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1986 Season

The 1986 Season as seen through the Prism of Player Won-Lost Records

This article takes a look at the 1986 season as measured by Player won-lost records.

The Best of 1986

I calculate Player won-lost records two ways: pWins, which tie to team wins and eWins, which control for context and the ability of one's teammates. For players with more pWins than eWins, their Player wins contributed to more team wins than one might expect; for players with more eWins than pWins, just the opposite is true: their Player wins translated into fewer team wins than expected. Or more briefly: a player with more pWins than eWins was better in context, a player with more eWins than pWins was worse in context.

The top 10 players in pWins above Positional Average and Replacement Level were as follows.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Roger Clemens17.29.87.5
9.2
1Roger Clemens17.29.87.5
9.2
2Mike Scott18.912.77.2
9.0
2Mike Scott18.912.77.2
9.0
3Wade Boggs21.915.16.5
8.2
3Wade Boggs21.915.16.5
8.2
4Teddy Higuera17.711.56.4
8.2
4Teddy Higuera17.711.56.4
8.2
5Bob Ojeda14.79.95.5
7.0
5Jesse Barfield24.918.85.4
7.4
6Darryl Strawberry20.614.15.5
7.2
6Darryl Strawberry20.614.15.5
7.2
7Jesse Barfield24.918.85.4
7.4
7Bob Ojeda14.79.95.5
7.0
8Eric Davis19.213.45.1
6.6
8Jim Rice24.919.34.8
6.9
9Gary Carter17.913.34.9
6.4
9Eric Davis19.213.45.1
6.6
10Dwight Evans21.215.74.8
6.5
10Dwight Evans21.215.74.8
6.5


The top 10 players in eWins above Positional Average and Replacement Level were as follows.

eWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
eWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Mike Scott18.812.87.5
9.3
1Mike Scott18.812.87.5
9.3
2Roger Clemens16.410.75.7
7.4
2Roger Clemens16.410.75.7
7.4
3Eric Davis19.313.45.1
6.7
3Jesse Barfield24.818.95.1
7.1
4Jesse Barfield24.818.95.1
7.1
4Mike Schmidt21.215.35.0
6.7
5Mike Schmidt21.215.35.0
6.7
5Eric Davis19.313.45.1
6.7
6Fernando Valenzuela18.215.14.6
6.4
6Fernando Valenzuela18.215.14.6
6.4
7Mike Witt16.011.64.5
6.3
7Mike Witt16.011.64.5
6.3
8Alan Trammell20.017.24.2
5.9
8Cal Ripken22.219.84.0
6.0
9Cal Ripken22.219.84.0
6.0
9Alan Trammell20.017.24.2
5.9
10Wade Boggs20.716.34.0
5.7
10Teddy Higuera16.512.73.9
5.7


I take a look at some of the most interesting players of 1986 at the end of this article.

1986 Postseason

The 1986 postseason was one of the best postseasons in major-league history. Two of the three series went the full seven games and the third series went six games, including four one-run games with the final two games (both Mets victories) being 12 and 16 innings long. The most famous play of the 1986 postseason was recreated by Kenyan children in one of my favorite videos.

The best players of the 1986 postseason, as measured by Player won-lost records, are shown in the next table.

It is rare, but not completely unprecedented, for a player from the team which loses the World Series to nevertheless show up as having the best postseason according to Player won-lost records. But Mike Scott's team did not even make the World Series. In fact, Scott's team played the fewest postseason games of any of the four postseason teams. But two complete games with 1 run, 8 hits, and 1 walk allowed in 18 innings with 19 strikeouts, while getting only 4 runs in support from your offense, has a lot of value.

1986 Postseason: Total
Player Team pWins pLosses pWORL
Mike ScottHOU1.90.71.4
Bruce HurstBOS2.51.51.4
Bob OjedaNYN1.80.81.2
Lenny DykstraNYN2.31.21.1
Dave HendersonBOS1.71.00.9
Darryl StrawberryNYN1.91.20.8
Dwight EvansBOS2.21.50.8
Jesse OroscoNYN0.90.20.7
Marty G. BarrettBOS1.81.40.7
Wade BoggsBOS2.01.50.6


Top postseason players by round were as follows.

1986 World Series
Player Team pWins pLosses Net Wins
Bruce HurstBOS1.70.90.8
Bob OjedaNYN0.90.40.5
Dwight EvansBOS1.20.80.4
Mookie WilsonNYN0.90.60.4
Jesse OroscoNYN0.40.00.4

1986 Postseason: League Championship Series
Player Team pWins pLosses Net Wins
Mike ScottHOU1.90.71.2
Lenny DykstraNYN1.40.50.9
Darryl StrawberryNYN1.30.50.8
Dave HendersonBOS0.70.10.6
Bob OjedaNYN0.90.40.5


Best of 1986 by Factor and Position

Next, let's look at the top players in various aspects of the game.
Best by Factor: Batting, Baserunning, Pitching, Fielding
There are four basic factors for which players earn Player won-lost records: Batting, Baserunning, Pitching, and Fielding. The top players in 1986 in wins over positional average (WOPA) by factor were as follows.

Batting
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss eWOPA Player pWins pLoss pWOPA
1Mike Schmidt15.910.9
4.6
1Wade Boggs16.010.15.9
2Jesse Barfield15.711.3
4.4
2Darryl Strawberry14.29.04.8
3Don Mattingly16.212.1
4.1
3Mike Schmidt16.010.94.7
4Eric Davis12.18.0
3.8
4Jesse Barfield15.811.24.6
5Wade Boggs14.911.1
3.8
5Kirk Gibson12.68.24.4
6Darryl Strawberry13.79.6
3.7
6Glenn Davis16.411.84.2
7Kevin McReynolds15.511.7
3.4
7Keith Hernandez14.510.04.1
8Kirk Gibson12.08.7
3.3
8Eric Davis12.28.03.9
9Glenn Davis15.912.3
3.1
9Jim Rice15.912.03.9
10Ken Phelps9.56.5
3.0
10Dwight Evans13.910.03.9
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
Baserunning
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss eWOPA Player pWins pLoss pWOPA
1Vince Coleman3.81.9
1.9
1Vince Coleman3.72.01.5
2Tim Raines Sr.3.11.5
1.6
2Rickey Henderson3.01.51.4
3Eric Davis2.61.3
1.3
3Eric Davis2.71.21.4
4Rickey Henderson2.81.6
1.2
4Tim Raines Sr.2.91.71.2
5Gary Pettis2.11.4
0.8
5Billy Hatcher2.11.20.9
6Oddibe McDowell2.11.4
0.6
6Lenny Dykstra1.70.90.8
7Jeffrey Leonard1.20.6
0.6
7Gary Pettis2.21.30.8
8Paul Molitor1.10.5
0.6
8Willie Upshaw1.60.80.8
9Billy Hatcher2.01.3
0.6
9Joe Carter1.60.80.8
10Gary Redus1.40.8
0.6
10Wally Joyner1.81.10.7
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
Pitching
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss Net eWins Player pWins pLoss Net pWins
1Mike Scott17.011.2
5.8
1Roger Clemens16.99.27.7
2Roger Clemens15.310.8
4.5
2Mike Scott17.410.86.6
3Mark Eichhorn8.75.4
3.3
3Teddy Higuera17.411.36.1
4Mike Witt15.111.8
3.3
4Bob Ojeda13.98.55.5
5Dave Righetti9.56.6
2.9
5Ron Darling14.39.74.7
6Teddy Higuera15.713.0
2.7
6Dwight Gooden14.810.34.4
7Bob Welch13.110.5
2.6
7Fernando Valenzuela16.312.24.1
8Fernando Valenzuela15.513.0
2.6
8Dave Righetti10.16.04.0
9Bob Ojeda12.49.9
2.5
9Jack Morris16.512.73.8
10Tom Henke7.14.8
2.3
10Dan Plesac7.94.13.8


Fielding by Position


Fielding, P
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Fernando Valenzuela0.90.4
0.5
1Fernando Valenzuela0.90.50.5
2Bryn Smith0.50.3
0.3
2Roger McDowell0.50.20.3
3Rick Reuschel0.50.3
0.2
3Dwight Gooden0.60.30.3
4Tom Candiotti0.40.2
0.2
4Rick Reuschel0.50.30.3
5Mike Mason0.30.1
0.2
5Mike Mason0.30.00.3


Fielding, C
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Jody Davis2.92.2
0.7
1Jody Davis2.92.20.7
2Terry Kennedy2.21.7
0.5
2Bob Boone1.71.10.6
3Rich Gedman1.71.3
0.4
3Rich Gedman1.71.30.5
4Mark Salas1.00.7
0.3
4Mike LaValliere1.61.20.4
5Bo Diaz2.01.7
0.3
5Ozzie Virgil Jr.2.42.00.4


Fielding, 1B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Sid Bream3.22.6
0.6
1Keith Hernandez3.22.01.2
2Greg Brock1.81.3
0.5
2Wally Joyner3.02.20.8
3Darrell Evans1.61.2
0.4
3Darrell Evans1.71.10.6
4Keith Hernandez2.82.4
0.4
4Don Mattingly2.72.20.5
5Don Mattingly2.62.3
0.4
5Will Clark2.01.60.4


Fielding, 2B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Tom Herr5.75.0
0.7
1Tom Herr5.84.90.9
2Glenn Hubbard6.66.0
0.7
2Steve Lombardozzi, Sr.5.34.50.9
3Frank White5.85.2
0.6
3Robby Thompson5.74.90.8
4Ryne Sandberg5.85.3
0.5
4Lou Whitaker5.24.40.8
5Tim Hulett2.31.9
0.5
5Marty G. Barrett5.64.80.8


Fielding, 3B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Terry Pendleton6.24.4
1.8
1Terry Pendleton6.24.41.8
2Steve Buechele3.93.3
0.6
2Wade Boggs4.53.31.2
3Mike Schmidt3.73.2
0.6
3Steve Buechele4.13.01.1
4Tim Wallach4.44.0
0.4
4Mike Schmidt3.93.00.9
5Doug DeCinces3.63.2
0.4
5Tim Wallach4.53.90.6


Fielding, SS
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Ozzie Guillen6.75.4
1.3
1Rafael Santana6.04.31.7
2Jose Uribe6.45.5
1.0
2Ozzie Smith6.65.41.2
3Rafael Santana5.64.7
0.9
3Tony Fernandez6.65.41.1
4Tony Fernandez6.45.6
0.9
4Ozzie Guillen6.55.51.0
5Scott Fletcher5.14.3
0.8
5Garry Templeton5.64.80.7


Fielding, LF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Gary Redus3.83.2
0.6
1Jim Rice8.16.31.8
2Candy Maldonado1.91.5
0.5
2Mookie Wilson2.11.20.9
3Joel Youngblood0.90.5
0.4
3Brian Downing5.44.60.8
4Brian Downing5.24.8
0.4
4George Bell6.65.80.8
5Nick Esasky1.71.3
0.4
5Gary Redus3.83.20.6


Fielding, CF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Gary Pettis7.15.8
1.3
1Gary Pettis7.55.52.0
2Brett Butler5.84.6
1.2
2Lenny Dykstra5.03.51.4
3Barry Bonds4.83.9
0.9
3Oddibe McDowell6.35.11.2
4John Shelby2.11.4
0.8
4Brett Butler5.84.61.2
5Eddie Milner4.33.7
0.6
5Dwayne Murphy4.03.10.9


Fielding, RF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Jesse Barfield7.36.3
1.0
1Glenn Wilson7.85.91.9
2Tony Gwynn Sr.6.96.0
0.9
2Dwight Evans6.34.51.8
3Glenn Wilson7.36.4
0.8
3Tony Gwynn Sr.7.25.71.5
4Dave Henderson2.01.3
0.6
4Jesse Barfield7.56.01.5
5Joe Carter3.52.9
0.6
5Darryl Strawberry5.14.11.0


Best by Position
Next, we look at 1986 Major-League leaders by position. The figures shown here only include Player decisions earned while playing this particular position.

Catcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Lance Parrish10.08.0
2.5
1Gary Carter16.712.34.8
2Gary Carter15.213.8
1.9
2Lance Parrish10.27.82.9
3Bob Brenly8.77.3
1.6
3Terry Kennedy11.99.92.4
4Ozzie Virgil Jr.11.310.1
1.5
4Ozzie Virgil Jr.11.49.91.9
5Tony Pena Sr.14.814.0
1.3
5Alan Ashby8.17.21.1


First Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Glenn Davis20.316.2
2.7
1Keith Hernandez18.613.24.2
2Keith Hernandez17.514.3
1.9
2Wally Joyner19.514.73.9
3Pete M. O'Brien16.113.6
1.8
3Glenn Davis20.915.63.9
4Don Mattingly18.716.2
1.6
4Don Mattingly19.715.33.5
5Kent Hrbek15.613.4
1.5
5Pete M. O'Brien16.713.12.9


Second Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Lou Whitaker18.216.7
2.4
1Lou Whitaker19.115.84.2
2Frank White20.018.9
2.2
2Marty G. Barrett20.518.03.5
3Steve Sax21.220.0
1.8
3Wally Backman12.910.92.3
4Willie Randolph16.115.3
1.5
4Juan Samuel20.518.82.2
5Tony Bernazard17.917.3
1.5
5Tony Bernazard18.117.02.0


Third Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Wade Boggs20.516.5
3.6
1Wade Boggs21.915.16.5
2Mike Schmidt16.312.2
3.5
2Mike Schmidt16.312.13.5
3George Brett15.212.2
2.8
3Buddy Bell20.416.33.3
4Buddy Bell19.816.9
2.0
4Paul Molitor12.910.22.4
5Ron Cey8.56.3
1.8
5Ray Knight15.112.02.4


Shortstop
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Alan Trammell19.717.3
3.9
1Dick Schofield Jr.16.513.64.0
2Cal Ripken21.920.1
3.5
2Cal Ripken22.020.03.7
3Hubie Brooks12.69.8
3.4
3Alan Trammell19.417.63.2
4Tony Fernandez20.219.4
2.5
4Hubie Brooks12.410.03.0
5Scott Fletcher15.614.9
2.0
5Ozzie Smith18.616.72.9


Left Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Brian Downing19.516.2
2.7
1Jim Rice24.820.64.8
2Eric Davis8.45.9
2.1
2Brian Downing19.916.23.4
3Tim Raines Sr.21.418.1
2.0
3George Bell22.119.22.5
4Jim Rice23.420.6
1.9
4Eric Davis8.55.92.4
5Phil Bradley17.515.0
1.9
5Jose Cruz Sr.16.915.02.2


Center Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Kevin McReynolds14.511.2
2.7
1Gary Pettis20.516.73.5
2Rickey Henderson19.416.8
2.3
2Lenny Dykstra15.511.53.4
3Barry Bonds16.613.7
2.2
3Fred Lynn15.312.22.9
4Eric Davis9.47.0
2.1
4Kevin McReynolds14.511.22.8
5Kirby Puckett21.519.1
2.0
5Dale Murphy21.117.82.5


Right Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Jesse Barfield22.518.1
3.6
1Darryl Strawberry20.513.56.0
2Darryl Strawberry19.114.8
3.2
2Jesse Barfield23.217.35.1
3Dwight Evans19.816.8
2.2
3Dwight Evans21.115.54.9
4Tony Gwynn Sr.22.719.4
1.9
4Kirk Gibson17.413.03.9
5Kevin Bass16.313.8
1.4
5Dave Winfield20.116.92.4


Starting Pitcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Mike Scott17.411.5
6.0
1Roger Clemens17.29.87.5
2Roger Clemens15.611.4
4.3
2Mike Scott17.811.16.7
3Mike Witt15.512.2
3.4
3Teddy Higuera17.711.56.4
4Fernando Valenzuela16.513.4
3.2
4Bob Ojeda14.18.65.6
5Teddy Higuera16.013.2
3.0
5Dwight Gooden15.410.74.8
6Bob Welch13.310.8
2.7
6Ron Darling14.810.24.7
7Bob Ojeda12.510.1
2.5
7Fernando Valenzuela17.212.74.7
8Dwight Gooden14.111.9
2.3
8Jack Morris16.913.23.9
9John Candelaria6.34.1
2.2
9John Candelaria6.83.63.2
10Bob Knepper14.412.4
2.1
10Mike Witt15.312.33.2


Relief Pitcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Mark Eichhorn9.05.6
3.3
1Dave Righetti10.36.33.9
2Dave Righetti9.76.9
2.7
2Dan Plesac8.24.23.9
3Tom Henke7.14.8
2.2
3Mark Eichhorn9.25.43.7
4Roger McDowell8.56.6
1.8
4Tom Henke7.74.23.4
5Mark Clear4.83.3
1.4
5Jeff Reardon9.16.52.5
6Kent Tekulve4.83.3
1.4
6Roger McDowell8.86.22.4
7Dan Plesac6.95.5
1.3
7Mark Clear5.32.82.4
8Dan Quisenberry4.63.4
1.2
8Todd Worrell10.27.92.2
9Dave S. Smith6.15.0
1.1
9Steve Bedrosian8.66.32.2
10Lee Smith8.47.2
1.0
10Gene Garber5.83.62.1


Designated Hitter
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Ken Phelps4.82.8
1.8
1Don Baylor14.411.22.6
2Johnny Grubb4.02.4
1.5
2Johnny Grubb4.22.21.8
3Larry Parrish9.17.2
1.4
3Larry Parrish9.27.11.7


Finally, here are the best at three oft-forgotten positions that can nevertheless matter: pitcher offense, pinch hitting, and pinch running.

Pitcher Offense
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Rick Rhoden1.82.0
0.8
1Rick Rhoden1.91.91.0
2Orel Hershiser1.21.5
0.5
2Ray Burris0.80.40.6
3Mike LaCoss0.91.1
0.4
3Mark Thurmond0.80.30.6


Pinch Hitter
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Candy Maldonado2.51.3
1.2
1Candy Maldonado2.51.31.2
2Harry Spilman1.71.0
0.7
2Craig Reynolds1.50.70.8
3Randy Bush1.20.6
0.6
3Bruce Bochy1.20.50.7


Pinch Runner
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Eric Davis0.60.1
0.5
1Eric Davis0.60.10.5
2Billy Hatcher0.50.1
0.4
2Billy Hatcher0.60.00.5
3Tony Walker0.60.3
0.4
3Tony Walker0.70.30.4


Noteworthy Players of 1986

Top Pitchers of 1986
Looking at the above lists, 1986 looks to have been something of a "Year of the Pitcher". There are at least four pitchers in each of the first four tables: the top 10 players as measured by either pWins or eWins over either positional average or replacement level.

The number of quality pitching performances in 1986 was recognized at the time as well. Starting pitcher Roger Clemens won the American League MVP award; relief pitcher Todd Worrell won the NL Rookie-of-the-Year award; and, Mike Scott was named MVP of the NLCS.

Measured by pWins over positional average, four of the top five players in major-league baseball were pitchers: two in each league.

The next table compares the 1986 seasons of these four pitchers, both in and out of context.

Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
Mike Scott
38
18.912.70.5997.2
9.0
18.812.80.5957.59.3
Teddy Higuera
34
17.711.50.6076.4
8.2
16.512.70.5653.95.7
Bob Ojeda
32
14.79.90.5975.5
7.0
13.311.40.5373.04.5
Roger Clemens
33
17.29.80.6377.5
9.2
16.410.70.6055.77.4


The next tables compares the career records of these four pitchers.

Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
Mike Scott
348
129.5131.10.4977.3
22.4
129.6131.00.4979.124.1
Teddy Higuera
213
85.969.00.55417.9
27.7
84.370.60.54414.624.4
Bob Ojeda
353
109.0107.80.5036.1
19.3
107.5109.30.4964.017.2
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Sum of Scott, Higuera, and Ojeda
324.4307.80.51331.3
69.3
321.3310.90.50827.665.7
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Roger Clemens
709
317.0228.70.58194.0
129.3
314.9230.80.57790.0125.3


One of these things is not like the others - or, perhaps more accurately, one of these things is more than the sum of the others.

Top Position Player of 1986: Wade Boggs
The top position player in major-league baseball in 1986, as measured by pWins over either positional average or replacement level, was Boston Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs.

Joe Posnanski wrote a very nice blog post on Wade Boggs as part of an earlier attempt of his to write about his top 100 players of all-time (which unfortunately does not seem to exist any more). In it, Posnanski made the observation that "Boggs probably has a lock on best player to never receive one MVP first-place vote." I would amend that by (a) limiting it to players who played under modern MVP voting rules, and (b) excluding pitchers (5-time Cy Young winner Randy Johnson never received a first-place MVP vote, for example). But with those caveats, it's an interesting and highly defensible position.

On the one hand, by Player won-lost records, I'm not sure that there's a season where I'm absolutely sure that I would have given Wade Boggs a first-place vote for AL MVP. So, it's perhaps a little unfair to be critical that nobody else did. On the other hand, it's easy enough to make a case for Boggs in a few seasons. Here in 1986, if you take the "pitchers have their own awards and therefore shouldn't win the MVP award" position, Boggs is the best choice as measured by pWins over either positional average or replacement level. Shifting to eWins, Boggs is at least in the conversation in 1985, 1987, and 1988.

Wade Boggs's career record, as measured by Player won-lost records, is shown in the next table.

Wade Boggs
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1982BOS24
104
10.49.11.0
1.9
10.39.20.91.7
1983BOS25
153
22.218.33.5
5.3
22.518.04.15.9
1984BOS26
157
18.017.60.5
2.2
18.816.82.23.9
1985BOS27
161
22.918.74.3
6.2
23.418.15.57.4
1986BOS28
149
21.915.16.5
8.2
20.716.34.05.7
1987BOS29
147
19.514.84.5
6.1
20.114.35.67.1
1988BOS30
155
19.915.64.4
6.2
20.215.34.86.6
1989BOS31
156
17.915.92.0
3.6
18.715.13.65.2
1990BOS32
155
18.017.60.5
2.1
17.917.70.52.1
1991BOS33
144
19.415.63.9
5.5
19.215.93.24.8
1992BOS34
143
16.316.9-0.9
0.7
16.616.6-0.21.4
1993NYA35
143
16.415.60.9
2.5
15.616.4-0.61.0
1994NYA36
97
14.110.14.1
5.3
13.610.63.14.3
1995NYA37
126
13.712.01.6
2.9
13.612.21.32.6
1996NYA38
132
13.413.3-0.1
1.2
13.113.7-0.90.4
1997NYA39
104
9.28.60.5
1.4
9.28.70.51.4
1998TBA40
123
10.511.3-1.1
0.1
10.811.0-0.40.8
1999TBA41
90
7.89.4-1.6
-0.8
8.19.0-0.80.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,439
291.5255.634.6
60.6
292.4254.836.262.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
39
4.44.0 0.74.14.3 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,478
295.9259.6
61.3
296.5259.0 62.4


Infamous Record Setters
Baseball loves and cherishes its records more than any other sport. Arguably the two most well-known baseball records are career hits and career home runs. The holders of these two records have two things in common. First, neither Pete Rose (4,256 hits) nor Barry Bonds (762 home runs) are in the Hall of Fame. Second, their careers overlapped for one season: 1986.

The 1986 season was the final season in Pete Rose's 24-year career and the first season in Barry Bonds's 22-year career. Their careers, as measured by Player won-lost records, are compared in the final table of this article.

Pete Rose Sr. Barry Bonds
Age Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
21
 
11315.714.80.5150.11.6
2215718.420.30.475-1.1
0.8
15019.016.80.5311.12.7
2313615.215.30.4971.0
2.5
14422.015.60.5855.47.3
2416221.319.20.5262.8
4.8
15921.119.10.5260.62.5
2515619.520.10.4920.4
2.2
15124.916.30.6057.39.1
2614821.518.60.5361.5
3.5
15324.715.70.6128.310.1
2714921.518.60.5371.5
3.5
14022.314.50.6067.08.7
2815624.317.60.5805.1
7.3
15927.515.40.64111.113.3
2915922.418.40.5492.8
4.9
11218.712.80.5945.36.8
3016022.319.50.5341.5
3.5
14425.017.10.5946.99.0
3115422.718.40.5522.8
4.8
15825.617.50.5946.88.8
3216024.519.60.5553.1
5.3
15925.417.10.5987.79.7
3316322.619.60.5361.5
3.4
15624.716.60.5997.49.5
3416222.817.70.5624.4
6.3
10215.810.80.5934.45.7
3516221.617.30.5553.7
5.6
14224.015.10.6137.99.7
3616217.416.80.508-0.2
1.5
15328.315.20.65112.114.4
3715919.917.10.5372.0
3.7
14324.512.60.66111.113.0
3816316.716.30.505-1.2
0.4
13021.211.40.6518.910.5
3916217.215.80.522-0.0
1.5
14723.711.40.67511.513.3
4010711.310.20.5270.4
1.6
141.81.30.5830.40.6
4116215.216.20.485-2.4
-1.0
13015.411.70.5693.04.3
4215112.413.80.474-2.3
-1.1
12615.312.00.5622.84.0
4312110.511.40.480-1.6
-0.6
4411912.210.70.5330.3
1.4
45725.55.70.490-0.7
-0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS3,562438.8394.40.52725.3
65.8
2,985466.8310.60.600137.2174.7




Article last updated: January 19, 2020

Wins over positional average and replacement level are calculated using data only for the 1986 season. Positional averages for starting pitching and relief pitching are calculated using single-year data for all starting pitchers and all relief pitchers.

All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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