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MLB: Whitey Ford Had a Poor 1961 Season and Mariano Rivera Is Overrated

Ford, it has been revealed, had no more than an average season in 1961.

He was 25-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 1961. He started 39 games, completed 11 of them, worked 283 innings and had 209 strikeouts.

I have always thought that Ford was the best pitcher in the league in 1961. He won the Cy Young Award when only one was awarded. He finished fifth in the MVP voting.

Boy, was I wrong.

A pitcher’s performance and value to his team should be measured by wins above replacement (WAR).

Baseball Reference explains that WAR is a single number that represents the number of wins the player added to his team above what a replacement player would add.

In 1961, Whitey Ford’s WAR was 3.6, which wasn’t ...

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