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Friday, January 05, 2018

Beyond the Box Score: Scott Rolen does not deserve to be in the Hall of Fame

Rolen seems to be an interesting test. 70 WAR by both Fangraphs and Baseball Reference,  but lacking in both Black and Gray Ink, and only 8518 PAs in 17 years. Good in almost everything, but no dominating abilities in a single skill, or defining moments in postseason play.

Hank G. Posted: January 05, 2018 at 02:09 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, hall of very good, scott rolen

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hall of Stats: The Hall of Fame Case for Scott Rolen

Positional Adjustment: +34 runs

If you’re not familiar with WAR’s positional adjustment, I recommend you dig more into it on Baseball-Reference. But the gist is this—an average player at shortstop (or catcher, etc.) is more valuable than an average player at first base (or a corner outfield spot) because players who fill those roles are harder to find. I don’t think that’s rocket science, but if it is you can probably feel free to stop reading now.

Baseball-Reference says that third basemen get an adjustment of two runs per 1,350 innings played. This feels very fair to me, if not a tad low. For comparison, catchers are +9, second basemen +3, shortstops +7, center fielders +2.5, corner outfielders –7, and first basemen –9.5. Rolen played 17,479⅓ innings at third base and… nowhere else (how incredible is that?). He ranks 12th all time in games played at third base. His positional adjustment adds up to +34 runs. That passes the sniff test for me.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 95 comment(s)
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