Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/12/13
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Ben Zobrist, best player in baseball. Doesn't sound right, does it? But according to baseball-reference.com, Zobrist is the major-league leader in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) since 2009 -- and in the Fangraphs.com's version of WAR, he is second only to Miguel Cabrera during that time. I know what you're thinking -- c'mon, no way. Zobrist, who turns 32 on May 26, is not a dominant player according to traditional metrics -- he has never batted .300 in a season, never hit 30 homers, never driven in 100 runs. Well, think again. And watch Zobrist carefully on Saturday as the Rays visit the Red Sox (MLB on Fox, 12:30 p.m. ET). He will do something to try to help the Rays win, maybe something that not even WAR can measure. "It goes well beyond WAR," Rays manager Joe Maddon says. "It's the entire person and player that makes him as good as he is." WAR, though, provides a starting point. The metric, according to Fangraphs, is an "attempt by the sabermetric community to summarize a pla...
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