• Was John Valentin The Best Player In Baseball In 1995?

    Posted by on January 17th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    You tell me…

    Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG
    1 John Valentin 8.3 1995 28 BOS 135 621 108 155 37 27 102 81 67 20 5 .298 .399 .533
    2 Barry Bonds 7.5 1995 30 SFG 144 635 109 149 30 33 104 120 83 31 10 .294 .431 .577
    3 Edgar Martinez 7.0 1995 32 SEA 145 639 121 182 52 29 113 116 87 4 3 .356 .479 .628
    4 Albert Belle 6.9 1995 28 CLE 143 631 121 173 52 50 126 73 80 5 2 .317 .401 .690
    5 Chuck Knoblauch 6.7 1995 26 MIN 136 629 107 179 34 11 63 78 95 46 18 .333 .424 .487
    6 Tim Salmon 6.6 1995 26 CAL 143 638 111 177 34 34 105 91 111 5 5 .330 .429 .594
    7 Reggie Sanders 6.6 1995 27 CIN 133 567 91 148 36 28 99 69 122 36 12 .306 .397 .579
    8 Bernie Williams 6.4 1995 26 NYY 144 648 93 173 29 18 82 75 98 8 6 .307 .392 .487
    9 Craig Biggio 6.2 1995 29 HOU 141 673 123 167 30 22 77 80 85 33 8 .302 .406 .483
    10 Mike Piazza 6.2 1995 26 LAD 112 475 82 150 17 32 93 39 80 1 0 .346 .400 .606
    11 Barry Larkin 5.9 1995 31 CIN 131 567 98 158 29 15 66 61 49 51 5 .319 .394 .492
    12 Jim Thome 5.9 1995 24 CLE 137 557 92 142 29 25 73 97 113 4 3 .314 .438 .558
    13 Jim Edmonds 5.6 1995 25 CAL 141 620 120 162 30 33 107 51 130 1 4 .290 .352 .536
    14 Mark McGwire 5.5 1995 31 OAK 104 422 75 87 13 39 90 88 77 1 1 .274 .441 .685
    15 Rafael Palmeiro 5.5 1995 30 BAL 143 624 89 172 30 39 104 62 65 3 1 .310 .380 .583
    16 Sammy Sosa 5.3 1995 26 CHC 144 629 89 151 17 36 119 58 134 34 7 .268 .340 .500
    17 Frank Thomas 5.3 1995 27 CHW 145 647 102 152 27 40 111 136 74 3 2 .308 .454 .606
    18 Brian Jordan 5.1 1995 28 STL 131 525 83 145 20 22 81 22 79 24 9 .296 .339 .488
    19 Mark Grace 5.0 1995 31 CHC 143 627 97 180 51 16 92 65 46 6 2 .326 .395 .516
    20 Jeff Bagwell 4.8 1995 27 HOU 114 539 88 130 29 21 87 79 102 12 5 .290 .399 .496
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 1/17/2014.

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    Comments on Was John Valentin The Best Player In Baseball In 1995?

    1. Kamieniecki
      January 17th, 2014 | 3:51 pm

      I’d rather walk into a postseason with an 18-2 pitcher with 294 Ks (8.6), or many of the position players on this list other than Valentin, than with a 1995 John Valentin at SS.

    2. OldYanksFan
      January 18th, 2014 | 3:03 pm

      Yup…. Let’s remember that WAR is a measurement of value at a certain position, and doesn’t measure overall production. As a middle infielder, his numbers may have gotten him an MVP, but if I had to choose one of those position players to play on my team that year, I think it would be between Edgar and Alert, with honorable mention to Piazza.

      No rank on Valentin, but you don’t often see an OPS over 1.100.
      And it’s VERY rare for a middle infielder to be a top offensive player (which made ARod so special).

      And how bad could Piazza’s D have been, for a C to have an OPS over 1.000 and ‘only’ be worth 6.2 War?

    3. McMillan
      January 18th, 2014 | 7:47 pm

      This list is a good illustration of the inadequacies of so-called WAR calculation and analysis.
      OldYanksFan wrote:

      I think it would be between Edgar and Alert, with honorable mention to Piazza.

      Not a bad year for Albert in 1995.

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