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George Brett

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: George Brett

George Brett was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 1999, with 98.2% of the vote.

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

George Brett
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1973KCA20
13
0.61.00.371-0.2
-0.2
0.61.20.354-0.3-0.2
1974KCA21
133
13.014.40.474-0.8
0.3
14.415.00.489-0.40.7
1975KCA22
159
20.917.70.5411.6
3.1
20.218.60.5200.82.3
1976KCA23
159
22.417.20.5652.5
4.0
21.917.30.5582.33.7
1977KCA24
139
21.315.60.5762.7
4.2
19.716.40.5461.53.0
1978KCA25
128
16.614.20.5411.2
2.3
16.014.00.5340.92.1
1979KCA26
154
21.116.70.5592.1
3.6
22.218.10.5512.03.5
1980KCA27
117
18.510.20.6454.1
5.2
18.211.80.6073.24.3
1981KCA28
89
10.610.40.506-0.0
0.8
11.710.50.5260.41.3
1982KCA29
144
18.515.00.5521.6
2.9
18.715.50.5461.42.7
1983KCA30
123
16.613.80.5461.2
2.3
16.213.20.5491.32.4
1984KCA31
104
14.910.90.5762.1
3.0
11.811.10.5170.51.4
1985KCA32
155
22.115.30.5903.4
4.8
22.517.50.5622.54.0
1986KCA33
123
15.513.10.5421.1
2.1
15.012.00.5561.42.4
1987KCA34
115
12.611.80.517-0.1
1.0
12.910.90.5420.51.5
1988KCA35
157
18.215.10.5471.1
2.5
18.214.20.5621.62.9
1989KCA36
124
14.512.40.5390.4
1.4
13.911.90.5380.41.4
1990KCA37
142
15.413.90.5250.3
1.5
16.313.40.5491.02.2
1991KCA38
131
11.111.30.495-0.5
0.8
11.211.80.488-0.70.7
1992KCA39
152
11.612.40.484-0.7
0.6
12.812.60.505-0.21.2
1993KCA40
145
12.112.40.492-0.3
1.2
12.512.90.491-0.41.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,706
328.0274.90.54422.8
47.6
326.9279.90.53919.744.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
43
5.85.60.509 0.56.24.90.556 1.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,749
333.8280.50.544
48.2
333.1284.80.539 45.8


George Brett was an extraordinarily balanced baseball player. He was very good to excellent at everything. He led his league in batting average three times, in slugging percentage once, in doubles twice, in triples three times. He scored over 100 runs 4 times; he drove in over 100 runs 4 times. He hit 20 or more home runs 8 times with a career high of 30.
In The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, Bill James writes that, "[a]mong all the great players in history, George Brett has the most balanced offensive skills - that is, he is the one who most nearly matches his hit total in ... secondary bases, and ... Runs Plus RBI - a 1% spread from the highest figure to the lowest."

Baseball Prospectus calculates a statistic called TAv ("True Average"), which it describes as "a measure of total offensive value scaled to batting average." George Brett had a career batting average of .305. Baseball Prospectus calculates Brett as having had a career TAv of .305.

Fangraphs presents a statistic called wOBA (Weighted On-Base Average) "which attempts to credit a hitter for the value of each outcome ... on the same scale as On-Base Percentage". George Brett had a career OBP of .369 and a career wOBA of .374.

Baseball Player Won-Lost records are calculated via nine components. Batting won-lost records are accumulated in seven of these components:

Component 3: Balls not in play: strikeouts, walks, hit-batsmen

Component 4: Balls in play, including home runs

Component 5: Hits vs. Outs on balls in play

Component 6: Singles vs. Doubles vs. Triples on hits in play

Component 7: Double Plays

Component 8: Baserunner Outs

Component 9: Baserunner Advancements
The next table decomposes George Brett's batting Player won-lost records by component.

Batting Won-Lost Records by Component
Component Wins Losses Win Pct
Component 330.419.90.605
Component 4100.380.20.555
Component 585.481.90.511
Component 612.78.40.602
Component 75.05.20.492
Component 82.31.90.551
Component 97.55.90.558


Brett's batting profile is not quite as "balanced" as measured by Player won-lost records as by James, TAv, and wOBA. But, outside of Component 7 (which is perhaps better thought of as a baserunning skill anyway), George Brett was above average across the board.

The next table shows all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records with at least 200 batting wins who have more wins than losses at each of the six batting components, excluding Component 7. Players are ranked by total batting wins. Players in italics were also above .500 in Component 7.

eWins eLosses eWOPA
Hank Aaron332.7232.844.8
Carl Yastrzemski293.5233.726.9
Ted Williams253.3141.352.2
George Brett243.5203.420.0
Mickey Mantle243.2150.342.8
Chipper Jones233.6175.525.5
Eddie Mathews228.2162.229.2
Jimmie Foxx210.7136.234.0
Bobby Abreu206.3167.717.0
Babe Ruth201.198.448.8
Lou Gehrig200.3118.038.3

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Going back to Brett's record by component, his numbers stand out especially strong in two components: 6, the number of bases on hits-in-play (i.e., the ability to hit more doubles and triples), and 9, baserunner advancement (i.e., the ability of the batter to advance baserunners).

The last two tables, then, show the top 10 players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records in net batting wins for Component 6 and Component 9.

Component 6
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Stan Musial15.310.35.0
George Brett12.78.44.3
Roberto Clemente12.59.03.4
Enos Slaughter10.47.03.4
Vada Pinson11.38.13.2
Mickey Vernon10.87.73.1
Lou Gehrig8.45.42.9
Babe Herman7.04.32.8
Jeff Heath6.84.02.8
Johnny Callison7.44.72.7


Component 9
eWins eLosses Net Wins
Willie McCovey6.94.42.5
Babe Ruth4.72.42.3
Rusty Staub8.96.62.3
John 'Boog' Powell5.83.72.1
Luke Appling6.95.01.9
Kent Hrbek4.93.01.9
Ryan Howard3.61.81.9
Fred Lynn5.23.41.8
Duke Snider5.63.81.8
Joe Mauer4.32.51.7


George Brett was a heckuva batter.



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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