Good As Gold
Fielding numbers are the black sheep of baseball statistics. The same world that embraces RBIs, ERAs and, yes, batting averages in late-inning pressure situations regularly thumbs its nose at defensive stats. O.K., fielding percentages aren't as sexy as, say, Mark McGwire's home run tally. Still, they deserve recognition, so here are the leaders at each position. To qualify, an infielder or outfielder must have played in at least two thirds of his team's games; a catcher, in at least half. Tom Glavine gets the nod among pitchers because he has had the most chances without an error.

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CHARTJOHN GRIMWADE

ERRORS

CHANCES

FIELDING PCT.

1B Don Mattingly Yankees

2

1,064

.998

2B Jose Lind Pirates

4

596

.993

SS Omar Vizquel Mariners

4

467

.991

3B Kevin Seitzer Brewers

7

291

.976

LF Tim Raines White Sox

2

252

.992

CF Lance Johrson White Sox

1

338

.997

RF Paul O'Neill Reds

1

238

.996

C Tom Pagnozzi Cardinals

1

574

.998

P Tom Glavine Braves

0

45

1.000

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)