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2015 Veterans' Committee HOF Ballot: Dick Allen

The Baseball Hall of Fame recently announced their 2015 Veterans' ballot. One player on the ballot is Dick Allen.

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

Dick Allen
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1963PHI21
10
0.80.40.6640.2
0.2
0.60.60.519-0.00.0
1964PHI22
162
25.317.80.5873.3
5.0
24.318.70.5662.44.1
1965PHI23
161
21.618.60.5371.0
2.6
22.317.90.5541.73.3
1966PHI24
141
22.916.10.5872.9
4.4
22.616.40.5802.64.1
1967PHI25
122
19.714.40.5782.3
3.7
19.314.80.5651.93.3
1968PHI26
152
25.218.00.5832.6
4.4
24.019.10.5571.53.2
1969PHI27
118
14.011.90.5410.2
1.3
15.110.80.5821.32.4
1970SLN28
122
14.912.40.5460.6
1.7
15.311.90.5621.02.2
1971LAN29
155
21.217.80.5431.0
2.5
21.717.30.5561.53.0
1972CHA30
148
23.212.10.6584.1
5.6
21.913.30.6212.94.3
1973CHA31
72
7.86.20.5570.5
1.1
8.25.90.5810.91.5
1974CHA32
128
14.611.60.5581.1
2.1
14.911.20.5721.52.5
1975PHI33
119
12.111.60.510-0.4
0.5
11.811.90.498-0.70.2
1976PHI34
85
8.78.00.521-0.1
0.5
8.97.70.5360.20.8
1977OAK35
53
5.35.10.513-0.0
0.4
5.25.20.496-0.20.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,748
237.2181.90.56619.2
36.1
236.2182.90.56418.235.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
3
0.10.30.244 -0.10.20.30.410 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,751
237.3182.20.566
36.0
236.4183.20.564 35.0


So, what is Dick Allen's Hall-of-Fame case, or rephrased somewhat, what is Dick Allen's place in baseball history?
Batting
At the risk of offending sabermetric-savvy readers, Dick Allen's Hall-of-Fame case is similar in nature to that of Jim Rice: at his best, Dick Allen was one of the most feared batters in baseball. Dick Allen played 140 or more games only 6 times in his career. In those seasons, he won an MVP and a Rookie-of-the-Year Award, and finished top 10 in MVP voting three times. Allen qualified for the batting title 10 times and made 7 All-Star games - including one in 1973 when he appeared in only 72 games with 288 (excellent) plate appearances. Allen led his league in OBP twice, SLG twice, and OPS four times.

Dick Allen's Hall-of-Fame case is primarily about what he did in the batters' box, and all about quality, not quantity. The next table shows the top 25 players in career batting wins over non-pitcher average since 1961 (the first year of major-league expansion and the 162-game season).

Top 25 Players, Career Batting Wins over Non-Pitcher Average, since 1961
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Barry Bonds306.9184.70.62456.6
2Mike Schmidt231.2159.00.59232.5
3Frank E. Thomas222.4157.40.58632.3
4Hank Aaron225.9155.60.59231.8
5Jim Thome225.8160.90.58431.7
6Alex Rodriguez263.7200.40.56831.1
7Manny Ramirez221.1158.60.58230.7
8Albert Pujols263.1197.90.57130.0
9Frank Robinson204.5138.90.59530.0
10Reggie Jackson251.4189.00.57129.9
11Mark McGwire178.7118.70.60129.1
12Willie McCovey211.2147.80.58828.3
13Jeff Bagwell213.3151.80.58427.4
14Harmon Killebrew196.1135.80.59127.2
15Carl Yastrzemski293.6233.90.55726.9
16Willie Stargell208.6148.20.58526.8
17Gary Sheffield235.6178.30.56926.0
18Chipper Jones233.8175.60.57125.5
19Miguel Cabrera214.9161.60.57125.4
20Willie Mays171.1115.20.59825.2
21Dick Allen172.5119.40.59124.1
22David Ortiz219.6170.40.56324.0
23Joe L. Morgan235.6180.00.56724.0
24Rickey Henderson259.8210.50.55223.9
25Ken Griffey Jr.241.0192.20.55623.1

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense

Dick Allen was among the top 25 batters of the past 55 years. Note, in particular, that he accomplished this in far fewer decisions than every player above him in the above table except for Mark McGwire and Willie Mays. Ignoring quantity and focusing on quality, Allen's batting win percentage in the above table is comparable to Harmon Killebrew and Willie McCovey.

Dick Allen's Prime
As noted above, Dick Allen only qualified for a batting title 10 times and only played 140 or more games 6 times. Based on that, Dick Allen's Hall-of-Fame case is not a career case: he had fewer than 2,000 hits and 400 home runs in his career (1,848 and 351, respectively). But the 10 years in which Allen qualified for a batting title fell within an 11-year period from 1964 - 1974. During that time period, Dick Allen was one of the best players in Major League Baseball.

The next table shows the top 25 players in MLB from 1964 - 1976, as measured by pWins over positional average or replacement level.

Top 25 Players, 1964 - 1974, pWOPA and pWORL

pWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 25 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Bob Gibson198.9156.727.6
42.8
1Bob Gibson198.9156.727.6
42.8
2Joe L. Morgan194.4156.322.3
36.5
2Hank Aaron234.7176.519.8
36.6
3Juan Marichal173.4139.822.2
35.7
3Joe L. Morgan194.4156.322.3
36.5
4Tom Seaver147.5114.321.0
32.0
4Juan Marichal173.4139.822.2
35.7
5Fergie Jenkins177.1145.920.5
34.4
5Frank Robinson215.4163.018.6
35.0
6Willie McCovey182.2123.620.5
33.0
6Dick Allen210.3156.819.6
34.5
7Hank Aaron234.7176.519.8
36.6
7Fergie Jenkins177.1145.920.5
34.4
8Dick Allen210.3156.819.6
34.5
8Brooks Robinson227.1185.816.8
33.5
9Willie Mays184.9136.719.0
32.2
9Willie McCovey182.2123.620.5
33.0
10Frank Robinson215.4163.018.6
35.0
10Willie Mays184.9136.719.0
32.2
11Brooks Robinson227.1185.816.8
33.5
11Ron Santo226.3188.115.1
32.1
12Harmon Killebrew190.0142.616.3
30.1
12Gaylord Perry196.4174.815.5
32.0
13Johnny Bench131.6101.016.2
25.7
13Tom Seaver147.5114.321.0
32.0
14Jim Palmer120.493.816.1
25.5
14Carl Yastrzemski236.2190.514.3
31.6
15Gaylord Perry196.4174.815.5
32.0
15Harmon Killebrew190.0142.616.3
30.1
16Ron Santo226.3188.115.1
32.1
16Willie Stargell211.8166.314.3
29.7
17Jim Kaat167.9148.014.8
28.7
17Jimmy Wynn218.6180.412.6
28.9
18Roberto Clemente188.6145.514.7
28.3
18Jim Kaat167.9148.014.8
28.7
19Dick McAuliffe172.7149.714.5
27.7
19Billy Williams244.8203.810.3
28.5
20Willie Stargell211.8166.314.3
29.7
20Roberto Clemente188.6145.514.7
28.3
21Carl Yastrzemski236.2190.514.3
31.6
21Joe Torre193.0158.813.9
28.2
22Joe Torre193.0158.813.9
28.2
22Pete Rose Sr.236.3206.010.2
28.2
23Dave McNally154.0135.313.2
25.9
23Bert Campaneris203.3194.511.9
28.1
24Luis Tiant142.7122.613.1
25.1
24Dick McAuliffe172.7149.714.5
27.7
25Tony Perez179.2141.913.1
26.3
25Jim Fregosi189.8173.312.5
27.3


Dick Allen ranks in the top 8 in MLB in both pWOPA and pWORL from 1964 - 1976. This time period is, of course, cherry picked to accentuate Dick Allen's case. Having said that, though, Dick Allen is the only non-Hall-of-Famer among the top 13 players in pWOPA and among the top 14 players in pWORL in the above table.

Dick Allen's Place in Philadelphia Phillies History
Dick Allen spent the majority of his career as a Philadelphia Phillie. The final table in this article shows the top 10 players in Philadelphia Phillies history as measured by career pWins over positional average, pWOPA, amassed as a Phillie.

Player pWins pLosses pWinPct pWOPA pWORL
Mike Schmidt337.5257.50.56734.056.8
Steve Carlton241.6206.80.53925.443.9
Robin Roberts240.6215.80.52719.138.6
Chase Utley206.6169.80.54918.332.3
Jimmy Rollins273.2251.20.52114.534.3
Dick Allen150.2116.80.56311.922.7
Bobby Abreu189.1154.30.55111.224.8
Cole Hamels123.5110.10.52911.022.3
Jim Bunning96.381.60.54110.118.0
Curt Schilling104.093.10.5278.718.4


I have only calculated Player won-lost records (mostly) since 1921, so I am missing several of the greatest players in Phillies history (e.g., Hall-of-Famers Grover Cleveland Alexander, Ed Delahanty, et al.). But Dick Allen's position here, even just since that time, is quite 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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