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Fun with VORP

Really, anything you do with stats regarding Ryan Braun ends up being fun.

I mentioned in my Questions post that Braun would be leading the league in AVG, SLG, and OPS were he eligible.  So far he's played in 64 games, about 60% as many as a player who hasn't missed a day all year.

Yet, I was just looking up VORP for a totally different reason, and was shocked to see Braun on the first page of the leaders for all of MLB.  In fact, he's 22nd in baseball, right behind Victor Martinez and Derek Jeter, just ahead of Jimmy Rollins and Grady Sizemore.

Remember that VORP is a counting stat, like home runs or RBI.  The more times you come to the plate, the more chances you have to accumulate this stuff.  Rollins has had nearly twice the PAs that Braun has; Jeter and Sizemore are close.  In other words, Braun is creating nearly twice the value at the plate that those guys are.  Twice!

Incidentally, Fielder is 17th in MLB, right between Jose Reyes and Barry Bonds.

Fortunately, BP provides a stat called VORPr, which VORP as a rate stat.  In other words, how much VORP (how many runs above replacement) is a player creating per game?  Braun, unsurprisingly, is first.  (If you throw out guys like Matt Wise and Joe Dillon, who probably wouldn't keep hitting  at the same clip if you gave them more than 10 plate appearances.)  The big surprise on that list is how close Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Posada are.

So, uh, I guess this guy is pretty good.