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2017 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Lee Smith

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

Lee Smith
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1980CHN22
18
0.60.70.462-0.1
0.0
1.10.80.5640.10.2
1981CHN23
40
3.14.20.424-0.7
-0.2
3.33.60.485-0.20.2
1982CHN24
72
6.15.60.5240.2
0.8
5.95.20.5300.30.9
1983CHN25
66
8.75.10.6281.5
2.4
5.23.70.5840.61.1
1984CHN26
69
9.65.50.6391.8
2.7
4.74.40.516-0.00.5
1985CHN27
65
10.26.00.6291.8
2.9
5.14.40.5360.20.8
1986CHN28
66
8.76.90.5590.7
1.6
4.64.10.5320.10.7
1987CHN29
62
7.55.70.5680.6
1.4
4.33.60.5480.20.7
1988BOS30
64
7.75.30.5931.0
1.7
4.13.60.5340.10.6
1989BOS31
64
5.13.70.5830.6
1.1
3.42.80.5420.10.5
32
64
8.74.20.6772.0
2.8
4.03.20.5560.30.7
1991SLN33
67
8.55.30.6181.4
2.4
3.63.20.5330.10.6
1992SLN34
70
7.14.70.6041.0
1.7
3.73.40.522-0.00.5
35
62
6.04.60.5660.6
1.3
2.82.80.499-0.10.3
1994BAL36
41
4.73.20.5920.7
1.2
2.01.70.5350.10.3
1995CAL37
52
5.53.80.5890.6
1.2
2.42.00.5480.10.4
38
54
2.42.50.493-0.1
0.2
2.62.50.513-0.00.3
1997MON39
25
0.81.20.394-0.3
-0.1
1.01.20.464-0.10.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,021
111.378.20.58713.3
25.1
63.756.00.5321.99.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
4
0.30.90.262 -0.20.30.40.398 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,025
111.679.20.587
24.9
64.056.40.532 9.2


This is Lee Smith's 15th and final year on the BBWAA Hall-of-Fame ballot. Last year, he appeared on 34.1% of ballots.

I began writing articles about Hall of Fame candidates with the 2013 Hall-of-Fame ballot (which was released in late 2012), Lee Smith's eleventh year on the ballot. Hence, this is the fifth article which I have written about Lee Smith.
note: These articles were, of course, written a year or more ago. All of my articles are written so that data is pulled in directly from my database. Hence, my articles automatically update to incorporate new data when I update Player won-lost records. In this case, Gene Tenace is no longer the non-pitcher most similar to Lee Smith in career value. Nevertheless, the comparison remains, I think, an interesting one.

Lee Smith was a closer/fireman for the better part of fifteen seasons, from 1982 through 1996. Relief pitchers tend to look more valuable when measured by pWins (in context) than by eWins, which are context-neutral. Relief pitchers also tend to look better measured against average (pWOPA) than against replacement level (pWORL), because they play fewer games than position players and pitch fewer innings than starting pitchers.

So, putting all of that together, the next table shows the top 25 players in pWOPA during the heart of Lee Smith's career, 1982 - 1996.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players, 1982 - 1996
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Roger Clemens175.8124.828.1
43.4
2Cal Ripken316.7284.627.7
50.7
3Rickey Henderson289.7226.626.6
46.7
4Barry Bonds243.3177.625.8
42.0
5Greg Maddux159.3124.025.1
38.2
6Dwight Gooden157.9128.922.0
34.8
7Lou Whitaker242.3206.921.9
39.1
8Barry Larkin191.2156.621.0
34.5
9Ozzie Smith262.4233.220.4
39.3
10Wade Boggs264.4225.019.5
38.3
11Alan Trammell220.7198.219.3
35.5
12Darryl Strawberry206.8156.618.8
32.7
13Bret Saberhagen134.3103.718.1
29.9
14Orel Hershiser158.4137.017.6
31.3
15Ryne Sandberg275.0241.417.0
36.5
16Paul Molitor234.2195.716.0
36.2
17David Cone127.7104.215.9
27.2
18Tom Glavine128.1110.915.0
26.0
19Mark McGwire143.1103.814.9
24.5
20Jose Canseco174.0137.914.7
28.4
21Lee Smith106.872.014.3
25.4
22Roberto Alomar181.6157.014.2
27.3
23Will Clark183.7138.714.0
26.4
24Jimmy Key135.3112.513.2
26.0
25Frank E. Thomas115.682.412.8
21.4


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