When researching and compiling a list such as this, parameters and requirements must be established.
Since the title itself is “Double Play Combinations,” I went completely with defense. Had it been the best second basemen or the best shortstops, I would have taken into account their offensive numbers as well.
It was a daunting task, to say the least. The first thing to be done was to find out who the best keystone players were.
After coming up with a list, I then had to compare seasons in which they played on the same team and played enough games to qualify.
The categories I used to rate these tandems were fielding percentage, errors, assists, and double plays turned.
I averaged the two men’s statistics together and was amazed to see how some players really brought down another’s numbers. For example, Buddy Myer showed that he was the better infielder while his teammate Joe Cronin put an anchor on their stats.
I did allow for tenure. I used a yearly average as well as the total numbers.
That is how Omar Vizquel and Roberto Alomar floated to the Top 10. Their statistics were awesome, but they only played in Cleveland together for three years.
Without further verbiage, I give to you the Top 10 Double Play Combinations in MLB History.