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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
0.20.20.447-0.0
-0.0
0.20.20.459-0.00.0
1948CLE24
5
0.00.10.157-0.0
-0.0
0.10.20.333-0.0-0.0
1949CLE25
23
1.21.60.418-0.2
-0.1
1.01.40.420-0.2-0.1
1950CLE26
155
22.615.60.5932.9
4.4
21.015.70.5732.13.5
1951CLE27
154
21.716.00.5762.3
3.8
19.015.50.5521.32.6
1952CLE28
148
22.815.70.5913.3
4.8
20.615.70.5672.23.7
1953CLE29
155
26.617.20.6074.0
5.8
24.116.00.6023.45.1
1954CLE30
137
19.512.80.6032.8
4.1
17.113.10.5651.52.7
1955CLE31
139
16.213.60.5450.9
2.1
15.815.30.507-0.21.0
1956CLE32
121
13.913.10.5150.2
1.3
12.412.10.506-0.01.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,044
144.8106.00.57716.1
26.3
131.3105.20.5559.919.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
4
0.20.60.269 -0.20.30.40.412 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,048
145.1106.60.577
26.1
131.6105.60.555 19.4


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 Roberts106.980.216.9
25.3
1Robin Roberts106.980.216.9
25.3
2Jackie Robinson104.871.915.8
22.9
2Al Rosen113.377.315.3
23.0
3Al Rosen113.377.315.3
23.0
3Jackie Robinson104.871.915.8
22.9
4Yogi Berra88.860.115.0
21.0
4Larry Doby110.875.914.8
22.3
5Pee Wee Reese103.677.314.9
22.2
5Pee Wee Reese103.677.314.9
22.2
6Larry Doby110.875.914.8
22.3
6Warren Spahn99.479.513.4
21.5
7E. Mike Garcia88.266.113.9
20.9
7Yogi Berra88.860.115.0
21.0
8Warren Spahn99.479.513.4
21.5
8E. Mike Garcia88.266.113.9
20.9
9Duke Snider107.976.912.7
20.2
9Bob Lemon99.781.612.6
20.8
10Bob Lemon99.781.612.6
20.8
10Duke Snider107.976.912.7
20.2


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 Ruth115.565.221.7
28.8
1Babe Ruth115.565.221.7
28.8
2Sandy Koufax98.364.220.7
28.1
2Sandy Koufax98.364.220.7
28.1
3Greg Maddux82.953.218.6
25.1
3Joe L. Morgan118.886.418.1
26.4
4Pedro J. Martinez70.635.918.4
24.1
4Al Simmons115.873.817.3
25.4
5Joe L. Morgan118.886.418.1
26.4
5Greg Maddux82.953.218.6
25.1
6Mickey Mantle112.370.617.6
24.9
6Mickey Mantle112.370.617.6
24.9
7Lefty Grove92.161.017.5
24.1
7Barry Bonds116.776.417.1
24.8
8Al Simmons115.873.817.3
25.4
8Lefty Grove92.161.017.5
24.1
9Barry Bonds116.776.417.1
24.8
9Juan Marichal96.270.616.9
24.1
10Juan Marichal96.270.616.9
24.1
10Pedro J. Martinez70.635.918.4
24.1
11Ted Williams107.766.416.5
23.5
11Ted Williams107.766.416.5
23.5
12Duke Snider112.373.815.7
23.4
12Duke Snider112.373.815.7
23.4
13Albert Pujols109.368.515.6
22.2
13Al Rosen113.377.315.3
23.0
14Al Rosen113.377.315.3
23.0
14Willie Mays126.090.813.9
22.7
15C.C. Sabathia79.152.814.9
21.9
15Larry Doby110.875.914.8
22.3
16Larry Doby110.875.914.8
22.3
16Albert Pujols109.368.515.6
22.2
17Yogi Berra89.061.214.7
20.8
17C.C. Sabathia79.152.814.9
21.9
18Lou Gehrig92.354.614.4
20.6
18Chipper Jones113.082.013.8
21.6
19Jim Palmer85.860.314.3
20.9
19Warren Spahn101.379.913.9
21.5
20Tom Seaver91.170.514.1
20.9
20Stan Musial116.681.413.7
21.5
21Bobby Doerr91.265.514.1
20.4
21Mike Schmidt113.081.314.0
21.4
22Mike Schmidt113.081.314.0
21.4
22Fergie Jenkins102.685.613.0
21.2
23Clayton Kershaw56.134.213.9
18.4
23Eddie Mathews106.776.313.8
21.0
24Warren Spahn101.379.913.9
21.5
24Tom Seaver91.170.514.1
20.9
25Willie Mays126.090.813.9
22.7
25Jim Palmer85.860.314.3
20.9


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
144.8106.016.1
26.3
131.3105.29.919.5
Pepper Martin19041928
893
107.292.85.5
14.1
106.794.74.312.9
Terrence Long19761999
885
95.695.3-0.8
6.8
91.296.4-3.64.0
Bill Long19601985
159
25.827.5-0.9
1.9
27.929.9-1.02.1
Steve Mingori19441970
386
25.026.1-1.4
1.9
26.224.8-0.13.1
Stefan Crichton19922017
8
0.20.20.0
0.1
0.50.8-0.1-0.0
Al Autry19521976
1
0.40.30.0
0.1
0.20.6-0.2-0.1
Gerardo Concepcion19922016
3
0.10.1-0.0
-0.0
0.10.1-0.00.0
Jerry Fry19561978
4
0.10.3-0.1
-0.1
0.10.4-0.1-0.1
Paul Giel19321954
104
10.013.2-1.7
-0.3
11.615.0-1.8-0.2
Ralph J. Miller18961920
60
5.38.7-1.5
-1.0
6.37.7-0.6-0.0


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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