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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mays v. Aaron OPS on road against the other teams 1954-1968 v. OPS+

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The 15 seasons 1954-1968 cover both players peaks.  In 1969 Mays started to decline, probably because he was three years older, although Aaron inexplicably perked up at age 37 in 1971, three years later.  Curious.  Or suspicious.

PA:
Aaron 4,399
Mays 4,400

Aaron:
OPS+ 157 (career 155), OPS on road against the other teams .97054387704517.

Mays:
OPS+ 163 (career 155), OPS on road against the other teams .97908857970998

OPS+ home and road against all teams 1954-1968: Mays 3.77% higher

OPS on road against the other teams: Mays .88% higher

If my method is accurate, Mays and Aaron may have been closer than OPS+ would suggest.  See previous posts on this with Ted Williams v. Joe DiMaggio ten seasons (1939-1942, 1946-1951) and Ted Williams v.Mickey  Mantle seven seasons (1954-1960).

With my method:

Williams 6.39% higher than DiMaggio
Williams 11.16% higher than Mantle

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