• The Class Of 1968-1982

    Posted by on November 29th, 2016 · Comments (7)
    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Joe Morgan 81.4 1968 1982 24-38 1980 8498 221 904 1432 602 .275 .397 .438
    2 Rod Carew 74.7 1968 1982 22-36 1983 8557 77 850 820 333 .334 .398 .440
    3 Johnny Bench 74.4 1968 1982 20-34 2022 8247 376 1316 862 68 .269 .345 .480
    4 Reggie Jackson 74.3 1968 1982 22-36 2136 8809 463 1380 1055 215 .273 .365 .515
    6 Pete Rose 62.5 1968 1982 27-41 2340 10779 109 862 1105 139 .313 .387 .425
    7 Reggie Smith 61.4 1968 1982 23-37 1823 7395 299 1031 833 121 .291 .371 .499
    8 Graig Nettles 60.3 1968 1982 23-37 1989 8021 313 1011 835 31 .250 .330 .425
    11 Carl Yastrzemski 59.1 1968 1982 28-42 2125 8948 303 1206 1260 116 .279 .380 .454
    16 Tony Perez 49.4 1968 1982 26-40 2095 8735 321 1343 768 47 .282 .345 .473
    17 Ted Simmons 48.4 1968 1982 18-32 1801 7444 209 1087 679 11 .291 .355 .453
    22 Willie Stargell 45.9 1968 1982 28-42 1707 6555 363 1129 744 12 .283 .368 .540
    27 Al Oliver 43.9 1968 1982 21-35 1996 8374 206 1163 452 79 .305 .346 .462
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    Generated 11/29/2016.

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    Reggie. Top 4. Close to being #2.

    Comments on The Class Of 1968-1982

    1. KPOcala
      November 29th, 2016 | 2:25 pm

      Man, but does time fly! Most of those guys should be in the HOF, and Bill James has made compelling cases for the ones left out, maybe even Al Oliver who had a long run of excellence. I became a baseball Fan somewhat towards the end of Yaz’s career, and I know I’ve underrated him (especially since he played for Boston), but looking at his OPS+ numbers, he really was “something”. Steve thanks for revisiting these great players!

    2. KPOcala
      November 29th, 2016 | 2:35 pm

      I remember when Yaz got his 3,000th hit, I was in my car listening to the game. Then I started to wonder if my mind was playing tricks on me (they were playing the Yankees), and that jussst perhaps I remember him NOT getting that hit. Turns-out my memory served. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuxpHJTP1Gg “Funny”, but you’ll see that there was no hugs or congratulations from any of the Yankee players :) Funny, but back then, it was the “little things” that made sports “different” (with props given to Vincent Vega).

    3. redbug
      November 29th, 2016 | 5:45 pm

      @ KPOcala:

      Even the ump and cops congratulated him

    4. November 29th, 2016 | 7:08 pm

      Don’t forget Yaz had 7 years before 1968, not shown in these totals

    5. KPOcala
      November 30th, 2016 | 2:19 pm

      @ redbug:That pretty cool, especially in “those days”. As I wrote, I was in my car listening. Funny, I can remember EXACTLY where I was, you would think that it was “important” or something!

    6. KPOcala
      November 30th, 2016 | 2:23 pm

      @ Steve L.:The “OPS+” stat has been one the great stats developed over the past thirty or so years. It really allows fans to have a true perspective on players over generations, and it really shows how the great ones were, well “great”. Whereas just looking at stats just MIGHT not tell the “Tale”….

    7. redbug
      November 30th, 2016 | 8:00 pm

      @ KPOcala:

      I remember those baseball moments as much as i do big historical events. Especially Yankee moments like Bucky Dent, Chris Chambliss, Aaroon Boone, Jeter Nov’s shot, etc

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