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. 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 teams with the biggest single-season difference in the WAR and Win Shares for the “Original” vs. “Actual” rosters for every Major League organization. “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. Supplemental Statistics, Charts and Graphs along with 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
AWAR – Wins Above Replacement for players on “actual” teams
AWS – Win Shares for players on “actual” teams
APW% – Pythagorean Won-Loss record for the “actual” teams
The 1993 California Angels
OWAR: 39.3 OWS: 277 OPW%: .533 (86-76)
AWAR: 27.8 AWS: 212 APW%: .438 (71-91)
WARdiff: 11.5 WSdiff: 65
The “Original” 1993 Angels placed runner-up to the Rangers for the division title, yet the ball club held a fifteen-game advantage over the “Actual” Halos. Tim Salmon garnered 1993 AL Rookie of the Year honors with a .283 BA, 31 dingers, 95 ribbies and 93 runs. Devon White collected his fifth Gold Glove Award and posted career-bests with 42 doubles and 116 runs scored. “Devo” successfully swiped 34 bags in 38 attempts. Dante Bichette provided a .310 BA while clubbing 43 two-base hits and launching 21 moon-shots. Wally Joyner aka “Wally World” contributed 36 doubles along with a .292 BA. Chad Curtis tallied 94 runs and pilfered 48 bases in his sophomore season. Brian Harper (.304/12/73), Mark T. McLemore (.284/4/72) and Paul Sorrento (.257/18/65) augmented the Angels’ attack.
Wally Joyner ranked thirty-seventh among first basemen according to “The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract” top 100 player rankings. “Original” Angels registered in the “NBJHBA” top 100 ratings include Dickie Thon (57th-SS), Tim Salmon (72nd-RF), Devon White (81st-CF), Tom Brunansky (85th-RF), Dante Bichette (90th-RF) and Brian Harper (99th-C). Furthermore, the list includes Gary Gaetti (34th-3B) and Chili Davis (64th-RF) from the “Actual” Angels ’93 roster.
Original 1993 Angels Actual 1993 Angels
|STARTING LINEUP||POS||OWAR||OWS||STARTING LINEUP||POS||AWAR||AWS|
|Chad Curtis||LF/CF||2.16||16.51||Luis Polonia||LF||-0.17||10|
|Devon White||CF||4.47||21.28||Chad Curtis||CF||2.16||16.51|
|Tim Salmon||RF||4.36||24.61||Tim Salmon||RF||4.36||24.61|
|Dante Bichette||DH/RF||1.71||19.35||Chili Davis||DH||0.33||11.91|
|Wally Joyner||1B||3.14||18.09||J. T. Snow||1B||0.66||10.09|
|Mark McLemore||2B/RF||2.19||13.37||Damion Easley||2B||1.15||8.38|
|Gary Disarcina||SS||-1.15||5.73||Rene Gonzales||3B||0.29||7.04|
|Damion Easley||3B/2B||1.15||8.38||Gary Disarcina||SS||-1.15||5.73|
|Brian Harper||C||1.27||15.66||Greg Myers||C||0.59||4.26|
|Paul Sorrento||1B||1.03||13.23||Torey Lovullo||2B||0.39||7.35|
|Erik Pappas||C||1||8.23||Stan Javier||LF||1.17||7.1|
|Dickie Thon||SS||0.02||4.88||Eduardo Perez||3B||-0.21||3.25|
|Eduardo Perez||3B||-0.21||3.25||Rod Correia||SS||-0.15||2.84|
|Dick Schofield||SS||-0.15||2.43||Chris Turner||C||0.6||2.25|
|Ruben Amaro||CF||0.44||2.29||Kelly Gruber||3B||0.2||2.19|
|Chris Turner||C||0.6||2.25||Kurt Stillwell||2B||-0.19||1.33|
|Tom Brunansky||RF||-0.6||1.56||Ron Tingley||C||-0.47||1.24|
|Doug Jennings||1B||0.17||1.46||John Orton||C||0.05||1.03|
|John Orton||C||0.05||1.03||Jim Edmonds||RF||-0.13||0.78|
|J. R. Phillips||1B||0.17||0.87||Ty Van Burkleo||1B||-0.03||0.5|
|Jim Edmonds||RF||-0.13||0.78||Jim Walewander||SS||0.04||0.41|
|Larry Gonzales||C||0.06||0.24||Larry Gonzales||C||0.06||0.24|
|Jeff Manto||3B||-0.23||0.09||Gary Gaetti||3B||-0.39||0.12|
|Gus Polidor||3B||-0.04||0.02||Jerome Walton||DH||-0.03||0.06|
Chuck Finley (16-14, 3.15) whiffed 187 batsmen and paced the Junior Circuit in complete games with 13. The Halos compensated for a pedestrian rotation with a stellar bullpen consisting of Bryan Harvey (1.70, 45 SV), Roberto Hernandez (2.29, 38 SV) and Alan Mills (5-4, 3.23). Mark Langston (16-11, 3.20) topped the “Actuals” in strikeouts (196) and innings pitched (256.1) while earning his fourth All-Star invitation.
Original 1993 Angels Actual 1993 Angels
|Chuck Finley||SP||4.9||18.94||Mark Langston||SP||6.16||20.37|
|Jim Abbott||SP||1.34||9.75||Chuck Finley||SP||4.9||18.94|
|Frank Tanana||SP||1.03||7.07||Scott Sanderson||SP||0.65||5.75|
|Phil Leftwich||SP||1.5||5.13||Phil Leftwich||SP||1.5||5.13|
|Kirk McCaskill||SP||-0.43||2.35||Joe Magrane||SP||0.26||2.58|
|Bryan Harvey||RP||3.46||17.47||Joe Grahe||RP||0.86||7.28|
|Roberto Hernandez||RP||2.49||15.5||Steve Frey||RP||0.67||6.92|
|Alan Mills||RP||1.45||9.45||Mike Butcher||RP||0.33||4.35|
|Joe Grahe||RP||0.86||7.28||Gene Nelson||RP||0.32||4.31|
|Mike Fetters||RP||0.25||4.25||Ken Patterson||RP||0.19||2.92|
|Hilly Hathaway||SP||0.04||2.15||Hilly Hathaway||SP||0.04||2.15|
|Scott Lewis||SP||0.3||1.61||Scott Lewis||SP||0.3||1.61|
|Mike Witt||SP||-0.13||1.23||Brian Anderson||SP||0.17||0.63|
|Brian Anderson||SP||0.17||0.63||Darryl Scott||RP||-0.22||0.42|
|Mike Cook||RP||0.08||0.47||Chuck Crim||RP||-0.27||0.4|
|Darryl Scott||RP||-0.22||0.42||John Farrell||SP||-1.65||0|
|Marcus Moore||RP||-0.56||0.36||Mark Holzemer||SP||-0.83||0|
|Mark Holzemer||SP||-0.83||0||Doug Linton||RP||-0.81||0|
|Dennis Rasmussen||SP||-0.62||0||Jerry Nielsen||RP||-0.61||0|
|Paul Swingle||RP||-0.37||0||Russ Springer||SP||-1.03||0|
December 2, 1990: Traded by the California Angels with Willie Fraser and Marcus Moore to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later, Junior Felix and Luis Sojo. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Ken Rivers (minors) (December 4, 1990) to the California Angels to complete the trade.
March 14, 1991: Traded by the California Angels to the Milwaukee Brewers for Dave Parker.
November 17, 1992: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Colorado Rockies for Kevin Reimer.
October 28, 1991: Granted Free Agency.
December 9, 1991: Signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.
November 17, 1992: Drafted by the Florida Marlins from the California Angels as the 20th pick in the 1992 expansion draft.
December 11, 1981: Traded by the California Angels to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Tim Foli.
December 12, 1984: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with John Tudor to the St. Louis Cardinals for Steve Barnard (minors) and George Hendrick.
April 1, 1986: Released by the St. Louis Cardinals.
April 25, 1986: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.
March 23, 1987: Released by the Detroit Tigers.
May 12, 1987: Purchased by the Oakland Athletics from San Jose (California).
October 12, 1987: Released by the Oakland Athletics.
January 4, 1988: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins.
November 4, 1991: Granted Free Agency.
December 19, 1991: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins.
Mark T. McLemore
August 17, 1990: the California Angels sent Mark McLemore to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier deal made on September 6, 1989. September 6, 1989: The California Angels sent a player to be named later to the Cleveland Indians for Ron Tingley.
December 13, 1990: Released by the Cleveland Indians.
March 6, 1991: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.
June 25, 1991: Released by the Houston Astros.
July 5, 1991: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
October 15, 1991: Granted Free Agency.
February 5, 1992: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
December 19, 1992: Released by the Baltimore Orioles.
January 6, 1993: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
The 2001 Anaheim Angels
OWAR: 37.4 OWS: 267 OPW%: .467 (76-86)
AWAR: 31.1 AWS: 225 APW%: .463 (75-87)
WARdiff: 6.3 WSdiff: 42
The “Original” and “Actual” 2001 Angels finished in the American League West basement. Perennial Gold Glove center fielder Jim Edmonds socked 38 doubles and 30 long balls. “Jimmy Baseball” supplied a .304 BA with 95 runs scored and 110 ribbies. Mark T. McLemore batted .286 and nabbed 39 bags in 46 attempts. Troy Glaus crushed 41 circuit clouts and 38 two-baggers as he topped the century mark in runs and RBI. Garret Anderson rapped 194 base knocks including 39 doubles and 28 round-trippers while establishing a personal-best with 123 RBI. Jarrod Washburn delivered 11 victories with an ERA of 3.77. Troy Percival (1.65, 39 SV) made his fourth appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic and furnished a 0.988 WHIP with more than 11 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. Glaus, Anderson, Washburn and Percival appear on the “Original” and “Actual” Angels rosters in 2001.
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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.
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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.