Just yesterday I wrote a post that attempted to define which players were "Good at Everything". My original goal of the post was lost a bit with the title I chose. The plan was to find all players that were positive in every Rally WAR component. I did that. But I made it sound like it was a definitive list of who was "Good at Everything". It really wasn't.
Luckily, Beyond the Box Score has some fantastic commenters and they helped me out. So, I've got a new list of guys. This list should come closer to capturing guys who were "Good at everything".
Again, here's the original criteria I used:
- Batting runs, Baserunning runs, Total Zone runs, and Positional Adjustment runs are all greater than 0.
- GIDP runs, Reach on Error runs, Infield DP runs, Outfield Arm runs, and Catcher runs are all greater than or equal to 0 (this is because some older players only have a 0 for their career because there isn't any data available for these categories).
Simply running this search yielded 49 players in the history of the game.
[...] batting runs is a pretty broad skill. We can break that up into individual skills. So, I went with the two OPS components—on base percentage (for patience) and slugging percentage (for power). I cut out any players below league average for their careers in either of these categories.
In this second version, I added these criteria:
- Instead of requiring both Total Zone and Position to be above zero, I required the combination of both to be above zero. However, I excluded players with negative Total Zone who still managed to get a positive TZ+Pos.
- I ignored the "Reached on Error" category.
- I cut off the list at a 25 WAR minimum. You gotta put in some time to be good at everything. This seemed to be a good cutoff, right after Hall of Famers Freddie Lindstrom and George Wright.
The new list features 40 players:
New faces on the list:
- Barry Bonds: gets on there despite a huge positional adjustment hit thanks to amazing total zone numbers.
- Tris Speaker: his total zone was also enough to overcome the positional adjustment.
- Joe DiMaggio: had only a minor positional adjustment hit that was easily overcome.
- Lou Whitaker: so glad to see him on here—was only left off because of ROE.
- Ichiro: easily overcomes his positional hit with awesome range. He's another active player for the list.
- Max Carey: HOFer's range beats out positional adjustment by two runs.
- Frank Chance: slick-fielding first basemen CAN make this list!
- Eric Chavez: betchya didn't see THAT coming—only missed the first time because of ROE.
- Dan McGann: turn of the century slick-fielding first bagger makes that two.
- Don Buford: call him "slightly above average at everything"—makes up for a minor positional hit.
- Joe Mauer: only ROE held him back the first time.
- Dom DiMaggio: when one DiMaggio isn't enough.
I'm more comfortable with this list. Are you?