Sunday, February 14, 2016

40 HR, 0 IBB.

Rk Player HR IBB Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Roger Maris 61 0 1961 26 NYY AL 161 698 590 132 159 16 4 141 94 67 7 0 7 16 0 0 .269 .372 .620 .993 *98/H
2 Alex Rodriguez 42 0 1998 22 SEA AL 161 748 686 123 213 35 5 124 45 121 10 3 4 12 46 13 .310 .360 .560 .919 *6/D
3 Josh Donaldson 41 0 2015 29 TOR AL 158 711 620 122 184 41 2 123 73 133 6 2 10 16 6 0 .297 .371 .568 .939 *5/DH
4 Curtis Granderson 41 0 2011 30 NYY AL 156 691 583 136 153 26 10 119 85 169 12 4 7 12 25 10 .262 .364 .552 .916 *8/HD
Generated 2/13/2016.

Since 1955 at least 40 home runs and zero Intentional Walks.

In 1961 Mickey Mantle batted fourth in every game he started. Maris batted third in most starts. On deck for the last two Maris homers:
60: Hector Lopez
61: Yogi Berra.

Questioning fielding component of WAR: Roger Maris worst fielding RF in 1961.

This will come as a shock to people who watched games back then.

Right field:

Rk Player dWAR WAR/pos oWAR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Al Kaline 2.2 8.4 5.6 1961 26 DET AL 153 665 586 116 190 41 7 19 82 66 2 42 4 4 5 16 14 1 .324 .393 .515 .909 *98/H75
2 Willie Kirkland 0.1 2.8 2.2 1961 27 CLE AL 146 585 525 84 136 22 5 27 95 48 4 77 1 4 7 3 7 0 .259 .318 .474 .793 *9H
3 Jackie Jensen -0.1 0.6 0.2 1961 34 BOS AL 137 573 498 64 131 21 2 13 66 66 2 69 3 2 4 16 9 8 .263 .350 .392 .742 *9/H7
4 Lee Thomas -0.2 2.1 1.7 1961 25 TOT AL 132 507 452 77 129 11 5 24 70 47 2 74 2 2 3 12 0 5 .285 .353 .491 .844 937H
5 Albie Pearson -0.4 3.2 3.3 1961 26 LAA AL 144 537 427 92 123 21 3 7 41 96 1 40 3 7 2 3 11 3 .288 .420 .400 .821 *98H/7
6 Bob Allison -0.7 2.1 2.1 1961 26 MIN AL 159 677 556 83 136 21 3 29 105 103 1 100 5 5 8 17 2 7 .245 .363 .450 .813 *93/H
7 Roger Maris -0.8 6.9 7.0 1961 26 NYY AL 161 698 590 132 159 16 4 61 141 94 0 67 7 0 7 16 0 0 .269 .372 .620 .993 *98/H
Generated 2/13/2016.

Maris had zero steal attempts and zero intentional walks. However, I do not recall Maris being slow. He and his teammates set a new team record for home runs that stood for decades, well into the designated hitter era, which started in 1973.

Only two American League right fielders have dWAR above average.

I just don't buy into the fielding component of WAR whether using general data back in 1961 or more specific data now, either using Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) or Defensive Runs Saved (DRS).

Left field:
Rk Player dWAR WAR/pos oWAR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Rocky Colavito 0.9 7.6 5.9 1961 27 DET AL 163 708 583 129 169 30 2 45 140 113 2 75 2 2 8 14 1 2 .290 .402 .580 .982 *79/H
2 Tito Francona -0.6 3.2 3.0 1961 27 CLE AL 155 667 592 87 178 30 8 16 85 56 3 52 4 12 3 11 2 1 .301 .363 .459 .823 *73/H
3 Leon Wagner -1.2 1.5 2.1 1961 27 LAA AL 133 511 453 74 127 19 2 28 79 48 2 65 3 0 7 5 5 1 .280 .348 .517 .865 *7H9
4 Minnie Minoso -2.2 2.0 3.5 1961 35 CHW AL 152 635 540 91 151 28 3 14 82 67 2 46 16 0 12 11 9 4 .280 .369 .420 .789 *7/H
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Generated 2/13/2016.

Center field:
Rk Player dWAR WAR/pos oWAR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Jim Piersall 1.5 4.8 3.3 1961 31 CLE AL 121 536 484 81 156 26 7 6 40 43 1 46 2 4 3 18 8 2 .322 .378 .442 .820 *8/H
2 Bill Bruton 0.7 2.6 1.9 1961 35 DET AL 160 668 596 99 153 15 5 17 63 61 0 66 3 5 3 9 22 6 .257 .327 .384 .712 *8/H
3 Jim Landis 0.0 3.9 3.9 1961 27 CHW AL 140 618 534 87 151 18 8 22 85 65 0 71 4 10 5 10 19 5 .283 .362 .470 .832 *8/H
4 Mickey Mantle -0.1 10.5 10.6 1961 29 NYY AL 153 646 514 131 163 16 6 54 128 126 9 112 0 1 5 2 12 1 .317 .448 .687 1.135 *8/H
5 Jackie Brandt -0.2 3.7 3.6 1961 27 BAL AL 139 584 516 93 153 18 5 16 72 62 0 51 1 2 3 17 10 2 .297 .371 .444 .815 *897/H5
6 Gary Geiger -0.6 1.6 2.3 1961 24 BOS AL 140 600 499 82 116 21 6 18 64 87 4 91 4 6 3 7 16 4 .232 .349 .407 .756 *8/H
7 Ken Hunt -0.6 1.0 1.4 1961 26 LAA AL 149 540 479 70 122 29 3 25 84 49 1 120 4 3 6 12 8 2 .255 .325 .484 .810 *8H9/74
8 Willie Tasby -0.6 0.4 1.0 1961 28 WSA AL 141 561 494 54 124 13 2 17 63 58 2 94 2 3 4 15 4 10 .251 .330 .389 .718 *8/H9
9 Lenny Green -0.8 2.2 2.6 1961 28 MIN AL 156 692 600 92 171 28 7 9 50 81 2 50 6 3 2 5 17 11 .285 .374 .400 .774 *87/9H
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Generated 2/13/2016.