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Eddie Joost: 1916-2011

Apr 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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Eddie Joost, an All-Star shortstop who starred for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1940s and 1950s, died yesterday at age 94.

Joost played 17 seasons in the majors but didn’t find consistent success until age 31, when he drew 100 or more walks in six consecutive seasons while posting a .391 on-base percentage with an average of 18 homers and 97 runs per year.

He’s a prime example of how focusing on batting average can significantly undersell a player’s value, as Joost’s excellent defense, strong power for a shortstop, and spectacular plate discipline more than made up for a lowly .239 career batting average.

Consider that Joost had six consecutive 100-walk seasons and the rest of the shortstops in the history of baseball have combined for 21 total 100-walk seasons. And from 1947-1952 he ranked tied for seventh with Yogi Berra among all American League players in Wins Above Replacement behind Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Phil Rizzuto, Vern Stephens, and Lou Boudreau.

  1. SmackSaw - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    OBP machine. Good glove. Good pop. R.I.P.

  2. baseballstars - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Sabremetrics would have given this guy a huge contract. RIP, glad he lived a long, awesome life.

  3. fquaye149 - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    He’s out there grinding out wins with Leo Durocher somewhere in baseball heaven. RIP.

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