Courtesy of Jon Heyman (H/T AJM of LSB)
8. Garret Anderson. Here's another terrific hitter caught in a nightmare of a hitting market. He's been among the more productive outfielders in the AL over the last several years, and while he has seemingly been around forever, he's still only 36.)
Well, at least the word "underrated" didn't make its way into that snippet. This part caught my eye:
He's been among the more productive outfielders in the AL over the last several years
So I went to FanGraphs, pulled up the Value leaderboards over the last three years, hit the "AL" and "OF" tabs, and sent the data to Excel. Anderson has amassed ~54 runs in replacement value over this time, so I think it's fair to compare him to every AL outfielder with at least, say, 40 replacement runs?
That takes us down to 33 players.
I then ordered by wins. Here's the top 15:
Hm...no Garret. Well, how about the final 18?
|Gary Matthews Jr.||4.7|
Ah, there he is! Just ahead of Emil Brown. At least he's a terrific hitter.
I think it's for the best if I never take Jon Heyman seriously again.