Pittsburgh ran away and hid from the rest of the league, with 103 wins to 75 for second-place Brooklyn. Far and away the best offensive and defensive team, the Pirates were nearly unbeatable. Boston was third, then Cincinnati, Chicago, St.Louis, and Philadelphia. New York finished last, but was in the process of being fortified by the addition of John McGraw, who would bring a number of AL defectees back with him from Baltimore.
Ginger Beaumont won the batting title at .357, and led in hits with 193. Sam Crawford and Willie Keeler hit .333, Jake Beckley and Honus Wagner .330. Wagner led in nearly everything else, including his 105 runs, 30 doubles, 91 RBI, and 42 steals. Crawford and Tommy Leach had 22 triples. Leach led with 6 homers, all inside-the-park.
Jack Chesbro led pitchers with 28 wins, closely followed by Togie Pittinger and Vic Willis at 27. Noodles Hahn and Jack Taylor had 23. Taylor led with a 1.29 ERA, Hahn posted a 1.77 mark, Jesse Tannehill 1.95, Carl Lundgren 1.97. Willis led with 225 strikeouts, Doc White 185, Pittinger 174.
And now, on to the Win Shares:
Players; Honus Wagner (Pittsburgh) 35, Ginger Beaumont (Pittsburgh) 31, Fred Clarke (Pittsburgh) 29, Tommy Leach (Pittsburgh) 27, Fred Tenney (Boston) Jimmy Sheckard (Brooklyn) and Roy Thomas (Philadelphia) 25 each, Willie Keeler (Brooklyn) 24, Bill Dahlen (Brooklyn), Jimmy Slagle (Chicago) and Sam Crawford (Cincinnati) 23.
Pitchers; Jack Taylor (Chicago) 32, Vic Willis (Boston) and Noodles Hahn (Cincinnati) 29, Doc White (Philadelphia) 27, Jack Chesbro (Pittsburgh) 25, Togie Pittinger (Boston) and Jesse Tannehill (Pittsburgh) 24, Deacon Phillippe (Pittsburgh) 23, Christy Mathewson (New York) 22.
WARP3 scores, players: Wagner 9.0, Beaumont and Leach 6.7, Crawford 6.1, Clarke 6.0, Tenney and Johnny Kling (Chicago) 5.9, Keeler 5.4.
WARP3 leaders, pitchers: Taylor 11.8, Hahn 7.4, White 6.2, Willis and Mike O'Neill (St. Louis) 5.4, Chesbro 4.8.
WAR for players: Wagner 7.3, Leach and Beaumont 5.5, Clarke 5.2, Tenney 4.7, Slagle 4.4, Crawford 4.3, Thomas 3.9.
WAR for pitchers: Taylor 7.8, Hahn 7.7, Willis 7.4, Pittinger 6.7, Chesbro 5.9, White 4.2, Phillippe 4.1.
Top four Win Shares and WAR players all from Pittsburgh! No wonder they ran away with the pennant, by 27.5 games. I wonder when they clinched....
Top player was Honus Wagner, again. Get used to reading that....Leader in slugging, runs, doubles, RBI, steals, and OPS. Beaumont 2nd, Tenney 3rd, Leach 4th, Crawford 5th.
For top pitcher I'll choose Jack Taylor, who dominated in ERA+ and also led in WHIP. Chesbro and Willis had more wins, but no one was more effective. 2nd would be Noodles Hahn, also 2nd in ERA. Vic Willis 3rd, Togie Pittinger 4th, Chesbro 5th.
Manager to Fred Clarke. Hardly anyone else was over .500, it has to be.
Top rookie to Joe Tinker, I guess. Tinker batted just .261, but I can't see anyone else. Johnny Evers also debuted this year.