• The Best Player In The A.L. From 1962 Through 1974

    Posted by on April 24th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    It was Yaz, by far. Why he doesn’t get more credit for it, I dunno?

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG
    1 Carl Yastrzemski 78.8 1962 1974 22-34 1969 8473 1169 2112 405 292 1101 1211 .294 .395 .484
    2 Brooks Robinson 68.1 1962 1974 25-37 2038 8539 922 2092 351 227 1068 666 .272 .330 .418
    3 Al Kaline 48.1 1962 1974 27-39 1630 6526 908 1617 272 240 889 802 .288 .377 .476
    4 Harmon Killebrew 48.1 1962 1974 26-38 1789 7362 953 1557 212 429 1203 1214 .257 .381 .510
    5 Jim Fregosi 47.0 1962 1974 20-32 1541 6342 740 1504 230 133 593 591 .268 .339 .406
    6 Tony Oliva 43.5 1962 1974 23-35 1478 6237 821 1768 316 206 873 405 .309 .356 .489
    7 Sal Bando 42.6 1966 1974 22-30 1150 4787 598 1050 170 150 634 629 .260 .365 .425
    8 Bill Freehan 42.4 1963 1974 21-32 1579 6166 641 1418 214 181 680 581 .263 .344 .414
    9 Reggie Jackson 41.7 1967 1974 21-28 1074 4389 623 1004 181 218 629 533 .267 .364 .502
    10 Bert Campaneris 41.4 1964 1974 22-32 1509 6676 847 1610 241 65 431 391 .262 .310 .355
    11 Frank Robinson 40.3 1966 1974 30-38 1118 4701 721 1141 199 231 710 627 .289 .393 .525
    12 Paul Blair 39.9 1964 1974 20-30 1415 5292 657 1256 240 118 520 373 .262 .316 .406
    13 Rico Petrocelli 39.9 1963 1974 20-31 1353 5438 605 1205 215 200 690 586 .254 .336 .434
    14 Norm Cash 39.7 1962 1974 27-39 1738 6675 845 1499 203 314 892 836 .263 .361 .474
    15 Dick McAuliffe 37.9 1962 1974 22-34 1668 6800 850 1448 219 191 662 855 .247 .344 .405
    16 Don Buford 36.3 1963 1972 26-35 1286 5347 718 1203 157 93 418 672 .264 .362 .379
    17 Boog Powell 35.7 1962 1974 20-32 1759 6898 796 1573 243 303 1062 889 .267 .362 .466
    18 Luis Aparicio 35.2 1962 1973 28-39 1700 7375 834 1746 271 61 497 481 .260 .309 .343
    19 Rod Carew 34.5 1967 1974 21-28 1029 4331 551 1266 188 32 393 335 .323 .377 .420
    20 Reggie Smith 34.1 1966 1973 21-28 1014 4265 592 1064 204 149 536 425 .281 .354 .471
    21 Roy White 34.0 1965 1974 21-30 1250 5134 639 1187 195 109 512 639 .270 .362 .406
    22 Ken McMullen 31.5 1965 1972 23-30 1188 4818 499 1082 143 130 490 435 .251 .320 .385
    23 Graig Nettles 29.0 1967 1974 22-29 901 3574 403 762 110 127 408 396 .244 .331 .405
    24 Bob Allison 28.4 1962 1970 27-35 1077 3966 565 863 146 182 537 538 .256 .361 .484
    25 Cesar Tovar 28.2 1965 1974 24-33 1228 5224 724 1328 217 42 377 346 .282 .339 .377
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 4/24/2014.

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    Comments on The Best Player In The A.L. From 1962 Through 1974

    1. #15
      April 24th, 2014 | 12:36 pm

      1) No ring. And 2) didn’t crack the magical 500 HR total which Mickey and Willie and Ted Williams had before him. Too bad, he deserves a lot of credit, but I’m still thrilled to see him slump at the wall watching Bucky’s homer clear the Monster.

    2. Raf
      April 24th, 2014 | 8:12 pm

      Steve, why 1962-74?

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