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  1. How do you subtract replacement runs from runs above replacement? Wouldn’t replacement runs be 0 by definition? Thanks.

    Comment by Jeff — November 16, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  2. not a math whiz, nor a “advanced stat geek (quite yet)” but, the word “Above” seems to hold the key to your question.

    Comment by Cidron — November 16, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  3. They are subtracting the replacement players playing time that is added into every players contribution to get to the full-time, level field, seen in RAR/WAR. In the calculation for RAR/WAR, a player who misses 100 PA has a scrubs value added in to make up the time a team would have needed to use a filler – those replacement players contributions are what is being removed in this exercise to catch the player who was, completely by himself, perfectly average over the qualifying amount of playing time.

    Also, the Replacement Players value is specifically 20 Runs fewer then the League Average player, with “average” being the 0 run value in the calculation. (hence Morales taking home the “Mr Average” title with a whopping 0.07 Runs once the added bonus of keeping a replacement guy off the field is removed)

    Comment by blahblahblah — November 16, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

  4. Shin Soo Choo…close to average? #FlukySingleSeasonUZRRatingsFTW

    Comment by Nick O — November 16, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

  5. I enjoyed this very much and would welcome an all average team.

    Comment by danny — November 16, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

  6. Using the Fangraphs qualified list from the leader boards (which is only slightly off the Batting Title qualified list), we come up with this:

    C – Ryan Doumit (-2.3)
    1B – Kendrys Morales (-0.07)
    2B – Marco Scutaro (0.8)
    SS – Mike Aviles (-1.4)
    3B – Chris Johnson (-0.9)
    LF – Jason Kubel (-0.76)
    CF -Curtis Granderson (1.6)
    RF – Garrett Jones (0.75)
    DH – Paul Konerko (-0.12)

    Ironically, we have the 8 most average players on our squad as they just happen to create a perfect lineup. Only Doumit falls outside the top-9 (he ranked 13th overall, but we needed a catcher…)

    And if youre curious, Clayton Richard (1.8) would be our starter

    Comment by blahblahblah — November 17, 2012 @ 5:21 am

  7. I’m pretty sure your math machine just spit out the Cubs 2017 line-up.

    Comment by Kris — November 17, 2012 @ 8:06 am

  8. This obviously should be called the MAP award (Most Average Player).

    Comment by chasfh711 — November 17, 2012 @ 9:00 am

  9. I’m amazed that so many of the most average players are power hitters. I usually think of them as top or bottom.

    Comment by Baltar — November 17, 2012 @ 11:44 am

  10. Yeah, blahblahblah’s all-average team would hit a ton of dingers, and then give up so many hits on balls in play. That defense looks quite bad outside of Aviles.

    Comment by CJ — November 18, 2012 @ 6:54 am

  11. It continues out as well, as the rest of the group within 3 runs of average looks like this:

    Freddie Freeman (-2.0)
    Yonder Alonso (-1.8)
    Chris Davis (+1.7)
    Shin-Soo Choo (+2.0)
    Jay Bruce (+2.8)
    J.J. Hardy (+2.8)

    As far as HR, our 15 within-3R players (including those from the lineup) combined for a whopping 338 HR, or an average of 22.5 Dingers each. The 9-man Lineup averaged that as well, with 22.3 each and 201 HR total (…and living up to his title, “Mr Average” Morales managed 22, of course…)

    The group was -58 with the glove and -23 on the basepaths though

    Comment by blahblahblah — November 18, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  12. Amazing- thank you!!

    Looking at the lineup, I’d feel pretty good about going into the 2013 season with an “average” team. This might also be because I’m a Mariner fan, been looking down so long that it seems like up to me.

    Comment by Danny — November 19, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

  13. Kendrys Morales would like to thank his 1.7 Parents and 2.2 Children, as well as his 17.2 friends for their support on his way to achieving this prestigious honor…

    (the figures are made up, for the record)

    Comment by Aj Grands — November 19, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  14. I understand the methodology, but I’m not sure these players are the most averagey. It’s almost all one good skill offset by 1 or more bad skills.

    If you postulate that averagey means the player who is the closest to zero in abs(runs) for batting, base running, and Fld+Pos (so the sum of hitting, running and net defense) and divide by replacement value (playing time), you get Marco Scutaro as the most averagey player.

    His “value” is 0.24 (5.5 total divided by 22.8 replacement) – net batting runs 2.8, base running 0.4, and fielding/POS -2.3

    Ian Kinsler is second at 0.25 (1+4.6+0.6)/24.4

    Michael Brantley is third with Jason Kipinis and Howie Kendrick rounding out the top 5.

    When your most averagey player had a 99 wRC+, 0.4 net baserunning runs and a slightly below average fielder at a slightly important position, that seems quite average, much more so than Kendry Morales.

    BTW, I’m not quite sure how the leaderboards have Scutaro at 2.8 batting runs while his individual page has him at 2.6. Also, a positive batting runs at a below average wRC+ seems a bit odd as well.

    Comment by Bob — November 19, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

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