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Leaderboards of Labor

In USA today, many of us will slack off as we celebrate the historically important labor of others. It’s a nice detail — considering that this is a site that covers (mostly) Major League Baseball — that the American Labor Day was probably inspired by an annual labour festival in Toronto.

And as we celebrate labor by farting in bed, our laptops searing our thighs, our favorite MLB teams and players will be toiling away for our pleasure. Why not honor the players that have done the most work this season by perusing the following Leaderboards of Labor? There’s no good reason not to — save meat stupor. Meat stupor is the perfect reason to not be able to see straight enough to read these leaderboards.

Those pitchers who have labored most, as measured by Pitches Thrown, Innings Pitched, and Total Batters Faced
This first Leaderboard of Labor (which is sortable) shows the top 20 pitchers in terms of Pitches thrown. It also mostly contains the top 20 pitchers in terms of Total Batters Faced and Innings Pitched. However, pitchers like Homer Bailey and Ricky Romero have faced a lot of batters without cracking the top 20 in terms of IP or Pitches thrown; so, they’re not on this leaderboard.

You can check out the entire leaderboard if you like.

Name Team Age IP TBF Pitches
Justin Verlander Tigers 29 196.1 784 3084
James Shields Rays 30 182 775 2964
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 24 192.2 764 2932
Felix Hernandez Mariners 26 204 806 2930
C.J. Wilson Angels 31 170.1 727 2905
Johnny Cueto Reds 26 181.2 736 2886
Jake Peavy White Sox 31 181 731 2853
Max Scherzer Tigers 27 162.2 688 2847
Yovani Gallardo Brewers 26 168.2 707 2846
Jason Vargas Mariners 29 184.2 750 2834
Edinson Volquez Padres 28 160.1 700 2831
Justin Masterson Indians 27 172.1 756 2827
Jon Lester Red Sox 28 169 721 2818
Madison Bumgarner Giants 22 182 730 2804
Tim Lincecum Giants 28 157.1 696 2797
David Price Rays 26 174 688 2782
Matt Cain Giants 27 182 725 2770
Clayton Richard Padres 28 190.1 783 2743
Ubaldo Jimenez Indians 28 154 702 2743
Hiroki Kuroda Yankees 37 183.1 733 2740



Those pitchers who have labored most by throwing that most laborious of pitches, the Slider

Name Team Age TBF Pitches SL% (pfx) Sliders
Madison Bumgarner Giants 22 730 2804 35.60% 998
Ryan Dempster – – – 35 576 2187 40.20% 879
Ervin Santana Angels 29 672 2492 35.20% 877
Bud Norris Astros 27 633 2431 36.00% 875
CC Sabathia Yankees 31 655 2359 33.20% 783
Bruce Chen Royals 35 663 2567 30.50% 783
Francisco Liriano – – – 28 602 2362 32.60% 770
Hiroki Kuroda Yankees 37 733 2740 26.20% 718
Edwin Jackson Nationals 28 651 2455 28.60% 702
Mat Latos Reds 24 700 2687 25.70% 691
Yovani Gallardo Brewers 26 735 2965 23.10% 685
Josh Johnson Marlins 28 687 2712 25.00% 678
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 24 764 2932 23.10% 677
Johnny Cueto Reds 26 736 2886 23.40% 675
Tommy Hanson Braves 25 621 2409 28.00% 675
Jason Marquis – – – 33 561 2046 31.90% 653
Chris Sale White Sox 23 647 2506 25.90% 649
Jordan Zimmermann Nationals 26 676 2565 24.70% 634
Bronson Arroyo Reds 35 702 2504 24.80% 621
Luke Gregerson Padres 28 243 898 69.00% 620

One of the reasons that I chose to display the top 20 in this category is because that allows me to include Luke Gregerson; there’s not another reliever on this list until Carlos Marmol checks in at #42.

 
Those pitchers who have labored most by appearing in the most games

Name Team Age G WAR
Shawn Camp Cubs 36 69 0.6
Matt Belisle Rockies 32 67 1.7
Jose Mijares – – – 27 66 0.6
Chad Durbin Braves 34 66 -0.6
James Russell Cubs 26 66 0.6
Mitchell Boggs Cardinals 28 64 0.7
Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 32 64 1
Wesley Wright Astros 27 64 0.2
Joel Peralta Rays 36 64 0.7
Francisco Rodriguez Brewers 30 64 -0.1
Luke Gregerson Padres 28 63 0.5
Randy Choate – – – 36 63 0.7
Josh Lindblom – – – 25 63 -1
Boone Logan Yankees 27 63 0.6
Fernando Rodney Rays 35 62 1.8

Consider this chart the most basic of advanced baseball statistical primers: the number of Games in which a pitcher appears is in no way related to his overall value — in terms of WAR, at least.

Here’s the full leaderboard.

 
Those [qualified] pitchers who have labored most per Batter Faced

Name Team Age IP TBF Pitches P/BF
Max Scherzer Tigers 27 162.2 688 2848 4.14
Lance Lynn Cardinals 25 147.2 629 2555 4.06
J.A. Happ – – – 29 139.2 602 2443 4.06
Edinson Volquez Padres 28 160.1 700 2831 4.04
Yovani Gallardo Brewers 26 173.1 735 2965 4.03
Tim Lincecum Giants 28 157.1 696 2797 4.02
David Price Rays 26 180.2 719 2887 4.02
Jeremy Hellickson Rays 25 145.1 610 2444 4.01
Stephen Strasburg Nationals 23 156.1 635 2540 4.00
C.J. Wilson Angels 31 170.1 727 2905 4.00
Phil Hughes Yankees 26 161.2 688 2735 3.98
Josh Johnson Marlins 28 165.1 687 2712 3.95
Matt Moore Rays 23 156 664 2619 3.94
James McDonald Pirates 27 161.2 663 2614 3.94
Justin Verlander Tigers 29 204.1 814 3208 3.94
Francisco Liriano – – – 28 135.2 602 2362 3.92
Johnny Cueto Reds 26 181.2 736 2886 3.92
Aaron Harang Dodgers 34 153.1 670 2621 3.91
Jon Lester Red Sox 28 169 721 2818 3.91
Ubaldo Jimenez Indians 28 154 702 2743 3.91

 
Those pitchers who have labored through completing the most games

Name Team Age GS CG ShO WAR
Justin Verlander Tigers 29 28 6 1 5.8
Felix Hernandez Mariners 26 28 5 5 5.8
R.A. Dickey Mets 37 27 5 3 4.4
Jake Peavy White Sox 31 26 4 1 3.8
Jered Weaver Angels 29 25 3 2 2.8
Brandon Morrow Blue Jays 27 15 3 3 1.9
Hiroki Kuroda Yankees 37 27 3 2 3.4
Matt Harrison Rangers 26 26 3 2 3.2
Adam Wainwright Cardinals 30 27 3 2 4.1
Jon Lester Red Sox 28 27 3 0 3

 
Those hitters who have labored most by competing in the most games

Name Team Age G PA
Chase Headley Padres 28 134 577
Prince Fielder Tigers 28 133 572
Adam Jones Orioles 26 133 566
Michael Bourn Braves 29 133 613
Starlin Castro Cubs 22 133 566
Ichiro Suzuki – – – 38 133 558
Miguel Cabrera Tigers 29 132 577
Robinson Cano Yankees 29 132 564
Billy Butler Royals 26 132 557
Alex Gordon Royals 28 132 600
Adrian Gonzalez – – – 30 132 568
Jose Reyes Marlins 29 132 593
Hunter Pence – – – 29 132 574
Danny Espinosa Nationals 25 132 553
Carlos Pena Rays 34 132 532

Full leaderboard here.

 
Those hitters that have labored the most per Plate Appearance

Name Team Age G PA Pitches P/PA
Adam Dunn White Sox 32 130 563 2488 4.42
Mark Reynolds Orioles 28 106 413 1802 4.36
Curtis Granderson Yankees 31 131 568 2467 4.34
Joe Mauer Twins 29 124 539 2318 4.30
Jason Kubel Diamondbacks 30 122 497 2124 4.27
Buster Posey Giants 25 121 501 2140 4.27
Carlos Santana Indians 26 118 492 2094 4.26
Nick Swisher Yankees 31 119 495 2101 4.24
Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 29 129 552 2326 4.21
Dan Uggla Braves 32 129 533 2236 4.20
Austin Jackson Tigers 25 111 503 2097 4.17
Josh Willingham Twins 33 127 541 2255 4.17
Carlos Pena Rays 34 132 532 2197 4.13
Rickie Weeks Brewers 29 129 551 2260 4.10
David DeJesus Cubs 32 124 488 1999 4.10
Michael Bourn Braves 29 133 613 2503 4.08
Chase Headley Padres 28 134 577 2354 4.08
Jason Heyward Braves 22 131 539 2196 4.07
Ben Zobrist Rays 31 129 548 2229 4.07
Hanley Ramirez – – – 28 130 556 2256 4.06

 
Those [qualified] hitters that have labored most by swinging the most times

Name Team Age PA Pitches Swing% Swings
Josh Hamilton Rangers 31 539 1965 59.40% 1167
Adam Jones Orioles 26 566 2038 54.70% 1115
Derek Jeter Yankees 38 603 2238 49.70% 1112
Danny Espinosa Nationals 25 553 2126 51.80% 1101
Josh Reddick Athletics 25 551 2206 49.50% 1092
Adrian Gonzalez – – – 30 568 2086 51.70% 1078
Alex Gordon Royals 28 600 2390 44.70% 1068
Miguel Cabrera Tigers 29 577 2158 49.50% 1068
Hunter Pence – – – 29 574 2203 48.10% 1060
Chase Headley Padres 28 577 2354 44.90% 1057
Brandon Phillips Reds 31 517 1886 55.70% 1051
Jeff Francoeur Royals 28 497 1961 53.50% 1049
Matt Holliday Cardinals 32 575 2162 48.30% 1044
Michael Bourn Braves 29 613 2503 41.60% 1041
Ian Kinsler Rangers 30 600 2404 43.30% 1041

 
Those hitters that have labored most by playing that most demanding of positions, Catcher

Name Team GS Inn
Miguel Montero ARI 112 978.1
Matt Wieters BAL 108 968.2
Yadier Molina STL 109 944
A.J. Ellis LAD 105 943
A.J. Pierzynski CHW 99 877.2
Brian McCann ATL 96 860.2
Russell Martin NYY 94 851.2
Buster Posey SFG 94 831
John Buck MIA 93 824.2
Kurt Suzuki – – – 91 821.2
Alex Avila DET 88 779.1
Ryan Hanigan CIN 82 741
Jarrod Saltalamacchia BOS 82 739.1
Carlos Ruiz PHI 80 721
Carlos Santana CLE 80 710.2

And the full leaderboard