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Al Rosen

Al Rosen as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records

Al Rosen just passed away at the age of 91. A very nice biography of Al Rosen, including his considerable post-playing as an MLB executive, can be found here.

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

Al Rosen
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1947CLE23
7
0.20.20.446-0.0
-0.0
0.20.20.458-0.00.0
1948CLE24
5
0.00.10.156-0.0
-0.0
0.00.10.335-0.0-0.0
1949CLE25
23
1.21.60.418-0.2
-0.1
1.21.60.420-0.2-0.1
1950CLE26
155
22.715.60.5932.9
4.4
21.916.40.5722.13.6
1951CLE27
154
21.816.00.5762.3
3.8
20.816.90.5521.42.9
1952CLE28
148
22.815.70.5923.3
4.8
21.916.70.5672.43.9
1953CLE29
155
26.617.20.6074.0
5.8
26.417.50.6013.75.5
1954CLE30
137
19.512.90.6032.8
4.1
18.314.10.5651.62.9
1955CLE31
139
16.313.60.5450.9
2.1
15.114.70.507-0.21.0
1956CLE32
121
14.013.10.5160.2
1.3
13.713.30.5080.01.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,044
144.9106.00.57816.1
26.3
139.5111.50.55610.720.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
4
0.20.60.270 -0.20.30.40.412 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,048
145.2106.60.578
26.1
139.8111.80.556 20.8


From 1950 through 1954, Al Rosen was one of the best players in major-league baseball. Over those five seasons, Rosen played in 749 games (one game shy of exactly 150 per season) and batted .298/.396/.528 with per-season averages of 31 home runs, 114 RBI, and 95 runs scored. He won the American League MVP award in 1953 when he fell one hit short of winning a Triple Crown.

The next table shows the top 10 players in pWins over positional average and replacement level over this five-year stretch.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Robin Roberts106.880.116.2
24.5
1Robin Roberts106.880.116.2
24.5
2Jackie Robinson104.871.915.8
22.9
2Al Rosen113.477.415.3
23.0
3Al Rosen113.477.415.3
23.0
3Jackie Robinson104.871.915.8
22.9
4Pee Wee Reese103.877.415.0
22.3
4Larry Doby110.875.914.8
22.3
5Yogi Berra88.860.115.0
21.0
5Pee Wee Reese103.877.415.0
22.3
6Larry Doby110.875.914.8
22.3
6Yogi Berra88.860.115.0
21.0
7E. Mike Garcia88.266.013.3
20.3
7Warren Spahn99.379.412.7
20.7
8Warren Spahn99.379.412.7
20.7
8E. Mike Garcia88.266.013.3
20.3
9Duke Snider107.976.912.7
20.2
9Duke Snider107.976.912.7
20.2
10Gil Hodges96.065.412.3
18.8
10Bob Lemon99.681.711.9
20.1


These five seasons were Al Rosen's age-26 through age-30 season. The next table shows the top 25 players in pWins over positional average and replacement level from age 26 through age 30, for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records (most games since 1921).

pWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 25 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Babe Ruth115.464.921.9
28.9
1Babe Ruth115.464.921.9
28.9
2Sandy Koufax98.364.119.7
27.0
2Sandy Koufax98.364.119.7
27.0
3Joe L. Morgan118.986.318.2
26.5
3Joe L. Morgan118.986.318.2
26.5
4Al Simmons116.473.517.7
25.9
4Al Simmons116.473.517.7
25.9
5Mickey Mantle112.370.617.6
24.9
5Barry Bonds116.776.417.3
25.0
6Greg Maddux82.953.217.6
24.0
6Mickey Mantle112.370.617.6
24.9
7Pedro J. Martinez70.635.817.4
23.1
7Greg Maddux82.953.217.6
24.0
8Lefty Grove91.960.917.4
24.0
8Lefty Grove91.960.917.4
24.0
9Barry Bonds116.776.417.3
25.0
9Ted Williams107.766.416.5
23.5
10Ted Williams107.766.416.5
23.5
10Duke Snider112.373.815.7
23.4
11Juan Marichal96.270.615.9
23.0
11Pedro J. Martinez70.635.817.4
23.1
12Albert Pujols109.368.515.8
22.3
12Juan Marichal96.270.615.9
23.0
13Duke Snider112.373.815.7
23.4
13Al Rosen113.477.415.3
23.0
14Al Rosen113.477.415.3
23.0
14Willie Mays126.090.813.9
22.7
15Mel Ott106.771.415.1
22.5
15Mel Ott106.771.415.1
22.5
16Larry Doby110.875.914.8
22.3
16Larry Doby110.875.914.8
22.3
17Yogi Berra89.061.114.7
20.8
17Albert Pujols109.368.515.8
22.3
18Lou Gehrig92.054.814.3
20.5
18Chipper Jones113.082.013.9
21.7
19Clayton Kershaw66.142.414.2
19.6
19Mike Schmidt113.181.314.1
21.6
20Bobby Doerr91.265.414.1
20.4
20Stan Musial116.681.513.6
21.5
21Mike Schmidt113.181.314.1
21.6
21Eddie Mathews106.976.413.8
21.1
22Willie Mays126.090.813.9
22.7
22Warren Spahn101.279.913.3
20.9
23Chipper Jones113.082.013.9
21.7
23Yogi Berra89.061.114.7
20.8
24Eddie Mathews106.976.413.8
21.1
24Frank Robinson121.986.812.5
20.6
25Mike Piazza88.463.613.8
19.9
25C.C. Sabathia79.152.813.6
20.6


Finally, Al Rosen has one other claim to fame as a baseball player. He is the best player in major-league history who was born on February 29th. The final table shows all of the players in major-league history who were born on February 29th for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records, ranked by pWins over replacement level (pWORL).

Player Birth Year Debut Year Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Al Rosen19241947
1044
144.9106.016.1
26.3
139.5111.510.720.8
Pepper Martin19041928
969
114.099.05.7
14.8
113.0100.14.713.7
Terrence Long19761999
885
95.695.3-1.0
6.7
92.898.1-3.83.9
Steve Mingori19441970
386
25.026.1-0.5
2.7
26.524.61.04.2
Bill Long19601985
159
25.827.5-0.8
2.0
25.827.5-0.82.1
Stefan Crichton19922017
8
0.20.20.0
0.1
0.20.2-0.0-0.0
Al Autry19521976
1
0.40.30.0
0.1
0.20.5-0.1-0.1
Gerardo Concepcion19922016
3
0.10.1-0.0
-0.0
0.10.10.00.0
Paul Giel19321954
105
10.013.2-1.4
-0.1
10.312.9-1.20.2
Jerry Fry19561978
4
0.10.3-0.1
-0.1
0.10.3-0.1-0.1
Ralph J. Miller18961920
60
5.38.7-1.6
-1.0
6.37.8-0.6-0.0


Rosen actually has more career pWORL than everybody else in this table put together.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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