Thursday, September 29, 2011

White Sox Production Poll: Hitters

Not only was he the Captain of the ship, but he may have been the only damn person on it

While you'll find as you continue to read this blog that I'm not as obsessed with statistics as a lot of my blogging brethren, that doesn't mean I don't like having fun with numbers once in a while. It's just that I don't spend a lot of time arguing about how WAR is better than every other stat, or any similar type of argument.

So with that in mind, I'm introducing you to my Production Polls for the White Sox. Essentially what I've done is I've created a formula using a number of different statistics to determine which White Sox has been more valuable to the team on a whole this season.

I've broken it down into three separate rankings: hitters, starters and relievers.

Now, once the season begins next year, I'll be releasing the latest Production Poll for each one of those categories every two weeks. However, since I wanted to introduce these rankings to you now, I figured I'd do one for the entire 2011 season.

Because even though we all want to forget it, it's important to point out how terrible Adam Dunn was at least one more time, and trust me, these rankings will point out how terrible Adam Dunn was one more time.

So let's get to it, shall we?

The players will be listed with their score next to their name. The highest possible score that any player could achieve in this set of rankings is 153, the lowest score is a 9. The rankings include every position player on the team who had at least 1 plate appearance and finished the season on the roster.
  1. Paul Konerko - 147
  2. Alexei Ramirez - 121
  3. Carlos Quentin - 120
  4. Alejandro De Aza - 112
  5. A.J. Pierzynski - 104
  6. Juan Pierre - 103
  7. Brent Lillibridge - 102
  8. Brent Morel - 85
  9. Alex Rios - 82
  10. Gordon Beckham - 80
  11. Adam Dunn - 62
  12. Ramon Castro - 61
  13. Tyler Flowers - 58
  14. Dayan Viciedo - 54
  15. Omar Vizquel - 43
  16. Donny Lucy - 31
  17. Eduardo Escobar - 29
Now, off the bat, there are two things that stand out to me more than anything. 

First, the only players that finished behind Adam Dunn are either bench players who rarely played, or late-season call ups who had limited time to produce anything.

All for the low, low price of $56 million!

Second, holy crap Alejandro De Aza. Now, it's important to point out that things like plate appearances factor into these rankings, and yet De Aza was still able to finish fourth. While my man crush on De Aza makes me want to believe that it's because he's just so amazing, the truth is that the rest of the White Sox offense was just that bad.

Remember, these rankings are based on a formula that compares each player to his teammates, so De Aza scored high in a lot of different categories. That being said, I did not expect to see him finish so high due to the limited amount of time he was with the club.

Good thing we suffered through so many months of Alex Rios before calling him up, huh?

Then, of course, there's the Captain. It's not exactly a shock that Paulie destroyed the rest of his teammates in these rankings, because for so much of the season, he was the White Sox offense. I mean, the man finished 6 points shy of having a perfect score in this poll. I can't decide if that's amazing or just really sad.

It's probably both.

Tomorrow I'll post the Production Polls for both the starters and relievers.


  1. Honestly, I expected a bigger gap between Paulie and the rest of the team. And why aren't your running these "formula" by your buddy to make sure you have a second set of eyes on them? Disappointed.

  2. I don't know, a 26-point difference in a 153 point system is a pretty large gap. That's a 17% difference between him and the next guy. And I didn't run the formula by you first because I don't know.


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