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10-year WAR leaders, by position

Posted by John Autin
Here are the overall leaders in bWAR for the past 10 years combined (2002-11), by position:

Pos Player WAR/pos OPS+ Rbat Rfield Rbaser
+ Rdp
PA From To Age G
C Joe Mauer 40.7 134 195 48 10 3911 2004 2011 21-28 918
1B Albert Pujols 82.2 172 607 109 -2 6757 2002 2011 22-31 1544
2B Chase Utley 42.7 127 163 67 46 4778 2003 2011 24-32 1109
SS Derek Jeter 39.5 114 157 -72 26 6904 2002 2011 28-37 1490
3B Alex Rodriguez 59.8 146 373 -23 23 6387 2002 2011 26-35 1450
LF Barry Bonds 43.2 219 372 5 -1 2801 2002 2007 37-42 690
CF Carlos Beltran 49.7 128 219 40 52 5851 2002 2011 25-34 1345
RF Ichiro Suzuki 47.0 113 113 107 84 7322 2002 2011 28-37 1592
DH Jim Thome 33.0 147 294 2 -19 5017 2002 2011 31-40 1255
DH David Ortiz 33.0 143 309 1 -26 6039 2002 2011 26-35 1412
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/30/2012.

Three players make the team despite playing less than 10 years: Mauer (8 years), Bonds (6) and Utley (9).

For the pitchers, here's the top starters, closers and set-up man, righty and lefty:

Pos Player WAR ERA+ SO/9 SO/BB IP From To Age G
SP-RH Roy Halladay 59.3 148 6.97 4.57 2194.2 2002 2011 25-34 304
SP-LH CC Sabathia 46.5 128 7.61 2.93 2184.0 2002 2011 21-30 322
CL-RH Mariano Rivera 33.6 231 8.40 5.32 678.1 2002 2011 32-41 639
CL-LH Billy Wagner 18.7 210 11.18 4.51 559.2 2002 2010 30-38 537
SU-RH LaTroy Hawkins 12.6 145 6.66 2.91 601.1 2002 2011 29-38 596
SU-LH Matt Thornton 9.4 129 9.76 2.57 460.0 2004 2011 27-34 472
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/30/2012.

Why have left-handed closers become so unpopular? In the past 10 years, lefties accounted for just 10% of all 30-save seasons (17 of 166). The rate was the same for the previous 10 years (13 of 137). But it was 22% for the 20 years before that, 1972-91 (20 of 91).

It could be just random distribution. But there does seem to be an active disinclination to have a LH closer. There were no lefties among the 28 men with 20+ saves last year.

As a bonus, here are all-righty, all-lefty and all-switchy lineup:

Right-hand batters:
Pos Player WAR/pos OPS+ Rbat Rfield Rbaser
+ Rdp
From To Age G
C Ivan Rodriguez 22.0 100 -3 31 -15 2002 2011 30-39 1172
1B Albert Pujols 82.2 172 607 109 -2 2002 2011 22-31 1544
2B Placido Polanco 31.3 100 18 95 6 2002 2011 26-35 1324
SS Derek Jeter 39.5 114 157 -72 26 2002 2011 28-37 1490
3B Alex Rodriguez 59.8 146 373 -23 23 2002 2011 26-35 1450
LF Manny Ramirez 33.8 155 340 -69 -28 2002 2011 30-39 1193
CF Andruw Jones 30.4 113 75 92 -11 2002 2011 25-34 1275
RF Vladimir Guerrero 37.0 138 286 13 -20 2002 2011 27-36 1416
DH Frank Thomas 15.0 131 146 0 -26 2002 2008 34-40 772
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/31/2012.

Left-hand batters:
Pos Player WAR/pos OPS+ Rbat Rfield Rbaser
+ Rdp
From To Age G
C Joe Mauer 40.7 134 195 48 10 2004 2011 21-28 918
1B Todd Helton 40.2 134 278 66 -21 2002 2011 28-37 1389
2B Chase Utley 42.7 127 163 67 46 2003 2011 24-32 1109
SS Stephen Drew 10.6 98 -16 -11 8 2006 2011 23-28 733
3B Eric Chavez 24.8 113 58 59 4 2002 2011 24-33 943
LF Barry Bonds 43.2 219 372 5 -1 2002 2007 37-42 690
CF Jim Edmonds 34.3 136 184 50 -9 2002 2010 32-40 1000
RF Ichiro Suzuki 47.0 113 113 107 84 2002 2011 28-37 1592
DH Jim Thome 33.0 147 294 2 -19 2002 2011 31-40 1255
DH David Ortiz 33.0 143 309 1 -26 2002 2011 26-35 1412
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/31/2012.

In the past 10 years, just 5 lefty batters have had a qualified season at SS: 4 by Stephen Drew, 1 each by Russ Adams, Craig Counsell, Tony Womack and Andy Fox(?!).

Switch-hitters:
Pos Player WAR/pos OPS+ Rbat Rfield Rbaser
+ Rdp
From To Age G
C Jorge Posada 31.9 124 163 -27 -38 2002 2011 30-39 1248
1B Lance Berkman 42.6 147 368 -19 -17 2002 2011 26-35 1470
2B Brian Roberts 22.2 105 45 -28 22 2002 2011 24-33 1158
SS Jimmy Rollins 32.2 98 -47 67 54 2002 2011 23-32 1464
3B Chipper Jones 44.4 142 296 1 -5 2002 2011 30-39 1293
LF* Randy Winn 24.5 103 27 49 36 2002 2010 28-36 1350
CF Carlos Beltran 49.7 128 219 40 52 2002 2011 25-34 1345
RF Nick Swisher 19.6 116 104 17 -14 2004 2011 23-30 1061
DH* Dmitri Young 5.2 121 57 -26 -12 2002 2008 28-34 673
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/31/2012.
* To get a switch-hitting LF and a DH who had ever been regulars at those positions, I had to lower the threshold to 30% of games played at that position during the 10-year span.

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