Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 1995, with 96.5% of the vote.
Five highlights of Mike Schmidt's career:
The first two tables below present Mike Schmidt's career as measured by Player won-lost records, in and out of context.
- Mike Schmidt was the 30th player taken in the 1971 MLB amateur draft. The player drafted immediately before Schmidt was fellow Hall-of-Famer George Brett. In 1980, Brett and Schmidt won their leagues’ MVP awards and met in the World Series.
- Schmidt was a twelve-time All-Star (seven times as a starter), ten-time Gold Glove winner, and three-time MVP (1980, 1981, and 1986).
- Schmidt led the National League in home runs eight times, in RBI four times, in walks four times, in on-base percentage three times, in slugging percentage five times, in OPS five times, and in total bases three times.
- Schmidt tied a major-league record by hitting four home runs on April 17, 1976. In that game, Schmidt went 5-for-6 with a single and 4 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 8 RBI, in an 18-16 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Schmidt’s fourth home run of the game was a 2-run home run in the top of the 10th inning to give the Phillies a 17-15 lead which they would not relinquish.
- Schmidt batted .381/.462/.714 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI in the 1980 World Series, for which he was named World Series MVP as he led the Philadelphia Phillies to the first World Series victory in franchise history.
Mike Schmidt is widely regarded as the greatest third baseman in major-league history. Player won-lost records agree. The next table shows the top 10 players in (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) net wins earned as a third baseman.
Mike Schmidt was a wonderful combination of great hitting - 548 home runs (16th all-time), 1,595 RBI (39th all-time), 1,507 walks (18th all-time) - and fielding - 10 Gold Gloves.
Again, Player won-lost records agree that Schmidt was elite at both of these things.
The next table shows the top 25 players in (context-neutral) career batting wins over non-pitcher average.
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
And the next table shows the top 10 players in (context-neutral) net fielding wins at third base.
And finally, bringing it all together, the top 25 players in career eWins over positional average and replacement level among all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.
And that, my friends, is an easy Hall-of-Famer.
Article last updated: May 18, 2020
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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