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Ken Griffey Jr.

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 2016, with a record 99.3% of the vote.

The first table below presents Ken Griffey Jr.'s career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Ken Griffey Jr.
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1989SEA19
127
14.915.30.493-0.2
0.9
15.514.80.5110.41.4
1990SEA20
155
19.919.00.5110.2
1.6
21.519.40.5260.82.3
1991SEA21
154
20.316.60.5501.8
3.2
20.516.00.5622.33.7
1992SEA22
142
18.016.40.5230.7
2.0
19.316.20.5431.42.7
1993SEA23
156
20.516.70.5511.8
3.4
22.816.30.5843.24.8
1994SEA24
111
15.312.20.5551.5
2.7
16.412.20.5742.13.3
1995SEA25
72
9.58.30.5350.7
1.5
9.08.00.5290.61.3
1996SEA26
140
19.214.80.5652.2
3.6
20.514.60.5842.94.4
1997SEA27
157
21.916.10.5772.9
4.4
22.316.30.5793.04.6
1998SEA28
161
22.819.10.5441.8
3.5
22.717.20.5692.74.3
1999SEA29
160
23.418.20.5632.5
4.2
22.318.40.5481.93.5
2000CIN30
145
20.017.10.5391.1
2.6
19.816.00.5531.63.0
2001CIN31
111
12.712.90.496-0.3
0.8
12.811.60.5260.51.5
2002CIN32
70
6.67.60.462-0.6
-0.0
6.47.00.477-0.40.2
2003CIN33
53
5.45.50.498-0.1
0.4
6.95.30.5660.71.2
2004CIN34
83
11.89.00.5671.3
2.1
10.610.00.5150.21.0
2005CIN35
128
17.617.10.506-0.0
1.2
17.214.90.5360.92.1
2006CIN36
109
14.113.20.5150.2
1.2
13.413.90.489-0.50.5
2007CIN37
144
17.417.70.495-0.7
0.5
18.818.00.511-0.21.1
38
143
16.615.60.5160.1
1.4
15.715.20.508-0.11.1
2009SEA39
117
9.89.40.5120.1
1.1
9.49.10.508-0.01.0
2010SEA40
33
1.72.70.385-0.5
-0.3
1.62.60.379-0.5-0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,671
339.3300.70.53016.5
42.0
345.5293.10.54123.448.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
18
2.22.00.525 0.32.41.90.558 0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,689
341.6302.70.530
42.3
347.9295.00.541 49.3


Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the greatest centerfielders in major-league history: 10-time Gold Glove winner, 6th-most home runs in major-league history (630), 15th in RBI (1,836). The next table ranks the top centerfielders since 1939, the earliest season for which I have full play-by-play data. Players are ranked by (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) player wins over positional average earned as a centerfielder.

Top 10 Centerfielders since 1939
(ranked by Wins over Positional Average)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Willie Mays422.2322.50.56737.9
2Mickey Mantle268.7180.70.59836.3
3Ken Griffey Jr.293.5247.60.54221.3
4Duke Snider224.5172.20.56619.7
5Joe DiMaggio195.0147.30.57019.4
6Jim Edmonds226.6188.60.54617.3
7Mike Trout119.084.70.58416.3
8Carlos Beltran217.1186.20.53814.0
9Jimmy Wynn173.2137.70.55713.1
10Larry Doby184.2147.70.55513.1


In spite of Griffey's outstanding numbers, his career almost felt like a bit of a disappointment to some people as he suffered through some late-career injuries that led to his averaging only 92 games per season from age 31 - 36.

The next table focuses on Ken Griffey Jr.'s prime, ranking centerfielders (since 1939) through their age-30 season (2000 for Griffey, his first season in Cincinnati).

Top 10 Centerfielders since 1939, through age 30
(ranked by Wins over Positional Average)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mickey Mantle234.0155.20.60132.7
2Ken Griffey Jr.225.7183.40.55220.4
3Willie Mays211.1160.10.56919.1
4Duke Snider199.0151.60.56818.0
5Mike Trout119.084.70.58416.3
6Andruw Jones217.1184.80.54013.2
7Cesar Cedeno196.2160.90.54912.9
8Andrew McCutchen183.2152.60.54611.9
9Larry Doby126.296.80.56611.5
10Carlos Beltran175.0151.60.53610.7


Through age 30, Ken Griffey Jr. was not merely one of the greatest centerfielders in major-league history; he was one of the greatest players in major-league history at any position.

The final table below shows the top 25 players (since 1939) through age 30 in eWins over replacement level.

Top 25 Players through age 30
(since 1939, ranked by eWORL)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA eWORL
1Mickey Mantle255.8167.20.60537.254.4
2Alex Rodriguez245.3192.90.56031.148.3
3Eddie Mathews229.9170.50.57426.042.2
4Ted Williams205.6134.20.60528.242.1
5Hank Aaron255.9194.40.56822.040.1
6Albert Pujols214.5145.70.59525.839.6
7Ken Griffey Jr.232.7185.50.55622.839.3
8Cal Ripken221.6191.30.53723.338.7
9Barry Bonds214.7156.90.57822.837.1
10Greg Maddux153.5119.90.56224.036.6
11Joe L. Morgan196.1158.80.55221.936.3
12Frank Robinson243.9185.20.56919.236.3
13Willie Mays212.6157.70.57421.136.1
14Stan Musial209.5151.00.58121.736.1
15Roger Clemens138.895.20.59323.835.3
16Rickey Henderson224.9177.30.55919.735.1
17Duke Snider203.4151.90.57320.234.6
18Tom Seaver161.3130.40.55322.234.6
19Ernie Banks180.5144.60.55521.334.5
20Pedro J. Martinez122.281.80.59923.534.4
21Clayton Kershaw127.994.30.57623.334.0
22Bert Blyleven184.2156.90.54018.433.7
23Al Kaline239.6191.30.55615.633.0
24Lou Boudreau191.9159.80.54618.933.0
25Robin Yount235.0221.60.51515.333.0


Pretty damn impressive!



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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