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The 1990s

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

My series of articles on the seasons for which I have calculated Player won-lost records has made it back to 1990. With that, I have now completed articles on all of the seasons of the 1990s (all of which can be found here). This article, then, takes a look at the decade of the 1990s as measured by Player won-lost records.

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 10 players in pWins above Positional Average and Replacement Level were as follows.

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 Bonds234.6153.672.3
90.8
1Barry Bonds234.6153.672.3
90.8
2Greg Maddux160.7116.054.6
71.1
2Greg Maddux160.7116.054.6
71.1
3Roger Clemens141.499.742.9
58.7
3Roger Clemens141.499.742.9
58.7
4Barry Larkin185.0151.739.8
55.8
4Barry Larkin185.0151.739.8
55.8
5Jeff Bagwell177.0124.038.3
52.7
5Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson143.2107.937.9
54.2
6Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson143.2107.937.9
54.2
6Ken Griffey Jr.193.2155.736.1
52.9
7Ken Griffey Jr.193.2155.736.1
52.9
7Jeff Bagwell177.0124.038.3
52.7
8Tom Glavine144.8117.735.5
51.1
8Tom Glavine144.8117.735.5
51.1
9Frank E. Thomas162.1117.634.8
49.8
9Craig Biggio207.3177.032.6
51.0
10Mike Piazza120.588.734.7
45.0
10J. Kevin Brown138.3108.834.4
50.0


The top 10 players in eWins above Positional Average and Replacement Level were as follows.

eWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
eWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Barry Bonds230.8157.364.7
83.3
1Barry Bonds230.8157.364.7
83.3
2Greg Maddux162.3114.460.0
76.4
2Greg Maddux162.3114.460.0
76.4
3Roger Clemens142.099.144.2
60.0
3Roger Clemens142.099.144.2
60.0
4Ken Griffey Jr.195.5153.440.6
57.5
4Ken Griffey Jr.195.5153.440.6
57.5
5J. Kevin Brown140.1107.038.4
54.0
5J. Kevin Brown140.1107.038.4
54.0
6Mark McGwire148.8101.537.8
49.8
6Barry Larkin182.4154.334.6
50.7
7Frank E. Thomas162.0117.635.2
50.2
7Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson141.1110.034.2
50.5
8Jeff Bagwell175.4125.634.7
49.2
8Frank E. Thomas162.0117.635.2
50.2
9Barry Larkin182.4154.334.6
50.7
9Mark McGwire148.8101.537.8
49.8
10Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson141.1110.034.2
50.5
10Jeff Bagwell175.4125.634.7
49.2




Postseason



1990s Postseason: Total
Player pWins pLosses pWORL
Paul O'Neill8.75.04.0
Mariano Rivera4.31.23.7
John Smoltz10.48.53.7
Greg Maddux9.88.33.3
Bernie Williams7.54.83.2
Derek Jeter6.94.73.1
Chuck Knoblauch6.03.62.9
David Wells5.23.42.5
Orlando Hernandez3.21.32.2
Scott Brosius3.51.91.9


Top postseason players by round were as follows.

1990s World Series
Player pWins pLosses Net Wins
Chuck Knoblauch3.11.41.7
Mariano Rivera1.60.41.2
Paul O'Neill2.71.61.1
Paul Molitor1.30.31.0
Joe Carter1.91.00.9
Chris Sabo1.20.20.9
David Justice3.72.80.9
Scott Brosius1.40.50.9
Tino Martinez1.60.70.9
Moises Alou1.40.60.8

1990s Postseason: League Championship Series
Player pWins pLosses Net Wins
Bernie Williams3.41.32.1
Paul O'Neill3.41.81.6
Dave Stewart3.21.91.4
Mariano Rivera1.40.21.2
Juan Guzman2.61.41.2
Orlando Hernandez1.70.61.1
John Olerud3.32.21.0
Orel Hershiser1.40.50.9
Marquis Grissom2.92.00.9
Chuck Knoblauch2.21.30.9

1990s Postseason: Division Series
Player pWins pLosses Net Wins
David Wells2.81.11.6
John Smoltz2.61.31.3
Greg Maddux3.52.21.3
Brian Jordan1.80.51.2
Chipper Jones2.61.41.2
Fred McGriff1.80.71.1
Paul O'Neill2.51.61.0
Jim Leyritz1.20.21.0
Brady Anderson1.60.70.9
Tom Glavine1.91.10.9


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 in 1990s in eWOPA by factor were as follows.

Batting
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss eWOPA Player pWins pLoss pWOPA
1Barry Bonds154.894.6
56.7
1Barry Bonds159.689.866.4
2Frank E. Thomas140.294.9
45.2
2Frank E. Thomas141.393.747.6
3Mark McGwire120.775.3
44.6
3Mark McGwire120.675.444.4
4Jeff Bagwell134.992.3
39.2
4Jeff Bagwell136.790.442.9
5Ken Griffey Jr.134.0100.6
33.3
5Ken Griffey Jr.133.4101.232.1
6Edgar Martinez118.687.4
31.2
6Fred McGriff142.5108.231.4
7Albert Belle132.2101.1
31.0
7Edgar Martinez118.687.431.1
8Fred McGriff141.4109.3
29.2
8Mike Piazza103.069.530.9
9Rafael Palmeiro144.8116.3
28.4
9David Justice114.881.930.8
10Gary Sheffield114.283.5
28.1
10Albert Belle131.9101.430.4
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
Baserunning
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss eWOPA Player pWins pLoss pWOPA
1Rickey Henderson19.414.5
4.7
1Barry Larkin15.28.76.2
2Kenny Lofton16.411.7
4.7
2Marquis Grissom17.111.35.4
3Marquis Grissom16.711.7
4.7
3Kenny Lofton16.511.64.8
4Otis Nixon18.713.9
4.6
4Paul Molitor12.47.94.6
5Barry Larkin14.39.5
4.4
5Tim Raines Sr.11.77.14.5
6Paul Molitor12.08.3
3.6
6Rickey Henderson19.314.74.4
7Lance Johnson14.210.4
3.6
7Otis Nixon18.614.14.2
8Tim Raines Sr.11.17.7
3.4
8Stan Javier10.16.53.5
9Roberto Alomar14.911.6
3.3
9Tom Goodwin10.36.93.3
10Delino DeShields Sr.16.112.5
3.2
10Steve Finley14.110.53.2
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
Pitching
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss Net eWins Player pWins pLoss Net pWins
1Greg Maddux141.697.1
44.4
1Greg Maddux145.493.352.1
2Roger Clemens134.6100.9
33.7
2Roger Clemens138.796.841.8
3J. Kevin Brown128.299.7
28.5
3Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson139.7102.437.2
4Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson134.3107.8
26.5
4J. Kevin Brown130.097.932.1
5Pedro J. Martinez85.262.7
22.5
5Mike Mussina107.978.729.2
6Kevin Appier112.192.2
20.0
6David Cone124.895.928.9
7Mike Mussina102.883.9
18.9
7Tom Glavine129.1100.928.2
8John Smoltz128.4110.6
17.8
8Pedro J. Martinez88.059.928.0
9David Cone119.2101.5
17.7
9John Wetteland57.934.123.8
10Tom Glavine123.1106.9
16.2
10Kevin Appier113.391.022.3


Fielding by Position


Fielding, P
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Bret Saberhagen2.81.2
1.6
1Bret Saberhagen2.81.21.6
2Bob Tewksbury4.12.6
1.5
2Tom Glavine4.12.61.6
3Alex Fernandez3.42.0
1.4
3Alex Fernandez3.52.01.5
4Mike Mussina3.01.8
1.2
4John Franco2.10.71.5
5Tom Glavine3.92.8
1.2
5Dennis Martinez3.21.91.3
6John Franco1.90.9
1.1
6Bob Tewksbury4.02.71.3
7Dennis Martinez3.02.0
1.0
7Mike Mussina3.01.81.2
8J. Kevin Brown4.73.7
0.9
8Kenny Rogers3.32.31.1
9Charles Nagy3.12.2
0.9
9Mike R. Jackson1.80.71.0
10Bobby J. Jones2.01.1
0.9
10Charles Nagy3.22.11.0


Fielding, C
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Ivan Rodriguez16.413.1
3.3
1Ivan Rodriguez17.012.64.4
2Charles Johnson8.46.3
2.0
2Joe Girardi14.011.62.4
3Tom Pagnozzi10.38.4
1.9
3Ron Karkovice9.67.32.3
4Ron Karkovice9.37.6
1.7
4Charles Johnson8.36.41.9
5Rick Wilkins9.48.2
1.2
5Rick Wilkins9.58.11.4
6Brad Ausmus9.78.8
0.9
6Tom Pagnozzi10.08.71.3
7Tom Lampkin4.63.7
0.9
7Dan Wilson8.57.31.2
8Chad Kreuter7.46.5
0.8
8Tom Lampkin4.63.70.9
9Mike LaValliere5.85.1
0.7
9Javy Lopez8.07.10.9
10Joe Girardi13.112.5
0.7
10Mike LaValliere5.85.10.7


Fielding, 1B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Mark Grace30.727.1
3.5
1John Olerud22.818.34.5
2John Olerud22.318.8
3.5
2Jeff Bagwell28.023.84.3
3Wally Joyner23.120.4
2.8
3Wally Joyner23.420.03.4
4Kevin Young11.28.8
2.4
4Mark Grace30.527.33.2
5Jeff King8.96.8
2.1
5Tino Martinez18.915.83.2
6Will Clark22.720.6
2.1
6Will Clark22.820.62.2
7Tino Martinez18.316.5
1.8
7Kevin Young11.09.11.8
8Jeff Bagwell26.825.0
1.7
8Greg Colbrunn10.28.41.8
9Rafael Palmeiro24.322.7
1.7
9Jeff King8.67.01.6
10Greg Colbrunn9.88.8
1.1
10Rafael Palmeiro24.322.71.6


Fielding, 2B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Ryne Sandberg34.831.5
3.3
1Mark Lemke35.828.37.6
2Bret Boone33.530.9
2.6
2Jody Reed38.334.04.3
3Jody Reed37.434.9
2.5
3Robby Thompson30.526.24.3
4Mark Lemke33.230.9
2.4
4Carlos Baerga41.437.53.9
5Roberto Alomar53.250.8
2.3
5Ryne Sandberg34.931.53.4
6Keith Lockhart10.27.9
2.3
6Roberto Alomar53.750.33.3
7Scott Fletcher21.019.0
2.0
7Mike Gallego14.611.72.9
8Fernando Vina20.518.6
1.9
8Keith Lockhart10.47.72.8
9Mike Gallego14.112.2
1.9
9Luis Alicea23.721.02.7
10Pokey Reese6.04.1
1.9
10Fernando Vina20.818.42.4


Fielding, 3B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Robin Ventura42.937.7
5.2
1Robin Ventura43.936.67.3
2Matt D. Williams44.940.6
4.4
2Matt D. Williams45.040.54.5
3Gary Gaetti37.034.1
2.9
3Terry Pendleton37.733.54.2
4Tim Wallach27.825.2
2.6
4Gary Gaetti37.433.63.8
5Jeff Cirillo23.220.7
2.5
5Scott Brosius20.016.33.7
6Scott Brosius19.217.0
2.2
6Ken Caminiti44.040.83.2
7Edgardo Alfonzo11.39.2
2.1
7Bill Spiers10.47.72.7
8Ken Caminiti43.241.5
1.7
8John Valentin10.37.72.6
9Vinny Castilla25.323.7
1.5
9Vinny Castilla25.823.22.5
10Mike Pagliarulo13.612.1
1.5
10Edgardo Alfonzo11.59.12.3


Fielding, SS
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Cal Ripken41.336.7
4.6
1Ozzie Smith32.427.45.1
2Ozzie Smith31.628.1
3.5
2Greg Gagne43.738.75.0
3Greg Gagne42.939.5
3.4
3Omar Vizquel54.649.74.9
4Rey Sanchez21.918.7
3.2
4Rey Ordonez23.819.14.7
5Mike Bordick45.442.3
3.1
5Cal Ripken40.837.23.6
6Rey Ordonez22.920.1
2.8
6Mike Bordick45.642.13.5
7Omar Vizquel53.550.7
2.8
7Barry Larkin51.948.73.2
8Jose Valentin29.426.8
2.6
8Jose Valentin29.526.72.8
9Royce Clayton43.141.0
2.1
9Jay Bell58.455.82.5
10Kevin Stocker30.228.4
1.8
10Mike Benjamin11.08.52.5


Fielding, LF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Bernard Gilkey40.435.5
4.9
1Barry Bonds59.851.18.6
2Barry Bonds57.853.0
4.8
2Bernard Gilkey40.635.35.3
3Luis 'Gonzo' Gonzalez45.041.1
3.9
3Luis 'Gonzo' Gonzalez45.640.45.2
4B.J. Surhoff18.716.3
2.4
4Moises Alou20.016.33.8
5Moises Alou19.317.0
2.4
5Greg Vaughn39.836.83.1
6Mike Felder6.74.9
1.8
6B.J. Surhoff18.716.22.5
7Joe Orsulak11.69.9
1.7
7Brian S. Giles7.75.62.1
8Ron Gant33.331.6
1.7
8Gerald Williams10.38.41.9
9Thomas Howard7.45.9
1.5
9Chad Curtis9.77.91.8
10Geoff Jenkins7.76.2
1.5
10Jerald Clark11.49.61.8


Fielding, CF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Kenny Lofton40.536.1
4.5
1Kenny Lofton42.733.98.7
2Andruw Jones18.514.4
4.0
2Marquis Grissom48.342.06.2
3Brian L. Hunter20.917.7
3.2
3Andruw Jones19.213.85.4
4Ken Griffey Jr.49.546.9
2.7
4Lance Johnson47.243.14.1
5Lance Johnson46.443.8
2.7
5Steve Finley47.444.03.4
6Darrin Jackson14.612.2
2.5
6Ken Griffey Jr.49.846.63.2
7Darren Lewis29.827.4
2.3
7Darrin Jackson14.712.02.7
8Devon White43.541.4
2.0
8Stan Javier17.315.02.3
9Marquis Grissom46.144.2
2.0
9Devon White43.541.42.1
10Chuck Carr16.114.6
1.4
10Dave Henderson11.79.72.0


Fielding, RF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Sammy Sosa50.345.3
5.0
1Paul O'Neill49.140.19.0
2Brian Jordan22.218.8
3.4
2Sammy Sosa51.544.17.4
3Reggie L. Sanders23.219.9
3.3
3Reggie L. Sanders24.019.14.9
4Paul O'Neill46.243.1
3.1
4Raul Mondesi Sr.33.329.04.3
5Raul Mondesi Sr.32.529.9
2.6
5Brian Jordan22.518.54.0
6Mark Whiten26.423.8
2.6
6Mark Whiten26.723.43.3
7Jermaine Dye14.312.0
2.3
7Wayne Kirby8.45.23.2
8Bobby Abreu13.211.0
2.2
8Larry Walker42.939.83.1
9Tim Salmon33.031.0
2.0
9David Justice28.726.22.5
10Rob Deer18.516.7
1.8
10Magglio Ordonez10.98.52.4


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



Catcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Mike Piazza115.389.0
29.3
1Mike Piazza118.186.334.7
2Darren Daulton71.258.8
14.1
2Darren Daulton71.858.215.3
3Chris Hoiles72.064.1
11.9
3Chris Hoiles73.262.914.3
4Ivan Rodriguez108.4105.4
10.0
4Mike Stanley51.641.712.4
5Mike Stanley50.143.2
9.5
5Ivan Rodriguez109.0104.811.2
6Mickey Tettleton41.134.1
9.3
6Javy Lopez60.953.09.9
7Jason Kendall49.944.0
7.4
7Mickey Tettleton40.634.58.4
8Javy Lopez59.454.4
7.0
8Ron Karkovice51.746.97.6
9Todd Hundley73.869.9
6.2
9Jason Kendall49.644.36.8
10Rick Wilkins52.548.5
5.5
10Jim Leyritz26.921.36.8


First Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Mark McGwire143.7100.2
34.0
1Jeff Bagwell175.5123.637.1
2Jeff Bagwell173.2125.8
32.4
2Mark McGwire143.3100.633.1
3Frank E. Thomas116.182.3
26.6
3Frank E. Thomas116.382.127.1
4Rafael Palmeiro161.6135.0
14.1
4Fred McGriff171.7139.616.4
5John Olerud135.9110.5
13.8
5John Olerud137.0109.416.2
6Will Clark142.1116.8
13.1
6Will Clark143.1115.815.1
7Fred McGriff169.9141.4
12.5
7Rafael Palmeiro161.9134.614.9
8Mo Vaughn109.892.3
8.9
8Tino Martinez117.499.78.2
9John Kruk56.844.9
6.8
9Jim Thome41.031.96.0
10Jim Thome41.331.7
6.5
10Carlos Delgado51.641.95.6


Second Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Craig Biggio171.9148.8
24.7
1Craig Biggio175.6145.232.0
2Roberto Alomar188.8169.5
24.0
2Roberto Alomar191.3167.028.9
3Ryne Sandberg122.1104.3
18.4
3Chuck Knoblauch172.7158.719.2
4Chuck Knoblauch171.6159.7
17.2
4Ryne Sandberg121.0105.416.2
5Lou Whitaker80.870.9
11.6
5Carlos Baerga129.0117.514.6
6Jeff Kent109.098.6
11.5
6Jeff Kent109.997.713.3
7Robby Thompson91.982.7
9.4
7Lou Whitaker80.970.811.8
8Carlos Baerga124.5122.0
5.8
8Robby Thompson91.982.79.3
9Delino DeShields Sr.154.3150.7
4.9
9Mark Lemke95.589.27.3
10Julio Franco45.041.3
4.5
10Luis Alicea71.065.86.9


Third Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Matt D. Williams177.4152.1
21.8
1Chipper Jones102.873.926.8
2Robin Ventura163.8146.1
17.1
2Matt D. Williams179.1150.425.1
3Chipper Jones97.779.0
16.3
3Robin Ventura166.7143.322.8
4Ken Caminiti167.7149.0
14.6
4Ken Caminiti170.2146.519.7
5Edgar Martinez61.552.5
9.1
5Jim Thome59.747.212.3
6Scott Rolen62.051.9
8.7
6Wade Boggs128.9118.99.9
7Jim Thome57.749.3
8.1
7Scott Rolen62.051.98.7
8Dave Hollins94.285.1
7.5
8Terry Pendleton125.9114.58.1
9Chris Sabo76.868.6
6.6
9Sean Berry67.659.16.9
10Jeff Cirillo85.678.1
6.4
10Gary Sheffield61.954.36.8


Shortstop
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Barry Larkin180.3155.1
31.7
1Barry Larkin184.5150.939.9
2Cal Ripken136.4126.5
18.6
2Cal Ripken136.2126.618.2
3Alex Rodriguez89.476.4
17.8
3Derek Jeter89.476.317.8
4Nomar Garciaparra66.157.2
12.7
4Jeff Blauser120.0107.516.9
5Jay Bell165.4160.2
12.1
5Alex Rodriguez88.877.016.7
6Derek Jeter86.379.4
11.8
6Nomar Garciaparra67.555.815.4
7John Valentin67.861.4
10.3
7Jay Bell164.4161.210.3
8Jeff Blauser115.6111.8
8.4
8John Valentin67.162.19.0
9Jose Valentin78.676.4
6.5
9Omar Vizquel151.7154.17.5
10Alan Trammell60.558.0
6.3
10Ozzie Smith96.193.17.1


Left Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Barry Bonds225.8158.9
57.8
1Barry Bonds232.9158.972.3
2Rickey Henderson147.6119.5
23.3
2Rickey Henderson148.5119.525.1
3Albert Belle145.7122.9
19.1
3Albert Belle146.0122.919.8
4Greg Vaughn141.0123.4
12.4
4Greg Vaughn143.0123.416.3
5Ron Gant122.2104.6
11.3
5Moises Alou77.762.813.8
6Kevin Mitchell73.160.1
9.6
6Ron Gant123.3104.613.6
7Moises Alou75.262.8
8.8
7Rusty Greer84.274.39.7
8Rusty Greer82.474.3
6.0
8Ryan Klesko73.362.69.0
9Bernard Gilkey127.7115.0
6.0
9Luis 'Gonzo' Gonzalez149.2134.88.7
10Luis 'Gonzo' Gonzalez147.7134.8
5.6
10Bernard Gilkey128.6115.07.8


Center Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Ken Griffey Jr.188.0150.6
36.3
1Ken Griffey Jr.187.4151.235.0
2Ray Lankford151.6131.3
16.5
2Kenny Lofton147.4125.520.8
3Bernie Williams140.5126.5
13.7
3Ray Lankford152.0130.917.3
4Kenny Lofton143.3129.6
12.7
4Marquis Grissom173.2154.414.3
5Lenny Dykstra87.274.4
10.2
5Bernie Williams140.7126.214.2
6Jim Edmonds72.763.8
9.2
6Lenny Dykstra88.673.013.0
7Andruw Jones52.743.6
7.8
7Steve Finley165.9150.111.4
8Brady Anderson84.676.8
7.5
8Andruw Jones54.441.911.3
9Andy Van Slyke85.375.7
6.9
9Andy Van Slyke86.774.39.8
10Dave Henderson41.836.1
5.2
10Jim Edmonds72.763.89.1


Right Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Larry Walker155.7125.3
21.5
1Paul O'Neill176.1139.428.5
2Tim Salmon113.893.7
15.6
2David Justice108.481.421.9
3Manny Ramirez111.892.3
14.1
3Manny Ramirez115.089.220.6
4David Justice104.485.4
13.6
4Larry Walker154.9126.119.6
5Gary Sheffield82.266.5
10.5
5Reggie L. Sanders85.766.314.3
6Paul O'Neill167.3148.3
10.3
6Sammy Sosa161.6139.212.3
7Sammy Sosa160.1140.7
9.1
7Tim Salmon111.695.911.1
8Jose Canseco56.247.4
7.1
8Jose Canseco58.145.511.0
9Reggie L. Sanders82.369.7
7.0
9Jay Buhner141.2126.39.3
10Jay Buhner140.1127.4
7.0
10Raul Mondesi Sr.106.690.28.9


Starting Pitcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Greg Maddux147.5103.0
45.6
1Greg Maddux151.299.453.0
2Roger Clemens137.3103.6
34.8
2Roger Clemens141.399.542.9
3J. Kevin Brown132.7103.3
30.4
3Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson141.0104.237.9
4Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson135.6109.6
27.0
4J. Kevin Brown134.5101.534.0
5Pedro J. Martinez79.758.9
21.5
5Mike Mussina111.080.531.3
6Kevin Appier113.493.4
20.8
6Tom Glavine133.3103.430.9
7Mike Mussina105.885.7
20.8
7David Cone126.897.430.3
8John Smoltz131.2113.0
19.3
8Pedro J. Martinez82.256.426.4
9David Cone121.2103.0
19.1
9Kevin Appier114.992.023.8
10Tom Glavine127.0109.7
18.3
10John Smoltz132.9111.222.8


Relief Pitcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1John Wetteland51.639.0
11.9
1John Wetteland57.832.824.2
2Mariano Rivera27.215.9
10.9
2Trevor Hoffman45.126.118.4
3Trevor Hoffman40.930.3
10.1
3Mariano Rivera30.412.617.3
4Roberto M. Hernandez50.840.1
10.0
4Roberto M. Hernandez54.036.916.4
5Mike R. Jackson45.837.6
7.4
5Rick Aguilera52.335.216.3
6Duane Ward28.020.1
7.4
6Jeff Montgomery62.244.916.3
7Rick Aguilera47.739.8
7.1
7Randy Myers56.540.215.4
8Doug Jones52.244.8
6.6
8John Franco50.934.715.4
9Mike Timlin34.628.2
5.9
9Dennis Eckersley48.533.014.7
10Troy Percival30.123.9
5.8
10Lee Smith43.629.613.2


Designated Hitter
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Edgar Martinez78.156.7
17.6
1Edgar Martinez79.255.619.8
2Chili Davis105.491.6
8.3
2Chili Davis106.390.710.1
3Frank E. Thomas44.735.7
6.4
3Frank E. Thomas45.734.88.3
4Harold Baines97.285.8
6.3
4Paul Molitor96.883.28.2
5Jose Canseco60.951.8
5.7
5Harold Baines98.084.98.1
6Brian Downing24.919.6
4.3
6Jose Canseco61.551.17.0
7Paul Molitor94.985.2
4.2
7Danny Tartabull29.723.54.9
8Juan Gonzalez26.421.0
4.0
8Julio Franco32.226.94.0
9Mickey Tettleton27.323.0
2.8
9Darryl Strawberry13.18.53.9
10Rafael Palmeiro15.311.8
2.7
10Juan Gonzalez26.221.13.7


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

Pitcher Offense
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Tom Glavine10.015.4
2.7
1Tom Glavine11.314.14.6
2John Smoltz9.614.6
2.7
2John Smoltz10.214.03.6
3Dwight Gooden5.57.4
2.0
3Doug Drabek8.110.82.9
4Orel Hershiser5.68.0
1.8
4Dwight Gooden5.97.12.5
5Mike Hampton4.66.2
1.6
5Mike Hampton5.05.82.3
6Chris Hammond3.94.9
1.5
6Chris Hammond4.24.61.9
7Steve Avery5.89.1
1.4
7Steve Avery6.18.81.9
8Doug Drabek7.012.0
1.3
8Orel Hershiser5.77.91.9
9Tommy Greene3.13.9
1.2
9Jose Rijo5.27.31.7
10Allen Watson3.24.1
1.2
10Greg Maddux9.616.71.7


Pinch Hitter
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Glenallen Hill6.13.9
2.6
1Glenallen Hill5.64.31.6
2Harold Baines6.34.6
2.2
2Orlando Merced5.64.61.5
3Orlando Merced5.74.5
1.7
3Matt Stairs3.82.71.5
4Dave Clark9.28.5
1.5
4Harold Baines5.85.21.3
5Dave Hansen8.17.4
1.4
5Jim Leyritz4.13.21.2
6Matt Stairs3.82.8
1.3
6Eric Karros1.50.31.2
7Warren Newson5.14.3
1.3
7Carlos Baerga2.81.91.2
8Jim Leyritz4.13.2
1.3
8Bo Jackson2.11.11.0
9Bo Jackson2.21.0
1.3
9Phil Nevin1.80.91.0
10Carlos Baerga2.81.9
1.2
10Gary Gaetti3.02.21.0


Pinch Runner
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Otis Nixon1.40.7
0.7
1Otis Nixon1.50.60.8
2Jacob Brumfield0.70.2
0.5
2Jacob Brumfield0.70.20.5
3David Hulse0.70.2
0.5
3Tom Goodwin0.90.60.4
4Rich Amaral1.00.7
0.3
4Rich Amaral1.00.70.3
5Mitch Webster0.40.1
0.3
5David Hulse0.60.30.3
6Curtis Goodwin0.60.3
0.3
6Deion Sanders0.80.60.3
7Chuck Carr0.50.2
0.3
7Chuck Carr0.50.20.2
8Ced Landrum0.50.2
0.2
8Mitch Webster0.40.10.2
9Gary Thurman0.70.5
0.2
9Jose Gonzalez0.40.10.2
10Darryl Hamilton0.50.2
0.2
10John Wehner0.40.10.2


Noteworthy Players of the 1990s

Barry Bonds
The best player of the 1990s, as measured by either pWins or eWins 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
1Babe Ruth410.9236.0160.2
195.0
1Babe Ruth410.9236.0160.2
195.0
2Barry Bonds466.8310.6137.3
174.8
2Barry Bonds466.8310.6137.3
174.8
3Willie Mays465.3329.8114.8
155.2
3Willie Mays465.3329.8114.8
155.2
4Mickey Mantle354.1227.5111.1
141.3
4Hank Aaron496.7369.197.6
141.6
5Ted Williams373.0250.0102.6
135.6
5Mickey Mantle354.1227.5111.1
141.3
6Mel Ott419.7295.2102.4
140.5
6Mel Ott419.7295.2102.4
140.5
7Lou Gehrig304.3183.899.2
124.9
7Ted Williams373.0250.0102.6
135.6
8Hank Aaron496.7369.197.6
141.6
8Roger Clemens316.9228.694.0
129.3
9Roger Clemens316.9228.694.0
129.3
9Stan Musial424.1311.388.2
127.1
10Stan Musial424.1311.388.2
127.1
10Lou Gehrig304.3183.899.2
124.9


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
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1986PIT21
113
15.714.80.2
1.6
16.913.72.54.0
1987PIT22
150
19.016.81.1
2.7
19.516.32.13.7
1988PIT23
144
22.015.65.4
7.3
21.216.43.75.6
1989PIT24
159
21.119.10.6
2.5
21.518.71.33.2
1990PIT25
151
24.916.37.3
9.1
24.017.15.77.5
1991PIT26
153
24.715.68.3
10.1
23.416.95.87.6
1992PIT27
140
22.314.57.0
8.7
22.114.76.78.4
1993SFN28
159
27.515.411.1
13.3
26.816.19.711.8
1994SFN29
112
18.712.85.3
6.8
18.912.65.67.2
1995SFN30
144
25.017.16.9
9.0
24.817.26.58.6
1996SFN31
158
25.617.56.8
8.8
26.117.07.99.9
1997SFN32
159
25.417.17.7
9.7
25.017.56.88.8
1998SFN33
156
24.716.67.4
9.5
24.117.16.28.2
1999SFN34
102
15.810.84.4
5.7
15.511.14.05.3
2000SFN35
142
24.015.17.9
9.7
23.315.86.28.1
2001SFN36
153
28.315.212.1
14.4
28.415.211.613.9
2002SFN37
143
24.512.611.1
13.0
24.312.810.612.5
2003SFN38
130
21.211.48.9
10.5
20.911.88.09.6
2004SFN39
147
23.711.411.5
13.3
23.311.810.412.2
2005SFN40
14
1.81.30.4
0.6
1.91.20.60.8
2006SFN41
130
15.411.73.0
4.3
15.411.73.04.3
2007SFN42
126
15.312.02.8
4.0
15.511.83.14.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,985
466.8310.6137.3
174.8
462.8314.6127.9165.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
48
6.46.5 0.17.25.7 1.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
3,033
473.2317.1
174.9
470.0320.3 167.2


Greg Maddux
The best pitcher of the 1990s - and the second-best player in each of the first four tables of this article - 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
78.348.334.8
42.6
79.547.038.346.1
Roger Clemens, 1986 - 90
170
84.454.830.7
39.4
83.755.529.237.9
Randy Johnson, 1998 - 2002
174
92.964.733.6
43.5
89.468.228.338.2
Pedro Martinez, 1997 - 2001
142
73.440.334.8
42.2
72.940.834.141.6


Best Consecutive Ten-Year Stretches
Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Greg Maddux, 1992 - 2001
329
162.4111.061.7
78.2
162.8110.664.280.7
Roger Clemens, 1989 - 98
310
142.9100.144.2
60.2
144.198.946.562.5
Randy Johnson, 1993 - 2002
307
157.5102.960.4
77.2
152.5107.951.968.7
Pedro Martinez, 1996 - 2005
298
142.990.357.1
72.3
143.589.758.873.9


Career Records
Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Greg Maddux
759
327.2271.778.2
114.0
329.0269.985.1120.9
Roger Clemens
709
316.9228.694.0
129.3
314.8230.790.0125.3
Randy Johnson
619
279.8221.069.5
101.4
276.4224.463.895.8
Pedro Martinez
476
192.4137.862.4
83.9
191.6138.661.382.9


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

Greg Maddux
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1986CHN20
6
1.62.3-0.5
-0.3
1.82.2-0.20.0
1987CHN21
34
9.913.6-2.9
-1.6
10.213.3-2.3-0.9
1988CHN22
37
17.212.55.7
7.4
15.813.93.04.7
1989CHN23
35
15.914.03.0
4.8
15.614.32.64.4
1990CHN24
35
15.614.91.7
3.5
16.414.13.85.5
1991CHN25
39
15.714.02.7
4.4
15.514.22.54.1
1992CHN26
35
17.512.36.3
8.0
17.412.46.48.1
1993ATL27
36
17.913.55.4
7.1
17.913.65.67.3
1994ATL28
25
14.48.07.0
8.4
14.48.07.48.8
1995ATL29
28
16.57.410.0
11.4
15.97.99.210.7
1996ATL30
35
16.211.75.6
7.4
17.210.77.89.5
1997ATL31
33
14.29.26.0
7.4
14.49.16.47.8
1998ATL32
34
17.012.06.2
8.0
17.611.47.49.2
1999ATL33
33
15.712.93.7
5.4
15.513.13.55.2
2000ATL34
35
17.012.26.0
7.7
16.612.65.37.1
2001ATL35
35
16.011.75.6
7.3
15.811.95.26.9
2002ATL36
35
13.510.14.3
5.9
13.010.63.44.9
2003ATL37
37
13.314.00.4
2.1
14.013.31.93.6
2004CHN38
34
14.613.12.5
4.2
14.613.12.74.4
2005CHN39
35
12.314.8-1.2
0.3
13.413.80.72.3
40
34
13.312.42.1
3.6
13.412.22.43.8
2007SDN41
35
11.711.31.4
2.8
11.511.51.12.6
42
34
10.113.8-2.8
-1.3
11.112.8-0.80.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
759
327.2271.778.2
114.0
329.0269.985.1120.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
37
12.512.5 2.413.711.3 4.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
796
339.6284.2
116.4
342.7281.2 125.7


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 Ripken306.7278.20.52448.5
2Arky Vaughan231.6192.60.54643.6
3Alex Rodriguez179.5144.40.55443.1
4Barry Larkin281.8252.60.52739.1
5Alan Trammell266.5247.60.51837.9
6Pee Wee Reese271.8241.60.52937.8
7Joe Cronin266.8238.10.52836.0
8Ernie Banks167.2137.30.54935.7
9Derek Jeter347.4330.50.51233.9
10Lou Boudreau215.6188.00.53433.4


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

Barry Larkin
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1986CIN22
41
5.54.51.2
1.7
5.24.70.71.2
1987CIN23
125
14.514.01.2
2.5
14.114.40.41.7
1988CIN24
151
22.819.14.2
6.3
22.119.72.95.0
1989CIN25
97
13.510.03.9
5.0
12.910.53.04.0
1990CIN26
158
22.518.35.0
6.8
21.219.62.54.3
1991CIN27
123
19.015.34.2
5.8
19.315.04.96.5
1992CIN28
140
21.516.16.1
7.8
20.716.94.76.5
1993CIN29
100
13.512.31.7
2.9
13.412.41.52.8
1994CIN30
110
16.013.63.1
4.5
15.714.02.33.8
1995CIN31
131
19.915.15.5
7.2
19.215.94.05.7
1996CIN32
152
22.018.34.4
6.3
22.617.85.57.4
1997CIN33
73
8.28.20.3
1.1
9.17.32.12.9
1998CIN34
145
20.016.64.0
5.9
19.816.83.75.5
1999CIN35
161
22.417.65.5
7.5
21.318.73.45.3
2000CIN36
102
11.713.0-0.9
0.3
12.612.10.92.1
2001CIN37
45
5.74.71.1
1.6
5.45.00.51.0
2002CIN38
145
14.515.3-0.4
1.2
14.215.5-0.90.6
2003CIN39
70
7.86.61.4
2.1
7.27.20.20.9
2004CIN40
111
10.710.60.4
1.5
10.810.50.61.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,180
291.5249.551.9
77.9
287.0253.943.169.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
17
2.51.6 1.22.21.8 0.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,197
294.0251.1
79.1
289.3255.8 69.7


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 since MLB integration (i.e., since 1947).

eWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Barry Bonds462.8314.6127.9
165.4
2Mickey Mantle346.8234.896.3
126.4
3Willie Mays455.3339.994.8
135.2
4Roger Clemens314.8230.790.0
125.3
5Hank Aaron491.8374.088.2
132.2
6Greg Maddux329.0269.985.1
120.9
7Joe L. Morgan369.2296.681.2
113.5
8Alex Rodriguez373.3299.279.8
113.1
9Mike Schmidt341.1255.176.5
104.7
10Frank Robinson396.5304.066.7
102.6
11Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson276.4224.463.8
95.8
12Eddie Mathews317.6244.063.4
92.3
13Rickey Henderson428.2350.563.1
100.6
14Ted Williams242.9167.961.7
83.1
15Pedro J. Martinez191.6138.661.3
82.9
16Albert Pujols353.0274.258.4
90.8
17Warren Spahn335.2294.956.7
95.2
18Chipper Jones329.2264.655.5
84.2
19Mike Trout178.4122.054.6
69.2
20Stan Musial322.0250.653.1
83.4
21Bob Gibson259.6221.252.9
81.1
22Jim Thome274.8208.652.7
79.2
23J. Kevin Brown206.1162.752.5
75.8
24Al Kaline377.8302.052.2
86.9
25Tom Seaver300.3264.852.0
84.0


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

Kevin Brown
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1986TEX21
1
0.30.30.0
0.1
0.30.30.00.1
1988TEX23
4
1.11.5-0.4
-0.3
1.11.5-0.4-0.2
1989TEX24
28
11.110.50.9
2.2
11.79.82.23.6
1990TEX25
27
10.79.31.5
2.7
10.59.51.12.4
1991TEX26
33
11.212.2-0.8
0.7
11.312.1-0.60.9
1992TEX27
35
17.812.15.9
7.9
17.912.06.08.0
1993TEX28
35
14.411.72.8
4.4
13.912.21.83.4
1994TEX29
26
9.49.7-0.3
1.0
9.99.20.72.0
1995BAL30
26
9.77.52.2
3.4
10.36.83.54.7
1996FLO31
34
16.110.66.6
8.3
16.410.47.49.0
1997FLO32
33
14.111.04.2
5.7
14.510.64.96.4
1998SDN33
36
16.910.87.1
8.8
17.210.57.89.5
1999LAN34
35
17.913.95.2
7.1
18.113.75.97.8
2000LAN35
33
15.510.46.2
7.8
14.811.15.06.5
2001LAN36
20
8.46.62.4
3.4
8.16.91.82.8
2002LAN37
17
3.84.7-0.6
0.0
4.14.4-0.10.5
2003LAN38
32
13.810.54.2
5.8
13.810.54.45.9
2004NYA39
22
7.96.41.6
2.5
7.66.71.01.9
2005NYA40
13
4.14.9-0.8
-0.2
4.64.40.20.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
490
204.2164.547.9
71.2
206.1162.752.575.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
14
5.35.6 0.75.85.1 1.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
504
209.5170.2
71.9
211.9167.8 77.5


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
502.83.3-0.4
-0.1
14320.117.23.25.0
13413.712.12.3
3.5
15821.820.01.63.5
15016.616.7-0.2
1.3
14719.219.20.01.7
14914.314.20.9
2.2
16123.421.32.24.2
16221.420.50.8
2.7
15223.017.75.67.4
15521.319.02.5
4.5
15323.317.66.38.3
11417.012.84.3
5.8
10712.812.90.31.6
14122.417.05.7
7.7
13015.216.4-0.51.1
16222.419.63.5
5.5
15321.616.36.28.0
16223.918.65.7
7.7
11015.313.12.84.1
16025.118.07.2
9.4
14717.419.2-1.20.7
16022.820.72.1
4.2
15922.716.46.78.6
10111.311.8-0.2
0.8
15519.318.11.93.7
15521.016.64.4
6.4
15721.516.55.57.5
14517.117.40.1
1.9
14916.618.3-1.20.6
15318.317.90.1
1.9
14014.817.4-2.3-0.7
15617.819.2-2.4
-0.6
564.35.7-1.3-0.7
15520.317.52.7
4.3
14515.416.8-1.1
0.4
14112.816.1-3.4
-2.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,850357.7325.734.5
67.4
2,377312.3283.235.964.7


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 eWins over replacement level.

Decomposition of eWORL
Wins over Average
Batting Baserunning Fielding Position Replacement eWORL
Roberto Alomar15.55.1
-0.0
12.3
28.8
61.7
Craig Biggio21.22.9
-6.5
13.8
32.9
64.3


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.

Paul O'Neill
The player with the most postseason pWins over replacement level of the 1990s was part of four World Series winning teams, including the first and last World Series winners of the 1990s: the 1990 Cincinnati Reds and the 1999 New York Yankees.

For his career, played for 8 playoff teams, six of whom went to the World Series, winning five of them. In 85 career playoff games, O'Neill batted .284/.363/.465 in 340 plate appearances with 11 home runs, 39 RBI, and 39 runs scored.

Paul O'Neill is an interesting player, when looked at via Player won-lost records, because, it turns out, he looks much better via pWins - which tie to team wins - than eWins - which control for context.

The career record of Paul O'Neill, as measured by Player won-lost records is presented in the next table.

Paul O'Neill
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1985CIN22
5
0.30.5-0.2
-0.1
0.40.40.10.1
1986CIN23
3
0.00.1-0.1
-0.1
0.10.1-0.0-0.0
1987CIN24
82
5.14.60.3
0.8
5.04.70.30.8
1988CIN25
145
16.714.80.6
2.2
16.415.2-0.01.5
1989CIN26
117
16.114.11.1
2.5
16.413.81.93.3
1990CIN27
145
18.616.01.7
3.3
17.517.1-0.51.0
1991CIN28
152
18.915.91.7
3.3
18.716.11.43.0
1992CIN29
147
15.814.70.5
1.9
15.415.0-0.11.3
1993NYA30
141
17.214.02.8
4.4
16.814.42.13.7
1994NYA31
103
15.610.05.3
6.6
14.710.83.44.7
1995NYA32
127
18.614.53.2
4.9
17.615.51.33.0
1996NYA33
150
20.615.24.6
6.3
18.417.30.31.9
1997NYA34
149
20.815.64.2
5.9
19.916.52.34.0
1998NYA35
152
21.215.94.3
6.2
20.017.11.73.6
1999NYA36
153
20.919.00.6
2.5
20.119.8-1.00.9
2000NYA37
142
18.018.6-1.4
0.3
17.718.8-1.9-0.2
2001NYA38
137
16.815.60.3
2.0
16.515.9-0.41.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,050
261.1219.129.6
52.8
251.7228.411.134.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
85
11.87.9 4.410.59.2 1.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,135
272.9226.9
57.2
262.2237.6 35.9


Repeating what I wrote in an earlier article. O'Neill played 140 or more games 10 times in his career; in half of those seasons, his team won the World Series.

So, was Paul O'Neill a "winner"? Well, as a factual statement, obviously, he was, insofar as he played on lots of winning teams. But did he bring some sort of intangible "winning" to these teams? Most sabermetric observers would scoff at the notion. But honestly, looking here, I think there might be something to this. In his second full season as a Reds regular, his team led from wire-to-wire and swept the heavily favored Oakland A's in the World Series. When he arrived in New York, the Yankees were finishing up one of the least-productive decades in their history. O'Neill's first Yankee team, in 1993, had their first winning record since 1988. By his second season, the 1994 Yankees were leading the AL East when the strike ended the season.

And as the above table shows, O'Neill turned his game up once his team got to the postseason, so that he was a key reason why they won those five World Series.

By tying pWins to team wins, Player won-lost records are illuminating, I think, and suggest that, in the case of Paul O'Neill, there might be something there: Paul O'Neill was a winner.

Article last updated: January 5, 2020

Wins over positional average and replacement level are calculated using single-season data. Positional averages for starting pitching and relief pitching are calculated using single-year data for all starting pitchers and all relief pitchers.

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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