Newbie Bruce Hurst is from Utah. He won 145 MLB games and was worth 34.8 WAR during his career. He is the only Utah-born player to make the All-Star Game. Duke Sims was born in Utah too. He accumulated 12.8 WAR, second to Hurst among Utah-born players. Hurst beats him by 22 wins, by 2.7 times Sims’ total. This gets a man to thinking. Could Utah be the state with the guy who stands the tallest above his state-mates?
Well, I’ll tell you it ain’t Alabama. Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, you know.
Of course, it’s the little states, well, little population-wise. Barry Zito, a Nevadan, has a 33.0 to 9.6 advantage on Bryce Harper (3.4 times Bam-Bam’s total), though that degree of advantage might not last beyond the season’s first week. The famously Kansan Walter Johnson racked up 165.6 WAR, further knocking Hurst from the top spot by being 3 times as valuable as Johnny Damon (56.0 WAR). But your winner is Alaskan Curt Schilling. He earned 79.9 WAR, a jaw-dropping twelve times the runner up Shawn Chacon and his 6.5 WAR. Yukon gold, I guess.
F= Hall of Fame member
M = Hall of Merit member
S = Hall of Stats member
NEW FOR 2006
Will Clark (M,S)
Orel Hershiser (S)