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

by James Vlietstra

June 9, 2021


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.

TODAY I provide, in rank order from highest to lowest, a detailed list of

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 is a handful of active players along with their pre 2021 V-Ratings. As you can see there’s several very talented players in today’s game.


1921 Babe Ruth 896

1927 Lou Gehrig 836

1931 Lou Gehrig 834

1927 Babe Ruth 818

1894 Billy Hamilton 813

1932 Jimmy Foxx 812

1930 Hack Wilson 810

1923 Babe Ruth 809

1936 Lou Gehrig 809

1930 Lou Gehrig 796

2001 Barry Bonds 795

1930 Chuck Klein 789

1937 Hank Greenberg 788

1938 Jimmy Foxx 782

2001 Sammy Sosa 781

1920 Babe Ruth 780

1894 Hugh Duffy 776

1949 Ted Williams 776

1928 Babe Ruth 774

1922 Roger Hornsby 772

1930 Babe Ruth 770

1931 Babe Ruth 769

1934 Lou Gehrig 769

1911 Ty Cobb 769

1929 Roger Hornsby 765

1937 Joe DiMaggio 762

1926 Babe Ruth 759

1937 Lou Gehrig 757

1924 Babe Ruth 754

1998 Mark McGwire 751



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

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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?


NEXT WEEK – I will share the V-Ratings of some of the biggest stars in the game today!


I welcome your comments and a great discussion!


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