GreenMonsterGoon wrote:I was just playing around with this excel formula I created and it had AROD significantly lower than the top hitters. But it also had Beltran lower than you would have guessed. The formula had:
8: Bonds (although the formula doesn't count steroids)
Never though I would rank players like that, but wow
What you are looking at is the difference between perceived value and actual value. If you used your head to rank these players using the same numbers you plugged into Excel the rankings would be totally different (perceived value). Actual value, however, ignores the mistake that most people make, which is putting too much weight in HR's and RBI's. Runs, followed by BA and SB's, are usually undervalued. Weighing these cats evenly, however, like the formula you are likely using, gives you a far different story than the commom perception on a player's actual worth.
As an aside, everyone really needs to be careful with what rankings they use because I know for a fact that many fudge them so as not to go too far against a player's perceived value. This practice is one of the reasons why we started Rotoguys.com because it pissed us off so much. This is why I always seem to be arguing against everyone here. I rely on actual values and always butt heads against those using perceived values (such as that of A-Rod).