Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
Let's pretend I'm not one of those people who believes that defensive WAR for outfielders is a bunch of hooey. Surely, you wouldn't consider it fair to compare Choo and Bruce defensively when Bruce was permitted to play his natural position and Choo was not?
My point is that when you look at offensive war - something that is innately more reliable - Choo proved to be nearly twice the player in 2013 that Bruce was.
Choo 6.3 wins above replacement (61 runs above replacement)
Bruce 3.3 wins above replacement (32 runs above replacement)
I agree with your general premise, but, sweet tap dancing Easter bunnies, does WAR make everything weird ... even offense. Choo definitely out-produced Bruce, but he wasn't nearly twice as good. Choo had a 125 RC in 712 PAs . Bruce had 99 RC in 697 PAs. If you go by RC/27, Choo was 41% better than Bruce on offense. That strikes me as pretty much the outside boundary of reasonable. WAR more than doubles their RC/27 difference.