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Robin Yount

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Robin Yount

Robin Yount was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, 1999, with 77.5% of the vote.

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

Robin Yount
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1974MIL18
107
10.613.20.444-0.8
0.1
11.512.30.4840.11.0
1975MIL19
147
16.119.80.449-0.9
0.6
17.219.10.4730.01.4
1976MIL20
161
18.922.20.460-0.8
0.8
18.721.90.461-0.70.8
1977MIL21
154
17.620.60.461-0.3
1.2
18.119.00.4880.72.2
1978MIL22
127
18.316.50.5271.7
3.0
16.616.10.5081.02.2
1979MIL23
149
18.717.60.5151.5
2.9
17.819.30.4800.21.6
1980MIL24
143
21.718.00.5472.8
4.3
20.917.20.5492.84.3
1981MIL25
96
14.710.70.5792.6
3.6
13.010.90.5431.62.5
1982MIL26
156
25.217.70.5884.7
6.3
24.318.60.5673.85.4
1983MIL27
149
21.316.30.5663.0
4.4
21.717.50.5542.74.2
1984MIL28
159
20.019.30.5081.1
2.8
21.519.20.5281.93.7
1985MIL29
122
15.515.60.500-0.3
1.0
15.614.40.5200.31.5
1986MIL30
138
16.816.10.5100.2
1.4
18.016.10.5270.82.0
1987MIL31
158
20.818.00.5371.2
2.7
19.617.70.5260.72.2
1988MIL32
162
23.719.60.5461.8
3.5
20.817.40.5451.53.0
1989MIL33
160
22.018.60.5421.8
3.3
21.517.20.5562.23.6
1990MIL34
158
18.619.00.495-0.5
0.9
19.518.60.5110.21.6
1991MIL35
130
16.314.70.5260.8
2.0
14.614.90.494-0.21.0
1992MIL36
150
18.217.10.5150.4
1.7
17.017.00.500-0.21.2
1993MIL37
127
12.114.80.450-1.4
-0.3
13.013.60.489-0.40.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,853
367.2345.60.51518.5
46.1
360.9337.90.51619.246.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
17
2.53.10.447 0.02.62.50.510 0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,870
369.7348.70.515
46.1
363.5340.40.516 46.6


Robin Yount won two MVP awards during his career, in 1982 and 1989. In 1982, Robin Yount played shortstop. In 1989, Yount played centerfield.

By my count, this makes Yount one of four players who won MVP awards at different positions.

Stan Musial won three MVP awards, in 1942, 1946, and 1948. In 1942, Musial was almost exclusively a left fielder, playing there in 133 of 135 games in the field. In 1946, Musial was primarily a first baseman (114 games vs. 42 games in LF). In 1948, Musial played 155 games in the outfield, split fairly evenly across all three positions (42 LF, 65 CF, 81 RF).

Hank Greenberg won two MVP awards, in 1935 (152 games at 1B), and in 1940, when Greenberg moved to left field to make room for Rudy York.

Alex Rodriguez won his first MVP award in 2003 as a shortstop. He then won MVP awards in 2005 and 2007 as a third baseman.
Robin Yount is therefore the only player to win MVP awards at two different up-the-middle fielding positions.

The next table shows the top 20 players in shortstop wins over positional average among all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records. Records here only include player decisions earned at shortstop.

Top 10 Shortstops
eWins eLosses eWOPA
1Cal Ripken302.1274.225.5
2Alex Rodriguez182.4146.523.2
3Alan Trammell265.4247.020.2
4Pee Wee Reese279.4248.419.8
5Ernie Banks167.9137.818.6
6Barry Larkin272.0244.718.5
7Derek Jeter347.1330.118.4
8Lou Boudreau214.5186.617.2
9Arky Vaughan187.1158.317.0
10Vern Stephens191.2165.115.6
11Joe Cronin188.6167.113.8
12Luke Appling280.9260.713.7
13Bert Campaneris272.6269.713.6
14Ozzie Smith331.4321.313.3
15Robin Yount195.6188.112.9
16Jim Fregosi186.6172.612.4
17Nomar Garciaparra145.6130.311.8
18Hanley Ramirez150.6130.211.8
19Joe Sewell166.1151.811.2
20Troy Tulowitzki167.5149.710.8


Yount spent somewhat less time in center field - and played there mostly after he was past his prime. But he still rates among the finest centerfielders in recent history. The next table shows the top 25 players in centerfielder wins over positional average from 1969 (the first season of divisional play) through 1998 (the last major-league season before Yount was elected to the Hall of Fame.

Top 25 Centerfielders
(1969 - 1998)
eWins eLosses eWOPA
1Ken Griffey Jr.184.4149.217.2
2Fred Lynn207.5180.511.9
3Cesar Cedeno213.1179.811.5
4Amos Otis242.8213.011.5
5Dale Murphy145.3120.19.5
6Andre Dawson148.6124.59.0
7Eric Davis107.786.88.3
8Ray Lankford149.8129.67.7
9Jimmy Wynn86.066.47.7
10Andy Van Slyke148.8128.57.2
11Lenny Dykstra156.3136.86.5
12Kenny Lofton134.0120.66.3
13Bernie Williams119.4107.95.9
14Rick Monday151.5131.95.9
15Bobby Murcer107.991.65.7
16Dwayne Murphy150.2136.85.4
17Kirby Puckett187.2173.85.3
18Dave Henderson133.9122.05.2
19Gorman Thomas114.4102.75.1
20Rickey Henderson59.948.75.0
21Jim Edmonds67.258.24.8
22Chet Lemon175.8163.14.8
23Robin Yount143.9132.34.8
24Reggie Smith69.157.14.3
25Willie Mays55.245.33.5


Robin Yount's 1982 season was extraordinary. He batted .331/.379/.578, leading the American League in slugging percentage, OPS (.957), and OPS+ (166). He also led the AL in total bases (367), hits (210), and doubles (46). He added 29 home runs, 14 stolen bases (against only 3 CS), scored 129 runs and drove in 114. He did all of this while also playing an above-average defensive shortstop. Yount's Brewers came into the last game of the 1982 regular season tied for first place in the American League East with the Baltimore Orioles (of whom I was a 14-year-old fan at the time). The Brewers and Orioles matched up in a winner-take-all Game 162 in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. All Robin Yount did in that game was hit solo home runs in the first and third innings, triple and score in the 8th inning, and cap his day off with a fourth run scored in the ninth inning at the Brewers routed the Orioles 10-2 to win the AL East.

Robin Yount's 1982 season rates as one of the top 25 seasons by a position player since 1961 (the first season of the 162-game season) in pWins over either positional average or replacement level.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Seasons
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 25 Seasons
Player Season pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player Season pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds200128.015.55.3
7.2
1Barry Bonds200128.015.55.3
7.2
2Joe L. Morgan197225.816.05.3
7.0
2Joe L. Morgan197225.816.05.3
7.0
3Barry Bonds200225.413.25.3
6.8
3Joe L. Morgan197326.917.15.0
6.9
4Barry Bonds200423.211.65.1
6.5
4Barry Bonds200225.413.25.3
6.8
5Joe L. Morgan197326.917.15.0
6.9
5Derek Jeter199926.217.84.9
6.7
6Derek Jeter199926.217.84.9
6.7
6Barry Bonds199326.915.64.9
6.6
7Alex Rodriguez200023.615.04.9
6.5
7Willie Mays196229.318.54.8
6.6
8Barry Bonds199326.915.64.9
6.6
8Mickey Mantle196125.814.94.8
6.6
9Willie Mays196229.318.54.8
6.6
9Barry Bonds200423.211.65.1
6.5
10Mickey Mantle196125.814.94.8
6.6
10Alex Rodriguez200023.615.04.9
6.5
11Joe L. Morgan197623.314.34.7
6.2
11Robin Yount198225.217.74.7
6.3
12Robin Yount198225.217.74.7
6.3
12Roger Maris196126.915.54.4
6.3
13Joe L. Morgan197524.515.44.6
6.2
13Cal Ripken198425.819.34.5
6.2
14Alan Trammell198723.215.94.5
6.1
14Joe L. Morgan197524.515.44.6
6.2
15Cal Ripken198425.819.34.5
6.2
15Joe L. Morgan197623.314.34.7
6.2
16Jim Edmonds200423.514.04.5
6.0
16Alan Trammell198723.215.94.5
6.1
17Roger Maris196126.915.54.4
6.3
17Jim Edmonds200423.514.04.5
6.0
18Alex Rodriguez200725.216.24.4
5.9
18Miguel Tejada200225.718.54.1
5.9
19Eric Chavez200121.713.24.3
5.8
19Jim Rice197826.117.14.1
5.9
20Albert Pujols200623.212.74.3
5.6
20Alex Rodriguez200725.216.24.4
5.9
21Joe L. Morgan197722.414.74.2
5.7
21Bret Boone200124.316.84.1
5.9
22Alex Rodriguez200525.617.14.2
5.8
22Willie Mays196425.816.44.2
5.9
23Rickey Henderson199023.814.54.2
5.6
23Eric Chavez200121.713.24.3
5.8
24Willie Mays196425.816.44.2
5.9
24Harmon Killebrew196924.815.24.1
5.8
25Miguel Tejada200225.718.54.1
5.9
25Joe Torre197126.316.94.1
5.8




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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