Thought I had this metric “mostly“ figured out. In concept I agree with it. Like any measurement it’s not perfect. I think it’s biggest flaw is how it “groups“ players by position. A 1st Baseman can offensively outperform say a right fielder. But since 1st base is a premium offensive position it’s HARDER for a player there to get higher war numbers. A 30/.300/.400 1st basemenwill have lower war than a RFer with same numbers. An everyday bat is an everyday bat IMO. I think I have this right. If wrong please explain.
But wanted to show 3 players and WAR numbers. Steve Sax, Chase Utley and Brett Butler. Two played same position. BB didn’t so not apples to apples.
But look at how good Saxy‘s numbers are vs Utley’s and yet the WAR numbers are super disparate. Thought it was driven by OBP but the numbers are similar there too. Sax at .335 vs Utley at .358.
what is driving this?
Butler is a bad comp. Played much longer and a different position. (OF vs IF). not sure why I thought of him. Think only because he was a not a HR hitter like sax....added Alan Trammell too. HOFer. .350 OBP. Great glove too. WS Champion. WS MVP. Helps a borderline case!
Sax had a hell of a career....so did BB.