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  1. You broke the Cardinal Rule of Zaun by not referencing his amazing website, http://greggzaun.com/principal.htm

    Comment by Dan — February 23, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

  2. If you don’t want to have to put on your flame suit, don’t post rediculous comments comparing Adrian Beltre and Derek Jeter. I’m pretty sure any Boston fan can tell you who is the better player, now or at any time.

    Comment by Ajax — February 23, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

  3. Jeter, but not by much according to this site.

    Beltre has been worth 33.4 wins in his career. Jeter has been worth 40.1, but has, however, played in 457 more games.

    Just using rough averages, you could make a case for Beltre being better.

    Over the course of his career, Jeter has posted, on average, a 4.46 WAR per year. Beltre has posted 3.67, however, as I stated, in over 450 less games.

    If you called the 450 games Beltre didn’t play in two full seasons(not exact, but I’m going to give Jeter some Grit Points™ for playing a lot of games. We’ll assume that Beltre would have sat some even if he wasn’t injured) Beltre would have a career 40.74 WAR, just edging him out.

    Comment by Farmer — February 23, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

  4. Whoops someone forgot that WAR on Fangraphs doesn’t go back before 2002, which is 4 years after Jeter and Beltre started playing the MLB. (dying laughing)

    D’Oh!

    For what it’s worth, Rally’s WAR calculation has a very big difference and those records go back all the way to ’98.

    ~68 Wins for Jeter

    ~37 Wins for Beltre

    Comment by fonteYES — February 23, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

  5. Uh, you seem to be conveniently leaving out the fact that WAR wasn’t recorded in this context until the 2002 season. Jeter’s full seasons from 1996-2001 and his brief call-up in 1995 are not counted in his career totals. Even if Jeter was significantly below his career averages for those years – posting, say, 3 WAR a season – that’s another 18 wins you can add, giving him close to 60 for his career. I’d say he’s quite a bit better than Adrian.

    Comment by Joltin' JOe — February 23, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  6. Whoops. Reply fail lol. You nailed the point better than I fonteYES.

    Comment by Joltin' JOe — February 23, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

  7. Did you just call his fascination with Rush, “morbid”? I have lost all respect for you, R.J.

    2112! The Holy Trinity! Geddy up!

    Comment by Scott — February 23, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  8. …phallus-worshiping??

    Comment by Jay — February 23, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

  9. love the awkward face inclusion. Every time Soriano stretches out to swing at one 10 feet away in the dirt I do the same thing in the form of a mental image.

    Comment by JoeyO — February 23, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

  10. Though you are right that Jeter started his career in earnest in 96. I had a brain fart just said ’98 for both of them.

    Oh well the correct information got out there eventually.

    Comment by fonteYES — February 23, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

  11. You sir, Mr. Anderson, are officially my new favorite fangraphs author.

    Comment by Levi — February 23, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

  12. The Braves are something considerably less than 100% to win the American League pennant, methinks.

    N.L. though? Money in the bank!! Hellooooooooooooooooo, Vegas!

    Comment by Jason B — February 23, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

  13. I was going to say that I bet the line on winning the American League pennant is fantastic and with fangraphs approval, I would definitely put money on that.

    Comment by Reuben — February 24, 2010 @ 1:59 am

  14. The team Hinkse has played for has won the AL pennant each of the last three seasons. Hinkse now plays for the Braves. Therefore, the Braves will win the AL pennant.

    Comment by Bill — February 24, 2010 @ 7:34 am

  15. your ideas intrigue me and i would like to subscribe to your newsletter

    Comment by Steve — February 24, 2010 @ 8:44 am

  16. What that means is this. The Braves have something like a 66% shot of winning the World Series and a 100% chance at winning the American League pennant.

    Not afraid to go out on a limb, R.J, I see.

    Comment by Joe R — February 24, 2010 @ 9:17 am

  17. /scrolls through comments

    damn, I didn’t think this would be original, but I had hope.

    Comment by Joe R — February 24, 2010 @ 9:18 am

  18. And I love the return of the Olivo-chart.

    Comment by Joe R — February 24, 2010 @ 9:37 am

  19. “The Braves have something like a 66% shot of winning the World Series and a 100% chance at winning the American League pennant.”

    That and the fact that the Nats are guaranteed to make the playoffs due to the presence of Jason Marquis will make for a very interesting 2010 in the NL East.

    Comment by geo — February 24, 2010 @ 10:56 am

  20. RAHHHHH HOW DARE JETER BE SPOKEN ABOUT IN LESS THAN GLOWING TERMS

    That’s just “rediculous”

    Comment by RockiesMagicNumber — March 2, 2010 @ 11:05 am

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