Position Player Wins Above Replacement

For awhile now, I’ve had a spreadsheet that calculates park-specific Wins Above Replacement that I have wanted to implement for blog purposes…however it takes several hours of copying/pasting to utilize it which makes it slightly more inconvenient. Ben (topoftheworl)’s comment about WAR on the World Chat recently piqued my interest and I contacted him to see if he had a faster way to do the calculations. He does, but it is limited to hitters and is least prone to errors when applied to players with 150+ games in a season.

So, I have come up with the following solution: Using his quick formula to calculate WAR for players who have appeared in 150+ games in each ML season they’ve been a part of (i.e. both seasons 1 & 2 or 150+ for rookies or guys who didn’t play in S2). To compensate for the lack of park specificity with this formula, I then multiplied the result by a park factor to get a total. I know that sounds a little confusing, so here’s an example:

Pat Penny played 150+ games in both S1 & S2, making him eligible….in S1, the formula yielded a 7.31 WAR. Since he played in Cleveland (1.011 PF) I multiplied 7.31 by .989 (1-.011 because CLE’s park gives his stats a boost of .011) to get a total S1 WAR of 7.23. Following the same steps for S2, the result was 2.84 WAR, giving him a career mark of 10.07 WAR.

Below is a complete list of career WAR leaders through S2 among eligible hitters:

Player S1 WAR S2 WAR Total WAR
Felipe Crespo 5.51 7.01 12.52
Kane Doumit 2.68 9.07 11.75
Lyle Brooks 2.7 7.58 10.28
Pat Penny 7.23 2.84 10.07
Bubba Aldridge 3.4 5.27 8.67
Phil Medlen 4.46 3.27 7.73
Scott League 5.33 1.28 6.61
Pascual De La Rosa 3.62 2.25 5.87
Jose Castillo 3.93 1.33 5.26
Kenji Zhang 2.97 1.82 4.79
Francisco Ramirez -0.1 3.89 3.79
Vic Hoiles 2.22 1.47 3.69
Al Fernandez 2.72 0.92 3.64
Ryan Crawford -0.04 2.92 2.88
Pascual Vargas 2.48 0.26 2.74
Dwayne Merrick 1.41 1.25 2.66
Einar Lucano 2.7 -0.18 2.52
Steve Kozlowski -0.02 2.17 2.15
Esteban Cortez -0.06 2.12 2.06
Michel Molina 1.5 0.01 1.51
Butch Stevens 2.11 -0.97 1.14
Lloyd Hansen 2.19 -1.47 0.72
Chul Hasegawa -2.81 3.07 0.26
Erubiel Ramirez 0.56 -0.53 0.03
Jayson Hodges 1.76 -1.79 -0.03
Seth Hogan -0.86 0.76 -0.1
Salvador Kiermaier -0.35 -0.16 -0.51
Matt Lorraine 2.95 -3.62 -0.67
Yorman Aparicio 0.46 -1.39 -0.93
Prince George -4 2.98 -1.02
Kevin Bates 1 -2.69 -1.69
Ralph West -1.46 -0.66 -2.12
Yamil James 2.12 -4.67 -2.55
Saul Sierra -2.63 0.02 -2.61
Stubby Perez -1.92 -0.89 -2.81
Yorvit Molina -1.06 -1.87 -2.93
Norberto Martin -1.07 -1.86 -2.93
Louie Borbon -0.95 -1.99 -2.94
Nigel Uehara -6.35 3.18 -3.17
Jarred High -2.39 -0.84 -3.23
Jed Pill -3.65 0 -3.65
Marvin Taylor -3.01 -0.85 -3.86
Yasiel Gomez -1.33 -2.73 -4.06
Les Powell -2.04 -2.02 -4.06
Bo Skole -1.15 -3.12 -4.27
Rio Sanches -3.75 -0.66 -4.41
Patrick Newhouser -2.69 -1.76 -4.45
Joe Mays -3.73 -1.05 -4.78
Doug Davis -1.17 -3.72 -4.89
Sven Ferguson -2.55 -2.49 -5.04
Matty DeLeon -4.59 -0.94 -5.53
Rodrigo Cortes -2.14 -3.8 -5.94
Freddie Wood -2.98 -3.05 -6.03
Victor Martinez -2.04 -4.22 -6.26
Santiago Guerrero -2.75 -4.16 -6.91
Wesley Jodie -3.61 -3.53 -7.14
Rex Rivera -2.39 -4.97 -7.36
Rich Griffiths -4.01 -5.31 -9.32
Wayne Halama -5.16 -4.42 -9.58
Juan Jacquez -5.49 -4.12 -9.61

 

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