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May 24, 2012

Inside The Park Blog

Big 3s: The Complete List

by Bradford Doolittle

As I promised in my piece today on baseball Big 3s, I promised the complete list of teams that qualified under my definition of top-heavy. So here you go. If you're like me, it's a pleasure just to look at some of the player combinations that dominated their teams over the years. You can also get a sense for which teams were dominated by a single player, or a duo, even though we're calling these groupings "Big 3s".

 
The percentage listed is the portion of a team's overall WARP was posted by its Big 3, and the individual WARP totals of that core trio are listed in parenthesis. Again, my database goes back to 1950, and there are 163 teams over that span that have met my criteria.
 
 
2011 Blue Jays 57.8% (Jose Bautista 10.3, Yunel Escobar 3.7, Brett Lawrie 3.3)
2011 Dodgers 57.8% (Matt Kemp 9.2, Clayton Kershaw 6, Hiroki Kuroda 2.6)
2011 Red Sox 54.6% (Jacoby Ellsbury 8.6, Dustin Pedroia 5.7, Adrian Gonzalez 5.6)
2010 Cardinals 56.6% (Albert Pujols 9, Matt Holliday 5.4, Adam Wainwright 4.6)
2010 Tigers 50.8% (Miguel Cabrera 6.5, Justin Verlander 5.2, Austin Jackson 3.5)
2010 Rockies 49.7% (Troy Tulowitzki 5.6, Carlos Gonzalez 5.4, Ubaldo Jimenez 4.6)
2009 Rays 59.2% (Ben Zobrist 7, Evan Longoria 6.6, Jason Bartlett 5.4)
2009 Cardinals 55.9% (Albert Pujols 11.5, Adam Wainwright 5.1, Brendan Ryan 4.2)
2008 Cardinals 58.1% (Albert Pujols 10, Ryan Ludwick 6.3, Troy Glaus 3.2)
2008 Mets 49.8% (David Wright 6.7, Jose Reyes 6.1, Carlos Beltran 5)
2006 Cardinals 52.3% (Albert Pujols 7.9, Scott Rolen 5.7, Chris Carpenter 2.9)
2005 Marlins 51.0% (Dontrelle Willis 6.4, Josh Beckett 4.9, Miguel Cabrera 4.7)
2004 Giants 52.7% (Barry Bonds 11.2, Jason Schmidt 5.3, Ray Durham 3.1)
2004 Cardinals 51.2% (Albert Pujols 8.6, Scott Rolen 8.2, Jim Edmonds 7.5)
2003 Cardinals 62.1% (Albert Pujols 8.8, Edgar Renteria 5.8, Jim Edmonds 5.8)
2002 Giants 51.9% (Barry Bonds 11, Jeff Kent 6.6, Livan Hernandez 3.3)
2001 Giants 66.6% (Barry Bonds 11.6, Rich Aurilia 6.5, Jeff Kent 6.2)
2001 Diamondbacks 60.4% (Randy Johnson 8.9, Luis Gonzalez 8.4, Curt Schilling 5.6)
2001 Dodgers 55.7% (Shawn Green 8.9, Gary Sheffield 5, Paul Lo Duca 4.8)
2001 Cubs 51.7% (Sammy Sosa 11, Kerry Wood 4.3, Ricky Gutierrez 2.8)
2000 Angels 66.3% (Darin Erstad 8.3, Troy Glaus 8.1, Tim Salmon 3.9)
2000 Red Sox 56.4% (Nomar Garciaparra 8.2, Pedro Martinez 6.3, Carl Everett 4)
2000 Mariners 54.3% (Alex Rodriguez 10.1, Edgar Martinez 5.9, Mike Cameron 4.2)
2000 Blue Jays 50.7% (Carlos Delgado 6.7, Shannon Stewart 4.8, David Wells 4.4)
2000 Giants 50.3% (Barry Bonds 8.3, Jeff Kent 7.4, Ellis Burks 5.2)
1999 Red Sox 49.5% (Pedro Martinez 9, Nomar Garciaparra 7.8, Bret Saberhagen 2.7)
1998 Cardinals 53.2% (Mark McGwire 7.9, Ray Lankford 4.9, Brian Jordan 3.9)
1998 Mets 53.1% (John Olerud 8, Mike Piazza 5.9, Al Leiter 4.7)
1998 Giants 50.0% (Barry Bonds 9.3, Jeff Kent 5.2, Bill Mueller 3.3)
1997 Astros 58.9% (Craig Biggio 8.7, Jeff Bagwell 6.6, Bill Spiers 3.6)
1997 Dodgers 56.8% (Mike Piazza 10.1, Raul Mondesi 6.3, Hideo Nomo 3.5)
1997 Mariners 52.4% (Ken Griffey 8.9, Edgar Martinez 5.3, Randy Johnson 4.9)
1996 Mariners 65.4% (Alex Rodriguez 8.3, Ken Griffey 7.6, Edgar Martinez 5.7)
1996 Orioles 52.3% (Roberto Alomar 7.4, Brady Anderson 7.4, Rafael Palmeiro 3.5)
1996 Astros 50.9% (Jeff Bagwell 6.9, Shane Reynolds 4.9, Darryl Kile 3.8)
1996 Padres 49.7% (Ken Caminiti 8.9, Steve Finley 6, Rickey Henderson 3.6)
1996 Reds 49.5% (Barry Larkin 6.9, Eric Davis 4, John Smiley 3.9)
1995 Angels 57.2% (Tim Salmon 6.7, Jim Edmonds 5.6, Tony Phillips 5.3)
1995 Mariners 56.5% (Randy Johnson 7.3, Edgar Martinez 6.7, Tino Martinez 3.8)
1995 Astros 50.5% (Craig Biggio 6.1, Jeff Bagwell 4.9, Shane Reynolds 3.9)
1994 Astros 62.0% (Jeff Bagwell 8.8, Craig Biggio 5.4, Ken Caminiti 2.8)
1994 Indians 54.0% (Albert Belle 6.7, Kenny Lofton 5.5, Jim Thome 2.8)
1994 Dodgers 49.6% (Brett Butler 4, Kevin Gross 3.5, Mike Piazza 3.3)
1993 Mariners 58.1% (Ken Griffey 7.7, Randy Johnson 6.5, Mike Blowers 3.6)
1993 Dodgers 51.8% (Mike Piazza 6.9, Orel Hershiser 4.5, Tom Candiotti 4.1)
1993 Blue Jays 50.6% (John Olerud 7.9, Paul Molitor 6.2, Roberto Alomar 6.2)
1993 Phillies 50.0% (Len Dykstra 8.8, Darren Daulton 6, Tommy Greene 6)
1992 White Sox 57.2% (Frank Thomas 7.1, Tim Raines 6.1, Robin Ventura 6)
1992 Padres 56.8% (Gary Sheffield 8.5, Andy Benes 5.1, Fred McGriff 3.8)
1992 Pirates 50.9% (Barry Bonds 9.4, Andy Van Slyke 7, Jay Bell 4.4)
1991 Mariners 49.7% (Ken Griffey 6.3, Edgar Martinez 6.2, Erik Hanson 3.1)
1989 Brewers 56.8% (Paul Molitor 7, Robin Yount 6.2, Chris Bosio 3.8)
1989 Giants 54.0% (Will Clark 8.1, Kevin Mitchell 8, Brett Butler 4.4)
1989 Rangers 53.9% (Ruben Sierra 6, Nolan Ryan 5.8, Julio Franco 5.1)
1988 Red Sox 62.7% (Wade Boggs 7.8, Roger Clemens 7.7, Mike Greenwell 6.9)
1988 Pirates 55.7% (Barry Bonds 6.6, Bobby Bonilla 6.1, Andy Van Slyke 5.8)
1986 Blue Jays 50.4% (Jesse Barfield 8.6, Tony Fernandez 4.6, George Bell 3.7)
1985 Red Sox 60.2% (Wade Boggs 8.4, Dwight Evans 4.9, Rich Gedman 4.7)
1984 Orioles 54.2% (Cal Ripken Jr. 8.4, Eddie Murray 6.7, Wayne Gross 2.7)
1983 Nationals 61.0% (Andre Dawson 7.6, Tim Raines 6.2, Gary Carter 4.9)
1983 Astros 50.0% (Dickie Thon 6.9, Jose Cruz 5.6, Bill Doran 3.9)
1982 Nationals 65.6% (Gary Carter 8.4, Andre Dawson 7.6, Al Oliver 6)
1982 Brewers 56.3% (Robin Yount 10, Paul Molitor 7, Cecil Cooper 5.6)
1982 Angels 53.3% (Doug Decinces 8.6, Brian Downing 6.7, Fred Lynn 5.3)
1982 Phillies 50.9% (Mike Schmidt 8.1, Steve Carlton 6.8, Larry Christenson 3.3)
1981 Phillies 64.0% (Mike Schmidt 8.4, Steve Carlton 3.9, Garry Maddox 2.9)
1981 Nationals 63.7% (Andre Dawson 7.6, Bill Gullickson 4.5, Tim Raines 3.4)
1981 Red Sox 55.1% (Dwight Evans 6.6, Carney Lansford 3.8, Dennis Eckersley 2.6)
1981 Athletics 53.2% (Rickey Henderson 7.7, Dwayne Murphy 3.4, Tony Armas 3.3)
1981 White Sox 52.7% (Chet Lemon 4.5, Tony Bernazard 3.4, Greg Luzinski 2.8)
1981 Rangers 52.1% (Buddy Bell 6.2, Jim Sundberg 3.1, Bill Sample 2.5)
1980 Brewers 66.2% (Ben Oglivie 7.6, Robin Yount 7.5, Cecil Cooper 7.1)
1980 Athletics 65.0% (Rickey Henderson 9.3, Tony Armas 5.7, Dwayne Murphy 5.4)
1980 Royals 55.8% (Willie Wilson 10.1, George Brett 10.1, Hal McRae 3)
1980 Phillies 50.0% (Mike Schmidt 9.4, Steve Carlton 5.3, Bake McBride 3.9)
1979 Royals 73.7% (George Brett 9.7, Darrell Porter 7.6, Willie Wilson 6.9)
1979 Cardinals 55.7% (Keith Hernandez 8.1, Garry Templeton 5.5, Ted Simmons 5.1)
1979 Red Sox 50.8% (Fred Lynn 8.1, Jim Rice 6.1, Dennis Eckersley 4.9)
1978 Giants 56.5% (Jack Clark 7.6, Bill Madlock 6.6, Darrell Evans 6)
1977 Twins 57.3% (Rod Carew 8.4, Lyman Bostock 5.5, Larry Hisle 4.6)
1977 Reds 57.1% (George Foster 9.1, Joe Morgan 5.8, Johnny Bench 5.1)
1977 Astros 52.2% (Jose Cruz 5.9, Cesar Cedeno 4.9, Joe Ferguson 4.8)
1976 Reds 53.1% (Joe Morgan 10.1, George Foster 7.2, Pete Rose 6.7)
1975 Yankees 55.5% (Thurman Munson 6.7, Bobby Bonds 5.8, Roy White 5.1)
1975 Phillies 53.3% (Mike Schmidt 7.6, Dave Cash 6, Garry Maddox 4.3)
1974 Twins 57.1% (Bert Blyleven 7.2, Rod Carew 6.8, Larry Hisle 3.5)
1974 Braves 50.5% (Darrell Evans 7.4, Ralph Garr 5.5, Dusty Baker 4.8)
1973 Twins 62.9% (Bert Blyleven 9.1, Rod Carew 6.5, Larry Hisle 3.2)
1973 Astros 53.5% (Cesar Cedeno 6.4, Bob Watson 6.1, Lee May 3.9)
1972 Astros 66.7% (Cesar Cedeno 9.7, Jimmy Wynn 7.6, Doug Rader 5.2)
1972 Reds 64.0% (Joe Morgan 9.6, Johnny Bench 9.2, Pete Rose 7.8)
1972 Yankees 57.9% (Bobby Murcer 7.3, Roy White 6.2, Thurman Munson 3.7)
1972 Cubs 56.0% (Billy Williams 8.5, Ron Santo 5.4, Don Kessinger 5.2)
1971 Yankees 60.7% (Roy White 8.9, Bobby Murcer 5.9, Thurman Munson 3.8)
1971 Mets 57.1% (Tom Seaver 7.8, Cleon Jones 5.9, Tommie Agee 4.2)
1971 Cubs 55.2% (Fergie Jenkins 7.8, Billy Williams 6, Glenn Beckert 3.5)
1971 Braves 50.3% (Hank Aaron 7, Ralph Garr 5.3, Earl Williams 3.1)
1970 Giants 65.9% (Willie McCovey 8.2, Bobby Bonds 7.2, Dick Dietz 6.7)
1970 Cubs 65.1% (Billy Williams 7.8, Fergie Jenkins 7.3, Jim Hickman 5.8)
1970 Mets 58.7% (Tom Seaver 8.3, Tommie Agee 6.6, Wayne Garrett 3.5)
1970 Red Sox 57.2% (Carl Yastrzemski 9, Reggie Smith 6.5, Gary Peters 4.1)
1970 Reds 50.6% (Johnny Bench 8.6, Tony Perez 8.1, Pete Rose 6.2)
1969 Reds 64.9% (Pete Rose 8.2, Johnny Bench 7.6, Tony Perez 7.4)
1969 Athletics 63.4% (Reggie Jackson 9.5, Sal Bando 8.8, Rick Monday 3.9)
1969 Astros 60.5% (Jimmy Wynn 9.1, Joe Morgan 4.8, Denny Lemaster 4.2)
1969 Red Sox 60.4% (Rico Petrocelli 8.6, Carl Yastrzemski 6.1, Reggie Smith 6)
1969 Giants 54.0% (Willie McCovey 7.6, Bobby Bonds 7.2, Juan Marichal 4.9)
1969 Rangers 53.6% (Frank Howard 6.8, Ken McMullen 6.4, Del Unser 4.8)
1969 Pirates 52.8% (Roberto Clemente 7.9, Matty Alou 5.7, Willie Stargell 4.9)
1968 Red Sox 62.6% (Carl Yastrzemski 10.7, Reggie Smith 5.3, Ken Harrelson 5)
1968 Athletics 57.4% (Bert Campaneris 7.5, Reggie Jackson 6, Rick Monday 4.1)
1968 Giants 56.3% (Willie Mays 7.9, Willie McCovey 7.2, Ron Hunt 4.6)
1968 Reds 54.8% (Tony Perez 6.1, Pete Rose 6, Johnny Bench 5.1)
1968 Braves 52.8% (Hank Aaron 6.9, Felipe Alou 6, Pat Jarvis 2.9)
1967 Phillies 71.2% (Jim Bunning 8, Tony Gonzalez 7, Dick Allen 6.8)
1967 Cubs 60.6% (Ron Santo 9.7, Adolfo Phillips 5.9, Billy Williams 5.3)
1967 Pirates 60.2% (Roberto Clemente 8.7, Maury Wills 5, Matty Alou 4.3)
1967 Red Sox 58.0% (Carl Yastrzemski 12, George Scott 5.7, Tony Conigliaro 4.3)
1967 Twins 50.3% (Harmon Killebrew 7.4, Tony Oliva 5.9, Jim Kaat 5.4)
1966 Braves 66.4% (Hank Aaron 8, Felipe Alou 7.3, Joe Torre 6.5)
1966 Giants 56.4% (Willie Mays 9.1, Willie McCovey 6.4, Gaylord Perry 6.4)
1966 Phillies 52.5% (Dick Allen 8.2, Jim Bunning 5.5, Bill White 4.3)
1965 Phillies 61.5% (Jim Bunning 7.9, Johnny Callison 6.4, Dick Allen 6)
1965 Giants 54.8% (Willie Mays 11.2, Willie McCovey 5.5, Jim Ray Hart 5.3)
1965 Braves 53.6% (Hank Aaron 8.2, Eddie Mathews 5.1, Joe Torre 4.7)
1965 Indians 51.3% (Sam McDowell 6.6, Vic Davalillo 5.7, Rocky Colavito 5.3)
1964 Phillies 57.5% (Dick Allen 9.3, Jim Bunning 6.6, Johnny Callison 5.9)
1964 Giants 57.3% (Willie Mays 10.7, Jim Ray Hart 5.2, Juan Marichal 5)
1963 Giants 64.5% (Willie Mays 10, Juan Marichal 6.4, Willie McCovey 6.2)
1963 Braves 59.2% (Hank Aaron 7.5, Eddie Mathews 6.8, Joe Torre 4.7)
1963 Twins 54.6% (Bob Allison 8.5, Earl Battey 6.1, Jimmie Hall 5.8)
1963 Cubs 53.2% (Billy Williams 6.5, Ron Santo 5.9, Dick Ellsworth 3.9)
1963 Reds 50.4% (Vada Pinson 6.3, Jim Maloney 5.4, Joe Nuxhall 5.2)
1962 Tigers 53.0% (Rocky Colavito 7.4, Al Kaline 5.2, Bill Bruton 4.9)
1962 Braves 50.7% (Hank Aaron 8.7, Eddie Mathews 5.3, Del Crandall 3)
1962 Dodgers 49.7% (Tommy Davis 7.6, Don Drysdale 7.6, Maury Wills 7)
1962 Phillies 49.5% (Johnny Callison 6.6, Don Demeter 4.5, Tony Gonzalez 3.8)
1961 Tigers 60.0% (Norm Cash 9.4, Al Kaline 8.8, Rocky Colavito 8.5)
1961 Braves 55.2% (Hank Aaron 8.9, Eddie Mathews 6.3, Frank Thomas 2.9)
1961 Reds 54.4% (Frank Robinson 8.4, Vada Pinson 7.4, Jim O'Toole 6)
1961 Giants 53.7% (Willie Mays 8.8, Orlando Cepeda 5.7, Mike McCormick 3.9)
1960 Giants 64.2% (Willie Mays 9.6, Mike McCormick 5.7, Orlando Cepeda 3.9)
1960 Braves 60.1% (Hank Aaron 9.5, Eddie Mathews 7.6, Del Crandall 4.8)
1959 Braves 65.5% (Hank Aaron 9.7, Eddie Mathews 8.6, Joe Adcock 4.4)
1959 Giants 53.9% (Willie Mays 8.4, Orlando Cepeda 5.2, Mike McCormick 4.1)
1958 Giants 69.2% (Willie Mays 11.8, Daryl Spencer 4.9, Orlando Cepeda 4.5)
1958 Braves 49.5% (Hank Aaron 8, Eddie Mathews 6.8, Del Crandall 4.7)
1957 Phillies 57.7% (Richie Ashburn 6.3, Ed Bouchee 5.6, Jack Sanford 4.5)
1957 Reds 50.9% (Frank Robinson 7.3, Joe Nuxhall 4.5, Don Hoak 3.8)
1956 Tigers 64.2% (Al Kaline 7.3, Charlie Maxwell 7, Frank Lary 6.3)
1956 Yankees 57.6% (Mickey Mantle 11.9, Yogi Berra 7.2, Gil McDougald 5.7)
1956 White Sox 57.2% (Minnie Minoso 7, Jack Harshman 6.4, Billy Pierce 6.2)
1956 Indians 49.6% (Early Wynn 7.9, Herb Score 6.6, Al Smith 3.6)
1955 Phillies 61.5% (Richie Ashburn 7.4, Robin Roberts 6, Del Ennis 4.1)
1955 Tigers 50.9% (Al Kaline 7.3, Frank Lary 4.3, Billy Hoeft 3.6)
1954 Dodgers 56.6% (Duke Snider 8.9, Gil Hodges 7.5, Pee Wee Reese 5.9)
1954 Giants 50.9% (Willie Mays 11.8, Hank Thompson 5.1, Johnny Antonelli 5)
1953 Twins 55.9% (Jim Busby 5.6, Eddie Yost 5.4, Mickey Vernon 4.7)
1953 Dodgers 50.8% (Duke Snider 9.7, Roy Campanella 7.9, Jackie Robinson 7.2)
1953 Indians 50.0% (Al Rosen 10.5, Larry Doby 4.6, Early Wynn 4.6)
1952 Dodgers 50.4% (Jackie Robinson 9, Gil Hodges 7.3, Duke Snider 5.1)
1951 Dodgers 49.7% (Jackie Robinson 8.7, Roy Campanella 7.5, Pee Wee Reese 4.9)
1950 Indians 56.1% (Larry Doby 8.6, Al Rosen 8.2, Bob Lemon 5.3)
 

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