mlb Statisticians and analysts, in an attempt to evaluate overall performance, introduce WAR as a single statistic.
WAR stands for Wins Above Replacement, and is an all-inclusive stat that evaluates offense, defense and baserunning in terms of position players.
The resulting number will be the win over that player’s imaginary replacement; Or a “replacement-level” player.
The stat is useful for determining who deserves more of the individual rewards: a higher combat is associated with better performance.
Voters often use WAR in their assessment for MVP awards.
The 2022 American League MVP race may be one of the closest in recent memory.
“MVP voting should take into account many, many more things than Vince Above Replacements. But they offer an interesting primer. And the American League is a doozy right now. Per @fangraphs: Raphael Divers: 4.1; Aaron Judge: 4.0; Shohei Ohtani: 4.0; mike trout: 4.0; Joseph Ramirez:3.9,” tweeted ESPN’s Jeff Passon.
MVP voting should take many, many more things into account than Vince Above Replacement. But they do offer an interesting primer. And the American League is a doozy right now. To @fangraphs,
Raphael Devers: 4.1
Aaron Judge: 4.0
Shohe Ohtani: 4.0
Mike Trout: 4.0
Jose Ramirez: 3.9
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) 30 June 2022
Devers is a Good MVP Candidate
We all probably had New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, or Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, as the starting leaders in the AL MVP race.
But for those who want to point out that the WAR leader must be the favorite to win the award (it’s certainly a logical thought, though not always accurate), Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers was named his first MVP. Should be crowned with.
Davers slips to .328/.387/.592 with 17 home runs, 56 runs and 45 RBI.
Those are some incredibly offensive numbers.
Judge may be the most obvious candidate, with his 29 home runs and excellent all-around play (not to mention he’s up there in the WAR department as well), but there’s no shame in going with Davers.