Buster Olney ~ Not saying that Paul Konerko is a Hall of Famer, but his HOF resume is getting very interesting.
Jon Heyman ~ is paul konerko (.384 to lead the AL) the most under-rated player of alltime? i think so.
Konerko is at 30.9 fWAR and 26.1 bWAR for his career. He is 36 years old. He’s played more than 95 percent of his career games at first base. If we zero out the baserunning and fielding components of the WAR equations (which isn’t a very good idea even if you distrust those metrics, but let’s go with it for a second), we can get him to 38.3 fWAR and 36.6 bWAR. Hall of Very good territory, but ...
Clearly, the fact that Konerko just passed the 400-homer mark is helping fuel the resurgence of attention towards his career ... but when I sort by wRC+ for players with 5,000+ PA from 1990-2012 (which helps exclude guys playing out the tail ends of their careers in the early-90s), Konerko’s 122 wRC+ ranks just 57th out of 214 players in the sample. Going by total weighted runs above average, Konerko ranks just 44th (281.0 wRAA) since 1990. By the reckoning of both bWAR and fWAR, Konerko has produced only one 4.0+ WAR season in his entire career ... he also has five All-Star appearances and a single top-five MVP finish under his belt, for what those are worth.
I guess I’m not seeing what makes Konerko’s HOF resume “very interesting,” or what makes him so underrated to the extent that he could possibly be regarded as the “most underrated player of all time.” But, hey, hyperbole sells I guess.
Posted: May 25, 2012 at 05:11 PM | 58 comment(s)
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