Posted by Andy on October 12, 2011
Matt Kemp registered a WAR of 10.0 this season. Among his teammates, the next highest WAR for non-pitchers was 1.8 from Jamey Carroll. In fact, the sum of all other Dodger WAR (ignoring pitching) was 6.4, meaning Kemp outscored all the rest of his teammates combined.
His margin of 8.2 above the next highest player is massive. Here are the 200 most recent times that a single player (non-pitcher) achieved a seasonal WAR of 8.2.
Working chronologically backwards, here's what I found:
- In 2007, Albert Pujols had a WAR of 8.3 and his next-closest teammate was Scott Rolen at 2.3, a difference of 6 wins. All Cardinals besides Pujols totaled 9.1, so Pujols nearly outscored them.
- The last time before Kemp that a player had double-digit WAR (non-pitcher) was Barry Bonds in 2004. Indeed, he outscored runner-up Ray Durham by 9.1, besting Kemp's 2011 mark. But the Giants other than Bonds did manage 16.5 WAR, so Bonds didn't outscore them single-handedly.
- Adrian Beltre also had some big margins in 2004. He finished at 10.1 over teammate Milton Bradley at 3.6, a difference of 6.5 wins. The team minus Beltre totaled 14.2.
- In 2003 and 2001, Bonds came somewhat close to outscoring his teammates in WAR.
- In 2001, Sammy Sosa registered an 11.4 WAR, a whopping 9.2 wins above runner-up Ricky Gutierrez at 2.2. Sosa's teammates totaled 11.5, just a pinch more than Sosa himself.
- In 1997, Larry Walker had 9.0 WAR and was trailed by Andres Galarraga at 2.9 WAR, for a margin of 6.1. The Rockies minus Walker had 9.6.
- Got it finally: in 1997, Mike Piazza racked up 9.3 WAR. Next closest was Raul Mondesi at 5.8, but all the Dodgers except for Piazza had just 7.6.
This means that Kemp is the first player since Piazza in 1997 to outscore all of his teammates (non-pitchers) in WAR.
I wonder when the last time a non-Dodgers player did it? Feel free to keep looking at the list.
Thanks to reader Bip for emailing in about this.