Career Rankings Part 2

Today is opening day at Wrigley Field and there’s almost an inch of snow on the ground — almost enough to think about shoveling it.  Arggghhh!  Normally we do an analysis of each Cubs’ series at the start and if there are some strange shifts in the Ouija board we’ll look at that particular game and talk through it.

Most likely they’ll call this game and play a double header sometime later in the season.  In the old days when they played two you only had to buy one ticket.  Those days are long gone.

Since we finished the career scripts, instead of analyzing the CHN PIT matchup, which we can’t really do because we have no current year data to crunch, let’s look at all 30 MLB teams based upon career.  The table below is the same format used for playoff horse race last September.  The win loss column is meaningless right now so it’s zeroed out.  Total is the sum of Pitchers and Hitters, Pitchers is the sum of Starters and Relief.  All players categorized by how they’re listed on the active roster.

Careers are limited to the last three years service (i.e. what have you done for me lately).  Although Albert Pujols is clearly the highest ranking career player in baseball and most likely unanimous HOF first ballot, he’s near the end of his career.  He’s ranked #71 for his last three years which is still very very productive.  More on him later.

The below table is sorted by Total value from best to worst.

TeamID Hitters Pitchers Starters Relief Total W-L
HOU 49.53 70.04 35.28 34.76 119.57 0
CHN 49.94 55.63 36.47 19.16 105.57 0
CLE 32.33 59.88 26.13 33.75 92.21 0
WAS 36.34 55.19 40.93 14.26 91.53 0
BOS 55.55 35.24 23.90 11.34 90.79 0
LAN 17.97 65.55 48.05 17.50 83.52 0
TOR 40.74 41.30 26.12 15.18 82.04 0
NYA 30.25 51.65 17.22 34.43 81.90 0
COL 59.60 10.11 -3.68 13.79 69.71 0
NYN 25.85 34.70 25.38 9.32 60.55 0
BAL 35.79 9.31 -15.11 24.42 45.10 0
MIL 15.53 24.69 8.49 16.20 40.22 0
MIN 15.78 19.32 4.18 15.14 35.10 0
ANA 24.16 10.20 5.10 5.10 34.36 0
SFN 13.20 17.68 0.33 17.35 30.88 0
ARI 10.90 13.62 19.42 -5.80 24.52 0
TEX 24.26 -1.94 -4.78 2.84 22.32 0
OAK 7.10 12.83 -4.28 17.11 19.93 0
SLN 15.17 4.10 8.72 -4.62 19.27 0
SEA -7.55 15.31 6.93 8.38 7.76 0
TBA -17.78 17.43 9.99 7.44 -0.35 0
MIA 0.65 -3.47 -13.06 9.59 -2.82 0
CIN 1.02 -4.12 -2.82 -1.30 -3.10 0
PHI 0.62 -6.06 -5.49 -0.57 -5.44 0
PIT -9.62 3.55 -0.73 4.28 -6.07 0
CHA -4.03 -4.82 -12.68 7.86 -8.85 0
KCA -25.54 7.30 -0.22 7.52 -18.24 0
ATL -11.08 -8.34 -17.33 8.99 -19.42 0
SDN -16.12 -15.16 -10.71 -4.45 -31.28 0
DET -14.45 -23.97 -11.29 -12.68 -38.42 0

The Cubs are #2 behind Houston as having the best career talent.  Theo Epstein is using the same model as ours.   In Part 3 of this series we’ll look at past career rankings at the beginning of various seasons and, since we are from the future, compare that to how things turned out that year.  Until then….