I am a nerd. A baseball stats nerd. And as a baseball stats nerd, FanGraphs is my favorite place to get my daily dose of analytics and sabermetrics. Perhaps my favorite, all-inclusive statistic is WAR, Wins Above Replacement. No stat is the be-all, end-all stat, but WAR is terrific when determining a player’s value and contributions to his team. FG does a much better job of explaining it.
Baseball fans love to read writer’s rankings, whether it’s ranking all-time greats, the best in baseball today, or whatever it may be, the opinion’s of writers stir up debate among fans, and fans dig all that jazz.
But, I like to back every opinion I have up with facts, and in this case, a stat. So, without further adieu, here are the ten best players at each position, in the history of baseball, ranked solely by WAR.