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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Bill James:  The Strongest Franchises

There is a difference between a strong team and a strong franchise.  There are weak organizations that produce World Championship teams.  From a distance this is easy to see.  The Florida Marlins somehow produced World Championship teams in 1997 and 2003.  The Diamondbacks won in 2001, and the Kansas City Royals in 2015.  None of these are strong organizations, or were strong organizations at the time of those championship.

        When the Championships are more near at hand, this may be more difficult to accept.  In a minute, I am going to tell you that the Washington Nationals and the Tampa Bay Rays are two of the weakest franchises in baseball.  You are free to accept this conclusion or reject it.  The point is, I have an analytical approach to the issue, and I have run the analysis, and this is what I concluded.  If you can come up with a stronger method, that would be wonderful; it’s not like I have years of research invested in this.  I was just interested in a couple of issues, and this is what I came up with.  I’ll start with the conclusions, and as I explain the conclusions, I’ll gradually explain the methodology.

Bill re-did the rankings this week:

1 New York Yankees 647
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 633
3 St. Louis Cardinals 562
4 Boston Red Sox 550
5 San Francisco Giants 523
6 Atlanta Braves 504
7 Houston Astros 481
8 Los Angeles Angels 468
9 Chicago Cubs 461
10 Philadelphia Phillies 452
11 Cincinnati Reds 446
12 Cleveland Indians 446
13 New York Mets 442
14 Oakland Athletics 438
15 Toronto Blue Jays 437
16 Milwaukee Brewers 430
17 Detroit Tigers 429
18 Texas Rangers 428
19 Chicago White Sox 428
20 Baltimore Orioles 421
21 Minnesota Twins 420
22 Colorado Rockies 419
23 Seattle Mariners 410
24 Arizona Diamondbacks 404
25 Tampa Bay Rays 400
26 San Diego Padres 400
27 Washington Nationals 396
28 Pittsburgh Pirates 390
29 Kansas City Royals 383
30 Miami Marlins 358

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 26, 2021 at 11:38 AM | 40 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Bill James:  The Teams of the Decade


Catcher—Jorge Posada (214); Pudge Rodriguez is second in both the

1990s and 2000s

First Base—Albert Pujols (315)

Second Base—Jeff Kent (206)

Third Base—Alex Rodriguez (311)

Shortstop—Derek Jeter (248)

Left Field—Barry Bonds (267)

Center Field—Carlos Beltran (225)

Right Field—Bobby Abreu (254)

Designated Hitter—David Ortiz, 174

Starting Pitchers—

Roy Halladay (157)

      Johan Santana (155)

      Randy Johnson (152)

      Mark Buehrle (149)

Reliever—Mariano Rivera (161)

      Others over 200:  first basemen Lance Berkman (259), Todd Helton (246), Carlos Delgado (225), Jason Giambi (218) and Jim Thome (211), third baseman Chipper Jones (239), shortstop Miguel Tejada (233), left fielder Manny Ramirez (257), center fielder Johnny Damon (215), right fielders Ichiro Suzuki (238), Vladimir Guerrero (234) and Brian Giles (226).

      Barry Bonds makes the All Decade team both for the 1990s and 2000s, and Randy Johnson is in the pitching rotation for both decades.  Mariano Rivera is the first relief pitcher to have a higher total for the decade than any starter.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2021 at 09:09 AM | 24 comment(s)
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