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Ryne Sandberg

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Ryne Sandberg

Ryne Sandberg was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 3rd year of eligibility, 2005, with 76.2% of the vote.

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

Ryne Sandberg
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1981PHI21
11
0.00.00.5240.0
0.0
0.20.20.430-0.0-0.0
1982CHN22
156
18.219.10.487-0.9
0.6
18.718.80.499-0.41.0
1983CHN23
158
19.520.70.485-0.5
1.0
20.619.90.5090.51.9
1984CHN24
156
25.319.10.5703.3
5.0
23.719.20.5522.44.1
1985CHN25
153
24.019.20.5562.3
3.9
22.718.90.5461.83.3
1986CHN26
154
19.518.50.5140.8
2.2
20.519.40.5150.82.3
1987CHN27
132
16.815.90.5130.6
1.9
17.215.40.5271.12.3
1988CHN28
155
20.418.60.5231.0
2.5
21.119.40.5200.92.5
1989CHN29
156
21.618.10.5451.6
3.0
21.618.20.5431.63.0
1990CHN30
155
22.018.70.5401.6
3.1
23.517.90.5682.84.3
1991CHN31
158
23.117.10.5752.8
4.3
23.918.20.5672.54.2
1992CHN32
158
24.818.80.5682.8
4.5
26.019.00.5773.35.0
1993CHN33
117
13.213.70.491-0.2
0.9
14.314.10.5030.11.3
1994CHN34
57
6.97.10.493-0.1
0.5
6.96.80.5070.10.7
1996CHN36
150
19.616.70.5391.7
3.2
18.116.00.5301.32.7
1997CHN37
135
12.713.70.480-0.4
0.6
12.913.20.493-0.10.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,161
287.6255.10.53016.6
37.2
291.7254.70.53418.839.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
10
1.41.30.506 0.11.61.10.609 0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,171
289.0256.40.530
37.3
293.3255.70.534 39.9


Ryne Sandberg had an extremely well-balanced game. He batted over .300 five times, with career highs (in different seasons) of 36 doubles, 19 triples, and 40 home runs. He scored 100 runs 7 times; he drove in 100 runs twice. He stole 54 bases one year. And on the defensive side, he won 9 Gold Gloves, the second most by any second baseman in history (and the most at the time of Sandberg's retirement).

Ryne Sandberg's Player won-lost records reflect this balance. The next table shows his (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) career record by factor: Batting, Baserunning, and Fielding.

Batting Baserunning Fielding
eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWins eLosses eWin Pct.
187.1162.2
0.536
21.316.9
0.558
82.778.30.514


Ryne Sandberg had an extremely well-balanced game. But was it an historically well-balanced game? I tried to come up with a way to identify and rank players who were above average at everything. The first step in doing this, then, is to define "average". For batting and baserunning, instead of .500, I used the average offensive winning percentage for non-pitchers (by season-league). For fielding, instead of .500, I used positional average. I did this in an attempt to give more credit to, say, a good defensive shortstop than, say, a good defensive left fielder.

What I did then was to subtract these (player-specific) factor averages from a player's batting, baserunning, and fielding winning percentage. Doing this, the resulting numbers will be positive if the winning percentage is above average, negative if below.

I then multiplied these three numbers together. The product of three numbers will be positive if either all three are positive - which is what I want - or if exactly two of the three are negative. I weeded out these latter players. Multiplying the three numbers together effectively weights all three values equally and gives more value to being equivalently above-average in everything than being essentially average in one factor but very good in two. So, for example, the product of 3, 3, and 3 (27) is greater than the product of 1, 4, and 4 (16), even though the average value in both cases is the same (3).

For players with at least 10 eWins each in batting, baserunning, and fielding, here, then, are the top 25 players in this statistic.


Players with Most Well-Rounded Excellence
Batting Baserunning Fielding
Player Games eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWins eLosses eWin Pct.
1Jackie Robinson
1,381
129.0100.7
0.561
15.512.5
0.552
44.738.00.540
2Joe DiMaggio
1,700
176.5123.4
0.589
13.010.1
0.562
69.562.90.525
3Lou Whitaker
2,383
187.9168.2
0.528
20.115.6
0.564
80.376.40.512
4Amos Otis
1,991
160.4146.5
0.523
19.413.7
0.586
76.768.70.528
5Al Kaline
2,832
252.4197.6
0.561
21.617.1
0.558
97.986.10.532
6Carlton Fisk
2,497
196.0172.1
0.532
16.914.1
0.546
31.330.10.510
7Albert Pujols
2,575
254.0188.7
0.574
17.815.4
0.536
46.940.80.535
8Chase Utley
1,850
157.4134.3
0.540
13.810.3
0.572
60.556.70.516
9Bobby Grich
2,004
163.8137.4
0.544
15.714.4
0.522
75.270.50.516
10Lou Boudreau
1,646
137.2121.2
0.531
12.911.3
0.533
73.462.00.542
11Toby Harrah
2,145
167.2146.7
0.533
18.814.7
0.561
71.370.40.503
12Barry Larkin
2,176
174.0155.0
0.529
21.815.2
0.589
78.577.20.504
13Arky Vaughan
1,560
137.4108.2
0.559
14.211.8
0.547
70.568.80.506
14Frankie Frisch
1,776
150.0136.7
0.523
19.313.8
0.583
77.072.10.516
15Ian Kinsler
1,672
140.3130.8
0.517
15.611.8
0.568
60.157.20.512
16Ryne Sandberg
2,161
187.1162.2
0.536
21.316.9
0.558
82.778.30.514
17Mel Ott
2,412
234.7152.1
0.607
16.414.5
0.531
98.688.60.527
18Joe Gordon
1,560
134.4112.7
0.544
11.710.3
0.531
59.354.80.520
19Pee Wee Reese
2,164
178.2166.1
0.518
21.016.8
0.556
91.779.60.535
20Alan Trammell
2,289
174.0164.6
0.514
18.916.9
0.529
83.877.60.519
21Rickey Henderson
3,059
259.7210.4
0.552
52.536.4
0.591
112.2106.30.514
22Dom DiMaggio
1,396
120.1106.2
0.531
14.811.3
0.568
62.256.60.524
23Barry Bonds
2,984
306.8184.6
0.624
28.524.1
0.542
116.9107.60.521
24Charlie Gehringer
1,497
133.4108.0
0.553
12.610.5
0.546
56.155.40.503
25Joe Mauer
1,731
146.1128.4
0.532
11.29.9
0.530
15.815.30.509


So, was the balance of Ryne Sandberg's career historically great? I'd say that having among the top half of the top 25 most well-balanced careers of the past 80 years is pretty historically great.



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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