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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
23
0.50.90.343-0.2
-0.1
0.81.40.358-0.3-0.2
1982BAL21
160
21.017.80.5422.1
3.6
19.417.90.5201.22.6
1983BAL22
162
24.218.90.5613.4
5.0
23.519.60.5462.74.3
1984BAL23
162
25.919.60.5694.4
6.2
25.220.00.5583.95.7
1985BAL24
161
22.920.40.5292.3
3.9
23.620.80.5332.54.2
1986BAL25
162
21.720.10.5201.8
3.4
21.819.50.5272.13.6
1987BAL26
162
18.920.80.477-0.0
1.5
19.819.20.5081.22.7
1988BAL27
161
19.319.40.4980.5
2.0
20.617.30.5452.33.7
1989BAL28
162
22.419.00.5412.4
3.9
21.519.90.5181.53.0
1990BAL29
161
20.518.10.5301.9
3.3
19.617.20.5331.93.3
1991BAL30
162
23.720.10.5402.5
4.2
24.918.80.5703.85.5
1992BAL31
162
19.819.60.5020.9
2.4
19.720.40.4910.42.0
1993BAL32
162
20.419.20.5161.3
2.9
20.118.70.5171.32.9
1994BAL33
112
14.913.00.5341.5
2.7
14.112.40.5311.32.4
1995BAL34
144
17.818.30.4930.5
1.9
16.316.20.5010.72.0
1996BAL35
163
20.519.10.5171.4
3.0
19.519.30.5030.82.3
1997BAL36
162
19.617.30.5311.2
2.6
16.817.90.485-0.50.9
1998BAL37
161
16.717.50.487-0.4
0.9
16.017.10.483-0.50.8
1999BAL38
86
10.19.30.5200.4
1.2
10.59.30.5290.61.4
2000BAL39
83
8.57.90.5200.4
1.1
8.07.90.5040.10.8
2001BAL40
128
11.213.90.446-1.3
-0.2
11.213.60.452-1.2-0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
3,001
380.3350.10.52127.1
55.2
372.8344.20.52026.153.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
28
3.52.80.559 0.73.83.20.539 0.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
3,029
383.8352.90.521
55.9
376.6347.50.520 54.3


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 Aaron496.1373.143.4
79.9
1Barry Bonds462.0316.859.3
89.7
2Barry Bonds462.0316.859.3
89.7
2Willie Mays461.0333.650.7
83.5
3Willie Mays461.0333.650.7
83.5
3Hank Aaron496.1373.143.4
79.9
4Pete Rose Sr.436.6391.411.8
45.1
4Roger Clemens318.9228.451.3
79.9
5Rickey Henderson428.0352.929.5
60.2
5Mickey Mantle354.5232.550.4
74.7
6Carl Yastrzemski425.4360.718.3
51.7
6Greg Maddux330.9273.145.2
74.1
7Frank Robinson398.1307.529.8
60.1
7Joe L. Morgan364.6281.846.9
73.1
8Dave Winfield395.2344.715.0
45.1
8Warren Spahn360.1299.743.8
72.5
9Stan Musial395.1294.336.6
65.1
9Alex Rodriguez374.0296.842.9
69.7
10Al Kaline380.5302.425.5
54.2
10Stan Musial395.1294.336.6
65.1
11Cal Ripken380.3350.127.1
55.2
11Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.7222.238.2
64.1
12Alex Rodriguez374.0296.842.9
69.7
12Tom Seaver313.4260.538.5
63.0
13Reggie Jackson369.2298.826.0
55.1
13Ted Williams323.1220.039.3
62.1
14Derek Jeter367.2318.234.3
60.7
14Derek Jeter367.2318.234.3
60.7
15Joe L. Morgan364.6281.846.9
73.1
15Rickey Henderson428.0352.929.5
60.2
16Warren Spahn360.1299.743.8
72.5
16Steve Carlton344.7309.532.5
60.1
17Robin Yount360.0337.918.8
45.9
17Frank Robinson398.1307.529.8
60.1
18Nolan Ryan359.9333.123.5
54.9
18Albert Pujols335.4244.533.9
57.8
19Mickey Mantle354.5232.550.4
74.7
19Joe DiMaggio274.1186.537.8
57.5
20Craig Biggio353.9319.418.0
44.1
20Eddie Mathews319.4238.734.6
57.5
21Roberto Clemente353.9300.613.0
40.0
21Chipper Jones337.7259.633.3
56.5
22Adrian Beltre351.1308.719.1
44.3
22Mike Schmidt336.3256.933.2
56.2
23Andre Dawson350.3315.97.6
33.9
23Bob Gibson268.7222.334.5
56.0
24Eddie Murray347.0285.219.2
45.7
24Pee Wee Reese288.2228.733.8
55.6
25Brooks Robinson346.7308.214.0
40.8
25Cal Ripken380.3350.127.1
55.2
26Steve Carlton344.7309.532.5
60.1
26Reggie Jackson369.2298.826.0
55.1
27Gary Sheffield344.1291.017.9
43.8
27Nolan Ryan359.9333.123.5
54.9
28Lou Brock342.0331.9-8.9
18.7
28Tom Glavine281.1250.729.3
54.9
29Ken Griffey Jr.339.1300.616.3
41.7
29Al Kaline380.5302.425.5
54.2
30Chipper Jones337.7259.633.3
56.5
30Jim Palmer246.4190.233.3
53.3


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
1Dwight Gooden198518.311.04.5
5.8
2Cal Ripken198425.220.03.9
5.7
3Cal Ripken199124.918.83.8
5.5
4Robin Yount198223.818.03.8
5.4
5J. Kevin Brown199217.910.83.8
5.4
6Rickey Henderson198523.415.83.6
5.0
7Roger Clemens198718.412.23.4
5.0
8Jim Rice197825.618.53.1
5.0
9Ron Guidry197817.09.93.7
4.9
10Alan Trammell198721.716.73.4
4.9
11Joe L. Morgan197720.514.53.4
4.9
12Ryne Sandberg199225.318.73.2
4.8
13Greg Maddux199217.212.13.5
4.8
14Barry Bonds199223.115.23.3
4.8
15Jim Palmer197719.613.93.1
4.8
16Mike Scott198617.311.83.5
4.8
17John Tudor198516.411.03.4
4.7
18Fred Lynn197921.915.13.2
4.7
19Mike Schmidt198023.917.13.1
4.7
20George Foster197725.518.32.8
4.6
21Dale Murphy198325.017.83.1
4.6
22Tom Seaver197717.312.43.3
4.6
23Ryne Sandberg198424.619.52.8
4.6
24Jimmy Key198716.510.93.1
4.5
25Ryne Sandberg199024.018.03.0
4.5
26Rickey Henderson199021.814.73.1
4.5
27Bret Saberhagen198916.010.03.2
4.5
28Roger Clemens198816.911.03.1
4.4
29Roger Clemens198616.410.63.1
4.4
30Mike Schmidt197923.617.12.8
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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