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Dennis Eckersley

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Dennis Eckersley

Dennis Eckersley was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 2004, with 83.2% of the vote.

Five highlights of Dennis Eckersley's career: The first two tables below present Dennis Eckersley'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
1975CLE20
34
12.19.64.02.6
1976CLE21
36
11.810.62.71.2
1977CLE22
34
14.510.85.53.9
1978BOS23
35
16.512.56.04.1
1979BOS24
33
16.311.76.54.7
1980BOS25
30
11.511.51.60.1
1981BOS26
23
8.37.12.31.2
1982BOS27
33
13.112.03.01.3
1983BOS28
28
10.212.4-0.6-2.1
29
33
13.212.52.91.4
1985CHN30
26
10.27.84.13.0
1986CHN31
33
9.812.0-0.1-1.4
1987OAK32
54
7.66.12.51.3
1988OAK33
60
6.83.54.13.2
1989OAK34
51
5.32.03.83.2
1990OAK35
63
6.32.14.84.0
1991OAK36
67
7.65.33.22.1
1992OAK37
69
7.42.45.74.8
1993OAK38
64
5.94.62.11.2
1994OAK39
45
4.63.51.81.1
1995OAK40
52
4.03.80.80.1
1996SLN41
63
5.24.51.50.6
1997SLN42
57
5.15.00.9-0.1
1998BOS43
50
2.42.00.80.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,073
215.6175.369.841.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
28
3.12.51.00.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,101
218.7177.870.842.4


Expected Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games eWins eLosses eWORL eWOPA
1975CLE20
34
11.410.32.61.2
1976CLE21
36
12.410.03.92.4
1977CLE22
34
13.811.64.02.4
1978BOS23
35
15.014.03.01.1
1979BOS24
33
15.312.74.62.7
1980BOS25
30
12.110.92.81.4
1981BOS26
23
8.56.92.81.7
1982BOS27
33
13.111.93.01.4
1983BOS28
28
10.012.5-0.9-2.4
29
33
13.012.72.91.3
1985CHN30
26
10.67.45.14.0
1986CHN31
33
10.511.31.30.0
1987OAK32
54
8.15.63.52.3
1988OAK33
60
6.14.12.71.8
1989OAK34
51
4.52.82.21.6
1990OAK35
63
5.62.73.42.7
1991OAK36
67
6.86.11.80.7
1992OAK37
69
5.93.82.81.9
1993OAK38
64
5.64.91.50.5
1994OAK39
45
4.33.81.20.4
1995OAK40
52
4.03.70.90.2
1996SLN41
63
4.75.00.5-0.4
1997SLN42
57
5.05.20.7-0.3
1998BOS43
50
2.02.4-0.0-0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,073
208.4182.556.228.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
28
3.22.41.20.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,101
211.6184.957.429.0


Dennis Eckersley basically had two careers. From 1975 through 1986, Dennis Eckersley was a starting pitcher. And, generally, he was a good to very good starting pitcher. Over those 12 seasons, Eckersley had an ERA better than league average (ERA+ > 100 per Baseball-Reference) 9 times, he amassed 151 traditional pitching wins, including 20 wins in 1978. He received Cy Young votes twice (in 1978 and 1979) and made two All-Star teams (in 1977 and 1982). Overall, starting pitcher Dennis Eckersley had a fine career, albeit one which probably would not have generated even minimal Hall of Fame support.

The players most similar in career value to the starting pitcher version of Dennis Eckersley since 1947 are shown in the next table.

Most Similar Players to Dennis Eckersley, Starting Pitcher, in Career Value
(since 1947)
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Pitching Fielding
Dennis Eckersley
378
147.4130.720.2
37.9
-1.7-0.313.80.9
Chris Carpenter (1997)
350
136.6124.119.4
36.4
-6.1-0.114.60.6
Mel Stottlemyre Sr.
366
163.8152.719.3
38.5
-6.0-0.211.92.2
Al Leiter
419
155.0151.112.5
32.6
-8.8-0.413.40.7
Mike Cuellar
456
169.0156.220.6
40.8
-8.3-0.111.60.1
John Candelaria
603
158.2138.327.4
45.8
-5.3-0.712.71.4
Jon Matlack
362
136.2128.313.8
30.0
-4.6-0.314.10.2
Harvey Haddix
530
139.0128.318.3
35.0
-4.70.111.81.0
Andy Messersmith
353
142.3129.920.1
36.3
-5.6-0.015.50.1
Burt Hooton
481
155.4152.511.4
30.1
-8.6-0.211.11.6
Carlos Zambrano
384
133.1120.321.7
37.6
-3.6-0.313.50.8


Not surprisingly, the list contains no Hall of Famers. It does, however, contain two Cy Young winners.

The starting pitcher most similar in career value to the starting pitcher version of Dennis Eckersley is Chris Carpenter. Carpenter had an injury-plagued career in which he pitched the equivalent of about 10-1/2 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals. Carpenter won the NL Cy Young Award in 2005, when he went 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA in 241.2 innings for the Cardinals. He also had a second- and third-place finish in Cy Young voting in 2009 and 2006, respectively.

In 1987, Eckersley was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Oakland A's, where Manager Tony LaRussa converted Eckersley to the bullpen. Over the next 12 years - exactly half of Eckersley's career - he pitched exclusively in relief (outside of two starts in May, 1987). In 12 seasons, relief pitcher Dennis Eckersley saved 387 games (second in history at the time). He led his league in saves twice (in 1988 and 1992), made four All-Star teams, received Cy Young and MVP votes four times each, and won both awards in 1992. Although he won his MVP and Cy Young awards in 1992, his finest season as a relief pitcher was 1990, when Eckersley earned more saves than he allowed baserunners. This was almost the second straight season for Eckersley doing that: in 1989, Eckersley had 33 saves and allowed 36 baserunners (32 hits, 3 walks, 1 hit-by-pitch). In addition to his regular-season success, relief pitcher Dennis Eckersley pitched in six postseasons, winning the 1988 ALCS MVP and pitching for a World Series winner in 1989.

The players most similar in career value to the relief pitcher version of Dennis Eckersley are shown in the next table.

Most Similar Players to Dennis Eckersley, Relief Pitcher, in Career Value
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Pitching Fielding
Dennis Eckersley
695
68.244.621.7
31.9
-0.00.010.30.1
Robb Nen
642
62.839.022.2
31.7
-0.2-0.09.8-0.0
Joakim Soria
710
59.437.719.9
29.2
0.00.010.61.0
John Wetteland
618
71.347.822.4
32.9
-0.2-0.010.30.0
Keith Foulke
619
56.536.319.0
27.6
-0.3-0.09.10.6
Kenley Jansen
606
57.430.525.1
33.6
0.0-0.011.5-0.1
Aroldis Chapman
550
50.028.919.5
27.1
-0.0-0.011.60.2
Dan Quisenberry
674
71.144.424.6
34.8
-0.0-0.012.30.9
Roberto M. Hernandez
1010
87.267.717.1
31.6
0.0-0.08.9-0.1
Bruce Sutter
661
87.762.722.9
36.1
-0.5-0.08.30.0
David Robertson
661
53.835.416.7
25.3
0.00.08.5-0.1


The most similar player to the relief pitcher version of Dennis Eckersley was former Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants relief ace Robb Nen. Nen earned 314 saves in his 10-year major-league career (23rd-most all-time), earning 35 or more saves in each of his final seven seasons, including 40 or more saves four times, and leading the league in saves one time (in 2001 with a career high 45 saves). Nen led his league in games finished three times and had 793 strikeouts in 715 career regular-season innings pitched. Nen also pitched in 20 postseason games, pitching 20 innings with 20 strikeouts and a traditional won-lost record of 1-0 with 11 saves and a 2.25 ERA. In his career, Nen made three All-Star teams, received down-ballot Cy Young and MVP votes once each (both in 2000, when he went 4-3, 41 saves, 92 K and a 1.50 ERA in 66 IP), and was part of the World Series winning 1997 Florida Marlins, where he picked up two saves each in the NLCS and World Series.

Chris Carpenter had a long and noteworthy career as a starting pitcher, frequently pitching very well for very good teams. Robb Nen had a distinguished career as a relief ace, pitching very well for some very good teams.

Dennis Eckersley had Chris Carpenter's career and then he had Robb Nen's career. The result was a fascinating - and extremely valuable - 24 years.

Article last updated: March 18, 2020



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