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Harold Baines

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Harold Baines

Harold Baines was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Today's Game Era Committee in 2019.

Five highlights of Harold Baines's career: The first two tables below present Harold Baines'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
1980CHA21
141
14.215.7-0.8-2.3
1981CHA22
81
9.28.01.70.8
1982CHA23
161
21.319.52.90.9
1983CHA24
156
21.618.54.32.4
1984CHA25
147
21.518.63.81.9
1985CHA26
160
20.922.2-0.0-2.1
1986CHA27
145
19.118.41.7-0.1
1987CHA28
132
11.910.22.71.3
1988CHA29
158
13.313.11.4-0.2
30
146
13.413.11.70.1
31
135
11.99.43.72.3
1991OAK32
141
12.310.92.40.9
1992OAK33
140
12.710.33.42.0
1993BAL34
117
10.58.72.71.4
1994BAL35
94
7.27.10.8-0.2
1995BAL36
127
10.19.31.70.4
1996CHA37
143
12.911.22.71.1
38
136
10.99.22.81.4
1998BAL39
103
7.37.11.0-0.0
40
134
11.210.02.30.8
41
95
5.16.3-0.7-1.5
2001CHA42
30
1.02.0-0.9-1.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,822
279.6258.841.010.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
31
2.72.40.60.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,853
282.3261.241.610.4


Expected Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games eWins eLosses eWORL eWOPA
1980CHA21
141
14.315.5-0.5-1.9
1981CHA22
81
9.18.11.50.7
1982CHA23
161
20.820.01.8-0.1
1983CHA24
156
20.119.91.4-0.5
1984CHA25
147
21.318.83.51.6
1985CHA26
160
21.821.41.6-0.5
1986CHA27
145
19.618.02.50.8
1987CHA28
132
11.510.62.00.6
1988CHA29
158
13.612.82.00.3
30
146
14.312.23.41.8
31
135
11.410.02.41.1
1991OAK32
141
12.710.43.41.9
1992OAK33
140
11.711.31.4-0.0
1993BAL34
117
10.68.72.91.6
1994BAL35
94
7.46.91.20.2
1995BAL36
127
10.68.82.61.2
1996CHA37
143
13.011.13.01.4
38
136
10.59.62.00.6
1998BAL39
103
7.56.91.20.2
40
134
11.49.72.81.4
41
95
5.36.1-0.3-1.1
2001CHA42
30
1.02.1-1.0-1.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,822
279.5258.940.810.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
31
2.72.40.50.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,853
282.2261.341.410.2


Harold Baines was the first player taken in the 1977 amateur draft. The next table shows all of the players taken first in the draft, since its inception in 1965, ranked by pWins over replacement level (pWORL).

First Overall Draft Picks
(ranked by career pWORL)
Player Draft Year Debut Year pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Alex Rodriguez1993
1994
373.8298.781.2114.9
Chipper Jones1990
1993
336.2257.669.698.6
Ken Griffey Jr.1987
1989
342.2297.238.369.9
Darryl Strawberry1980
1983
219.9163.145.764.4
David Price2007
2008
125.9100.827.843.5
Bryce Harper2010
2012
158.0122.628.442.0
Harold Baines1977
1980
279.6258.810.141.0
Adrian Gonzalez2000
2004
219.3181.719.739.0
Joe Mauer2001
2004
183.5163.220.938.5
Rick Monday1965
1966
210.9184.316.836.4
Josh Hamilton1999
2007
138.0111.923.135.5
Stephen Strasburg2009
2010
97.183.022.033.5
Pat Burrell1998
2000
195.7170.513.832.0
Justin Upton2005
2007
222.7201.611.231.6
Andy Benes1988
1989
158.3160.58.428.4
Gerrit Cole2011
2013
76.862.119.128.3
Darin Erstad1995
1996
178.3164.36.823.8
Tim Belcher1983
1987
149.6151.54.023.6
Carlos Correa2012
2015
75.763.514.621.3
Bob Horner1978
1978
125.6111.08.419.7
Phil Nevin1992
1995
134.1122.66.219.2
B.J. Surhoff1985
1987
233.6236.3-4.918.4
Floyd Bannister1976
1977
137.7140.8-0.517.6
Ben McDonald1989
1989
73.968.66.215.9
Jeff King1986
1989
133.0124.12.615.2
Jeff Burroughs1969
1970
184.8181.2-5.812.8
Shawon Dunston1982
1985
183.0195.7-6.711.7
Mike Moore1981
1982
158.7172.1-11.310.6
Kris Benson1996
1999
76.483.1-1.78.6
Ron Blomberg1967
1969
40.934.44.48.5
Tim Foli1968
1970
177.0198.4-9.78.5
Dansby Swanson2015
2016
50.147.62.97.6
Delmon Young2003
2006
121.4125.3-8.44.1
Mike Ivie1970
1971
75.773.7-3.64.0
Matt Bush2004
2016
8.97.61.02.6
Matt Anderson1997
1998
12.413.2-1.11.3
Tim Beckham2008
2013
45.550.3-3.80.9
Luke Hochevar2006
2007
50.257.8-7.00.7
Shawn Abner1984
1987
22.723.8-2.00.3
Al Chambers1979
1983
3.03.9-1.0-0.6
Bryan Bullington2002
2005
3.15.2-2.0-1.4
Danny Goodwin1975
1975
13.015.8-3.3-1.5
David Clyde1973
1973
22.828.1-5.1-1.9
Dave W. Roberts1972
1972
52.660.2-8.6-3.1
Paul Wilson1994
1996
52.166.4-11.6-3.6
Bill Almon1974
1974
94.8113.1-15.3-5.1
For missing draft years, player never played in the major leagues. Danny Goodwin was the first pick in two drafts: 1971 out of high school by the Chicago White Sox and again in 1975, out of college, by the California Angels.

Major League Baseball first introduced the draft in 1965. The first player taken first overall to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame was Ken Griffey, Jr. in 2016. He was joined by Chipper Jones in 2018. With his election, Baines is now the earliest #1 overall draft pick to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Harold Baines was fairly clearly the most successful first overall draft pick in the first 15 years of the draft and arguably remains one of the five to ten most successful top draft picks to this day.

Article last updated: August 29, 2019



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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