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Moises Alou
2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Moises Alou

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

Moises Alou
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
23
13
0.40.50.467-0.0
0.0
0.40.60.429-0.1-0.0
1992MON25
113
10.89.80.5240.2
1.0
11.89.60.5510.81.6
1993MON26
136
17.616.70.514-0.0
1.3
17.815.90.5290.51.8
1994MON27
107
15.711.40.5811.7
2.8
15.012.10.5551.02.1
1995MON28
93
13.211.30.5390.5
1.5
12.110.30.5410.51.4
1996MON29
143
20.717.20.5461.0
2.5
17.916.90.513-0.21.2
1997FLO30
150
21.317.40.5501.5
3.1
19.317.00.5310.82.2
1998HOU31
159
22.516.50.5772.5
4.0
22.017.10.5631.93.5
2000HOU33
126
16.615.70.514-0.1
1.2
17.114.60.5400.72.0
2001HOU34
136
19.115.60.5511.0
2.5
18.515.80.5390.62.1
2002CHN35
132
15.517.80.465-1.8
-0.5
15.716.00.495-0.80.5
2003CHN36
151
18.818.20.508-0.5
1.0
17.917.20.509-0.41.0
2004CHN37
155
21.318.80.5310.4
1.9
21.118.40.5330.42.0
2005SFN38
123
18.315.40.5441.0
2.2
17.414.30.5501.12.3
2006SFN39
98
12.912.50.507-0.2
0.8
12.010.80.5280.31.1
2007NYN40
87
10.310.70.492-0.5
0.3
11.010.70.507-0.20.6
2008NYN41
15
1.91.40.5790.2
0.3
1.41.50.493-0.10.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,937
257.0226.70.5316.9
26.1
248.5218.80.5326.925.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
34
4.23.80.531 0.44.03.90.509 0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,971
261.2230.50.531
26.5
252.5222.60.532 25.7


Moises Alou was what you might call a professional hitter. In his final two seasons, at the ages of 40 and 41, he batted .342 for the New York Mets. For his career, Moises Alou batted .303/.369/.516. He hit over 30 home runs three times and drove in over 100 five times.

The next table shows the players most similar to Moises Alou in batting Player won-lost records, regardless of baserunning, fielding, or position.

Most Similar Players to Moises Alou: Batting Only
Player Games eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA
Moises Alou
1,937
169.5139.80.54812.1
Adrian Gonzalez
1,875
167.1137.70.54812.6
Scott Rolen
2,036
174.9145.80.54512.0
Sal Bando
2,019
167.8142.30.54111.4
Willie Horton
2,026
164.9138.80.54311.5
Keith Hernandez
2,088
173.1141.30.55113.0
Derrek Lee
1,942
163.7136.20.54611.4
Minnie Minoso
1,831
162.9131.80.55312.9
Bobby Bonilla
2,113
167.8140.60.54411.1
Bobby Grich
2,004
163.8137.40.54413.0
Yogi Berra
2,118
178.2148.80.54511.7


No Hall-of-Famers, but a few guys who perhaps have arguments, including one member of the Hall of Merit. Of course, Bobby Grich played second base and (deservedly) won four Gold Gloves. Basically, in order to have a Hall-of-Fame argument when you hit like Moises Alou, you need to play an important defensive position and play it well.

Moises Alou's career spanned 19 major-league seasons. Alou had 580 or more plate appearances in six of those seasons. He probably would have had a seventh such season in 1994 if not for the strike. At the other extreme, Alou had 54 or fewer plate appearances in four seasons, including two seasons that he missed entirely due to injury. Moises Alou amassed 7,913 plate appearances in his career over 19 seasons from 1990 - 2008 (17 of which he played in), an average of only 416 plate appearances per season. By comparison, Lou Brock holds the major-league record for plate appearances in a 19-year career with 11,240, or 592 per season, which includes Brock's debut season when he had a grand total of 12 plate appearances in 1961.

What if Alou hadn't missed the 1991 and 1999 seasons with injuries? What if the 1994-95 strike hadn't happened? What if Alou had been healthy enough to pick up, say, 450 plate appearances per season over his last three years?

The next table shows how Moises Alou's batting record might have changed given more plate appearances. This assumes that his 1991 performance would have matched his 1992 performance in quality and his 1999 performance would have been comparable to the average of his 1998 and 2000 performances (which may be a bit much, as 1998 and 2000 were arguably the two best seasons of his career).

Moises Alou:
Adjusted Batting Won-Lost Record
Plate Appearances Wins over
Season Actual Adj. Wins Losses Non-P Avg.
199016160.20.4-0.1
199103778.06.80.4
19923773778.06.80.4
199353553511.59.90.6
199447166915.010.91.8
19953864348.37.40.3
199659859811.811.10.1
199761961913.510.91.1
199867967916.011.52.0
1999059814.010.21.7
200051751712.08.91.4
200158158112.99.91.3
20025345349.89.7-0.1
200363863812.911.70.4
200467567515.112.21.2
200549049011.28.61.2
20063784509.88.20.7
20073604509.37.70.6
2008544509.07.60.6
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Total7,9089,688208.2170.415.6


Adjusted Moises Alou ends up with 9,688 plate appearances (similar, for example, to Willie McCovey for his career).

The next table, then, shows the players most similar to this healthier Moises Alou in batting Player won-lost record.

Most Similar Players to Moises Alou (adjusted): Batting Only
Player Games eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA
Moises Alou (adjusted)
2,373
208.2170.40.55015.6
Wade Boggs
2,439
209.5178.20.54015.6
Ron Santo
2,243
200.1160.80.55416.3
Roberto Clemente
2,432
218.3181.20.54614.7
Bobby Abreu
2,418
206.3167.70.55217.0
Darrell Evans
2,683
214.5174.90.55117.2
Ernie Banks
2,525
223.9185.70.54715.2
Paul Waner
2,229
194.7159.50.55014.5
Tony Perez
2,773
225.3188.20.54515.1
Rod Carew
2,467
210.8181.40.53813.6
Dale Murphy
2,180
188.7152.40.55315.0


That list includes quite a few more Hall-of-Famers, including a couple who are (admittedly, somewhat controversially) in the Hall of Fame exclusively for their hitting. Of course, Tony Perez really played in 2,773 games and really had 10,861 plate appearances in his career. Alas, Moises Alou did not.

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