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Mike Piazza

2016 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 fourth - and hopefully final - 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. In my 2015 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I looked at where Piazza ranked among all catchers in major-league history (for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records) (he ranked third).

This year, I have essentially extended the 2015 analysis to include all players. The table below shows the top 50 major-league players since expansion, as measured by pWins over positional average (pWOPA).

pWins over Positional Average
Top 50 Players, since 1961
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds462.1315.160.3
90.8
2Roger Clemens318.2228.251.1
79.6
3Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
4Greg Maddux328.5271.444.8
73.5
5Alex Rodriguez373.9297.242.5
69.5
6Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.3221.038.5
64.3
7Tom Seaver309.0256.738.1
62.4
8Bob Gibson254.4206.235.0
55.0
9Albert Pujols334.8243.534.1
58.0
10Pedro J. Martinez193.7137.533.9
51.4
11Jim Palmer242.7186.033.6
53.3
12Mike Schmidt337.4257.433.6
56.4
13Derek Jeter369.4322.233.4
60.1
14Chipper Jones336.7258.533.3
56.5
15Steve Carlton338.0304.231.6
58.9
16Juan Marichal227.0183.731.2
49.1
17Mike Mussina224.3173.229.6
51.3
18Mariano Rivera126.660.829.6
42.3
19John Smoltz239.8201.229.1
51.1
20Tom Glavine279.5249.629.1
54.5
21Willie Mays264.5192.728.9
47.5
22Rickey Henderson426.7353.328.7
59.4
23Lou Whitaker306.1261.028.4
50.2
24Cal Ripken383.3350.728.2
56.5
25Manny Ramirez319.0250.827.3
50.8
26Frank Robinson294.6219.027.1
49.1
27Fergie Jenkins286.8250.926.8
50.7
28J. Kevin Brown204.6164.726.4
45.2
29Hank Aaron329.5251.526.4
50.6
30Barry Larkin291.8249.426.3
47.5
31Clayton Kershaw134.896.526.0
37.1
32Reggie Jackson367.1298.325.6
54.1
33Curt Schilling207.0172.025.5
44.9
34David Ortiz251.8189.525.4
51.4
35Jim Thome273.8209.424.8
47.4
36Don Sutton320.9295.424.6
51.5
37Nolan Ryan356.9328.124.6
55.8
38Alan Trammell283.1256.224.4
45.2
39Johnny Bench246.3197.724.4
42.1
40Gaylord Perry317.9289.323.8
51.3
41Roy Halladay171.5133.123.7
39.7
42Frank E. Thomas254.2190.823.7
46.7
43Tim Hudson198.8167.523.7
42.1
44Andy Pettitte211.6174.723.6
44.4
45Tommy John278.0247.923.6
47.3
46Bobby Grich253.6217.723.6
41.8
47George Brett328.0274.922.8
47.6
48Mike Piazza214.0174.922.4
38.4
49Dennis Eckersley217.3174.422.4
42.4
50Sandy Koufax115.979.922.3
31.1


Major League Baseball has been played for approximately 145 years and there are somewhere between 250 and 300 players in the Hall of Fame (and perhaps another 30-50 players who will eventually be elected who have essentially already built their case), depending on exactly how you count certain players, including Negro Leaguers. In other words, there are at least twice as many Hall-of-Famers as there have been major-league seasons. Which means that being among the top 100 players over a 50-year period probably means you have at least a borderline Hall-of-Fame case.

Being one of the top 50 players over a 50+ year time period, then, is a very strong Hall-of-Fame case.

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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