• How Good Was Granderson For Yanks In 2010?

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2010 · Comments (1)

    Looking at the numbers below, I would say that “Grandy” this season was about as good as Melky Cabrera in 2007, slightly better than Melky in 2009, but, not as good as Johnny Damon was in 2006.

    Rk Player WAR/pos 6 PA Year Age Tm G R 2B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Bernie Williams 4.9 633 2001 32 NYY 146 102 38 26 94 78 67 11 .307 .395 .522
    2 Bernie Williams 4.4 699 2002 33 NYY 154 102 37 19 102 83 97 8 .333 .415 .493
    3 Johnny Damon 3.7 671 2006 32 NYY 149 115 35 24 80 67 85 25 .285 .359 .482
    4 Curtis Granderson 2.1 528 2010 29 NYY 136 76 17 24 67 53 116 12 .247 .324 .468
    5 Melky Cabrera 2.1 612 2007 22 NYY 150 66 24 8 73 43 68 13 .273 .327 .391
    6 Melky Cabrera 1.7 540 2009 24 NYY 154 66 28 13 68 43 59 10 .274 .336 .416
    7 Bernie Williams 0.5 521 2003 34 NYY 119 77 19 15 64 71 61 5 .263 .367 .411
    8 Bernie Williams -0.6 546 2005 36 NYY 141 53 19 12 64 53 75 1 .249 .321 .367
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 10/22/2010.

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    But, at least, Granderson was trending upward towards the end of the season and into the post-season.

    Comments on How Good Was Granderson For Yanks In 2010?

    1. Evan3457
      October 22nd, 2010 | 3:19 pm

      The baseball ref WAR measure understates Granderson’s value because it uses their own defensive measure R(def) instead of UZR or BIS +/-.

      Even so, Damon’s year was better, primarily because his BAVG was 40 pts higher, so he created more runs with fewer outs.

      I’m not sure you’re implying a comparison, but if you are, it’s the wrong one, because it doesn’t give an effective measure of the defensive difference between Damon, 2010 and Granderson, 2010.

      As for next season, it remains to be seen if Granderson can work with Long to improve further, or if the league can re-adjust to Granderson’s current adjustments.

      I’m hopeful he can retain a large portion of his gains the last 2 1/2 months.

      Well, maybe not against Lee…

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