11/27/2012 07:25 am ET

Rating The Players (and Contracts) In Major League Baseball, Part 1

n theory, no sport makes it easier to rank players' value than baseball does. The game's statistical revolution started 55 years before Moneyball, when Branch Rickey lured Montreal Royals stats keeper Allan Roth to the Dodgers, making Roth the first full-time statistician in major league history.

The ensuing six and a half decades allowed future Allan Roths to create and refine a series of advanced metrics, to such an extent that we could measure a player's worth by how many games he helped his team win. Other sports would eventually follow suit.

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