Average WAR for 2015 Hall of Fame Candidates

December 31, 2014 by TheUmpire

Eddie Guardado

Pedro Martinez leads the pack of first-year candidates.

Eddie Guardado looks to be this year’s Lenny Harris.

We have converted a baseball player’s career Wins Above Replacement (WAR) into a rate statistic which indicates the average number of wins above replacement a player would give his team per single season (avgWAR). Baseball-Reference.com uses the following scale for WAR values:

  • 8+ MVP Quality
  • 5+ All-Star Quality
  • 2+ Starter
  • 0-2 Reserve
  • <0 Replacement Level

It is our proposal that players having an avgWAR of 5.0 or higher are worthy of induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Player avgWAR
Barry Bonds 8.81
Roger Clemens 6.74
Pedro Martinez 6.45
Jeff Bagwell 6.00
Larry Walker 5.92
Randy Johnson 5.69
Curt Schilling 5.41
Edgar Martinez 5.38
Mark McGwire 5.36
Mike Mussina 5.26
Mike Piazza 5.03
Nomar Garciaparra 4.99
Alan Trammell 4.97
Tim Raines 4.47
Brian Giles 4.46
Sammy Sosa 4.02
John Smoltz 3.93
Jeff Kent 3.89
Don Mattingly 3.83
Gary Sheffield 3.79
Craig Biggio 3.70
Carlos Delgado 3.53
Fred McGriff 3.45
Darin Erstad 3.16
Jason Schmidt 3.16
Cliff Floyd 2.59
Tom Gordon 2.20
Lee Smith 1.96
Aaron Boone 1.90
Jermaine Dye 1.87
Rich Aurilia 1.77
Troy Percival 1.69
Tony Clark 1.30
Eddie Guardado 1.00

Stats from Lahman’s Baseball Database and Baseball-Reference.com.

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