Monthly Archives: February 2012

Who had the best offseasons?

I’m a tired record when it comes to list, but sports posts often lend themselves to them. Of course, baseball fans know that spring training is upon us, as players have been reporting since the weekend. I launched this site … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Underrated Players of All-Time (Part X)

#1: Jimmy Wynn, The “Toy Cannon,” CF, 1963-77, .250/.366/.436, 128 OPS+, .364 wOBA, .311 TAv, 59.8 refWAR, 60.7 fWAR, 71.1 WARP As noted in my previous post, one big reason Wynn is tops on this list is because he didn’t … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Underrated Players of All-Time (Part IX)

#2: Graig Nettles, 3B, 1967-88, .248/.329/.421, 110 OPS+, .336 wOBA, .276 TVa, 61.6 refWAR, 71.8 fWAR, 68.2 WARP Let me start with a simple, declarative statement: Graig Nettles should  be in the Hall of Fame. Of course, I think everyone … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Underrated Players of All-Time (Part VIII)

#3: Bobby Grich, 2B, 1970-86, .266/.371/.424, 125 OPS+, .359 wOBA, .293 TAv, 67.6 refWAR, 74.1 fWAR, 57.5 WARP Grich is another celebrated player of the sabermetrics movement. Bill James wrote in 1986, “I’ll say this: if Bobby Grich goes into … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Underrated Players of All-Time (Part VII)

#4: Minnie Minoso, LF, 1949-64, .298/.389/.459, 52.8 refWAR, 58.0 fWAR, 130 OPS+, .381 wOBA By my thinking, Minnie Minoso is basically the Satchel Paige of position players. I do say that in part because he was a product of the … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Underrated Players of All-Time (Part VI)

#5: Gene Tenace, C/1B, 1969-83, .241/.388/.429, 136 OPS+, .371 wOBA, 48.7 refWAR, 47.4 fWAR For this list, I’m considering Tenace a catcher. He played the majority of his games (846 games) there, even though he played plenty at first-base (562) … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Underrated Players of All-Time (Part V)

#6: Bert Blyleven, SP, 1970-92, 287-250, 3.31 ERA, 118 ERA+, 90.1 refWAR As Bert and most people already seem to know, Rich Lederer for years laid the foundation for Bert’s Hall of Fame case. He did so much work on … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Underrated Players of All-Time (Part IV)

#7: Alan Trammell, SS, 1977-96, 66.9 refWAR, .285/.352/.415, 110 OPS+, .343 wOBA I’ve already discussed Trammell more than once on this blog before. I strongly considered putting one of two defensive specialists on this list (Bert Campaneris, Omar Vizquel), but … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Underrated Players of All-Time (Part III)

#8: Bobby Bonds, RF, 1968-81, 57.0 refWAR, 63.3 fWAR, .268/.353/.471, 129 OPS+, .373 wOBA Do you know who’s in the 300/300 (HR/SB) club? It’s an arbitrary end point, but still a pretty exclusive club. The club has the following members: … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Underrated Players of All-Time (Part II)

#9: John Olerud, 1B, 1989-2005, 56.8 refWAR, 61.3 fWAR, .298/.395/.465, .376 wOBA I originally wrote a whole post on Johnny Mize and then I had a sudden realization–Mize was underrated, taking forever to get into the Hall of Fame and … Continue reading

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