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Cal Ripken

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Cal Ripken

Cal Ripken was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 2007, with 98.5% of the vote.

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

Cal Ripken
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1981BAL20
18
0.60.90.397-0.1
-0.1
0.81.40.365-0.3-0.2
1982BAL21
159
21.617.90.5482.3
3.9
20.318.10.5291.53.0
1983BAL22
162
24.919.30.5643.5
5.1
23.519.40.5472.74.2
1984BAL23
162
25.819.30.5724.5
6.2
25.119.50.5634.05.7
1985BAL24
161
23.220.40.5322.4
4.0
23.020.30.5312.34.0
1986BAL25
162
22.020.10.5232.0
3.5
21.919.60.5282.13.7
1987BAL26
162
19.421.30.476-0.1
1.5
20.520.10.5051.12.7
1988BAL27
161
19.919.80.5020.7
2.2
21.217.40.5482.53.9
1989BAL28
162
22.519.30.5382.4
3.9
20.919.70.5151.42.8
1990BAL29
161
20.618.50.5271.8
3.2
19.917.40.5332.03.3
1991BAL30
162
23.420.00.5392.5
4.1
24.618.40.5723.95.5
1992BAL31
162
19.518.90.5071.0
2.5
19.519.70.4970.72.2
1993BAL32
162
20.519.40.5141.3
2.8
19.919.10.5111.12.7
1994BAL33
112
14.912.80.5381.6
2.8
14.312.70.5291.32.5
1995BAL34
144
17.718.40.4910.4
1.9
16.116.00.5010.72.0
1996BAL35
163
20.619.20.5181.4
3.0
20.020.00.5000.72.3
1997BAL36
162
19.317.00.5311.2
2.6
16.717.40.489-0.31.0
1998BAL37
161
16.417.40.485-0.5
0.9
16.117.20.484-0.50.8
1999BAL38
86
10.09.20.5220.5
1.2
10.69.30.5330.71.5
2000BAL39
83
8.87.70.5330.6
1.3
8.07.70.5090.20.9
2001BAL40
128
11.514.00.451-1.2
-0.1
12.014.10.460-1.00.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,995
383.2350.60.52228.2
56.5
374.8344.50.52126.854.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
28
3.72.80.569 0.83.83.20.543 0.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
3,023
386.9353.40.522
57.3
378.7347.80.521 55.2


Cal Ripken is almost certainly best known for his major-league record 2,632 consecutive games played from May 30, 1982 through September 19, 1998. Because of this, I think that Cal Ripken is sometimes viewed primarily as a career compiler, and, indeed, Cal Ripken is 8th in major-league history in games played (3,001), 6th in plate appearances (12,883), 4th in at bats (11,551), 15th in hits (3,184), and 15th in total bases (5,168). Ripken is also 4th in major-league history in outs made and holds the major-league record for double play groundouts.

And, similarly, Cal Ripken ranks extremely high in career Player wins and Player wins over replacement level, as shown in the table below.

pWins
Top 30 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 30 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Hank Aaron492.4372.842.2
77.9
1Barry Bonds462.0315.060.3
90.7
2Barry Bonds462.0315.060.3
90.7
2Willie Mays459.7334.649.7
81.8
3Willie Mays459.7334.649.7
81.8
3Roger Clemens318.2228.251.1
79.6
4Pete Rose Sr.437.9394.811.2
44.1
4Hank Aaron492.4372.842.2
77.9
5Rickey Henderson426.7353.228.7
59.4
5Mickey Mantle351.5230.450.2
73.8
6Carl Yastrzemski426.4363.117.9
50.8
6Greg Maddux328.5271.444.8
73.5
7Stan Musial420.9312.139.9
69.4
7Joe L. Morgan374.1292.446.2
72.7
8Frank Robinson394.9304.130.3
59.8
8Warren Spahn354.3293.643.9
71.8
9Dave Winfield392.8343.014.8
44.6
9Alex Rodriguez373.9297.242.5
69.5
10Cal Ripken383.2350.628.2
56.5
10Stan Musial420.9312.139.9
69.4
11Al Kaline377.9302.124.7
52.8
11Ted Williams349.4239.042.4
66.4
12Joe L. Morgan374.1292.446.2
72.7
12Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.3221.038.5
64.3
13Alex Rodriguez373.9297.242.5
69.5
13Tom Seaver308.7256.838.0
62.3
14Derek Jeter369.4322.233.4
60.1
14Lefty Grove237.8162.443.0
61.1
15Robin Yount367.0345.518.5
46.1
15Derek Jeter369.4322.233.4
60.1
16Reggie Jackson367.0298.225.6
54.1
16Frank Robinson394.9304.130.3
59.8
17Craig Biggio358.5325.417.3
44.0
17Mel Ott343.1251.934.4
59.4
18Nolan Ryan356.9328.024.6
55.9
18Rickey Henderson426.7353.228.7
59.4
19Brooks Robinson355.0310.617.1
43.8
19Steve Carlton337.9303.931.7
59.0
20Warren Spahn354.3293.643.9
71.8
20Albert Pujols334.8243.534.1
58.0
21Roberto Clemente352.5299.113.3
39.7
21Joe DiMaggio278.0189.338.7
57.9
22Mickey Mantle351.5230.450.2
73.8
22Pee Wee Reese300.9238.635.2
57.1
23Ted Williams349.4239.042.4
66.4
23Eddie Mathews320.6240.734.2
56.9
24Andre Dawson347.2313.77.2
33.2
24Lou Gehrig259.0156.039.2
56.5
25Eddie Murray345.7285.318.7
45.0
25Chipper Jones336.7258.533.3
56.5
26Adrian Beltre345.6304.318.7
43.6
26Cal Ripken383.2350.628.2
56.5
27Mel Ott343.1251.934.4
59.4
27Mike Schmidt337.4257.533.5
56.3
28Lou Brock342.9332.9-8.8
18.3
28Nolan Ryan356.9328.024.6
55.9
29Gary Sheffield342.0289.717.6
43.4
29Bob Gibson263.9217.334.6
55.5
30Ken Griffey Jr.339.3300.616.5
42.0
30Tom Glavine279.5249.629.1
54.5


I think sometimes that the counting stats obscure that not only did Cal Ripken merely stick around for a very long time - although, obviously, he did - but he was also an excellent baseball player. The next table shows the top 30 single seasons, as measured by (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over from 1977 through 1992 (the longest stretch between expansions since MLB first expanded in 1961).

eWins over Replacement Level
Top 30 Seasons, 1969 - 2017
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Cal Ripken198425.119.54.0
5.7
2Cal Ripken199124.618.43.9
5.5
3Dwight Gooden198517.911.34.2
5.5
4Robin Yount198224.318.63.8
5.4
5Ryne Sandberg199226.019.03.3
5.0
6Alan Trammell198721.916.73.5
5.0
7Greg Maddux199217.812.53.6
5.0
8Roger Clemens198718.011.93.4
4.9
9Rickey Henderson198522.815.43.5
4.9
10Joe L. Morgan197720.614.43.5
4.9
11Jim Rice197825.218.52.9
4.8
12Mike Scott198617.211.63.5
4.7
13Mike Schmidt198024.417.33.1
4.7
14Ron Guidry197816.69.83.5
4.7
15Barry Bonds199223.015.33.3
4.7
16Rickey Henderson199022.014.53.3
4.7
17Ozzie Smith198723.418.43.0
4.7
18Jim Palmer197719.313.92.9
4.6
19J. Kevin Brown199216.711.13.1
4.6
20Roger Clemens198816.510.33.3
4.6
21Jimmy Key198716.911.23.1
4.6
22Tom Seaver197716.912.13.2
4.5
23Jose Canseco198825.318.62.7
4.4
24Dale Murphy198324.217.32.9
4.4
25Roger Clemens199014.68.53.3
4.4
26Roger Clemens199215.810.23.0
4.4
27Kevin Mitchell198923.515.93.0
4.4
28Roger Clemens198616.310.63.1
4.4
29George Foster197724.317.52.7
4.4
30Charles Nagy199216.010.62.9
4.4


Cal Ripken had the second-best season in the major leagues, 2 of the top 10 seasons, and 3 of the top 30 seasons over this 26-year period. Cal Ripken did a lot more than just stick around for a long time playing every game. He stuck around for a long time playing every game because he was a great, great baseball player.



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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