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2014 Hall of Fame Ballot

Earlier this week, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) released the 2014 ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here's what the 36 players on the ballot look like in terms of career Player won-lost records. In a separate article, I looked at players already in the Hall of Fame and Hall of Merit and how their careers look measured by Player won-lost records. In that article, I identified Willie Stargell as perhaps the most typical Hall-of-Famer as measured by Player won-lost records and Joe Torre as perhaps the most typical player in the Hall of Merit but not the Hall of Fame (although I suspect he'll be in the latter by this time next year). I have included Stargell and Torre in the table below to give some sense of how this year's candidates compare to existing Hall-of-Fame (and Hall of Merit) standards.

2014 Hall of Fame Ballot
Player Won-Lost Records, sorted by pWORL
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Barry Bonds
2,984
462.1315.160.3
90.8
456.8310.260.390.3
Roger Clemens
709
318.2228.251.1
79.6
310.8225.548.776.7
Greg Maddux
751
328.5271.444.8
73.5
321.0261.945.373.2
Tom Glavine
701
279.5249.629.1
54.5
279.8260.024.350.4
Mike Mussina
537
224.3173.229.6
51.3
218.9170.228.349.6
Frank E. Thomas
2,322
254.2190.823.7
46.7
249.5185.524.146.6
Alan Trammell
2,289
283.1256.224.4
45.2
277.6256.321.642.2
Curt Schilling
571
207.0172.025.5
44.9
203.3170.624.243.3
Craig Biggio
2,849
358.5325.417.3
44.0
356.0326.615.542.2
Jeff Bagwell
2,150
275.4202.422.3
41.3
270.1199.621.239.9
Jeff Kent
2,297
302.6264.818.9
41.1
286.4256.614.936.2
Willie Stargell
2,355
293.6232.318.8
40.1
286.2222.520.541.1
Edgar Martinez
2,055
212.5168.818.4
39.6
211.1166.319.039.9
Mike Piazza
1,911
214.0174.922.4
38.4
206.5166.922.638.0
Mark McGwire
1,874
220.1158.921.9
36.7
217.3155.722.236.8
Larry Walker
1,983
266.9214.717.2
36.3
261.8208.817.736.5
Tim Raines Sr.
2,481
313.2275.910.7
33.9
317.9274.213.937.2
Rafael Palmeiro
2,829
307.6267.39.0
33.4
307.0261.511.835.9
Jack Morris
552
224.0208.411.4
32.5
219.8212.47.228.4
Joe Torre
2,209
244.4209.713.6
32.0
237.9202.214.132.0
Fred McGriff
2,458
276.9230.810.0
30.5
266.5221.79.929.7
Kenny Rogers
763
195.3181.99.4
30.2
194.4185.47.528.4
Sammy Sosa
2,349
313.8281.45.9
29.9
318.0270.513.637.3
Ray Durham
1,971
236.2223.29.7
27.8
231.9225.56.324.4
Luis 'Gonzo' Gonzalez
2,589
317.9293.52.4
26.5
314.3284.15.529.1
Moises Alou
1,937
257.0226.76.9
26.1
248.5218.86.925.4
Lee Smith
1,021
111.378.213.3
25.1
63.756.01.99.3
Hideo Nomo
323
129.7129.85.6
19.0
124.9132.31.815.1
Todd Jones
982
84.364.77.2
17.2
52.150.3-0.96.0
Don Mattingly
1,785
197.6179.62.3
16.9
196.5178.72.316.8
Armando Benitez
762
67.348.47.4
15.2
39.835.40.86.0
Eric Gagne
402
50.436.86.7
12.1
35.833.31.55.7
Richie Sexson
1,367
145.6132.80.4
11.4
142.2127.51.612.2
Jacque Jones
1,296
151.0147.0-0.8
11.0
146.1147.7-3.58.1
Mike Timlin
1,058
70.261.71.9
10.8
57.750.41.89.1
Paul Lo Duca
1,081
103.5102.92.4
10.5
98.3102.8-0.27.6
J.T. Snow
1,713
154.4143.3-2.5
9.4
150.5144.2-4.87.0
Sean Casey
1,403
131.6127.9-5.0
5.3
133.3128.5-4.45.9


2013 Debuts versus 2014 Debuts

The list of players making their first appearance on a Hall of Fame ballot this year is an impressive one. Players debuting this year won a total of 7 Cy Young Awards and 3 MVP awards. On the one hand, this year's debut class is one of the strongest classes ever to debut on a Hall-of-Fame ballot. On the other hand, this year's debut class is arguably the strongest class to debut since, well, last year.

The next table compares the players who debuted on last year's Hall-of-Fame ballot with the players who debut on this year's ballot, sorted by career pWins over replacement level.

2013 Debuts 2014 Debuts
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Barry Bonds462.1315.160.3
90.8
Greg Maddux328.5271.444.873.5
Roger Clemens318.2228.251.1
79.6
Tom Glavine279.5249.629.154.5
Curt Schilling207.0172.025.5
44.9
Mike Mussina224.3173.229.651.3
Craig Biggio358.5325.417.3
44.0
Frank E. Thomas254.2190.823.746.7
Mike Piazza214.0174.922.4
38.4
Jeff Kent302.6264.818.941.1
David Wells207.0179.817.4
38.3
Kenny Rogers195.3181.99.430.2
Kenny Lofton268.6241.912.3
32.4
Ray Durham236.2223.29.727.8
Sammy Sosa313.8281.45.9
29.9
Luis 'Gonzo' Gonzalez317.9293.52.426.5
Julio Franco265.2256.96.9
28.5
Moises Alou257.0226.76.926.1
Steve Finley308.8291.93.9
27.5
Hideo Nomo129.7129.85.619.0
Reggie L. Sanders224.7194.48.1
24.8
Todd Jones84.364.77.217.2
Ryan Klesko186.0156.87.3
21.0
Armando Benitez67.348.47.415.2
Aaron Sele130.6123.16.3
20.2
Eric Gagne50.436.86.712.1
Gregory 'Woody' Williams134.1137.44.3
18.3
Richie Sexson145.6132.80.411.4
Shawn Green236.6222.8-0.3
17.9
Jacque Jones151.0147.0-0.811.0
Roberto M. Hernandez87.367.37.3
17.5
Mike Timlin70.261.71.910.8
Jose Mesa106.194.14.1
16.5
Paul Lo Duca103.5102.92.410.5
Jeff Cirillo160.0158.10.0
12.8
J.T. Snow154.4143.3-2.59.4
W. Mike Stanton65.053.43.9
11.7
Sean Casey131.6127.9-5.05.3
Rondell White169.8166.6-2.3
11.6
Royce Clayton214.4238.2-7.5
10.3
Jeff Conine207.6207.9-7.4
9.3
Sandy Alomar Jr.99.4112.0-2.3
6.1
Todd Walker128.3139.4-4.7
6.0


The 2014 ballot is impressive. But it's no 2013.

Performance-Enhancing Drugs and the Hall of Fame

Unfortunately, lately, it has become impossible to talk about the Hall of Fame without bumping up against the subject of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). This is not a topic that I'm particularly keen on discussing here. My interest is in the data and, as far as the data are concerned, a home run is a home run and a Player win is a Player win, regardless of what a player did to hit that home run or earn that Player win. I gave my opinion on PEDs in baseball in my article last year about the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot if anybody cares about my opinion.

The Individual Players on the 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot

Over the next several weeks, I will write up an article about each of the 36 players on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot. For the most part, these will not be advocacy articles: plenty of other people will post plenty of those. But hopefully, they will be interesting articles that may reveal something new and/or interesting, or at least a little fun, about these players, using Player won-lost records. I hope you enjoy them.

Links to these articles are posted below.

2014 BBWAA Hall-of-Fame Ballot

Moises Alou
Jeff Bagwell
Armando Benitez
Craig Biggio
Barry Bonds
Sean Casey
Roger Clemens
Ray Durham
Eric Gagne
Tom Glavine
Luis Gonzalez
Jacque Jones
Todd Jones
Jeff Kent
Paul LoDuca
Greg Maddux
Edgar Martinez
Don Mattingly
Fred McGriff
Mark McGwire
Jack Morris
Mike Mussina
Hideo Nomo
Rafael Palmeiro
Mike Piazza
Tim Raines
Kenny Rogers
Curt Schilling
Richie Sexson
Lee Smith
J.T. Snow
Sammy Sosa
Frank Thomas
Mike Timlin
Alan Trammell
Larry Walker
2014 Veterans' Committee Hall-of-Fame Ballot

Dave Concepcion
Steve Garvey
Tommy John
Billy Martin
Dave Parker
Dan Quisenberry
Ted Simmons
Joe Torre
Impact of the Ballot Cap on 2014 Hall-of-Fame Voting


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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