Major League Record Book: Career WAR

WAR: Wins Above Replacement. The stat that is supposed to combine a player’s total value (hitting, baserunning, and defense for position palyers) into one number, WAR is maligned by some, and the gospel for others. Oh and by the way, different websites have different numbers, too; Fangraphs and Baseball-reference don’t come out at the exact same place. (I use baseball-reference for this list.) Let’s take a look:

2006-2018
1 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 21.8
2 Dan Murphy Luray ’05 18.8
3 Jon Jay Staunton ’04 14.0
4 Yonder Alonso Luray ’06 9.1
5 Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 4.3
6 Cory Spangenberg Winchester ’10 3.3
7 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2.4
8 Tyler White Haymarket ’10 1.8
9 Tommy La Stella Haymarket ’09 1.1
10 Joey Butler New Market ’06 0.5
11 Eddy Rodriguez Luray ’06-07 0.2

Even though Jason Kipnis has played in 280 fewer games than Daniel Murphy, he rates better in this statistic, almost all because of defense. Kipnis is 1.2 defensive WAR for his career, while Murphy is -6.7. On pure offense, Murphy has 2.6 more WAR than Kipnis. Fascinating.

The only change on this list is Tyler White, who went from tied with Eddy Rodriguez up to #8 with his 1.6 WAR 2018 season.

All-Time
1 Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 44.0
2 Reggie Sanders Winchester ’87 39.6
3 Brett Gardner New Market ’03-04 37.5
4 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 27.0
5 John Kruk New Market ’81 25.0
6 Mike Lowell Waynesboro ’93 24.8
7 Chris Hoiles Harrisonburg 23.4
8 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 21.8
9 David Eckstein Harrisonburg ’95-6 20.8
10 Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 20.4
11 Brandon Inge Waynesboro ’96 19.0
12 Dan Murphy Luray ’05 18.8
13 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 18.6
14 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’97 16.9
15 Johnny Grubb Charlottesville 16.6
16 Jon Jay Staunton ’04 14.0
17 Adam Everett Winchester ’96 12.6
18 Denny Walling Waynesboro ’75 12.2
19 Luke Scott Staunton 12.1
20 Tom Brookens Waynesboro 11.6

Additions: None

Changes: Kipnis passed David Eckstein to move into 8th place.

Steve Finley falls short of the Hall of Fame average for center fielders: the average is 71.2 career WAR.

 

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