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Pedro Martinez

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, 2015, with 91.1% of the vote.

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

Pedro Martinez
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1992LAN20
2
0.20.30.394-0.0
-0.0
0.30.20.6030.10.1
1993LAN21
65
7.55.40.5801.0
1.8
7.15.80.5500.71.4
1994MON22
24
9.77.90.5521.2
2.1
9.58.10.5401.01.9
1995MON23
30
11.611.30.5070.5
1.7
11.311.60.4940.21.4
1996MON24
33
13.313.20.5010.5
1.9
14.212.30.5351.42.8
1997MON25
31
18.011.90.6013.6
5.2
18.311.60.6123.95.5
1998BOS26
33
15.610.70.5932.5
3.8
14.911.40.5661.83.1
1999BOS27
31
16.36.50.7144.9
6.1
15.77.20.6864.35.5
2000BOS28
29
16.47.10.6994.7
5.9
16.66.90.7054.86.1
2001BOS29
18
7.44.00.6501.7
2.4
7.73.70.6732.02.6
2002BOS30
30
14.87.50.6633.7
4.9
14.08.40.6262.84.0
2003BOS31
29
13.87.30.6543.3
4.5
13.97.10.6623.44.6
2004BOS32
33
14.710.90.5741.9
3.4
14.611.10.5671.73.2
2005NYN33
31
13.311.00.5481.6
2.7
14.010.40.5752.33.4
2006NYN34
23
8.49.90.458-0.5
0.4
9.09.30.4900.11.0
2007NYN35
5
2.31.50.6080.5
0.7
2.11.70.5470.20.4
2008NYN36
20
6.58.10.443-0.6
0.1
6.18.50.415-1.0-0.3
2009PHI37
9
3.82.70.5800.6
0.9
2.93.70.437-0.30.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
476
193.6137.40.58531.1
48.5
191.9139.10.58029.446.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
16
5.24.80.518 0.86.34.60.575 1.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
492
198.8142.20.585
49.2
198.2143.80.580 48.2


The key driver of Pedro Martinez's Hall-of-Fame case was his exceptional peak, during which time he was not just the best pitcher in baseball, but the best pitcher in baseball by a lot. In 2000, for example, he led the AL in ERA at 1.74. Roger Clemens was second in the AL in ERA that year - at 3.70, more than double Pedro's ERA!

Between 1997 and 2003, Pedro Martinez led his league in ERA five times and in strikeouts three times, winning three Cy Young Awards. Shifting to Player won-lost records, Martinez earned 3.4 or more pWins over positional average (pWOPA) five times over those seven seasons.

The next table lists every player who has earned 3.4 pWOPA or more in five or more seasons, across all of the seasons for which I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Player Number of Seasons
(pWORL >= 3.4)
Babe Ruth8
Barry Bonds8
Mickey Mantle7
Willie Mays6
Joe L. Morgan6
Juan Marichal5
Ted Williams5
Lefty Grove5


While Pedro's Hall-of-Fame case is probably more of a peak case, his peak was so ridiculously good, and he had enough good seasons both before and after that peak, that he also ranks extremely high in career value. The next table, for example, shows the top 25 players in career pWins over positional average among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds462.0314.961.0
91.4
2Babe Ruth306.0177.854.4
74.2
3Mickey Mantle351.7230.450.3
73.9
4Willie Mays460.1334.749.8
82.0
5Joe L. Morgan373.8292.146.4
72.8
6Roger Clemens318.1228.146.3
74.6
7Lefty Grove254.8176.544.7
63.9
8Ted Williams368.9253.144.4
69.7
9Hank Aaron491.8372.142.2
77.9
10Alex Rodriguez374.0297.242.1
69.1
11Warren Spahn353.9293.440.8
68.5
12Lou Gehrig265.8160.140.3
58.0
13Stan Musial420.8311.540.1
69.6
14Greg Maddux328.5271.339.9
68.5
15Mel Ott375.2272.539.2
66.2
16Joe DiMaggio281.9194.338.3
57.6
17Pee Wee Reese301.5239.135.3
57.2
18Tom Seaver308.9256.734.4
58.5
19Jimmie Foxx289.1195.134.4
54.8
20Eddie Mathews320.9240.834.3
57.0
21Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.2220.934.2
59.9
22Mike Schmidt337.5257.534.0
56.8
23Albert Pujols346.2255.333.9
58.9
24Chipper Jones336.7258.533.8
57.0
25Mariano Rivera126.660.832.9
45.6


And narrowing the focus to pitchers, the next table presents the top 10 players in (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) starting pitcher wins over positional average among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Starting Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Roger Clemens277.1216.70.56130.2
2Greg Maddux274.6217.80.55828.4
3Pedro J. Martinez156.4114.80.57720.8
4Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson235.1194.10.54820.5
5Lefty Grove181.3142.50.56019.4
6J. Kevin Brown179.0142.90.55618.0
7Warren Spahn273.0238.50.53417.2
8Mike Mussina196.9162.50.54817.2
9Gaylord Perry277.6243.30.53317.2
10Tom Seaver258.4224.20.53517.1


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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