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Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Jack Morris

Jack Morris was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Modern Era Veterans' Committee in 2018.

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

Jack Morris
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1977DET22
7
1.72.10.448-0.2
0.0
2.62.40.5200.10.4
1978DET23
28
3.94.60.458-0.4
0.1
4.95.20.488-0.20.4
1979DET24
27
11.49.00.5591.3
2.3
11.210.00.5290.81.7
1980DET25
37
14.612.30.5421.3
2.5
14.913.40.5260.92.1
1981DET26
25
11.49.30.5501.3
2.3
11.19.80.5330.92.0
1982DET27
37
16.117.00.487-0.1
1.5
14.515.20.4890.01.4
1983DET28
38
15.914.60.5210.9
2.3
16.615.50.5170.82.3
1984DET29
35
15.613.30.5391.4
2.7
13.212.60.5130.61.7
1985DET30
35
16.711.90.5842.7
4.2
15.812.90.5511.73.2
1986DET31
35
17.013.10.5642.2
3.6
15.615.00.5110.62.0
1987DET32
35
16.813.80.5481.8
3.4
16.214.50.5271.22.7
1988DET33
34
14.414.10.5050.4
1.7
13.513.50.5010.21.5
1989DET34
24
9.012.10.426-1.4
-0.4
9.312.40.429-1.4-0.3
1990DET35
36
13.216.40.446-1.3
0.1
14.815.20.4940.11.6
1991MIN36
35
15.314.60.5120.6
2.1
14.512.80.5301.02.4
1992TOR37
34
14.610.80.5742.1
3.5
13.312.20.5220.82.2
1993TOR38
27
8.611.30.433-1.3
-0.3
8.810.40.457-0.70.2
1994CLE39
23
8.08.00.5000.1
1.0
8.89.60.481-0.30.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
552
224.1208.50.51811.4
32.5
219.8212.50.5097.228.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
14
5.85.80.500 0.75.35.20.505 0.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
566
229.9214.30.518
33.2
225.2217.70.509 29.1


Jack Morris appeared on the first two Hall-of-Fame ballots for which I wrote articles about all of the players. In those two articles, I looked at what are essentially the two arguments in support of Jack Morris's Hall-of-Fame candidacy.

Jack Morris: Best Pitcher of the 1980s?
One of the key arguments in support of Jack Morris's Hall-of-Fame candidacy is that he had the most wins in the 1980s. Of course, that statement refers to pitcher wins. So where does he rank in wins when wins are assigned to all players as I do? It turns out that he ranks 41st in pWins from 1980 - 1989.

The next table shows the top 50 players in pWins during the 1980s.

Most pWins during the 1980s
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Dale Murphy214.1186.58.223.3
Rickey Henderson211.9167.018.533.0
Andre Dawson204.1174.39.023.3
Robin Yount201.7169.918.933.3
Ozzie Smith199.8175.317.231.3
Dwight Evans199.5163.714.128.2
Mike Schmidt187.2145.916.729.3
Alan Trammell185.0157.821.034.0
Lou Whitaker184.9156.817.930.8
Dave Winfield183.0159.87.720.8
Tim Raines Sr.182.1156.57.019.7
Cal Ripken179.9158.217.630.2
Eddie Murray179.9143.113.125.6
Willie Wilson179.1177.3-1.412.1
Jim Rice176.9165.02.516.1
Frank White169.1162.27.219.7
Lloyd Moseby166.9164.8-0.512.1
Harold Baines165.8158.80.814.4
Ryne Sandberg165.4149.38.320.1
Willie Randolph164.4147.611.723.4
George Brett162.0128.014.926.2
Steve Sax161.2161.80.912.9
Dave Parker159.5149.90.012.4
Pedro Guerrero159.1129.210.020.9
Tom Brunansky158.4153.4-0.910.8
Jack Clark156.6124.010.521.5
Jose Cruz Sr.156.5142.61.512.9
Chet Lemon156.2143.34.616.0
Keith Hernandez154.9122.89.319.8
Garry Templeton153.2151.84.816.3
Tim Wallach153.0143.41.913.1
Wade Boggs152.6124.313.824.1
Tom Herr152.1142.75.816.9
Buddy Bell150.9141.03.514.6
Paul Molitor150.5129.110.621.8
Gary Carter149.9127.013.123.5
Brian Downing149.8132.76.118.6
Alfredo Griffin148.9171.3-5.07.0
Carney Lansford148.0145.80.511.7
Johnny Ray147.6152.8-1.49.9
Jack Morris147.3131.610.423.7
Tony Gwynn Sr.146.4128.74.114.4
Rafael Ramirez145.7154.3-0.810.4
Jesse Barfield145.5124.58.218.4
Darryl Strawberry145.2106.414.924.3
Hubie Brooks144.6145.5-1.59.4
Chili Davis144.4139.8-1.59.2
Kirk Gibson143.6114.411.721.8
Brett Butler143.4143.9-2.78.0
Keith Moreland143.3151.2-7.73.6


While it's true that Jack Morris shows up fairly low on this list, it's worth noting that the preceding table only includes 1 pitcher.

The next table shows the top 10 pitchers in pWins during the 1980s.

Most pWins during the 1980s: Pitchers
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Jack Morris147.3131.610.423.7
Fernando Valenzuela138.7128.212.223.8
Dave Stieb138.7117.313.025.2
Nolan Ryan136.8127.810.522.0
Bob Welch132.2116.912.923.9
Charlie Hough122.8118.44.215.9
Jim Clancy121.5119.33.414.8
Bert Blyleven121.4110.47.818.9
Mike Scott115.4109.78.318.2
Rick Sutcliffe114.4105.98.718.6


In other words, Jack Morris does, in fact, lead all pitchers in pWins during the 1980s. But pWins need to put into context, measured, for example, against opportunity. The next table, then, shows the top 10 pitchers in pWins over replacement level (pWORL) during the 1980s.

Most pWORL during the 1980s: Pitchers
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Dave Stieb138.7117.313.025.2
Bob Welch132.2116.912.923.9
Fernando Valenzuela138.7128.212.223.8
Jack Morris147.3131.610.423.7
Dwight Gooden89.765.816.222.9
Nolan Ryan136.8127.810.522.0
Roger Clemens81.556.613.720.4
Orel Hershiser92.276.811.919.4
Bert Blyleven121.4110.47.818.9
Rick Sutcliffe114.4105.98.718.6


I'll let the results there speak for themselves.

Jack Morris: World Series Hero
Jack Morris had one of the most famous and impressive pitching performances in major-league history. In Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, Jack Morris pitched a complete-game 10-inning shutout which was eventually won by Morris's hometown Minnesota Twins in the bottom of the tenth inning, 1-0.

So, how impressive was Jack Morris's performance in that game?

Player won-lost records are perfectly designed to answer that question. I calculate pWins so that they tie precisely to team wins: specifically, the players on the winning team earn 2 pWins and 1 pLoss, while the players on the losing team earn 1 pWin and 2 pLosses. So, the players on a winning team earn 2 pWins and 1 net pWin (pWins minus pLosses)

Overall, in 1991, pitching accounted for approximately 32% of total Player decisions. So, all else equal, one might expect pitchers to earn about 0.63 pWins per team win or about 0.32 net pWins.

With that for a context, the next table shows the performance of the players on the 1991 Minnesota Twins in Game 7 of the World Series, ranked by net pWins.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Minnesota Twins
Jack Morris0.670.19
0.48
0.580.320.26
Brian Harper0.200.06
0.14
0.220.110.11
Dan Gladden0.210.09
0.12
0.200.110.10
Gene Larkin0.130.04
0.09
0.060.020.04
Chuck Knoblauch0.180.10
0.08
0.170.170.00
Kirby Puckett0.110.04
0.06
0.100.100.01
Kent Hrbek0.190.15
0.04
0.150.110.03
Randy Bush0.040.00
0.04
0.030.000.03
Al Newman0.030.00
0.03
0.020.000.02
Greg Gagne0.040.02
0.02
0.040.05-0.01
Scott Leius0.010.00
0.01
0.010.000.01
Chili Davis0.070.07
0.00
0.050.10-0.05
Mike Pagliarulo0.050.06
-0.01
0.050.11-0.06
Jarvis Brown0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.02-0.02
Shane Mack0.060.11
-0.04
0.080.11-0.03
Paul Sorrento0.000.05
-0.05
0.000.02-0.02
Team Totals21
1
1.761.360.41


Not surprisingly, pitching a 10-inning complete-game shutout is more valuable than the average pitching performance. Two of the next three players in the above table are the players who scored (Dan Gladden) and drove in (Gene Larkin) the only run of the game. The other top player, Brian Harper, went 2-for-4 in the game and was also in the middle of a key 3-2-3 bases-loaded double play to end the top of the eighth inning.

Of course, the above table just treats this as any ordinary game. It seems perfectly reasonable to me to weigh Game 7 of the World Series as somewhat more important than an ordinary game. How much more important is left as a exercise for the reader.



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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