Top fWAR* by Team

Yesterday while screwing around on Fangraphs, I discovered that Tony Fernandez was the Blue Jays career leader in WAR for a hitter. This made me want to look at every franchise – which, due to the amount of free time I have, is presented here and now. I’ve included the top position player and pitcher by fWAR, since 1920 for each franchise (Pitcher fWAR only goes back to 1974 though).

American League:

Los Angeles Angels – H – Jim Fregosi – 51.2 WAR – P – Chuck Finley – 48.2 WAR

Baltimore Orioles – H – Cal Ripken – 99.7 WAR – P – Mike Mussina – 47.5 WAR

Boston Red Sox – H – Ted Williams – 139.8 WAR – P – Roger Clemens – 86.2 WAR

Chicago White Sox – H – Luke Appling – 84.7 WAR – P – Mark Buehrle – 45.9 WAR

Cleveland Indians – H – Lou Boudreau – 68 WAR – P – Charles Nagy – 34.2 WAR

Detroit Tigers – H – Al Kaline – 101.9 WAR – P – Jack Morris – 43.8 WAR

Kansas City Royals – H – George Brett – 91.6 WAR – P – Kevin Appier – 46 WAR

Minnesota Twins – H – Harmon Killebrew – 78.5 WAR – P – Brad Radke – 46.2 WAR

New York Yankees – H – Babe Ruth – 157.3 WAR – P – Andy Pettitte – 57.3 WAR

Oakland Athletics – H – Ricky Henderson – 73.4 WAR – P – Tim Hudson – 29.6 WAR

Seattle Mariners – H – Ken Griffey Jr. – 72.2 WAR – P – Randy Johnson – 45.4 WAR

Tampa Bay Rays – H – Carl Crawford – 36.8 WAR – P – James Shields – 23.5 WAR

Texas Rangers – H – Ivan Rodriguez – 51.8 WAR – P – Kenny Rogers – 31.6 WAR

Toronto Blue Jays – H – Tony Fernandez – 38.4 WAR – P – Roy Halladay – 55.1 WAR

7 out of 14 teams’ top pitcher has between 43.8 and 48.2 WAR. The lowest leader for hitter and pitcher is Tampa Bay, which is understandable, because they play in St. Petersburg. (And they’ve only been around since ’98)

National League:

Arizona Diamondbacks – H – Luis Gonzalez – 36.4 WAR – P – Randy Johnson – 57.1 WAR

Atlanta Braves – H – Hank Aaron – 149.9 WAR – P – John Smoltz – 80.9 WAR

Chicago Cubs – H – Ron Santo – 80.2 WAR – P – Rick Reuschel – 41.9 WAR

Cincinnati Reds – H – Pete Rose – 86.8 WAR – P – Jose Rijo – 34.4 WAR

Colorado Rockies – H – Todd Helton – 61.8 WAR – P – Aaron Cook – 21 WAR

Houston Astros – H – Jeff Bagwell – 83.9 WAR – P – Roy Oswalt – 45.7 WAR

Los Angeles Dodgers – H – Duke Snider – 71.2 WAR – P – Fernando Valenzuela – 39.2 WAR

Miami Marlins – H – Hanley Ramirez – 32.5 WAR – P – Josh Johnson – 21.6 WAR

Milwaukee Brewers – H – Robin Young – 74.1 WAR – P – Ben Sheets – 31 WAR

New York Mets – H – David Wright – 45 WAR – P – Dwight Gooden – 52.9 WAR

Philadelphia Phillies – H – Mike Schmidt – 110.6 WAR – P – Steve Carlton – 64.8 WAR

Pittsburgh Pirates – H – Roberto Clemente – 91.3 WAR – P – John Candelaria – 32.2 WAR

St. Louis Cardinals – H – Stan Musial – 139.3 WAR – P – Bob Forsch – 30.6 WAR

San Diego Padres – H – Tony Gwynn – 67.9 WAR – P – Jake Peavy – 25.4 WAR

San Francisco Giants – H – Willie Mays – 160.6 WAR – P – Tim Lincecum – 29.7 WAR

Washington Nationals – H – Gary Carter – 56.2 WAR – P – Steve Rogers – 51.6 WAR

Lowest total for a hitter is Hanley Ramirez of the Miami Marlins with 32.5. Lowest total for a pitcher is, not surprisingly, Aaron Cook of the Colorado Rockies, with 21 WAR. Smoltz leads the way for pitchers by a mile with 80.9 WAR. Somehow Randy Johnson was more valuable than the leader from 13 other teams, despite those teams having an extra quarter century of recorded data. (D-Backs started in ’98; Pitcher fWar only goes back to ’74) He was good.

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