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Paul Molitor

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Paul Molitor

Paul Molitor was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 2004, with 85.2% of the vote.

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

Paul Molitor
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1978MIL21
124
16.114.90.5201.1
2.3
15.115.30.4970.41.6
1979MIL22
140
20.916.50.5592.7
4.2
19.517.40.5291.63.0
1980MIL23
111
15.514.00.5261.2
2.4
15.813.30.5421.72.8
1981MIL24
64
7.07.10.496-0.2
0.5
7.16.90.5070.00.6
1982MIL25
160
22.417.90.5572.1
3.7
22.119.10.5371.43.0
1983MIL26
151
17.417.30.501-0.1
1.1
18.517.90.5080.11.5
1984MIL27
12
1.11.20.461-0.1
0.0
1.11.30.453-0.1-0.0
1985MIL28
140
17.516.70.5110.4
1.7
17.516.60.5130.51.8
1986MIL29
105
14.211.70.5491.1
2.1
13.111.90.5250.51.4
1987MIL30
118
15.210.30.5952.4
3.7
15.111.10.5761.93.2
1988MIL31
154
20.916.20.5642.3
3.9
18.315.20.5461.52.9
1989MIL32
155
19.416.80.5361.3
2.7
19.516.70.5381.42.8
1990MIL33
103
11.911.80.5030.0
0.9
13.111.60.5300.71.6
1991MIL34
158
18.815.10.5551.3
3.1
18.314.70.5541.23.0
1992MIL35
158
18.013.40.5741.8
3.5
17.213.80.5551.22.9
1993TOR36
160
18.512.80.5912.6
4.4
17.713.60.5651.83.6
1994TOR37
115
11.49.60.5440.6
1.9
11.39.00.5560.82.1
1995TOR38
130
10.710.80.498-0.5
0.9
11.511.20.506-0.31.1
1996MIN39
161
16.814.30.5400.7
2.6
14.913.90.518-0.01.7
1997MIN40
135
13.013.10.499-0.4
1.2
11.611.00.514-0.01.3
1998MIN41
126
11.211.70.490-0.7
0.7
10.811.60.482-0.80.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,680
317.9273.00.53819.8
47.4
308.9273.00.53115.442.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
29
4.43.00.599 1.04.33.00.583 0.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,709
322.3275.90.538
48.5
313.2276.00.531 43.4


Paul Molitor had a fairly unique career. He broke in as a second baseman, finishing second in Rookie-of-the-Year voting in 1978 to Lou Whitaker. He then hit over .300 for three of the next four seasons, splitting time mostly between second and third base (with a few games at SS mixed in). In the fourth season, 1981, Molitor only played 64 games because of a combination of injuries and a players' strike. Over his next four seasons, in what should have been Molitor's prime, his age 26-29 seasons, he averaged only 102 games per season and batted .281/.340/.409, bottoming out with only 13 games played (and a .217 batting average) in 1984.

At age 30, Molitor played more games at DH than any other position, and while he only played 118 games total that season, he batted .353 and led the American League in runs scored (114) and doubles (41). From 1987 (his aforementioned age-30 season) through the end of his career (in 1998 at age 41), Molitor batted .316/.382/.467 in 7,564 plate appearances (630 per season).

The players most similar to Paul Molitor for total career value are as follows.

Most Similar Players to Paul Molitor in Value
Ages 0 through 60
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Pitching Fielding
Paul Molitor
2680
317.9273.019.8
47.4
12.24.30.04.3
Rod Carew
2467
295.1259.816.9
39.2
13.61.80.04.6
Cesar Cedeno
2003
262.7234.67.1
26.6
10.53.00.04.0
Roberto Alomar
2373
314.4280.720.9
44.3
7.52.40.07.8
Davey Lopes
1795
216.5193.313.3
29.2
3.94.30.04.8
Tim Raines Sr.
2481
313.2275.910.7
33.9
11.06.50.04.8
Craig Biggio
2849
358.5325.417.3
44.0
10.61.50.03.9
Barry Larkin
2176
291.8249.426.3
47.5
6.43.00.08.2
Johnny Damon
2479
297.0277.17.8
31.6
4.73.20.05.1
Carlos Beltran
2585
328.9292.714.2
38.9
13.32.40.07.0
Kenny Lofton
2098
268.6241.912.3
32.4
2.53.40.07.1


Not surprisingly, the list of players similar to Paul Molitor in career value is pretty impressive, including five Hall of Famers.

The players most similar to Paul Molitor through age 25 are shown in the next table.

Most Similar Players to Paul Molitor in Value
Ages 0 through 25
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Pitching Fielding
Paul Molitor
599
81.970.37.0
13.0
2.21.40.01.8
Frankie Frisch
528
82.163.29.3
15.0
2.51.30.02.7
George Brett
731
94.880.27.0
13.8
3.50.90.01.9
Ryne Sandberg
634
87.178.24.3
10.5
1.41.00.02.4
Joe L. Morgan
587
76.770.64.4
10.4
3.90.90.01.2
Andre Dawson
624
86.275.73.4
9.7
2.50.90.02.4
Jose B. Reyes
753
100.194.33.9
11.0
-0.41.40.02.3
Eric Davis
365
50.837.95.1
8.5
4.51.50.00.6
Bobby Bonds
549
81.967.64.3
10.5
6.11.40.00.1
Derek Jeter
638
90.076.010.0
16.5
3.90.60.01.3
Grady Sizemore
682
88.977.75.8
11.9
4.90.70.02.5


This table includes only four Hall of Famers, but it also includes one sure-fire future Hall-of-Famer. It's subjective, but I would say that Joe Morgan and George Brett are probably better than anybody in the previous table. On the other hand, Delino DeShields and Grady Sizemore have probably had worse careers than anybody on the previous table. Which makes sense - Molitor had a great start to his career, but a great start doesn't absolutely guarantee a great career.

Setting aside Molitor's age 26-29 seasons, then, the players most similar to Paul Molitor from age 30 on are shown next.

Most Similar Players to Paul Molitor in Value
Ages 30 through 60
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Pitching Fielding
Paul Molitor
1673
186.0155.811.5
29.5
9.92.30.01.0
Carlton Fisk
1798
176.9160.612.9
26.3
5.90.80.02.2
Rod Carew
1297
141.2122.55.8
16.2
7.71.00.01.3
Craig Biggio
1794
228.6210.29.1
26.3
5.71.40.01.8
Johnny Damon
1230
145.4130.16.4
18.1
5.11.30.01.4
Rickey Henderson
1739
225.1191.212.4
29.2
12.52.20.03.6
Dwight Evans
1433
186.9155.912.2
26.0
13.00.70.01.6
Julio Franco
1613
152.0133.67.3
20.0
4.50.90.01.7
Barry Larkin
1245
158.7140.012.0
24.0
3.41.50.04.2
Jeff Bagwell
1142
141.1105.510.5
20.3
13.00.60.00.6
Gary Sheffield
1420
185.5148.213.4
27.7
14.60.50.00.6


This list is by far the most impressive of the three, with six Hall of Famers, and two additional players in the Hall of Merit.

Finally, what if just ignore the "hole" in the middle of Paul Molitor's career. The final table, then, shows the players most similar to Paul Molitor, excluding ages 26 - 29.

Most Similar Players to Paul Molitor in Value
Through Age 25 and Age 30 and Older
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Batting Baserunning Pitching Fielding
Paul Molitor
2272
267.9226.118.5
42.5
12.23.80.02.8
Tim Raines Sr.
1937
236.9210.47.9
25.8
7.44.70.03.8
Roberto Alomar
1873
249.2222.315.9
34.3
5.52.10.05.3
Davey Lopes
1500
179.1162.19.9
23.1
3.73.80.03.9
Craig Biggio
2277
276.1256.410.5
31.2
6.11.50.02.7
Derek Jeter
2172
292.2258.024.9
45.9
7.41.30.04.3
George Brett
2202
259.2222.615.0
35.1
14.00.80.03.4
Barry Larkin
1657
215.1187.117.6
33.6
3.92.30.05.9
Joe L. Morgan
2035
279.0222.731.9
51.6
18.52.50.05.6
Cesar Cedeno
1544
200.9180.54.9
19.8
8.31.90.03.1
Carlton Fisk
2080
206.4185.115.9
31.5
8.21.00.02.8


Seven Hall of Famers and one sure-fire future Hall of Famer.

Overall, by my count, 27 players showed up in one more more of the four tables above, at least 13 of whom are or will be Hall of Famers (counting Jeter). If Carlos Beltran makes the Hall of Fame (as he deserves to), that would make a majority of the players most similar to Paul Molitor here Hall-of-Famers, as I think you'd expect of a player like Paul Molitor, who had an obvious Hall-of-Fame caliber career.



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