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Harold Baines

2017 Hall of Fame Ballot: Today's Game Era Ballot, Harold Baines

On Monday, October 3, 2016, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the candidates for the first "Today's Game Era" ballot, the latest version of the Hall-of-Fame's Veterans' Committee. The ballot included five players. This is the first article looking at each of these players. This article looks at Harold Baines.

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

Harold Baines
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1980CHA21
141
14.215.80.473-1.1
0.1
14.215.40.480-0.90.3
1981CHA22
81
9.08.10.5270.3
1.0
9.38.30.5310.41.1
1982CHA23
161
21.219.70.5180.4
2.0
20.920.10.5090.11.6
1983CHA24
156
21.318.60.5341.2
2.7
18.618.40.503-0.01.3
1984CHA25
147
21.219.00.5280.5
2.0
20.117.70.5310.62.0
1985CHA26
160
20.722.50.479-1.3
0.4
22.121.70.504-0.11.5
1986CHA27
145
19.018.50.507-0.1
1.3
18.917.30.5220.51.8
1987CHA28
132
12.110.40.5380.7
2.0
11.510.70.5170.21.5
1988CHA29
158
13.713.30.507-0.1
1.4
14.814.00.5150.11.8
30
146
13.412.90.5090.2
1.6
13.811.70.5411.02.4
31
135
11.99.50.5581.2
2.5
10.59.20.5330.61.8
1991OAK32
141
12.510.70.5380.5
1.9
12.510.20.5510.82.1
1992OAK33
140
12.710.50.5480.8
2.1
11.210.80.509-0.01.2
1993BAL34
117
10.68.90.5430.7
1.9
10.78.80.5490.82.1
1994BAL35
94
7.37.20.503-0.2
0.7
7.16.60.5180.00.9
1995BAL36
127
10.29.20.5260.2
1.4
9.98.30.5440.51.6
1996CHA37
143
13.211.20.5400.6
2.2
12.810.70.5430.62.1
38
136
10.79.30.5350.5
1.8
10.29.40.5200.21.5
1998BAL39
103
7.37.20.505-0.2
0.8
7.06.70.513-0.00.8
40
134
11.210.00.5280.3
1.7
11.29.50.5410.61.9
41
95
5.26.40.448-0.8
0.0
5.56.20.468-0.50.3
2001CHA42
30
1.12.00.345-0.5
-0.3
1.02.10.329-0.6-0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,822
279.7260.90.5174.0
31.0
273.9253.80.5194.831.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
31
2.72.40.534 0.42.62.30.526 0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,853
282.4263.30.517
31.4
276.5256.10.519 31.5


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
373.9297.242.569.5
Chipper Jones1990
1993
336.7258.533.356.5
Ken Griffey Jr.1987
1989
339.3300.716.542.0
Darryl Strawberry1980
1983
217.9164.819.935.0
Harold Baines1977
1980
279.7260.94.031.0
Adrian Gonzalez2000
2004
214.8176.610.024.5
Joe Mauer2001
2004
171.9151.811.424.4
David Price2007
2008
107.484.513.824.1
Andy Benes1988
1989
159.5159.97.423.0
Rick Monday1965
1966
209.1187.45.321.3
Josh Hamilton1999
2007
137.0112.611.020.7
Tim Belcher1983
1987
150.4151.64.319.6
Pat Burrell1998
2000
195.9174.94.219.1
Justin Upton2005
2007
195.3177.64.818.5
Bryce Harper2010
2012
113.486.410.818.1
Darin Erstad1995
1996
177.8164.63.517.3
B.J. Surhoff1985
1987
232.6236.2-1.817.1
Stephen Strasburg2009
2010
72.362.88.715.3
Floyd Bannister1976
1977
138.5139.92.015.3
Phil Nevin1992
1995
133.6123.02.813.4
Mike Moore1981
1982
159.6171.8-3.313.3
Bob Horner1978
1978
125.6111.23.612.6
Shawon Dunston1982
1985
183.1194.5-2.512.2
Tim Foli1968
1970
178.1197.2-2.911.7
Ben McDonald1989
1989
74.168.54.011.6
Jeff King1986
1989
131.9124.50.410.5
Jeff Burroughs1969
1970
184.0183.9-4.910.4
Gerrit Cole2011
2013
50.046.04.99.7
Carlos Correa2012
2015
52.543.35.48.9
Kris Benson1996
1999
76.582.80.48.4
Ron Blomberg1967
1969
40.934.32.05.7
Delmon Young2003
2006
120.4126.3-4.65.3
Mike Ivie1970
1971
75.373.5-1.94.2
Luke Hochevar2006
2007
50.357.5-2.83.0
Tim Beckham2008
2013
27.727.40.42.5
Paul Wilson1994
1996
52.165.8-4.61.7
Bill Almon1974
1974
94.6111.4-6.61.4
Matt Anderson1997
1998
12.513.2-0.80.9
Shawn Abner1984
1987
22.324.0-1.20.6
Dave W. Roberts1972
1972
52.559.9-4.30.2
David Clyde1973
1973
22.928.0-2.30.1
Danny Goodwin1975
1975
13.015.8-1.6-0.0
Al Chambers1979
1983
3.04.0-0.6-0.2
Bryan Bullington2002
2005
3.25.1-0.9-0.4
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. this past summer. Griffey will probably be joined by Chipper Jones as soon as he is eligible (in 2018).

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.



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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