Hall of Fame Candidate Ortiz Looking Back on the Historical Active Last Year

David Ortiz has become a qualified person from this National Baseball Hall of Fame vote. The man announced on November 18, 2015, on his 40th birthday that the following 2016 season will be his last year of active duty. And in 2016, he has a batting average of .315, 38 home runs, 127 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.021, which is a wonderful result that I can’t think of as a retired player. It may be difficult, or even impossible, to outperform Ortiz in the active last year. Ortiz looks back on the thoughts he put into his last year and his feelings at that time.

Ortiz recorded 48 doubles, 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 87 extra-base hits in 2016, which is the highest number of active last-year players in history. Also, OPS 1.021 was the league’s top number of the year. In addition, according to the data site “Baseball Reference”, the offensive WAR (5.1), OPS + (164), and number of baseball hits (333) recorded this year were also the highest ever for a player the year before retirement (legendary name). Batter, Shoeless Joe Jackson, has left a number higher than Ortiz in these three divisions in the active last year, but is excluded because it is a permanent retirement due to the “Black Sox Scandal”).

In a telephone interview on the official Major League Baseball website, Ortiz commented, “I don’t think anyone will retire after making such a record.” But he didn’t hesitate. “It was no good. I ran out of gas,” Ortiz said. It is said that the biggest reason for deciding to retire from active duty only in 2016 was the pain in the Achilles tendon, which had been suffering since July 2012. “To be honest, I was more careful about my physical condition during that season than usual. I still had pain in my Achilles tendon. The other parts were healthy,” he recalled.

He also said that the number of players of his own child-age age began to increase around him, which helped him decide to retire. “I hit a double in Seattle in 2015. The pitchers changed and new pitchers came out, but when I saw the infielders gathering around the pitchers, they were all 21-year-old and 22-year-old players. The situation was similar in Tampa Bay and Houston, so I thought, “Let’s finish next year,” Ortiz said.

“I did my best that year,” said Ortiz, looking back on his last year. Many regret that they have done it yet, but at least Ortiz himself does not seem to regret having retired in 2016 at all.

The highest WAR player in each position, 100 or more except for catchers and DH

Reporter Thomas Harrigan of the Major League Baseball official website has published a special article introducing the highest total WAR players in each position (the WAR dealt with here is the data site “Baseball Reference” version). With the exception of catcher No. 1 Johnny Bench (75.1) and designated hitter No. 1 Edgar Martinez (68.4), all are gorgeous members with over 100 total WARs. Along with the top players of all time, the top players of active duty are also introduced, but unfortunately there are no players who are likely to update the top numbers of all positions in each position.

For this special feature, players who participated in more than two-thirds of the total number of games played in that position are targeted. As for outfielders, players who have participated as outfielders in more than two-thirds of the total number of games played are targeted regardless of their position, and are assigned to the position with the largest number of games played.

The total maximum WAR players for each position are as follows.

Catcher: Johnny Bench (75.1)
First baseman: Lou Gehrig (113.7)
Second baseman: Rogers Hornsby (127.3)
Third baseman: Mike Schmidt (106.9)
Shortstop: Honus Wagner (130.8)
Left fielder: Barry Bonds (162.7)
Center fielder: Willie Mays (156.1)
Right fielder: Babe Ruth (182.5)
Designated hitter: Edgar Martinez (68.4)
Pitcher: Walter Johnson (164.8)

On the other hand, the top active players are as follows.

Catcher: Yadier Molina (42.1)
First baseman: Albert Pujols (99.6)
Second baseman: Robinson Canó (69.6)
Third baseman: Evan Longoria (57.4)
Shortstop: Andrelton Simmons (37.3)
Left fielder: Brett Gardner (44.3)
Center fielder: Mike Trout (76.1)
Right fielder: Mookie Betts (50.0)
Designated hitter: Shohei Ohtani (10.2)
Pitcher: Zack Greinke (73.1)

Pujols on the first base is closest to the top of the history, but the total WAR for the six seasons since 2017 is -1.9. The total WAR, which was over 100 at one point, has dropped to 99.6. It will be difficult to catch up with Gerigg (113.7) with a few careers left.

Trout, who had accumulated WARs at an astonishing pace of 72.5 in the first 10 years of the majors, drastically slowed down to 1.8 in the 28-year-old season (2020) and 1.8 in the 29-year-old season (2021). The shortening of the season due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus and the long-term withdrawal due to the breakdown are greatly affected. Considering that he is in his thirties and the shadows are beginning to appear on the defensive base running side, it seems difficult to catch up with Maze (156.1).

Otani is the active top of the designated hitter, but this number does not include the WAR recorded as a pitcher. In the first place, there is only Yodan Alvarez in addition to Otani, who is an active player who has been playing in major league baseball for more than 3 years and has participated in more than two-thirds of the number of games in the designated hitter field. The phrase “active top” may not make much sense.

Although it is the highest WAR player in each position where only the legends that remain in the history of the ball are lined up, will the faces of this member change in the future?

Famous players who served as directors after retirement featured on the official Major League Baseball website

Player-coach was not uncommon in the past, with famous players such as Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie and George Sisler acting as playing managers. However, there are not so many famous players who served as managers after retirement, and among the famous players who marked a total of 70 or more in the comprehensive index WAR calculated by the data site “Baseball Reference”, they served as managers after retirement. Only 15 people (since 1900). Reporter Thomas Harrigan of Major League Baseball official site introduces these 15 people in a feature article.

Walter Johnson (164.8) has recorded the most WARs in total among the famous players who served as coaches after retirement. Senator’s (currently Twins) has a 21-year career with a total of 417 wins, 3509 strikeouts, an ERA of 2.17, and 110 shutouts, the most in major history. He retired only in 1927 and was the director of the old nest Senator for four seasons from 1929, and although he recorded more than 92 wins in all three seasons except the first year, he could not reach the league championship. He also directed the Indians (now the Guardians) from mid-1933 to mid-1935, recording a total of 529 wins and 432 losses (win percentage .550).

Gorgeous names are lined up below the 2nd place in the WAR ranking. Second-placed Rogers Hornsby (127.3) was a player-coach in five teams, but retired only in 1937 and commanded the Browns (now Orioles) in 1952 and the Reds from mid-1952 to mid-1953. rice field. Third-placed Ted Williams (122.1) retired only in 1960 and directed the Rangers (Senator’s until 1971) in 1969-72, but he won only in the first year. He lost 100 seasons in 1972 as his winning percentage declined year by year.

4th place Mel Ott (110.9), 5th place Frank Robinson (107.2), 6th place Christy Mathewson (106.5) and 6 people so far recorded more than 100 WARs in total. Robinson in 5th place is known as the first black director in history. 7th and below are Eddie Mathews (96.1), Pete Rose (79.6), Luke Appling (77.6), Bobbi Wallace (76.2), Paul Molitor (75.7), Bill Dahlen (75.2), Frankie Frisch (75.2) 71.8), Alan Trammel (70.7), Ted Lyons (70.5). Of the 15 people, 13 other than Rose and Darren have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.