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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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