Ross Barnes

Position
Second Baseman
Years
1871-1881
Hall Rating
83
Hall of Merit
Inductee
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Ross Barnes is next eligible for the Hall of Fame via the Early Baseball Era Committee in 2021.
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Peak
72%
Longevity
28%

In addition to being the National Association’s all-time leader in many traditional batting categories, Barnes also led the circuit in WAR with 18.9. His 159 batting runs above average led the way while the next best hitter (Cal McVey) was worth 101. Over his entire career, Barnes was worth 59 batting runs above average per 700 plate appearances. For comparison, Babe Ruth was worth 88 and Hank Aaron was worth 44. Defensively, Barnes’ 53 runs above average trail only Bob Ferguson’s 55 in league history.

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Career Statistics

Win-Value Statistics
WAR WAA adjWAR adjWAA
About the stats
27.6 19.8 51.2 20.4
Run-Value Statistics
Bat Run DP Fld Pos Pit
209 5 0 57 16 -7
Season-by-Season Statistics
Year Team WAA WAR
1871 BOS (BNA) 1.6 2.1
1872 BOS (BNA) 3.6 4.3
1873 BOS (BNA) 3.9 4.9
1874 BOS (BNA) 1.6 2.4
1875 BOS (BNA) 3.9 5.1
1876 CHC 4.6 5.7
1877 CHC -0.2 0.1
1879 CIN (CNR) 0.5 1.7
1881 BSN (ATL) 0.3 1.3
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