Analyzing and Ranking the American League "Super Six" by Position

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Analyzing and Ranking the American League
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I made a mistake.  The other day I wrote an article ranking the top five American League powerhouse teams by position.  It was meant to be a fun article and to be taken lightly.

I'm not sure what I was thinking.

Though I stated that I didn't do a full-on analysis of each player and team, I was repeatedly called on the carpet for my selection.  Rightfully so.

Instead, I've decided to expand and look at the "Super Six" teams of the American League:  Anaheim Angels, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New  York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers.

Baseball is a game of passion and I owe it to my readers to be more diligent in my analysis of teams when ranking.  Having said that, this is my mea culpa piece.  I've put these figures together using specific stats.

While making these rankings I factored in 12 offensive categories and four defensive metrics. Awards were also considered.  All information was based on how well the players performed in 2011.  

In my rankings for 2012, I took experience or lack thereof into consideration.

I also looked at the entire season statistically.  I don't care if a player finished off hot or started the season cold.  I went with the entire body of work.

Having said all of that, here is a look at my new rankings.

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