Innings played is a defensive statistic determined by counting the number of outs during which a player is in the field and dividing by three.
Innings played is often used by voters to delineate players who have played enough at a given position to consider merit for defensive awards, specifically Gold Gloves. However, it is not used as the qualifying metric for the fielding percentage leaderboards. Instead, the total games played at a position are used for determining whether a defensive player qualifies as a fielding percentage leader.
Still, innings played defensively can be a valuable sorting tool for defensive statistical searches.
Watch: Nolan Arenado makes a nice play, increasing the innings played for every fielder by one-third of an inning.
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"innings," "defensive innings played"