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Esteban Loaiza
Esteban Loaiza

Esteban Loaiza played 14 seasons in the major leagues with his last major-league appearance coming in 2008. That means that he was eligible to appear on the 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot. For whatever reason, the BBWAA screening committe saw fit to omit Loaiza's name from the final ballot (which included Jacque Jones and Mike Timlin - no offense intended to either of them). In anticipation of his appearing on this year's Hall-of-Fame ballot, however, I had already put together an article on him. So, for his birthday today, here is the article that I would have written on Esteban Loaiza, had he appeared on the 2014 Hall-of-Fame ballot.

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

Esteban Loaiza
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1995PIT23
33
9.410.90.463-0.1
0.9
10.612.10.467-0.11.0
1996PIT24
11
3.23.70.462-0.1
0.3
3.24.70.404-0.5-0.1
1997PIT25
33
12.210.60.5361.5
2.7
12.111.00.5241.22.4
26
35
9.210.10.479-0.1
0.9
10.511.10.4880.11.2
1999TEX27
30
6.95.60.5540.7
1.4
6.85.50.5530.71.4
28
34
11.911.80.5020.2
1.5
12.211.60.5130.51.8
2001TOR29
36
11.312.10.484-0.1
1.2
11.011.70.484-0.11.2
2002TOR30
25
9.39.90.484-0.1
0.9
8.79.00.489-0.00.9
2003CHA31
34
16.410.60.6073.2
4.7
14.610.20.5892.53.9
32
31
9.810.20.4900.0
1.2
11.112.00.481-0.21.2
2005WAS33
34
13.812.90.5171.2
2.4
15.013.30.5291.62.9
2006OAK34
26
9.18.50.5170.5
1.4
9.69.50.5010.21.3
35
7
1.93.60.343-0.8
-0.5
2.03.40.376-0.6-0.3
36
10
0.91.10.460-0.0
0.1
1.41.60.482-0.00.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
379
125.5121.60.5086.0
19.1
128.8126.70.5045.318.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
6
1.11.60.410 -0.11.61.40.518 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
385
126.6123.20.508
19.1
130.4128.20.504 19.1


Esteban Loaiza's best season was 2003 when Loaiza finished 2nd in AL Cy Young voting. Loaiza's 2003 season was almost twice as valuable as his second-best season, as measured by pWins over replacement level (pWORL), 1997. How unusual is this gap between Loaiza's best and second-best seasons?

The next table shows the 25 players with the largest gap between their best and second-best season in pWORL, since 1969.

Best Season 2nd-Best Season
Player Season pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Season pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Dwight Gooden198521.311.06.1
7.6
198416.411.63.24.3
Kevin Mitchell198927.217.24.1
5.7
198716.513.21.32.4
Mike Greenwell198826.519.33.1
4.9
198920.017.30.82.2
John Tudor198516.310.63.6
4.9
198613.112.11.12.2
Scott Brosius199819.112.73.3
4.5
199613.911.91.02.0
Dontrelle Willis200518.611.74.5
5.8
200311.99.12.03.1
Al Cowens197723.618.32.1
3.8
197817.016.00.11.3
Dick Drago197117.313.52.6
4.0
19796.44.40.81.5
Darrell Porter197919.012.53.5
4.8
197815.113.21.32.4
Jacoby Ellsbury201125.018.23.3
4.9
201318.816.70.92.2
John Denny198315.910.63.4
4.5
197813.712.91.02.1
Quilvio Veras199820.114.42.9
4.2
200011.59.61.01.9
Derek Bell199822.315.92.3
3.8
200017.616.40.11.4
Dickie Thon198323.218.22.8
4.3
198915.114.10.81.9
Esteban Loaiza200316.410.63.2
4.7
199712.210.61.52.7
Tom Herr198525.619.13.1
4.8
198716.915.60.82.1
J.D. Drew200423.614.93.8
5.3
200117.012.21.83.1
Jim Rice197826.117.14.1
5.9
198624.619.32.23.9
Orel Hershiser198820.313.44.2
5.7
198716.615.21.73.1
Kelvim Escobar200714.69.13.0
4.4
200411.810.41.02.3
Chase Headley201222.316.52.5
3.9
201018.517.10.51.8
Marcus Giles200322.014.73.7
5.2
200520.516.61.83.2
Ron Guidry197818.69.64.6
5.9
197916.010.72.84.0
Dennis Leonard197718.012.82.9
4.4
197817.315.41.12.6
Pat Hentgen199618.012.03.3
5.0
199412.59.11.83.0


So, fairly unusual, but perhaps not historically so, in part, I think, because Loaiza was actually a pretty good pitcher several other times in his career. And while that doesn't put him anywhere particularly close to being worthy of the Hall of Fame, I think it should have been enough to get him onto the BBWAA's Hall-of-Fame ballot, which is something of an honor in and of itself.



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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