Wall-Banging Shortstops

Continuing the power-hitting shortstops theme, I am interested in determining who hit the most career doubles at the position.

Looking only at games played at SS, we rule out Robin Yount and Alex Rodriguez. Each has over 500 career doubles but both split them at two different defensive positions.

We run into issues with a few old-time greats, Joe Cronin and Honus Wagner. Both guys hit over 500 doubles but they played in seasons that Baseball-Reference is missing many box scores and thus splits.  Cronin probably hit just under 500 as a SS and Wagner is estimated to have 550 doubles at the SS position.  Honus is very likely the all-time leader for doubles by a shortstop but since we don’t know for certain I have left he and Cronin off this list.

The nearly 100% accurate list follows:

Career Doubles Hit While Playing Shortstop

  1. Derek Jeter – 514

  2. Cal Ripken – 470

  3. Jimmy Rollins – 441

  4. Orlando Cabrera – 440

  5. Barry Larkin – 438

  6. Edgar Renteria – 435

  7. Miguel Tejada – 434

  8. Omar Vizquel – 426

  9. Luke Appling – 422 *est*

  10. Ozzie Smith – 400

Posted on July 30, 2013, in 1980s stars, Hall of Fame and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. So Honus Wagner isn’t good enough to make your list with an estimated total, but Luke Appling is?

  2. It’s easier to estimate Appling’s doubles since he played a higher % of his total games at SS and because he played a little more recently than Wagner & Cronin. Honus especially played so many positions and so long ago I hesitate to quote his doubles count at any one position.

  3. Gideon Clarke

    Wagner played 72.6% of his games at short. 72.6% of his doubles would be 467. That’s an extremely conservative estimate, since most of Wagner’s prime years were also the years he was primarily, close to exclusively, or exclusively a shortstop. It’s possible that by some series of improbable coincidences that the actual total was lower than that, but it’s almost a certainty that the total was higher. It’s reasonable to say that 467 is the absolute low-end estimate for Wagner’s doubles in games where he also played shortstop. It’s almost certain that he hit 470, which would put him in 2nd, and I would literally eat a hat if his total were lower than Jimmy Rollins’s 441 for 3rd place. It just seems strange to disinclude one of the greatest players of all time from the entire list on the basis that we’re uncertain of whether he belongs in first or second place, while including a player with an estimated total in 9th place when, if it turned out to be an overestimate, the player might not actually belong on the list at all.

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