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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
21.717.90.5482.4
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
383.3350.70.52228.2
56.5
374.9344.60.52126.854.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
28
3.72.80.569 0.83.83.20.543 0.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
3,023
387.0353.50.522
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 Aaron492.5372.942.2
77.9
1Barry Bonds462.1315.160.3
90.8
2Barry Bonds462.1315.160.3
90.8
2Willie Mays460.1335.249.6
81.8
3Willie Mays460.1335.249.6
81.8
3Roger Clemens318.2228.251.1
79.6
4Pete Rose Sr.437.9394.811.1
44.1
4Hank Aaron492.5372.942.2
77.9
5Rickey Henderson426.7353.328.7
59.4
5Babe Ruth306.4178.654.2
74.1
6Carl Yastrzemski426.5363.217.9
50.8
6Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.2
73.9
7Stan Musial420.9312.139.9
69.4
7Greg Maddux328.5271.444.8
73.5
8Frank Robinson395.0304.230.4
59.8
8Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
9Dave Winfield392.9343.214.8
44.6
9Warren Spahn354.2293.643.8
71.8
10Cal Ripken383.3350.728.2
56.5
10Ted Williams369.6253.644.5
69.9
11Al Kaline378.0302.324.7
52.8
11Alex Rodriguez373.9297.242.5
69.5
12Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
12Stan Musial420.9312.139.9
69.4
13Alex Rodriguez373.9297.242.5
69.5
13Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.3221.038.5
64.3
14Ted Williams369.6253.644.5
69.9
14Lefty Grove248.3169.644.9
63.8
15Derek Jeter369.4322.233.4
60.1
15Mel Ott361.9264.736.9
63.1
16Robin Yount367.2345.618.5
46.1
16Tom Seaver309.0256.738.1
62.4
17Reggie Jackson367.1298.325.6
54.1
17Derek Jeter369.4322.233.4
60.1
18Mel Ott361.9264.736.9
63.1
18Frank Robinson395.0304.230.4
59.8
19Craig Biggio358.5325.417.3
44.0
19Rickey Henderson426.7353.328.7
59.4
20Nolan Ryan356.9328.124.6
55.8
20Steve Carlton338.0304.231.6
58.9
21Warren Spahn354.2293.643.8
71.8
21Albert Pujols334.8243.534.1
58.0
22Brooks Robinson354.2310.516.7
43.4
22Lou Gehrig263.4158.040.2
57.8
23Roberto Clemente352.6299.213.3
39.7
23Joe DiMaggio280.1192.038.3
57.5
24Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.2
73.9
24Pee Wee Reese300.7238.735.2
57.0
25Andre Dawson347.4313.87.3
33.3
25Eddie Mathews320.6240.534.3
56.9
26Eddie Murray345.7285.318.7
45.0
26Chipper Jones336.7258.533.3
56.5
27Adrian Beltre345.6304.218.7
43.6
27Cal Ripken383.3350.728.2
56.5
28Lou Brock343.0332.9-8.8
18.3
28Mike Schmidt337.4257.433.6
56.4
29Gary Sheffield342.0289.817.6
43.4
29Nolan Ryan356.9328.124.6
55.8
30Ken Griffey Jr.339.3300.716.5
42.0
30Bob Gibson263.9217.334.6
55.5


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 10 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 10 Seasons, 1969 - 1992
Player Season 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
5Alan Trammell198721.916.73.5
5.0
6Ryne Sandberg199226.019.03.3
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


By this measure, Cal Ripken had the two best 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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