The official Major League Baseball page, MLB.com, reviewed each team’s WAR (Wins Above Replacement) leader over the past 50 seasons, from 1969 to 2019. You won’t guess the New York Mets‘ representative… or maybe you will, since he is a Hall of Famer!
First, let’s explain what WAR is. Wins Above Replacement is the most complete stat of all, one that tries to measure a player’s contributions to his team over his hypothetical replacement. To do this, it combines offensive, defensive and baserunning contributions for position players.
For pitchers, Baseball Reference explains that “WAR starts with runs allowed by the pitcher and compares it to the league average pitcher (adjusting for quality of opposition), parks pitched in, and quality of defense behind the pitcher.