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The V-Ratings (The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB) – Best of the Decades (1960 to 1999)

by James Vlietstra

August 4, 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:

1960s

1961 Mickey Mantle 1.074

1961 Norm Cash 1.027

1962 Mickey Mantle. 1.022

1961 Jim Gentile 1.012

1969 Willie McCovey 1.003

1962 Frank Robinson .997

1962 Willie Mays .972

1961 Roger Maris .959

1965 Willie Mays .959

1967 Carl Yastrzemski .951

1966 Frank Robinson .948

1964 Willie Mays .941

1969 Rico Petrocelli .913

1963 Willie Mays .881

1970s

1976 Joe Morgan 1.078

1979 Fred Lynn .995

1975 Joe Morgan .989

1971 Henry Aaron .988

1977 Rod Carew .932

1980s

1982 Rickey Henderson 1.060

1980 George Brett 1.055

1985 Rickey Henderson .986

1982 Robin Yount .910

1986 Don Mattingly .848

1988 Jose Canseco .814

1984 Cal Ripken Jr .766

1990s

1994 Jeff Bagwell 1.171

1998 Mark McGwire 1.109

1999 Manny Ramirez 1.098

1994 Frank Thomas 1.088

1996 Mark McGwire 1.068

1993 Mark McGwire 1.066

1993 Barry Bonds 1.057

1992 Barry Bonds 1.036

1996 Alex Rodriguez 1.034

1995 Albert Belle 1.008

1996 Gary Sheffield. .988

1994 Kevin Mitchell .987

1996 Jim Thome .986

1996 Juan Gonzalez .975

1991 Cal Ripken Jr .972

1990 Rickey Henderson .961

1996 Brady Anderson .954

1993 John Olerud .936

1994 Paul O’Neill .930

1997 Mark McGwire .929

1998 Alex Rodriguez .897

1994 Tony Gwynn .861

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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)

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

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NEXT WEEK – We continue to look at the greatest seasons by the decades as we look to the 2000s.

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I welcome your comments and a great discussion!

#VRating

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