• From 1968 To 1978, Sal Bando Was The 5th Best Player In Baseball During Those 11 Years

    Posted by on January 2nd, 2014 · Comments (4)

    According to WAR, that is:

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Joe Morgan 68.0 1968 1978 24-34 1488 6466 1035 1473 267 179 731 1095 512 .280 .403 .453
    2 Johnny Bench 64.5 1968 1978 20-30 1607 6667 869 1579 308 309 1105 700 59 .269 .345 .487
    3 Reggie Jackson 62.2 1968 1978 22-32 1615 6668 960 1561 295 339 1025 776 201 .271 .362 .509
    4 Rod Carew 60.9 1968 1978 22-32 1498 6419 884 1935 283 66 682 576 266 .338 .398 .451
    5 Sal Bando 59.7 1968 1978 24-34 1721 7202 875 1578 255 226 949 922 66 .258 .359 .421
    6 Pete Rose 59.7 1968 1978 27-37 1746 8102 1192 2265 429 101 652 832 95 .317 .391 .441
    7 Bobby Bonds 54.5 1968 1978 22-32 1572 6999 1102 1656 266 296 896 783 407 .271 .355 .480
    8 Carl Yastrzemski 54.1 1968 1978 28-38 1651 7033 962 1668 279 244 944 1046 113 .283 .389 .462
    9 Graig Nettles 52.7 1968 1978 23-33 1530 6201 742 1376 208 244 792 636 29 .252 .331 .431
    10 Reggie Smith 52.3 1968 1978 23-33 1516 6321 900 1607 300 255 880 708 103 .291 .371 .503
    11 Roy White 47.7 1968 1978 24-34 1601 6858 872 1626 271 148 690 851 205 .277 .367 .415
    12 Tony Perez 47.5 1968 1978 26-36 1659 7012 878 1789 330 268 1095 643 44 .286 .351 .482
    13 Bert Campaneris 46.1 1968 1978 26-36 1543 6683 829 1545 199 58 454 454 447 .258 .312 .337
    14 Thurman Munson 43.5 1969 1978 22-31 1326 5486 654 1448 211 110 662 406 47 .292 .347 .413
    15 Mike Schmidt 42.4 1972 1978 22-28 924 3831 565 810 158 190 552 569 108 .255 .372 .502
    16 Cesar Cedeno 42.1 1970 1978 19-27 1161 4933 720 1299 265 142 617 380 397 .291 .350 .466
    17 Willie Stargell 42.1 1968 1978 28-38 1402 5693 805 1405 280 317 983 656 12 .285 .371 .545
    18 Bobby Grich 41.0 1970 1978 21-29 982 4160 524 896 159 83 372 569 87 .259 .369 .394
    19 Mark Belanger 40.3 1968 1978 24-34 1596 5625 574 1151 152 18 334 506 147 .234 .308 .286
    20 Jim Wynn 39.3 1968 1977 26-35 1363 5663 801 1145 188 205 677 971 144 .248 .378 .433
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 1/2/2014.

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    This list also tells you how good Belanger’s glove was…

    Actually, look at the top 20.  It’s Reds, A’s and Yankees.  No wonder why those teams ruled the ’70′s.

    Comments on From 1968 To 1978, Sal Bando Was The 5th Best Player In Baseball During Those 11 Years

    1. #15
      January 2nd, 2014 | 3:15 pm

      Roy White doesn’t get enough credit, especially considering how many of the top 10 are (or were good enough to be) HOF’s. The Yankees had nothing around him for many years.

      Good to see Puff and Thurman in there too.

    2. KPOcala
      January 2nd, 2014 | 6:04 pm

      @ #15:Good post! I also think that Reggie Smith and Bobby Grich never got their dues. If White had played with the “Core”, there would be a campaign for the HOF.

    3. Evan3457
      January 3rd, 2014 | 12:37 am

      Bando was an outstanding player. Never got his due because Oakland Coliseum depressed his BAVG. Nettles best 11 years were from 1970 to 1980, and his WAR total is 55.7. So his best 11 is only 4 WAR worse than Bando’s.

      Yaz’ best 11 is 71 WAR. Bonds’ best 11 is marginally better than what is shown in the table. Rose’ best 11 is 62 WAR.

    4. Evan3457
      January 3rd, 2014 | 12:43 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Bando was an outstanding player. Never got his due because Oakland Coliseum depressed his BAVG.

      My mistake; his BAVG was about the same on the road as at home.
      It is true that players with a wide variety of skills but low BAVG tend to get underrated compare to players with a narrow base of skills but high BAVG. Bando is underrated. So is Grich. So is Wynn. Reggie Smith was an outstanding player.

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