Forever Giants: 1890 New York Giants (Year 8)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

1889 is here.

My WAR calculation is a combination of Baseball-reference and Clay Davenport; I believe it to be the "best" WAR number available for historical comparison. 8 WAR is an MVP quality season.  The record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.

1890 83-79
C Dick Buckley .7
1B Dude Esterbrook .2
2B Charley Bassett 1.65
SS Jack Glasscock 6.1
3B Jerry Denny -.95
LF/P Jesse Burkett .9
CF Joe Hornung -2.2
RF Mike Tiernan 4.3
UT Artie Clarke -.3
1B Lew Whistler .9
OF John Henry -.55
C Pat Murphy -.2
P Amos Rusie 7.6
P Mickey Welch 3.95 
P Jack Sharott 1.15

-So, what happened to the Giants?  Ewing and Keefe and Connor and Ward and O'Rourke?  The 2 time Champion Giants?  The Gilded Age happened, like workers all across the country, the players had a job action; they formed their own league, and the core Giants all broke away (they're coming back).  The replacements were interesting - Glasscock and Rusie are headed for the Hall of Fame. 

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