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Top and Bottom 10 Seasons for CF by WAR

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To fill space due to the off day and to celebrate the end of the semester (meaning I can write stuff like this again), I decided to take a historical look at our seemingly endless problem in centerfield.  This idea isn't entirely my own (actually not my idea at all), as I've seen it done at True Blue LA and Amazin' Avenue, so here's to them.

 

Anyways, all figures come from here, and unfortunately only go back to 1955 so this list isn't entirely complete, but oh well.  So what I've done is gone through and recorded the WAR (wins above replacement) for the player who lead the team in games in centerfield for that year.  The chart and some observations after the jump.

The Top 10:

Rank Name Season WAR
1 Tommie Agee 1966 6.6
2 Aaron Rowand 2004 5.9
3 Lance Johnson 1993 5.8
4 Jim Landis 1959 5.7
5 Chet Lemon 1979 5.5
6 Chet Lemon 1977 5.2
7 Larry Doby 1956 4.9
8 Jim Landis 1961 4.5
8 Chris Singleton 1999 4.5
10 Mike Cameron 1997 4.4

 

The Bottom 10:

Rank Name Season WAR
1 Rudy Law 1984 -0.6
1 Ken Berry 1969 -0.6
3 Chet Lemon 1976 -0.5
4 Dave Gallagher 1989 -0.4
5 Jim Busby 1955 -0.2
5 Darren Lewis 1996 -0.2
7 Jim Landis 1964 -0.1
8 Daryl Boston 1985 0.0
9 Brian Anderson 2006 0.2
9
Brian Anderson
2008 0.2

 

Some Observations:

  • Only 3 players appear multiple times: Chet Lemon, Jim Landis, and Brian Anderson.  Lemon and Landis had two of the best years and one of the worst at the start and end of their respective careers.  Anderson has been slightly above mediocre for two seasons.
  • Tommie Agee had a monster year in 1966, due to a combo of good offense and defense.
  • 1959, 1979, and 1999 seasons all rank in the top 10.  Conversely, the 1969 and 1989 seasons are in the bottom 10.  Where am I going with this?  2009 does not project to be a good season in center.