Total Chances Records and Details
What is Total Chances ?
Total chances are the number of defensive plays the player or team has participated in. It's calcuated by summing putouts, assists, and errors for a player or team over a given time period. Generally, for Total Chances, higher is better. (Source)
What is a good Total Chances?
What does good Total Chances mean? "Good" baseball stats can be very subjective and mean different things to different people. I have attempted to quantify good and bad by taking season and career stats for MLB players with a minimum number of played outs. In this case 100 for career and 50 for a season. To find good and bad within this cohort of players I calculated the first and third quartiles, anything between these quartiles I consider average. This makes up the middle 50% of players. In an example where higher is better for a stat, below the first quartile (bottom 25% of players) would be bad and above the 3rd quartile (top 25% of players) would be good. For stats where lower is better, flip around good and bad.
Career, Season, and Season Average Total Chances Records
For my hot take on Total Chances records most of the same rules apply from the first section. To be considered for my prestigious lists the player must meet a certain threshold of played outs. Since this is a Fielding stat to be considered for the career list the player must have over 100 played outs, for a season consideration the player must have had 75 played outs. Additionally, the player's final game must have been after 1899.