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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 George Brett KCR AL 26 3B 1886 7.4 8.6 5.4 7.6
4 Ron Guidry NYY AL 28 SP 720.2 7.2 6.5 9.6 4.8
5 Dave Parker PIT NL 28 RF 2055 6.9 6.7 7.0 7.4
6 Dennis Eckersley BOS AL 24 SP 762.1 6.9 7.2 7.3 5.0
7 Fred Lynn BOS AL 27 CF 1813 6.6 8.9 4.4 1.5
8 Jim Rice BOS AL 26 LF 2144 6.6 6.4 7.6 5.2
9 Dave Winfield SDP NL 27 RF 2013 6.5 8.3 4.3 5.3
10 Rick Reuschel CHC NL 30 SP 275 733.2 6.3 5.8 5.4 9.6
11 Gary Carter MON NL 25 C 1761 5.8 6.0 5.8 5.4
12 Darrell Porter KCR AL 27 C 1767 5.7 7.6 4.2 2.5
13 Keith Hernandez STL NL 25 1B 1976 5.7 7.6 2.6 4.1
14 George Foster CIN NL 30 LF 1881 5.6 5.1 4.9 8.4
15 Buddy Bell TEX AL 27 3B 1864 5.5 6.9 4.4 3.7
16 Chet Lemon CHW AL 24 CF 1675 5.5 5.8 4.9 5.9
17 Gene Tenace SDP NL 32 C 1678 5.5 5.9 5.2 4.7
18 Jerry Koosman MIN AL 36 SP 154 725.2 5.4 7.2 1.2 2.5
19 Willie Randolph NYY AL 24 2B 1902 5.3 5.3 5.8 4.6
20 Mike Caldwell MIL AL 30 SP 5 647.1 5.2 4.8 8.2 0.5
21 Dave Goltz MIN AL 30 SP 774.0 5.1 4.1 6.6 5.5
22 Ken Singleton BAL AL 32 RF 1947 5.1 5.3 4.7 5.7
23 Johnny Bench CIN NL 31 C 1549 5.1 5.6 4.5 5.0
24 J. R. Richard HOU NL 29 SP 315 834.2 5.0 5.4 4.2 5.6
25 Ron Cey LAD NL 31 3B 1915 4.9 5.1 5.4 3.6
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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