Originally Posted by Captain Hook
How many of those guys are Reds?Stubbs has been valuable but not the most valuable.
As far as WAR goes I understand that it combines offensive stats and defensive stats and then comes up with a number that gives you a value for a player based on the wins that player creates compared to a replacement level player.The thing I don't understand is why many people say that you really need to look at a full season and sometimes multiple season for WAR to be valid.To me it should be as cut and dry as the numbers used to come up with it if those numbers are taken seriously and I assume they are.So what's the deal?Sorry to get off subject.
Fangraph's UZR primer
provides an excellent explanation of WAR's defensive component.
Shorter, if one needs a larger sample, go back two years. You'll still find Stubbs ranked in the top 35 of MLB (along with Votto, Bruce and Phillips.)
Having four guys valued top 35 since 2010 is pretty nice.