Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tigers Leading First Basemen in WAR

It looks like my historical Wins Above Replacement (WAR) series first basemen post from a couple of weeks ago has been deleted. So, I'll post the leaders again here. As usual this was done using Sean Smith's WAR database. Other parts of the series including an explanation of WAR can be found in the WAR folder.

Table 1: Tigers Top Ten First Basemen by WAR

Player

PA

WAR

Hank Greenberg

5,551

53.7

Norm Cash

7,703

52.5

Rudy York

5,329

26.6

Lu Blue

4,010

19.7

Cecil Fielder

4,220

15.2

Darrell Evans

2,791

13.3

Tony Clark

3,187

10.5

Jason Thompson

2,506

10.1

Dale Alexander

1,933

8.3

Miguel Cabrera

1,369

8.3



Table 2: Tigers Top Five First Basemen by WAR per 600 PA


Player

PA

WAR600

Hank Greenberg

5,551

5.80

Norm Cash

7,703

4.09

Miguel Cabrera

1,369

3.64

Rudy York

5,329

2.99

Lu Blue

4,010

2.95

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  2. Lee,

    Nice series. But, I am somewhat confused on Miguel Cabrera's WAR. Rally uses a different WAR than FanGraphs does. I believe his replacement level is a touch higher (correct?), and he uses a different defensive system. Miggy's WAR his two seasons with us, by Rally's methods, is 7.5. Are you using the Fan Graphs WAR for Miggy? There are differences between the two WAR numbers.

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  3. Scott, I used Smith's WAR for 2008 and fan graphs WAR for 2009. The database I purchased only goes up to 2008. Then I just grabbed Cabrera's WAR from FanGraphs because it was convenient. I think I explained that in my original post before it somehow got deleted. In retrospect , it makes more sense to take all the figures from the same source but I don't think it makes a big difference in this particular exercise.

    Lee

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  4. Ok. Makes sense. He has updated WAR for 2009 on his website if you want to go back and change some of the values on the current players.

    Inge: 1.4
    Cabrera: 4.4
    Verlander: 5.6

    I think that covers all of the current players in your series. Granderson was 3.2 and Polanco was 2.5.

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