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This is a two part series looking back at the top 20 seasons since 1903 by retired hitters not currently in the Hall of Fame.  You will see a number of familiar names here and some that even the most knowledgeable baseball fan has never heard of.  To see, the top fantasy baseball seasons, please see our Historical Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  MVFH is an award we made up that stands for Most Valuable Fantasy Hitter.  You can see the full list of retroactive award winners here.

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For those not infected by the baseball stat virus, I imagine it is hard to determine what is a bigger waste of time – people spending countless hours obsessing over fantasy baseball versus those that pore through historical baseball statistics and debate things like Hall of Fame worthiness.  It must be like a nutritionist determining the relative unhealthiness of fried foods vs. processed snacks.

With that, I give you the fried Oreo that is the Historical Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.

Some quick basics:

  • It includes every hitter and pitcher season since 1903.
  • Based on 12-team MLB (C/1B/2B/SS/3B/5 OF/CI/MI/UTIL/9 P) with a $260 budget and 5×5 categories (R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG, W/SV/ERA/WHIP/K)
  • All players are given a total $ value as well as a $ value per category (we will likely change all player raters to this going forward vs. showing Point Shares)
  • Please check out the extensive FAQ document for any methodological questions (and post there with similar questions).

Below are the various reports you can pore through.  Our data table allows for some cool filtering/sorting that will be familiar to anyone who uses our tools such as Player RaterStream-o-nator, or Hitter-tron.  There are quick instructions at the top of the table and more in-depth instructions below the report grid.

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The below serves as a Frequently Asked Questions section for Razzball’s Historical Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  See here for a less comprehensive introduction.  If you have a question not answered below, please post it in the comments.

1.  General Info
2.  Methodology
3.  Use of The Data

General Info

What is the Historical Fantasy Baseball Player Rater?
A trivial exercise to determine the fantasy baseball dollar value for every player season since 1903.

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