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Mike Piazza

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza was elected to the Hall of Fame in his fourth year of eligibility, 2016, with 83.0% of the vote.

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

Mike Piazza
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1992LAN23
21
1.21.90.389-0.3
-0.2
1.81.90.4930.00.2
1993LAN24
149
18.113.80.5672.2
3.5
17.913.60.5692.23.5
1994LAN25
107
12.59.80.5611.6
2.5
11.69.30.5551.32.2
1995LAN26
112
14.710.20.5912.4
3.4
14.19.60.5942.43.3
1996LAN27
148
19.513.10.5973.4
4.7
17.313.20.5672.33.5
1997LAN28
152
18.013.30.5762.5
3.7
18.613.00.5892.94.2
29
151
18.513.20.5843.1
4.3
17.513.00.5732.63.8
1999NYN30
141
17.914.00.5612.3
3.6
16.212.60.5622.13.2
2000NYN31
136
17.911.80.6033.2
4.5
15.711.30.5812.43.5
2001NYN32
141
16.813.40.5562.3
3.6
16.413.10.5572.23.5
2002NYN33
135
13.513.40.5010.6
1.7
14.312.50.5331.42.5
2003NYN34
67
6.46.50.4980.1
0.6
6.86.10.5270.51.0
2004NYN35
129
11.312.10.482-0.6
0.4
12.011.50.5110.11.0
2005NYN36
113
9.810.60.480-0.2
0.6
9.810.00.4960.10.9
2006SDN37
126
11.110.80.5060.3
1.1
10.39.40.5240.61.3
2007OAK38
83
6.87.10.492-0.4
0.5
6.26.80.477-0.50.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,911
214.0174.90.55022.4
38.4
206.5166.90.55322.638.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
32
2.43.30.423 -0.23.13.20.493 0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,943
216.4178.20.550
38.3
209.6170.00.553 38.2


Mike Piazza is considered by many to be the best hitting catcher in major-league history. Player won-lost record largely agrees.

The next table shows the top 10 players in offensive wins over positional average as a catcher since 1961 (the first year of major-league expansion and the 162-game season).

Catcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mike Piazza166.7127.30.56723.0
2Carlton Fisk195.2165.50.54120.9
3Johnny Bench162.6128.70.55818.4
4Jorge Posada130.0112.60.53614.9
5Gary Carter179.9157.00.53413.6
6Ted Simmons159.1139.90.53211.3
7Joe Mauer88.472.70.54911.2
8Bill Freehan132.3116.90.53110.4
9Gene Tenace72.453.10.57710.3
10Ivan Rodriguez199.0197.80.5029.3


Piazza ranks second to Carlton Fisk, although Piazza has a higher winning percentage than Fisk.

Mike Piazza was not merely one of best hitting catchers of all-time, though. He was one of the best catchers of all-time.

The next table shows the top 10 players in wins over positional average as a catcher since 1961.

Catcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Carlton Fisk224.1192.80.53821.7
2Mike Piazza185.8150.20.55321.1
3Johnny Bench185.0148.00.55520.0
4Gary Carter214.7186.70.53516.1
5Jorge Posada147.2131.20.52914.2
6Ivan Rodriguez229.7223.10.50712.0
7Joe Mauer96.580.10.54711.6
8Ted Simmons183.9164.60.52811.3
9Bill Freehan152.3136.40.52810.7
10Gene Tenace84.565.60.56310.2


Adding fielding pushes only one additional catcher ahead of Piazza, two-time NL MVP and 10-time Gold Glove winner Johnny Bench.

Mike Piazza had a well-deserved reputation for being extremely poor at controlling an opponent's running game (what I call Component 1). And, with the possible exception of game calling and pitch framing, which Player won-lost records make no attempt to measure, Component 1 is by far the most important component of catcher defense.

But, outside of Component 1, Mike Piazza was actually quite good at the other aspects of catcher defense which I measure: preventing wild pitches and passed balls (Component 2), fielding balls in play (Component 5), and preventing baserunner advancements on balls in play (Components 8 and 9).

The next table shows the top 25 players in fielding wins over positional average as a catcher, excluding Component 1, since 1961. As I said above, these records do not include any evaluation of a catcher's game calling ability or his ability to frame pitches. But recent research on these topics by other researchers suggest that Mike Piazza was well above average in these aspects of catcher defense as well.

Catcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Carlton Fisk10.98.80.5512.0
2Brad Ausmus8.57.10.5441.4
3Matt Wieters4.93.50.5801.3
4Bill Freehan8.47.10.5421.3
5Dan Wilson5.34.20.5621.2
6Terry Kennedy6.75.50.5461.1
7Charles Johnson5.74.60.5521.1
8Johnny Bench9.08.00.5291.0
9Jason Varitek5.44.50.5480.9
10Jim Sundberg8.98.00.5270.9
11Jake Gibbs2.81.90.5970.9
12Tom Haller6.45.60.5350.8
13Greg Myers3.62.80.5660.8
14Scott Servais3.83.00.5610.8
15Buster Posey4.13.30.5550.8
16Elston Howard4.94.10.5440.8
17Mike Piazza7.36.60.5280.8
18Mike J. Ryan3.73.00.5580.8
19Jason Kendall11.110.30.5180.8
20Steve Yeager5.85.10.5340.7
21Bruce Benedict4.23.50.5470.7
22Marc Hill2.72.00.5720.7
23Gary Carter9.99.20.5180.7
24Johnny Edwards8.27.50.5210.7
25Clay Dalrymple5.85.20.5300.6


Expanding beyond catchers, Mike Piazza's offensive contributions at a key defensive position lead, as one would expect, to his ranking very highly among all major-league baseball players. The final table below shows the top 25 non-pitchers (since 1961) in pWins over positional average.

Top 25 Position Players
(since 1961, ranked by pWOPA)
pWins pLosses pWinPct pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds462.1315.10.59560.390.8
2Joe L. Morgan374.0292.30.56146.272.7
3Alex Rodriguez373.9297.20.55742.569.5
4Albert Pujols334.8243.50.57934.158.0
5Mike Schmidt337.4257.40.56733.656.4
6Derek Jeter369.4322.20.53433.460.1
7Chipper Jones336.7258.50.56633.356.5
8Willie Mays264.5192.70.57928.947.5
9Rickey Henderson426.7353.30.54728.759.4
10Lou Whitaker306.1261.00.54028.450.2
11Cal Ripken383.3350.70.52228.256.5
12Manny Ramirez319.0250.80.56027.350.8
13Frank Robinson294.6219.00.57427.149.1
14Hank Aaron329.5251.50.56726.450.6
15Barry Larkin291.8249.40.53926.347.5
16Reggie Jackson367.1298.30.55225.654.1
17David Ortiz251.8189.50.57125.451.4
18Jim Thome273.8209.40.56724.847.4
19Alan Trammell283.1256.20.52524.445.2
20Johnny Bench246.3197.70.55524.442.1
21Frank E. Thomas254.2190.80.57123.746.7
22Bobby Grich253.6217.70.53823.641.8
23George Brett328.0274.90.54422.847.6
24Mike Piazza214.0174.90.55022.438.4
25Miguel Cabrera285.9227.20.55722.341.5


Mike Piazza: easy Hall-of-Famer.



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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