WarGraphs: Ryan Howard vs. Cecil Fielder

January 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm 2 comments

Cecil FielderRyan Howard

I was having fun with WarGraphs yesterday and decided to compare Ryan Howard and see if I could find a career path similar to his.  Well, it took me one try to find a similar one and Phillies fans aren’t going to like this.  Take a look:

Cecil Fielder at age 24, 26, 27, 28, and 30 has almost identical fWAR numbers.  Both players are similar; slugging firstbasemen that do not field their positions well.  Howard has a better BABIP by almost 50 points and we could see that drop if he loses power as he ages.

Guys like Howard tend to age poorly, like Fielder, although Howard is in better shape than Fielder ever was so there may not be as much regression with age.

Phillies fans better hope that this is just a weird coincidence and not a sign of things to come for Howard because that production coupled with a salary that is already high is a disastrous combination.

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