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Who's The Best Scooper Around?

Not that kind of scoop!

Anyway...

My dad forwarded this email to me. It's from Chuck Miller at STATS, LLC.

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If first baseman scoops determined the World Series champion, the Mets have seemingly taken the crown. I think this is a very small part of a team’s overall success, but it’s interesting to see the result of your data collection efforts.

1B Scoop Leaders, through games of 08/25/08

Minimum 21 Scoop Attempts

Name, Team Scoops Att Pct
Ross Gload, Kansas City 34 36 94.4
Todd Helton, Colorado 44 47 93.6
Carlos Delgado, NY Mets 38 41 92.7
Ryan Garko, Cleveland 36 40 90.0
Carlos Pena, Tampa Bay 32 36 88.9
Albert Pujols, St. Louis 34 39 87.2
Derrek Lee, Chi Cubs 32 37 86.5
Adam LaRoche, Pittsburgh 39 46 84.8
Lance Berkman, Houston 31 37 83.8
Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego 30 36 83.3
Casey Kotchman, Atlanta 42 51 82.4
Justin Morneau, Minnesota 54 66 81.8
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia 54 66 81.8
Paul Konerko, Chi White Sox 35 43 81.4
Kevin Youkilis, Boston 29 36 80.6
League 1203 1507 79.8
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit 38 48 79.2
Lyle Overbay, Toronto 32 41 78.0
Kevin Millar, Baltimore 34 44 77.3
Conor Jackson, Arizona 17 22 77.3
Jason Giambi, NY Yankees 27 36 75.0
Prince Fielder, Milwaukee 40 54 74.1
James Loney, LA Dodgers 39 53 73.6
Mark Teixeira, LA Angels 36 52 69.2
Mike Jacobs, Florida 27 39 69.2
Daric Barton, Oakland 24 35 68.6
Joey Votto, Cincinnati 34 55 61.8

 

Team Scoops Att Pct
NY Mets 42 45 93.3
Cleveland 48 53 90.6
Kansas City 43 48 89.6
St. Louis 36 41 87.8
Colorado 54 62 87.1
Pittsburgh 47 55 85.5
Houston 35 41 85.4
Chi Cubs 33 39 84.6
Seattle 27 32 84.4
LA Angels 48 57 84.2
Tampa Bay 42 50 84.0
San Diego 31 37 83.8
Boston 36 43 83.7
Arizona 34 41 82.9
Philadelphia 54 66 81.8
Minnesota 56 69 81.2
League 1203 1507 79.8
Toronto 35 44 79.5
Texas 31 39 79.5
Chi White Sox 45 57 78.9
Detroit 44 56 78.6
San Francisco 31 40 77.5
NY Yankees 40 52 76.9
Baltimore 41 54 75.9
LA Dodgers 44 58 75.9
Washington 39 52 75.0
Milwaukee 41 56 73.2
Florida 41 59 69.5
Atlanta 35 52 67.3
Oakland 30 45 66.7
Cincinnati 40 64 62.5

Division leaders are bolded.
Wild card leaders are italicized.

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I'm not sure where they draw the line for what's a scoop attempt and what's not (though it would seem obvious), but I thought this would be of interest given some of the complaints about Prince's defense. He's no prize scooper, but he hasn't been the worst this year either. One attempt every two games isn't anything to lose sleep over, but getting better at it can only help both Prince and the team.

EDIT: What does and doesn't constitute a scoop is indeed obvious after all. Catch the ball in the dirt, you did well. Don't catch the ball in the dirt, you fail. From STATS:

Successful Scoop – 1B scoops a ball in the dirt while keeping foot on first base (regardless of whether runner is safe or out).
Unsuccessful Scoop – 1B fails to scoop a ball in the dirt while keeping foot on first base.
Block – 1B successfully scoops the ball while off the base.

Obviously, blocks aren't listed above, but they do keep track of them, I guess.

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