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Dave Winfield

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Dave Winfield

Dave Winfield was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 2001, with 84.5% of the vote.

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

Dave Winfield
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1973SDN21
56
4.24.60.480-0.3
0.1
4.64.50.502-0.10.3
1974SDN22
145
18.616.40.5310.5
1.9
18.615.90.5390.82.1
1975SDN23
143
20.417.40.5390.8
2.3
19.516.80.5370.72.1
1976SDN24
137
22.017.20.5611.8
3.3
20.716.50.5561.52.9
1977SDN25
157
23.721.30.5270.2
2.0
23.419.80.5420.82.6
1978SDN26
158
24.918.90.5692.3
4.0
21.918.40.5441.12.7
1979SDN27
159
26.820.10.5712.2
4.1
24.818.90.5671.93.6
1980SDN28
162
21.020.60.504-0.5
1.1
21.918.30.5441.12.7
1981NYA29
105
14.412.90.5280.5
1.6
13.512.50.5190.21.2
1982NYA30
140
20.018.80.5150.2
1.7
19.917.80.5280.72.1
1983NYA31
152
21.318.80.5310.9
2.4
21.119.30.5230.62.1
1984NYA32
141
20.817.20.5471.2
2.7
20.717.30.5451.12.6
1985NYA33
155
23.718.50.5622.3
3.9
22.019.70.5280.82.4
1986NYA34
154
20.117.70.5320.9
2.3
19.217.50.5230.51.8
1987NYA35
156
20.417.90.5340.9
2.4
18.618.00.508-0.11.4
1988NYA36
149
21.717.10.5591.8
3.2
20.817.40.5441.22.6
38
132
15.816.40.491-0.5
0.7
15.415.00.506-0.01.1
1991CAL39
150
17.517.10.505-0.2
1.3
16.215.90.505-0.21.1
1992TOR40
156
17.612.90.5762.0
3.7
15.912.70.5571.32.9
1993MIN41
143
12.814.50.469-1.0
0.4
12.613.10.491-0.41.0
1994MIN42
76
6.26.10.502-0.2
0.6
6.06.20.492-0.30.5
1995CLE43
45
1.42.40.363-0.6
-0.3
1.82.70.401-0.5-0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,971
395.2344.70.53415.0
45.1
379.0334.10.53112.641.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
26
2.92.30.556 0.52.92.70.515 0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,997
398.1347.10.534
45.6
381.8336.80.531 41.9


Hall-of-Fame candidates can sometimes be broken down into career candidates, peak candidates, and prime candidates. Dave Winfield is something of a quintessential "career candidate" for the Hall of Fame.

For his career, Winfield ranks 13th in major-league history in plate appearances, 14th in career total bases, 17th in RBI, 30th in runs scored.

The next table shows the top 10 players in career pWins among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Top 10 Players
(sorted by career pWins)
pWins pLosses pWORL pWOPA
1Hank Aaron496.1373.143.479.9
2Barry Bonds462.0316.859.389.7
3Willie Mays461.0333.650.783.5
4Pete Rose Sr.436.6391.411.845.1
5Rickey Henderson428.0352.929.560.2
6Carl Yastrzemski425.4360.718.351.7
7Frank Robinson398.1307.529.860.1
8Dave Winfield395.2344.715.045.1
9Stan Musial395.1294.336.665.1
10Al Kaline380.5302.425.554.2


There is sometimes a negative perception of career candidates as mere "compilers". Of course, pWins are a pretty valuable thing to compile.

Still, value is perhaps better measured by comparing Player wins against average or replacement level.

The next table shows the top 30 players in pWins over replacement level (pWORL) from 1961 (the first season of the 162-game schedule) through 1995 (Dave Winfield's final season). Admittedly, this may be somewhat cherry-picked. But being one of the top 30 players over a 35-year stretch is very impressive.

Top 30 Players, pWORL
(1961 - 1995)
pWins pLosses pWORL pWOPA
1Joe L. Morgan364.6281.846.973.1
2Tom Seaver313.4260.538.563.0
3Steve Carlton344.7309.532.560.1
4Mike Schmidt336.3256.933.256.2
5Bob Gibson258.9210.835.155.5
6Reggie Jackson369.2298.826.055.1
7Nolan Ryan359.9333.123.554.9
8Rickey Henderson330.9259.030.453.3
9Jim Palmer246.4190.233.353.3
10Gaylord Perry326.4297.024.252.4
11Hank Aaron332.1251.927.151.9
12Carl Yastrzemski425.4360.718.351.7
13Don Sutton324.8299.924.351.5
14Fergie Jenkins290.9255.826.450.6
15Lou Whitaker298.5253.228.750.0
16Juan Marichal230.5187.431.249.5
17Tommy John286.7253.725.149.3
18Frank Robinson297.9222.726.549.2
19Willie Mays265.4191.429.948.8
20George Brett328.1273.623.548.5
21Bert Blyleven295.7264.022.348.3
22Phil Niekro337.0326.218.247.3
23Cal Ripken293.8265.125.446.6
24Robin Yount360.0337.918.845.9
25Alan Trammell273.0244.325.245.2
26Dave Winfield395.2344.715.045.1
27Pete Rose Sr.436.6391.411.845.1
28Eddie Murray332.3269.520.244.7
29Dwight Evans328.9275.820.244.5
30Ozzie Smith322.4298.420.043.7


There are four basic factors in which players can earn Player won-lost records: batting, baserunning, pitching, and fielding. Setting aside pitching, the next table shows the decomposition of Dave Winfield's career record across these three basic factors: batting, baserunning, and fielding.

Batting Baserunning Fielding
eWins eLosses eWOPA eWins eLosses eWOPA eWins eLosses eWOPA
252.7212.2
18.7
23.922.6
0.5
102.4101.50.5


Dave Winfield was above-average for his career in all three player factors: batting, baserunning, and fielding.

This puts Dave Winfield in fairly elite company. The next table shows all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records who had at least 200 batting wins, 15 baserunning wins, 75 fielding wins, were over positional average in all three factors*, and also had positive pWOPA for their career. The players are sorted by pWORL.
*Positional average for batting and baserunning excludes pitcher offense. This is done to fairly compare players in DH and non-DH leagues.

pWins pLosses pWORL pWOPA
Barry Bonds462.0316.859.389.7
Willie Mays461.0333.650.783.5
Hank Aaron496.1373.143.479.9
Mickey Mantle354.5232.550.474.7
Rickey Henderson428.0352.929.560.2
Cal Ripken380.3350.127.155.2
Al Kaline380.5302.425.554.2
Dave Winfield395.2344.715.045.1
Dwight Evans328.9275.820.244.5
Adrian Beltre338.6299.217.741.9
Roberto Clemente353.9300.613.040.0
Carlos Beltran319.3283.414.037.6
Bobby Abreu309.0268.111.934.6
Andre Dawson350.3315.97.633.9
Tony Gwynn Sr.321.0289.54.628.2


That's a pretty nice list of major-league players. Dave Winfield: very good player for a very long time.

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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