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?