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Sammy Sosa
2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Sammy Sosa

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

Sammy Sosa
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
20
57
4.65.80.443-0.6
-0.2
5.15.40.484-0.20.2
1990CHA21
152
18.417.60.5110.2
1.5
18.418.10.504-0.11.2
1991CHA22
113
9.38.40.5240.3
1.0
9.09.30.492-0.30.4
1992CHN23
67
7.98.20.489-0.4
0.2
8.17.40.5210.10.7
1993CHN24
159
21.021.10.499-0.5
1.2
21.418.90.5310.82.4
1994CHN25
105
14.913.90.516-0.1
1.2
16.113.20.5500.92.2
1995CHN26
144
20.417.40.5400.7
2.2
19.817.30.5340.52.0
1996CHN27
124
20.216.00.5581.4
2.9
19.114.50.5691.73.0
1997CHN28
162
21.721.70.500-1.0
0.7
21.620.60.512-0.41.2
1998CHN29
159
25.318.50.5782.4
4.1
25.119.70.5611.73.4
1999CHN30
162
23.920.80.5350.6
2.4
24.218.90.5611.73.4
2000CHN31
156
23.120.40.5310.6
2.4
25.619.70.5652.24.0
2001CHN32
160
26.119.40.5742.4
4.3
27.919.20.5923.45.4
2002CHN33
150
21.220.70.505-0.6
1.0
23.618.70.5571.63.2
2003CHN34
137
20.415.50.5681.7
3.1
17.915.20.5410.72.0
2004CHN35
126
16.214.70.5250.3
1.5
16.214.10.5340.61.8
2005BAL36
102
8.611.40.430-1.6
-0.8
9.510.90.466-0.9-0.0
2007TEX38
114
10.710.00.5180.0
1.2
9.59.40.504-0.20.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,349
313.8281.40.5275.9
29.9
318.0270.50.54013.637.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
15
1.81.60.530 0.21.91.70.523 0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,364
315.6283.00.527
30.0
319.9272.20.540 37.5


This is Sammy Sosa's second year on the Hall-of-Fame ballot. In my 2013 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I looked at how Sammy Sosa's 2001 season ranked among seasons that did not lead their league.

For this year's article, I am going to take a look at Sammy Sosa's peak and how he ranks among major-leaguers within it.

Sammy Sosa's Hall-of-Fame case is mostly concentrated into a 5-year peak from 1998 - 2002, in which he hit 60 or more home runs three times, led the league in home runs the other two years (with only 49 and 50 home runs), and finished in the top 10 in MVP voting all five seasons (winning in 1998).

Sammy Sosa's career looks more valuable in (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins than in pWins (which tie player wins to team wins).

The top 10 players in eWins over replacement level from 1998 through 2002 are shown in the next table.

Player eWins eLosses eWOPA
1Barry Bonds113.470.218.4
25.8
2Alex Rodriguez114.086.516.9
24.9
3Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson85.164.014.2
21.5
4Pedro J. Martinez65.635.815.9
21.3
5Sammy Sosa126.396.210.6
19.5
6Greg Maddux74.356.312.6
18.9
7Chipper Jones107.382.310.9
18.5
8Derek Jeter103.489.110.1
17.9
9Curt Schilling76.361.411.1
17.8
10Manny Ramirez93.770.09.7
17.1


Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds were a clear cut above everybody else over this time period. But Sammy Sosa was the best of the rest.

2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series


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