WAR Graphs Affirm Reality: Santo Should Be Busted
Yesterday, Fangraphs released their new WAR Grids technology to the salivating masses. It helps us visually perceive the value of players over time. Only a scant 8 places down from the top third basemen, we find our old friend, now playing catch with Walter Payton and Saint Paul, Mr. Ron Santo.
This is the top 25 3rd basemen of all time. Number 8 had diabetes and -- as a result -- retired after age 33. Mike Schmidt played to 39. Wade Boggs played to 41. Brooks Robinson played to 40. Santo played with blood sugar problems.
His bronze bust should have been among the greats long ago. Shame on every writer who never voted for him. Shame on them.