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

Updated: Jan 2, 2023

by James Vlietstra

May 12, 2021


Introducing V-Rating:

The Ultimate Offensive Metric In MLB

Background: Over the years, there’s been different emphasis put on the way that the sport of baseball is played. From the early days of slap hitting and bunting and stolen bases to the current model of walks, strike outs, and home runs. What has remained constant is the goal of getting on base and circling the diamond 360 feet in a counter clockwise direction as many times as possible.

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.

The V-Rating is a metric that judges all players throughout baseball history using the same criteria per plate appearance.

Let’s let the numbers do the talking.

  1. A V-Rating higher than 1.000 is inner circle greatness.

  2. Anything.850 or higher is truly elite.

  3. .750 and higher is All-Star status.

  4. Below .650 and that player needs another carrying skill, like Gold Glove defense.

TODAY I provide, in rank order from lowest to highest, the complete list of Baseball Hall-of-Fame Hitters.

Take a look and share your comments below!

Baseball Hall-of-Famers By V-Rating:

Here is every HOF player, except for pitchers.

It is clear that some players are in the Hall-of-Fame because of their skills with the glove.

Only 19 players have a career V-rating of .900 or better:

Bill Mazeroski .561

Luis Aparicio .596

Rabbit Maranville .596

Nellie Fox .600

Ray Schalk .604

Ozzie Smith .617

Red Schoendienst .623

Brooks Robinson .624

Lloyd Waner .636

Phil Rizzuto .637

Rick Ferrell .640

Richie Ashburn .661

Bobby Wallace .661

Johnny Evers .661

Joe Tinker .662

Billy Herman .668

George Kell .670

Pee Wee Reese .681

Gary Carter .690

Ted Simmons .690

Alan Trammell .692

Lou Boudreau .693

Harry Hooper .700

Ivan Rodriguez .701

Robin Yount .705

Luke Appling .705

Rod Carew .708

Lou Brock .710

Travis Jackson .716

Wade Boggs .722

Harold Baines .722

Carlton Fisk. .725

Max Carey. .727

Dave Bancroft .730

Roberto Clemente .731

Ron Santo .731

Derek Jeter .732

Craig Biggio .732

Roger Bresnahan .733

Deacon White .733

Freddie Lindstrom .739

Ryne Sandberg .739

Sam Rice .745

Joe Sewell .746

Jimmy Collins .746

Carl Yastrzemski .747

Zack Wheat .748

Eddie Murray .752

Paul Molitor .752

High Pockets Kelly .753

George Wright .753

Johnny Bench .753

Andre Dawson .753

Barry Larkin .754

Ernie Banks .755

Roberto Alomar .757

Ed Roush .759

Bobby Doerr .759

Dave Winfield .760

Joe Gordon .762

Kirby Puckett .765

Billy Williams .765

John Ward .765

Enos Slaughter .767

Orlando Cepeda 767

Al Kaline .768

Frank Frisch .768

Jim Rice .769

Monte Irvin .769

Pie Traynor .772

Al Spalding .772

George Brett .776

Willie Keeler .779

Gabby Hartnett .781

Arky Vaughn .782

Yogi Berra .783

Tim Raines .785

Paul Waner .786

Home Run Baker .787

Reggie Jackson .787

Joe Morgan .787

Roy Campanella .790

George Sisler .794

Bid McPhee .794

Sam Crawford .795

Earle Combs .797

Jim O’Rourke .798

Harmon Killebrew .800

Joe Medwick .802

Willie McCovey .803

Hughie Jennings .804

Heinie Manush .806

Bill Dickey .807

Fred Clarke .808

George Davis .814

Mike Piazza .816

Joe Cronin .817

Eddie Matthews .817

Eddie Collins .818

Tony Lazzeri .818

Larry Doby .818

Willie Stargell .820

Elmer Flick .820

Jackie Robinson .821

Rickey Henderson .822

Jesse Burkett .823

Edgar Martinez .826

Frank Chance .828

Tommy McCarthy .829

Napoleon Lajoie .829

Bill Terry .833

Vladimir Guerrero .837

Ken Griffey Jr. .844

Mickey Cochrane .846

Duke Snider .847

Chipper Jones .847

Charlie Gehringer .849

Chick Hafey .851

Frank Robinson .852

Mike Schmidt .852

Goose Goslin .855

Henry Aaron .858

Ralph Kiner .863

Chuck Klein .867

Tris Speaker .868

Stan Musial .869

Honus Wagner .869

Cap Anson .871

Willie Mays .877

Jim Thome .878

Harry Heilmann .879

Frank Thomas .880

Jeff Bagwell .884

Mel Ott .884

Earl Averill .886

Al Simmons .888

Johnny Mize .890

Roger Connor .891

King Kelly .891

Joe Kelley .891

Jake Beckley .892

Ross Youngs .900

Mickey Mantle .904

Larry Walker .910

Hack Wilson .917

Hugh Duffy .929

Ty Cobb .933

Jim Bottomley .934

Kiki Cuyler .937

Roger Hornsby .942

Joe DiMaggio .946

Ed Delahanty .964

Billy Hamilton .966

Dan Brouthers .968

Hank Greenberg .983

Jimmy Foxx .989

Ted Williams 1.010

Sam Thompson 1.039

Lou Gehrig 1.046

Babe Ruth 1.101

It should not come as a surprise that the two most prolific offensive players teamed up together to anchor four of the top six teams in Major League history. (That information will come in a future post.)

However, there are lots of names that I didn’t expect to land where they did. Some better, some worse.


NEXT WEEK – I will provide a list of great players who are currently NOT in the Hall-of-Fame all ranked by the great V-Rating formula!

I welcome your comments and a great discussion!

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