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Mike Piazza

2015 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Mike Piazza

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

Mike Piazza
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1992LAN23
21
1.21.90.389-0.3
-0.2
1.81.90.4930.00.2
1993LAN24
149
18.113.80.5672.2
3.5
17.913.60.5692.23.5
1994LAN25
107
12.59.80.5611.6
2.5
11.69.30.5551.32.2
1995LAN26
112
14.710.20.5912.4
3.4
14.19.60.5942.43.3
1996LAN27
148
19.513.10.5973.4
4.7
17.313.20.5672.33.5
1997LAN28
152
18.013.30.5762.5
3.7
18.613.00.5892.94.2
29
151
18.513.20.5843.1
4.3
17.513.00.5732.63.8
1999NYN30
141
17.914.00.5612.3
3.6
16.212.60.5622.13.2
2000NYN31
136
17.911.80.6033.2
4.5
15.711.30.5812.43.5
2001NYN32
141
16.813.40.5562.3
3.6
16.413.10.5572.23.5
2002NYN33
135
13.513.40.5010.6
1.7
14.312.50.5331.42.5
2003NYN34
67
6.46.50.4980.1
0.6
6.86.10.5270.51.0
2004NYN35
129
11.312.10.482-0.6
0.4
12.011.50.5110.11.0
2005NYN36
113
9.810.60.480-0.2
0.6
9.810.00.4960.10.9
2006SDN37
126
11.110.80.5060.3
1.1
10.39.40.5240.61.3
2007OAK38
83
6.87.10.492-0.4
0.5
6.26.80.477-0.50.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,911
214.0174.90.55022.4
38.4
206.5166.90.55322.638.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
32
2.43.30.423 -0.23.13.20.493 0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,943
216.4178.20.550
38.3
209.6170.00.553 38.2


This is Mike Piazza's third year on the Hall-of-Fame ballot. In my 2013 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I compared Mike Piazza to catching contemporary Ivan Rodriguez. In my 2014 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I identified the players most similar to Mike Piazza in batting Player won-lost records without regard to what position they played or how well they played it.

For this article, I look at how Mike Piazza ranks among all catchers in major-league history (or at least those for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records). The next table shows the top 10 players in (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over positional average earned as a catcher. The numbers here only reflect Player decisions earned while the player was playing catcher.

Top Catchers
(measured by career eWOPA)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Carlton Fisk224.1192.80.53821.7
2Mike Piazza185.8150.20.55321.1
3Johnny Bench185.0148.00.55520.0
4Yogi Berra180.1150.30.54517.0
5Gary Carter214.7186.70.53516.1
6Bill Dickey155.2130.00.54415.3
7Mickey Cochrane138.6113.90.54914.8
8Gabby Hartnett152.1128.20.54314.2
9Jorge Posada147.2131.20.52914.2
10Ivan Rodriguez229.7223.10.50712.0


Mike Piazza ranks third on the above table. In addition to being third in eWOPA in the above table, Piazza is also third in winning percentage, beating Carlton Fisk (who passes Piazza thanks to playing more games at catcher than anybody else in major-league history) but falling just below Roy Campanella. Yogi Berra is perhaps under-valued in the above table, given that he played 260 games in the outfield in his career.

So, feel free to shift the players up down a slot or two. But the bottom line is this: Mike Piazza was one of the 5 best major-league catchers of the past 80 years.

2015 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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