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Greg Maddux

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, 2014, with 97.2% of the vote.

The first table below presents Greg Maddux's career as measured by Player won-lost records. I compared Greg Maddux to Roger Clemens using Player won-lost records in a previous article.

Greg Maddux
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1986CHN20
6
1.62.30.418-0.2
-0.1
1.92.30.446-0.10.1
1987CHN21
31
9.913.50.423-1.3
-0.2
9.111.70.437-0.90.1
1988CHN22
34
17.412.50.5823.2
4.5
15.913.90.5341.83.0
1989CHN23
35
16.114.10.5331.8
3.1
14.813.40.5251.42.6
1990CHN24
35
15.614.80.5141.3
2.6
15.313.00.5391.93.1
1991CHN25
39
15.813.70.5351.8
3.1
16.615.20.5221.53.0
1992CHN26
35
17.712.40.5873.5
5.0
17.812.50.5873.65.0
1993ATL27
36
18.113.50.5723.0
4.3
17.012.80.5692.74.0
1994ATL28
25
14.48.10.6403.7
4.8
13.87.50.6483.64.7
1995ATL29
28
16.57.50.6895.3
6.5
14.67.10.6714.45.5
1996ATL30
35
16.211.70.5813.1
4.5
16.910.40.6214.15.5
1997ATL31
33
14.29.20.6083.2
4.4
15.29.50.6173.64.9
1998ATL32
34
17.112.00.5883.4
4.8
15.910.30.6083.64.8
1999ATL33
33
15.912.90.5522.2
3.6
14.612.20.5451.93.2
2000ATL34
35
17.112.20.5833.2
4.6
15.511.70.5702.74.0
2001ATL35
35
16.111.70.5803.0
4.4
15.811.80.5732.84.2
2002ATL36
35
13.110.20.5622.0
3.2
12.410.30.5461.62.7
2003ATL37
37
13.513.90.4930.5
1.9
13.012.20.5151.02.4
2004CHN38
34
14.713.10.5291.7
3.1
14.813.20.5281.73.1
2005CHN39
35
12.514.70.458-0.4
0.8
14.214.50.4950.72.0
40
34
13.312.40.5181.2
2.5
12.711.50.5251.32.5
2007SDN41
34
11.611.30.5070.7
1.9
12.011.90.5030.71.9
42
33
10.113.80.422-1.2
-0.0
11.413.10.465-0.21.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
751
328.5271.40.54844.8
73.5
321.0261.90.55145.373.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
37
12.612.50.502 2.013.110.80.547 3.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
788
341.1283.90.548
75.5
334.1272.70.551 76.2


Greg Maddux: Great Pitcher
Greg Maddux was, of course, one of the greatest pitchers in major-league history. The next table shows the top 10 players in pitching Player won-lost records over positional average for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Top 10 Players: Career Pitching Wins above Average
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Roger Clemens273.4211.30.56462.1
2Greg Maddux263.7209.50.55754.2
3Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson234.3190.00.55244.3
4Pedro J. Martinez159.8117.00.57742.8
5Lefty Grove186.1144.40.56341.7
6J. Kevin Brown175.1139.10.55735.9
7Gaylord Perry281.0245.70.53435.3
8Mike Mussina192.7159.50.54733.2
9Warren Spahn271.4238.50.53232.9
10Tom Seaver251.2219.90.53331.3


Greg Maddux: Great Baseball Player
But talking about Greg Maddux as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history actually sells him short. The next table presents the top 10 players in career pWins over positional average and replacement level among all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records, pitchers and non-pitchers alike.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds462.1315.160.3
90.8
1Barry Bonds462.1315.160.3
90.8
2Babe Ruth306.4178.654.2
74.1
2Willie Mays460.1335.249.6
81.8
3Roger Clemens318.2228.251.1
79.6
3Roger Clemens318.2228.251.1
79.6
4Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.2
73.9
4Hank Aaron492.5372.942.2
77.9
5Willie Mays460.1335.249.6
81.8
5Babe Ruth306.4178.654.2
74.1
6Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
6Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.2
73.9
7Lefty Grove248.3169.644.9
63.8
7Greg Maddux328.5271.444.8
73.5
8Greg Maddux328.5271.444.8
73.5
8Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
9Ted Williams369.6253.644.5
69.9
9Warren Spahn354.2293.643.8
71.8
10Warren Spahn354.2293.643.8
71.8
10Ted Williams369.6253.644.5
69.9


Greg Maddux: Model of Consistency
In 2003, Greg Maddux set a major-league record that, on the one hand, was so obscure that I had no idea that such a "record" even existed, but, on the other hand, was actually one of the more impressive major-league records set recently, I think. That year, Greg Maddux earned at least 15 pitcher wins for the 16th consecutive season, breaking the previous record which was held by Cy Young. Any time you can break a pitching record held by Cy Young, you've done something pretty extraordinary.

While pitcher wins have obvious flaws that, I think, are generally pretty well understood these days, winning 15 games a year for 17 consecutive years is impressive and certainly takes some talent.

Player wins are on the same basic scale as pitcher wins. Greg Maddux did not, however, earn at least 15 pWins every season from 1988 through 2004. Maddux just missed 15 pWins in 1994 (because of the player strike), 2002, and 2003. But if we lower the number just a little - and, let's be honest, 15 is a fairly arbitrary number, even if it does happen to end in a 5 - Maddux accumulated at least 12.5 pWins for 19 consecutive seasons from 1988 through 2006.

The top 10 players in consecutive seasons with at least 12.5 pWins, among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records are presented in the next table.

Players with Most Consecutive Seasons With at Least 13 pWins
Career Player Won-Lost Record
Player # of Years Seasons pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Hank Aaron21
   1954    -    1974   
492.5372.942.2
77.9
477.6363.739.974.6
Dave Winfield19
   1975    -    1993   
392.9343.214.8
44.6
386.8336.515.244.4
Frank Robinson19
   1956    -    1974   
395.0304.230.4
59.8
384.6294.130.659.2
Barry Bonds19
   1986    -    2004   
462.1315.160.3
90.8
456.8310.260.390.3
Carl Yastrzemski19
   1961    -    1979   
426.5363.217.9
50.8
427.1361.918.851.7
Luis Aparicio18
   1956    -    1973   
331.7326.012.5
39.1
329.4334.87.033.9
Robin Yount18
   1975    -    1992   
367.2345.618.5
46.1
360.9337.919.246.2
Al Kaline18
   1954    -    1971   
378.0302.324.7
52.8
373.0298.024.552.3
Mel Ott18
   1928    -    1945   
361.9264.736.9
63.1
353.8251.539.965.2
Willie Mays18
   1954    -    1971   
460.1335.249.6
81.8
438.9327.943.174.2
Pete Rose Sr.18
   1963    -    1980   
437.9394.811.1
44.1
441.6411.64.438.1


Greg Maddux does not have the most consecutive years of 13 or more pWins per season, he is merely tied for the second-most (at least since World War II). Nevertheless, when the only name above you on a list of the top major-league baseball players to achieve a particular feat is Hank Aaron, you obviously had an outstanding major-league career.



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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