Posted by MikeT23 on 7/11/2013 8:15:00 AM (view original):
Well, I certainly don't think WAR says it all. But, for a statnerd, it speaks volumes. Which is why I said I doubt statnerds hate Ryan. Old school "He didn't win games" guys might.
Except, when it comes to WAR, he wasnt all that great.
For all his durability, he compiled less WAR than guys like Mike Mussina and Pedro (9 fewer seasons), Fergie Jenkins and Robin Roberts (8 fewer), Gibson, Perry, Carlton, Blyleven (5 fewer seasons!), Spahn, Mathewson, Randy, Lefty, Maddux, Seaver, Cy Young and Walter Johnson.
Outside of Cy, whose numbers I'm too lazy to check, all of them put up many fewer innings and seasons.
If you go WAR by season, he's gonna fall way far down the list.
Less about quality, more about longevity, than you seem to be saying.