Originally written on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 6/26/12
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Something special was needed to celebrate Derek Jeter's 38th birthday. So the idea was created to list his top 38 regular season games by WPA. Since WPA stands for Win Probability Added and Jeter is all about the team winning, it seemed the perfect vehicle. Writing that post led to wondering who had the most high WPA games in a career. And that led to this post here. There are a lot of great statistics, but WPA is sort of neat because it tries to quantify how much a batter adds to (or subracts from) his team's chances of winning the game. High WPA games are easier to record by pitchers because their job is to prevent runs. If they do so, then they will record a high WPA. Nolan Ryan leads all pitchers since the stat began being recorded with 108. The statistic cannot be used for the old timers. Play by play data was spotty until 1946 and even from 1946 to 1973, the data is incomplete with some 20 percent of the games missing. Even so, Baseball-reference.com records the stat fr...
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