I’m toying with the idea of removing WSAB from the site in favor of bringing back my old Wins Above Replacement system. This would mean that the site would have Baseball-Reference’s WAR, my WAR, and Win Shares. I’d like to see how many people (if any) use WSAB. You don’t have to respond if you don’t use it, but if you would like to see if stay on the site, please let me know.
I found a thread on Baseball-Fever.com asking which players had the best season without receiving a single MVP vote. So I figured that I would do a query using Baseball-Reference’s WAR.
Since most of the players on the list are Pitchers, I decided to separate the list between Position Players and Pitchers. This is because there is a disagreement amongst voters about whether Pitchers should be included in the MVP vote.
Top Position Players
You’ll notice most of these players had high dWAR’s. Fielding ability can easily be overlooked (or incorrectly evaluated) by voters, which may explain why some of these players did not receive votes.
Thanks to Sean Forman and the Baseball-Reference team, we are now able to display their Wins Above Replacement on The Baseball Gauge.
This will replace my previous WAR that was introduced at the beginning of the season. This change was made in an effort to help make B-R’s statistic the “universal” WAR. Since the biggest difference between this version of WAR and our previous system was the fielding metric, we are going to continue to display Defensive Regression Analysis on the site. But understand that this WAR system does not include DRA.
Currently, we only show the basic oWAR, dWAR, pWAR and position adjustment. We encourage everyone to visit Baseball-Reference for more detailed components of the WAR system.