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Randy Johnson

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, 2015, with 97.3% of the vote.

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

Randy Johnson
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1988MON24
4
1.81.30.5680.2
0.4
1.51.60.478-0.00.1
25
29
9.110.70.461-0.7
0.2
9.610.30.483-0.30.7
1990SEA26
33
13.912.50.5260.7
2.0
12.913.50.487-0.30.9
1991SEA27
33
14.013.50.5100.3
1.7
13.913.60.5040.11.5
1992SEA28
31
14.315.50.479-0.6
1.0
15.314.50.5120.42.0
1993SEA29
36
17.011.30.6012.9
4.2
16.711.60.5892.53.9
1994SEA30
23
11.28.50.5701.4
2.5
11.97.80.6032.03.2
1995SEA31
30
16.57.50.6884.5
5.8
15.78.30.6543.75.0
1996SEA32
14
3.92.60.6040.7
1.1
3.62.90.5570.40.8
1997SEA33
30
16.28.40.6583.9
5.4
15.59.20.6283.24.6
34
34
18.014.90.5481.8
3.5
18.514.40.5632.34.0
1999ARI35
35
18.513.30.5823.2
4.7
17.614.10.5542.33.8
2000ARI36
35
18.613.40.5813.2
4.7
18.213.70.5702.84.4
2001ARI37
35
19.112.50.6053.8
5.5
18.513.10.5863.24.8
2002ARI38
35
19.110.40.6464.8
6.3
16.812.60.5712.64.1
2003ARI39
18
7.57.60.4960.2
1.0
7.57.60.4950.21.0
2004ARI40
35
15.512.60.5522.0
3.5
17.111.00.6103.65.1
2005NYA41
34
13.210.90.5461.2
2.4
12.811.30.5310.82.0
2006NYA42
33
11.811.30.5110.3
1.5
12.011.20.5180.41.7
2007ARI43
10
3.53.50.5030.1
0.5
3.73.30.5290.30.7
2008ARI44
30
11.511.50.5010.4
1.5
11.811.20.5130.61.8
2009SFN45
22
7.07.40.486-0.0
0.7
6.48.00.444-0.60.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
619
281.2220.90.56034.2
59.9
277.3224.80.55230.356.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
19
7.97.40.518 1.28.36.40.565 1.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
638
289.1228.30.560
61.1
285.6231.30.552 57.9


Randy Johnson's career looks outstanding as measured by Player won-lost records. Of course, Randy Johnson's career looks outstanding measured most ways: 303-166 traditional W-L record, 3.29 ERA, 5 Cy Young awards (and 3 2nd-place finishes), 10.6 K/9 IP for his career, 4,875 total career strikeouts, 102.1 career WAR.

The next table shows the top 25 players in pWins over positional average and replacement level across all seasons for which I have calculated Player won-lost records.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 25 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds462.0314.961.0
91.4
1Barry Bonds462.0314.961.0
91.4
2Babe Ruth306.0177.854.4
74.2
2Willie Mays460.1334.749.8
82.0
3Mickey Mantle351.7230.450.3
73.9
3Hank Aaron491.8372.142.2
77.9
4Willie Mays460.1334.749.8
82.0
4Roger Clemens318.1228.146.3
74.6
5Joe L. Morgan373.8292.146.4
72.8
5Babe Ruth306.0177.854.4
74.2
6Roger Clemens318.1228.146.3
74.6
6Mickey Mantle351.7230.450.3
73.9
7Lefty Grove254.8176.544.7
63.9
7Joe L. Morgan373.8292.146.4
72.8
8Ted Williams368.9253.144.4
69.7
8Ted Williams368.9253.144.4
69.7
9Hank Aaron491.8372.142.2
77.9
9Stan Musial420.8311.540.1
69.6
10Alex Rodriguez374.0297.242.1
69.1
10Alex Rodriguez374.0297.242.1
69.1
11Warren Spahn353.9293.440.8
68.5
11Warren Spahn353.9293.440.8
68.5
12Lou Gehrig265.8160.140.3
58.0
12Greg Maddux328.5271.339.9
68.5
13Stan Musial420.8311.540.1
69.6
13Mel Ott375.2272.539.2
66.2
14Greg Maddux328.5271.339.9
68.5
14Lefty Grove254.8176.544.7
63.9
15Mel Ott375.2272.539.2
66.2
15Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.2220.934.2
59.9
16Joe DiMaggio281.9194.338.3
57.6
16Frank Robinson394.8304.030.4
59.8
17Pee Wee Reese301.5239.135.3
57.2
17Derek Jeter369.5322.432.9
59.6
18Tom Seaver308.9256.734.4
58.5
18Rickey Henderson427.2353.628.3
59.1
19Jimmie Foxx289.1195.134.4
54.8
19Albert Pujols346.2255.333.9
58.9
20Eddie Mathews320.9240.834.3
57.0
20Tom Seaver308.9256.734.4
58.5
21Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.2220.934.2
59.9
21Lou Gehrig265.8160.140.3
58.0
22Mike Schmidt337.5257.534.0
56.8
22Joe DiMaggio281.9194.338.3
57.6
23Albert Pujols346.2255.333.9
58.9
23Pee Wee Reese301.5239.135.3
57.2
24Chipper Jones336.7258.533.8
57.0
24Chipper Jones336.7258.533.8
57.0
25Mariano Rivera126.660.832.9
45.6
25Eddie Mathews320.9240.834.3
57.0


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


It's not hard to find tables where Randy Johnson ranks impressively.

Randy Johnson is second in major-league history in total strikeouts with 4,875, and first in major-league history in strikeouts per 9 innings (among players with 1,000 or more career innings pitched). The one pitcher in major-league history with more strikeouts than Johnson, Nolan Ryan, struck out 839 more batters than Johnson (in 1,251.1 more innings) but Ryan also walked 1,208 more batters than Johnson. In fact, while Randy Johnson was quite wild as a young pitcher - leading his league in walks three straight seasons in 1990, 1991, and 1992 - he actually developed quite good control in his prime, with, for example, 4 top-10 finishes in fewest walks per 9 innings (in 1995, 1999, 2004, and 2005).

Strikeouts and walks (and hit batsmen) are measured within Component 3 of Player won-lost records. The top 10 pitchers in net career Component 3 pitching wins are presented in the next table.

Net Component 3 Wins: Pitchers
eWins eLosses eWinPct Net Wins
1Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson104.947.90.68657.0
2Roger Clemens101.049.30.67251.8
3Curt Schilling65.921.60.75344.2
4Greg Maddux71.729.90.70641.8
5Pedro J. Martinez67.726.10.72241.6
6Fergie Jenkins67.731.40.68336.3
7Mike Mussina60.324.30.71336.0
8Bert Blyleven79.844.40.64235.4
9John Smoltz64.629.40.68735.1
10Max Scherzer53.218.70.74034.5
There you go!

Component 3 of Player won-lost records - which measure player value for plate appearances in which the ball is not put into play - are measured concurrent with Component 4 - which measures basic batter/pitcher value for plate appearances where the ball is put into play (including home runs). In essence, Components 3 and 4 measure pure pitching, completely independent of fielding.

The top 10 pitchers in Components 3 and 4 combined, for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records are shown in the next table.

Top 10 Pure Pitchers: Net Components 3 and 4 Combined
eWins eLosses eWinPct Net Wins
1Roger Clemens225.7166.10.57659.6
2Greg Maddux211.0158.80.57152.3
3Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson197.7153.40.56344.3
4Pedro J. Martinez135.393.90.59041.5
5Lefty Grove152.5112.20.57640.4
6J. Kevin Brown140.8105.00.57335.8
7Gaylord Perry222.7188.00.54234.7
8Nolan Ryan243.8211.40.53632.4
9Mike Mussina158.7127.30.55531.3
10Bob Gibson169.8140.50.54729.3


Randy Johnson was arguably one of the top five pure pitchers of the past 80 years. Yeah, that's a 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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