In baseball, you can judge a player's ability in two ways: by their actual playing in a game, or by statistics. While most may prefer to avoid the latter, stats are essential to baseball nonetheless.
However, there is such a thing as a "meaningless" statistic.
Some basic measures used that don't necessarily correspond to ability as much chance are RBI totals, runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, fielding percentage and for pitchers, wins, ERA and saves.
Having said that, many people still use them as primary stats for comparison, but they are all thanks to lineup position and/or chance, and just to show how meaningless they are, sabermetric statistics are better indicators and will be used to show how far off the standard statistics are
By the way, any WAR used is taken from FanGraphs (fWAR), not Baseball-Reference (rWAR).
Throughout this presentation, we'll take a look at some of baseball's best current players at an even closer level and determine whether their statistics are really All-Star caliber. We'll also examine any accolades a player might have won over the course of his career, as well as any discrepancies, and whether said awards were righteously earned compared to other players in a given season.
To keep things consistent, three hitters and three pitchers will be examined.
Let's get crackin'.