Originally written on Mr. Irrelevant  |  Last updated 6/12/12
Brian Roberts is set to play tonight for the first time in 13 months, so what better time to dust off some three-year-old, half-baked research? I put this together in the fall of 2009 to see where B-Rob ranked among the best 2B of the past decade, and I don’t know why I didn’t post it then. But here it is, the top 2B of the ’00s ranked by WAR (with OPS+ and plate appearances in parentheses): 1. Chase Utley — 41.3 WAR (130 OPS+, 3,813 PA) 2. Jeff Kent — 37.7 WAR (130 OPS+, 5,377 PA) 3. Placido Polanco — 35.2 WAR (100 OPS+, 5,656 PA) 4. Luis Castillo — 29.4 WAR (96 OPS+, 5,961 PA) 5. Brian Roberts — 28.2 WAR (105 OPS+, 5,096 PA) 6. Ray Durham — 26.9 WAR (107 OPS+, 5,139 PA) 7. Mark Grudzielanek — 19.1 WAR (93 OPS+, 4,632 PA) 8. Adam Kennedy — 19.0 WAR (89 OPS+, 4,946 PA) 9. Jose Vidro — 18.7 WAR (111 OPS+, 4,747 PA) 10. Bret Boone — 18.6 WAR (115 OPS+, 3,613 PA) 11. (tied) Ronnie Belliard — 18.4 WAR (96 OPS+, 4,920 PA) 11. (tied) Mark Loretta — 18.4 WAR (100 OPS+, 4,695 PA) Yeah,
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