The Phillies hired a sabermetrics guy this year, but so far we haven’t seen too much of what he’s been doing. There hasn’t been too much talk in the press about the Phillies using sabermetrics all that much either.
Let’s look at two of the Phillies best ever power hitters: Mike Schmidt and Ryan Howard. How is their WAR numbers looking for each player?
Incidentally, WAR is a calculation of wins that this player is supposed to contribute to a team instead of a replacement player
Here’s Mike Schmidt: (sorted by best years of WAR)
Pretty impressive is Schmidt, it’s easy to see how he is a Hall of Famer, not only was he a League MVP over his career for 3 seasons, his WAR numbers reflect very few ‘bad’ years. Take not of the salary that Schmidt earned too, he earned a lot of money for the time, but my how times have changed when it’s in relation to baseball salaries.
Here’s Ryan Howard’s WAR numbers, again sorted from best years of WAR:
You can see by the comparison of WAR numbers, at least in this category, it shows the differences in what each player meant to the Phillies team. Howard’s best WAR year was 2006, for a brief stretch of 3 seasons between 2006-2008, it seemed if Howard would hit 700 HR’s and then he trailed off. By WAR numbers, Howard is having his second worse season along with his worst season, 2012.
Let’s take a look at one of the best player ever in the game with his WAR numbers, Micky Mantle as a comparison with Schmidt and Howard:
Mantle really never had a ‘bad’ year according to his WAR numbers. He too was a 3-time MVP player along with numerous 2nd place finishes in the MVP race. Schmidt and Mantle have nearly identical totals with G and WAR total numbers.
Lastly, let’s look at the newest player on the baseball diamond that has taken the baseball world by storm over the past 3 seasons. That of course Mike Trout, what are his numbers for WAR?
Mike Trout’s WAR numbers (sorted from best years) shows that he’s already a quarter to the total WAR numbers put up by Schmidt and Mantle in his first 3 full seasons and 2014 isn’t over yet. He was called up in 2011 by the Angels as a 19 year old rookie. When was the last time we saw a rookie that age for the Phillies?