Meet VOA, a Statistic That Captures an MLB Player’s Value Better Than WAR

As baseball analysts shift towards evaluating players with advanced statistics, calculating a player’s overall value has become essential. To do so, the common fan uses Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a statistic that measures a player’s value compared to a replacement-level player- a 1 WAR player is worth about one win above a replacement-level player, for instance. The convenience of a “tell-it-all” statistic like WAR cannot … Continue reading Meet VOA, a Statistic That Captures an MLB Player’s Value Better Than WAR

Study: Why High-End Relievers Aren’t Valuable In Today’s MLB

Between Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, there have been plenty of excellent relievers who have anchored a bullpen, and thus are now enshrined in Cooperstown. Conventional wisdom has always placed a high emphasis on having a dominant closing pitcher who can finish off a game, and that remains the case in today’s game. Sure, teams have moved off of valuing the best relievers as closing … Continue reading Study: Why High-End Relievers Aren’t Valuable In Today’s MLB

2020 MLB Top Ten: Relief Pitchers

We’ve finally reached a conclusion to the top-ten MLB positional ranking lists! Though there will be a top-five designated hitter list, relief pitcher is the last position warranted of a top-ten position, and by no means was the easiest saved for the end. In fact, this has to be the toughest list that I’ve had to put together, as over 40 players were considered for … Continue reading 2020 MLB Top Ten: Relief Pitchers