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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
1.21.90.388-0.3
-0.2
1.51.60.4930.00.1
1993LAN24
149
18.013.80.5672.2
3.5
18.113.70.5682.33.6
1994LAN25
107
12.59.80.5611.6
2.5
12.39.90.5541.42.4
1995LAN26
112
14.610.10.5902.4
3.4
14.610.10.5932.53.5
1996LAN27
148
19.413.10.5983.5
4.8
18.414.00.5682.53.8
1997LAN28
152
18.013.30.5762.5
3.8
18.512.80.5902.94.2
29
151
18.513.20.5853.1
4.4
18.113.50.5722.74.0
1999NYN30
141
17.914.00.5612.3
3.6
17.914.00.5602.33.6
2000NYN31
136
17.911.80.6033.3
4.5
17.212.40.5822.63.9
2001NYN32
141
16.713.30.5572.3
3.6
16.813.30.5592.43.7
2002NYN33
135
13.413.30.5030.6
1.7
14.412.40.5371.52.7
2003NYN34
67
6.46.40.4970.1
0.6
6.76.10.5270.51.0
2004NYN35
129
11.212.00.482-0.5
0.4
11.811.40.5100.11.0
2005NYN36
113
9.710.60.479-0.2
0.6
10.110.20.4950.20.9
2006SDN37
126
10.910.70.5050.3
1.1
11.310.30.5230.71.5
2007OAK38
83
6.77.00.488-0.4
0.4
6.57.20.476-0.60.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,911
213.0174.20.55022.7
38.6
214.3172.80.55424.040.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
32
2.43.30.424 -0.23.13.20.494 0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,943
215.4177.50.550
38.5
217.4176.00.554 40.2


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 Bonds462.0314.961.0
91.4
2Joe L. Morgan373.8292.146.4
72.8
3Roger Clemens318.1228.146.3
74.6
4Alex Rodriguez374.0297.242.1
69.1
5Greg Maddux328.5271.339.9
68.5
6Tom Seaver308.9256.734.4
58.5
7Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.2220.934.2
59.9
8Mike Schmidt337.5257.534.0
56.8
9Albert Pujols346.2255.333.9
58.9
10Chipper Jones336.7258.533.8
57.0
11Mariano Rivera126.660.832.9
45.6
12Derek Jeter369.5322.432.9
59.6
13Bob Gibson254.4206.332.3
52.1
14Jim Palmer242.8186.031.2
50.7
15Pedro J. Martinez193.6137.431.1
48.5
16Willie Mays264.5192.329.0
47.6
17Juan Marichal226.9183.728.6
46.4
18Rickey Henderson427.2353.628.3
59.1
19Lou Whitaker306.1260.828.2
50.0
20Steve Carlton337.9303.927.6
54.5
21Cal Ripken383.5350.727.5
55.9
22Frank Robinson294.3218.827.1
49.1
23Barry Larkin292.1249.427.0
48.2
24John Smoltz239.7201.126.6
48.5
25Manny Ramirez318.3250.526.6
50.1
26Hank Aaron328.8250.926.4
50.6
27Mike Mussina224.2173.125.9
47.5
28David Ortiz250.9188.325.5
51.5
29Reggie Jackson366.5297.725.5
54.0
30Clayton Kershaw144.7104.625.0
37.0
31Tom Glavine279.4249.524.8
50.1
32Johnny Bench245.9197.324.6
42.3
33Jim Thome273.1208.924.5
47.0
34Alan Trammell283.4256.624.0
44.8
35Fergie Jenkins286.7250.823.6
47.3
36Frank E. Thomas253.7190.223.5
46.6
37J. Kevin Brown204.5164.623.3
42.1
38Bobby Grich253.5217.723.3
41.5
39Curt Schilling206.9172.022.7
42.0
40Jeff Bagwell275.3202.522.7
41.8
41Mike Piazza213.0174.222.7
38.6
42Mike Trout157.0109.622.7
32.6
43Dennis Eckersley217.2174.422.4
42.3
44George Brett328.1274.922.4
47.3
45Robinson Cano275.7235.522.3
41.2
46Miguel Cabrera289.2230.422.1
41.6
47Mark McGwire219.8158.621.7
36.6
48Willie McCovey278.8209.421.5
41.4
49Jim Edmonds256.8210.121.2
39.6
50Ozzie Smith335.8310.421.2
45.9


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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