2118 different players in 5 years. No repeats. At all. I mean- there are quite a few repeats of 40+ run hitters or 55+ run pitchers- you see a lot of Pujols and Cabrera and Halladay and Lee. But the fielding just looks like a bad exercise of statistical noise.
This, again, cuts to the heart of the point I’ve made at least a dozen times on this site: I just can’t accept using WAR as our shorthand for valuing a player when it’s so heavily influenced by wildly fluctuating fielding.
— by sterlingice at RoyalsReview Link to the discussion ed: Check out our comments section for another great discussion regarding the growing scrutiny of and the wishing for better defensive data and associated metrics. -jbopp