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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Most Meritorious Player: 1949 Discussion

The Yankees took the pennant from the Red Sox and beat the Dodgers in the World Series.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Stan Musial		40.7		9.2
Ted Williams		39.8		9.1
Jackie Robinson		37.2		9.6
Eddie Joost		35.3		6.9
Ralph Kiner		36.6		8.1
Vern Stephens		31.9		6.9
Pee Wee Reese		32.4		7.0
Enos Slaughter		30.1		6.2
Bob Elliott		23.4		5.2
Bobby Thomson		25.6		6.2
Bobby Doerr		24.9		5.4
Cass Michaels		22.5		5.3
Roy Campanella		23.2		4.4
George Kell		24.6		4.8
Andy Seminick		18.4		3.5
Johnny Pesky		23.5		4.0
Joe DiMaggio		20.7		4.4
Dom DiMaggio		23.7		3.5
Eddie Stanky		21.4		4.1
Red Schoendienst	21.2		3.4
Elmer Valo		24.4		4.3
Tommy Henrich		24.5		4.2
Del Ennis		27.1		5.4
Luke Appling		18.8		5.0
Hoot Evers		18.0		3.0
Vic Wertz		23.4		3.3
Duke Snider		23.8		5.2
Willard Marshall	18.0		4.4
Carl Furillo		21.9		4.8
Phil Rizzuto		22.5		2.9
Yogi Berra		21.5		2.6
Larry Doby		23.8		3.8
Sam Chapman		23.3		3.6
	
Hank Thompson		10.4 		2.2 (.296/.447/.565 in minors)
Wes Westrum		6.3		1.2 (.308/.438/.657 in minors)
Monte Irvin		1.6		0.2 (.373/.519/.642 in minors)
Luke Easter		0.3		-0.3 (.363/.460/.722 in minors)
Minnie Minoso 		0.1		-0.1 (.297/.371/.483 in minors)
Al Rosen		0.3		-0.5 (.319/.410/.524 in minors)
Artie Wilson		.348/.410/.409 in minors

Pitcher			SH WS		BBR WAR
Mel Parnell		30.7		8.3
Bob Lemon		29.9		7.1
Virgil Trucks		27.3		6.3
Howie Pollet		22.9		6.6
Hal Newhouser		23.8		5.7
Ken Heintzelman		22.4		6.1
Dale Koslo		18.1		6.0
Don Newcombe		19.8		5.8
Warren Spahn		22.8		5.6
Preacher Roe		19.2		5.5
Fred Hutchinson		18.2		4.6
Russ Meyer		19.6		4.1
Ken Raffensberger	20.3		5.3
Murry Dickson		18.4		5.0
Mike Garcia		20.4		4.9
Ellis Kinder		23.6		4.4
Bill Wight		18.0		3.5
Ned Garver		13.5		4.3
Harry Brecheen		16.8		3.6
Vic Raschi		18.8		3.1
Robin Roberts		16.8		3.1
Ed Lopat		16.1		3.2
Gerry Staley		16.8		4.2

Joe Page		18.4		4.2
DL from MN Posted: November 28, 2018 at 12:33 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: November 28, 2018 at 12:46 PM (#5791839)
1949 Prelim

Should be an interesting year. I could see Ted, Stan and Jackie all receiving the top spot. One thing I noticed when looking up data on baseball gauge is this year was the peak for walk rate in the history of MLB.

1) Stan Musial - Great bat but it is his glovework that makes the difference
2) Ted Williams - Higher standard deviations in run scoring in the AL versus the NL (0.913 v 0.953) but still the best bat
3) Jackie Robinson - Closer to #5 than to #2
4) Mel Parnell - 315 innings with good run prevention
5) Eddie Joost - similar value at the plate to Robinson, better defensive value. They are very close
6) Ralph Kiner - 2nd best bat but below average glove
7) Bob Lemon - good hitting helps him make the list
8) Vern Stephens
9) Pee Wee Reese
10) Virgil Trucks - not good at the plate

11-15) Enos Slaughter, Howie Pollet, Ken Heintzelman, Dave Koslo, Hal Newhouser,
16-20) Bob Elliott, Bobby Thomson, Bobby Doerr, Don Newcombe, Preacher Roe

Campanella is in the next group and his glove only rates as average which surprises me.

   2. Carl Goetz Posted: November 28, 2018 at 03:49 PM (#5791938)
I use a custom WAR on Baseball Gauge with 70/30 DRA/TZ split and 75/25 RA9/FIP split.
1) Jackie Robinson
2) Ted Williams
3) Stan Musial
4) Mel Parnell
5) Ralph Kiner
6) Enos Slaughter
7) Vern stephens
8) Peewee Reese
9) Bobby Thomson
10) Bob Lemon

11-15) Howie Pollet, Eddie Joost, Virgil Trucks, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella
16-20) Cass Michaels, Elmer Valo, Dave Koslo, Hal Newhouser, Luke Appling
   3. DL from MN Posted: November 29, 2018 at 10:41 AM (#5792143)
One thing I didn't mention above is Don Newcombe pitched an additional 34 innings in the minor leagues before he became the best pitcher on the Dodgers roster. He pitched well enough in Montreal to debut in 1948 for the Dodgers but informal quotas were almost certainly holding him back. This is also the same reason he repeated "B" level Nashua - the Dodgers AA farm team in Fort Worth, Texas was not integrated. 34 more innings would add 14% more playing time to his numbers and that slides him up to #13 on my list before I look at his postseason work. He also led the league in strikeout rate so I would anticipate the FIP WAR calculators will like him.
   4. DL from MN Posted: December 11, 2018 at 04:18 PM (#5796820)
1949 World Series
Player Name G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SB CS E WPA
Yogi Berra 4 16 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 .063 .118 .063 .180 0 0 0 -0.29
Joe DiMaggio 5 18 2 2 0 0 1 2 3 5 .111 .238 .278 .516 0 0 0 -0.17
Tommy Henrich 5 19 4 5 0 0 1 1 3 0 .263 .364 .421 .785 0 0 0 0.09
Phil Rizzuto 5 18 2 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .167 .286 .167 .452 1 0 0 -0.12

Roy Campanella 5 15 2 4 1 0 1 2 3 1 .267 .389 .533 .922 0 0 0 -0.11
Carl Furillo 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .125 .222 .125 .347 0 0 0 -0.09
Pee Wee Reese 5 19 2 6 1 0 1 2 1 0 .316 .381 .526 .907 1 0 1 0.12
Jackie Robinson 5 16 2 3 1 0 0 2 4 2 .188 .350 .250 .600 0 0 1 -0.28
Duke Snider 5 21 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 8 .143 .143 .190 .333 0 0 0 -0.57

Pitcher Name G GS ERA W L SV CG IP H R ER BB SO WHIP WPA
Eddie Lopat 1 1 6.35 1 0 0 0 5.2 9 4 4 1 4 1.765 0.00
Joe Page 3 0 2.00 1 0 1 0 9.0 6 2 2 3 8 1.000 0.66
Vic Raschi 2 2 4.30 1 1 0 0 14.2 15 7 7 5 11 1.364 0.43

Don Newcombe 2 2 3.09 0 2 0 1 11.2 10 4 4 3 11 1.114 0.06
Preacher Roe 1 1 0.00 1 0 0 1 9.0 6 0 0 0 3 0.667 0.86
   5. DL from MN Posted: December 14, 2018 at 10:04 AM (#5797752)
I'm not exactly sure how WPA works but a catcher with a 922 OPS is not a negative contributor.

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