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Average WAR for 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates

November 17, 2017 by TheUmpire

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). 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 Bonds8.81
Roger Clemens6.74
Jeff Bagwell6.00
Larry Walker5.92
Curt Schilling5.41
Edgar Martinez5.38
Mike Mussina5.26
Manny Ramirez4.87
J.D. Drew4.64
Vladimir Guerrero4.47
Tim Raines4.47
Ivan Rodriguez4.36
Sammy Sosa4.02
Jeff Kent3.89
Mike Cameron3.85
Gary Sheffield3.79
Jorge Posada3.78
Fred McGriff3.45
Carlos Guillen3.44
Magglio Ordonez3.38
Casey Blake3.19
Melvin Mora2.94
Derrek Lee2.86
Freddy Sanchez2.83
Jason Varitek2.55
Edgar Renteria2.42
Billy Wagner2.24
Tim Wakefield2.16
Lee Smith1.96
Trevor Hoffman1.87
Pat Burrell1.86
Orlando Cabrera1.75
Matt Stairs1.22
Arthur Rhodes1.09

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