Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Salary System and the Trade Deadline

For most baseball fans, the trade deadline is an exciting time. Sure was yesterday for the Phillies faithful, as they got last year's American League Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee, and a good young outfielder Ben Francisco to bolster their major league squad toward another World Series run. Same thing for Boston when they got Adam LaRoche. Will likely be for some other well-heeled club when they trade for Roy Halladay. But folks, is this REALLY good for baseball. As many as there are excited fans, there are other teams who have to trade their best talent for the hopes of catching lightning in the barrel with other team's prospects. And while we like to think of this as just another way to make a contending team, and it has worked in the past (i.e. the Florida Marlin strategy), it is that vagary known as the baseball salary structure that is causing all this consternation, whether all good, all bad, or somewhere in between. Geez, are the Pittsburgh Pirates trying to get rid of everybody who can play? Wasn't it just a couple minutes ago that most thought the Cleveland Indians were on the verge of making a big playoff push? And didn't even those Toronto Blue Jays start off this season with a bang, only to be hurt by injuries, and now to be dismantled due to payroll problems?

Of course, the main problem is contracts that some teams can not afford, but we're not going to complain about the top numbers. We all know that those top flight Free Agents, such as Santana, Teixera, CC Sabathia, and coming soon to a Free Agent pool near you, Roy Halladay, are going to end up on a New York or New England or left coast team with money to burn. Guess we should all get used to that. But that doesn't come until a player has six years of service time. But what we're getting now is pushing well below that, talk from the Super Two level through the rest of those arbitration years. Oakland got rid of Blanton and Haren when they had several years left until free agency. Pittsburgh is going that route with (yes the LaRoche's, Bay's, and Sanchez's with impending free agency on the horizon), but also with those like a McLouth. What that now means is you have to start worrying about whether you can afford to keep a player at Super Two time, meaning 1/3 of those players with more than 2 years of major league service time, but less than three, are on the clock.

Is this anyway to run an airline?

But it's not going to change. The players and owners have become comfortable with a system that causes the consternation, which leads to discussion, and we all know that it's that adage about no bad publicity that runs part of the show. Now not most of the show, I realize, that's still called money. Free agents will get theirs, even if the economy slows down the top numbers slightly. Arbitration eligibles will get theirs, although it would be nice if those arbitrators backed up a bit. Was there really a great reason to push Ryan Howard to the stratosphere that early? I know, special player, special arbitration award. So maybe that makes sense. But it does exacerbate the problem.

Geez, maybe it all makes sense. It's the new world order, don't you know. More than half the people in the USA work for the government now, too. So what if over half the free agents end up on a half dozen teams. It'll make for one great trading deadline for those six towns anyway. Just don't count the tears for the others as being eco-friendly.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Congratulations Rickey, Jim, and Joe

Yesterday, the Hall of Fame saw three new members inducted into its illustrious walls, and congratulations should go out to Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice, and Joe Gordon. We are not here to discuss the particular merits of each player. That has been done before. But we're here, perhaps, to put them into context of where they stand within the Hall of Fame, amongst the peers that are already there.

Rickey Henderson. This first ballot Hall of Famer is better than most people think, and most people think he was really good. There are 21 leftfielders inducted at Cooperstown, including the likes of Ted Williams, Billy Williams, and Ralph Kiner. Henderson ranks fifth in Total Regular Season PEVA amongst that 21, behind only Ted, Stan the Man Musial, Ed Delahanty, and Carl Yaztremski. With 331.490 PEVA (Career Player Rating), he ranks at #27 among all position players in history, sandwiched between Frank Thomas and Jim O'Rourke. Yes, Frank will be joining him five years or so from now. He may not have had the highest per season PEVA value @ 13.260, some of which occurred because he hung around the game for a few more years after his peak than most, but that still ranks him #12 out of the #21 leftfielders in the HOF. He was also #26 all-time in Postseason Career ranking, and had one of the Top 4 Batting Postseasons in history in 1989. Congratulations, Rickey, ... well deserved.

Jim Rice. A leftfielder as well as Mr. Henderson, Jim ranked a bit lower on the All-Time lists at #13 (224.084 PEVA Regular Season) of the #21 HOF members, although his per season PEVA average of 14.005 was higher at #10. Ranked amongst all position players for his career, Jim comes in at #93, accounting for the 15 years of waiting for Rice to be inducted. We won't belabor the point here, but there are players in this area that are in and out of the Hall. From a postseason standpoint, Rice had only 2 opportunities to shine, and didn't fare that well at #350 on the list, but it was his steadfast and consistent play near the peak of his era that eventually led to his deserved induction. Well played, Mr. Rice. Welcome to the Hall.

Joe Gordon. It took Mr. Gordon a long time to be inducted by the Veterans Committee this year, and although we're not a big fan of Veterans Committee selections over the years, the player shouldn't be given short shrift amongst today's baseball fan. Joe Gordon was a 2nd Baseman in the Yankee heydey and now sits amongst the #18 2nd sackers in the Hall of Fame. While Gordon is not near the top of the list with 127.893 PEVA Player Rating (Regular Season), ranking him #15, his per season performance raises him to #7. Joe missed two full seasons during World War II. With the addition of those War Years, his overall ranking would have pushed his total ranking to the middle of the pack. That's pretty darn good, and explains a top reason why the Veterans Committee decided that Joe should make it. Being a Yankee in that era, Gordon had a lot of opportunities to showcase his talent in the Fall Classic as well, six times in fact, ranking #23 in All-Time Postseason PEVA with 10.642. Overall, his postseason performance didn't overwhelm, but surely added to his candidacy. Great going, Joe, and congratulations on your induction.

Best Postseason Batters 2000s

It's not over yet, but we're 90% through, and the list of best performances of the postseason include the same potential problems of the late 1980s. Yes, PED use and what effect it might have had. But if you look a little further down the list, you start to see the name which will go forward, not only into future postseasons, but into the Hall of Fame prior to the others; Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols. And at the end of this year of 2009, we'll get to see just who else has joined the list.

Rk Year Name Team Lg G HR RBI Ave PEVA
1 2002 Bonds Barry SFN NL 17 8 16 0.356 60.380
2 2003 Rodriguez Ivan FLO NL 17 3 17 0.313 53.829
3 2000 Piazza Mike NYN NL 14 4 8 0.302 49.615
4 2004 Beltran Carlos HOU NL 12 8 14 0.435 47.219
5 2000 Jeter Derek NYA AL 16 4 9 0.317 46.858
6 2004 Pujols Albert SLN NL 15 6 14 0.414 39.515
7 2005 Berkman Lance HOU NL 14 2 14 0.333 38.818
8 2007 Ramirez Manny BOS AL 14 4 16 0.348 38.517
9 2004 Ortiz David BOS AL 14 5 19 0.400 36.660
10 2007 Ortiz David BOS AL 14 3 10 0.370 34.699

Monday, July 20, 2009

Best Postseason Batters 1990s

Yes, this was the sneak peak decade, and it's a bit of an odd one to us. While player such as Molitor, Puckett, and likely Chipper Jones are Hall of Fame types, the others on the list don't quite rise to that level. Good players, in the case of Bernie Williams, and players who would believe to get the taint of the end of the decade and its reliance or use of performance enhancing drugs.

Name, Year, Team - HR, RBI, AVE/OBP/SLG - PEVA
1. Paul Molitor, 1993, TOR - 3, 13, 0.447/0.527/0.851 - 51.398
2. Billy Hatcher, 1990, CIN - 1, 4, 0.519/0.567/0.889 - 48.270
3. Bernie Williams, 1996, NYA - 6, 15, 0.345/0.435/0.707 - 44.716
4. Scott Brosius, 1998, NYA - 4, 15, 0.383/0.400/0.660 - 43.197
5. Chris Sabo, 1990, CIN - 3, 8, 0.368/0.405/0.632 - 43.443
6. Javy Lopez, 1996, ATL - 3, 8, 0.365/0.443/0.635 - 38.068
7. Lenny Dykstra, 1993, PHI - 6, 10, 0.313/0.450/0.729 - 36.399
8. Gary Sheffield, 1997, FLO - 3, 7, 0.320/0.521/0.540 - 35.476
9. Kirby Puckett, 1991, MIN - 4, 9, 0.333/0.396/0.667 - 34.611
10. Chipper Jones, 1995, ATL - 3, 8, 0.364/0.446/0.618 - 29.148

Postseason Best Batters 1940s

It was a decade of war, and some of the best players losing seasons to service, allowing some of the remaining players to rise to the top of a leader board in postseason play that perhaps that wouldn't have otherwise topped. But the decade of the 1940s saw the emergence of some of the greatest players in baseball history, including Hank Greenberg, and World Series history, the second baseman for the Yankees who will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame, by the vote of the Veterans Committee, in 2009, Joe Gordon.

Rk Year Name Team Lg G HR RBI Ave PEVA
1 1944 McQuinn George SLA AL 6 1 5 0.438 55.103
2 1948 Elliott Bob BSN NL 6 2 5 0.333 50.216
3 1941 Keller Charlie NYA AL 5 0 5 0.389 49.450
4 1945 Greenberg Hank DET AL 7 2 7 0.304 48.038
5 1945 Cavarretta Phil CHN NL 7 1 5 0.423 39.955
6 1941 Gordon Joe NYA AL 5 1 5 0.500 39.391
7 1947 Lindell Johnny NYA AL 6 0 7 0.500 38.878
8 1949 Brown Bobby NYA AL 4 0 5 0.500 35.957
9 1946 York Rudy BOS AL 7 2 5 0.261 35.709
10 1943 Dickey Bill NYA AL 5 1 4 0.278 29.418

Coming Next: Postseason Best Batters 2000s

Postseason Best Batters 1930s

After the stock market crashed in 1929, the next decade was a time of trial and tribulation in American cities. In many ways, it was only inside the ballparks of the sixteen major league teams that the trills of everyday occurred, culminating each year in the fall classic, the World Series.

Rk Year Name Team Lg G HR RBI Ave. PEVA
1 1932 GehrigLou NYA AL 4 3 8 0.529 64.000
2 1933 Ott Mel NY1 NL 5 2 4 0.389 62.642
3 1939 Keller CharlieNYA AL 4 3 6 0.438 60.460
4 1930 Simmons Al PHA AL 6 2 4 0.364 56.665
5 1931 Martin Pepper SLN NL 7 1 5 0.500 56.065
6 1931 Simmons Al PHA AL 7 2 8 0.333 53.555
7 1930 Cochrane Mickey PHA AL 6 2 4 0.222 48.284
8 1936 Powell Jake NYA AL 6 1 5 0.455 46.763
9 1938 Gordon Joe NYA AL 4 1 6 0.400 37.632
10 1939 Dickey Bill NYA AL 4 2 5 0.267 37.019

Coming Next: Postseason Batting Best 1990s

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

NL and the All-Star Game

Com'n guys. This is getting ridiculous. Not since 1996 have you won an All-Star game. And apparently not since 1996 have you taken a pitch when needing one runner to work his way around the bases since the second inning and score a run. I know. I know. This is the new millennium. We don't play small ball anymore. Don't you know we're all stars. We hit the home run. Hey, guys, haven't you noticed, but this is not steroid ball anymore. All you guys are doing is making outs. And quick outs to boot. Yes, there were planes to catch. Yes, there was the post game meals and interviews. But would it be too much to ask if you thought about taking a walk, bunting the guy to second or stealing a base, then getting a single to push the tying or winning run across. This might be the best reason to get rid of the home run derby. Everybody thinks they're a home run hitter, but hey, NL batters, look at the boxscore. You had 5 hits. You batted under the Mendoza line. Ryan Zimmerman. You saw 3 pitches in 2 ABs. Miguel Tejada. You saw 4 in 2 at bats. Stop the madness. Take a walk. Take a pitch. Win a game.

And Charlie. You are the manager of my favorite team, and I know from the interviews you wanted to win this game. But Albert Pujols does not come out of the game until you actually win. Don't tell anyone, but he's on pace to be one of the top five players of All-Time. And Chase Utley does not come out of the game, because he's head and shoulders above the ability of the player behind him. Let's win a game. National League. Then worry about the feelings of everyone on the team. And I know you were probably as frustrated by some of the poor at bats by those reserves you stuck in the game, and it's really hard for an All-Star manager to install some discipline on players not on your own team. But some day, somehow, some National League owner, player, or fan is going to take hold of this festival that used to be a great, great game, and install a little discipline and focus on the players. It's time to win a game. It's time to play it to win. It's time to limit the team back to 25 players who are actually stars of the game. (Geez, if a regular team can exist with a 25 man roster for 162 games, why does a one game All-Star fest need 33). It's time, long past time, for the National League to win.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Best Postseason Batters 1980s

It would take until the last year of the decade, but it would happen. A perfect PEVA score in the multi playoff round era, ... by Rickey Henderson. The Oakland speedster would produce 20 runs in 9 games, have an OPS of 1.509, and steal 11 bags.

Rk Team Name Team Lg G HR RBI Ave. PEVA
1 1989 Henderson Rickey OAK AL 9 3 8 0.441 64.000
2 1983 Matthews Gary PHI NL 9 4 9 0.333 60.342
3 1985 Brett George KCA AL 14 3 6 0.360 52.225
4 1981 Garvey Steve LAN NL 16 3 6 0.359 47.466
5 1984 Trammell Alan DET AL 8 3 9 0.419 46.577
6 1989 Clark Will SFN NL 9 2 8 0.472 44.640
7 1981 Carter Gary MON NL 10 2 6 0.429 43.353
8 1984 Gibson Kirk DET AL 8 3 9 0.367 37.620
9 1980 Aikens Willie KCA AL 9 4 10 0.387 34.232
10 1988 Hatcher Mickey LAN NL 11 2 8 0.300 33.856

Best Postseason Batters 1920s

Let's try to imagine to thrill baseball fans got when the live ball era began. There was now the chance for a slugfest instead of a pitcher's duel. And while we actually like a pitcher's duel alot, the variety that the long ball era allowed, made the game more exciting and diverse, until steroids came into play and turned some parks into video game galleries.

Now let's try to imagine witnessing the slugging prowess of the Babe in his heyday and the House that Ruth Built, Yankee Stadium, now gone. Try to contain yourself when you're calculating how many home runs Babe would hit in the current new Yankee stadium. Katy, bar the door. Not unlike his dominance over the course of the regular seasons during the Yankee decade, Babe Ruth takes the top four spots in the best World Series of the decade of the 1920s as well.

Rk Year Name Team Lg G HR RBI Ave PEVA
1 1926 Ruth Babe NYA AL 7 4 5 0.300 62.088
2 1923 Ruth Babe NYA AL 6 3 3 0.368 61.557
3 1927 Ruth Babe NYA AL 4 2 7 0.400 60.021
4 1928 Ruth Babe NYA AL 4 3 4 0.625 59.503
5 1928 Gehrig Lou NYA AL 4 4 9 0.545 57.470
6 1925 Harris Joe WS1 AL 7 3 6 0.440 46.667
7 1927 KoenigMark NYA AL 4 0 2 0.500 44.321
8 1920 SpeakerTris CLE AL 7 0 1 0.320 43.495
9 1922 Groh Heinie NY1 NL 5 0 0 0.474 36.327
10 1924 Goslin Goose WS1 AL 7 3 7 0.344 32.752

Coming Next: Postseason Best Batters 1980s

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Now fully engrossed in a two round playoff system, the best postseasons of the decade of the 1970s came during a time prior to steroid ball, and saw a whole lot of great pitchers battling the batters for supremacy. And there was one player who epitomized that battle from the batter's box more than any other each October, so much so, that he would grab the top two spots in PEVA postseason scores, and be named, long before that honor, as Mr. October. Yes, we're talking Mr. Jackson here, Reggie to you and me. And although he wouldn't be named after a month, Johnny Bench proved, once and for all, that he deserved to be mentioned among the best, if not the best, catchers in history, with two great postseasons during the decade of the Big Red Machine.

Rk Year Name Team Lg G HR RBI Ave PEVA
1 1978 Jackson Reggie NYA AL 10 4 14 0.417 53.527
2 1977 Jackson Reggie NYA AL 11 5 9 0.306 53.085
3 1972 Bench Johnny CIN NL 12 2 3 0.293 50.909
4 1970 Robinson Brooks BAL AL 8 2 8 0.485 49.434
5 1974 Garvey Steve LAN NL 9 2 6 0.385 44.304
6 1973 Staub Rusty NYN NL 11 4 11 0.341 43.309
7 1973 Campaneris Bert OAK AL 12 3 6 0.308 43.006
8 1976 Bench Johnny CIN NL 7 3 7 0.444 42.608
9 1970 Powell Boog BAL AL 8 3 11 0.355 40.833
10 1971 Robertson Bob PIT NL 11 6 11 0.317 40.364

Postseason Best Batters 1910s

Once 1910 rolled around, the ball began to fly. Not like it would one decade later, but home runs were hit. And for the first time, a player reaches the maximum PEVA number of 64.000, a number never achieved in the regular season, but would be achieved three more times through 2008 for a postseason batter. Hank Gowdy, a Catcher, had a spectacular postseason, not only batting 0.545, but with an OPS (OBP+SLG) of 1.963. And while it's true that he achieved it in only four games and sixteen at bats, it's still a heck of an achievement. Once the advent of the multiple round playoff format would come into play in 1969, it would become much more difficult to achieve a perfect score, but still possible. See 1989 for the last perfect PEVA score in postseason batting history. It became especially difficult after the current three round format began in 1995. There has yet to be a perfect postseason batting score since.

Rk Year Name Team Lg G HR RBI Ave PEVA
1 1914 Gowdy Hank BSN NL 4 1 3 0.545 64.000
2 1915 Hooper Harry BOS AL 5 2 3 0.350 62.837
3 1915 Lewis Duffy BOS AL 5 1 5 0.444 61.085
4 1911 Baker Frank PHA AL 6 2 5 0.375 60.480
5 1913 Collins Eddie PHA AL 5 0 3 0.421 56.762
6 1913 Baker Frank PHA AL 5 1 7 0.450 51.709
7 1915 Luderus Fred PHI NL 5 1 6 0.438 50.662
8 1914 Evers Johnny BSN NL 4 0 2 0.438 34.849
9 1916 Hooper Harry BOS AL 5 0 1 0.333 34.628
10 1913 Schang Wally PHA AL 4 1 7 0.357 34.310

Coming Next: Postseason Batting Bests 1970s.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Postseason Best Batters 1960s

It wouldn't be until the last year of the 1960s that the playoff format of the postseason in baseball would begin, adding another round prior to the World Series. And while this would change, and probably augment the ability to rate a series, in as far as PEVA is concerned, due to the additional games and at bats played, the years before that would provide some stellar moments. One such World Series is the one Carl Yazstremski put together in 1967, number one on the decade list. It was a great year for Yaz, culminating in the seven game stretch in October which saw great hitting (OPS 1.340) and fielding. It's hard to believe that Yaz wouldn't see the postseason again until 1975 and that it would be only other one in his career. But even with only two postseason, Yaz still ranks #34 on the Career Postseason List. Another player who folks tend to forget as being a prime World Series player was Lou Brock. Perhaps it's just the type of player he was and the lack of that type of skill today, but Brock played havoc with the other team when he was on base. And when he was on base, as he was in the 1967 and 1968 World Series, it was a pleasure to watch. 14 Stolen Bases in 14 Games.

Rk Year Name Team Lg G HR RBI Ave. PEVA
1 1967 Yastrzemski Carl BOS AL 7 3 5 0.400 62.624
2 1966 Robinson Frank BAL AL 4 2 3 0.286 62.344
3 1960 Mantle Mickey NYA AL 7 3 11 0.400 59.978
4 1967 Brock Lou SLN NL 7 1 3 0.414 56.032
5 1963 Skowron Bill LAN NL 4 1 3 0.385 54.172
6 1962 Tresh Tom NYA AL 7 1 4 0.321 49.420
7 1962 Hiller Chuck SFN NL 7 1 5 0.269 47.984
8 1964 McCarver Tim SLN NL 7 1 5 0.478 46.461
9 1968 Brock Lou SLN NL 7 2 5 0.464 44.197
10 1965 Fairly Ron LAN NL 7 2 6 0.379 41.621

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Postseason Best Batters 1900s

When the postseason bandwagon began again after an eleven year absence, we finally began to see what most baseball fans consider the World Series format for almost all years since, with a few exceptions when there was none, 1904 for one and 1994 for another. But the first decade of World Series play between the American and National Leagues certainly began in an era without the long ball. Of note below, only two home runs hit among the top ten postseasons of the decade. But we do begin to see the names we've come to associate with baseball history and lore. Most notable among them, Honus Wagner, of Pittsburgh. But the best season of the first decade of AL vs NL play was Roger Bresnehan. Although the numbers listed below may not seem too impressive, it's the numbers beneath them that tell the whole story, including a 0.500 OBP, plus a series that saw little offensive production, outside of Roger. Only 18 runs were scored during the 5 games of the series; that's both teams! The SLG% for the series was 0.225 (Roger 0.438) and that OBP for the series, 0.242.

Rk Year Name Tm HR RBI Ave. PEVA
1 1905 Bresnahan Roger NY1 0 1 0.313 61.259
2 1906 Rohe George CHA 0 4 0.333 39.810
3 1908 Schulte Frank CHN 0 2 0.389 38.101
4 1907 Steinfeldt Harry CHN 0 2 0.471 38.023
5 1905 Donlin Mike NY1 0 1 0.263 33.566
6 1909 Wagner Honus PIT 0 6 0.333 29.815
7 1908 Chance Frank CHN 0 2 0.421 29.657
8 1905 McGann Dan NY1 0 4 0.235 26.689
9 1909 Clarke Fred PIT 2 7 0.211 26.084
10 1903 Parent Freddy BOS 0 4 0.290 25.794

Coming Next: The 1960s.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Postseason Best Batters 1950s

It was the decade of Mays, Mantle, Aaron, and the Duke. It was a decade that saw the play of the three teams from New York; those Yankees, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Giants wrest the hearts of the fans away when two of them moved to the west coast. And it would be a decade that many believe was the best of baseball; the first full decade with the integration of the Negro League ballplayer into the major leagues, a decade prior to free agency and long term contracts, and a decade still versed in listening to the game on the radio versus the television and reading the boxscores in a newspaper. By the time the World Series rolled around each October, the entire country still waited with baited breath for the outcome of each game. Just look at the other names on the list below as well; Dimaggio, Berra, and Eddie Mathews, just to name several. What a great decade it must have been to be a baseball fan.

Rank year Name team lg G HR RBI AVG PEVA
1 1956 Berra Yogi NYA AL 7 3 10 0.360 64.000
2 1952 Snider Duke BRO NL 7 4 8 0.345 52.801
3 1950 DiMaggio Joe NYA AL 4 1 2 0.308 52.107
4 1957 Aaron Hank ML1 NL 7 3 7 0.393 50.155
5 1953 Martin Billy NYA AL 6 2 8 0.500 47.498
6 1951 Dark Alvin NY1 NL 6 1 4 0.417 45.968
7 1954 Thompson HankNY1 NL 4 0 2 0.364 43.225
8 1959 Kluszewski Ted CHA AL 6 3 10 0.391 40.658
9 1952 Mantle Mickey NYA AL 7 2 3 0.345 36.978
10 1957 Mathews Eddie ML1 NL 7 1 4 0.227 34.409

Coming Next: Postseason Baseball 1910s.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Postseason Bests

Yes, it took awhile, but they're finally here. Postseason bests for each season and career of position players and batters. And during the month of July, we'll be pushing out the best of each decade every two to three days, starting with those boys of history, the pre-World Series days before 1900. (World Series began in 1903) Okay, so not the most compelling from a today point of view, but for those who know their baseball history, the men who started what we now know as Major League Baseball, deserve a whole lot of credit and more than a little light of day. Some of these folks should be in the Hall of Fame, but due to short regular seasons that hurt their counting stats, they're not. But hey, we can at least show just how great some of their postseasons were, even if they were sporadic, starting in 1884 and ending in 1892. So here goes, the Top Ten Postseason Batting/Position Player Year Prior to 1900. So here's to you Hugh Duffy, Cap Anson, and the rest.

Rank/Name, Team, Year, HR, RBI, AVE. - PEVA
1. Hugh Duffy, BSN, 1892, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 0.462 AVE. - 60.186 PEVA
2. Barney Gilligan, PRO, 1884, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0.444 AVE. - 53.062 PEVA.
3. Tip O'Neill, SL4, 1886, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 0.400 - 42.090 PEVA
4. Jimmy Wolf, LS2, 1890, 0, 8, 0.360 - 41.638
5. Cap Anson, CHN, 1885, 0, 0, 0.423 - 38.108
6. Jerry Denny, PRO, 1884, 1, 2, 0.444 - 38.006
7. King Kelly, CHN, 1885, 0, 0, 0.346 - 36.670
8. Paul Hines, PRO, 1884, 0, 1, 0.250 - 35.971
9. Mike Tiernan, NY1, 1888, 1, 6, 0.342 - 27.668
10. Sam Thompson, DTN, 1887, 2, 7, 0.342 - 27.668

PEVA listed above reflects Total Value. Postseason PEVA is 10% of that amount.

Coming Next - Best Postseason Batting 1950s