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Brooks Robinson

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, 1983, with 92.0% of the vote.

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

Brooks Robinson
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1955BAL18
6
0.30.70.303-0.2
-0.2
0.30.70.293-0.2-0.2
1956BAL19
15
1.31.30.492-0.0
0.1
1.21.40.471-0.10.0
1957BAL20
50
3.43.10.5200.1
0.4
3.23.40.488-0.10.2
1958BAL21
145
12.516.20.435-1.9
-0.8
13.315.00.469-1.00.1
1959BAL22
88
10.19.20.5250.2
1.0
9.48.90.511-0.00.7
1960BAL23
152
20.716.90.5501.5
3.0
18.616.70.5270.51.9
1961BAL24
163
20.018.30.5220.6
2.3
18.218.50.495-0.41.3
1962BAL25
162
20.718.70.5260.9
2.4
21.417.70.5471.83.2
1963BAL26
161
18.017.00.5140.3
1.7
17.616.90.5090.21.5
1964BAL27
163
24.217.40.5813.0
4.6
21.816.70.5662.23.7
1965BAL28
144
20.916.60.5581.7
3.2
18.616.50.5300.62.0
1966BAL29
157
22.517.20.5672.1
3.6
21.318.00.5411.12.6
1967BAL30
158
21.119.00.5260.6
2.3
20.917.50.5441.32.9
1968BAL31
162
21.916.70.5682.4
4.0
19.415.90.5501.63.0
1969BAL32
156
20.517.10.5451.5
3.1
18.617.40.5160.41.9
1970BAL33
158
20.016.10.5531.4
2.9
18.516.70.5260.31.9
1971BAL34
156
20.616.30.5591.7
3.1
18.716.30.5330.72.1
1972BAL35
153
18.118.00.501-0.1
1.3
16.316.00.505-0.01.3
1973BAL36
155
17.316.30.5150.2
1.6
15.715.80.498-0.31.0
1974BAL37
153
19.815.20.5652.2
3.5
18.317.50.5110.31.6
1975BAL38
144
14.414.00.5080.2
1.4
12.914.70.467-0.90.2
1976BAL39
71
4.67.50.381-1.5
-1.0
5.16.80.430-0.8-0.4
1977BAL40
23
1.41.80.440-0.2
-0.1
1.21.80.403-0.3-0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,895
354.2310.50.53316.7
43.4
330.3307.00.5186.832.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
39
5.73.90.596 1.24.93.90.554 0.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,934
359.9314.40.533
44.6
335.2310.90.518 33.1


Brooks Robinson won 16 consecutive Gold Gloves, the most by any non-pitcher in major-league history, and is widely regarded as the greatest fielding third baseman ever. Player won-lost records agree with this assessment, as shown in the next table.

Top 10 Fielding Third Basemen
(net career fielding wins)
eWins eLoss eWinPct Net eWins
1Brooks Robinson90.177.20.53912.9
2Mike Schmidt76.067.90.5288.1
3Buddy Bell70.763.00.5297.7
4Adrian Beltre79.772.50.5247.2
5Aurelio Rodriguez60.253.20.5317.0
6Ken Keltner51.544.90.5346.6
7George Kell53.146.80.5326.3
8Tim Wallach66.260.00.5246.2
9Terry Pendleton63.857.70.5256.2
10Scott Rolen61.355.30.5266.0


What is most impressive to me is how thoroughly Robinson dominates this table. He has the most net wins, of course, by far. But he also has the most total wins. And, to top it all off, he also has the best winning percentage. There is essentially no way to conclude that Brooks Robinson was not the best defensive third baseman in major-league history.

What if we extend the analysis beyond just third basemen? If one measures fielding wins against replacement level, this normalizes for the relative importance of the defensive position - that is, positional averages (and, hence, replacement levels) are lower for more valuable defensive positions, so, for example, an average fielding shortstop will have more fielding wins over replacement level than an average fielding third basemen with the same number of fielding decisions.

The next table, then, presents the top 10 players in career fielding wins over replacement level across all fielding positions.

Fielding Wins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player eWins eLoss eWin Pct. eWORL_f
1Ozzie Smith118.1103.30.53418.7
2Cal Ripken111.0101.60.52216.5
3Pee Wee Reese91.779.60.53514.3
4Luis Aparicio111.1106.50.51014.3
5Mark Belanger76.766.50.53614.0
6Omar Vizquel107.4101.60.51413.8
7Dave Concepcion96.591.00.51513.1
8Alan Trammell83.877.60.51912.7
9Lou Boudreau73.462.00.54212.2
10Brooks Robinson90.477.40.53912.0


There is only one non-shortstop in the table.



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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