Monday, July 06, 2009

Best Player, pound for pound

This post got me thinking. Is Ichiro the best player pound for pound?

The answer is no, it's still Albert Pujols. But Ichiro does come in second. I took each player's career wins over replacement, and converted to a rate stat, wins per 12000 plate appearances. In other words, the number of PA a great player would put up in a long career.

Albert is the best player, of course, at 152 WAR per 12000. Ichiro does rank very high among active players, about 16th place at 93 WAR. Divide this by weight and we get the best pound for pound players:


WAR/Wt Player
0.659 Pujols
0.578 Ichiro
0.565 A-Rod
0.558 Mauer
0.529 H Ramirez
0.522 Utley
0.502 Sizemore

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