Average WAR for 2014 Hall of Fame Candidates

January 1, 2014 by TheUmpire

Todd Jones

Mike Mussina leads the pack of non-first-year candidates.

Todd Jones looks to be this year’s Lenny Harris.

We have converted a baseball player’s career Wins Above Replacement (WAR) into a rate statistic which indicates the average number of wins above replacement a player would give his team per single season (avgWAR). Baseball-Reference.com uses the following scale for WAR values:

  • 8+ MVP Quality
  • 5+ All-Star Quality
  • 2+ Starter
  • 0-2 Reserve
  • <0 Replacement Level

It is our proposal that players having an avgWAR of 5.0 or higher are worthy of induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Player avgWAR
Barry Bonds 8.82
Roger Clemens 6.74
Jeff Bagwell 5.99
Larry Walker 5.92
Curt Schilling 5.41
Edgar Martinez 5.38
Mark McGwire 5.36
Mike Mussina 5.26
Frank Thomas 5.13
Mike Piazza 5.02
Alan Trammell 4.97
Greg Maddux 4.89
Tim Raines 4.47
Rafael Palmeiro 4.11
Tom Glavine 4.06
Sammy Sosa 4.02
Jeff Kent 3.89
Don Mattingly 3.83
Craig Biggio 3.69
Fred McGriff 3.46
Moises Alou 3.31
Luis Gonzalez 3.22
Kenny Rogers 2.83
Jack Morris 2.79
Ray Durham 2.76
Paul Lo Duca 2.68
Hideo Nomo 2.24
Richie Sexson 2.12
Lee Smith 1.96
Sean Casey 1.88
Eric Gagne 1.80
Armando Benitez 1.58
Jacque Jones 1.43
Mike Timlin 1.25
J.T. Snow 1.04
Todd Jones 0.75

Stats from Lahman’s Baseball Database and Baseball-Reference.com.

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