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Mike Piazza
2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Mike Piazza

The first table below presents Mike Piazza's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Mike Piazza
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1992LAN23
21
1.21.90.389-0.3
-0.2
1.81.90.4930.00.2
1993LAN24
149
18.113.80.5672.2
3.5
17.913.60.5692.23.5
1994LAN25
107
12.59.80.5611.6
2.5
11.69.30.5551.32.2
1995LAN26
112
14.710.20.5912.4
3.4
14.19.60.5942.43.3
1996LAN27
148
19.513.10.5973.4
4.7
17.313.20.5672.33.5
1997LAN28
152
18.013.30.5762.5
3.7
18.613.00.5892.94.2
29
151
18.513.20.5843.1
4.3
17.513.00.5732.63.8
1999NYN30
141
17.914.00.5612.3
3.6
16.212.60.5622.13.2
2000NYN31
136
17.911.80.6033.2
4.5
15.711.30.5812.43.5
2001NYN32
141
16.813.40.5562.3
3.6
16.413.10.5572.23.5
2002NYN33
135
13.513.40.5010.6
1.7
14.312.50.5331.42.5
2003NYN34
67
6.46.50.4980.1
0.6
6.86.10.5270.51.0
2004NYN35
129
11.312.10.482-0.6
0.4
12.011.50.5110.11.0
2005NYN36
113
9.810.60.480-0.2
0.6
9.810.00.4960.10.9
2006SDN37
126
11.110.80.5060.3
1.1
10.39.40.5240.61.3
2007OAK38
83
6.87.10.492-0.4
0.5
6.26.80.477-0.50.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,911
214.0174.90.55022.4
38.4
206.5166.90.55322.638.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
32
2.43.30.423 -0.23.13.20.493 0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,943
216.4178.20.550
38.3
209.6170.00.553 38.2


This is Mike Piazza's second year on the Hall-of-Fame ballot. In my 2013 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I compared Mike Piazza to catching contemporary Ivan Rodriguez.

As I said in last year's article, Mike Piazza is widely regarded as the greatest hitting catcher in (white) major-league baseball history. Somewhat implicit in this is the idea that Mike Piazza was a great hitter "for a catcher". But exactly how good a hitter was Mike Piazza for a hitter?

The next table shows the top ten players most similar to Mike Piazza in batting Player won-lost records without regard to what position they played or how well they played it.

Most Similar Players to Mike Piazza: Batting Only
Player Games eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA
Mike Piazza
1,911
175.2133.20.56818.3
Will Clark
1,976
174.8134.20.56618.4
Reggie Smith
1,984
175.8134.20.56718.1
Jimmy Wynn
1,917
174.7131.10.57119.0
Indian Bob Johnson
1,781
164.1121.60.57418.5
Bobby Bonds
1,846
169.5132.20.56216.9
John 'Boog' Powell
2,038
170.2131.80.56416.9
Larry Walker
1,983
175.5130.00.57419.9
Adam Dunn
2,001
172.2135.30.56016.6
Orlando Cepeda
2,124
189.6148.60.56117.5
Frank Howard
1,892
171.0125.30.57720.1


I actually wrote an article about the first player on that list: Rocky Colavito. In an article where I first looked at Hall-of-Fame players, I ended with a table of the best players in neither the Hall of Fame nor the Hall of Merit, as measured by Player won-lost records. I repeated that table in my article on Rocky Colavito and I'll repeat it here.

Best Players in Neither Hall of Fame Nor Hall of Merit
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Tommy John
761
278.0247.923.6
47.3
278.3259.918.042.1
Jim Kaat
974
271.2255.917.5
41.2
272.6268.712.036.4
Bert Campaneris
2,305
288.4281.415.2
38.1
290.7284.714.837.8


Two of the five position players on that list are also on Piazza's list of batting comps. In addition to Colavito and Bonds, Piazza's batting comps also include three MVP winners.

Or, to summarize, Mike Piazza hit like a very, very good first baseman or corner outfielder. Except that he did it while playing catcher.

2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series


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