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  1. I like this a lot, thanks Dave for stating your position so clearly.

    Comment by Hurtlocker — September 19, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

  2. Dave, any chance you could expand upon the subject matter of this series a bit? I’d be interested in knowing Fangraphs’ official position on the following:
    the debt ceiling
    the new version of “Two and a Half Men”
    Palestinian statehood
    Dick Allen’s HoF case
    eliminating the FICA tax cap
    chunky vs smooth peanut butter
    the continued sentencing disparity under the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — September 19, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

  3. Few comments actually make me laugh out loud, this one did. Nicely done.

    Comment by Billion Memes — September 19, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

  4. no way does ashton kutcher come even close to sheen’s media coverage above replacement

    Comment by juan pierre's mustache — September 19, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

  5. Aren’t there really 3 distinct awards (with 2 versions of the same thing)?

    Comment by Confused — September 19, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  6. Given the ‘controversy’ surrounding UZR, I think it would be helpful to seperate O- and D- WAR on FanGraphs, especially when looking at it from an MVP perspective (AFAIK they are not seperated anywhere on FG right now). That way, one could at least get a little context about how much a player’s WAR is generated from UZR, and weigh it according to their own interpretation. I also think that would be useful when looking at old-timey stats, given that that data has got to be even more inaccurate on the UZR/d-WAR side.

    Comment by Robby — September 19, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  7. Umm, thats pretty much already there.

    Comment by RC — September 19, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

  8. Where? I’ve never seen WAR seperated anywhere on this site.

    Comment by Robby — September 19, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  9. go to a players page, go to the bottom, see how many runs above replacement they have in each category. For example Jose Bautista this year

    2011 Blue Jays 63.0 3.4 -4.5 20.4 -5.2 77.2 8.2

    the 63 is batting runs, the 3.4 is baserunning runs, the -4.5 is fielding runs, the 20.4 is replacement level runs, the -5.2 is positional runs, the 77.2 is runs above replacement and the 8.2 is of course his WAR

    now, since he has -4.5 fielding runs, and 77.2/8.2=9.41 (meaning 9.41 Runs above replacement equals 1 WAR) we can conclude that Bautista has about -.5 WAR from his fielding. It requires the conversion from runs above replacement to WAR, but that isn’t that difficult. If you want the VERY shorthand way, (if slightly inaccurate way) of getting WAR from RAR, just divide by 10.

    Comment by A guy from PA — September 19, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

  10. Go to the “value” tab on the leaderboards, or the bottom of a player page. WAR is separated into runs from: batting, baserunning, fielding, positional value, and value from replacement level (i.e., playing time). When adding them up to get total RAR, you can regress or discount whatever categories you want.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — September 19, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

  11. Ah, I see what you’re saying now. Thanks!

    Comment by Robby — September 19, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  12. I think it’d be constructive if you guys did an article on past MVPs/Cy Young award winners and their WAR and other advanced stats. Than compare where that ranked them vs their peers that year, etc.

    The old timers love that WAR validates Willy Mays as the best player of all time.

    Comment by Franco — September 19, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

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