December 4, 2020

Stark: Presenting the MLB Best of the Decade Awards (The Athletic)

Wait. The 2010s are over already? How’d that happen? We haven’t even figured out what to call them yet. The Teens? The Tens? The ’10s? Aw, whatever. All that matters is they happened. So let’s hand out our Best of the ’10s awards. The envelopes, please!

The five best players of the 2010s

1. Mike Trout — You were expecting maybe Rusney Castillo? Trout just crushed this field in pretty much every category that didn’t involve counting — and even a few categories that did. But the biggest headline was this: According to Baseball Reference, his 72.5 Wins Above Replacement in the ’10s meant he was worth 18.3 more wins than any other position player in the sport, despite the fact he essentially gave everyone else a two-year head start! And there has never — we said never — been any player who blew out the field in WAR by that crazy a margin in any — we said any — decade. The old record was 16.3, and that was set by Honus…

Read “Stark: Presenting the MLB Best of the Decade Awards” at The Athletic