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

by James Vlietstra

July 14, 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:

1870s

1876 Ross Barnes 1.152

1880s

1887 Tip O’Neill 1.255

1889 Billy Hamilton 1.009

1884 Fred Dunlap .979

1890s

1894 Sam Thompson 1.283

1894 Hugh Duffy 1.281

1895 Sam Thompson 1.207

1895 Ed Delahanty. 1.185

1894 Joe Kelley 1.184

1896 Ed Delahanty 1.170

1894 Billy Hamilton 1.170

1894 Ed Delahanty 1.167

1895 Billy Hamilton 1.111

1893 Ed Delahanty 1.094

1899 Ed Delahanty 1.078

1893 Billy Hamilton 1.053

1896 Billy Hamilton 1.014

1891 Billy Hamilton 1.008

1890 Billy Hamilton .973

1897 Billy Hamilton. .966

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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

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NEXT WEEK – We continue to look at the greatest seasons by the decades as we look to 1900 to 1929.

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I welcome your comments and a great discussion!

#VRating

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