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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
9
0.70.40.6380.1
0.2
0.70.70.517-0.00.0
1964PHI22
162
25.117.70.5873.3
5.0
23.417.90.5662.34.0
1965PHI23
161
21.618.60.5371.0
2.6
23.318.80.5541.83.4
1966PHI24
141
22.916.10.5872.9
4.4
21.815.80.5802.53.9
1967PHI25
122
19.714.40.5782.3
3.8
18.614.30.5651.83.2
1968PHI26
152
25.218.00.5832.6
4.4
22.317.80.5571.33.0
1969PHI27
118
14.011.90.5410.2
1.3
15.511.10.5821.32.5
1970SLN28
122
14.912.40.5460.6
1.7
16.112.60.5621.12.3
1971LAN29
155
21.217.80.5441.0
2.5
21.216.80.5571.53.0
1972CHA30
148
23.212.10.6584.1
5.6
20.012.20.6212.63.9
1973CHA31
72
7.86.20.5570.5
1.1
8.36.00.5810.91.5
1974CHA32
128
14.611.50.5581.1
2.1
14.310.70.5721.42.3
1975PHI33
119
12.111.70.508-0.5
0.4
11.011.10.498-0.70.2
1976PHI34
85
8.78.00.521-0.1
0.5
8.67.40.5360.20.8
1977OAK35
53
5.35.10.510-0.0
0.4
4.74.80.493-0.20.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,747
236.9181.80.56619.1
36.0
229.9178.00.56417.834.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
3
0.10.30.244 -0.10.20.30.410 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,750
237.0182.10.566
35.9
230.1178.30.564 34.2


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 Bonds306.8184.60.62456.6
2Mike Schmidt231.1159.00.59232.5
3Frank E. Thomas222.4157.30.58632.3
4Hank Aaron225.8155.50.59231.8
5Jim Thome225.7160.80.58431.7
6Alex Rodriguez263.6200.30.56831.1
7Manny Ramirez221.1158.50.58230.7
8Albert Pujols254.0188.70.57430.0
9Frank Robinson204.5138.80.59630.0
10Reggie Jackson251.2188.90.57129.9
11Mark McGwire178.7118.60.60129.2
12Willie McCovey211.1147.70.58828.3
13Jeff Bagwell213.3151.70.58427.4
14Harmon Killebrew196.0135.70.59127.3
15Carl Yastrzemski293.5233.70.55726.9
16Willie Stargell208.5148.10.58526.8
17Gary Sheffield235.5178.20.56926.0
18Chipper Jones233.6175.50.57125.5
19Miguel Cabrera211.9158.80.57225.3
20Willie Mays171.0115.10.59825.1
21Dick Allen172.5119.30.59124.1
22Joe L. Morgan235.5179.90.56724.1
23David Ortiz219.5170.30.56324.0
24Rickey Henderson259.7210.40.55223.9
25Ken Griffey Jr.240.9192.00.55623.1

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 Gibson198.9156.729.8
45.1
1Bob Gibson198.9156.729.8
45.1
2Juan Marichal173.5139.824.1
37.8
2Juan Marichal173.5139.824.1
37.8
3Tom Seaver147.4114.222.7
33.8
3Hank Aaron235.2176.819.9
36.7
4Fergie Jenkins177.1146.022.4
36.4
4Joe L. Morgan194.4156.522.2
36.5
5Joe L. Morgan194.4156.522.2
36.5
5Fergie Jenkins177.1146.022.4
36.4
6Willie McCovey182.4124.020.4
33.0
6Frank Robinson215.6163.218.6
35.0
7Hank Aaron235.2176.819.9
36.7
7Dick Allen210.2156.619.6
34.5
8Dick Allen210.2156.619.6
34.5
8Gaylord Perry196.5174.917.6
34.2
9Willie Mays185.0137.118.9
32.1
9Tom Seaver147.4114.222.7
33.8
10Frank Robinson215.6163.218.6
35.0
10Brooks Robinson226.8185.916.6
33.3
11Gaylord Perry196.5174.917.6
34.2
11Willie McCovey182.4124.020.4
33.0
12Jim Palmer120.493.817.2
26.7
12Ron Santo226.1187.715.2
32.1
13Jim Kaat167.9147.916.6
30.6
13Willie Mays185.0137.118.9
32.1
14Brooks Robinson226.8185.916.6
33.3
14Carl Yastrzemski236.1190.414.3
31.6
15Harmon Killebrew190.2142.716.3
30.2
15Jim Kaat167.9147.916.6
30.6
16Johnny Bench131.7101.316.2
25.7
16Harmon Killebrew190.2142.716.3
30.2
17Ron Santo226.1187.715.2
32.1
17Willie Stargell212.3166.414.5
29.9
18Dave McNally154.5135.415.2
28.0
18Jimmy Wynn218.4180.512.5
28.8
19Luis Tiant142.7122.714.5
26.6
19Billy Williams244.8204.110.2
28.4
20Roberto Clemente188.9146.014.5
28.2
20Pete Rose Sr.236.4206.110.2
28.2
21Dick McAuliffe172.6149.714.5
27.7
21Roberto Clemente188.9146.014.5
28.2
22Willie Stargell212.3166.414.5
29.9
22Bert Campaneris203.0194.112.0
28.1
23Carl Yastrzemski236.1190.414.3
31.6
23Joe Torre192.9158.913.8
28.1
24Don Sutton145.9129.714.1
25.9
24Dave McNally154.5135.415.2
28.0
25Joe Torre192.9158.913.8
28.1
25Dick McAuliffe172.6149.714.5
27.7


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 Schmidt337.4257.40.56733.656.4
Steve Carlton241.7206.80.53928.547.1
Robin Roberts240.7215.80.52721.240.8
Chase Utley206.4169.80.54918.031.9
Jimmy Rollins273.0251.10.52113.933.7
Cole Hamels123.5110.10.52913.224.5
Dick Allen150.0116.70.56211.822.6
Bobby Abreu189.2154.50.55111.024.5
Jim Bunning96.381.60.54110.918.9
Curt Schilling104.093.20.52710.219.9


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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