Number 13 Baby

Congratulations to Davey Concepcion, a player that I always admired, from an era that is forever etched in my mind, one that seems further away each passing year, as the game changes and the memory of Davey’s flashing plays on the washed out green carpet of the Coliseum. He was the one that never left, nor was fully appreciated for that feat, he and Barry Larkin combined to play short for the Reds for most of my life, an amazing task that is befuddling to me even as I type this. So with life and work pulling me in other directions I’ll leave you with this:
Five things and some other junk about Davey Concepcion.

1. Davey was neither the first Red to wear number 13 (Eddie Miller 1946) nor the last (Alex Gonzales) Shortstop Eddie Pellagrini wore it in 1952 and 1953 and coach Ray Shore wore it in 1966 and 1967. All the players who wore the number for the Reds were shortstops, and only Davey wore the number for longer then two seasons.
2. Among players at least 6 ‘2” only Cal Ripkin (6’4”) has played more games at short then the 6’2” Concepcion.

HEIGHT >= 74

AT BATS                         AB       HT        G
1    Cal Ripken                 9217   6'4"       2381
2    Dave Concepcion            8247   6'2"       2300
3    Derek Jeter                6790   6'3"       1679
4    Tony Fernandez             6042   6'2"       1578
5    Marty Marion               5499   6'2"       1569
6    Alex Rodriguez             4989   6'2"       1275
7    Tony Kubek                 4167   6'3"       1092
8    Ron Hansen                 3894   6'3"       1198
9    Buddy Kerr                 3631   6'2"       1067
10   Harvey Kuenn               3250   6'2"        771

3. When looking at the players who have appeared in the most games at shortstop it’s hard not to notice that Venezuela is well represented with 3 of the top 7 including Davey (7), Omar Visquel (2) and Luis Aparicio (1)

BIRTHPLACE: VENEZUELA

AT BATS                         AB
1    Luis Aparicio             10230
2    Omar Vizquel               8966
3    Dave Concepcion            8247
4    Ozzie Guillen              6686
5    Chico Carrasquel           4484
6    Alex Gonzalez              3609
7    Carlos Guillen             2737
8    Enzo Hernandez             2327
9    Cesar Izturis              2184
10   Alvaro Espinoza            1550

Enzo Hernadez has the distinction of having the most at bats in a season with the fewest RBI’s

RBI <= 15

AT BATS                       YEAR     AB       RBI
1    Enzo Hernandez           1971      549       12
2    Bobby Byrne              1908      439       14
3    Eddie Yost               1947      428       14
4    Charlie Jamieson         1918      416       11
5    Goat Anderson            1907      413       12
6    Jack Smith               1919      408       15
7    Ivan DeJesus             1981      403       13
8    Bud Harrelson            1968      402       14
9    Clyde Milan              1909      400       15
10   Bill Werber              1942      370       13

4. Next to Pete Rose, Davey is the Red with the most games and at bats, and seasons in uniform as a player.

AT BATS                         AB        G
1    Pete Rose                 10934     2722
2    Dave Concepcion            8723     2488
3    Barry Larkin               7937     2180
4    Johnny Bench               7658     2158
5    Tony Perez                 6846     1948
6    Vada Pinson                6335     1565
7    Frank Robinson             5527     1502
8    Edd Roush                  5384     1399
9    Ted Kluszewski             4961     1339
10   Frank McCormick            4787     1228

5. Between 1972 and 1985 only 3 NL shortstops averaged over 4 runs created per every 27 outs… Concepcion was one of them.

RUNS CREATED/GAME              RC/G      OBA      SLG     RC/G
1    Dickie Thon                4.88     .329     .417     4.88
2    Garry Templeton            4.16     .317     .389     4.16
3    Dave Concepcion            4.04     .325     .366     4.04
4    Chris Speier               3.86     .328     .348     3.86
5    Ivan DeJesus               3.77     .325     .328     3.77
6    Don Kessinger              3.59     .329     .317     3.59
7    Ozzie Smith                3.51     .317     .306     3.51
8    Bill Russell               3.51     .312     .338     3.51
9    Larry Bowa                 3.46     .302     .324     3.46
10   Rafael Ramirez             3.46     .302     .347     3.46

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