# How Much Value Are You Really Bringing to the Team?

With baseball season upon us, sports fans turn their attention to America’s pastime. One of the beautiful things about baseball is that it’s chock-full of statistics that cannot only be utilized in the moment to evaluate a player’s performance, but can also be applied, relatively speaking, as compared to players of a bygone era.

Statistical analysis has become such a popular part of the game that there’s even a name for it, sabermetrics. Coined by Bill James, the term refers to the empirical analysis of baseball.

One statistic that has always fascinated me is called W.A.R., which stands for Wins Above Replacement. This  stat attempts to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic via a formula that factors in a myriad of common performance metrics.

Related: 5 Steps to Better Performance Reviews

In other words, how do you translate a player’s performance to the number of games he directly will help his team win in a given season? The above replacement part refers to the difference in games won in a season, between the actual player versus the typical minor league player who would presumably replace the aforementioned player in the event of injury or trade.

For instance, a player with a W.A.R. of 4 would mean that he would help the team win four additional games this season compared to a replacement.

W.A.R., like all statistical analysis, is not meant to be the only evaluation used in decision making to determine value. Even the most hardcore sabermetrician would admit it’s not a perfect measurement device. However, the concept of W.A.R. in baseball – breaking down a player’s contributions or predicting victories with one simple number – can be a useful tool. This goes for the average fantasy baseball player up to the general manager of your favorite Major League team.

Related: 4 Ways to Turn Your Employees Into an All-Star Team

If a complex formula existed for your business that spit out a number with your W.A.R., measuring your contributions versus a replacement employee, what would your number be? Are your contributions 1.5x, 2x, or even 3x of what a replacement would offer? Determining your W.A.R. is a practical way to figure out what areas of your business you can improve the most to make the greatest impact.

We’re going to forgo complex mathematics, and simply look at your W.A.R. in terms of categories for self-evaluation: