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Alan Trammell

2015 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Alan Trammell

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

Alan Trammell
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1977DET19
19
0.81.30.370-0.2
-0.1
1.01.50.384-0.2-0.1
1978DET20
139
14.814.00.5141.0
2.1
15.415.00.5050.82.0
1979DET21
142
13.913.70.5030.8
1.9
14.615.40.4870.41.5
1980DET22
146
19.116.70.5332.1
3.5
19.217.10.5282.03.3
1981DET23
105
13.812.20.5301.4
2.5
13.013.00.5000.61.7
1982DET24
157
17.115.10.5321.7
2.9
16.715.40.5201.32.5
1983DET25
141
18.615.90.5401.9
3.2
18.615.70.5422.03.2
1984DET26
138
20.015.10.5703.3
4.8
18.115.90.5311.93.3
1985DET27
149
18.019.70.4780.0
1.4
18.418.80.4950.72.1
1986DET28
150
19.517.60.5251.8
3.2
20.117.20.5382.33.7
1987DET29
151
23.215.90.5934.5
6.1
21.916.70.5683.55.0
1988DET30
128
21.014.80.5863.7
5.0
16.913.90.5502.03.2
1989DET31
121
14.714.80.4980.5
1.5
14.713.90.5140.92.0
1990DET32
146
20.017.00.5402.2
3.6
20.017.20.5382.13.5
1991DET33
100
13.412.30.5200.9
1.9
12.611.70.5180.81.8
1992DET34
29
3.83.70.5130.2
0.5
3.73.60.5030.20.4
1993DET35
112
13.411.40.5391.2
2.3
13.412.10.5250.92.0
1994DET36
76
7.19.90.417-1.1
-0.4
8.28.90.480-0.10.7
1995DET37
74
6.87.50.474-0.1
0.5
6.77.10.4840.00.6
1996DET38
66
4.17.40.359-1.5
-1.0
4.66.10.429-0.6-0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,289
283.1256.20.52524.4
45.2
277.6256.30.52021.642.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
13
2.21.50.601 0.62.01.60.552 0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,302
285.3257.70.525
>45.8
279.6257.90.520 42.6


The 2015 Hall-of-Fame ballot will be Alan Trammell's 14th appearance on a Hall-of-Fame ballot. In my 2013 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I showed that Alan Trammell led all major league players in pWins over positional average in the 1980s (although updates to Player won-lost records have since pushed Trammell down to second, behind Mike Schmidt). In the 2014 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I compared Alan Trammell to Ozzie Smith, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002, the same year when Trammell first debuted on the Hall-of-Fame ballot.

In the 1980's, there were four seasons by American League shortstops that were the best in the American League that season: Robin Yount's 1982 season, Cal Ripken's 1983 and 1984 seasons, and Alan Trammell's 1987 season. Both Yount and Ripken were rewarded for their league-best seasons with MVP awards (although Ripken did not win one in 1984). In fact, both Yount and Ripken won two MVP awards in their careers, although Yount had moved to centerfield by the time he won his second award and Ripken didn't win his second award until the 1990's.

The result of actual MVP voting has created the impression, I think, that Alan Trammell was, at best, the third-best shortstop in his own league throughout his career; a perception that I believe has had a significant negative effect on Trammell's Hall-of-Fame support.

The next table compares the career records of Yount, Ripken, and Trammell as measured by Player won-lost records.

Alan Trammell Cal Ripken Robin Yount
Season pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL
1974
 
 
10.613.2-0.80.1
1975
 
 
16.119.8-0.90.6
1976
 
 
18.922.2-0.80.8
19770.81.3-0.2
-0.1
 
17.620.6-0.31.2
197814.814.01.0
2.1
 
18.316.51.73.0
197913.913.70.8
1.9
 
18.717.61.52.9
198019.116.72.1
3.5
 
21.718.02.84.3
198113.812.21.4
2.5
0.60.9-0.1
-0.1
14.710.72.63.6
198217.115.11.7
2.9
21.717.92.4
3.9
25.217.74.76.3
198318.615.91.9
3.2
24.919.33.5
5.1
21.316.33.04.4
198420.015.13.3
4.8
25.819.34.5
6.2
20.019.31.12.8
198518.019.70.0
1.4
23.220.42.4
4.0
15.515.6-0.31.0
198619.517.61.8
3.2
22.020.12.0
3.5
16.816.10.21.4
198723.215.94.5
6.1
19.421.3-0.1
1.5
20.818.01.22.7
198821.014.83.7
5.0
19.919.80.7
2.2
23.719.61.83.5
198914.714.80.5
1.5
22.519.32.4
3.9
22.018.61.83.3
199020.017.02.2
3.6
20.618.51.8
3.2
18.619.0-0.50.9
199113.412.30.9
1.9
23.420.02.5
4.1
16.314.70.82.0
19923.83.70.2
0.5
19.518.91.0
2.5
18.217.10.41.7
199313.411.41.2
2.3
20.519.41.3
2.8
12.114.8-1.4-0.3
19947.19.9-1.1
-0.4
14.912.81.6
2.8
19956.87.5-0.1
0.5
17.718.40.4
1.9
19964.17.4-1.5
-1.0
20.619.21.4
3.0
1997
 
19.317.01.2
2.6
1998
 
16.417.4-0.5
0.9
1999
 
10.09.20.5
1.2
2000
 
8.87.70.6
1.3
2001
 
11.514.0-1.2
-0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS283.1256.224.4
45.2
383.3350.728.2
56.5
367.2345.618.546.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
1982 - 1993202.7173.422.1
36.4
263.4234.224.3
43.0
230.5206.912.729.6


The careers of Trammell, Ripken, and Yount as regulars overlapped by 12 seasons (1982 - 1993), although Yount was an outfielder for the last 9 of those years. Their records over this time period are shown in the last row of the preceding table.

During their common time as regulars, Trammell was generally better than Yount, as measured by Player won-lost records (Yount and Trammell were both everyday shortstops in the AL from 1978 - 1981 as well, over which time Yount was slightly better than Trammell, beating him in pWORL 13.8 - 9.9). Yount makes up the difference in pWins over replacement level (pWORL) on the basis of his first four seasons (1974 - 77) being quite a bit better than Trammell's last three seasons (1994 - 1996). But even over their entire careers, Trammell beats Yount decisively in pWins over positional average.

Ripken beats Trammell (and Yount) in terms of career bulk, both in-season and in career length. But even against Ripken, Trammell's career matches up fairly well over the period where they were both regular shortstops (1982 - 1993). And, in fact, Trammell matches Ripken in terms of "good" seasons in his career, if "good" is defined as at least 1.0 pWOPA and 2.0 pWORL, with both players reaching that level 12 times (they both beat Yount, who did so 10 times).

Considering that Cal Ripken and Robin Yount were both deserving first-ballot Hall-of-Famers and two-time MVPs, I think that Alan Trammell stands up very well in the comparison here.

2015 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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