Players 1 – 20 Using Second Rating System

I rated over 1,600 players for the second time. It didn’t take long as I kept some of the old calculations in. Also, a lot of players are close to where I had them before. Some went up a lot, and a few went down a lot. I will discuss those. I updated (I hope) all current players, so some went up a whole lot. Everyone ended up with more points as I added more things into the formula.  I did Baseball Reference WAR on a formula I developed. This replaced the Career WAR we see in Baseball Reference. My formula on purpose had more emphasis on winning percentage then career length and is a bigger number then Baseball Reference WAR. I also added some clutch hitting by adding a portion of career Win Probability Added (WPA) and Championship Win Probability Added to everyone’s total.  I Let us start the fun with the top 10:

1Willie Mays1973CF 1
2Babe Ruth1970RF  1
3Hank Aaron1791RF 2
4Barry Bonds1790LF 1
5Honus Wagner1728SS 1
6Ty Cobb1690CF 2
7Mickey Mantle1676CF 3
8Ted Williams1674LF 2
9Stan Musial1636LF 3
10Walter Johnson1514P 1

This is actually the same as the old top 10. I had to do a little work. One thing I did was be more flexible on giving bonuses but was not allowed to just move a player in front of the other. However, it didn’t take much imagination to come up with a bonus if justified. However, I did keep some new rating changes that didn’t thrill me.

Let us go to the next 10 or 11 – 20:

11Tris SpeakerCF 411Tris SpeakerCF 4
12Frank RobinsonRF 312Frank RobinsonRF 3
13Rogers Hornsby2B 113Eddie Collins2B 1
14Lou Gehrig1B 114Rickey HendersonLF 4
15Greg MadduxP215Joe Morgan2B 2
16Eddie Collins2B 216Lou Gehrig1B 1
17Rickey HendersonLF 417Rogers Hornsby2B 3
18Joe Morgan2B 318Mike Schmidt3B 1
19Mel OttRF 419Greg MadduxP2
20Mike Schmidt3B 120Mariano RiveraRP 1

 The first thing that happened is that Hornsby went from third best second baseman to second best. The thing that hurt Hornsby the most was his short career. However, when I changed the formula his hitting was so great it gave him a great won loss record and WAR. This moved him by Collins and Morgan who had longer careers. All three are still top 20 players. Lou Gehrig once one of the best clutch hitters of all time so that moved him up the list.  I gave Greg Maddux extra points for being the greatest pitcher of the 1990s, moving him up to 15th. Collins, Henderson and Morgan just got passed because of the above. Mel Ott moved up a couple of spots due to excellent clutch hitting. Mariano Rivera went down 5 spots to 25th due to some of the starting pitchers moving up.



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