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I think that the value of exceptional defensive corner outfielders (Heyward, Brett Gardner, prime Carl Crawford, etc.) is being overstated by WAR, presumably because they're being compared to a bunch of defensive mooks.
Going from LF to CF, your batting runs don't change, your dWAR theoretically shouldn't change
War is a value stat, if you are saving more runs on defense than the average player at that position, because the average is being brought down by a group of "defensive mooks" it doesn't change the value you bring to the table.
But there's another level here. If a few stupid teams are running Adam Dunn or other lumbering oafs out there, it does not, in any real way, make your athletic LF more valuable than he would be otherwise.
It's no different than if he was beating up on weak pitching; the runs still count.
CFB I assume you mean 'median'?
Hey, I have no problem taking that into account. We should probably do it a lot more than we do. If A and B have the same hitting stats, but A faces pitchers who allow an OPS .050 lower than the pitchers B faces, then presumably A is the better hitter.
fanboy may be right here, in that dWAR, though it allows for comparisons across positions, is not truly "fungible." Someone who holds their own in LF would be a bad CF with the exact same dWAR, which makes perfect sense. But fanboy's point is that he'd be an even worse CF, with an even lower dWAR, given the demands of CF.
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