For the last 2 seasons, I have done my own metric for a player’s value. It is a SullyMetric and one where I realize purists and stat heads can criticize.
It is called Who Owned Baseball? (Or WOB for short.)
At the end of each day, I figure out which American League and which National League pitcher had the most memorable and admirable day. I declare each one of them as the ones who “Owned Baseball” for that day.
The best players on a winning team get a full “WOB.”
At my discretion, I can award a 1/2 WOB to a fine performance on a losing team.
There are no ties. Only one National League hitter and one National League pitchers and only one American League hitter and one American League pitcher can earn a “WOB.” Same with the 1/2 WOB.
If I start awarding ties, then this whole thing will go down even a stranger rabbit hole than I am currently in with this stat.
And because I am an absolute lunatic, I keep a tally for the whole season and see which player has the highest “WOB”.
The up to date tally will be posted at MLB Reports as it was last year.
Sometimes the selections are based on stats. Other times on context. A 2 hit game with a homer against Clayton Kershaw will impress me more than a 4 hit game against the Rockies #5 starter in Coors Field.
Also, down the stretch, playing in critical pennant stretch games will get more consideration than playing out the string.
Last year the final tally awarded Clayton Kershaw as the National League pitcher, Andrew McCutchen as the National League hitter, Felix Hernandez as the American League pitcher and Mike Trout as the American League hitter who all owned baseball.
Hard to argue with those results.
So as if 365 podcasts a year were not enough, allow me to dive deep into every single game played and determine who owned baseball.