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V-Ratings – The Best Teams!

Updated: Jan 2, 2023

by James Vlietstra

June 30, 2021



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.

Here are the team V-Rating of some of the all- time best teams (non Yankees):

1907 Cubs .600

1906 Cubs .667

1954 Indians .671

1975 Reds .709

1994 Expos .725

1902 Pirates .728

1976 Reds .732

1931 A’s .747

2001 Mariners .765

2020 Dodgers .772

1986 Mets .774

1950 Red Sox .799

1999 Indians .800

1894 Beaneaters .925

Here are some of the best offensive Yankees teams of all times, based on V-Rating. :

1943 .622

1978 .644

1952 .664

1960 .678

1958 .680

1962 .690

1951 .695

1961 .699

1949 .704

1953 .708

2001 .710

1977 .713

1941 .716

1996 .724

1956 .724

1947 .725

1923 .726

2000 .737

2003 .739

1999 .752

1994 .763

2009 .770

1928 .771

2006 .771

1998 .774

2007 .778

1939 .789

1938 .802

1937 .802

1932 .811

1931 .832

1927 .835

1936 .846

1930 .858

That 1930 team would have been like having the equivalent to Hank Aaron in every spot in the batting order, including the pitcher.

Of recent vintage, the 2007 team was the best.

Of championship teams, 1998 has lived up to the hype as one of the best.

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