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Cubs Calendar 12/20/12 - MVP
Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:00 AM
Do you have any idea what modern statistical measures say about the three players that year?
Ernie had great years, and not to be sacrilegious, but...
Milwaukee teammates Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews finished 2nd and 3rd and took votes away from each other in 1959. Aaron kind of got screwed I think. He finished 3rd.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:20 AM
Banks: .970, 156
Aaron: 1.037; 182
Aaron was of course a better baserunner, though he hadn't stole a lot of bases at that point or in that season (8 SB, 0 CS). Banks of course played SS which is big.
Fangraphs says Aaron's WAR was 9.0, while Ernie's was 10.4... advantage, Banks!
Addendum: In 1958 Willie Mays had a WAR of 10.7 to Ernie's 9.7. And in 1965, Mays had a WAR value of 11.5. Not too shabby.
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