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Why are 10+WAR seasons so infrequent now as compared to pre-1970?

+2 votes
To the best of my knowledge only 2 active players have cracked the 10 WAR barrier--Pujols in 03 and ARod in 02--and just barely. In fact, since Mantle, Mays and Aaron retired in the late 60's/early 70's, Bonds is the only player with multiple seasons above 10 WAR (I know 10 is an arbitrary value, but guys like Ruth, Williams, Musial, Foxx, Gehrig, DiMag, Mantle and Mays were consistently in the 8-12 range.) Can anyone shed some light on why monster seasons just don't seem to occur much anymore? My best guess is that the talent gap has closed, resulting in better "replacement players" against whom we judge a player's value. Thanks.
asked Aug 6, 2012 in Sabermetrics by JayDub (9 points)

1 Answer

+1 vote
I would have to agree with your best guess-- it's most likely the level of competition. An elite athlete would have an easier time amassing 10 WAR 50 years ago than one would today.
answered Aug 6, 2012 by James Gentile (2,018 points)