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It's kind of unfortunate that they used a cutoff of 200 plate appearances, which is way too low. Hanley Ramirez leads the list of surprising good seasons for a year in which he had 336 PAs. Certainly, if he had had 536 PAs, his numbers would have come back down to earth a little.
Yes, I am disappoint.
I was hoping for some fun baseball lore. Instead I got two boring charts.
Ken Caminiti (1996)
Barry Bonds (2001)
Fluky would be Rico Petrocelli 1969, Derek Lowe's 2002, Bill Lee's 1973 those type of years, basically average players having an mvp type of season.
Derek Lowe's 2002
That wasn't that flukey. He had been an excellent reliever for the previous several years
everyone forgets Dean Chance in 64
Plus Chance was pretty good in a couple of other seasons, just not quite as great....personally I see a bigger gap between a consistent 2.0-3.00 war guy putting up a 5.0 war than I do for a 5.0-6.0 war guy putting up a 10 war.
Dick Ellsworth is you man from that era then. Top 5 WAR:
Kind of a transparent troll attempt in #17, cfb. Really fluky would be Bob Gibson in 1968 or KenBoyer in 1964 or Ozzie Smith in 1982.
Don't really see it. Being able to pitch one or two inning well is not remotely on the same level as a good starter. I'm firmly in the boat, that if Mariano Rivera had become a starter at age 27, he wouldn't have been any better than Jeff Suppan. The reality is that Lowe posted a 177 era+ (7.2war) in 2002 as a starter and was pretty much an average pitcher for the next 3 years. Had to go to the "lesser" league, and Dodger stadium to post his 4.0 war years.
One could search for greatest difference between best & second-best WAR seasons. Ellsworth above is at 6.5. Can anyone beat that? What does the top ten look like?
how did Bill James Win Shares miss that one?
Pete Kozma 2013 25 .350 .239 0.2
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