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I just performed a rather rudimentary study. According to Baseball Reference's wins above...

I just performed a rather rudimentary study. According to Baseball Reference's wins above replacement, since 2001, 53% of the Twins' total WAR has come from homegrown players. 47% of their total WAR has come from players acquired outside of the organization. During that timespan, Minnesota have averaged a 162-game record of 87-75 in which homegrown players comprise a greater amount of their total team WAR. Their average, 162-game record over a season in which players acquired outside the organization comprise the greater total team WAR is 92-70. A couple notes: - BBRef WAR isn't perfect, I'll admit...in fact, it's far from it. However, it is at least consistent. - Only in 3 seasons was the team WAR particularly close between homegrown & outside acquisitions. Interpret the second note above as a grain of salt. So... Total MIN WAR from homegrown players since 2001: 53% Total MIN WAR from outside acquisitions since 2001: 47% What conclusions can and should we draw from this matter?

Top 2009 Royals By WAR

  1. Zack Greinke - 8.3
  2. David DeJesus - 3.6
  3. Brian Bannister - 2.7
  4. Alberto Callaspo - 2.1
  5. Billy Butler - 2.1

Just a look at how each player's WAR has been earned. *Gordon's numbers are 2008

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Just a look at how each player's WAR has been earned.   *Gordon's numbers are 2008

Zack Greinke is about half way through the 2009 MLB season and to date he has been worth 5.5 wins....

Zack Greinke is about half way through the 2009 MLB season and to date he has been worth 5.5 wins. He is roughly on pace to accumulate 11 wins. As a pitcher. In the last four years, no pitcher has broken past the eight win mark. Since 2002, the first year our win values start, the highest recorded mark is Randy Johnson's 9.9 wins in 2004.... Greinke's batted balls are not significantly different from past years, but his home run rate has unsustainably dipped to just 3.3%. All in all, Greinke is missing more bats this year, but he is also throwing fewer strikes overall. Somehow he has reduced both his walks and his home runs allowed to depress his FIP to 1.98, but going forward you would expect that to be a lot closer to his 3.56 from last season. Still, with half a season banked, Greinke has a serious shot at being FanGraphs' first 10 win pitcher.

Matthew Carruth, FanGraphs
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WAR retrospective, DM era

In this link here, I explored individual teams' actual vs. expected record, using WAR. As noted there, the Royals' actual performance compared to their expected performance is, not surprisingly to...

The Five Least Valuable Position Players in the American League at the Moment According to WAR (FanGraphs)

  1. Vernon Wells -1.3
  2. Orlando Cabrera -0.9
  3. Jose Guillen -0.9
  4. Yuniesky Betancourt -0.8
  5. David Ortiz -0.5
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Dayton Moore's Masterful Three-Year improvement of the Royals: A Series of Graphs

While the season so far has taken a troubling turn, the Royals' record has improved each season since Dayton Moore took over the helm, and, without looking, I believe they are still ahead of 2008's...

TOP 5 AL Players by WAR

  1. Zack Greinke - 3.5
  2. Evan Longoria - 3.0
  3. Justin Verlander- 2.8
  4. Jason Bartlett- 2.7
  5. Roy Halladay- 2.7

Top 5 Tigers by WAR

  1. Justin Verlander: 2.4
  2. Miguel Cabrera: 1.9
  3. Brandon Inge: 1.9
  4. Edwin Jackson: 1.6
  5. Curtis Granderson: 1.4
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So What is the Deal with Wins Above Replacement? Or, WAR, What is it Good For? A (Relatively) Brief Primer Using the Current Royals' Leaderboard

  This is an adaption of the current (as of 5/20/2009) Royals'  WAR leaderboard for position players  at FanGraphs:   Name Batting Fielding Replacement Positional RAR WAR Coco Crisp 2.9 ...

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