07 July 2007

1910 American League

Philadelphia ran away with the 1910 pennant, winning 102 games and piling up a 14.5 game margin over previous three-time winner Detroit. Ty Cobb's teams would never win another pennant. Detroit was a solid third, followed by Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, and Washington, while at the low end of the spectrum St. Louis lost 107 games for last place.

Statistical leaders: Nap Lajoie edged Ty Cobb .384 to .383 for a highly contested batting title. Cobb led in on-base and slugging, with Lajoie second in both categories. Cobb led in runs, Lajoie in hits, doubles and total bases, Sam Crawford in triples and RBI, Eddie Collins with 81 steals. Lajoie edged Cobb in runs created and batting runs.

Jack Coombs had 31 wins and was second with a 1.30 ERA, while Ed Walsh led in that stat with a 1.27. Walter Johnson, the Senators' young flamethrower, led in strikeouts with 313. Johnson pitched 1/3 of an inning more than Walsh, with Coombs close behind. The three were well ahead of anyone else.

The Win Shares leaderboard:
Players; Nap Lajoie (Cleveland) 47, Ty Cobb (Detroit) 45, Eddie Collins (Philadelphia) 39, Tris Speaker (Boston) 34, Frank Baker and Rube Oldring (Philadelphia) 25, Donie Bush (Detroit) and Danny Murphy (Philadelphia) 24, Sam Crawford (Detroit), John Knight (New York) and Clyde Milan (Washington) 23.

Pitchers; Jack Coombs (Philadelphia) 37, Ed Walsh (Chicago) and Walter Johnson (Washington) 36, Russ Ford (New York) 35, Chief Bender (Philadelphia) 26, Cy Morgan (Philadelphia) 20, George Mullin (Detroit) and Jack Quinn (New York) 19.

WARP3 leaders: Cobb 11.1, Lajoie 11.0, Collins 10.1, Speaker 8.2, Baker 6.6, Murphy 6.0, Bush 5.6, Oldring 4.5 (best season), Jake Stahl (Boston) 4.3, Harry Wolter (New York) 4.2, Heinie Wagner (Boston) 4.1, Knight (career year) and Larry Gardner (Boston) 4.0.

Pitchers: Walsh 12.8, Johnson 11.7, Ford 10.6 (rookie, best year), Coombs 10.0 (career year), Bender 6.5 (best year), Quinn 5.5 (first full year), Joe Lake (St. Louis) 4.5, Ray Collins (Boston) 4.4, Hippo Vaughn (New York) 4.1, Doc White (Chicago) and Jack Powell (St. Louis) 3.9.

WAR leaders, players: Cobb 10.8, Collins 10.1, Lajoie 9.8, Speaker 7.9, Bush 5.7, Baker 5.0, Milan 4.7, Oldring 4.5, Murphy 4.4, Barry 4.3.

Pitchers: Coombs 9.2, Johnson 9.1, Ford 9.0, Walsh 8.7, Bender 5.2, Collins 4.6, Vaughn 3.8, Collins 3.6, Quinn 3.2.

Best Player: Eddie Collins from the pennant-winning A's. It was a tremendous season from the old pro Lajoie, and Cobb led in many categories, but Collins led in steals, and was 3rd in hits and RBI, 4th in OPS+, and was incredible afield and he played for the pennant winners. Lajoie #2 and Cobb #3, Tris Speaker #4 and Frank Baker #5.

Best Pitcher: Ed Walsh rated so well because he led the league in ERA despite an 18-20 record, owing to a 6th place team. He was certainly the best in the league, although any writers' vote would not have chosen him. The award would have gone to the second-best pitcher, Jack Coombs of the pennant-winning Athletics in his career-best amazing season, 31-9 with a 1.30 ERA. Walter Johnson was third, Russ Ford fourth, and Chief Bender 5th.

Best Rookie: Russ Ford, 26-5 in by far his best season. He and teammate one-year wonder John Knight helped propel the Highlanders to second place.

Best manager: Connie Mack, constructing his first great team.

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