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LSB's Top 25 Rangers Revisited via WAR

I was reading a FanPost at Amazin' Avenue inspired by the historical WAR page put together by Sean Smith. I was fooling around with it for the Rangers, and decided it might be interesting to pull back up the top 25 Rangers as we voted on them and compare them via WAR.

Position players are in bold because they're all that there's WAR for. But I didn't want to just leave out the pitchers, so I used Support-Neutral Value Above Replacement from BP for starters and Expected Wins added above replacement for relievers. Not really good metrics, especially for comparing position players valued by WAR, but it serves my purposes for this.

The lines are, in order, the average of his best three seasons as a Ranger, the average of his five year peak, his average per 600 PA (200 IP for SP, 60 IP for RP) and his career total as a Ranger.

Some slightly interesting results.

 

1. Ivan Rodriguez: 6.4 | 5.9 | 4.9 | 48.7
2. Juan Gonzalez:  5.3 | 3.2 | 2.9 | 28.5
3. Nolan Ryan: 4.4 | 3.2 | 3.8 | 16.1
4. Rafael Palmeiro: 6.5 | 5.5 | 3.9 | 43.2
5. Alex Rodriguez: 8.3 | 8.3 | 6.9 | 24.8
6. Rusty Greer: 4.3 | 3.4 | 2.8 | 20.5
7. Michael Young: 4.0 | 3.5 | 2.3 | 20.3
8. Charlie Hough: 5.0 | 4.5 | 3.4 | 40.5
9. Kenny Rogers: 4.7 | 3.5 | 2.6 | 24.5
10. Jim Sundberg: 4.7 | 4.0 | 3.4 | 29.9
11. Buddy Bell: 6.4 | 5.8 | 5.3 | 35.4
12. Ruben Sierra: 4.3 | 3.3 | 2.4 | 19.8

13. Fergie Jenkins: 5.6 | 2.8 | 3.6 | 24.8
14. Toby Harrah: 5.4 | 4.4 | 3.6 | 29.2
15. Will Clark: 3.4 | 3.0 | 3.6 | 15.2
16. Kevin Brown: 4.4 | 3.6 | 3.2 | 20.7
17. Mark Teixeira: 4.8 | 3.5 | 3.5 | 17.4
18. Julio Franco: 6.0 | 4.1 | 4.6 | 20.4
19. John Wetteland: 4.0 | 2.2 | 2.8 | 12.4
20. Tom Grieve: 1.0 | 0.7 | 0.8 | 2.5
21. Rick Helling: 4.0 | 2.9 | 3.1 | 15.5
22. Bobby Witt: 2.9| 1.9 | 1.9 | 16.5
23. Dean Palmer: 2.3 | 1.4 | 1.3 | 6.4
24. Jeff Russell: 2.0 | 1.6 | 1.1 | 13.3
25. Gaylord Perry: 4.4 | 5.2 | 3.8 | 15.6

 

And then a couple players I felt, at the time, had good arguments for the top 25:

Mike Hargrove: 4.3 | 3.5 | 3.6 | 17.7
Pete O’Brien: 3.7 | 2.6 | 2.7 | 17.0
Hank Blalock: 2.9 | 2.0 | 1.9 | 10.4
Jeff Burroughs: 2.6 | 1.6 | 1.7 | 7.7
Al Oliver: 3.4 | 3.1 | 3.3 | 12.2

 

Unless we missed someone, this would mean the top 10 Rangers position players in all-time Wins Above Replacement are: 

1. Ivan Rodriguez 48.7
2. Rafael Palmeiro 43.2
3. Buddy Bell 35.4
4. Jim Sundberg 29.9
5. Toby Harrah 29.2
6. Juan Gonzalez 28.5
7. Alex Rodriguez 24.8
8. Rusty Greer 20.5
9. Julio Franco 20.4
10. Michael Young 20.3

Finally, the best 11 seasons I came across:

Alex Rodriguez 2002: 8.5
Alex Rodriguez 2001: 8.2
Alex Rodriguez 2003: 8.1
Rafael Palmeiro 1993: 7.7
Buddy Bell 1979: 7.2
Ivan Rodriguez 1998: 6.7
Juan Gonzalez 1993: 6.7
Julio Franco 1991: 6.6
Rafael Palmeiro 1991: 6.4
Buddy Bell 1984: 6.3
Ivan Rodriguez 1999: 6.2

Kinsler and Hamilton last year were very close. Kinsler would have been well on the list without getting hurt.

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