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Friday, September 11, 2020

A Brief Note on Lou Brock’s Relatively Low Career WAR Total

To wit, of Brock’s 187 offensive runs above average, 75 were due to stolen bases. Unfortunately, this misses all of the other runs Brock created advancing on batted balls, which would likely give him somewhere between five to 10 wins above his current WAR. His peers have fewer potential issues in this regard because the majority of their runs come from hitting, meaning WAR misses little of their career production, while Brock gets uniquely penalized.

And while defensive metrics are still somewhat noisy today, the Total Zone metrics used for Brock’s era are further removed from the field. Those metrics would have you believe Brock was an above-average fielder in his 20s and then immediately became one of the worst left fielders in history in his 30s. Brock showed little sign of aging as a hitter and was a more prolific basestealer in his 30s, but he dropped nearly 10 wins in defensive WAR alone over his early 30s, two to three times as much as comparable left fielders. You don’t have to give Brock those five to 10 wins on defense, but we should at least accept the possibility that his value in the field is greater than he’s being given credit for in WAR.

Lastly, there’s Brock’s postseason performance. Brock played in three World Series that each went seven games, with the Cardinals winning two of those three championships. His .391/.424/.655 line resulted in a 213 wRC+ over 92 playoff plate appearances.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2020 at 11:23 AM | 88 comment(s)
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Sunday, September 06, 2020

Cardinals legend Lou Brock dies Sunday afternoon at 81

St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who had fought through a number of medical conditions in recent years, died Sunday afternoon. He was 81.

Brock will be remembered for many accomplishments. He was the National League’s all-time leader in stolen bases with 938. He had 3,023 hits. He was a first-ballot electee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

But he may be known mostly as the centerpiece of what was perceived as the greatest trade in Cardinals history. Or just greatest baseball trade ever. On June 15, 1964, the Cardinals acquired Brock, a raw, 24-year-old outfielder from the Chicago Cubs in a trade that cost them popular righthander Ernie Broglio, who had been an 18-game winner for them the prior season although he was 3-5 in 1964 and perhaps injured. 

Immediately, the trade was not well received by the Cardinals’ players. “We thought it was the worst trade ever,” said Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2020 at 06:51 PM | 52 comment(s)
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