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Trevor Hoffman

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Trevor Hoffman

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

Trevor Hoffman
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
25
67
5.54.90.5290.2
0.9
4.64.60.498-0.10.5
1994SDN26
47
4.72.90.6170.9
1.3
2.82.10.5780.40.7
1995SDN27
55
4.83.70.5620.4
0.9
2.52.50.500-0.10.2
1996SDN28
70
9.74.70.6762.3
3.2
4.63.10.5930.61.1
1997SDN29
70
6.64.10.6181.1
1.8
4.23.20.5660.40.8
1998SDN30
66
7.42.40.7522.3
2.9
3.72.20.6240.61.0
1999SDN31
63
6.93.60.6561.5
2.2
3.42.10.6240.61.0
2000SDN32
70
7.74.80.6161.3
2.1
3.92.90.5700.40.8
2001SDN33
62
6.14.50.5770.6
1.3
2.82.90.497-0.10.3
2002SDN34
61
5.43.80.5880.6
1.3
3.02.50.5480.20.6
2003SDN35
9
0.10.10.6440.0
0.0
0.40.40.503-0.00.1
2004SDN36
55
5.53.20.6361.0
1.6
2.71.80.5940.30.6
2005SDN37
60
6.43.50.6441.3
1.9
3.02.30.5720.30.7
2006SDN38
65
6.83.40.6691.5
2.2
3.02.40.5590.20.6
2007SDN39
61
6.13.80.6191.0
1.7
2.92.00.5890.30.7
2008SDN40
48
4.13.20.5620.3
0.8
2.12.10.500-0.10.2
2009MIL41
55
5.02.30.6841.2
1.7
2.81.90.5960.30.7
2010MIL42
50
2.03.60.354-0.9
-0.5
2.22.60.454-0.30.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,034
100.762.30.61816.6
27.4
54.543.60.5563.910.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
12
1.01.70.375 -0.20.70.70.483 0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,046
101.864.00.618
27.2
55.244.30.556 10.5


If I had a Hall-of-Fame vote, I think that Trevor Hoffman might be my hardest decision on this ballot. As a general rule, with the exception of Mariano Rivera, relief pitchers all fall well short of Hall of Fame standards, at least in value terms, as measured by Player won-lost records (and most other sabermetric measures).

On the other hand, within the category of relief pitchers, Trevor Hoffman rates extremely well. The next two tables show the top 10 players who earned at least 50% of their player value as relief pitchers, ranked by pWins over positional average or replacement level.

Top 10 Relief Pitchers, based on pWOPA
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
Mariano Rivera126.660.80.67629.642.3
Trevor Hoffman100.762.30.61816.627.4
Joe Nathan78.948.30.62013.822.2
Frankie Rodriguez90.056.90.61313.623.9
Jonathan Papelbon67.836.80.64813.520.8
Lee Smith111.378.20.58713.325.1
Billy Wagner80.050.40.61412.621.4
Rich Gossage131.3101.90.56311.725.7
John Franco103.874.40.58311.622.9
Dan Quisenberry71.444.50.61611.118.4


Top 10 Relief Pitchers, based on pWORL
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
Mariano Rivera126.660.80.67629.642.3
Trevor Hoffman100.762.30.61816.627.4
Hoyt Wilhelm138.7116.10.54410.425.8
Rich Gossage131.3101.90.56311.725.7
Lee Smith111.378.20.58713.325.1
Frankie Rodriguez90.056.90.61313.623.9
Rollie Fingers121.197.30.5559.823.0
John Franco103.874.40.58311.622.9
Joe Nathan78.948.30.62013.822.2
Billy Wagner80.050.40.61412.621.4


A very strong argument can be made that Trevor Hoffman was the second most valuable relief pitcher in major-league history (and the best in National League history). Is that enough to make him worthy of the Hall of Fame?

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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