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Cleveland Left Fielder Quiz

Another week down, time to move onto a new position on the diamond, left field.

As last time, name the Top 25 left fielders by games played (not counting 2012 games). No cheating by pulling searches from BRef!!! Guess the player and approximate spot in the Top 25.

Rank

Player

Games Played

1

Charlie Jamieson (1920-1932)

1242

2

Jack Graney (1910-1922)

1179

3

Dale Mitchell (1947-1956)

878

4

Jeff Heath (1936-1945)

814

5

Joe Vosmik (1930-1936)

801

6

Albert Belle (1989-1996)

704

7

Leon Wagner (1964-1968)

560

8

Mel Hall (1984-1988)

459

9

Tito Francona (1959-1961, 1963-1964)

402

10

Joe Carter (1984-1987, 1989)

313

11

Minnie Minoso (1958-1959)

295

12

Jack McCarthy (1901-1903)

288

13

Miguel Dilone (1980-1983)

264

13

Gene Woodling (1946, 1955-1957)

264

15

Bill Hinchman (1907-1909)

238

16

Coco Crisp (2002-2005)

216

17

Matt Lawton (2002-2004)

210

18

Pat Seerey (1943-1947)

209

19

Jim Jackson (1905-1906)

207

20

Jason Michaels (2006-2008)

206

20

Moose Solters (1937-1939)

206

22

David Justice (1997-2000)

197

23

Otis Nixon (1984-1987)

191

24

John Lowenstein (1970-1977)

189

25

Brian Giles (1996-1998)

188

Postscript

It looks to be 360 different guys who spent at least one game spent (or is it hiding?) in left field. As we see above, only 21 of them cracked the 200 game barrier. We have 29 guys with between 100 and 200 games, leaving 310 with less than 100 games.

This position had some longevity with Jamieson and Graney over 1000 games, but since 1950, other than Belle and maybe Wags, this position has been extremely fluid. Of the 2012 guys, only Duncan will come close to the list. He is at 133 right now and with 40+ games, he won't crack the Top 25. Nobody else is close. But the next semi-competent left fielder we get to even play 2 full seasons would crack the Top 15 easy.

Many a guy has had a few games play in LF, so I won't try to list them all here. But a couple of the guys just under the cutline and not mentioned below include Johnny Grubb (135), Alan Bannister (131), Ted Uhlaender (110), Smokey Joe Wood (103) and Joe Charboneau (99).

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