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The 2000s as seen through the Prism of Player Won-Lost Records


I have now written articles on every season of the first decade of the 2000s (i.e., 2000 through 2009). This article looks at the decade of the 2000s (or the "Oughts").

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 1985 can be found here. But for now, back to the 2000s.

The Best of the 2000s

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
1Alex Rodriguez217.5163.128.5
43.2
1Alex Rodriguez217.5163.128.5
43.2
2Barry Bonds153.592.126.1
35.9
2Albert Pujols200.1133.025.9
38.7
3Albert Pujols200.1133.025.9
38.7
3Barry Bonds153.592.126.1
35.9
4Derek Jeter205.4172.221.4
35.9
4Derek Jeter205.4172.221.4
35.9
5Mariano Rivera73.034.619.2
26.7
5Manny Ramirez192.2149.617.3
31.6
6Jim Edmonds163.9124.118.1
29.3
6Miguel Tejada218.1197.914.8
30.8
7Jason Giambi147.7102.417.9
29.5
7Vladimir Guerrero206.6167.114.5
30.0
8Johan Santana107.574.617.5
27.4
8David Ortiz141.7104.115.2
29.9
9Manny Ramirez192.2149.617.3
31.6
9Chipper Jones185.2144.216.9
29.7
10Pedro J. Martinez101.570.116.9
25.9
10Jason Giambi147.7102.417.9
29.5
11Chipper Jones185.2144.216.9
29.7
11Lance Berkman197.3151.915.9
29.3
12Jorge Posada130.9107.616.5
26.0
12Jim Edmonds163.9124.118.1
29.3
13Roy Halladay116.884.616.3
27.3
13Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson126.6101.016.0
27.5
14Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson126.6101.016.0
27.5
14Johan Santana107.574.617.5
27.4
15Lance Berkman197.3151.915.9
29.3
15Roy Halladay116.884.616.3
27.3
16Curt Schilling103.676.915.4
24.8
16Carlos Beltran190.9161.613.3
26.9
17Roy Oswalt118.395.515.4
26.0
17Mariano Rivera73.034.619.2
26.7
18David Ortiz141.7104.115.2
29.9
18Bobby Abreu220.1187.110.7
26.4
19Miguel Tejada218.1197.914.8
30.8
19Jim Thome147.3109.713.5
26.1
20Vladimir Guerrero206.6167.114.5
30.0
20Jorge Posada130.9107.616.5
26.0
21Chase Utley122.193.314.3
22.2
21Roy Oswalt118.395.515.4
26.0
22Scott Rolen169.5137.614.1
26.0
22Andruw Jones191.5162.812.1
26.0
23Eric Chavez145.1116.814.0
24.3
23Scott Rolen169.5137.614.1
26.0
24Jim Thome147.3109.713.5
26.1
24Pedro J. Martinez101.570.116.9
25.9
25Tim Hudson120.497.713.5
24.8
25Gary Sheffield166.9131.513.0
25.9


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
1Alex Rodriguez216.8163.927.7
42.4
1Alex Rodriguez216.8163.927.7
42.4
2Barry Bonds153.592.226.0
35.9
2Albert Pujols198.3134.924.1
36.9
3Albert Pujols198.3134.924.1
36.9
3Barry Bonds153.592.226.0
35.9
4Manny Ramirez191.9149.917.0
31.3
4Manny Ramirez191.9149.917.0
31.3
5Pedro J. Martinez100.770.916.1
25.1
5Chipper Jones184.2145.315.8
28.6
6Chipper Jones184.2145.315.8
28.6
6Lance Berkman196.4152.815.0
28.5
7Jim Edmonds161.2126.815.4
26.6
7Carlos Beltran191.9160.614.3
27.9
8Roy Halladay115.785.715.2
26.2
8Derek Jeter197.2180.413.2
27.7
9Lance Berkman196.4152.815.0
28.5
9Jim Thome148.6108.414.8
27.4
10Jim Thome148.6108.414.8
27.4
10Bobby Abreu220.6186.511.3
26.9
11Mariano Rivera68.339.314.5
22.0
11Vladimir Guerrero203.4170.211.4
26.8
12Carlos Beltran191.9160.614.3
27.9
12Jim Edmonds161.2126.815.4
26.6
13Johan Santana104.078.014.0
23.9
13Roy Halladay115.785.715.2
26.2
14Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson124.7102.914.0
25.5
14Miguel Tejada213.5202.510.1
26.1
15Todd Helton177.0132.214.0
25.9
15Todd Helton177.0132.214.0
25.9
16Roy Oswalt116.797.213.7
24.3
16Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson124.7102.914.0
25.5
17Jason Giambi143.4106.713.7
25.2
17Jason Giambi143.4106.713.7
25.2
18Jorge Posada127.8110.713.4
22.9
18Pedro J. Martinez100.770.916.1
25.1
19Derek Jeter197.2180.413.2
27.7
19Javier Vazquez139.6122.511.6
25.1
20Curt Schilling101.279.413.0
22.4
20David Ortiz136.8109.010.3
25.0
21Tim Hudson119.798.312.8
24.1
21Roy Oswalt116.797.213.7
24.3
22Chase Utley120.595.012.7
20.6
22Tim Hudson119.798.312.8
24.1
23Scott Rolen167.5139.612.1
23.9
23Scott Rolen167.5139.612.1
23.9
24Carlos Zambrano107.091.911.8
21.6
24Johan Santana104.078.014.0
23.9
25Javier Vazquez139.6122.511.6
25.1
25Andruw Jones189.4164.810.0
23.9


Top Postseason Performers of the 2000s

2000s Postseason Record: eWins
(sorted by eWORL)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWORL
1Derek Jeter13.211.70.5302.1
2Andy Pettitte10.48.90.5391.9
3Curt Schilling6.74.50.5991.8
4Mariano Rivera4.72.20.6801.7
5Manny Ramirez8.96.40.5801.6
6Roger Clemens8.17.00.5371.5
7Albert Pujols7.44.90.6021.4
8Josh Beckett6.14.70.5681.4
9Carlos Beltran4.22.10.6651.3
10Alex Rodriguez6.65.00.5671.2


2000s Postseason Record: pWins
(sorted by pWORL)
pWins pLosses pWinPct pWORL
1Mariano Rivera8.12.30.7823.6
2Albert Pujols9.65.40.6402.3
3Curt Schilling7.14.00.6412.3
4Andy Pettitte10.58.20.5602.2
5Manny Ramirez9.56.50.5952.0
6Derek Jeter12.311.00.5271.9
7Josh Beckett6.24.00.6051.7
8David Ortiz7.04.90.5921.6
9Roger Clemens8.47.20.5371.5
10Hideki Matsui7.75.60.5781.5


World Series Performance
2000s World Series Performance: pWins
(sorted by pWORL)
pWins pLosses pWinPct pWORL
1Hideki Matsui2.40.80.7530.9
2Mariano Rivera2.11.00.6710.8
3Curt Schilling2.11.10.6490.7
4Josh Beckett1.90.80.6920.7
5Andy Pettitte3.83.20.5370.7
6Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson1.50.60.7310.6
7Cliff P. Lee1.20.30.8060.6
8Mark Bellhorn1.10.20.8390.5
9Scott Brosius1.71.00.6350.5
10Roger Clemens1.71.10.6010.4


League Championship Series Performance
2000s LCS Performance: pWins
(sorted by pWORL)
pWins pLosses pWinPct pWORL
1Mariano Rivera3.00.70.8061.4
2Carlos Beltran2.81.20.6900.9
3Roger Clemens3.12.00.6090.9
4Albert Pujols3.82.40.6110.8
5Derek Jeter4.33.60.5450.8
6Josh Beckett2.61.70.6030.7
7Bernie Williams3.52.60.5750.7
8David Ortiz3.52.70.5670.7
9Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson1.60.50.7430.6
10Andy Pettitte3.53.00.5410.6


Division Series Performance
2000s Division Series Performance: pWins
(sorted by pWORL)
pWins pLosses pWinPct pWORL
1Mariano Rivera3.00.50.8591.5
2Curt Schilling3.31.40.6991.3
3Albert Pujols4.32.10.6691.2
4Manny Ramirez3.82.10.6441.0
5Jim Edmonds3.82.30.6160.9
6Andy Pettitte3.22.00.6140.9
7John Smoltz1.80.70.7130.7
8Barry Zito3.12.30.5710.7
9Torii Hunter3.72.80.5650.7
10David Ortiz2.71.80.6010.6


Best of the 2000s 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 2000s in eWOPA by factor were as follows.

Batting
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Barry Bonds108.753.70.66926.1
2Albert Pujols146.596.10.60423.2
3Alex Rodriguez153.7107.70.58822.7
4Manny Ramirez136.094.10.59120.5
5Lance Berkman138.598.20.58518.2
6Jim Thome125.788.30.58818.1
7Jason Giambi118.782.20.59118.0
8Todd Helton138.599.40.58217.6
9Chipper Jones130.595.10.57915.8
10Carlos Delgado127.594.80.57415.5

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Baserunning
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Johnny Damon14.99.80.6022.5
2Carl Crawford13.18.80.5982.1
3Jimmy Rollins15.210.70.5862.0
4Ichiro Suzuki16.412.30.5712.0
5Carlos Beltran11.87.90.5991.9
6Juan Pierre18.915.50.5491.4
7Luis A. Castillo15.212.10.5581.4
8Jose B. Reyes11.38.40.5741.3
9Brian Roberts11.99.20.5631.3
10Dave R. Roberts9.36.60.5871.3

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Pitching
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Pedro J. Martinez83.660.80.57922.8
2Roy Halladay101.279.30.56021.8
3Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson105.984.50.55621.4
4Johan Santana96.076.20.55819.8
5Curt Schilling87.568.20.56219.4
6Roy Oswalt97.578.30.55519.2
7Tim Hudson103.084.70.54918.3
8Mariano Rivera40.823.70.63217.1
9Derek Lowe98.882.50.54516.3
10Brandon Webb72.756.60.56216.1


Next, we look at the major-league leaders in net fielding wins for the 2000s by fielding position.

Fielding, P
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Tom Glavine2.91.70.6391.3
2Kirk Rueter2.10.80.7131.2
3Greg Maddux4.02.80.5881.2
4Javier Vazquez3.32.10.6081.2
5Livan Hernandez4.13.00.5811.2
6Russ Ortiz2.01.10.6480.9
7Steve Trachsel1.81.00.6440.8
8Kenny Rogers3.02.20.5760.8
9Josh Johnson1.20.40.7410.8
10Mike Mussina2.11.40.6100.8


Fielding, C
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Ivan Rodriguez12.810.80.5422.0
2Brad Ausmus12.210.30.5411.9
3Yadier Molina7.86.00.5661.8
4Brian Schneider10.28.40.5491.8
5Gerald Laird5.74.10.5791.5
6Kenji Johjima5.44.00.5751.4
7Henry Blanco7.86.40.5481.4
8Chris Snyder5.64.30.5661.3
9Mike Matheny8.37.10.5381.2
10Jason LaRue9.18.00.5301.0


Fielding, 1B
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Albert Pujols19.715.10.5664.6
2Todd Helton25.822.70.5313.0
3Tino Martinez11.79.80.5431.9
4Kevin Youkilis7.55.80.5641.7
5Darin Erstad6.14.80.5621.4
6Adrian Gonzalez11.610.40.5281.2
7Travis Lee12.110.80.5261.2
8Mark Teixeira17.015.90.5181.2
9John Olerud11.710.50.5261.2
10Doug Mientkiewicz12.311.30.5211.0


Fielding, 2B
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Chase Utley30.426.20.5374.2
2Mark Grudzielanek37.233.30.5273.9
3Orlando Hudson38.935.20.5253.7
4Mark Ellis31.928.40.5293.5
5Pokey Reese13.410.90.5502.4
6Placido Polanco33.330.90.5192.4
7Adam Kennedy40.838.40.5152.4
8Craig Counsell11.39.10.5532.2
9Fernando Vina16.615.40.5201.3
10Alex Cora13.412.30.5221.1


Fielding, 3B
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Scott Rolen39.034.10.5334.9
2Eric Chavez33.829.20.5364.6
3Adrian Beltre43.239.50.5223.7
4Pedro Feliz24.821.30.5383.5
5Mike Lowell38.435.00.5233.4
6Brandon Inge24.521.50.5323.0
7Vinny Castilla24.622.30.5252.3
8Placido Polanco8.56.30.5742.2
9Freddy Sanchez5.83.80.6072.1
10Joe Crede25.923.90.5202.0


Fielding, SS
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Jack Wilson48.443.20.5285.1
2Adam Everett29.826.10.5333.7
3Juan Uribe32.929.70.5253.2
4Omar Vizquel42.940.40.5152.5
5Rey Sanchez14.812.70.5382.1
6Neifi Perez26.724.70.5202.0
7Alex Cora17.816.00.5261.7
8Jhonny Peralta29.327.60.5151.7
9Troy Tulowitzki17.616.00.5251.7
10Brendan Ryan6.75.30.5591.4


Fielding, LF
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Geoff Jenkins30.627.10.5303.5
2Carl Crawford42.639.10.5213.5
3Reed Johnson11.58.80.5672.7
4B.J. Surhoff15.513.20.5402.3
5Ryan Church7.75.50.5812.1
6Eric Byrnes17.916.00.5281.9
7Johnny Damon14.712.90.5331.8
8Darin Erstad6.95.10.5741.8
9Coco Crisp9.27.60.5481.6
10Randy Winn15.013.40.5281.6


Fielding, CF
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Jim Edmonds42.737.80.5304.8
2Andruw Jones51.847.60.5214.2
3Carlos Beltran52.548.30.5214.2
4B.J. Upton16.413.40.5503.0
5Darin Erstad19.917.00.5392.9
6Endy Chavez14.111.40.5532.7
7Corey Patterson29.927.70.5192.2
8Mike Cameron49.146.90.5112.2
9Jay Payton21.719.60.5252.1
10Franklin Gutierrez7.25.10.5832.0


Fielding, RF
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Ichiro Suzuki48.740.90.5447.9
2Alexis Rios29.124.30.5454.8
3Austin Kearns32.229.00.5263.1
4Jose Cruz Jr.19.416.60.5392.8
5Richard Hidalgo20.618.00.5342.6
6Brian Jordan15.212.80.5442.4
7Reggie L. Sanders20.518.50.5252.0
8Geoff Jenkins15.013.30.5291.6
9Nick Markakis24.523.00.5151.5
10Jayson Werth14.713.30.5261.5


Best by Position
Next, we look at Major-League leaders in eWOPA by position for the 2000s. 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
1Jorge Posada117.2101.70.53512.5
2Joe Mauer63.852.20.5508.2
3Ivan Rodriguez110.7104.90.5137.3
4Mike Piazza73.963.50.5387.2
5Jason Varitek97.195.70.5044.9
6Victor Martinez68.364.40.5154.8
7Javy Lopez66.762.30.5174.4
8Brian McCann54.850.20.5223.7
9Mike Napoli29.125.30.5363.0
10Charles Johnson46.043.60.5142.7


First Base
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Albert Pujols134.089.70.59916.5
2Todd Helton173.6131.00.57013.0
3Jason Giambi94.169.40.5768.8
4Jim Thome85.562.00.5808.1
5Carlos Delgado151.3123.10.5517.9
6Mark Teixeira115.994.70.5506.5
7Derrek Lee159.2132.00.5475.7
8Ryan Howard83.064.10.5645.6
9Jeff Bagwell95.175.00.5595.1
10Lance Berkman70.554.80.5634.6


Second Base
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Chase Utley115.991.80.55812.0
2Jeff Kent153.7137.80.5278.5
3Ray Durham136.1129.80.5124.3
4Jose Vidro107.7101.20.5163.9
5Alfonso Soriano99.194.60.5123.8
6Bret Boone102.698.30.5113.7
7Ian Kinsler68.463.20.5203.3
8Dan Uggla78.271.90.5213.2
9Marcus Giles92.086.70.5152.9
10Brian Roberts132.9130.60.5042.8


Third Base
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Chipper Jones127.2100.20.55911.7
2Alex Rodriguez115.191.40.55711.0
3Scott Rolen159.0133.90.54310.8
4Troy Glaus136.7118.50.5368.6
5Eric Chavez134.1117.20.5348.3
6David Wright110.893.00.5447.0
7Corey Koskie93.984.50.5274.7
8Aramis Ramirez154.1141.00.5224.3
9Mike Lowell158.0147.90.5173.6
10Miguel Cabrera48.940.10.5493.5


Shortstop
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Alex Rodriguez93.170.00.57113.8
2Derek Jeter196.3181.40.52012.4
3Miguel Tejada203.5194.80.5119.0
4Hanley Ramirez86.573.90.5397.3
5Jimmy Rollins185.3178.90.5095.6
6Nomar Garciaparra79.873.10.5225.2
7Carlos Guillen102.196.40.5145.1
8Jose B. Reyes101.396.40.5123.7
9Michael Young102.6100.50.5053.4
10Rafael Furcal162.7160.70.5033.0


Left Field
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Barry Bonds146.591.80.61522.8
2Manny Ramirez139.3114.40.5499.4
3Adam Dunn134.1114.30.5405.8
4Matt Holliday114.997.70.5415.6
5Brian S. Giles63.450.50.5574.3
6Jason Bay119.3105.30.5314.0
7Albert Pujols38.628.40.5773.8
8Lance Berkman59.648.50.5513.4
9Luis 'Gonzo' Gonzalez159.8142.50.5293.2
10Gary Sheffield49.440.20.5512.9


Center Field
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Carlos Beltran185.3155.90.54313.5
2Jim Edmonds148.2119.00.55512.9
3Andruw Jones171.2149.30.5348.9
4Grady Sizemore102.888.50.5387.2
5Mike Cameron164.9150.80.5226.0
6Torii Hunter165.1156.40.5144.3
7Johnny Damon124.2116.10.5173.9
8Vernon Wells146.2138.40.5143.9
9Curtis Granderson83.376.60.5213.4
10Bernie Williams95.990.30.5152.6


Right Field
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Bobby Abreu214.6182.60.54010.2
2Vladimir Guerrero170.9143.40.5449.3
3J.D. Drew134.0112.90.5437.0
4Sammy Sosa118.797.50.5496.8
5Ichiro Suzuki162.9144.90.5295.6
6Gary Sheffield80.565.60.5515.3
7Larry Walker80.264.60.5545.1
8Magglio Ordonez164.5148.60.5254.5
9Alexis Rios90.882.00.5262.9
10Nick Markakis78.770.70.5272.7


Starting Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Pedro J. Martinez85.162.20.57811.5
2Roy Halladay103.380.70.56111.3
3Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson106.486.20.55210.1
4Curt Schilling87.167.70.5639.7
5Johan Santana88.469.40.5609.5
6Roy Oswalt98.579.70.5539.4
7Tim Hudson105.586.90.5489.3
8Brandon Webb75.059.20.5597.9
9Mike Mussina97.682.00.5447.8
10C.C. Sabathia104.989.50.5407.7


Relief Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mariano Rivera42.725.20.6298.8
2Joe Nathan30.220.10.6015.1
3Billy Wagner34.224.70.5814.8
4Frankie Rodriguez30.924.20.5613.4
5Arthur Rhodes27.620.90.5693.3
6Scot Shields33.026.50.5553.3
7LaTroy Hawkins38.031.50.5473.2
8Keith Foulke30.724.40.5573.1
9Trevor Hoffman30.924.70.5553.1
10Eric Gagne22.416.20.5793.1


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 2000s in context, in terms of pWins and pWOPA.

Top Relief Pitchers of the 2000s, based on pWORL
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
Mariano Rivera73.034.60.67819.226.7
Frankie Rodriguez52.929.00.64612.017.6
Joe Nathan51.327.40.65112.217.4
Trevor Hoffman53.232.40.62110.416.3
Francisco Cordero55.736.30.6069.716.1
Billy Wagner50.931.60.6179.715.5
Brad Lidge49.432.80.6018.414.0
Jason Isringhausen49.433.50.5968.013.7
Keith Foulke42.824.90.6329.013.7
Eric Gagne48.535.40.5787.112.4


Designated Hitter
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1David Ortiz110.788.20.5568.4
2Travis Hafner69.053.10.5656.2
3Frank E. Thomas77.762.50.5545.5
4Jim Thome54.842.20.5654.8
5Edgar Martinez59.248.20.5514.2
6Manny Ramirez26.718.90.5853.3
7Jason Giambi38.631.10.5542.8
8Ellis Burks27.222.10.5522.0
9Hideki Matsui23.819.90.5441.3
10Jack Cust20.917.10.5491.3


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
1Mike Hampton8.39.00.4812.9
2Carlos Zambrano9.211.60.4412.7
3Jason Marquis7.510.80.4101.8
4Livan Hernandez10.016.50.3781.7
5Dontrelle Willis5.87.50.4371.7
6Russ Ortiz6.69.70.4031.5
7Gregory 'Woody' Williams6.510.10.3931.4
8Micah Owings3.12.70.5351.3
9Randy Wolf7.212.30.3711.2
10Adam T. Eaton4.97.60.3951.0


Pinch Hitter
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1David Dellucci5.64.60.5490.8
2Matt Stairs6.15.40.5300.7
3Wes Helms6.35.70.5260.6
4Seth Smith2.71.70.6170.6
5Morgan Ensberg2.92.10.5840.6
6Olmedo Saenz6.15.70.5160.5
7Craig Wilson (2001)3.02.30.5690.5
8Greg Norton8.48.30.5040.5
9Mark Sweeney10.310.40.4980.5
10Chad Tracy2.41.60.5940.5


Pinch Runner
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Chris Singleton0.90.20.8380.3
2Brett Gardner0.60.10.8940.3
3Willie Bloomquist1.20.70.6400.2
4Damian Jackson1.20.80.6190.2
5Eric Bruntlett0.80.30.7050.2
6Miguel Cairo0.70.30.7210.2
7Gerald Williams0.60.30.6770.1
8James Mouton0.60.20.7020.1
9Calvin Murray0.40.20.7350.1
10Shane Victorino0.30.10.8160.1


Interesting or Noteworthy Players of the 2000s

I have written several articles about players whose careers overlapped at least partly with the first decade of the 2000s. These players include Jose Bautista, Joe Borowski, Keith Foulke, Nick Johnson, Esteban Loaiza, Doug Mirabelli, Brandon Webb, and Dontrelle Willis. I have also written several comparisons involving players from this decade, including Stan Javier and Aubrey Huff, David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, Ryan Rupe and Bryan Rekar, and Ichiro Suzuki and John Olerud. Finally, I have written series on the players appearing on the 2013 and 2014 Hall-of-Fame ballots, many of whom were active through much of this decade.

Next, I take a look at five players who figure prominently in several of the tables above and were, in my opinion, among the most noteworthy players of the 2000s.

Alex Rodriguez
The best player of the "Oughts", as measured by either pWins or eWins over either positional average or replacement level was 3-time MVP Alex Rodriguez. I wrote an article that compared Rodriguez to his primary rival for the middle of his three MVP seasons, 2005.

Rodriguez won his first MVP (2002) as a shortstop and his last two MVPs (2005 and 2007) as a third baseman. The next two tables show the top 10 players in career (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over positional average earned at shortstop and third base, respectively, among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records (mostly since 1921).

Third Base
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mike Schmidt307.0234.30.56731.2
2Eddie Mathews294.8229.80.56227.7
3Chipper Jones259.7209.30.55421.7
4Ron Santo278.4237.00.54016.1
5George Brett223.4189.70.54115.8
6Wade Boggs276.7244.30.53115.8
7Scott Rolen249.3213.90.53814.9
8Adrian Beltre327.1295.50.52513.7
9Alex Rodriguez153.0125.70.54912.9
10Ron Cey243.1210.50.53612.0


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


And finally, the top ten players in career pWins over positional average and replacement level among all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

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 Alex Rodriguez, as measured by Player won-lost records is presented in the next table.

Alex Rodriguez
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1994SEA18
17
0.92.00.313-0.5
-0.4
1.11.80.380-0.3-0.2
1995SEA19
48
3.84.10.476-0.1
0.3
3.64.30.459-0.20.1
1996SEA20
146
22.316.80.5713.4
5.0
23.116.10.5904.25.8
1997SEA21
141
20.217.20.5402.2
3.7
19.617.70.5261.73.1
1998SEA22
161
23.920.50.5382.4
4.2
24.320.10.5472.84.6
1999SEA23
129
18.416.40.5301.6
2.9
18.915.90.5442.13.4
2000SEA24
148
23.615.00.6124.9
6.5
22.716.00.5873.95.5
2001TEX25
162
22.917.50.5663.3
5.0
24.016.50.5924.36.1
2002TEX26
162
21.718.00.5452.3
3.9
22.617.10.5703.34.9
2003TEX27
161
21.318.30.5382.0
3.5
22.217.30.5623.04.5
2004NYA28
155
21.015.20.5792.6
4.0
20.016.20.5511.63.0
2005NYA29
162
25.617.10.5994.2
5.7
24.618.10.5763.24.7
2006NYA30
154
20.517.00.5461.5
2.8
20.317.20.5411.32.6
2007NYA31
158
25.216.20.6084.3
5.8
24.417.00.5893.55.0
2008NYA32
138
18.115.80.5341.0
2.3
18.914.90.5591.93.1
2009NYA33
124
17.712.90.5792.4
3.6
17.013.60.5571.72.9
2010NYA34
137
18.714.30.5652.2
3.5
17.815.20.5391.32.6
2011NYA35
99
12.09.80.5501.2
2.1
11.710.10.5350.91.8
2012NYA36
122
13.112.00.5210.4
1.5
13.112.00.5220.41.5
2013NYA37
44
4.54.20.5150.1
0.5
4.44.30.5060.10.4
2015NYA39
151
14.411.40.5571.1
2.7
14.111.60.5490.92.5
2016NYA40
65
4.45.30.455-0.5
0.0
4.35.50.439-0.7-0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,784
374.0297.20.55742.1
69.1
372.7298.40.55540.867.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
76
9.08.30.522 1.19.08.00.529 1.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,860
383.0305.40.557
70.1
381.7306.40.555 69.0


Albert Pujols
The second-best player of the Oughts, as measured by pWins over either positional average or replacement level, was Albert Pujols. Through the age of 30, Albert Pujols was one of the greatest players in major-league history. The next table shows the top 10 players in pWins over replacement level through age 30 for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

pWins over Positional Average, through Age 30
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level, through Age 30
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Mickey Mantle265.8164.643.4
60.9
1Mickey Mantle265.8164.643.4
60.9
2Mel Ott256.8179.330.7
49.2
2Mel Ott256.8179.330.7
49.2
3Alex Rodriguez246.0195.229.8
47.1
3Alex Rodriguez246.0195.229.8
47.1
4Ted Williams208.1134.029.6
43.5
4Eddie Mathews230.6166.828.3
44.3
5Jimmie Foxx219.1141.828.8
44.1
5Jimmie Foxx219.1141.828.8
44.1
6Albert Pujols222.2147.728.6
42.8
6Ted Williams208.1134.029.6
43.5
7Eddie Mathews230.6166.828.3
44.3
7Albert Pujols222.2147.728.6
42.8
8Stan Musial214.7145.027.3
41.6
8Hank Aaron262.2196.823.8
42.2
9Lou Gehrig170.8102.127.0
38.3
9Stan Musial214.7145.027.3
41.6
10Joe DiMaggio165.9108.325.7
37.0
10Willie Mays221.3160.124.0
39.5


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

Albert Pujols
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
2001SLN21
161
23.417.80.5682.1
3.8
23.517.70.5702.24.0
2002SLN22
157
24.218.60.5662.1
3.8
23.619.20.5511.43.2
2003SLN23
157
23.114.90.6073.2
4.7
23.015.00.6063.24.7
2004SLN24
154
21.513.40.6173.2
4.6
21.613.30.6193.34.7
2005SLN25
161
20.714.50.5892.3
3.6
20.914.30.5932.43.7
2006SLN26
143
23.212.70.6474.3
5.6
22.013.90.6133.14.4
2007SLN27
158
20.114.20.5872.3
3.5
20.214.10.5882.33.5
2008SLN28
148
19.112.30.6072.6
3.8
19.412.00.6183.04.1
2009SLN29
160
24.814.70.6283.8
5.3
24.115.40.6103.14.6
2010SLN30
159
22.114.70.6012.7
4.1
21.815.00.5922.43.7
2011SLN31
147
19.413.50.5902.1
3.4
18.614.20.5671.42.6
2012ANA32
154
18.115.00.5471.1
2.5
17.815.30.5380.82.2
2013ANA33
99
9.69.40.5060.0
1.0
9.49.60.493-0.20.8
2014ANA34
159
17.914.40.5541.2
2.6
17.314.90.5370.72.1
2015ANA35
157
17.715.20.5380.7
2.2
17.215.70.5220.21.7
2016ANA36
152
16.414.20.5350.7
2.4
15.615.00.510-0.11.6
2017ANA37
149
13.214.10.484-0.3
1.3
12.714.60.464-0.90.7
2018ANA38
117
11.811.80.499-0.3
0.8
11.711.90.495-0.40.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,692
346.2255.30.57633.9
58.9
340.2261.30.56627.952.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
77
12.36.90.640 3.010.26.70.604 2.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,769
358.5262.20.576
61.9
350.5268.00.566 54.9


Derek Jeter
The third most-valuable player of the Oughts, as measured by pWins over replacement level was New York Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter's ranking this decade is especially impressive because, as measured by Player won-lost records, the two best seasons of Jeter's career were in the 1990s.

Derek Jeter's career looks much better in context, as measured by pWins, than out of it (as measured by eWins). The next table shows the top 10 players who earned a majority of their player decisions at shortstop, ranked by total career pWins over replacement level (earned at all positions).

Top Shortstops, as measured by pWORL
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
Derek Jeter369.5322.40.53432.959.6
Pee Wee Reese301.5239.10.55835.357.2
Cal Ripken383.5350.70.52227.555.9
Barry Larkin292.1249.40.53927.048.2
Ozzie Smith335.8310.40.52021.245.9
Robin Yount367.5345.70.51518.145.7
Alan Trammell283.4256.60.52524.044.8
Arky Vaughan239.6196.60.54923.941.9
Lou Boudreau230.7191.60.54622.739.6
Vern Stephens247.5208.20.54321.339.5


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

Derek Jeter
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1995NYA21
15
1.01.60.379-0.3
-0.2
1.21.40.453-0.10.0
1996NYA22
157
18.319.60.483-0.0
1.5
18.519.30.4900.21.7
1997NYA23
159
21.420.30.5131.3
2.9
20.621.00.4950.62.2
1998NYA24
149
23.216.70.5813.9
5.5
21.918.00.5492.64.2
1999NYA25
158
26.217.80.5954.9
6.6
24.519.50.5573.35.0
2000NYA26
148
20.616.60.5532.5
4.0
19.517.70.5251.53.0
2001NYA27
150
20.317.30.5402.0
3.6
20.017.60.5311.73.3
2002NYA28
157
20.417.50.5392.0
3.5
19.618.30.5181.22.7
2003NYA29
119
16.012.80.5551.9
3.1
15.113.70.5241.12.2
2004NYA30
154
22.918.10.5582.9
4.5
21.319.70.5191.32.9
2005NYA31
159
23.220.40.5332.0
3.6
22.920.70.5261.73.3
2006NYA32
154
22.717.10.5703.2
4.7
21.418.40.5381.93.4
2007NYA33
156
21.418.10.5422.0
3.4
20.319.20.5130.82.3
2008NYA34
150
18.517.80.5100.9
2.3
18.218.10.5020.62.0
2009NYA35
153
19.516.50.5412.0
3.3
19.017.10.5261.42.8
2010NYA36
157
20.420.10.5040.7
2.3
19.820.80.4880.11.6
2011NYA37
131
16.115.40.5100.6
1.9
15.615.90.4960.21.4
2012NYA38
159
20.218.80.5181.2
2.7
20.019.00.5131.02.5
2013NYA39
17
1.51.80.464-0.1
0.0
1.41.90.428-0.2-0.1
2014NYA40
145
15.818.00.468-0.8
0.5
15.318.60.450-1.4-0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,747
369.5322.40.53432.9
59.6
356.1335.80.51519.546.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
158
21.318.40.536 3.521.819.60.526 3.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,905
390.8340.80.534
63.2
377.9355.40.515 49.5


Roy Halladay
The best pitcher of the Oughts, as measured by eWins over positional average, was Roy Halladay. Halladay's placement on the tables here is pretty remarkable given his performance in the first year of this decade: a 10.64 ERA in 67.2 IP.

Pushing the "decade" back one year (which removes Halladay's 10.64 ERA season and replaces it with his second Cy Young award), the next table shows the top 10 players in pWins over positional average from 2001 through 2010.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Albert Pujols222.2147.728.6
42.8
1Albert Pujols222.2147.728.6
42.8
2Alex Rodriguez212.5162.525.7
40.1
2Alex Rodriguez212.5162.525.7
40.1
3Barry Bonds129.876.922.5
30.8
3Derek Jeter205.3175.719.6
34.1
4Roy Halladay130.191.720.0
31.9
4David Ortiz148.0105.217.9
33.0
5Derek Jeter205.3175.719.6
34.1
5Roy Halladay130.191.720.0
31.9
6Mariano Rivera71.034.018.5
25.8
6Barry Bonds129.876.922.5
30.8
7Johan Santana117.784.118.3
29.1
7Vladimir Guerrero199.0159.814.8
30.2
8David Ortiz148.0105.217.9
33.0
8Lance Berkman196.8150.716.1
29.5
9Roy Oswalt132.9107.817.0
28.9
9Manny Ramirez183.9144.715.7
29.4
10Chase Utley138.3105.616.3
25.3
10Johan Santana117.784.118.3
29.1


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

Roy Halladay
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1998TOR21
2
1.20.40.7580.4
0.5
0.90.70.5580.10.2
1999TOR22
36
7.38.40.465-0.5
0.3
7.68.10.484-0.20.6
2000TOR23
19
3.65.50.397-0.9
-0.4
3.55.60.385-1.0-0.5
2001TOR24
17
5.53.50.6101.0
1.5
5.53.50.6121.01.5
2002TOR25
34
15.410.00.6062.7
4.1
15.010.40.5912.43.7
2003TOR26
36
17.711.60.6033.1
4.7
17.411.90.5942.84.5
2004TOR27
21
8.27.10.5350.6
1.4
8.76.60.5691.12.0
2005TOR28
19
10.55.60.6512.5
3.3
9.86.40.6051.72.5
2006TOR29
32
12.18.70.5821.7
2.8
11.69.10.5611.32.4
2007TOR30
31
12.89.60.5701.6
2.9
12.59.90.5581.32.6
2008TOR31
34
16.611.50.5912.6
4.1
16.711.40.5952.74.2
2009TOR32
32
14.511.50.5571.5
2.9
15.011.10.5741.93.3
2010PHI33
33
17.012.50.5752.8
4.2
15.813.70.5361.63.0
2011PHI34
32
15.710.40.6023.2
4.4
15.111.00.5782.63.7
2012PHI35
25
9.79.90.4950.2
1.1
9.89.70.5010.41.2
2013PHI36
13
3.96.90.361-1.4
-0.8
3.96.80.363-1.3-0.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
416
171.4133.10.56320.9
36.9
168.7135.80.55418.234.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
5
2.51.80.588 0.72.51.80.581 0.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
421
173.9134.80.563
37.6
171.1137.60.554 34.8


Mariano Rivera
The top player in postseason pWins over replacement level in the Oughts was legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

Mariano Rivera is widely regarded as the greatest relief pitcher in major-league history. As measured by Player won-lost records, not only in Rivera the best in relief pitcher in major-league history, but, as measured by Player won-lost records, nobody else is particularly close.

The next table shows the top 10 players who earned a majority of their Player decisions as a relief pitcher, ranked by pWins over replacement level.



Top Relief Pitchers of All Time, as measured by pWORL
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
Mariano Rivera126.660.80.67632.945.6
Trevor Hoffman100.762.30.61819.530.3
Rich Gossage131.2101.80.56315.229.1
Hoyt Wilhelm138.6116.00.54413.528.9
Lee Smith111.378.20.58716.928.6
Frankie Rodriguez90.056.90.61316.626.8
John Franco103.774.30.58314.926.2
Rollie Fingers121.097.20.55513.126.2
Joe Nathan78.948.30.62015.724.1
Billy Wagner80.050.40.61414.923.8


The above table only includes regular-season games. Of course, as noted above, Mariano Rivera added far more postseason value than most players. The next table, then, repeats the above, but includes postseason as well as regular season. Not surprisingly, Rivera pulls even farther ahead of all other relief pitchers.

Top Relief Pitchers of All Time, as measured by pWORL
(postseason included)
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
Mariano Rivera139.564.30.68537.651.5
Trevor Hoffman101.764.00.61419.130.2
Rich Gossage134.0103.20.56515.930.0
Hoyt Wilhelm138.8116.20.54413.529.0
Lee Smith111.679.10.58516.628.4
Rollie Fingers125.9100.50.55613.927.5
Frankie Rodriguez92.559.40.60916.627.2
John Franco104.674.70.58415.226.6
Joe Nathan79.449.60.61615.423.9
Billy Wagner80.851.70.61014.723.7


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

Mariano Rivera
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1995NYA25
19
4.04.20.487-0.1
0.4
4.04.20.483-0.10.3
1996NYA26
61
9.73.60.7293.0
3.9
9.14.20.6872.53.4
1997NYA27
66
7.33.80.6591.8
2.5
6.44.70.5810.91.6
1998NYA28
54
6.41.90.7702.3
2.8
5.13.30.6080.91.4
1999NYA29
66
6.62.50.7272.0
2.6
6.22.90.6841.72.2
2000NYA30
66
7.54.00.6541.8
2.6
7.34.30.6321.52.3
2001NYA31
71
8.84.00.6862.4
3.3
8.24.70.6371.82.6
2002NYA32
45
5.03.90.5630.6
1.2
5.03.90.5590.51.2
2003NYA33
64
7.22.90.7122.1
2.9
6.43.70.6311.32.0
2004NYA34
74
9.43.60.7232.9
3.8
8.84.30.6712.23.1
2005NYA35
71
7.73.30.7022.2
3.0
7.33.60.6681.82.6
2006NYA36
63
7.03.40.6751.8
2.5
6.83.70.6481.52.2
2007NYA37
67
6.43.90.6251.3
2.0
6.14.20.5961.01.7
2008NYA38
64
7.62.60.7472.5
3.2
6.93.30.6761.82.5
2009NYA39
66
6.23.10.6691.6
2.2
5.63.70.6061.01.6
2010NYA40
61
5.63.30.6251.1
1.7
5.53.40.6151.01.7
2011NYA41
64
6.32.80.6921.7
2.4
5.63.40.6201.11.7
2012NYA42
9
0.70.30.7010.2
0.3
0.70.30.6950.20.3
2013NYA43
64
7.13.80.6531.7
2.4
6.44.40.5921.01.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,115
126.660.80.67632.9
45.6
117.370.10.62623.636.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
96
12.93.50.787 5.87.53.20.698 2.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,211
139.564.30.676
51.5
124.873.30.626 39.2




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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