I was just having some fun with WAR numbers (Baseball-References’) and decided to add everything up. The results are pretty interesting. You’re uh … you’re gonna wanna read to the bottom.
NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTING LINE-UP
Hanley Ramirez: 2.3
Martin Prado: 2.2
Albert Pujols: 3.4
Ryan Howard: 1.3
Ryan Braun: 1.8
David Wright: 3.9
Andre Ethier: 1.2
Corey Hart: 2.5
Yadier Molina: 0.8
Ubaldo Jimenez: 4.7
AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTING LINE-UP
Ichiro Suzuki: 2.2
Derek Jeter: 1.1
Miguel Cabrera: 3.7
Josh Hamilton: 2.9
Vladimir Guerrero 1.0
Evan Longoria: 3.9
Joe Mauer: 2.1
Robinson Cano: 4.6
Carl Crawford: 3.4
David Price: 3.1
All-Modern Day Deadball All-Stars–hitting by year
The last post got me thinking, what players in the modern day would have thrived in the Deadball era.
Deadball era hitters were known for low home run totals, high batting averages, bad Isolated Discipline (on-base percentage – batting average) and low strike out rates.
I went on Baseball-Reference’s Play Index (jeez is that thing fun to play with) and set the first parameters for career: BA >= .315, OBP >=.370, HR <= 400, minimum 3,000 plate appearances.
The list is surprisingly thin and chock full of first basemen of all things. Turns out a number of them were hurt because of late-career declines, so I scrapped that and started looking under single season for the same parameters, with HR <=20, between 1961-2009 (expansion era).
And that’s when the hits just kept coming.
Here’s what came up (slash stats are batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage/no. of home runs):