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Monday
Mar182013

Ben Zobrist, A Man for All Positions

Ben Zobrist is Joe Maddon's kind of player, playing anywhere and batting in any spot.

Last season, he played four positions

Split G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
as 2B 52 163 24 33 8 1 4 11 29 30 .202 .323 .337 .660
as SS 47 170 29 53 13 2 8 31 25 30 .312 .396 .553 .949
as RF 67 213 33 61 18 4 7 29 41 38 .286 .404 .507 .911
as DH 4 14 2 4 0 0 1 3 2 5 .286 .353 .500 .853
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 3/19/2013. 

And in 2012, he batted anywhere between first through sixth in the batting order

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Batting 1st 15 71 57 7 14 5 1 2 5 13 7 .246 .394 .474 .868
Batting 2nd 17 73 61 10 11 2 1 3 9 11 16 .180 .301 .393 .695
Batting 3rd 61 266 225 31 63 16 2 6 35 35 46 .280 .375 .449 .824
Batting 4th 15 58 51 8 13 5 1 0 5 6 9 .255 .328 .392 .720
Batting 5th 46 186 155 27 46 11 2 6 15 29 25 .297 .409 .510 .918
Batting 6th 3 14 11 5 4 0 0 3 5 3 0 .364 .500 1.182 1.682
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 3/19/2013.
 

In a recent interview, I heard Zobrist say that when he comes to the clubhouse on game days, he never knows where he'll play or when he will bat.

While none of us can even pretend to think like Joe Maddon, here's your chance to use some of the data that Maddon plays with in his magnificent mind.

Over the last five seasons

  • When playing the infield, Zobrist hit .260 with 58 homers.
  • When playing the outfield, Zobrist hit .277 with 27 homers.

Over the last five seasons when leading off 

  • When playing the infield, Zobrist hit .222 with two homers.
  • When playing the outfield, Zobrist hit .240 with five homers. 

Over the last five seasons when hitting second 

  • When playing the infield, Zobrist hit .229 with nine homers.
  • When playing the outfield, Zobrist hit .274 with three homers. 

Over the last five seasons when hitting third

  • When playing the infield, Zobrist hit .262 with seven homers.
  • When playing the outfield, Zobrist hit .310 with three homers.

Over the last five seasons when hitting fourth

  • When playing the infield, Zobrist hit .252 with 10 homers.
  • When playing the outfield, Zobrist hit .344 with five homers.

Over the last five seasons when hitting fifth

  • When playing the infield, Zobrist hit .303 with 16 homers.
  • When playing the outfield, Zobrist hit .248 with four homers.

Over the last five seasons when hitting sixth

  • When playing the infield, Zobrist hit .322 with eight homers.
  • When playing the outfield, Zobrist hit .232 with four homers.

Over the last five seasons when hitting seventh

  • When playing the infield, Zobrist hit .042 with one homer.
  • When playing the outfield, Zobrist hit .276 with two homers.

Over the last five seasons when hitting eighth

  • When playing the infield, Zobrist hit .300 with two homers.
  • When playing the outfield, Zobrist hit .308 with one homer.

Over the last five seasons when hitting ninth

  • When playing the infield, Zobrist hit .257 with three homers.
  • When playing the outfield, Zobrist hit .250 with no homers.

 Don't you see why Maddon loves Zobrist so much?

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