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Gary Carter

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Gary Carter

Gary Carter was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 6th year of eligibility, 2003, with 78.0% of the vote.

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

Gary Carter
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1974MON20
9
1.10.60.6420.2
0.3
1.00.50.6490.20.3
1975MON21
144
16.216.00.503-0.3
1.0
17.015.30.5260.51.7
1976MON22
91
8.610.00.463-0.7
-0.0
8.78.80.497-0.10.6
1977MON23
153
15.513.70.5320.7
1.9
16.413.00.5561.42.6
1978MON24
157
16.114.40.5270.9
2.1
16.613.40.5521.72.8
1979MON25
140
15.213.30.5320.9
2.0
15.312.30.5531.52.5
1980MON26
154
16.613.80.5471.5
2.6
17.013.00.5662.03.2
1981MON27
100
12.49.80.5581.4
2.3
10.99.00.5461.01.8
1982MON28
154
18.815.60.5461.7
3.0
18.513.80.5742.53.7
1983MON29
145
15.513.90.5281.0
2.0
16.313.40.5491.62.7
1984MON30
159
19.716.30.5481.8
3.2
19.414.60.5712.53.8
1985NYN31
149
19.914.10.5863.0
4.3
17.714.20.5551.93.1
1986NYN32
132
17.913.30.5732.4
3.6
14.613.10.5280.91.9
1987NYN33
139
13.213.80.4890.2
1.2
12.513.50.481-0.01.0
1988NYN34
130
12.211.80.5100.4
1.3
12.013.00.479-0.30.7
1989NYN35
50
3.64.80.428-0.5
-0.2
3.54.30.452-0.30.0
1990SFN36
91
6.06.20.491-0.1
0.4
6.96.40.5180.30.8
1991LAN37
101
6.07.00.462-0.3
0.2
7.67.30.5080.30.9
1992MON38
95
7.48.30.472-0.3
0.3
7.58.20.475-0.30.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,293
241.8216.60.52714.1
31.6
239.2207.30.53617.434.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
30
4.13.00.582 0.93.22.70.543 0.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,323
245.9219.50.527
32.5
242.4210.00.536 35.0


Gary Carter was one of the greatest catchers in major-league history. Carter was very well regarded during his playing career - he made 11 All-Star teams, won 3 Gold Gloves, and 5 Silver Sluggers. He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 1975 (when he made his first All-Star team at the age of 21) and finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four times, including a 2nd-place finish in 1980 and a third in 1986 (when he also won a World Series). And yet, for all of those accolades, somewhat surprisingly, it took Gary Carter six ballots to make the Hall of Fame.

The next table shows the top 10 players in wins over positional average as a catcher for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Catcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Carlton Fisk224.1192.80.53821.7
2Mike Piazza185.8150.20.55321.1
3Johnny Bench185.0148.00.55520.0
4Yogi Berra180.1150.30.54517.0
5Gary Carter214.7186.70.53516.1
6Bill Dickey155.2130.00.54415.3
7Mickey Cochrane138.6113.90.54914.8
8Gabby Hartnett152.1128.20.54314.2
9Jorge Posada147.2131.20.52914.2
10Ivan Rodriguez229.7223.10.50712.0


I only have complete play-by-play data since 1946 (Yogi Berra's rookie year) although I have partial data going back to 1921. But, among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records, Carter ranks solidly within the top 5 catchers of the past 70-80 years. It is also worth noting that Carter amassed far more wins as a catcher than anybody else on the list except for the two Pudges: Carlton Fisk and Ivan Rodriguez.

Carter was a unique combination of offensive and defensive excellence.

The next table shows the top 10 players in fielding wins over positional average as a catcher for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Catcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Ivan Rodriguez30.725.30.5495.4
2Gary Carter34.829.70.5405.1
3Yadier Molina21.516.90.5614.7
4Jim Sundberg26.922.70.5424.1
5Bob Boone31.127.40.5323.7
6Tony Pena Sr.29.926.70.5283.2
7Johnny Bench22.419.30.5383.1
8Del Crandall17.214.10.5493.0
9Charles Johnson14.911.90.5553.0
10Gabby Hartnett20.417.40.5392.9


Gary Carter was the second best defensive catcher of the past 70-80 years (although it's possible that Yadier Molina might catch up to Carter before he's done).

But Gary Carter was no defense-first catcher, like Jim Sundberg or Bob Boone.

The final table of the article, then, shows the top 10 players in offensive wins over positional average as a catcher for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Catcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mike Piazza166.7127.30.56723.0
2Carlton Fisk195.2165.50.54120.9
3Johnny Bench162.6128.70.55818.4
4Yogi Berra161.7133.30.54816.3
5Jorge Posada130.0112.60.53614.9
6Mickey Cochrane122.098.40.55414.3
7Bill Dickey136.6114.30.54413.9
8Gary Carter179.9157.00.53413.6
9Gabby Hartnett131.7110.70.54312.8
10Ernie Lombardi132.7113.80.53812.1


Once again, Gary Carter appears in the top 10. In fact, Gary Carter is one of only three players to appear in all three of the above tables. That's a Hall of Famer.



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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