Prior to starting this WAR endeavor, I was initially most interested in the story that the numbers told on the topic of MLB’s third basemen in terms of value. Likewise, Alex Rodriguez will always be a major point of interest for me in general. How often do you have a player who’s so completely polarizing? He came up through the system and into The Show with prodigious talent. Every single move he makes is under intense scrutiny. Love him or hate him, he’s going to be synonymous with Pinstripes for a long time to come. Of course none of this has any actual bearing on the WAR stat. Long story short, I was just especially excited to get to examine this particular position through the WAR lens. The formula sounded good in theory at least – an interesting sabermetric statistic plus the least-liked guy in baseball since the likes of Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens.
At this point, I’m not going to bother explaining the reasoning behind this analysis.… Click here to read the rest