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2017 All-MLB Team

I recently read where a fan wondered why baseball doesn’t have All-Pro teams like football or All-NBA teams like basketball. The response was they have the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards. True. My problem with those awards can be summed up in a single word: bias. Those awards, like all awards, are voted on by people. There are rules governing the voting process but when people cast ballots they have bias and they can be swayed. Numbers cannot be swayed. Allowing numbers to dictate who had the best offensive season is, in my opinion, the best way to hand out awards.

Some are afraid of allowing numbers to take the lead. We have the ability to decide what is important, set the criteria, and create the math to spit out the results. Some don’t trust the numbers when they don’t tell them what they want to hear or what they think to be true. I believe wRC+ is one of those numbers that should and in some circles has taken the lead in offensive analysis.

Using wRC+, below is the 2017 All-MLB Offensive Team. This team is not league specific. There is a first team and a second team. To be eligible players had to be eligible for the batting title.

1st Team All-MLB
Pos Player wRC+ WAR PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO
C Gary Sanchez 129 4.0 525 79 131 20 0 33 90 2 40 120
1B Joey Votto 164 7.4 703 105 177 32 1 36 100 5 134 83
2B Jose Altuve 160 8.4 660 112 204 39 4 24 81 32 58 84
3B Justin Turner 150 5.7 541 72 146 31 0 21 71 7 59 56
SS Zack Cozart 143 5.0 504 80 130 24 7 24 63 3 62 76
OF Mike Trout 181 6.7 505 92 122 25 3 33 72 22 94 90
OF Aaron Judge 172 8.0 678 128 154 24 3 52 114 9 127 208
OF Giancarlo Stanton 157 7.6 687 123 166 32 0 59 131 2 85 161
DH Nelson Cruz 147 4.1 641 91 160 28 0 39 119 1 70 139
2nd Team All-MLB
Pos Player wRC+ WAR PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO
C Buster Posey 127 3.9 566 60 157 33 0 12 67 6 60 66
1B Freddie Freeman 151 4.3 509 83 133 34 1 28 71 8 65 95
2B Daniel Murphy 136 2.8 590 93 170 43 3 23 93 2 52 76
3B Kris Bryant 147 6.2 663 111 162 38 4 29 73 7 95 127
SS Corey Seager 125 5.4 610 83 156 32 0 22 76 4 67 131
OF Tommy Pham 148 6.3 530 95 136 22 1 23 73 25 71 117
OF Marcell Ozuna 142 5.6 674 91 190 30 2 36 122 1 64 144
OF Charlie Blackmon 142 5.9 723 137 212 35 14 37 104 14 65 135
DH Edwin Encarnacion 132 2.8 667 96 143 20 1 38 107 2 104 133
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