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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.

Five highlights of Gary Carter's career: The first two tables below present Gary Carter'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
1974MON20
9
1.00.60.50.4
1975MON21
144
16.115.81.2-0.3
1976MON22
91
8.79.8-0.3-1.2
1977MON23
153
15.613.83.31.9
1978MON24
157
16.114.43.52.0
1979MON25
140
15.313.33.62.2
1980MON26
154
16.713.74.73.3
1981MON27
100
12.49.83.92.8
1982MON28
154
18.815.65.23.6
1983MON29
145
15.513.83.52.1
1984MON30
159
19.816.15.63.9
1985NYN31
149
20.114.08.16.5
1986NYN32
132
17.913.36.44.9
1987NYN33
139
13.213.71.40.1
1988NYN34
130
12.411.62.31.2
1989NYN35
50
3.64.7-0.5-0.9
1990SFN36
91
6.06.10.60.0
1991LAN37
101
6.27.00.0-0.6
1992MON38
95
7.38.20.2-0.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,293
242.8215.353.331.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
30
4.13.01.61.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,323
246.9218.354.932.5


Expected Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games eWins eLosses eWORL eWOPA
1974MON20
9
1.00.60.50.5
1975MON21
144
16.815.12.71.1
1976MON22
91
9.29.20.7-0.2
1977MON23
153
16.313.04.73.3
1978MON24
157
16.813.64.93.4
1979MON25
140
15.812.84.63.2
1980MON26
154
17.213.25.84.4
1981MON27
100
12.110.13.42.3
1982MON28
154
19.714.77.05.4
1983MON29
145
16.113.34.63.2
1984MON30
159
20.615.47.25.5
1985NYN31
149
18.915.25.94.3
1986NYN32
132
16.514.73.72.2
1987NYN33
139
12.914.00.9-0.3
1988NYN34
130
11.612.51.0-0.2
1989NYN35
50
3.84.6-0.2-0.6
1990SFN36
91
6.35.91.10.6
1991LAN37
101
6.76.51.10.4
1992MON38
95
7.58.00.5-0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,293
246.0212.160.138.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
30
3.73.30.80.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,323
249.7215.560.938.5


Carter was a unique combination of offensive and defensive excellence, winning, for example, five Silver Sluggers and three Gold Gloves.

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, Fielding Only
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Ivan Rodriguez30.725.20.5495.5
2Gary Carter35.029.80.5405.2
3Yadier Molina23.318.60.5574.7
4Jim Sundberg27.022.80.5424.2
5Bob Boone31.327.60.5323.7
6Gabby Hartnett23.219.50.5423.6
7Del Crandall17.514.40.5503.2
8Tony Pena Sr.30.026.90.5283.2
9Johnny Bench22.619.40.5373.1
10Charles Johnson14.911.90.5552.9


As measured by net fielding eWins, Gary Carter was the second-best defensive catcher of at least the past 100 years.

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, Offense Only
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mike Piazza173.2132.10.56747.0
2Carlton Fisk198.7169.20.54040.2
3Johnny Bench170.5134.70.55939.1
4Yogi Berra170.0140.20.54833.9
5Mickey Cochrane135.6108.30.55631.7
6Bill Dickey148.3123.90.54529.5
7Gary Carter184.3160.20.53529.2
8Gabby Hartnett144.5121.00.54428.1
9Jorge Posada130.2112.60.53626.8
10Ted Simmons167.1146.60.53324.7


Once again, Gary Carter appears in the top 10. In fact, Gary Carter is one of only three players to appear in both of the above tables. Of course, all three of them (Carter, Bench, and Hartnett) are Hall of Famers.

Article last updated: March 23, 2020



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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