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Mitchell Report players sorted by career WAR

In a game thread earlier this month, someone happened to mention former Oakland Athletic Adam Piatt. In the fascinating conversation that ensued, we saw not only two limericks but also the speculation that Piatt perhaps had the least successful career of any player mentioned in the Mitchell Report, or at least the fewest games played.

When I counter-speculated that there were probably several who played fewer games, Stormtown said she'd like to see a list by WAR. I didn't have time to compile it at the time. Now I do:

MLB Players Mentioned in the Mitchell Report, sorted by career WAR

PLAYER                YEARS     GAMES    WAR
Bonds, Barry        1986-2007   2,986   169.7   
Clemens, Roger      1984-2007     709   145.5   P
Brown, Kevin        1986-2005     486    77.2   P
Pettitte, Andy      1995-2010     489    66.9   P
Sheffield, Gary     1988-2009   2,576    65.8   
Giambi, Jason       1995-2011   2,039    54.3   
Williams, Matt      1987-2003   1,866    47.4   
Canseco, Jose       1985-2001   1,887    45.9   
Tejada, Miguel      1997-2011   2,027    44.0   
Knoblauch, Chuck    1991-2002   1,632    42.6   
Justice, David      1989-2002   1,610    42.4   
Dykstra, Lenny      1985-1996   1,278    41.4   
Joyner, Wally       1986-2001   2,033    40.4   
Gonzalez, Juan      1989-2005   1,689    38.8   
Glaus, Troy         1998-2010   1,537    36.0   
Vaughn, Mo          1991-2003   1,512    33.7   
Santiago, Benito    1986-2005   1,978    31.6   
Roberts, Brian      2001-2011   1,194    28.7   
Neagle, Denny       1991-2003     392    27.3   P
White, Rondell      1993-2007   1,474    26.1   
Velarde, Randy      1987-2002   1,273    24.2   
Lo Duca, Paul       1998-2008   1,082    21.9   
Valdez, Ismael      1994-2005     325    19.5   P
Byrd, Paul          1995-2009     345    18.2   P
Bell, David         1995-2006   1,403    16.1   
Hundley, Todd       1990-2003   1,225    15.7   
Morris, Hal         1988-2000   1,246    15.6   
Viña, Fernando      1993-2004   1,148    14.9   
Segui, David        1990-2004   1,456    13.8   
Stanton, Mike       1989-2007   1,178    13.7   P
Matthews Jr, Gary   1999-2010   1,281    13.4   
Zaun, Gregg         1995-2010   1,232    13.2   
Hairston Jr, Jerry  1998-2011   1,148    12.8   
Gagne, Eric         1999-2008     402    12.4   P
Hill, Glenallen     1989-2001   1,162    12.0   
Lansing, Mike       1993-2001   1,110    11.6   
Holmes, Darren      1990-2003     557    10.2   P
Young, Kevin        1992-2003   1,205     9.8   
Benard, Marvin      1995-2003     891     9.7   
Woodard, Steve      1997-2003     162     9.3   P
Santangelo, FP      1995-2001     665     8.6   
Mercker, Kent       1989-2008     692     8.3   P
Cust, Jack          2001-2011     603     8.2   
Pratt, Todd         1992-2006     662     8.0   
Grimsley, Jason     1989-2006     552     7.5   P
Ankiel, Rick        1999-2011     418     7.2   P*
Guillen, Jose       1997-2010   1,650     7.2   
Bones, Ricky        1991-2001     375     7.1   P
Schoeneweis, Scott  1999-2010     577     6.8   P
Gibbons, Jay        2001-2010     816     6.1   
Donnelly, Brendan   2002-2010     387     5.5   P
Villone, Ron        1995-2009     717     5.0   P
Parque, Jim         1998-2003     103     4.9   P
Rios, Armando       1998-2003     419     4.9   
Carreon, Mark       1987-1996     738     4.8   
Franklin, Ryan      1999-2011     511     4.6   P
Rocker, John        1998-2003     280     4.1   P
Herges, Matt        1999-2009     567     3.6   P
Christiansen, Jason 1995-2005     528     3.5   P
Logan, Nook         2004-2007     321     3.0   
Giambi, Jeremy      1998-2003     510     2.8   
Estalella, Bobby    1996-2004     310     2.6   
Franco, Matt        1995-2003     661     2.0   
Crawford, Paxton    2000-2001      15     1.4   P
Donnels, Chris      1991-2002     450     1.4   
Bigbie, Larry       2001-2006     392     1.1   
Manzanillo, Josias  1991-2004     267     0.9   P
Piatt, Adam         2000-2003     212     0.6   
Cabrera, Alex       2000-2000      31     0.5   
Williams, Todd      1995-2007     227     0.4   P
Clark, Howie        2002-2008     134     0.4   
Naulty, Dan         1996-1999     130     0.3   P
Bell, Mike          2000-2000      19     0.3   
Miadich, Bart       2001-2003      12     0.0   P
McKay, Cody         2002-2004      37    -0.1   
Riggs, Adam         1997-2004      61    -0.1   
Judd, Mike          1997-2001      28    -0.3   P
Hiatt, Phil         1993-2001     170    -0.9   
Williams, Jeff      1999-2002      37    -0.9   P
Bennett, Gary       1995-2008     587    -1.0   
Randolph, Stephen   2003-2007     109    -1.2   P
Stone, Ricky        2001-2007     220    -1.3   P
Allen, Chad         1999-2005     267    -1.8   
Laker, Tim          1992-2006     282    -2.1   
Alexander, Manny    1992-2007     594    -2.4   

WAR and all other figures come from Fangraphs. They are only as accurate as my transcription, for which I make no promises.

The years are the first and last in which a player appeared in at least one major-league game. The next number is the number of major-league games the player appeared in.

Both career WAR and number of games are calculated through the end of the 2010 season only, so for the seven players still active in the big leagues in 2011 -- and any others who may find their way back, I suppose -- it is not the final answer. (Of those seven, only two have a positive WAR for 2011 so far....)

I noted which players are pitchers, since it is immediately relevant to any comparison of number of games player. Whether a player is a starter or reliever would also be relevant, but I didn't note that, partly since many of them did some of each.

I'm pretty sure that Rick Ankiel's WAR figure includes both his pitching and his hitting. [Edit: This was wrong in the original post; it is fixed now.] The number of games I think is only games in which he hit, in which case it is short by however many games he pitched in but didn't hit.

Although it doesn't show in the sort displayed, 14 players on the list played in fewer games than Adam Piatt did, six of whom are hitters. Seventeen players had a lower career WAR than Piatt, including 11 who had negative career WAR.

For the least significant player mentioned in the Mitchell Report, I nominate Bart Miadich, a reliever who pitched 10 innings in 11 appearances with the Angels in 2001 and two more innings in a single appearance in 2003, accumulating a career WAR of zero.

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