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Dan Quisenberry
2014 Veterans' Committee HOF Ballot: Dan Quisenberry

The Baseball Hall of Fame recently announced their 2014 Veterans' ballot. One player on the ballot is former Kansas City Royals relief ace, Dan Quisenberry.

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

Dan Quisenberry
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1979KCA26
32
2.32.50.479-0.2
0.1
1.81.80.508-0.00.2
1980KCA27
75
12.05.80.6742.8
4.0
5.74.60.5560.41.1
1981KCA28
40
5.32.90.6451.0
1.5
3.12.30.5790.30.6
1982KCA29
72
10.56.60.6131.5
2.6
6.34.90.5640.41.1
1983KCA30
69
10.35.00.6762.4
3.3
6.44.00.6151.01.6
1984KCA31
72
9.94.70.6782.3
3.2
5.74.00.5890.61.2
1985KCA32
84
10.67.00.6001.4
2.6
6.45.00.5620.51.2
1986KCA33
62
4.63.30.5810.5
1.0
3.92.80.5810.40.8
1987KCA34
47
2.52.20.5300.0
0.3
2.22.10.519-0.00.2
35
53
1.32.20.379-0.5
-0.3
2.93.40.463-0.30.0
1989SLN36
63
1.81.50.5420.1
0.3
3.42.60.5660.30.7
1990SFN37
5
0.30.80.278-0.3
-0.2
0.30.60.351-0.2-0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
674
71.444.50.61611.1
18.4
48.338.00.5603.48.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
18
1.92.10.479 0.11.31.10.540 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
692
73.346.60.616
18.5
49.639.00.560 9.1


Dan Quisenberry vs. Hall-of-Fame Relief Pitchers
When it comes time to evaluate players' statistical case for the Hall of Fame (or Hall of Merit), one pretty much has to put relief pitchers in their own bucket and compare them only to their own kind. The next table compares Dan Quisenberry's career record, as measured by Player won-lost records, to that of relief pitchers who are already in the Hall of Fame.

Hall-of-Fame Relief Pitchers (and Dan Quisenberry)
(ranked by career pWORL)
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Trevor Hoffman100.762.316.627.4
Hoyt Wilhelm138.7116.110.425.8
Rich Gossage131.3101.911.725.7
Rollie Fingers121.197.39.823.0
Bruce Sutter88.462.610.920.1
Dan Quisenberry71.444.511.118.4
Satchel Paige29.629.00.64.0


The standard for showing up on the previous table is at least half of a player's wins coming as a relief pitcher. This picks up Satchel Paige but misses Dennis Eckersley (and John Smoltz).

The table also sort of buries the lead. Quisenberry had a very short career (only about 10 full seasons) but he had an excellent prime. So, yes, Quisenberry had fewer career pWORL than most Hall-of-Fame relievers. But he actually had more career pWins over positional average (pWOPA) than any relief pitcher currently in the Hall of Fame except for Goose Gossage and Trevor Hoffman (and Eckersley, who beats him in pWOPA fairly handily).

Top Seasons Ever by a Relief Pitcher
Dan Quisenberry's prime came at the heyday of the fireman model of relief pitcher. In 1980, Quisenberry pitched 128.1 innings, all in relief, finishing 68 of the Royals' 162 games. The 1981 season lost about one-third of the season to a strike, so Quisenberry only pitched a somewhat reasonable 62.1 innings. Then, from 1982 - 1985, Quisenberry pitched at least 129 innings, all in relief, four consecutive seasons, finishing 42% of all Royals games and earning a (traditional pitcher) win or a save in 55% of Royals wins over those four seasons.

The next table shows the top 40 seasons, ranked by pWins over replacement level, for players who earned at least half of their Player wins as a relief pitcher, for all seasons for which I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Player Season Team pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
John Hiller1973DET12.25.20.7043.24.3
Wilcy Moore1927NYA14.18.90.6132.94.2
Dan Quisenberry1980KCA12.05.80.6742.84.0
Willie Hernandez1984DET9.93.10.7623.13.9
John Smoltz2002ATL10.03.90.7232.93.9
Keith Foulke2000CHA9.12.80.7633.03.8
Eric Gagne2002LAN9.33.20.7422.83.8
Jim Kern1979TEX12.46.70.6482.53.7
Dick Radatz1964BOS13.08.30.6102.23.6
Mariano Rivera1996NYA9.73.60.7292.73.6
John Wetteland1993MON10.24.70.6872.73.6
Rich Gossage1975CHA12.16.80.6402.43.6
Eric Gagne2003LAN8.42.60.7622.73.5
Mariano Rivera2004NYA9.43.60.7232.63.5
Kenley Jansen2017LAN7.82.10.7862.73.5
Mark W. Davis1989SDN10.75.20.6732.53.5
Stu Miller1965BAL9.94.50.6892.53.4
Frankie Rodriguez2006ANA8.93.20.7352.63.4
Zach Britton2016BAL7.71.80.8122.73.4
Bruce Sutter1977CHN10.14.80.6772.53.4
Billy Koch2002OAK10.55.60.6512.13.4
Jeff Montgomery1993KCA9.84.50.6842.53.4
Dan Quisenberry1983KCA10.35.00.6762.43.3
Doug Jones1988CLE9.64.10.7002.53.3
Roberto M. Hernandez1999TBA9.24.00.7002.53.3
Heath Bell2010SDN8.53.30.7192.53.3
Ray Narleski1955CLE8.94.00.6912.43.3
Ted Abernathy1967CIN10.35.60.6462.33.3
Terry Forster1972CHA9.34.40.6792.43.2
Trevor Hoffman1996SDN9.74.70.6762.33.2
Lindy McDaniel1960SLN9.64.90.6642.33.2
Dan Quisenberry1984KCA9.94.70.6782.33.2
Aurelio Lopez1979DET10.05.10.6632.23.1
Brian Wilson2010SFN7.93.00.7252.43.1
Rod Beck1993SFN8.33.40.7122.43.1
Robb Nen2002SFN8.03.20.7152.23.1
Tim Burke1987MON7.62.30.7642.53.1
Frankie Rodriguez2008ANA10.05.50.6472.03.0
Francisco Cordero2004TEX9.14.10.6882.23.0
Sparky Lyle1972NYA10.05.70.6382.03.0


Three of the top 40 seasons ever by a relief pitcher: that's pretty damn impressive! In fact, Quiz is the only player to show up three times on that list.

Hall-of-Famer? Probably not, to be honest. But at his best: damn, he was impressive.



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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