Ranking the 10 Best Defensive Teams in Baseball

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Ranking the 10 Best Defensive Teams in Baseball
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Who is the best defensive team in baseball today? If you asked some baseball fans, I'm sure you would get a myriad of answers.

The team with the best cumulative fielding percentage as of Sunday is the Detroit Tigers at .997. You could argue that the Tigers are the best defensive team in the majors based on that statistic.

So, for posterity's sake, I am going to rank the teams for this list in order of how they placed in fielding percentage before play on Sunday. I'm also going to use the range factor (RF) statistic to point out specific players who hold the most defensive value for their team at a specific position.

Range factor is calculated by dividing putouts and assists by the number of innings/games played at a selected position. The uniqueness of the RF statistic is that it can only be measured in an oranges-to-oranges comparison. Meaning which, you cannot compare an RF rating of a center fielder to a shortstop. But you can compare among players at a like position.

So, with that said, here are the 10 best defensive teams in baseball as of April 21.

*Stats courtesy of MLB.com

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