WAA Leaders 2004-2013

A Decade of WAA

This table provides more context to WAA by showing its value for the last 10 season leaders. Note: Columns 3-7 and 9 are over loaded.  Their values differ based upon whether a player is a pitcher or batter.  All posted tables will be like this so that pitchers and batters can be ranked together based upon their worth.

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2004 11.4 245.7 2.60 35 16 14 Randy_Johnson_ARI PITCH
2005 12.5 211.3 1.87 32 13 8 Roger_Clemens_HOU PITCH
2006 11.0 0.331 0.431 634 137 119 Albert_Pujols_SLN BAT
2007 14.8 0.314 0.422 708 156 143 Alex_Rodriguez_NYA BAT
2008 10.0 253.0 2.70 35 17 10 CC_Sabathia_TOT PITCH
2009 12.4 229.3 2.16 33 16 8 Zack_Greinke_KCA PITCH
2010 11.1 249.7 2.27 34 13 12 Felix_Hernandez_SEA PITCH
2011 11.7 0.262 0.364 691 119 136 Curtis_Granderson_NYA BAT
2012 10.1 0.330 0.393 697 139 109 Miguel_Cabrera_DET BAT
2013 11.8 236.0 1.83 33 16 9 Clayton_Kershaw_LAN PITCH

Note Randy Johnson’s 11.4 WAA in 2004. That year the Arizona Diamondbacks went 51-111 for a whopping -60 Team(WAA). If Randy Johnson put up a +11.4, what did the rest of the team look like? Team WAA is the summation of all player WAAs. Which leads to our third theorem.

Theorem 3:

Team(WAA) = Sum(Player(WAA)) across all players playing for the team

where Team(WAA) = W – L

In 2004 Team(WAA) = 51 – 111 =  -60 for the Arizona Diamondbacks yet Randy Johnson posted the highest Player(WAA) in the entire league.  The rest of the Arizona team combined brought that number down to their ultimate record.

The 2004 Arizona team is an extreme example.  In order to appreciate how quickly WAA can turn south let’s take a look at the ten 2004 Diamondback players posting the highest negatives.

Rank WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2011 -2.0 81.7 5.51 45 2 5 Steve_Randolph_ARI PITCH
2063 -2.5 0.248 0.293 364 29 39 Scott_Hairston_ARI BAT
2114 -3.1 0.245 0.319 255 14 21 Luis_Terrero_ARI BAT
2115 -3.2 49.0 7.16 10 2 3 Casey_Daigle_ARI PITCH
2132 -3.8 0.285 0.343 532 53 45 Chad_Tracy_ARI BAT
2139 -4.0 45.3 8.14 17 1 4 Lance_Cormier_ARI PITCH
2150 -4.6 120.7 6.04 29 3 7 Steve_Sparks_ARI PITCH
2158 -5.2 0.262 0.301 613 49 56 Alex_Cintron_ARI BAT
2160 -5.5 46.3 9.32 10 0 9 Edgar_Gonzalez_ARI PITCH
2168 -7.5 142.0 6.65 27 4 15 Casey_Fossum_ARI PITCH

The rank column represents the entire league. Casey Fossum ranks 2168 of 2169 total players in 2004. The worst ten of the 2004 Diamondbacks in the above table combined for -41.4 WAA which helps explain their ultimate record.