Get Lost, Bill James! « Pedro Beato Fan Club

Another great problem with WAR is the replacement player that it speaks of.  WAR doesn’t seem to realize how rare it is that players compile a stat line like Ike Davis did in 2012.  Davis hit only .227, but hit 32 home runs with 93 RBIs.  His WAR was 0.7.  In other words, if the Mets replaced Davis with a replacement level player, their first baseman would contribute 0.7 wins less than Davis did.  Ridiculous.  Ike provided more wins than that in one game when he hit 3 home runs.  For doing that, he should get credit for a full win.  A replacement player, who would probably bat about .230 with 10 home runs, doesn’t have the tools that Ike does, like raw power and pitcher intimidation factor.

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