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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
13
0.10.00.5570.0
0.0
0.00.10.451-0.0-0.0
1982CHN22
156
18.219.20.487-0.8
0.6
18.618.70.499-0.41.1
1983CHN23
158
19.520.70.485-0.5
1.0
20.519.80.5090.52.0
1984CHN24
156
25.319.10.5703.4
5.1
24.519.90.5522.64.3
1985CHN25
153
24.019.20.5562.3
3.9
23.619.60.5461.93.5
1986CHN26
154
19.518.50.5140.8
2.2
19.618.50.5150.82.2
1987CHN27
132
16.815.90.5130.6
1.9
17.215.50.5271.12.4
1988CHN28
155
20.418.60.5231.1
2.6
20.318.70.5201.02.4
1989CHN29
157
21.618.10.5451.6
3.0
21.518.10.5431.63.0
1990CHN30
155
22.018.70.5401.7
3.1
23.117.60.5682.84.3
1991CHN31
158
23.117.10.5752.8
4.4
22.817.40.5672.54.0
1992CHN32
158
24.818.80.5682.8
4.5
25.218.40.5773.34.9
1993CHN33
117
13.213.70.491-0.2
0.9
13.513.40.5030.11.2
1994CHN34
57
6.97.10.493-0.1
0.5
7.16.90.5070.10.7
1996CHN36
150
19.616.70.5401.8
3.3
19.217.10.5301.42.9
1997CHN37
135
12.713.70.481-0.4
0.6
13.013.30.493-0.11.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,164
287.7255.10.53017.1
37.7
289.8252.90.53419.339.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
10
1.41.30.506 0.11.61.10.609 0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,174
289.0256.50.530
37.8
291.5254.00.534 40.3


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.
187.3162.2
0.536
21.216.8
0.557
82.878.30.514


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.
1Mike Trout
1,065
111.472.0
0.608
10.27.6
0.575
34.831.90.522
2Jackie Robinson
1,382
129.1100.8
0.562
15.312.4
0.552
44.738.00.540
3Joe DiMaggio
1,716
178.0124.7
0.588
12.710.2
0.555
69.763.70.523
4Lou Whitaker
2,387
188.0168.3
0.528
20.015.5
0.563
80.376.40.512
5Carlton Fisk
2,498
196.0172.2
0.532
16.313.4
0.550
31.330.10.510
6Amos Otis
1,997
160.5146.6
0.523
19.313.6
0.587
76.768.70.528
7Al Kaline
2,833
252.6197.8
0.561
21.116.8
0.557
97.685.80.532
8Chase Utley
1,934
160.3137.7
0.538
14.210.5
0.575
61.557.80.516
9Lou Boudreau
1,646
137.3121.3
0.531
12.711.1
0.535
74.162.50.542
10Toby Harrah
2,155
167.3146.8
0.533
18.814.6
0.563
71.670.60.503
11Barry Larkin
2,180
174.1155.1
0.529
21.615.0
0.590
78.877.50.504
12Albert Pujols
2,692
263.1197.9
0.571
17.615.8
0.527
48.041.70.535
13Bobby Grich
2,006
163.9137.4
0.544
15.614.4
0.520
75.270.50.516
14Frankie Frisch
1,781
150.2136.9
0.523
19.113.7
0.583
76.771.80.517
15Ryne Sandberg
2,164
187.3162.2
0.536
21.216.8
0.557
82.878.30.514
16Arky Vaughan
1,628
145.1113.2
0.562
14.812.7
0.539
74.872.70.507
17Mel Ott
2,494
243.5157.0
0.608
16.814.7
0.533
100.590.30.527
18Barry Bonds
2,985
306.9184.7
0.624
28.023.8
0.541
117.0107.70.521
19Pee Wee Reese
2,166
178.4166.2
0.518
20.716.5
0.556
92.480.20.535
20Joe Gordon
1,566
134.9113.1
0.544
11.610.3
0.529
59.454.70.521
21Ian Kinsler
1,801
149.4140.7
0.515
16.412.6
0.566
64.060.60.513
22Alan Trammell
2,292
174.1164.7
0.514
18.916.9
0.528
84.177.80.519
23Jimmie Foxx
2,253
221.1143.0
0.607
14.114.0
0.502
36.035.20.505
24Charlie Gehringer
1,643
147.2118.6
0.554
13.711.2
0.551
61.360.60.503
25Dom DiMaggio
1,398
120.2106.2
0.531
14.611.4
0.562
62.256.60.524


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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