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The 1990s as seen through the Prism of Player Won-Lost Records


I have now written articles on every season of the 1990s. This article looks at the decade of the 1990s.

Unlike in the seasonal articles, where I intersperse tables with writing, here I'm going to present a set of tables first with no commentary (beyond simple explanation of what I'm showing), and then I will conclude the article with some commentary on some of the players who show up in one or more of the preceding tables and seem interesting to me.

Incidentally, almost all of the tables here can be reproduced on my leaders page, where you can look at leaders over any set of (consecutive) seasons for which I have calculated Player won-lost records (1921 - 2018). For example, the top 25 players in pWOPA and pWORL from 1964 through 1995 can be found here. But for now, back to the 1990s.

The Best of the 1990s

I calculate Player won-lost records two ways: pWins, which tie to team wins and eWins, which control for context and the ability of one's teammates. For players with more pWins than eWins, their Player wins contributed to more team wins than one might expect; for players with more eWins than pWins, just the opposite is true: their Player wins translated into fewer team wins than expected. Or more briefly: a player with more pWins than eWins was better in context, a player with more eWins than pWins was worse in context.

The top 25 players in pWins above Positional Average and Replacement Level were as follows.

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 Bonds231.6155.732.2
47.4
1Barry Bonds231.6155.732.2
47.4
2Greg Maddux161.5115.728.4
41.5
2Greg Maddux161.5115.728.4
41.5
3Roger Clemens141.899.621.2
34.0
3Roger Clemens141.899.621.2
34.0
4Barry Larkin185.6151.820.7
33.9
4Barry Larkin185.6151.820.7
33.9
5Tom Glavine145.8117.919.1
31.6
5Craig Biggio208.0176.217.2
32.3
6Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson143.7107.918.7
31.8
6Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson143.7107.918.7
31.8
7Mike Piazza120.189.117.3
25.7
7Tom Glavine145.8117.919.1
31.6
8Jeff Bagwell176.4124.617.3
29.2
8Roberto Alomar195.0169.215.5
29.9
9Craig Biggio208.0176.217.2
32.3
9Ken Griffey Jr.190.7157.315.8
29.7
10J. Kevin Brown138.4108.816.9
29.4
10J. Kevin Brown138.4108.816.9
29.4
11Frank E. Thomas161.9117.616.4
29.3
11Frank E. Thomas161.9117.616.4
29.3
12Ken Griffey Jr.190.7157.315.8
29.7
12Jeff Bagwell176.4124.617.3
29.2
13David Cone130.5102.315.7
27.5
13David Cone130.5102.315.7
27.5
14Mike Mussina111.480.615.5
25.9
14John Smoltz144.1125.014.5
27.4
15Roberto Alomar195.0169.215.5
29.9
15Edgar Martinez143.2112.113.3
26.5
16Mark McGwire145.9103.915.2
25.1
16Paul O'Neill186.2151.412.8
26.1
17John Smoltz144.1125.014.5
27.4
17Mike Mussina111.480.615.5
25.9
18Pedro J. Martinez92.267.314.2
22.5
18Mike Piazza120.189.117.3
25.7
19Chipper Jones110.781.113.5
21.0
19David Justice157.0122.513.1
25.1
20Edgar Martinez143.2112.113.3
26.5
20Mark McGwire145.9103.915.2
25.1
21David Justice157.0122.513.1
25.1
21Cal Ripken183.1170.710.9
24.8
22Paul O'Neill186.2151.412.8
26.1
22Robin Ventura171.3146.112.2
24.6
23Robin Ventura171.3146.112.2
24.6
23Matt D. Williams180.3153.511.5
24.5
24John Wetteland59.335.412.2
18.1
24Chuck Knoblauch175.3159.111.0
24.2
25Matt D. Williams180.3153.511.5
24.5
25Rickey Henderson166.9138.311.2
23.6


The top 25 players in eWins above Positional Average and Replacement Level were as follows.

eWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
          eWins over Replacement Level
Top 25 Players
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL           Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Barry Bonds230.3157.030.9
46.2
1Barry Bonds230.3157.030.9
46.2
2Greg Maddux162.6114.629.4
42.5
2Greg Maddux162.6114.629.4
42.5
3Roger Clemens142.299.221.6
34.4
3Roger Clemens142.299.221.6
34.4
4Ken Griffey Jr.195.0152.920.2
34.0
4Ken Griffey Jr.195.0152.920.2
34.0
5J. Kevin Brown140.0107.218.5
31.1
5J. Kevin Brown140.0107.218.5
31.1
6Mark McGwire148.6101.317.9
27.7
6Barry Larkin182.7154.817.8
31.0
7Barry Larkin182.7154.817.8
31.0
7Craig Biggio205.6178.614.8
29.9
8Mike Piazza119.489.716.7
25.1
8Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson141.5110.116.6
29.7
9Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson141.5110.116.6
29.7
9Frank E. Thomas162.0117.516.5
29.5
10Frank E. Thomas162.0117.516.5
29.5
10Roberto Alomar193.5170.714.0
28.4
11Jeff Bagwell175.5125.416.4
28.3
11Jeff Bagwell175.5125.416.4
28.3
12Craig Biggio205.6178.614.8
29.9
12Edgar Martinez144.7110.614.8
28.0
13Edgar Martinez144.7110.614.8
28.0
13Mark McGwire148.6101.317.9
27.7
14John Smoltz143.9125.214.3
27.2
14John Smoltz143.9125.214.3
27.2
15Roberto Alomar193.5170.714.0
28.4
15Tom Glavine140.4123.313.7
26.2
16Tom Glavine140.4123.313.7
26.2
16Mike Piazza119.489.716.7
25.1
17Pedro J. Martinez91.368.213.3
21.7
17Rickey Henderson168.1137.112.4
24.8
18Mike Mussina108.883.312.9
23.3
18Larry Walker175.2139.212.4
24.8
19Rickey Henderson168.1137.112.4
24.8
19Albert Belle183.6156.210.5
24.7
20Larry Walker175.2139.212.4
24.8
20Matt D. Williams180.2153.511.4
24.5
21Kevin Appier117.092.412.3
23.5
21Cal Ripken182.4171.510.2
24.0
22David Cone126.7106.111.9
23.7
22David Cone126.7106.111.9
23.7
23Matt D. Williams180.2153.511.4
24.5
23Kevin Appier117.092.412.3
23.5
24Albert Belle183.6156.210.5
24.7
24Jay Bell190.4180.68.7
23.3
25Alex Rodriguez90.675.810.2
16.8
25Mike Mussina108.883.312.9
23.3


Top Postseason Performers of the 1990s

1990s Postseason Record: eWins
(sorted by eWORL)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWORL
1Greg Maddux9.87.00.5842.6
2John Smoltz11.99.90.5472.5
3Tom Glavine10.79.50.5292.0
4J. Kevin Brown5.03.90.5611.1
5David Wells5.44.20.5601.1
6Derek Jeter6.35.30.5401.1
7Bernie Williams6.85.60.5471.1
8Paul O'Neill7.56.10.5521.0
9Chipper Jones7.86.80.5331.0
10Mariano Rivera2.40.90.7221.0


1990s Postseason Record: pWins
(sorted by pWORL)
pWins pLosses pWinPct pWORL
1John Smoltz10.68.50.5552.3
2Paul O'Neill8.55.00.6292.1
3Greg Maddux9.98.30.5442.0
4Mariano Rivera4.41.20.7881.9
5Bernie Williams7.44.80.6091.8
6Derek Jeter6.94.70.5971.8
7Chuck Knoblauch6.03.70.6161.6
8Tom Glavine10.510.30.5041.5
9David Wells5.23.30.6121.5
10Orlando Hernandez3.31.20.7251.3


World Series Performance
1990s World Series Performance: pWins
(sorted by pWORL)
pWins pLosses pWinPct pWORL
1Chuck Knoblauch3.11.40.6891.0
2Mariano Rivera1.60.40.7960.7
3Derek Jeter2.21.50.6070.6
4Paul O'Neill2.61.70.6130.6
5Joe Carter1.91.00.6610.6
6David Justice3.72.90.5620.6
7Paul Molitor1.20.30.8080.5
8Scott Brosius1.40.50.7480.5
9Chris Sabo1.10.20.8460.5
10David Cone1.91.20.6080.5


League Championship Series Performance
1990s LCS Performance: pWins
(sorted by pWORL)
pWins pLosses pWinPct pWORL
1Bernie Williams3.41.20.7361.3
2John Smoltz5.34.70.5311.0
3Dave Stewart3.21.80.6370.9
4Paul O'Neill3.31.80.6550.9
5Mark Lemke4.33.30.5660.8
6Juan Guzman2.61.40.6460.8
7Orlando Hernandez1.70.50.7710.7
8Mariano Rivera1.40.20.8620.7
9Marquis Grissom2.92.00.5920.6
10Derek Jeter2.51.70.5890.6


Division Series Performance
1990s Division Series Performance: pWins
(sorted by pWORL)
pWins pLosses pWinPct pWORL
1David Wells2.81.10.7111.1
2Greg Maddux3.52.20.6091.0
3John Smoltz2.61.30.6731.0
4Chipper Jones2.61.40.6540.7
5Tom Glavine2.01.10.6490.7
6Brian Jordan1.70.50.7730.7
7Omar Vizquel2.92.20.5640.6
8Paul O'Neill2.51.60.6120.6
9Fred McGriff1.70.70.7240.6
10Derek Jeter2.21.50.5970.6


Best of the 1990s by Factor and Position

Next, let's look at the top players in (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over Positional Average in various aspects of the game.
Best by Factor: Batting, Baserunning, Pitching, Fielding
There are four basic factors for which players earn Player won-lost records: Batting, Baserunning, Pitching, and Fielding. The top players of the 1990s in eWOPA by factor were as follows.

Batting
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Barry Bonds150.191.50.62127.1
2Frank E. Thomas139.694.50.59622.5
3Mark McGwire120.975.10.61722.3
4Jeff Bagwell135.292.40.59419.3
5Ken Griffey Jr.137.2102.80.57217.1
6Edgar Martinez118.787.50.57615.6
7Albert Belle130.399.10.56815.6
8Fred McGriff136.6105.40.56413.9
9Rafael Palmeiro140.8113.10.55513.8
10Larry Walker116.686.10.57513.4

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Baserunning
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Kenny Lofton16.211.60.5832.3
2Marquis Grissom16.711.70.5882.3
3Otis Nixon17.913.10.5772.2
4Rickey Henderson18.113.60.5702.1
5Barry Larkin14.19.50.5972.1
6Lance Johnson13.910.30.5751.7
7Paul Molitor11.27.90.5861.6
8Delino DeShields Sr.16.512.70.5651.6
9Tim Raines Sr.10.87.50.5891.6
10Roberto Alomar14.411.20.5641.6

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Pitching
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Greg Maddux127.988.10.59239.7
2Roger Clemens122.491.60.57230.8
3J. Kevin Brown118.392.30.56225.9
4Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson118.295.00.55423.2
5Pedro J. Martinez76.256.30.57519.9
6Kevin Appier103.484.90.54918.5
7Mike Mussina96.579.00.55017.6
8David Cone112.195.70.53916.4
9John Smoltz114.998.90.53716.0
10Tom Glavine116.4101.10.53515.3


Next, we look at the major-league leaders in net fielding wins for the 1990s by fielding position.

Fielding, P
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Bret Saberhagen2.61.20.6851.4
2Bob Tewksbury3.32.10.6101.2
3Alex Fernandez3.02.00.6081.1
4Tom Glavine3.82.70.5821.1
5Mike Mussina2.71.60.6201.0
6John Franco1.80.80.6820.9
7Dennis Martinez2.82.00.5840.8
8Bobby J. Jones1.81.00.6420.8
9J. Kevin Brown4.33.50.5500.8
10Kenny Rogers3.32.50.5640.7


Fielding, C
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Ivan Rodriguez15.812.60.5563.2
2Charles Johnson8.36.30.5682.0
3Tom Pagnozzi10.28.50.5471.8
4Ron Karkovice9.57.90.5471.6
5Rick Wilkins9.28.00.5331.2
6Brad Ausmus9.58.60.5250.9
7Tom Lampkin4.83.90.5520.9
8Chad Kreuter7.46.50.5320.9
9Mike LaValliere6.45.60.5330.8
10B.J. Surhoff5.34.70.5320.6


Fielding, 1B
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1John Olerud22.218.70.5443.6
2Mark Grace29.926.60.5303.4
3Wally Joyner21.919.20.5322.7
4Will Clark22.920.50.5272.3
5Kevin Young10.48.20.5582.2
6Jeff King8.56.50.5672.0
7Tino Martinez18.116.30.5261.8
8Jeff Bagwell25.924.20.5181.8
9Rafael Palmeiro22.921.50.5161.4
10Greg Colbrunn9.58.50.5281.0


Fielding, 2B
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Ryne Sandberg35.332.00.5253.4
2Bret Boone32.429.90.5202.4
3Roberto Alomar52.249.80.5122.4
4Jody Reed37.134.70.5172.4
5Keith Lockhart10.37.90.5652.4
6Mark Lemke31.228.90.5192.3
7Mike Gallego14.312.20.5382.0
8Robby Thompson28.926.90.5171.9
9Scott Fletcher20.618.70.5251.9
10Fernando Vina20.518.60.5241.9


Fielding, 3B
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Robin Ventura43.038.00.5315.0
2Matt D. Williams43.239.10.5254.2
3Gary Gaetti35.833.10.5202.8
4Tim Wallach27.624.90.5262.7
5Jeff Cirillo23.020.60.5272.4
6Scott Brosius19.517.40.5292.1
7Edgardo Alfonzo11.19.10.5502.0
8Ken Caminiti42.640.70.5111.9
9Vinny Castilla25.323.70.5161.6
10Tim Hulett5.84.40.5671.4


Fielding, SS
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Cal Ripken40.536.10.5294.5
2Ozzie Smith32.528.90.5293.6
3Rey Sanchez22.719.30.5413.4
4Greg Gagne41.238.00.5203.2
5Mike Bordick45.142.00.5183.1
6Omar Vizquel53.450.60.5142.8
7Rey Ordonez22.419.70.5332.8
8Jose Valentin28.826.20.5232.5
9Royce Clayton43.040.80.5132.2
10Kevin Stocker29.728.00.5151.7


Fielding, LF
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Bernard Gilkey40.335.30.5335.0
2Barry Bonds56.251.70.5214.4
3Luis 'Gonzo' Gonzalez43.940.10.5223.8
4B.J. Surhoff19.016.50.5342.4
5Moises Alou19.417.00.5322.3
6Mike Felder7.55.40.5822.1
7Thomas Howard8.06.30.5581.7
8Joe Orsulak11.39.70.5381.6
9Ron Gant31.730.10.5131.6
10Geoff Jenkins7.76.20.5531.5


Fielding, CF
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Kenny Lofton41.537.00.5284.4
2Andruw Jones17.413.60.5613.8
3Brian L. Hunter21.518.20.5423.3
4Lance Johnson45.442.60.5152.7
5Ken Griffey Jr.49.146.50.5142.6
6Darrin Jackson14.912.30.5472.6
7Darren Lewis30.328.00.5202.3
8Marquis Grissom47.545.30.5122.2
9Devon White40.738.90.5111.8
10Chuck Carr16.515.00.5231.5


Fielding, RF
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Sammy Sosa49.444.30.5275.1
2Brian Jordan22.018.60.5423.4
3Reggie L. Sanders23.520.20.5383.3
4Paul O'Neill45.642.60.5173.0
5Mark Whiten26.924.20.5262.7
6Jermaine Dye15.112.60.5452.5
7Raul Mondesi Sr.30.427.90.5212.5
8Bobby Abreu12.610.40.5462.1
9Tim Salmon33.731.60.5162.1
10Rob Deer18.817.00.5251.8


Best by Position
Next, we look at Major-League leaders in eWOPA by position for the 1990s. The figures shown here only include Player decisions earned while playing this particular position, and include no contextual adjustments (expected or actual).

Catcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mike Piazza111.286.00.56414.3
2Darren Daulton71.459.70.5456.9
3Chris Hoiles72.864.80.5296.3
4Mike Stanley51.944.70.5375.1
5Ivan Rodriguez107.0104.30.5065.0
6Mickey Tettleton41.534.30.5474.9
7Jason Kendall48.442.70.5313.7
8Javy Lopez60.255.10.5223.6
9Todd Hundley72.368.30.5143.1
10Rick Wilkins54.350.40.5192.8


First Base
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mark McGwire143.199.50.59016.0
2Jeff Bagwell172.2124.60.58015.2
3Frank E. Thomas116.582.80.58512.6
4Rafael Palmeiro157.7131.80.5456.6
5John Olerud134.9109.70.5526.6
6Will Clark138.2113.20.5506.3
7Fred McGriff164.4136.60.5465.8
8Mo Vaughn112.093.90.5444.4
9Jim Thome43.233.00.5673.2
10John Kruk55.343.70.5583.1


Second Base
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Craig Biggio172.4149.10.53612.6
2Roberto Alomar184.4165.80.52711.9
3Ryne Sandberg124.6106.00.5409.5
4Chuck Knoblauch166.8155.60.5178.4
5Lou Whitaker77.868.60.5325.5
6Jeff Kent104.094.20.5255.5
7Robby Thompson91.582.10.5274.8
8Carlos Baerga129.3126.70.5053.1
9Delino DeShields Sr.157.4153.10.5072.8
10Julio Franco45.241.40.5222.3


Third Base
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Matt D. Williams167.5143.40.53910.3
2Robin Ventura161.5144.30.5288.3
3Chipper Jones95.176.90.5537.8
4Ken Caminiti162.9144.70.5307.0
5Edgar Martinez60.851.80.5404.6
6Scott Rolen59.349.50.5454.2
7Jim Thome59.350.80.5384.1
8Dave Hollins93.184.10.5263.7
9Chris Sabo73.865.90.5283.1
10Jeff Cirillo85.277.90.5223.1


Shortstop
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Barry Larkin172.8148.90.53715.6
2Cal Ripken133.7123.90.5199.5
3Alex Rodriguez89.476.60.5399.3
4Nomar Garciaparra65.957.30.5356.5
5Jay Bell168.7163.40.5086.4
6Derek Jeter85.479.00.5206.0
7John Valentin68.362.10.5245.4
8Jeff Blauser114.3110.70.5084.3
9Jose Valentin79.377.00.5073.4
10Alan Trammell60.257.60.5113.4


Left Field
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Barry Bonds219.9154.80.58727.0
2Rickey Henderson146.6119.20.55211.0
3Albert Belle145.4122.60.5439.3
4Greg Vaughn137.1119.80.5345.9
5Ron Gant118.1101.10.5395.2
6Kevin Mitchell71.658.80.5494.5
7Moises Alou74.462.10.5454.3
8Bernard Gilkey126.9114.00.5273.0
9Rusty Greer80.972.70.5273.0
10Luis 'Gonzo' Gonzalez145.9133.10.5232.7


Center Field
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Ken Griffey Jr.190.8152.60.55618.3
2Ray Lankford149.9129.70.5368.0
3Bernie Williams141.1127.00.5266.9
4Kenny Lofton151.0136.00.5266.9
5Lenny Dykstra91.578.10.5395.1
6Jim Edmonds72.963.80.5334.6
7Brady Anderson85.377.10.5253.9
8Andruw Jones51.142.30.5473.7
9Andy Van Slyke87.277.70.5293.2
10Steve Finley161.5151.90.5152.4


Right Field
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Larry Walker152.8122.70.55510.0
2Tim Salmon113.493.30.5487.5
3Manny Ramirez109.690.90.5476.4
4David Justice99.481.40.5506.2
5Paul O'Neill164.2145.60.5304.9
6Gary Sheffield79.764.70.5524.6
7Sammy Sosa157.6138.30.5334.5
8Reggie L. Sanders80.067.80.5413.4
9Jose Canseco53.645.30.5423.3
10Jay Buhner135.5123.40.5233.1


Starting Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Greg Maddux133.593.10.58920.2
2Roger Clemens124.094.60.56714.7
3J. Kevin Brown122.395.80.56113.2
4Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson118.497.00.55010.7
5Mike Mussina99.380.50.5529.4
6Pedro J. Martinez71.352.60.5769.4
7Kevin Appier104.085.50.5499.2
8Tom Glavine120.5103.50.5388.5
9David Cone113.997.10.5408.4
10John Smoltz117.7100.90.5388.4


Relief Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1John Wetteland34.526.20.5684.2
2Mariano Rivera19.311.30.6314.0
3Roberto M. Hernandez34.927.80.5573.6
4Mike R. Jackson40.033.00.5473.5
5Trevor Hoffman29.422.50.5663.4
6Mark Eichhorn24.818.10.5783.4
7Duane Ward23.417.00.5783.2
8Doug Jones42.337.00.5342.7
9Mike Timlin31.326.00.5462.6
10Rick Aguilera33.127.80.5432.6


For relief pitchers, context-neutral records may not be the best measure of how good they are, as context can matter a great deal, depending on how a pitcher is used. Here are the top relief pitchers of the 1990s in context, in terms of pWins and pWOPA.

Top Relief Pitchers of the 1990s, based on pWORL
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
John Wetteland59.335.40.62712.218.1
Jeff Montgomery62.544.80.5828.815.7
Rick Aguilera59.742.50.5848.615.0
Randy Myers60.945.20.5748.214.7
Roberto M. Hernandez54.937.50.5948.714.7
Trevor Hoffman45.526.30.6349.914.4
John Franco51.234.70.5968.313.8
Dennis Eckersley48.732.90.5977.913.2
Doug Jones56.843.80.5656.612.9
Mariano Rivera34.016.00.6809.012.2


Designated Hitter
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Edgar Martinez78.857.30.5798.5
2Chili Davis100.186.90.5353.9
3Frank E. Thomas44.835.80.5563.1
4Harold Baines94.183.00.5313.0
5Jose Canseco61.251.90.5412.8
6Brian Downing26.420.80.5592.2
7Paul Molitor92.783.30.5272.0
8Juan Gonzalez25.820.60.5561.9
9Mickey Tettleton26.322.10.5431.3
10Rafael Palmeiro14.110.70.5681.3


Finally, here are the best at three oft-forgotten positions that can nevertheless matter: pitcher offense, pinch hitting, and pinch running.

Pitcher Offense
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Tom Glavine10.416.50.3871.8
2John Smoltz9.615.00.3891.8
3Dwight Gooden5.27.10.4221.3
4Orel Hershiser5.78.20.4091.3
5Mike Hampton5.17.00.4191.2
6Chris Hammond4.35.50.4421.2
7Steve Avery6.19.90.3800.9
8Tommy Greene3.54.40.4370.9
9Doug Drabek6.911.70.3690.9
10Omar Olivares3.54.60.4300.9


Pinch Hitter
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Glenallen Hill4.12.80.5960.8
2Harold Baines4.23.00.5810.8
3Orlando Merced4.13.30.5540.6
4Dave Hansen7.26.60.5200.6
5Chris C. Jones4.33.50.5500.6
6Dave Magadan4.53.80.5390.6
7Mark Sweeney4.94.40.5300.6
8Greg Colbrunn3.52.80.5570.5
9Matt Stairs2.61.90.5810.5
10Gerald Perry6.76.10.5220.5


Pinch Runner
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Otis Nixon1.30.70.6570.3
2Jacob Brumfield0.60.20.7820.2
3Gary Thurman0.80.60.5880.2
4Ced Landrum0.60.30.6840.1
5James Mouton1.00.70.5940.1
6Rich Amaral0.80.60.5820.1
7Curtis Goodwin0.60.30.6550.1
8Jason McDonald0.30.10.8170.1
9Rodney McCray0.60.40.5940.1
10David Hulse0.30.10.7290.1


Interesting or Noteworthy Players of the 1990s

I have written several articles about players whose careers overlapped at least partly with the 1990s. Many of these articles were written as part of my series of articles about players appearing on the 2013 and 2014 Hall-of-Fame ballots. In addition to these articles, I have written articles about Eric Davis, Dwight Gooden, Rickey Henderson, Dennis Martinez, and Eddie Murray, among others. I have also written articles comparing Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux and Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.

Next, I take a look at some players who figure prominently in several of the tables above and were, in my opinion, among the most noteworthy players of the 1990s.

Barry Bonds
The best player of the 1990s, as measured by pWins over either positional average or replacement level was Barry Bonds. The top 10 players in career pWOPA and pWORL, among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records are shown in the next table.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 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


The career record of Barry Bonds, as measured by Player won-lost records is presented in the next table.

Barry Bonds
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1986PIT21
113
15.515.10.507-0.1
1.0
16.913.70.5531.32.4
1987PIT22
150
18.817.00.5250.3
1.7
19.516.30.5451.02.4
1988PIT23
144
21.415.90.5742.2
3.6
21.016.30.5621.73.1
1989PIT24
159
21.119.10.5260.3
1.7
21.418.70.5340.62.1
1990PIT25
151
24.116.50.5933.0
4.5
23.716.90.5842.64.1
1991PIT26
153
24.315.80.6063.7
5.3
23.316.80.5802.74.2
1992PIT27
140
22.214.70.6023.2
4.6
22.214.70.6013.24.6
1993SFN28
159
26.915.60.6335.0
6.6
26.615.90.6264.66.3
1994SFN29
112
18.613.20.5852.3
3.6
19.112.70.6012.84.1
1995SFN30
144
24.717.20.5903.1
4.8
24.717.20.5893.14.8
1996SFN31
158
25.617.70.5923.1
4.9
26.317.10.6063.85.5
1997SFN32
159
24.917.40.5883.3
5.0
24.817.40.5883.35.0
1998SFN33
156
24.616.80.5953.4
5.1
24.217.20.5853.04.7
1999SFN34
102
15.611.00.5881.9
3.0
15.511.10.5831.82.9
2000SFN35
142
23.815.30.6093.6
5.1
23.215.80.5953.04.6
2001SFN36
153
28.015.50.6435.3
7.2
28.315.10.6525.77.6
2002SFN37
143
25.413.20.6575.3
6.8
25.413.20.6575.36.9
2003SFN38
130
21.011.60.6444.0
5.3
20.911.70.6403.95.2
2004SFN39
147
23.211.50.6685.1
6.5
23.011.70.6634.96.3
2005SFN40
14
1.71.40.5590.1
0.3
1.91.20.6140.30.4
2006SFN41
130
15.211.70.5651.3
2.3
15.311.60.5691.42.4
2007SFN42
126
15.311.90.5621.3
2.3
15.411.70.5681.52.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,985
462.0314.90.59561.0
91.4
462.6314.30.59561.692.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
48
6.46.30.505 0.36.95.30.568 1.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
3,033
468.3321.20.595
91.8
469.5319.50.595 93.2


Greg Maddux
The best pitcher of the 1990s - and the only player to supplant Barry Bonds on one of the first four tables of this article (eWins over positional average) is Greg Maddux.

In Maddux's approximate generation, there are four pitchers who were widely regarded as the best of the era - Maddux, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez. The next tables compare these four pitchers over their best (consecutive) 5-year and 10-year stretches and for their careers, as measured by Player won-lost record.

Best Consecutive Five-Year Stretches
Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Greg Maddux, 1994 - 98
155
78.548.417.6
23.9
79.847.118.825.2
Roger Clemens, 1986 - 90
170
85.054.915.0
21.8
84.055.914.120.8
Randy Johnson, 1998 - 2002
174
93.364.416.9
24.6
89.768.013.421.1
Pedro Martinez, 1997 - 2001
142
73.740.217.3
23.4
73.140.916.722.8


Best Consecutive Ten-Year Stretches
Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Greg Maddux, 1992 - 2001
329
163.3111.131.5
44.7
163.4111.031.644.8
Roger Clemens, 1989 - 98
310
143.4100.021.8
34.6
144.399.122.735.5
Randy Johnson, 1993 - 2002
307
158.2102.730.3
43.6
153.1107.825.238.5
Pedro Martinez, 1996 - 2005
298
143.790.228.3
40.7
143.890.228.440.8


Career Records
Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Greg Maddux
759
328.5271.339.9
68.5
329.3270.540.869.3
Roger Clemens
709
318.1228.146.3
74.6
315.4230.743.671.9
Randy Johnson
619
281.2220.934.2
59.9
277.3224.830.356.0
Pedro Martinez
476
193.6137.431.1
48.5
191.9139.129.446.8


The career record of Greg Maddux, as measured by Player won-lost records, is presented next.

Greg Maddux
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1986CHN20
6
1.62.30.418-0.2
-0.1
1.72.20.444-0.10.0
1987CHN21
34
9.913.50.423-1.5
-0.4
10.213.30.435-1.2-0.1
1988CHN22
37
17.412.50.5813.0
4.3
15.814.00.5301.52.8
1989CHN23
35
16.114.10.5331.5
2.8
15.814.40.5231.22.5
1990CHN24
35
15.614.80.5141.0
2.3
16.314.10.5371.73.0
1991CHN25
39
15.813.70.5351.6
2.9
15.314.10.5211.22.5
1992CHN26
35
17.712.40.5873.3
4.7
17.612.50.5843.24.6
1993ATL27
36
18.113.50.5722.8
4.2
17.913.60.5682.74.1
1994ATL28
25
14.48.10.6403.6
4.7
14.68.00.6463.74.9
1995ATL29
28
16.57.50.6895.0
6.2
16.08.00.6674.55.7
1996ATL30
35
16.211.70.5812.8
4.2
17.210.70.6183.85.2
1997ATL31
33
14.29.20.6083.0
4.2
14.49.00.6143.14.4
1998ATL32
34
17.112.00.5883.1
4.5
17.611.50.6063.65.0
1999ATL33
33
15.912.90.5522.0
3.4
15.713.20.5431.83.2
2000ATL34
35
17.112.20.5833.0
4.4
16.612.70.5682.64.0
2001ATL35
35
16.111.70.5802.7
4.1
15.912.00.5702.53.8
2002ATL36
35
13.110.20.5621.9
3.0
12.710.60.5441.52.6
2003ATL37
37
13.513.90.4930.3
1.7
14.013.30.5140.92.3
2004CHN38
34
14.713.10.5291.4
2.8
14.613.20.5251.32.7
2005CHN39
35
12.514.70.458-0.6
0.6
13.413.80.4930.31.6
40
34
13.312.40.5181.0
2.2
13.412.30.5221.12.3
2007SDN41
35
11.611.30.5070.6
1.7
11.511.50.5000.41.6
42
34
10.113.80.423-1.5
-0.3
11.112.90.464-0.50.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
759
328.5271.30.54839.9
68.5
329.3270.50.54940.869.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
37
12.612.50.502 1.813.110.80.547 2.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
796
341.1283.80.548
70.2
342.3281.30.549 72.1


Barry Larkin
Barry Larkin was the best shortstop of the 1990s and one of the top 10 players of the 1990s, regardless of position. Moving outside of the 1990s, Larkin was one of the greatest shortstops for whom I have calculated Player won-lost record. The top 10 players in career (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over positional average earned while playing shortstop, among all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records, are shown next.

Shortstop
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Cal Ripken302.4274.30.52425.1
2Alex Rodriguez182.5146.60.55523.0
3Alan Trammell265.7247.20.51819.8
4Pee Wee Reese279.9248.80.52919.8
5Barry Larkin272.2244.80.52619.0
6Arky Vaughan199.6167.80.54318.7
7Ernie Banks168.2138.00.54918.6
8Derek Jeter347.2330.30.51217.9
9Lou Boudreau215.0186.90.53517.2
10Vern Stephens191.6165.60.53615.6


The career record of Barry Larkin, as measured by Player won-lost records, is presented next.

Barry Larkin
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1986CIN22
41
5.44.40.5510.7
1.0
5.24.70.5240.40.7
1987CIN23
125
14.513.90.5100.7
1.8
14.114.40.4950.21.4
1988CIN24
151
22.918.90.5482.4
3.9
22.119.80.5281.53.1
1989CIN25
97
13.69.90.5772.1
3.0
13.010.50.5511.52.3
1990CIN26
158
22.818.60.5512.6
4.1
21.420.00.5171.22.7
1991CIN27
123
19.015.40.5532.2
3.5
19.415.00.5632.53.8
1992CIN28
140
21.316.10.5693.1
4.5
20.616.80.5512.43.8
1993CIN29
100
13.712.30.5271.0
2.0
13.512.40.5210.81.8
1994CIN30
110
16.213.70.5421.6
2.9
15.814.10.5291.32.5
1995CIN31
131
19.915.00.5692.8
4.2
19.115.80.5472.13.5
1996CIN32
152
22.018.40.5452.2
3.9
22.617.80.5602.84.5
1997CIN33
73
8.28.20.5000.2
0.8
9.17.30.5541.11.7
1998CIN34
145
19.916.60.5452.0
3.5
19.816.80.5411.93.3
1999CIN35
161
22.617.50.5642.9
4.5
21.318.70.5331.73.3
2000CIN36
102
11.812.90.477-0.3
0.7
12.612.10.5110.51.5
2001CIN37
45
5.74.70.5460.6
1.0
5.45.00.5170.30.7
2002CIN38
145
13.915.50.472-0.6
0.6
13.715.70.467-0.80.4
2003CIN39
70
7.96.60.5430.7
1.3
7.27.20.5000.10.7
2004CIN40
111
10.810.60.5040.2
1.1
10.810.50.5080.31.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,180
292.1249.40.53927.0
48.2
286.9254.70.53021.843.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
17
2.51.60.617 0.72.42.00.545 0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,197
294.6251.00.539
48.9
289.3256.70.530 43.4


Kevin Brown
By far the most under-rated pitcher of the 1990s - and probably the most under-rated player of the '90's, regardless of position - was Kevin Brown. Kevin Brown was arguably the best player in major-league baseball in 1998 and was among the best in several other seasons.

In fact, by some measures, Kevin Brown is one of the most under-rated players of the past 70+ years. The next table shows the top 25 players in career eWins over positional average for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

eWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Barry Bonds462.6314.361.6
92.1
2Babe Ruth299.9183.948.3
68.1
3Ted Williams370.7251.446.1
71.4
4Mickey Mantle347.2234.945.8
69.5
5Willie Mays455.0339.844.7
76.9
6Roger Clemens315.4230.743.6
71.9
7Mel Ott379.5268.243.5
70.5
8Joe L. Morgan369.3296.641.8
68.3
9Hank Aaron490.5373.441.0
76.6
10Alex Rodriguez372.7298.440.8
67.8
11Greg Maddux329.3270.540.8
69.3
12Mike Schmidt340.6254.337.1
59.9
13Stan Musial415.7316.635.1
64.6
14Lou Gehrig257.3168.631.8
49.5
15Frank Robinson395.7303.131.3
60.7
16Eddie Mathews317.8243.931.2
53.9
17Warren Spahn344.0303.330.9
58.6
18Jimmie Foxx285.6198.630.9
51.3
19Rickey Henderson429.2351.530.3
61.1
20Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson277.3224.830.3
56.0
21Joe DiMaggio273.2203.129.5
48.9
22Pedro J. Martinez191.9139.129.4
46.8
23Lefty Grove239.4192.029.2
48.4
24Albert Pujols340.2261.327.9
52.9
25Bob Gibson260.0221.527.8
48.5


The career record of Kevin Brown, as measured by Player won-lost records, is presented next.

Kevin Brown
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1986TEX21
1
0.30.30.5340.0
0.0
0.30.30.5320.00.0
1988TEX23
4
1.11.50.416-0.2
-0.1
1.11.50.427-0.2-0.1
1989TEX24
28
11.110.40.5160.3
1.4
11.79.80.5451.02.0
1990TEX25
27
10.69.30.5320.6
1.6
10.59.50.5250.51.5
1991TEX26
33
11.212.20.480-0.5
0.7
11.412.10.485-0.40.8
1992TEX27
35
17.812.00.5982.9
4.5
17.811.90.5992.94.5
1993TEX28
35
14.411.70.5521.4
2.6
13.912.20.5330.92.1
1994TEX29
26
9.49.80.491-0.2
0.9
9.99.30.5160.31.4
1995BAL30
26
9.77.60.5601.0
2.0
10.46.90.6011.72.7
1996FLO31
34
16.210.60.6043.3
4.7
16.410.40.6123.54.9
1997FLO32
33
14.211.00.5642.1
3.4
14.510.60.5782.43.8
1998SDN33
36
17.010.90.6093.6
4.9
17.210.60.6183.85.1
1999LAN34
35
17.913.80.5642.6
4.1
18.013.70.5682.74.2
2000LAN35
33
15.610.40.6003.0
4.3
14.811.10.5712.33.5
2001LAN36
20
8.46.50.5641.2
2.0
8.16.90.5400.91.6
2002LAN37
17
3.94.80.447-0.3
0.2
4.14.60.473-0.10.4
2003LAN38
32
13.910.60.5682.1
3.3
13.910.50.5682.13.4
2004NYA39
22
7.96.40.5520.7
1.6
7.66.70.5300.41.3
2005NYA40
13
4.05.00.448-0.5
0.0
4.64.40.5090.10.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
490
204.5164.60.55423.3
42.1
206.2163.00.55925.043.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
14
5.35.70.483 0.55.54.70.536 1.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
504
209.9170.40.554
42.6
211.6167.70.559 44.8


Best Second Baseman of the 1990s: Craig Biggio vs. Roberto Alomar
I think if you asked most fans who the best second baseman of the 1990's was, the answer would be Roberto Alomar. In the 1990s, Alomar played in the playoffs for three different franchises; he played in 10 All-Star games, starting 8 of them; he won 8 Gold Gloves and 3 Silver Sluggers.

Yet, looking earlier in this article, the best second baseman in the 1990's, as measured by Player won-lost records, was (barely) Craig Biggio. And, in fact, if anything that table, which only considered Player decisions earned at second base, under-rated Biggio, who spent the first two years of the 1990s as a (pretty good) catcher.

The next table compares the careers of Craig Biggio and Roberto Alomar, as measured by pWins.

Craig Biggio Roberto Alomar
Season Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL
502.73.3-0.3
-0.0
14320.217.01.73.1
13413.912.11.3
2.2
15822.219.81.12.6
15016.416.8-0.3
0.9
14719.419.00.21.6
14914.514.00.7
1.8
16123.621.01.33.1
16221.420.20.5
2.1
15223.017.72.84.4
15521.519.11.3
2.9
15323.417.43.35.0
11417.112.72.3
3.6
10713.012.80.41.5
14122.317.12.8
4.4
13015.016.1-0.21.0
16222.719.52.0
3.7
15321.816.33.34.9
16223.818.52.8
4.5
11015.313.21.42.5
16025.217.93.7
5.4
14717.419.1-0.60.9
16023.020.51.3
3.0
15923.016.53.55.1
10111.411.7-0.1
0.9
15519.418.01.12.6
15521.016.52.3
3.9
15721.716.33.04.6
14517.117.8-0.2
1.2
14916.517.7-0.41.0
15318.218.2-0.2
1.2
14015.017.4-1.00.3
15617.719.5-1.4
0.0
564.45.6-0.6-0.2
15520.417.51.3
2.7
14515.316.9-0.6
0.5
14112.915.7-1.5
-0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,850358.5325.417.9
44.7
2,377314.5280.920.644.0


Pretty close: your preference likely comes down to whether you're more inclined to measure against average or replacement level.

The next table breaks down their career (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over replacement level.

Decomposition of eWORL
Wins over Average
Batting Baserunning Fielding Position Replacement eWORL
Roberto Alomar7.52.3
0.2
5.0
25.3
40.3
Craig Biggio10.71.4
-3.4
5.9
28.1
42.7


Player won-lost records (and, from what I've seen, most sabermetric measures) don't think Roberto Alomar's fielding was 10 Gold Gloves good, but it was nevertheless better than Biggio's as was Alomar's baserunning (e.g., 474 career steals at an 80.2% success rate). But Biggio makes that up mostly in career length (2,100 more career plate appearances) and batting, when considering the context (Biggio played 12 years in the Astrodome). You can make the playoffs pretty easily with either one of them at the top of your lineup and in the middle of your defense, as their teams did a combined 13 times.



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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