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Established Level

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Rk Player Team Lg Age Pos PA IP WAR 1979 1978 1977
1 Phil Niekro ATL NL 40 SP 386 1006.2 8.7 7.7 10.4 8.5
2 Mike Schmidt PHI NL 29 3B 1958 7.5 7.9 6.2 8.9
3 Dave Parker PIT NL 28 RF 2055 6.9 6.7 7.0 7.4
4 Dave Winfield SDP NL 27 RF 2013 6.5 8.3 4.3 5.3
5 Rick Reuschel CHC NL 30 SP 275 733.2 6.3 5.8 5.4 9.6
6 Gary Carter MON NL 25 C 1761 5.8 6.0 5.8 5.4
7 Keith Hernandez STL NL 25 1B 1976 5.7 7.6 2.6 4.1
8 George Foster CIN NL 30 LF 1881 5.6 5.1 4.9 8.4
9 Gene Tenace SDP NL 32 C 1678 5.5 5.9 5.2 4.7
10 Johnny Bench CIN NL 31 C 1549 5.1 5.6 4.5 5.0
11 J. R. Richard HOU NL 29 SP 315 834.2 5.0 5.4 4.2 5.6
12 Ron Cey LAD NL 31 3B 1915 4.9 5.1 5.4 3.6
13 Jose Cruz HOU NL 31 LF 1924 4.9 4.6 5.3 4.8
14 Garry Maddox PHI NL 29 CF 1825 4.8 5.0 5.1 3.7
15 Davey Lopes LAD NL 34 2B 1946 4.7 4.7 4.9 4.7
16 Tom Seaver CIN NL 34 SP 280 736.0 4.7 3.5 4.6 8.4
17 Ted Simmons STL NL 29 C 1726 4.5 3.6 5.5 5.2
18 John Candelaria PIT NL 25 SP 235 626.2 4.5 3.3 4.5 7.9
19 Burt Hooton LAD NL 29 SP 259 671.1 4.4 3.5 5.3 5.4
20 Craig Swan NYM NL 28 SP 221 605.1 4.2 4.6 5.5 0.6
21 Steve Rogers MON NL 29 SP 278 769.1 4.2 3.9 4.7 4.0
22 Dave Concepcion CIN NL 31 SS 1920 4.2 4.9 3.8 2.8
23 Jack Clark SFG NL 23 RF 1723 4.2 3.5 5.9 2.5
24 Andre Dawson MON NL 24 CF 1910 4.0 3.6 4.8 3.9
25 Bruce Sutter CHC NL 26 RP 56 307.2 4.0 5.1 1.1 6.5
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Established Level Methodology

The calculation is based on the "Established Level" portion of Bill James Favorite Toy.
- The metric from the current year (1979) is multiplied by 3.
- The previous year's (1978) metric is multiplied by 2.
- The metric from two years prior (1977) is added to the above totals and they are divided by 6.
- One caveat is that the final "Established Level" should not be below 75% of the current year's (1979) metric

Example:

Player X has 5.0 WAR in 1979, 7.0 WAR in 1978, and 4.0 WAR in 1977.
((5.0 x 3) + (7.0 x 2) + 4.0) / 6 = 5.5 WAR