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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, 2001, with 98.5% of the vote.

Five highlights of Cal Ripken’s career: The first two tables below present Cal Ripken's career as measured by Player won-lost records, in and out of context.

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWORL pWOPA
1981BAL20
23
0.60.9-0.2-0.2
1982BAL21
160
21.618.06.24.3
1983BAL22
162
24.819.48.76.6
1984BAL23
162
25.919.410.18.0
1985BAL24
161
23.120.46.24.1
1986BAL25
162
22.020.05.53.5
1987BAL26
162
19.321.41.2-0.7
1988BAL27
161
20.019.73.31.4
1989BAL28
162
22.419.66.24.2
1990BAL29
161
20.418.45.13.3
1991BAL30
162
23.220.26.24.2
1992BAL31
162
19.718.74.12.2
1993BAL32
162
20.419.44.22.3
1994BAL33
112
14.912.84.43.0
1995BAL34
144
17.618.32.30.6
1996BAL35
163
20.619.44.22.3
1997BAL36
162
19.417.14.12.3
1998BAL37
161
16.417.50.6-1.1
1999BAL38
86
10.09.31.60.6
2000BAL39
83
8.77.71.91.0
2001BAL40
128
11.514.0-1.2-2.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
3,001
382.4351.684.649.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
28
3.72.81.41.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
3,029
386.1354.486.050.4


Expected Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games eWins eLosses eWORL eWOPA
1981BAL20
23
0.61.0-0.3-0.3
1982BAL21
160
20.918.64.93.0
1983BAL22
162
24.220.17.55.4
1984BAL23
162
25.519.89.37.1
1985BAL24
161
23.120.46.34.2
1986BAL25
162
22.219.85.83.8
1987BAL26
162
20.620.13.71.8
1988BAL27
161
21.717.96.74.8
1989BAL28
162
21.620.44.72.7
1990BAL29
161
20.718.15.73.9
1991BAL30
162
24.818.69.47.4
1992BAL31
162
19.119.33.01.1
1993BAL32
162
20.319.44.12.2
1994BAL33
112
14.613.13.92.5
1995BAL34
144
18.017.93.11.4
1996BAL35
163
20.019.93.21.3
1997BAL36
162
17.818.70.9-0.8
1998BAL37
161
16.517.40.7-1.0
1999BAL38
86
10.39.02.11.1
2000BAL39
83
8.38.11.10.3
2001BAL40
128
11.813.7-0.8-2.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
3,001
382.6351.485.149.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
28
3.63.01.00.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
3,029
386.1354.386.250.6


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), and 4th in at bats (11,551). Ripken is also fourth in major-league history in outs made and is second in major-league history in 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 40 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 40 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Hank Aaron496.8369.298.6
142.6
1Babe Ruth373.9213.9146.2
176.9
2Barry Bonds466.8310.6136.5
174.3
2Barry Bonds466.8310.6136.5
174.3
3Willie Mays465.0329.8116.3
156.5
3Willie Mays465.0329.8116.3
156.5
4Pete Rose Sr.438.8394.423.5
64.3
4Hank Aaron496.8369.298.6
142.6
5Carl Yastrzemski430.6360.145.4
85.5
5Mickey Mantle354.3227.2112.6
142.3
6Rickey Henderson428.1350.262.3
100.3
6Ted Williams372.9249.9104.4
136.6
7Stan Musial423.7310.488.7
126.7
7Mel Ott410.6290.199.9
136.6
8Mel Ott410.6290.199.9
136.6
8Roger Clemens317.0228.794.7
131.4
9Frank Robinson398.1302.471.0
107.0
9Stan Musial423.7310.488.7
126.7
10Dave Winfield397.5339.738.9
75.7
10Lou Gehrig290.1174.994.9
119.2
11Cal Ripken382.4351.649.3
84.6
11Joe L. Morgan371.3293.384.9
117.5
12Al Kaline380.5299.358.6
93.2
12Greg Maddux327.2271.977.9
115.1
13Babe Ruth373.9213.9146.2
176.9
13Alex Rodriguez373.8298.781.2
114.9
14Alex Rodriguez373.8298.781.2
114.9
14Warren Spahn351.6294.974.7
114.3
15Ted Williams372.9249.9104.4
136.6
15Lefty Grove260.2186.484.2
112.7
16Joe L. Morgan371.3293.384.9
117.5
16Joe DiMaggio287.4193.185.0
109.9
17Reggie Jackson370.2295.958.5
92.8
17Frank Robinson398.1302.471.0
107.0
18Derek Jeter367.6323.161.2
94.9
18Jimmie Foxx296.4197.879.6
105.5
19Robin Yount366.6345.731.9
66.5
19Albert Pujols359.8267.371.8
104.3
20Albert Pujols359.8267.371.8
104.3
20Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson279.9221.069.8
102.9
21Adrian Beltre358.5318.335.2
68.5
21Rickey Henderson428.1350.262.3
100.3
22Craig Biggio357.6325.534.0
67.3
22Mike Schmidt338.3257.670.9
99.6
23Roberto Clemente356.8295.337.4
70.1
23Eddie Mathews321.0241.470.4
99.0
24Nolan Ryan354.9329.738.3
81.3
24Tom Seaver307.0258.465.1
98.6
25Mickey Mantle354.3227.2112.6
142.3
25Chipper Jones336.2257.669.6
98.6
26Paul Waner354.0296.634.5
68.6
26Pee Wee Reese300.1239.468.0
96.0
27Brooks Robinson352.3310.432.1
65.0
27Derek Jeter367.6323.161.2
94.9
28Warren Spahn351.6294.974.7
114.3
28Al Kaline380.5299.358.6
93.2
29Andre Dawson350.6310.022.6
55.0
29Reggie Jackson370.2295.958.5
92.8
30Lou Brock347.5328.6-7.5
26.0
30Manny Ramirez320.0247.660.2
88.9
31Eddie Murray346.6285.338.7
70.8
31Jim Palmer241.6186.361.8
88.6
32Gary Sheffield343.2288.041.1
72.8
32Yogi Berra246.3182.566.0
88.3
33Ken Griffey Jr.342.2297.238.3
69.9
33Bob Gibson262.5218.758.5
87.2
34Mike Schmidt338.3257.670.9
99.6
34Steve Carlton335.8305.949.3
87.0
35Chipper Jones336.2257.669.6
98.6
35Carl Yastrzemski430.6360.145.4
85.5
36Steve Carlton335.8305.949.3
87.0
36Pedro J. Martinez192.5137.862.6
84.8
37Ozzie Smith333.3312.435.7
66.6
37Cal Ripken382.4351.649.3
84.6
38Billy Williams332.1278.131.1
62.0
38Duke Snider270.3199.359.2
83.7
39Carlos Beltran331.4290.032.5
63.6
39Juan Marichal231.0188.256.8
81.8
40Dwight Evans329.9272.045.4
75.1
40Al Simmons319.1251.651.9
81.6


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 replacement level (eWORL) 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
1Dwight Gooden198519.712.58.5
10.4
2Kevin Mitchell198926.417.97.4
9.5
3Mike Scott198618.812.87.6
9.5
4Cal Ripken199124.818.67.4
9.4
5Cal Ripken198425.519.87.1
9.3
6Robin Yount198224.318.57.2
9.2
7Ron Guidry197817.710.57.3
9.1
8Rickey Henderson198523.315.67.2
9.1
9Rickey Henderson199023.115.27.3
9.1
10Roger Clemens198818.311.47.0
9.0


By this measure, Cal Ripken had the two of the five 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.

Article last updated: February 11, 2019



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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