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Cleveland Second Basemen Quiz


One more week has passed, and we return to the infield, the last up the middle position, second base.

As previously, name the Top 25 second basemen 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

Nap Lajoie (1902-1914)

1385

2

Bobby Avila (1949-1958)

1098

3

Bill Wambsganss (1914-1923)

940

4

Duane Kuiper (1974-1981)

774

5

Ray Mack (1938-1944, 1946)

767

6

Carlos Baerga (1990-1996, 1999)

735

7

Joe Gordon (1947-1950)

549

8

Tony Bernazard (1984-1987)

507

9

Odell Hale (1931, 1933-1940)

487

10

Roberto Alomar (1999-2001)

468

11

Jack Brohamer (1972-1975, 1980)

442

12

Ron Belliard (2004-2006)

383

13

Johnny Hodapp (1929-1932)

353

14

Jerry Browne (1989-1991)

337

15

Eddie Leon (1970-1972)

289

16

Pedro Gonzalez (1965-1967)

280

17

Vern Fuller (1966-1970)

270

18

Freddy Spurgeon (1924-1927)

249

19

Terry Turner (1909-1911, 1913-1918)

233

20

Carl Lind (1927-1930)

231

21

Roy Hughes (1935-1937)

224

22

Julio Franco (1985-1988, 1997)

216

23

Johnny Temple (1960-1961)

206

24

Riggs Stephenson (1921-1924)

203

25

Bill Cissell (1932-1933)

195

Postscript

We have 245 different guys who spent at least one game at the second sack. Fourteen of them cracked the 200 game barrier but only two guys surpassed 1000 games. Although there were only two to break 1000, eight cracked 500 games, making it another fairly stable position. Everbody on this list was a starter for at least one season except Turner. There are only 23 guys with between 100 and 200 games, leaving 198 with less than 100 games.

For the 2012 guys, Kipnis had 36 games there before the season, tied with Bevacqua at #90. As of today, he has 159 games, tying him with Luis Valbuena at #32 all-time. With 27 games to go, the best he can do is 186, which will not crack the Top 25. Donald only had 60 games and cannot crack 100 this year. Lillibridge and Jose Lopez will add 2 more names to the list.

Some other notable guys not mentioned in the comments: David Bell (101 games), Ricky Gutierrez (93), John Lowenstein (71), Billy Martin (67), Vic Power (55), Snuffy Stirnweiss (25), Jeff Kent (9), Larry Doby (4), Joe Carter (1), Einar Diaz (1), Peaches Graham (1), Sam McDowell (1).

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