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The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – Best of the Decades (1900 to 1929)

by James Vlietstra

July 21, 2021

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Introducing V-Rating:

The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB



Background: I have sifted through the numbers to determine who the best offensive players have been in Major League history by using runs produced, total bases, walks, hit by pitches, net stolen bases, grounding into double plays, and sacrifices to determine the most productive players per at bat.

I call this new formula The V-Rating.

Way back in high school math class I learned about algebra. The numerator is divided by the denominator. The formula used for determining a player’s V-Rating includes runs produced plus total bases plus net stolen bases plus walks plus hit-by-pitch minus grounded-into-double plays divided by plate appearances minus sacrifices.

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Here are some of the greatest seasons of each decade.

Some of these seasons include Triple Crown winners, 40/40 seasons and other random seasons that are generally considered some of the greatest of all time.

These are how they rank according to V-Rating:

1900s

1909 Ty Cobb 1.013

1905 Honus Wagner .992

1908 Honus Wagner .987

1906 Cap Lajoie .809

1910s

1911 Ty Cobb 1.192

919 Babe Ruth 1.083

1910 Ty Cobb 1.033

1915 Ty Cobb 1.012

1917 Ty Cobb 1.009

1912 Tris Speaker .984

1914 Tris Speaker .872

1910 Eddie Collins .834

1917 Roger Hornsby .731

1920s

1921 Babe Ruth 1.300

1920 Babe Ruth 1.275

1927 Babe Ruth 1.208

1927 Lou Gehrig 1.201

1925 Roger Hornsby 1.195

1926 Babe Ruth 1.182

1923 Babe Ruth 1.162

1928 Babe Ruth 1.145

1929 Babe Ruth 1.139

1922 Roger Hornsby 1.120

1924 Babe Ruth 1.117

1929 Roger Hornsby 1.109

1927 Al Simmons 1.098

1920 George Sisler 1.049

1929 Al Simmons 1.049

1923 Harry Heilmann 1.043

1927 Harry Heilmann 1.041

1922 Babe Ruth 1.037

1921 Roger Hornsby 1.033

1928 Jim Bottomley 1.032

1924 Roger Hornsby 1.029

1921 Ty Cobb 1.025

1925 Kiki Cuyler 1.010

1927 Roger Hornsby 1.009

1929 Lefty O’Doul .994

1925 Al Simmons .937

1925 Ty Cobb .912

1925 Babe Ruth .850

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PREVIOUS POSTS IN SERIES:

Introducing V-Rating (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB)

The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) of Every Hall-of-Fame Batter

The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – Players Who Should Be Considered For the Hall-of-Fame

The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – Monument Park Worthy?

The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – The 10,000 Club!

The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – The Greatest Single Seasons!

The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – Recent Stars

The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – The Worst Teams in MLB History

The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – The Best Teams!

The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – Two Recent Bad Teams

The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – Best of the Decades (The 1800s)

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NEXT WEEK – We continue to look at the greatest seasons by the decades as we look to 1930 to 1959.

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I welcome your comments and a great discussion!

#VRating

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