Average WAR for 2013 Hall of Fame Candidates
December 6, 2012 by TheUmpire
Led by Barry Bonds, this year's ballot features five avgWAR 5+ players. Sammy Sosa ain't one of 'em, despite his 609 career home runs.
Jeff Bagwell leads the pack of first-year candidates.
José Mesa 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.
Stats from Lahman's Baseball Database and Baseball-Reference.com.