Traditionalists, you probably won’t like this Trivia Tuesday challenge, but hey — we’re gonna throw the Sabermetricians a bone!
According to Fangraphs.com:
Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic. You should always use more than one metric at a time when evaluating players, but WAR is all-inclusive and provides a useful reference point for comparing players. WAR offers an estimate to answer the question, “If this player got injured and their team had to replace them with a freely available minor leaguer or a AAAA player from their bench, how much value would the team be losing?” This value is expressed in a wins format, so we could say that Player X is worth +6.3 wins to their team while Player Y is only worth +3.5 wins, which means it is highly likely that Player X has been more valuable than Player Y.
In terms of WAR, do you think you can name the 20 greatest Arizona Diamondbacks of all-time?
That’s your task this week. You’ve got five minutes. Good luck!