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Rod Carew

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Rod Carew

Rod Carew was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 1991, with 90.5% of the vote.

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

Rod Carew
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1967MIN21
137
15.916.00.4990.1
1.5
16.116.30.4960.01.5
1968MIN22
127
14.213.80.5060.5
1.6
13.714.00.4950.21.3
1969MIN23
123
16.412.50.5662.2
3.4
16.113.20.5491.73.0
1970MIN24
51
6.65.90.5270.6
1.2
6.75.60.5440.81.4
1971MIN25
146
18.216.90.5180.9
2.3
17.717.40.5040.41.8
1972MIN26
142
17.915.60.5341.5
2.9
18.115.50.5401.73.1
1973MIN27
149
19.517.30.5301.5
3.0
20.817.30.5462.13.7
1974MIN28
153
21.318.10.5412.2
3.7
22.418.10.5532.84.3
1975MIN29
143
18.415.60.5421.7
3.1
20.416.30.5562.33.8
1976MIN30
156
20.514.50.5852.4
3.7
19.716.00.5531.32.6
1977MIN31
155
19.413.70.5852.4
3.7
20.614.20.5932.74.2
1978MIN32
152
16.915.00.5300.5
1.7
17.214.50.5420.92.1
1979CAL33
110
11.310.90.509-0.1
0.8
11.910.50.5310.41.3
1980CAL34
144
15.513.80.5290.5
1.7
14.713.40.5230.31.5
1981CAL35
93
10.39.90.509-0.0
0.8
11.09.40.5400.61.5
1982CAL36
138
14.412.70.5300.5
1.5
14.913.60.5230.31.4
1983CAL37
129
11.511.10.510-0.0
0.9
12.011.10.5190.21.2
1984CAL38
93
8.68.50.505-0.1
0.5
8.48.80.487-0.40.2
1985CAL39
127
12.011.50.511-0.2
0.7
11.711.90.496-0.60.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,468
288.6253.50.53216.8
38.9
294.0257.00.53417.840.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
14
0.91.30.427 -0.11.01.20.455 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,482
289.6254.70.532
38.8
295.0258.20.534 40.2


Rod Carew won 7 batting titles - tied for the fourth-most in major-league history - and finished his career with a career batting average of .328 - fifth-highest since World War II. In fact, Rod Carew is so famous for his ability to get hits that the American League batting championship was officially renamed the Rod Carew Award in 2016.

Player won-lost records are calculated across nine components. Batters earn player decisions in seven components: The most significant components are Components 3 and 4, which are the essence of the batter - pitcher matchup. Of the other five components, by far the most significant is Component 5: the ability to turn balls-in-play into hits (after controlling for hit type) - i.e., the ability to "hit 'em where they ain't", beat out ground balls for base hits, etc. This was the specific component at which Rod Carew was truly elite.

The next table shows the top 10 players in net Component 5 wins for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Top 10 Batters
(Component 5)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Roberto Clemente87.363.20.58024.0
2Rod Carew90.068.80.56721.2
3Lou Brock87.366.40.56820.9
4Derek Jeter99.281.30.54917.8
5Stan Musial88.671.10.55517.5
6Willie McGee70.854.10.56716.6
7Tony Gwynn Sr.91.174.80.54916.3
8Willie Mays78.262.60.55515.5
9Kirby Puckett65.550.10.56715.4
10Ichiro Suzuki90.675.80.54514.9




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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