Top and Bottom 10 Seasons for 3B by WAR

I felt like we could use a new post (of course, then the Quentin DL news broke) so I went back to the WAR Database to look at third base this time.  I think third is appropriate, as Fields is doing nothing and our Lord and Savior is fast approaching.  Once again, this is not a complete list as the database only goes back to 1955 so I don't want to hear about Buck Weaver.

 

Top 10:

Rank Name Season WAR
1 Robin Ventura 1992 6.5
1 Pete Ward 1964 6.5
3 Robin Ventura 1998 6.0
4 Robin Ventura 1993 5.8
5 Bill Melton 1971 5.5
6 Robin Ventura 1991 5.3
7 Robin Ventura 1996 4.9
8 Robin Ventura 1995 4.7
8 Pete Ward 1963 4.7
10 Don Buford 1966 4.3

 

The Bottom 11 (there was a five-way tie)

Rank Name Season WAR
1 Chris Snopek 1997 -1.4
2 Greg Norton 1999 -.9
3 Kevin Bell 1980 -.6
3 Syd O'Brien 1970 -.6
5
Ed Spiezio 1972 -.4
6 Tim Hulett 1987 -.2
7 Vance Law 1984 .1
7 Jim Morrison 1981 .1
7 Aurelio Rodriguez 1982 .1
7 Herb Perry 2001 .1
7 Josh Fields 2007 .1

 

Some Observations:

  • Damn, Robin Ventura was the man.  Taking six of the top ten spots is impressive enough, but his 1997 season impresses me even more.  That was the year he mangled his ankle in spring training and was almost lost for the entire year.  In 54 games he managed to be worth two wins above replacement.
  • And his replacements were terrible.  Snopek, Norton, and Perry's 2001 season were all worse than Robin's seasons in Queens.
  • There were a lot of 2-3 WAR seasons that did not make the cut, we've had some solid players at the hot corner over the last 44 years.
  • And my favorite: Jim Morrison didn't really die, he just went away for ten years and decided to come play lackluster baseball for the Sox.

 

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