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Hall of Fame center fielders vs. Carlos Beltran in WAR and dWAR

If you take out the top tier of Cobb, Mays, Speaker, Mantle, and DiMaggio, Beltran slides in pretty favorably with the remaining Hall of Famers. (I threw in Junior for reference and since he is an obvious first-ballot Hall of Famer.)

Also, WAR and dWAR are compiled counting stats, which means that if Beltran has a few more good years (let's say 5-6 pretty good years) he could pass Junior in WAR and has an outside chance to pass DiMaggio. On the other hand, he's now playing RF which makes it harder to compile value, so that seems unlikely. I'm not saying Beltran should definitely be in the Hall of Fame or anything, but it does show how underrated he has been. He comes out #3 on a list of 18 HOF CFs in defensive value, and #9 on a list of 18 HOF CFs in overall value; and still hasn't finished his career yet.

Ty Cobb 159.4 WAR, 3.4 dWAR

Willie Mays 154.7 WAR, 18.5 dWAR

Tris Speaker 133 WAR, 11 dWAR

Mickey Mantle 120.2 WAR, -1.9 dWAR

Joe DiMaggio 83.6 WAR, 4.7 dWAR

Ken Griffey Jr. 80.8 WAR, -2.3 dWAR

Billy Hamilton 69.6 WAR, 0.9 dWAR

Duke Snider 67.5 WAR, -2.1 dWAR

Carlos Beltran 58.3 WAR, 8.1 dWAR

Richie Ashburn 58.0 WAR, 6.9 dWAR

Max Carey 50.6 WAR, 7.9 dWAR

Hugh Duffy 49.6 WAR, 5.0 dWAR

Larry Doby 47.4 WAR, 1.6 dWAR

Edd Roush 46.5 WAR, -0.2 dWAR

Earl Averill 45.0 WAR, -4.0 dWAR

Kirby Puckett 44.8 WAR, -1.8 dWAR

Earle Combs 44.7 WAR, 1.0 dWAR

Zack Wheat 57.8 WAR, 6.2 dWAR

Hack Wilson 39.1 WAR, -3.2 dWAR

Lloyd Waner 24.3 WAR, 1.4 dWAR

 

 

Boom. Thoughts?

 

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