Found January 02, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
Despite what we’ve seen over the last two decades, the Pirates during their long history have had some mighty good infields and outfields.  No, really.  Inspired by a brief exchange on a message board recently, I thought it’d be interested to try to determine which ones were the best. As a measure, I decided to use Wins Above Replacement (WAR), specifically the version found at Fangraphs.  Not that WAR is the be-all and end-all for evaluating baseball players, but it provides a pretty good, one-stop estimate of the overall contribution a player has made to his team during a season, including both hitting and defense.  (Fangraphs also includes baserunning, but only for recent seasons.)  I looked only at seasons beginning in 1901, because the statistical problems in 19th century baseball get pretty daunting. In calculating the WAR total for a given season’s infield or outfield, I included all the players who were regulars or platoon players, or who (as best I could determine) played s...
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