With the severe lack of runs over the past few seasons, it's hard not to get a little skeptical as to whether the Dragons ever scored runs with an proclivity whatsoever. I often find myself looking back into the Dragons' history for the greatest that have played the game for the team. And while those celebrated by fans quite commonly come up with a scour through the data and statistics, I'm always excited to find cases that challenge those conceptions or that highlight the careers of players long since forgotten. I am also keen here to find out if the Dome era has really been such a negative for Dragons hitters over the past 25 years.
In this post, I'm using data on wRAA (weighted runs above average) and WRC+ (weighted runs created plus) to give you an idea of some of the most productive seasons by players in a Dragons shirt.
Here's some definitions before we move on:
wRAA measures how many runs a hitter contributes, compared with an average player -- so a player with a 0 wRAA would be considered league average, offensively. It's calculated by finding the difference in the number of runs contributed between a player and the league average (which is determined by the league average wOBA).
wRC+ takes the statistic Runs Created and adjusts that number to account for important external factors -- like ballpark or era. It's adjusted, so a wRC+ of 100 is league average and 150 would be 50 percent above league average.
First, as WRC+ is a statistic that is based on wRAA plus a few bits and bobs, I will present to you the greatest career years for Dragons based on position and wRAA. This will be followed but a top 10 list not constricted to position.
|1||1962||122||90.6||S. Etō (171), D. Newcombe (161), M. Maeda (143)||3rd|
|2||2006||117||103.5||K. Fukudome (212), T. Woods (191), K. Inoue (130)||1st|
|3||1966||115||65.3||S. Etō (204), T. Naka (168), M. Takagi (165)||2nd|
|4||1996||114||81.8||T. Yamasaki (167), T. Chen (149), A. Powell (141)||2nd|
|5||1991||114||74.9||H. Ochiai (206), T. Chen (140), K. Tatsunami (121)||2nd|