 21.7 -13.0 7.4 -14.8 95

#88.  Charlie Hollocher

Charlie Hollocher

Years: 1918-1924        Primary Team: Chicago Cubs

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
95.9 23.2 23.2 14.1 23.2 52.3 -17. 37.0 110

In his first five seasons, Hollocher did lots of amazing things, including leading the Cubs to the pennant as a rookie in 1918 when he led the NL in hits and total bases. In his sixth season he was hitting .342 when he left the team in August due to a mysterious stomach ailment and exhaustion. He did not report to spring training the following year, failing to respond to inquiries from Chicago. Hollocher came back to the team in mid-May and in his first start hit a home run and had three hits. He went on a tear for about two weeks, but then he started feeling ill again. He pushed on through the summer, but after going hitless in a doubleheader on August 20, 1924, he left the team, never to play baseball again. Hollocher was suffering from chronic depression, and sadly (as is frequently the case) it was never treated properly. In 1940, almost exactly 16 years after his final big league game, Hollocher's dead body was found in his automobile, he had shot himself in the throat. He was dead at the age of 44. Hollocher probably would have been a Hall of Fame shortstop. He was entering his prime years when his affliction caused him to leave baseball, and he already had close to 900 hits and a .304 batting average. He probably could have won a batting title or two and he was a 200-hits-a-year type of guy.

#89.  Woody English

Woody English

Years: 1927-1938        Primary Team: Chicago Cubs

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
95.6 24.8 21.2 13.1 23.0 -15.8 -3.8 46.0 95

English stepped into the void at shortstop for the Cubs that was left by the abrupt retirement of Charlie Hollocher. He was a relatively average offensive player other than two good seasons in 1930-31 when the entire league was hitting .300 and runs were scoring like crazy. Early in his career, English was an excellent defensive shortstop, leading the National League in assists and putouts three times. His range was pretty good but it was his (large) sure hands and his strong throwing arm that helped him stand out among his peers. Later in his career he showed off his strong arm at third base. He was roommate to Rogers Hornsby, who gave him hitting tips, but other than 1930 and 1931, when he topped 200 hits each season, those tips did him little good.

#90.  Freddie Patek

Freddie Patek

Years: 1968-1981        Primary Team: Kansas City Royals

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
95.4 24.1 20.2 10.8 22.2 -155. 45.7 15.2 79

#91.  Larry Bowa

Larry Bowa

Years: 1970-1985        Primary Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
95.3 22.6 21.5 12.1 22.1 -305. 41.0 30.0 71

There might be more "baseball lifers" from the shortstop position than anywhere else on the field. Like like Honus Wagner, Lou Boudreau, Joe Cronin, Al Dark, Jim Fregosi, Johnny Pesky, Al Dark, Maury Wills, Art Fletcher, Roger Peckinpaugh, Bill Russell, Chris Speier, Solly Hemus, Chico Carrasquel, and Frankie Crosetti, Larry Bowa forged a long career after his playing days as a coach and manager, keeping a close connection to the game. Derek Jeter and Omar Vizquel seem destined to do so also. Bowa was a runt but he fought hard to make himself a good player and he lasted 16 years. "I always played with a chip on my shoulder. I was small. Nobody wanted me," he told Barry Bloom in a 2018 interview.

#92.  Rick Burleson

Rick Burleson

Years: 1974-1987        Primary Team: Boston Red Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
95.2 22.6 21.2 11.9 21.9 -85.8 -2.1 47.2 87

Rick Burleson was the anti-Derek Jeter: he was emotional with a temper that could explode at any time on the diamond; and he was a great defensive shortstop with a very strong throwing arm until it was robbed from him by an injury. Burleson led his Red Sox against the Yankees two decades before Jeter came on the scene in some of the most fiercely contested pennant races in the history of that rivalry. Boston only got to one post-season during that era, but Burleson hit .333 in 1975 in the playoffs and World Series for the Red Sox.

#93.  Chico Carrasquel

Chico Carrasquel

Years: 1950-1959        Primary Team: Chicago White Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
94.5 21.2 22.5 12.9 21.9 -84.6 -1.0 62.3 82

Chico Carrasquel was the first Latin American to start an All-Star Game, and the first in an impressive line of great shortstops from Venezuala. Carrasquel begat Luis Aparicio (who replaced him on the White Sox), who begat Davey Concepcion, who was followed by Ozzie Guillen and Omar Vizquel, and ultimately Carlos Guillen and Elvis Andrus. The top three Venezuelan-born players in games played in major league history are all shortstops (Vizquel, Aparicio, and Concepcion). Carrasquel was originally in the Dodger organization, but they traded him to the White Sox, who were one of the first teams to realize the importance of the culture barrier. The White Sox hired an interpreter for their Latin players and soon had a bevy of them on their roster. In 1950 the 24-year old rookie shortstop and 22-year old Nellie Fox debuted as a double play combo for the Sox. The duo spent six marvelous seasons together, making the Chicago pitching staff even better and earning a combined nine All-Star selections.

Throughout his career, despite his accolades as an All-Star, Carrasquel was criticized by his managers as being lazy and "indifferent" on the field. It's almost certain that the reason for those comments was the cultural differences inherent in Latin ballplayers. A new factor in major league baseball, the Latin ballplayer was more relaxed, nonchalant about routine plays, and flashier. They didn't have the same approach to practice and were often misunderstood because of the language barrier. Many also suffered from missing their family and homeland. Later, Roberto Clemente would get the same bad rap from officials in the Pirates' organization. The White Sox eventually traded Chico (after he had helped them secure Aparicio from Venezuela) and he bounced around a bit the rest of his career, which lasted only ten seasons. After he was released in the U.S., Chico returned to Venezuela where he played eight more years and managed in their professional leagues.

#94.  Frankie Crosetti

Frankie Crosetti

Years: 1932-1948        Primary Team: New York Yankees

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
93.9 23.9 19.1 10.5 21.5 -136. 2.3 43.0 83

Crosetti was looked after by double play partner Tony Lazzeri, who treated the young shortstop like a little brother. Both players hailed from the San Francisco bay area, as did Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio. The trio were lifelong friends. When Crosetti joined the Yanks in the 1930s they were a quiet team that let their play on the field do their talking for them. But the young shortstop was fiery and enthusiastic and soon earned the nickname "Crow" for his chatter on the infield. He lost his job at the fairly young age of 30 because of his weak bat, but his stellar defense was always needed. In the 1938 World Series he had sort of a "Brooks Robinson coming out" when he made several eye-popping plays to help the Yankees to their third straight title. Later as a coach, Crosetti penned "The Yankee Way", a pamphlet that was given to young players in the organization to teach them how to be a Yankee. He was in uniform as a Yankee either as a player or coach every season from 1932 to 1968, winning 17 World Series.

#95.  Woodie Held

Woodie Held

Years: 1954-1969        Primary Team: Cleveland

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
93.8 22.0 21.9 11.5 22.0 51.4 -0.4 19.3 108

Woodie Held was ready to be a big leaguer when he was 20 years old, but he was trapped in the talent-rich Yankee farm system in the early 1950s. Originally a center fielder, Held was behind Mickey Mantle in the pecking order, and had to wait his turn. When the Yanks couldn't find a place for him, he was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in one of the many deals between the two teams in that era. Only finally getting to play regularly in the majors at the age of 25, Held was immediately a star. He belted 20 homers in half a season for the A's and manned center field. But the following year the manic A's traded Held to the Indians in a deal that brought Roger Maris to KC. In Cleveland, Held's fate took a sharp right turn as a series of events led him to shortstop, a position he had barely played. Held tried to be a quick study at his new position but he made a lot of errors in his first few seasons in the middle of the infield. He didn't let it affect his hitting though, as he averaged 21 homers, 64 RBIs, and a .445 slugging percentage in his six full seasons in Cleveland. In 1959, Held hit a career-high 29 homers, a Cleveland record for a shortstop that stood for 46 years until Jhonny Peralta broke it.

#96.  Brandon Crawford

Brandon Crawford

Years: 2011-2017        Primary Team: San Francisco Giants

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
93.5 20.6 20.6 13.4 20.6 -29.1 -2.0 73.2

Crawford is known for two events involving grand slams, but he's most famous for being a great defender at short, having won three consecutive Gold Gloves from 2015-17 for the Giants. Crawford hit a grand slam in his first major league game and he later became the first shortstop to hit a grand slam in the postseason. His defensive metrics are fantastic and if he can improve on his league-average offense, he could jump many spots on this list before his career is over.

#97.  David Eckstein

David Eckstein

Years: 2001-2010        Primary Team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
91.6 20.8 19.0 12.3 19.9

The most unlikely player to be on this list, probably along with Bill Russell, who never even played shortstop until he'd been in the major leagues for three years. Eckstein didn't have warning track power on his best day, had average speed, a very weak throwing arm, and in an era of steroid users he was a runt, but he was a winning ballplayer who managed a ten-year career. He was the type of player who would have won an MVP award in the 1950s if his team won a pennant, and in 2002 he did finish tenth in voting when the Angels won the flag.

#98.  Alexei Ramirez

Alexei Ramirez

Years: 2008-2016        Primary Team: Chicago White Sox

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
90.6 20.3 21.6 12.2 21.0 -74.0 5.0 4.0

"The Cuban Missile" was a little like Eddie Miller: wafer-thin but with some surprising power. Ramirez was not a natural shortstop, he started out as a pitcher/outfielder in Cuba before he came to the United States at the age of 26. He finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting after hitting 21 homers. That season he played second base, center, and a little at short. But in his second season he shifted to shortstop and stayed there for seven seasons for the White Sox and one more for the Padres. Like Miller, Ramirez never met a pitch he didn't like to swing at, he was allergic to bases on balls, but still had some value.

#99.  Orlando Cabrera

Orlando Cabrera

Years: 1997-2011        Primary Team: Les Expos

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
90.4 21.4 19.9 11.4 20.7 -170. 27.7 2.7 84

The five worst hitters who got at least 2,000 hits: Larry Bowa, Omar Vizquel, Rabbit Maranville, Luis Aparicio, and Orlando Cabrera, all shortstops with reputations as good defensive players. Cabrera became a good luck charm, from 2004 to 2010, a span of seven seasons, he was on five teams that made the playoffs a total of six times. In that sense he was sort of like Don Baylor, who went to three straight World Series with three different teams and was in the postseason for five different teams in all.

#100.  Eddie Miller

Eddie Miller

Years: 1936-1950        Primary Team: Cincinnati Reds

Score WAR WAR7 WAR3 JAWS RBat RBase RField OPS+
90.2 23.7 20.3 10.8 22.0 -136. -2.7 79.0 80

Miller was traded for the 51st shortstop on this list, Eddie Joost, in a deal made at the winter meetings in 1942. The Reds reversed the trade five years later when they reacquired Miller from the Phillies. The best shortstop in the history of the Cincinnati Reds is Barry Larkin, next is Dave Concepcion. Miller was the best before those two: he was a seven-time All-Star and frequently led the league in fielding stats that mattered. He could also hit some.