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2014 Season

The 2014 Season as seen through the Prism of Player Won-Lost Records

This article takes a look at the 2014 season as measured by Player won-lost records.

The Best of 2014

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
1Mike Trout24.315.78.3
10.1
1Mike Trout24.315.78.3
10.1
2Clayton Kershaw15.38.27.9
9.3
2Clayton Kershaw15.38.27.9
9.3
3Jayson Werth23.516.66.0
7.9
3Jayson Werth23.516.66.0
7.9
4Alex Gordon22.716.65.7
7.5
4Alex Gordon22.716.65.7
7.5
5Buster Posey17.812.15.6
6.9
5Johnny Cueto16.812.75.5
7.2
6Johnny Cueto16.812.75.5
7.2
6Corey Kluber15.910.85.5
7.2
7Corey Kluber15.910.85.5
7.2
7Max Scherzer15.210.15.4
7.0
8Steven Pearce13.37.65.4
6.4
8Buster Posey17.812.15.6
6.9
9Max Scherzer15.210.15.4
7.0
9Giancarlo Stanton21.916.05.2
6.9
10Giancarlo Stanton21.916.05.2
6.9
10Denard Span23.517.74.9
6.7


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
1Clayton Kershaw14.49.16.6
8.0
1Mike Trout23.416.76.2
8.1
2Mike Trout23.416.76.2
8.1
2Clayton Kershaw14.49.16.6
8.0
3Jose 'Joey Bats' Bautista22.817.05.1
7.0
3Jose 'Joey Bats' Bautista22.817.05.1
7.0
4Corey Kluber15.611.15.0
6.7
4Corey Kluber15.611.15.0
6.7
5Giancarlo Stanton21.816.14.9
6.7
5Giancarlo Stanton21.816.14.9
6.7
6Andrew McCutchen20.214.44.8
6.4
6Justin Upton23.818.64.5
6.4
7Adam Wainwright15.812.74.5
6.2
7Andrew McCutchen20.214.44.8
6.4
8Justin Upton23.818.64.5
6.4
8Adam Wainwright15.812.74.5
6.2
9Josh Donaldson22.117.94.2
6.1
9Josh Donaldson22.117.94.2
6.1
10Jake Arrieta11.17.74.2
5.3
10Anthony Rendon21.517.23.9
5.7


I take a look at some of the most interesting players of 2014 at the end of this article.

2014 Postseason

The 2014 postseason began with a 12-inning thriller and ended with a World Series Game 7 in the same stadium that ended with the tying run at third base.

The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series in five seasons. But the darling of the 2014 postseason was the Kansas City Royals, making their first playoff appearance in almost thirty years.

The best players of the 2014 postseason, as measured by Player won-lost records, are presented in the next set of tables.

2014 Postseason: Total
Player Team pWins pLosses pWORL
Madison BumgarnerSFN3.82.42.1
Alex GordonKCA2.51.31.4
Eric HosmerKCA2.51.21.3
Hunter PenceSFN2.91.81.1
Greg HollandKCA1.00.11.0
Yordano VenturaKCA1.50.80.9
Pablo SandovalSFN2.51.70.9
Wade DavisKCA1.00.20.9
Brandon BeltSFN2.31.50.8
Kelvin HerreraKCA1.20.60.7


Top postseason players by round were as follows.

2014 World Series
Player Team pWins pLosses Net Wins
Madison BumgarnerSFN2.00.61.4
Yordano VenturaKCA0.80.40.5
Hunter PenceSFN1.41.10.4
Pablo SandovalSFN1.10.70.3
Kelvin HerreraKCA0.60.40.3

2014 Postseason: League Championship Series
Player Team pWins pLosses Net Wins
Travis IshikawaPIT1.00.30.7
Alex GordonKCA0.90.40.5
Gregor BlancoSFN1.10.60.5
Greg HollandKCA0.60.10.5
Wade DavisKCA0.50.00.5

2014 Postseason: Division Series
Player Team pWins pLosses Net Wins
Matt CarpenterSLN1.10.30.7
Eric HosmerKCA0.90.20.7
Nelson R. CruzBAL0.80.10.7
Alex GordonKCA0.70.20.6
Matt AdamsSLN0.80.30.5

2014 Postseason: Wild Card Round
Player Team pWins pLosses Net Wins
Brandon CrawfordSFN0.60.20.3
Brandon BeltSFN0.30.00.3
Eric HosmerKCA0.30.10.3


Best of 2014 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 2014 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 Trout16.710.9
5.7
1Mike Trout17.89.87.9
2Victor Martinez15.911.0
4.8
2Jayson Werth15.89.95.5
3Andrew McCutchen14.09.0
4.8
3Victor Martinez16.010.85.1
4Jose Abreu14.69.8
4.7
4Buster Posey15.29.95.0
5Jose 'Joey Bats' Bautista15.010.2
4.7
5Giancarlo Stanton14.29.14.8
6Giancarlo Stanton14.09.4
4.3
6Adam LaRoche15.410.34.8
7Anthony Rizzo14.29.7
4.2
7Miguel Cabrera15.210.54.6
8Michael Brantley15.111.1
4.0
8Andrew McCutchen13.99.14.5
9Justin Upton16.212.1
3.8
9Steven Pearce10.25.74.4
10Adrian Beltre14.010.6
3.3
10Anthony Rizzo14.39.64.4
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
Baserunning
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss eWOPA Player pWins pLoss pWOPA
1Ben Revere2.21.2
1.0
1Jacoby Ellsbury1.80.71.1
2Dee Gordon2.51.5
0.9
2Denard Span2.81.71.1
3Jacoby Ellsbury1.70.8
0.9
3Ben Revere2.11.20.9
4Billy Hamilton2.41.5
0.9
4Dee Gordon2.41.50.8
5Denard Span2.61.8
0.8
5Jean Segura1.70.90.8
6Alcides Escobar1.50.9
0.7
6Angel Pagan1.60.80.7
7Jimmy Rollins1.60.9
0.6
7Hunter Pence1.70.90.7
8Angel Pagan1.50.9
0.6
8Anthony Rendon1.81.00.7
9Leury Garcia0.80.2
0.6
9Austin Jackson1.60.80.7
10Hunter Pence1.61.0
0.5
10Billy Hamilton2.31.60.7
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
Pitching
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss Net eWins Player pWins pLoss Net pWins
1Clayton Kershaw12.88.2
4.6
1Clayton Kershaw14.07.07.0
2Corey Kluber15.011.2
3.8
2Corey Kluber15.710.65.1
3Jake Arrieta9.96.8
3.1
3Max Scherzer14.99.85.1
4Felix Hernandez12.99.8
3.1
4Johnny Cueto15.610.74.9
5Jon Lester13.410.3
3.1
5Adam Wainwright14.510.34.2
6Jake McGee6.63.6
3.0
6David Price14.910.84.1
7Chris Sale10.57.5
3.0
7Felix Hernandez13.39.34.0
8Wade Davis5.82.9
2.9
8Greg Holland6.52.63.9
9Adam Wainwright13.811.0
2.8
9Jon Lester13.710.03.8
10David Price14.211.4
2.8
10James Shields14.110.33.8


Fielding by Position


Fielding, P
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Julio Teheran0.50.2
0.3
1Julio Teheran0.60.10.4
2Zack Greinke0.50.2
0.3
2Zack Greinke0.60.10.4
3Koji Uehara0.40.1
0.3
3Koji Uehara0.40.10.4
4Fausto Carmona0.40.1
0.3
4Pedro Strop0.40.10.3
5Johnny Cueto0.50.2
0.2
5Wei-Yin Chen0.40.10.3


Fielding, C
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Robinson Chirinos1.50.8
0.7
1Robinson Chirinos1.60.70.9
2Yadier Molina1.50.9
0.6
2Yadier Molina1.50.80.7
3Russ Martin1.81.4
0.4
3Brian McCann1.51.00.5
4Brian McCann1.41.0
0.4
4Caleb Joseph1.20.80.4
5Caleb Joseph1.20.8
0.4
5Ryan Hanigan0.90.50.4


Fielding, 1B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Miguel Cabrera2.41.8
0.6
1Miguel Cabrera2.41.80.6
2Adam Rosales0.80.4
0.5
2Adrian Gonzalez2.72.00.6
3Steven Pearce1.00.5
0.4
3Steven Pearce1.00.50.6
4Albert Pujols1.71.3
0.4
4Carlos Santana2.31.70.5
5Justin Morneau2.01.6
0.4
5Raul Ibanez0.50.10.5


Fielding, 2B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Dustin Pedroia4.83.6
1.2
1Jonathan Schoop4.93.41.4
2Jonathan Schoop4.63.7
0.9
2Brandon Hicks2.81.71.1
3Robinson Cano5.65.1
0.5
3Ian Kinsler6.45.60.9
4DJ LeMahieu5.14.6
0.5
4Dustin Pedroia4.63.80.7
5Howie Kendrick5.24.8
0.4
5Howie Kendrick5.34.60.7


Fielding, 3B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Josh Donaldson5.44.1
1.3
1Kyle Seager6.03.82.2
2Chase Headley3.92.8
1.0
2Josh Donaldson5.63.91.6
3Evan Longoria4.94.0
0.9
3Juan Uribe3.82.51.4
4Juan Uribe3.52.8
0.6
4Anthony Rendon4.23.20.9
5John McDonald (1999)1.20.6
0.6
5John McDonald (1999)1.30.50.8


Fielding, SS
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1J.J. Hardy5.74.6
1.1
1J.J. Hardy5.84.51.3
2Jordy Mercer5.64.7
0.9
2Jhonny Peralta5.85.00.8
3Zack Cozart5.34.7
0.6
3Zack Cozart5.44.60.8
4Jhonny Peralta5.75.2
0.5
4Brandon Crawford6.15.40.7
5Miguel Rojas1.30.9
0.4
5Brad Miller4.53.70.7


Fielding, LF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Alex Gordon7.46.1
1.3
1Alex Gordon7.95.62.3
2Yoenis Cespedes5.64.7
0.9
2Brett Gardner5.34.31.1
3Justin Upton6.55.8
0.7
3Marcell Ozuna1.10.40.8
4Eric Young Jr.3.22.6
0.6
4Dustin Ackley5.04.30.7
5Marcell Ozuna1.00.5
0.6
5Collin Cowgill1.30.60.7


Fielding, CF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Leonys Martin7.15.6
1.5
1Denard Span6.44.61.8
2Billy Hamilton5.74.7
1.1
2Marcell Ozuna6.74.91.8
3Lorenzo Cain3.62.7
0.9
3Leonys Martin7.25.61.6
4Juan Lagares4.13.4
0.7
4Adam Jones6.24.91.3
5Jon Jay3.02.4
0.6
5Jarrod Dyson3.42.41.0


Fielding, RF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Jason Heyward7.56.7
0.8
1Jason Heyward7.96.31.6
2Josh Reddick3.83.0
0.8
2Nick Markakis7.26.11.0
3Jay Bruce5.54.8
0.7
3Kevin Kiermaier3.02.01.0
4Michael Saunders2.31.7
0.6
4Jayson Werth6.65.80.8
5Kevin Kiermaier2.82.2
0.6
5Kole Calhoun4.74.00.8


Best by Position
Next, we look at 2014 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
1Jonathan Lucroy15.812.8
3.2
1Buster Posey13.58.94.7
2Russ Martin13.110.4
2.7
2Jonathan Lucroy16.212.43.9
3Devin Mesoraco11.89.3
2.6
3Russ Martin13.510.03.6
4Buster Posey12.410.0
2.5
4Chris Iannetta9.06.72.5
5Evan Gattis10.98.9
2.1
5Derek Norris10.28.32.3


First Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Anthony Rizzo17.613.0
3.4
1Miguel Cabrera14.910.33.9
2Jose Abreu13.59.9
2.9
2Anthony Rizzo17.812.83.7
3Carlos Santana12.39.0
2.6
3Adrian Gonzalez19.414.43.6
4Miguel Cabrera14.310.9
2.6
4Steven Pearce7.23.83.2
5Paul Goldschmidt13.610.2
2.5
5Carlos Santana12.49.02.8


Second Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Robinson Cano20.016.9
3.6
1Howie Kendrick20.216.64.1
2Neil Walker17.915.6
2.3
2Neil Walker18.415.23.3
3Jose Altuve21.219.7
2.1
3Ian Kinsler23.120.43.3
4Brian Dozier21.020.0
1.6
4Robinson Cano19.817.13.2
5Dustin Pedroia16.916.0
1.5
5Martin Prado3.71.91.8


Third Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Josh Donaldson21.117.3
3.9
1Josh Donaldson21.716.75.1
2Anthony Rendon17.914.6
3.0
2Kyle Seager21.717.24.6
3Adrian Beltre17.614.8
2.8
3Anthony Rendon18.514.04.2
4Kyle Seager20.518.3
2.3
4Josh Harrison9.96.73.1
5Josh Harrison9.47.3
2.0
5Matt Carpenter20.016.92.7


Shortstop
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Troy Tulowitzki12.39.8
2.7
1Ian Desmond22.118.63.8
2Jhonny Peralta19.217.2
2.2
2Jhonny Peralta19.616.83.1
3Hanley Ramirez14.512.7
1.9
3Erick Aybar19.517.52.6
4Jimmy Rollins18.116.4
1.8
4Jimmy Rollins18.316.32.2
5Jose B. Reyes20.019.1
1.5
5Brandon Crawford18.516.72.0


Left Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Justin Upton23.618.7
4.1
1Alex Gordon22.718.25.7
2Alex Gordon21.118.2
2.6
2Yoenis Cespedes19.115.34.6
3Yoenis Cespedes18.115.3
2.5
3Matt Holliday22.619.63.8
4Michael Brantley14.912.3
2.4
4Justin Upton22.918.72.8
5Starling Marte15.412.9
1.9
5Starling Marte15.712.92.6


Center Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Mike Trout22.416.3
5.7
1Mike Trout23.415.37.8
2Andrew McCutchen19.914.7
4.5
2Denard Span23.517.74.9
3Carlos Gomez21.017.6
2.6
3Andrew McCutchen19.814.74.5
4Jacoby Ellsbury18.816.3
2.1
4Marcell Ozuna18.915.13.1
5Denard Span22.019.2
1.9
5Adam Jones21.117.63.1


Right Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Jose 'Joey Bats' Bautista19.614.7
4.6
1Jayson Werth22.616.05.8
2Giancarlo Stanton21.416.1
4.5
2Giancarlo Stanton21.715.85.1
3Jayson Werth21.217.4
2.9
3Kole Calhoun17.813.04.5
4Yasiel Puig12.910.2
2.1
4Jose 'Joey Bats' Bautista19.514.84.3
5Jason Heyward21.518.6
1.9
5Matt Kemp10.46.53.5


Starting Pitcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Clayton Kershaw13.28.4
5.1
1Clayton Kershaw14.47.27.4
2Corey Kluber15.211.4
4.1
2Corey Kluber15.910.75.5
3Adam Wainwright14.511.4
3.3
3Max Scherzer15.210.05.5
4Jake Arrieta10.17.0
3.3
4Johnny Cueto16.010.95.4
5Felix Hernandez13.110.1
3.3
5Adam Wainwright15.110.94.5
6Chris Sale10.67.6
3.2
6David Price15.011.14.2
7Jon Lester13.610.8
3.1
7Felix Hernandez13.59.74.1
8Max Scherzer13.911.2
3.0
8Jon Lester14.010.34.0
9Johnny Cueto14.812.2
2.9
9James Shields14.410.93.8
10David Price14.411.7
2.9
10Chris Tillman12.69.13.8


Relief Pitcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Jake McGee6.73.7
2.8
1Greg Holland6.52.63.7
2Wade Davis5.93.1
2.6
2Craig Kimbrel7.33.73.4
3Aroldis Chapman5.12.5
2.4
3Wade Davis6.22.83.2
4Greg Holland5.93.3
2.4
4Huston Street6.43.03.2
5Dellin Betances5.43.2
2.0
5Kenley Jansen7.33.93.2
6Jonathan Papelbon6.03.8
2.0
6Jonathan Papelbon6.43.42.8
7Mark Melancon5.93.8
1.9
7Dellin Betances5.82.92.7
8Zach Britton5.73.8
1.8
8Steve Cishek6.43.62.6
9Sean Doolittle4.52.7
1.7
9Mark Melancon6.23.52.5
10Pat Neshek4.42.6
1.7
10Trevor Rosenthal8.96.12.4


Designated Hitter
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Victor Martinez12.89.4
2.9
1Victor Martinez13.29.03.9
2David Ortiz13.310.5
2.4
2V. Chris Carter11.68.72.5
3V. Chris Carter11.39.0
1.9
3David Ortiz13.010.81.8


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
1Madison Bumgarner1.41.3
0.8
1Travis Wood1.60.81.2
2Travis Wood1.31.1
0.8
2Madison Bumgarner1.41.20.9
3Mike Leake1.11.6
0.4
3Andrew Cashner1.00.70.7


Pinch Hitter
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1John Mayberry Jr.1.30.6
0.9
1John Jaso1.30.50.8
2Carlos Quentin0.90.3
0.7
2Billy Butler0.70.00.7
3John Jaso1.20.6
0.7
3Justin Turner1.20.60.6


Pinch Runner
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Leury Garcia0.50.1
0.4
1Leury Garcia0.40.10.3
2Gregorio Petit0.30.0
0.3
2Gregorio Petit0.30.00.3
3Rajai Davis0.20.0
0.2
3Rajai Davis0.20.00.2


Noteworthy Players of 2014

Judged by Player won-lost records, major awards voters did an outstanding job with their choices in 2014. The two best players in major-league baseball in all four of the above tables won the two league MVP awards. And the Cy Young award winners were the top pitchers in their league in all 4 tables as well.

Clayton Kershaw
The best player in major-league baseball in 2014, measured by eWins over positional average (eWOPA) was Clayton Kershaw. This was not some heretofore hidden gem of a season uncovered by Player won-lost records. Clayton Kershaw's season was outstanding using traditional statistics - 21-3, 1.77, 239 K in 198.1 IP - using conventional sabermetric statistics - an NL-best 8.2 WAR - and, of course, using Player won-lost records.

For that, Kershaw was uanimously voted his third Cy Young award and (not unanimously) his first MVP award.

Clayton Kershaw's career record, as measured by Player won-lost records, is presented in the next table.

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWORL pWOPA
2008LAN20
22
6.97.11.20.2
2009LAN21
31
9.88.92.61.5
2010LAN22
32
14.412.54.53.0
2011LAN23
33
16.811.67.96.3
2012LAN24
34
14.911.36.44.9
2013LAN25
35
15.610.87.86.3
2014LAN26
27
15.38.29.37.9
2015LAN27
34
15.410.87.45.8
2016LAN28
23
12.16.38.06.8
2017LAN29
27
13.39.06.95.5
2018LAN30
27
10.08.33.92.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
325
144.6104.765.751.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
31
10.69.72.91.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
356
155.1114.468.652.7


To give some perspective for Kershaw's career, the next table shows the 10 players most similar to Kershaw in value through age 26 (Kershaw's 2014 season), as measured by Player won-lost records.

Most Similar Players to Clayton Kershaw in Value
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Bat Run Pitch Field
Clayton Kershaw
214
93.770.430.1
39.6
-5.4-0.022.20.7
Roger Clemens
175
81.056.625.5
34.1
0.00.020.00.2
Dwight Gooden
239
117.489.035.6
47.3
-4.9-0.017.30.4
Bert Blyleven
282
127.0106.423.0
37.0
-2.80.120.41.0
Robin Roberts
231
109.186.526.1
38.4
-5.3-0.116.00.5
Bret Saberhagen
228
87.366.821.7
31.4
0.0-0.017.80.5
Tom Seaver
194
94.270.328.2
37.3
-3.2-0.014.20.3
Bob Feller
214
107.884.126.9
39.1
-4.3-0.113.6-0.3
Felix Hernandez
238
100.181.420.6
32.2
0.4-0.014.90.6
Hal Newhouser
302
126.4107.323.3
38.4
-4.8-0.112.91.2
Pedro J. Martinez
218
75.161.317.6
26.6
-4.6-0.116.1-0.1


An intriguing mix of all-time greats and reminders that sometimes pitchers get hurt and/or don't age well.

Mike Trout
The best player in the American League in 2014, measured by either pWins or eWins over either positional average or replacement level, was Mike Trout. This is the third straight season when Mike Trout was widely regarded as the best player in the American League as measured by most sabermetric measures. It is, however, the first time that MVP voters agreed.

Mike Trout's career has thus far been one of consistent excellence. Trout's career, as measured by Player won-lost records, is presented next, followed by the 10 players most similar to Trout through age 22 (Trout's first MVP season), as measured by Player won-lost records. The list of players most similar to Trout is an impressive one.

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWORL pWOPA
2011ANA19
40
4.73.31.71.3
2012ANA20
139
22.615.68.46.5
2013ANA21
157
20.916.46.04.1
2014ANA22
157
24.315.710.18.3
2015ANA23
159
23.815.79.77.8
2016ANA24
159
23.916.79.17.2
2017ANA25
114
17.711.87.35.9
2018ANA26
140
19.913.68.06.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,065
157.9108.960.247.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
3
0.40.7-0.3-0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,068
158.3109.559.947.1


Most Similar Players to Mike Trout in Value
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Bat Run Field
Mike Trout
493
72.551.120.2
26.2
15.71.61.8
Alex Rodriguez
513
70.860.714.0
20.4
8.71.91.5
Ted Williams
436
73.050.418.9
25.6
19.10.51.5
Eddie Mathews
440
61.946.513.0
19.1
13.10.31.8
Bryce Harper
510
74.857.814.1
20.5
11.30.52.9
Jimmie Foxx
491
59.639.117.3
22.9
12.60.21.0
Mickey Mantle
510
80.351.226.4
33.7
13.71.45.3
Arky Vaughan
383
59.750.110.7
16.6
7.70.31.2
Joe DiMaggio
289
51.432.617.3
21.9
8.00.62.7
Stan Musial
309
50.731.516.5
20.9
9.30.12.9
Cesar Cedeno
529
78.662.512.3
19.3
8.33.03.4


Corey Kluber
The winner of the American League Cy Young Award has had a somewhat less impressive career than Kershaw and Trout (of course, the vast majority of major-league players through history have had less impressive careers than Kershaw and Trout). Nevertheless, like Kershaw and Trout, Player won-lost records agree that Corey Kluber was the best pitcher in the American League in 2014.

Corey Kluber's career to date, as measured by Player won-lost records, is presented in the next table.

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWORL pWOPA
2011CLE25
3
0.00.0-0.0-0.0
2012CLE26
12
3.45.3-1.3-1.8
2013CLE27
26
8.68.01.90.8
2014CLE28
36
15.910.87.25.5
2015CLE29
32
13.012.22.81.2
2016CLE30
32
14.512.34.62.7
2017CLE31
29
13.57.47.96.5
2018CLE32
33
14.610.46.34.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
203
83.666.529.419.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
9
3.82.91.41.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
212
87.469.430.820.3


Notable Retirements
The 2014 season was the final season for two players who enjoyed something of a year-long retirement ceremony - one being much more extensive and getting much more coverage than the other: longtime New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and longtime Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko.

A simple comparison of their careers probably isn't that interesting: Derek Jeter is a deserving Hall-of-Famer and Paul Konerko is a deserving member of the Hall of Good Guys. But that is because Derek Jeter was an outstanding baserunner and a shortstop, while Paul Konerko was an exceptionally slow first baseman. But as hitters, they were actually surprisingly similar in value: Jeter batted .310/.377/.440 in 12,602 career plate appearances while Konerko batted .279/.354/.486 in 9,505 career plate appearances.

Their (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) career batting won-lost records are compared in the final table of this article.

Derek Jeter Paul Konerko
Season Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. Net Wins Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. Net Wins
1995150.70.80.445
-0.2
199615711.411.10.507
0.3
199715913.012.60.509
0.4
50.10.10.288-0.1
199814914.511.60.555
2.8
753.94.90.442-1.2
199915817.412.70.579
4.7
14210.59.50.5230.9
200014813.411.20.545
2.2
14310.810.60.5050.2
200115013.611.20.548
2.4
15612.711.30.5301.4
200215713.311.90.528
1.4
15112.911.20.5351.7
200311910.19.00.531
1.1
1379.510.80.470-1.3
200415413.913.10.516
0.8
15514.612.30.5442.3
200515914.812.70.538
2.0
15814.111.00.5613.0
200615414.711.70.558
2.9
15215.312.40.5522.7
200715614.112.10.537
1.9
15112.911.30.5331.6
200815011.511.30.505
0.2
12210.09.40.5160.6
200915313.211.20.540
1.9
15213.111.60.5311.5
201015713.214.40.479
-1.3
14915.710.70.5954.9
201113110.510.60.500
-0.0
14914.110.60.5713.5
201215914.113.10.519
0.9
14412.810.90.5401.8
2013170.91.20.417
-0.4
1269.110.20.471-1.2
201414510.512.60.454
-2.2
813.64.80.430-1.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,747239.0216.00.525
21.9
2,348195.6173.50.53021.0


Article last updated: September 4, 2019

Wins over positional average and replacement level are calculated using data only for the 2019 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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