180. Ken Boyer 3B WARP+WAR = 116.5
translated BA/OBP/SLG .292/.359/.481
MVPQ none (Best season – 1961 15.5)
-Nettles, Cey, Buddy Bell and now Boyer - a lot of similar players here in the bottom of the list as I go third base heavy.
179. Joe Gordon 2B 116.5
MVPQ 1942 (16)
-Gordon only played 11 years to accumulate that total of 116.5, he lost both '44 and '45 to the war. A list that made some accounting for peak value would have Gordon solidly higher, given how few years it took him to hit that overall value. Gordon also was a pivotal player for two of the greatest teams of all time, the '39 Yankees and the '48 Indians. I've got a ranking of all 106 World Series winners, by regular season pythagorean record, that I'll post at some point (I've got all the Super Bowl winners and NBA Champions too; I've gone on a compiling run for a few months) those two teams are in the top 10 of all time. Joe Gordon was terrific.
178. Andre Dawson RF/CF 116.6
MVPQ – 1981 (16.6)
-High slugging, low on base, his translated slash line looks a lot like Bobby Bonds, who accumulated his value in 7 fewer seasons. Dawson's translated OBP is lowest of any position player on list so far.
177. King Kelly C/RF 116.8
1878-93 White Sox/Red Sox
MVPQ – 1886 (18)
MVPQ – 1886 (18)
-The list is going to be a little lighter on catchers than is ideal, WAR (recall, I use the baseball-reference version) is a little less catcher friendly than is WARP (and that I'd prefer). Kelly's the first catcher to make it.
176. Jimmy Wynn CF 116.9
MVPQ 1974 (17, Dodgers) 1965 (16.1)
-Look at the big bat on Jimmy Wynn. OPS+ of 128 for a center fielder. That's a tasty translated slash line.
175. Kenny Lofton CF 117
MVPQ (none) Best season 1994 (14.5)
-did you know Lofton's translated career batting average would be so high? Lowest OPS+ on the list so far and solidly so, Lofton's value was in his glove.
174. Joe Torre C/1B/3B 117.4
MVPQ( none) Best Season 1966 (14.7)
-and now two catchers on the list - look at Torre's bat, that's a great slash line for a non-catcher; there's probably no way to convince anyone that Torre was a better player than manager, but you wouldn't rank him any lower than this on an all time list.
173. John Olerud 1B 117.4
1989-05 Blue Jays/Mariners
MVPQ 1993 (17)
-Olerud and Torre have pretty similar career bats; Torre's position advantage (catcher is more valuable than first base) balanced by Olerud being a better glove at his position than was Torre at his.
172. Shoeless Joe Jackson LF/RF 117.4
1908-20 Indians/White Sox
MVPQ 1911 (16.6) 1912 (18.7)
-we'll have to go a long way on the list to get a bat like Jackson's - look at that OPS+; Shoeless Joe could mash the baseball; just one of the all time, superpremium elite bats in baseball history.
171. Stan Hack 3B 117.9
MVPQ (none) 1945 (14.6)
-how about one more third baseman to finish off the first 30 in the list.
30 down. 170 to go. See you next week.