- Dumb Luck Wins
- Tough Luck Losses
- Out Prevention Percentage
- Infield Outs Prevented
To qualify for either leaderboard, a player must have had either 502 plate appearances (enough to qualify for the batting title) or 150 infield balls in play (IFBIP). Links in the tables go to Baseball-Reference.
+ IFOP Leaders for 2006 Season
The league average player would have posted a +6.43 IFOP in 600 PA. The median among qualified players was +5.
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Allow me to direct your attention to a couple numbers on this chart. First off, perhaps the most impressive feat: Corey Patterson’s zero double plays. To have no double plays in almost 200 IFBIP requires a pretty huge helping of both luck and skill.
Secondly, there’s Clint Barmes’ line: 12 ROE, 13 IFH, and 12 DP. He nearly had more reaches on error than infield hits, which is really hard to do. Way to fill up the JunkStat boxscore, Clint!
The worst IFOP in 2006 belonged to Victor Martinez, who put up an astonishing -21 mark (28 double plays, 3 reaches on error, 4 infield hits). Adrian Gonzalez, as usual, was near the bottom of the list, finishing at -18; third-worst was Paul Konerko (-15). Mike Jacobs and Troy Glaus came in at -13.
The league average IFO/C was 96.9. The worst mark among qualifiers was Victor Martinez’s 109.8.
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It seems really weird to have Ichiro all the way down in 6th place… but it’s even weirder to have Dan Uggla just one spot lower.
There must have been something in the Florida water in 2006: four Marlins are on the list, including Uggla and Josh Willingham, who aren’t exactly fleet of foot. There are also three Devil Rays on the list, meaning that one state accounts for more than a third of the top 20.
The additions to this list who did not make the IFOP leaderboard are Willingham, Ryan Freel, Rocco Baldelli, Alfredo Amezaga, and Coco Crisp.
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