TBH, his career WAR is better than that of Burnett, Wood, Lee Smith, Billy Wagner, Konerko, Hoffman, Benito Santiago etc
Well it's not a fair to compare WAR from position player to a Relief Pitcher. Elite relief pitchers get to what 4 or 5 a season tops?
And how many position players end up with a 4-5+ WAR every season? According to Fangraphs, of the top 60 players in WAR this past season, 38 position players had a WAR of over 4 while the other 22 were starting pitchers. So I get that there is an unfair comparison there to relief pitchers. I know the more games you play, the more chances you have to accrue WAR, but you also have more chances to decrease your WAR as well.
So I'll amend my previous post and leave it to this. If Konerko gets a 98, and Roberts was considered a half a win better a year over his career (with almost 3,000 fewer ABs), then what rating does Roberts deserve? I believe he is a "poor man's" Roberto Alomar.
And TBH, I think his card will be fire if they represent him properly (and possibly give him SS eligibility since he started 44 of 70 games his rookie season there!)
I think we all know that the only reason Konerko got a 98 is because of how late in the year he was released, and SDS just wanting to give people a semi-usable card.
If they release a 2005 Roberts card, then I don’t see the point in giving him a career Signature Series type card.
Correct, he and Olerud are guys who dont need one, their singled best season is head and shoulders above their other seasons that SS is pointless.
I do think Olerud should get one though. He had two 8.1 fWAR seasons with a few 4-5 fWAR seasons mixed in. He also had a career 130 wRC+ and total fWAR of 57.3
2 best seasons 93 and 98. 1.072 OPS and .998. Those two seasons are virtually identical. I dont see how a SS card could improve on his 93 card. Other than to inflate the cards to being better than they really were. Heck more of a case for Robert's to get his 50 steal 2007 speed with his 2005 hitting and fielding.
Way too many SS cards already, no reason for these guys who have single season Diamond already.
Olerud actually had a near hall of fame level career though, Roberts didn’t even come close.
Having a career total of 57.3 fWAR deserves a Signature Series card. Having two 8 fWAR seasons deserves an SS card.
More than likely we’ll get a gold Olerud, and a diamond SS card.