With a little free time last night I started playing around with the all time batting WAR leaders in Pirate history. I had buddy try an guess them he got 8 of 10 which I thought was pretty good considering half are pre WWII players.
As for WAR itself people still bitch about it, but I'm sure if everyone ran this same list for their respective team it would probably give the best snapshot of the 10 best players all time.
Here is the list with cards from my collection. Remember this is only WAR accumulated as a Pirate so Bonds is not number 1......
10. Andrew McCutchen (41.1 WAR)
He was on a great pace before this year. Hopefully this is only a down year and not a steep decline in his skill set.
9 Ralph Kiner (42.2 WAR)
Did a ton of damage in short amount of time.
8. Barry Bonds (48.4 WAR)
He was basically Ken Griffey Jr with the Pirates and Babe Ruth with the Giants.
7. Fred Clarke (50.9 WAR)
I thought I had a Clarke reprint card somewhere, but couldn't find it.
6. Max Carey (57.7 WAR)
This beauty was sent to me by Dennis of Too Many Verlanders fame.
5. Willie Stargell (62.9 WAR)
4. Arky Vaughn (63.3 WAR)
3. Paul Waner (70.5 WAR)
Big Poison is one of the better nicknames of all time.
2. Roberto Clemente (80.6 WAR)
He was good!
1. Honus Wagner (127.2 WAR)
Wagner is fifth all time in WAR!
I thought maybe Dave Parker would be in the top ten, but he was #13. My buddy had guessed Maz but he was #16 and Pie Traynor #12.
If you get time should play around on Fangraphs.com. At the very least you might get a post out of it!
Thanks for reading.