In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Roy Halladay is listed on the Blue Jays roster for the duration of his career while the Braves declare Joe Torre and the Brewers claim Prince Fielder. I calculated revised standings for every season based entirely on the performance of each team’s “original” players. I discuss every team’s “original” players and seasons at length along with organizational performance with respect to the Amateur Draft (or First-Year Player Draft), amateur free agent signings and other methods of player acquisition. Season standings, WAR and Win Shares totals for the “original” teams are compared against the “actual” team results to assess each franchise’s scouting, development and general management skills.
Expanding on my research for the book, the following series of articles will reveal the finest single-season rosters for every Major League organization based on overall rankings in OWAR and OWS along with the general managers and scouting directors that constructed the teams. “Hardball Retrospective” is available in digital format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes and KoboBooks. The paperback edition is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace. Additional information and a discussion forum are offered at TuataraSoftware.com.
Don Daglow (Intellivision World Series Major League Baseball, Earl Weaver Baseball, Tony LaRussa Baseball) contributed the foreword for Hardball Retrospective. The foreword and preview of my book are accessible here.
OWAR – Wins Above Replacement for players on “original” teams
OWS – Win Shares for players on “original” teams
OPW% – Pythagorean Won-Loss record for the “original” teams
The 2005 Los Angeles Angels OWAR: 48.2 OWS: 309 OPW%: .560
GM Bill Bavasi acquired 43% (17/39) of the ballplayers on the 2005 Angels roster. 32 team members were drafted by the club. Based on the revised standings the “Original” 2005 Angels battled the Athletics down to the wire as Oakland seized the pennant by a lone game. The Halos earned the Wild Card entry as a consolation prize.
Jim Edmonds (.263/29/89) anchored the third slot in the lineup and played flawless defense in center field to earn his eighth Gold Glove Award. Troy Glaus manned the hot corner and batted cleanup for the Halos, thumping 37 round-trippers and knocking in 97 baserunners. Bengie Molina supplied a career-high .295 batting average along with 15 jacks and 69 ribbies. Darin Erstad triggered the offense with 33 two-base hits from the leadoff slot. Garret Anderson (.283/17/96) cracked 34 doubles and merited his third All-Star selection. Eduardo Perez (.255/11/28) and Mark Sweeney (.294/8/40) provided additional power potential while platooning as the designated hitters.
John Lackey compiled a record of 14-5 with a 3.44 ERA and a personal-best 199 strikeouts. Jarrod Washburn fashioned a 3.20 ERA but failed to earn a decision in 13 of his 29 starts. Ervin Santana accrued 12 victories in his rookie campaign despite an ERA of 4.65.
Francisco J. Rodriguez (2.67, 45 SV) captained the Halos’ sensational bullpen. “K-Rod” whiffed 91 batsmen in 67.1 innings. Roberto M. Hernandez (8-6, 2.58) and Scot Shields (10-11, 2.75) locked down the late-inning threats. Matt Wise contributed a 3.36 ERA and a WHIP of 0.964 to round out the relief corps along with Bobby Jenks (50 K’s in 39.1 IP) and Scott Schoenewis (3-4, 3.32).
The “Original” 2005 Los Angeles Angels roster
|NAME||POS||WAR||WS||General Manager||Scouting Director|
|Jim Edmonds||CF||6.29||25.6||Mike Port||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Jarrod Washburn||SP||4.34||13.76||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|John Lackey||SP||4.3||16.12||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Troy Glaus||3B||3.11||22.95||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Bengie Molina||C||2.4||16.09||Dan O’Brien||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Roberto Hernandez||RP||2.31||9.39||Mike Port||Larry Himes|
|Francisco Rodriguez||RP||2.06||13.83||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Mark Sweeney||1B||1.61||10.05||Dan O’Brien||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Scot Shields||RP||1.58||13.3||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Matt Wise||RP||1.04||6.19||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Damion Easley||2B||0.98||8.91||Mike Port||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Ervin Santana||SP||0.8||6.51||Bill Stoneman||Donny Rowland|
|Scott Schoeneweis||RP||0.77||5.47||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Orlando Palmeiro||LF||0.65||5.6||Dan O’Brien||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Aaron Guiel||CF||0.6||3.37||Dan O’Brien||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Bobby Jenks||RP||0.6||5.71||Bill Stoneman||Donny Rowland|
|Eduardo Perez||1B||0.57||5.98||Dan O’Brien||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Darin Erstad||1B||0.53||14.21||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Casey Kotchman||DH||0.48||4.35||Bill Stoneman||Donny Rowland|
|Matt Perisho||RP||0.46||1.72||Dan O’Brien||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Dallas McPherson||3B||0.42||5.15||Bill Stoneman||Donny Rowland|
|Brian Cooper||SW||0.4||1.46||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Chris Bootcheck||SP||0.4||1.46||Bill Stoneman||Donny Rowland|
|Garret Anderson||LF||0.33||13.54||Mike Port||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Shigetoshi Hasegawa||RP||0.09||3.5||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Ramon Ortiz||SP||0.01||4.02||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Jamie Burke||1B||-0.01||0||Dan O’Brien||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Jeff Mathis||C||-0.01||0.09||Bill Stoneman||Donny Rowland|
|Alfredo Amezaga||3B||-0.02||0.08||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Trent Durrington||3B||-0.06||0||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Todd Greene||C||-0.11||1.88||Dan O’Brien||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Greg Jones||RP||-0.14||0||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Robb Quinlan||3B||-0.14||2.26||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Seth Etherton||SP||-0.21||0||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Joe Saunders||SP||-0.21||0||Bill Stoneman||Donny Rowland|
|Brian Anderson||SP||-0.33||0||Dan O’Brien||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Troy Percival||RP||-0.4||1.68||Mike Port||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
|Jake Woods||RP||-0.47||0.77||Bill Stoneman||Donny Rowland|
|Pedro Liriano||RP||-0.6||0||Bill Bavasi||Bob Fontaine Jr.|
The “Original” 1997 Angels OWAR: 40.3 OWS: 313 OPW%: .547
Los Angeles outdistanced Seattle by a seven-game margin, taking the Western Division title with a record of 89-73. Tim “Kingfish” Salmon (.296/33/129) recorded a personal-best in RBI. Damion Easley joined the 20-20 club as he swiped 28 bases and belted 22 long balls while scoring 97 runs. Roberto M. Hernandez registered 10 victories and saved 31 contests with a 2.45 ERA. Darin Erstad posted a .299 BA, tagged 34 doubles and pilfered 23 bags. Jason Dickson (13-9, 4.23) made his lone All-Star appearance and finished third in the 1997 A.L. Rookie of the Year balloting.
The “Original” 2002 Blue Jays
References and Resources
James, Bill. The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York, NY.: The Free Press, 2001. Print.
James, Bill, with Jim Henzler. Win Shares. Morton Grove, Ill.: STATS, 2002. Print.
Derek Bain is a New Jersey native with a passion for baseball, statistics, computers and video games. He has written a number of articles for Fangraphs and Seamheads, and enjoys spending quality time with his family.