March 1, 2012 at 9:00 am by Ben Duronio under Atlanta Braves
As some of you may know, MLB Network has been running a “Top Ten in Baseball Right Now” series, in which they go through each position and name the top ten players at each. The system they use, “The Shredder,” has come up with interesting results, to say the least. I was watching the catcher episode on Tuesday, and came across one of the more interesting results I have witnessed, their ranking of Brian McCann.
The system ranked McCann as the seventh best catcher in baseball.
Now I am not one to make a big deal out of ranking lists, they mean even less than awards, but McCann has the second highest WAR for any catcher since he started playing full-time, behind only Joe Mauer. Even if you do not value WAR, he has hit like a machine since entering the league. Even if you do not want to look at the actual numbers, he has made the All-Star game every year besides his rookie year — when he was a part time player. Having six players ahead of McCann makes as much sense as having six breakfast meats ahead of bacon. It is just mind boggling how any system can get to such a result.
It is just unfortunate that such an error occurred regarding the best baseball player in Atlanta on national television, on a show that will be repeated several times during the next month or so. For sake of measure, below is the WAR Graph of Gary Carter, Mike Piazza, and McCann.
I can’t take credit for the title of this post, as it was tweeted at me after I posted a link to the WAR Graph. This must be the golden age for catchers, since the seventh best is on pace to make the Hall.