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Jason Varitek

2017 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Jason Varitek

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

Jason Varitek
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1997BOS25
1
0.00.00.9070.0
0.0
0.00.00.9300.00.0
1998BOS26
85
6.45.70.5290.6
1.1
5.66.20.471-0.10.4
1999BOS27
144
12.012.10.5000.5
1.4
12.212.40.4960.41.4
2000BOS28
139
10.411.50.475-0.2
0.7
10.511.20.4860.00.9
2001BOS29
51
4.94.30.5340.6
1.0
4.74.40.5180.40.8
2002BOS30
132
11.111.60.4890.4
1.4
10.811.70.4810.31.2
2003BOS31
142
12.49.40.5681.9
2.8
11.910.80.5241.01.9
2004BOS32
137
12.111.30.5171.0
1.9
12.510.40.5471.62.5
2005BOS33
133
13.810.40.5692.2
3.1
13.010.60.5501.72.5
2006BOS34
103
9.58.60.5270.8
1.5
8.59.00.4850.00.7
2007BOS35
131
11.310.70.5160.9
1.7
10.710.10.5150.91.6
2008BOS36
131
9.89.50.5100.6
1.3
8.710.10.463-0.30.4
2009BOS37
109
8.69.00.4890.2
0.8
8.59.20.4820.10.7
2010BOS38
39
2.22.20.5020.1
0.2
2.82.70.5090.10.3
2011BOS39
68
5.65.20.5190.4
0.8
5.45.70.4870.00.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,545
130.2121.20.51810.0
19.7
125.9124.50.5036.215.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
63
5.14.70.518 0.85.25.50.485 0.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,608
135.2126.00.518
20.5
131.1130.00.503 16.4


This is Jason Varitek's first year appearing on a Hall-of-Fame ballot.

Jason Varitek did not have a great reputation as a defensive catcher. He did win one Gold Glove, in 2005. But for his career, he caught a below-average percentage of would-be basestealers (23% vs. league average of 30%). He also led the league in passed balls twice, although he was the primary catcher for knuckleballer Tim Wakefield in both of those seasons. Varitek was legitimately below average at controlling the opponents' basestealing (what I call Component 1). But he was quite good at the other aspects of fielding (including preventing wild pitches and passed balls - Component 2) which are measured by Player won-lost records (which does not currently incorporate any game-calling or pitch-framing ability by catchers).

In fact, excluding Component 1, Jason Varitek was one of the best defensive catchers for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records. The next table shows the top 25 players in net catcher fielding, excluding Component 1, for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Top Fielding Catchers,
excluding Component 1
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Carlton Fisk10.98.80.5512.0
2Yogi Berra8.46.60.5601.8
3Mickey Cochrane6.95.50.5571.4
4Brad Ausmus8.57.10.5441.4
5Del Crandall7.35.90.5511.3
6Matt Wieters4.93.50.5801.3
7Bill Freehan8.47.10.5421.3
8Dan Wilson5.34.20.5621.2
9Terry Kennedy6.75.50.5461.1
10Roy Campanella6.35.20.5471.1
11Charles Johnson5.74.60.5521.1
12Elston Howard6.25.10.5451.0
13Johnny Bench9.08.00.5291.0
14Jason Varitek5.44.50.5480.9
15Jim Sundberg8.98.00.5270.9
16Jake Gibbs2.81.90.5970.9
17Muddy Ruel4.03.10.5630.9
18Rick Ferrell8.37.50.5270.8
19Tom Haller6.45.60.5350.8
20Greg Myers3.62.80.5660.8
21Scott Servais3.83.00.5610.8
22Buster Posey4.13.30.5550.8
23Mike Piazza7.36.60.5280.8
24Ray Schalk3.42.70.5640.8
25Mike J. Ryan3.73.00.5580.8




2017 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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