May 10, 2017
On A Jailbreak
The Worst of the Worst, and Chris Owings
There was *extremely Western storytellin’ voice* an old adage on the Effectively Wild podcast about how we knew when WARP had stabilized during the season by when Mike Trout appeared at the top of the list. Well, with Trout having played just one game since May 3, and even in danger of hitting the disabled list, we’re likely still a few weeks away from that. In the meantime, maybe we can skate by with pushing the fate of normalization onto those at the other end of the spectrum to see if the opposite applies.
Of course, it’s easier to mentally jog to the players who have finished at the top of the WARP leaderboard this century. They are universally elite names: Jose Bautista, Carlos Beltran, Barry Bonds, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and (of course) Mike Trout.
Now, how many of you can guess even two or three of the 16 players who have finished at the bottom of the individual WARP standings since 2001 (among players with 500 or more plate appearances)? I’ll even embed some videos in this space so that you ...