WAR, it ain't nothing but a heartbreaker. WAR, friend only to the... sabremetrician or at least the statistically inclined. As a follow-up to my wildly unpopular post of last week, here's another pass at ranking players of the "Retrosheet Era" (1955-2008), this time trying to quantify "dominance", for want of a better term.
The method to arrive at the table below:
- For each season, determine the average WAR for all players and the Standard Deviation of WAR produced (using StDevP in Excel as it deals with a whole population rather than a sample).
- For each player season, determine how many standard deviations above or below the mean each player was. (PlayerWAR - AvgWAR) / StDevP is the formula used. As an example, Joe Blow creates 5.5 WAR in a season where the average player produces .5 and the StDevP is 2.5 = a score of 2.0 for Joe.
- Sum the score of standard deviations for each player.
To repeat: As always with WAR the dataset is limited to 1955 and later seasons. Some players obviously got jobbed by this. I have not refined it by restricting the dataset to only players debuting in 1955 or later.
99 players in the list which includes all players with a score of 24 or more. Please pardon me for not marking it up for who's eligible for the Hall of Fame and who is not. Lou Whitaker and Bobby Grich absolutely belong in the HOF by this method.
Orlando Cepeda and Brett Butler scored 23.8, again Johnnie LeMaster was the worst position player at -9.4 (same score as Kirk Rueter) and the ultimate destroyer of batting & fielding value was Greg Maddux (-18.5). If you want the score from any other player, speak up.
Comments on the methodology are also encouraged.
Bonds, Barry 93.5 Mays, Willie 78.1 Aaron, Hank 76.3 Henderson, Rickey 60.4 Schmidt, Mike 57.5 Robinson, Frank 57.0 Morgan, Joe 55.1 Mantle, Mickey 54.3 Rodriguez, Alex 50.0 Yastrzemski, Carl 48.8 Boggs, Wade 48.7 Kaline, Al 47.6 Ripken, Cal 46.6 Brett, George 45.2 Clemente, Roberto 45.1 Mathews, Eddie 44.5 Rose, Pete 42.5 Carew, Rod 41.6 Bagwell, Jeff 41.5 Griffey, Ken 41.2 Thomas, Frank 39.4 Molitor, Paul 38.7 Yount, Robin 38.3 Jones, Chipper 38.2 Pujols, Albert 36.8 Jackson, Reggie 36.7 Whitaker, Lou 36.3 Bench, Johnny 35.2 Grich, Bobby 35.2 Robinson, Brooks 35.1 Santo, Ron 34.9 Gwynn, Tony 34.7 Murray, Eddie 34.5 Larkin, Barry 34.2 Walker, Larry 34.0 Palmeiro, Rafael 33.9 Raines, Tim 33.9 Edmonds, Jim 33.7 Martinez, Edgar 33.7 Lofton, Kenny 33.6 Smith, Ozzie 33.1 McCovey, Willie 32.9 Rodriguez, Ivan 32.9 Smith, Reggie 32.8 Thome, Jim 32.8 Trammell, Alan 32.7 Allen, Dick 32.7 Ramirez, Manny 32.2 Williams, Billy 31.8 Fisk, Carlton 31.8 Carter, Gary 31.7 Alomar, Roberto 31.7 Hernandez, Keith 31.6 Biggio, Craig 31.4 McGwire, Mark 31.2 Evans, Dwight 31.0 Jeter, Derek 31.0 Bell, Buddy 30.8 Randolph, Willie 30.7 Banks, Ernie 30.5 Nettles, Graig 30.3 Davis, Willie 30.0 Sandberg, Ryne 29.9 Sheffield, Gary 29.8 Bando, Sal 29.7 Clark, Will 29.7 Boyer, Ken 29.7 Killebrew, Harmon 29.7 Wynn, Jimmy 29.2 Bonds, Bobby 29.2 Guerrero, Vladimir 29.1 Jones, Andruw 28.7 Rolen, Scott 28.6 Piazza, Mike 28.3 Evans, Darrell 28.1 Kent, Jeff 28.1 Winfield, Dave 28.0 Abreu, Bobby 27.8 Ventura, Robin 27.8 Stargell, Willie 27.8 Olerud, John 27.6 Torre, Joe 27.4 Sosa, Sammy 27.3 Cash, Norm 27.2 Helton, Todd 26.7 Giambi, Jason 26.3 Dawson, Andre 25.9 Beltran, Carlos 25.4 Aparicio, Luis 25.0 Clark, Jack 25.0 Cruz, Jose 24.9 Suzuki, Ichiro 24.7 Cedeno, Cesar 24.5 Pinson, Vada 24.3 Cey, Ron 24.2 Lemon, Chet 24.1 McGriff, Fred 24.1 Puckett, Kirby 24.1 Williams, Bernie 24.1