05 April 2007

1886 American Association

Same eight teams as last year, with St. Louis winning again. Pittsburgh and Brooklyn were the only other teams over .500. Louisville, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore filled out the standings.

Pete Browning won another batting title with a .340 average, Dave Orr was close behind at .338, Tip O'Neill hit .328, Henry Larkin .318, and Arlie Latham rounded out the .300 hitters at .301. Latham scored 152 runs, Bid McPhee 139, Larkin 133, Bill McClellan 131. Larkin had 36 doubles, McClellan 33, Curt Welch and Sam Barkley 31. Orr had 31 triples. O'Neill had 107 RBI, Pop Corkhill 97, Welch 95, Orr 91. They started keeping stolen base records, and Harry Stovey had 68, Latham 60. Bob Caruthers had the best OPS+, 200.

Dave Foutz and Ed Morris won 41 games each, Toad Ramsay 38, Tony Mullane 33, and Bob Caruthers 30. The ERA leader was Foutz at 2.11, followed by Caruthers at 2.32, Ramsay and Morris at 2.45. Matt Kilroy set the all-time record with 513 strikeouts, though Ramsay was right behind at 499. Morris had 326 strikeouts.

AA Win Shares, pitchers; Dave Foutz (St. Louis) 62, Bob Caruthers (St. Louis) 57, Toad Ramsey (Louisville) 47, Ed Morris (Pittsburgh) 44, Guy Hecker (Louisville) 39, Tony Mullane (Cincinnati) 34, Matt Kilroy (Baltimore) and Pud Galvin (Pittsburgh) 32.

Position players; Henry Larkin (Philadelphia) 29, Tip O'Neill (St. Louis) 27, Harry Stovey (Philadelphia) 24, Frank Fennelly and Bid McPhee (Cincinnati), Dave Orr (New York) and Arlie Latham (St. Louis) all with 23, Fred Carroll (Pittsburgh) 22, Ed Swartwood (Brooklyn) and Curt Welch (St. Louis) 21.

WARP3: Pitchers, Caruthers 9.6 (about 3/5 pitching and 2/5 hitting), Foutz and Ramsey 7.9, Hecker 6.5, Morris 5.7, Kilroy 5.1 (as a rookie), Mullane 3.3 (returned after one-year absence), with Galvin at 1.5.

Players, John Kerins of Louisville leads with an anomalous 6.6, mostly based on defense: I think this is a data hiccup. In real life, Latham 6.2, O'Neill 6.0, Orr also 6.0 (best year), McPhee 5.4, Yank Robinson (St. Louis) 5.2, Carroll 4.8, Welch and Chris Fulmer of Baltimore 4.5, Fennelly 3.7, Larkin and Swartwood 3.6, Stovey 3.5.

WAR leaders, pitchers: Ramsay 13.7, Morris 13.2, Foutz 12.3, Caruthers 9.6, Mullane 7.3, Galvin and Kilroy 7.0. Position players: Orr 6.4, O'Neill 4.5, Latham 4.1, Larkin 4.0, Kerins 3.9, Carroll, McPhee, and Stovey 3.7, Fennelly 3.6.

The overall MVP of the league was Parisian Bob Caruthers, who was both the top of the league in OPS, and 30-14 on the mound. He was not, however, either the top pitcher or hitter in the AA, due largely to split playing time. Give him a "Heisman Trophy."

Top pitcher, I'll name Dave Foutz, although Ed Morris, the innings and strikeouts leader, was the best overall on the mound. Adding in other considerations, it's Foutz. He led in wins (tied with Morris) and ERA.

#1 Dave Foutz, #2 Toad Ramsey, #3 Ed Morris, #4 Bob Caruthers, #5 Matt Kilroy.

Top hitter is Dave Orr, in a season where he had 31 triples. Special mention for Henry Larkin, with a fine year at bat and in LF.

#1 Dave Orr, #2 Tip O'Neill, #3 Henry Larkin, #4 Arlie Latham, #5 Bid McPhee.

Top rookie: Matt Kilroy, the strikeout king. 513 Ks, given he pitched 588 innings.

Top manager is Charles Comiskey again, as the Browns repeat.

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