Quantifying Player Value

Vince Gennaro is writing a three-part series of articles in which he develops a model for valuing player contributions to teams. Part I and Part II are up at The Hardball Times. I like what I’m seeing so far.

2 Responses “Quantifying Player Value”

  1. Aaron says:

    Thanks for the links. It’s good stuff. However, it bugs me when I read a scientific article and have no way of reproducing the results. I can’t find a formula or algorithm for the WARP1 stat, and I don’t really know any way of verifying how accurate it is.

    Also, although this method is probably legit for the vast majority of players, when evaluating the impact of superstars on the revenue stream, I would think you would have to take into account the drawing power of the star. A Q rating or something.

    I like the idea of using team win total and fan fickleness as factors in calculating player value. The articles are convincing enough to make me think they should be MVP criteria.

    Also, I chuckle when the graphs demonstrate Yankees fans to be the bandwagon fans we all know they really are.

  2. jon says:

    Interesting article. I would have liked to have seen a comparison between the players value and his salary. EG. A-Rod earned more than 20 mill last year. His value was around 14 mill, I believe. David Ortiz on the other hand earned 5 mill, but was worth more than 8 mill to his team.