• Is Ben Zobrist The Best Player In Baseball Over Last 4 Years?

    Posted by on October 5th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    According to the leaders in WAR, over the last four seasons combined, he is:

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA OPS Pos Tm
    1 Ben Zobrist 26.6 2009 2012 28-31 616 2596 .827 *49/6837D5 TBR
    2 Albert Pujols 26.4 2009 2012 29-32 620 2721 .969 *3/D5 STL-LAA
    3 Ryan Braun 25.9 2009 2012 25-28 619 2699 .945 *7/D MIL
    4 Robinson Cano 25.1 2009 2012 26-29 641 2748 .899 *4/D NYY
    5 Miguel Cabrera 25.0 2009 2012 26-29 632 2718 1.003 *35/D DET
    6 Evan Longoria 24.0 2009 2012 23-26 515 2218 .877 *5/D TBR
    7 Joey Votto 23.1 2009 2012 25-28 553 2386 .994 *3 CIN
    8 Adrian Beltre 22.6 2009 2012 30-33 545 2297 .863 *5/D SEA-BOS-TEX
    9 Dustin Pedroia 20.7 2009 2012 25-28 529 2419 .832 *4/D BOS
    10 Adrian Gonzalez 20.7 2009 2012 27-30 638 2773 .906 *3/9D SDP-BOS-TOT
    11 Jose Bautista 20.1 2009 2012 28-31 515 2141 .947 *95/7D38 TOR
    12 Chase Utley 20.0 2009 2012 30-33 457 2014 .835 *4 PHI
    13 Michael Bourn 19.0 2009 2012 26-29 611 2708 .726 *8 HOU-TOT-ATL
    14 Joe Mauer 18.6 2009 2012 26-29 504 2164 .891 *2D/39 MIN
    15 Ryan Zimmerman 18.5 2009 2012 24-27 545 2378 .856 *5/D WSN
    16 Ian Kinsler 18.2 2009 2012 27-30 559 2554 .797 *4/D5 TEX
    17 Matt Holliday 18.2 2009 2012 29-32 595 2549 .904 *7/D TOT-STL
    18 Troy Tulowitzki 18.0 2009 2012 24-27 463 1966 .922 *6 COL
    19 Andrew McCutchen 18.0 2009 2012 22-25 577 2497 .858 *8/D PIT
    20 Torii Hunter 16.6 2009 2012 33-36 567 2385 .815 *98/D LAA
    21 Kevin Youkilis 16.4 2009 2012 30-33 480 2049 .877 *53/D7 BOS-TOT
    22 Prince Fielder 16.1 2009 2012 25-28 647 2815 .952 *3/D MIL-DET
    23 Curtis Granderson 16.1 2009 2012 28-31 612 2613 .826 *8/D DET-NYY
    24 Josh Hamilton 15.6 2009 2012 28-31 491 2110 .915 *78/D9 TEX
    25 Mark Teixeira 15.5 2009 2012 29-32 593 2627 .863 *3/D NYY
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 10/5/2012.

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    Comments on Is Ben Zobrist The Best Player In Baseball Over Last 4 Years?

    1. KPOcala
      October 5th, 2012 | 2:52 pm

      Steve, interesting research. Not taking away anything from Zobrist, but this research would seem to shoot a pretty large hole in WAR, no? Or is that your real point?

    2. October 5th, 2012 | 2:59 pm

      It either says that Zobrist is very underrated, or, yes, you can’t always make the call via WAR on player worth. Then again, maybe it’s both – or neither. I dunno.

    3. Evan3457
      October 5th, 2012 | 7:50 pm

      Zobrist is a VERY valuable player. A shortstop who’s both a good fielder at his position and a well above average hitter. And when you add in his salary, he’s one key reason the Rays contend every year.

    4. Evan3457
      October 5th, 2012 | 7:51 pm

      And he’s become a damm tough out at the plate, drawing a lot of walks, and working the count most of the time when he doesn’t.

    5. KPOcala
      October 5th, 2012 | 10:39 pm

      @ Evan3457:Evan, salary issues aside. The “best” player in baseball for Four years. No way. But man, I’d love to have him on our team 😉

    6. MJ Recanati
      October 7th, 2012 | 8:46 am

      I actually don’t see why this couldn’t be a true statement? He doesn’t put up the offensive numbers that Pujols, Braun or Cabrera do but, because he plays a valuable defensive position (2B) and plays that position well, his value is increased into this stratosphere. WAR captures both the offense and the defense, and gives a bonus to those that play 2B, SS, CF, C and 3B. That’s fair in my book.

      Is he the most skilled? No. But is he the most valuable? He’s right up there, that’s for sure.

    7. 77yankees
      October 7th, 2012 | 9:54 am

      Good player to have on your team, yes. But isn’t he more like a Tony Phillips with more pop?

    8. Evan3457
      October 7th, 2012 | 10:37 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Good player to have on your team, yes. But isn’t he more like a Tony Phillips with more pop?

      Tony Phillips, at his peak, was a very valuable player, too.

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