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The Top 10 Best/Worst Red Sox SS Seasons (1961 - 2010)

This post was inspired by a piece on www.baycityball.com regarding the worst SS seasons in their history. I decided to look at only the past 50 years and will look at both the Top 10 Worst Seasons and the Top 10 Best Seasons.

In order to qualify a Shortstop had to play the majority of his games at SS and have the most for the team for that season, for a few seasons this allowed a less than stellar "non-regular" into the mix (2004/1987).

Metrics show are www.baseball-reference.com WAR with both oWAR/dWAR shown and OPS+

 

The lists after the jump

Top 10 Worst SS Seasons (by WAR)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/SS
1 1984 Gutierrez, Jackie -2.7 -0.3 -2.4 63 150
2 1985 Gutierrez, Jackie -1.8 -1.2 -0.6 41 99
3 1982 Hoffman, Glenn -1.4 -1.1 -0.3 53 150
4 1990 Rivera, Luis -1.2 0.0 -1.2 70 112
5 1986 Romero, Ed -1.0 -0.3 -0.7 51 75
6 1981 Hoffman, Glenn -0.9 -0.4 -0.5 56 78
7 1992 Rivera, Luis -0.4 -0.4 0.0 51 93
8 1974 Guerrero, Mario -0.4 0.0 -0.4 58 93
9 2001 Lansing, Mike -0.3 0.3 -0.6 76 76
10 1971 Aparicio, Luis -0.3 0.8 -1.1 62 121

Comments: Julio Lugo justs missed the cut at #11 with his 2008 offering. 1984 must have been one interesig season. I remember Gutierrez (I had like 15 of his cards - they seemed to come in every pack), but man - 150 games at a prime defensive position and a -2.4 dWAR!! Wow. I mean its not like he rakes with the bat. The Sox then let the same guy play the majority of the 85 season. I also remember Romero as the super-sub in the mid-80s. I guess super-subs just kinda sucked back then. Lansing is horsehoed in between excellent SS seasons as you'll see later.

Top 10 Worst SS Seasons (by OPS+)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/SS
1 1985 Gutierrez, Jackie -1.8 -1.2 -0.6 41 99
2 2004 Reese, Pokey 1.6 -0.6 2.2 46 71
3 1986 Romero, Ed -1.0 -0.3 -0.7 51 75
4 1992 Rivera, Luis -0.4 -0.4 0.0 51 93
5 1982 Hoffman, Glenn -1.4 -1.1 -0.3 53 150
6 1981 Hoffman, Glenn -0.9 -0.4 -0.5 56 78
7 1974 Guerrero, Mario -0.4 0.0 -0.4 58 93
8 1971 Aparicio, Luis -0.3 0.8 -1.1 62 121
9 1984 Gutierrez, Jackie -2.7 -0.3 -2.4 63 150
10 2007 Lugo, Julio 0.4 0.4 0.0 65 145

Comments: So there is mister Lugo! and lo and behold the 2007 version. Wait, didn't we win something that year? Check #2 on the list - Pokey gets credit for 2004 due to Nomar/Cabrera not playing enough individually to qualify. Plus you got to love a guy who can post a 1.6 WAR with a 46 OPS+. Glenn Hoffman, well you just sucked. Aparicio gets a pass because he was like 70 when he played for us.

On to the good stuff.......

Top 10 Best SS Seasons (by WAR)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/SS
1 1969 Petrocelli, Rico 9.3 7.8 1.5 167 153
2 1995 Valentin, John 8.5 6.3 2.2 138 135
3 1998 Garciaparra, Nomar 7.3 6.2 1.1 140 143
4 2000 Garciaparra, Nomar 7.3 6.5 0.8 155 136
5 2003 Garciaparra, Nomar 6.7 5.4 1.3 121 156
6 2002 Garciaparra, Nomar 6.7 5.1 1.6 127 154
7 1999 Garciaparra, Nomar 6.5 7.4 -0.9 153 134
8 1997 Garciaparra, Nomar 5.9 5.0 0.9 123 153
9 1993 Valentin, John 4.8 2.6 2.2 107 144
10 1962 Bressoud, Eddie 4.7 3.2 1.5 104 153

Comments: Petrocelli, man you were just sick in 69 relative to your peers. I mean come on, 40 HR from the SS position in the 60's?? and to think you only managed 7th in the MVP voting. I'd forgotten just how good Valentin was prior to Nomar. Sox fans were drooling over that infield combo in the late 90s and BOOM injuries derail Johnny's career - shame. Nomar - you were just so darn awesome.

Top 10 Best SS Seasons (by OPS+)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/SS
1 1969 Petrocelli, Rico 9.3 7.8 1.5 167 153
2 2000 Garciaparra, Nomar 7.3 6.5 0.8 155 136
3 1999 Garciaparra, Nomar 6.5 7.4 -0.9 153 134
4 1998 Garciaparra, Nomar 7.3 6.2 1.1 140 143
5 1995 Valentin, John 8.5 6.3 2.2 138 135
6 1994 Valentin, John 4.3 3.2 1.1 128 83
7 2002 Garciaparra, Nomar 6.7 5.1 1.6 127 154
8 1964 Bressoud, Eddie 4.4 4.6 -0.2 125 158
9 1997 Garciaparra, Nomar 5.9 5.0 0.9 123 153
10 2003 Garciaparra, Nomar 6.7 5.4 1.3 121 156

Comments: Bats alive, the Sox have had some pretty good offensive SS in the recent past. You'd be hard pressed to find a better 3 year run than Nomar's 1998-2000....wait how the hell did we not win a championship on the back of Nomar & Pedro alone?? oh well.

-BZ

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