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What are the ESPN Player Ratings?

Updated: May 5, 2009, 2:44 PM ET
By Jeff Bennett | ESPN

A few years ago I was challenged to devise a formula with the goal of ranking players. Obviously, there are countless systems already in place in the baseball community. I did not attempt to create a new statistic or metric. Instead, I took the approach of using traditional statistics (with some variations) and using the daily volatility of where each player ranked in the major leagues to create a rating system. Each player's performance is put into direct context with his peers.

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