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A new metric for assessing the Tigers: FARP

We know (and abuse) the concept of "Wins Against Replacement Player," or how much effect on his team's success any given player would have when compared to an average replacement player at his position.

The recent Ingeapalooza has gotten me thinking about the concept of why some players are loved while others are ignored or reviled, seemingly with no regard to their actual value to the team.

So, in a Bill Jamesian burst of insight, I present to you the concept of "Fans Over Replacement Player," or FARP. My rankings for our 2012 Tigers with some discussion of the factors informing their ratings follow.

FARP

Pro

Con

Al Alburquerque

1.8

Slider, name

Fears that he's Zumaya 2.0

Alex Avila

3.2

Durability, beard

Nepotism, regression

Andy Dirks

0.2

Grittiness

Neck, skills

Austin Jackson

2.8

Glove, smile

#strikesout

Brandon Inge

DIV/0

Defense, sick kids, grittiness, tenure, attractiveness to pink shersey wearers with tramp stamps

See: Baseball-Reference.com.

Brennan Boesch

3.1

Bashes, cuteness

Fragile

Clete Thomas

-0.2

Cult following

Skills, not blinking

Collin Balester

-0.3

Moustache, not being Ryan Perry

Basically being Ryan Perry

Daniel Schlereth

-1.5

Actually being relatively not terrible

Alaskan Gas Can, parentage

Danny Worth

1.8

Versatile, plays Words with Fans

Definition of utility player

Delmon Young

0.9

Occasional monster home runs

First pitch swinging. Tongue. Defense. Not being Casper Wells

Don Kelly

1.5

0.00 ERA

Jack of all positions, master of none

Doug Fister

3.6

Skills, fun with name

Fears of Doyle Alexander v2.0

Gerald Laird

-0.6

Legitimate backup catcher

We still remember him as a starter

Jhonny Peralta

0

Least-appreciated All-Star on the team

Chinstrap, ESL

Joaquin Benoit

0.3

As dominant as Valverde last year

Boils, not being Valverde

Jose Valverde

3.9

Perfection, dancing

Just wait until he blows a save

Justin Verlander

10

Duh.

Needs to tweet more

Luis Marte

N/A

Max Scherzer

3.7

Those blue-eye innings. Strangely compelling on Twitter.

Those brown-eye innings

Miguel Cabrera

9.5

Duh, plus the way he handled Prince coming in.

Demon rum.

Octavio Dotel

N/A

Phil Coke

8.5

Reflected glory from his brain, being the best quote on the team not named Leyland

Lingering hangover from the "let's have Coke start" experiment

Prince Fielder

5.5

Daddy. The bat. Cute kids. Trolling Lynn Henning.

Displacing Miggy from 1B. Pre-emptive buyer's remorse.

Ramon Santiago

1.3

Great name.

Everyday-ness.

Rick Porcello

4.8

Easy on the ladies' eyes.

Not a kid any more.

Ryan Raburn

-2.2

Second half

First half. Defense.

Note: I can't believe that I'm the first person ever to think of this concept, but I didn't want to Google it to see if somebody else did it better because I didn't want to get discouraged. Any plagiarism is unintentional.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the <em>Bless You Boys</em> writing staff.

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