Kings of Particular Spots in the Batting Order

The Retrosheet gamelogs contain a wealth of information, including full starting lineups for over 170,000 games in MLB history.  Using these files, the VORG has determined the top three players for most games started from each slot in the batting order.

Some highlights:

  • Rickey Henderson started 2,890 games in his Hall of Fame career, and not surprisingly 99.5% of those games saw him batting leadoff. His next highest count? He batted third eight times.
  • Charlie Grimm is the only player to finish in the top three at two different slots (6th, 7th).  These accounted for 88% of his total games started.
  • Ken Griffey, Sr. batted third a mere 239 times, roughly 1/8th Junior’s total.  Griffey Sr. batted second most often.
1ST Frequency
Rickey Henderson 2875
Pete Rose 2300
Lou Brock 1893
2ND Frequency
Nellie Fox 1711
Omar Vizquel 1570
Ozzie Smith 1529
3RD Frequency
Stan Musial 2253
Ken Griffey, Jr. 2014
Carl Yastrzemski 1978
4TH Frequency
Eddie Murray 2038
Fred McGriff 1825
Willie McCovey 1607
5TH Frequency
Harry Heilmann 1275
Ernie Banks 976
Robin Ventura 918
6TH Frequency
Charlie Grimm 892
Graig Nettles 832
Travis Jackson 789
7TH Frequency
Charlie Grimm 976
Everett Scott 894
Jimmy Dykes 768
8TH Frequency
Al Lopez 1363
Jim Hegan 1317
Ray Schalk 1207
9TH Frequency
Ozzie Guillen 1095
Gary Disarcina 853
Bucky Dent 826

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