(copyright #4729496 October 2008)
The "STAT formula" ranks retired and present MLB players
with 5,000 or more career at bats based on:
Part 1 - Hitting for power, run production and on-base pct.
Part 2 - Hitting for average
Part 3 - "The New Statistic" - The Home Run Curve
Our process for rating the greatest players in baseball history is derived by adding the sum of the points from each of the three sections above.
The "STAT" algorithm takes into account the players' lifetime statistics, which include: Runs, Hits, Doubles, Triples, Home Runs, R.B.I.s, Stolen Bases, Strike Outs,
Walks, and Total Career At-Bats (since the players longevity is factored into the point system). Part 1 of the formula concentrates on the player's ability of hitting for power and also the ability to produce runs.
The "STAT" places each players Lifetime Batting Average on a point chart. The point total from this chart is is added to the total points from Part 1's Hitting for Power.
To effectively compare the greatest players in baseball history, our "STAT" takes into account the average home runs hit per team/per year during the years the ballplayer has played. This number is also placed on a point chart. The points from Part 3 (the Home Run Curve) is then added to the sum of Parts 1 and 2 for the Final Point Total.
We compiled the Final Point Totals for each player and charted them accordingly into categories by years, positions and eras. Peruse the left column to see if your picks for the greatest hitters in baseball history match our lineup.