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2017 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Barry Bonds

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

Barry Bonds
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1986PIT21
112
15.515.10.507-0.2
1.0
16.113.00.5531.22.2
1987PIT22
150
18.817.00.5250.3
1.7
19.416.20.5451.02.4
1988PIT23
144
21.415.90.5742.1
3.6
20.916.30.5621.73.1
1989PIT24
159
21.119.10.5260.3
1.7
22.719.80.5340.62.2
1990PIT25
151
24.116.50.5933.0
4.5
22.816.30.5842.53.9
1991PIT26
153
24.315.80.6063.7
5.2
22.216.10.5802.54.0
1992PIT27
140
22.214.70.6023.2
4.6
23.015.30.6013.34.7
1993SFN28
159
26.915.60.6334.9
6.6
25.815.40.6264.56.1
1994SFN29
112
18.613.20.5852.2
3.6
18.512.30.6012.73.9
1995SFN30
144
24.717.10.5903.1
4.8
23.416.30.5892.94.5
1996SFN31
158
25.617.70.5923.1
4.9
25.616.60.6063.65.3
1997SFN32
159
24.817.40.5883.3
5.0
24.917.40.5883.35.0
1998SFN33
156
24.616.80.5953.4
5.0
23.616.70.5852.94.5
1999SFN34
102
15.611.00.5881.9
3.0
14.110.10.5831.62.6
2000SFN35
142
23.815.30.6093.5
5.1
21.814.80.5952.84.3
2001SFN36
153
28.015.50.6435.3
7.2
29.415.70.6515.97.9
2002SFN37
143
25.413.20.6575.3
6.8
24.612.80.6575.16.6
2003SFN38
130
21.011.60.6454.0
5.3
21.312.00.6403.95.3
2004SFN39
147
23.211.60.6685.1
6.5
23.712.10.6635.16.5
2005SFN40
14
1.71.40.5590.1
0.2
1.81.10.6140.30.4
2006SFN41
130
15.311.80.5641.3
2.3
15.511.80.5681.42.4
2007SFN42
126
15.412.00.5611.3
2.3
15.712.00.5681.52.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,984
462.1315.10.59560.3
90.8
456.8310.20.59660.390.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
48
6.46.30.505 0.36.95.30.568 1.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
3,032
468.5321.40.595
91.1
463.7315.40.596 91.4


This is Barry Bonds's 5th year on the BBWAA Hall-of-Fame ballot. Last year, he appeared on 44.3% of ballots.

I began writing articles about Hall of Fame candidates with the 2013 Hall-of-Fame ballot (which was released in late 2012), Barry Bonds's first year on the ballot. Hence, this is the fifth article which I have written about Barry Bonds.
Having been writing these articles for five years now, this is the fifth article I am writing about ten candidates on this year's ballot. For some players it's not exceptionally difficult to come up with new ideas. For example, Jeff Bagwell compares interestingly to several players who are either in or nearly in the Hall of Fame. But for some players, it is hard to come up with 5 (or eventually 10) interesting new things to write about.

In some ways, I find Barry Bonds to be, perhaps, the hardest player to write about interestingly. From a purely statistical perspective, Barry Bonds is the greatest player for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records. I have not calculated Player won-lost records for most of Babe Ruth's career. I have only the very end of Walter Johnson's career. I have none of Honus Wagner's career. So, it's hard to compare Barry Bonds to players without coming to the somewhat-boring conclusion, "Yep, that Barry Bonds was a heckuva player. Look how much better he was than this guy."

Barry Bonds became, "BARRY BONDS, THE GREATEST PLAYER EVER!" primarily through a stretch of four consecutive MVP seasons from 2001 through 2004. Prior to that, Barry Bonds was an excellent player, one of the best ever, but merely "one of" the best.

The next table, then, looks at the players whose full careers are most similar to Barry Bonds's career through his age-33 season (1998).

Most Similar Players to Barry Bonds in Value
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Fielding
Barry Bonds
1897
292.8211.832.4
52.0
28.91.47.4
Eddie Mathews
2388
320.6240.534.3
56.9
29.20.64.7
Joe DiMaggio
1736
286.1196.139.1
58.8
24.21.27.3
Albert Pujols
2575
334.8243.534.1
58.0
30.01.04.6
Alex Rodriguez
2783
373.9297.242.5
69.5
31.12.26.8
Al Kaline
2832
378.0302.324.7
52.8
23.41.99.8
Charlie Gehringer
2323
304.9264.322.8
46.8
16.31.38.6
Chipper Jones
2495
336.7258.533.3
56.5
25.50.43.6
Arky Vaughan
1816
265.3219.725.3
45.5
14.41.18.6
Mike Schmidt
2401
337.4257.433.6
56.4
32.5-1.38.2
Ken Griffey Jr.
2671
339.3300.716.5
42.0
23.10.55.3


The list contains six Hall-of-Famers and two almost-certain Hall-of-Famers. Even if Barry Bonds had suffered a career-ending injury in the offseason following his age-33 season, he would have still had a clear Hall-of-Fame career (based purely on his statistical record).

2017 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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