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Tom Seaver

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 1992, with a then-record 98.8% of the vote.

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

Tom Seaver
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1967NYN22
36
16.814.20.5421.9
3.2
15.816.60.4880.31.7
1968NYN23
37
16.814.30.5402.0
3.2
17.914.70.5492.33.6
1969NYN24
36
20.813.30.6104.5
6.1
17.715.70.5301.83.3
1970NYN25
38
20.615.20.5753.5
5.1
20.613.90.5974.25.6
1971NYN26
37
19.613.00.6014.1
5.5
19.813.30.5974.05.5
1972NYN27
36
18.816.30.5362.1
3.7
17.215.00.5341.93.3
1973NYN28
37
20.113.70.5954.1
5.4
19.614.60.5733.34.7
1974NYN29
32
14.114.40.4950.4
1.6
14.913.20.5301.42.5
1975NYN30
37
18.613.20.5853.4
4.8
17.713.20.5722.94.2
1976NYN31
35
16.513.90.5431.9
3.1
16.613.80.5452.03.2
32
33
19.012.30.6084.2
5.6
16.912.10.5833.24.5
1978CIN33
36
16.015.00.5151.0
2.3
15.815.80.5000.51.9
1979CIN34
32
14.111.70.5461.8
2.9
13.311.90.5281.32.3
1980CIN35
26
10.111.70.463-0.4
0.5
9.110.80.457-0.50.3
1981CIN36
23
10.67.40.5872.1
2.9
10.78.80.5481.52.4
1982CIN37
22
6.610.00.398-1.3
-0.6
6.18.70.414-0.9-0.3
1983NYN38
34
12.714.70.463-0.4
0.8
13.415.20.470-0.21.0
1984CHA39
34
13.511.60.5381.2
2.3
13.112.30.5160.71.8
1985CHA40
35
14.510.90.5712.0
3.4
14.112.90.5240.92.3
41
28
9.310.00.481-0.2
0.7
10.39.90.5090.31.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
664
309.0256.70.54638.1
62.4
300.8262.60.53431.055.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
8
3.33.60.484 0.43.93.50.527 0.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
672
312.3260.30.546
62.8
304.7266.10.534 55.9


In his New Historical Baseball Abstract, Bill James ranked Tom Seaver as the 6th-best pitcher in major-league history but said the following:

"There is actually a good argument that Tom Seaver should be regarded as the greatest pitcher of all time. Of the five pitchers rated ahead of him, four pitched before World War II, the other just after World War II.... Where Seaver rates relative to those pitchers, then, depends to a large extent on how steep one believes the timeline of history to be."
James wrote this following the 2000 season, so Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez were all still mid-career. James ranked Clemens 11th, and commented that "like Seaver, there is actually a very good argument that he is the greatest pitcher who ever lived." The next table shows the top 25 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 25 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 25 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds462.1315.160.3
90.8
1Barry Bonds462.1315.160.3
90.8
2Babe Ruth306.4178.654.2
74.1
2Willie Mays460.1335.249.6
81.8
3Roger Clemens318.2228.251.1
79.6
3Roger Clemens318.2228.251.1
79.6
4Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.2
73.9
4Hank Aaron492.5372.942.2
77.9
5Willie Mays460.1335.249.6
81.8
5Babe Ruth306.4178.654.2
74.1
6Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
6Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.2
73.9
7Lefty Grove248.3169.644.9
63.8
7Greg Maddux328.5271.444.8
73.5
8Greg Maddux328.5271.444.8
73.5
8Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
9Ted Williams369.6253.644.5
69.9
9Warren Spahn354.2293.643.8
71.8
10Warren Spahn354.2293.643.8
71.8
10Ted Williams369.6253.644.5
69.9
11Alex Rodriguez373.9297.242.5
69.5
11Alex Rodriguez373.9297.242.5
69.5
12Hank Aaron492.5372.942.2
77.9
12Stan Musial420.9312.139.9
69.4
13Lou Gehrig263.4158.040.2
57.8
13Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.3221.038.5
64.3
14Stan Musial420.9312.139.9
69.4
14Lefty Grove248.3169.644.9
63.8
15Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson281.3221.038.5
64.3
15Mel Ott361.9264.736.9
63.1
16Joe DiMaggio280.1192.038.3
57.5
16Tom Seaver309.0256.738.1
62.4
17Tom Seaver309.0256.738.1
62.4
17Derek Jeter369.4322.233.4
60.1
18Mel Ott361.9264.736.9
63.1
18Frank Robinson395.0304.230.4
59.8
19Pee Wee Reese300.7238.735.2
57.0
19Rickey Henderson426.7353.328.7
59.4
20Bob Gibson263.9217.334.6
55.5
20Steve Carlton338.0304.231.6
58.9
21Eddie Mathews320.6240.534.3
56.9
21Albert Pujols334.8243.534.1
58.0
22Albert Pujols334.8243.534.1
58.0
22Lou Gehrig263.4158.040.2
57.8
23Pedro J. Martinez193.7137.533.9
51.4
23Joe DiMaggio280.1192.038.3
57.5
24Jimmie Foxx276.4185.233.6
53.2
24Pee Wee Reese300.7238.735.2
57.0
25Jim Palmer242.7186.033.6
53.3
25Eddie Mathews320.6240.534.3
56.9


Being among the top 25 players in pWOPA and pWORL is obviously extremely impressive. But among pitchers, Seaver is behind at least one pitcher from before his time - Warren Spahn (I am missing much of the careers of Lefty Grove and Walter Johnson) - and several more recent pitchers.

But there is clearly a stretch of time over which Tom Seaver would rank as the top pitcher in pWOPA and pWORL. In fact, there is a 50-year stretch of time, which just happens to encompass the second half of the 20th century over which Tom Seaver was the best pitcher in the major leagues.

The top 25 players in pWOPA and pWORL from 1950 through 2000 are shown next.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 25 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.2
73.9
1Willie Mays460.1335.249.6
81.8
2Willie Mays460.1335.249.6
81.8
2Hank Aaron492.5372.942.2
77.9
3Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
3Mickey Mantle351.8230.750.2
73.9
4Hank Aaron492.5372.942.2
77.9
4Joe L. Morgan374.0292.346.2
72.7
5Roger Clemens237.3168.238.1
59.1
5Tom Seaver309.0256.738.1
62.4
6Tom Seaver309.0256.738.1
62.4
6Barry Bonds332.1238.037.9
60.1
7Barry Bonds332.1238.037.9
60.1
7Frank Robinson395.0304.230.4
59.8
8Greg Maddux223.6170.337.2
55.6
8Roger Clemens237.3168.238.1
59.1
9Bob Gibson263.9217.334.6
55.5
9Steve Carlton338.0304.231.6
58.9
10Eddie Mathews320.6240.534.3
56.9
10Rickey Henderson405.0332.029.1
58.0
11Warren Spahn286.1241.433.8
56.7
11Eddie Mathews320.6240.534.3
56.9
12Jim Palmer242.7186.033.6
53.3
12Warren Spahn286.1241.433.8
56.7
13Mike Schmidt337.4257.433.6
56.4
13Cal Ripken371.8336.829.4
56.6
14Juan Marichal232.2187.132.3
50.6
14Mike Schmidt337.4257.433.6
56.4
15Steve Carlton338.0304.231.6
58.9
15Nolan Ryan356.9328.124.6
55.8
16Whitey Ford210.6164.431.1
47.6
16Greg Maddux223.6170.337.2
55.6
17Frank Robinson395.0304.230.4
59.8
17Bob Gibson263.9217.334.6
55.5
18Cal Ripken371.8336.829.4
56.6
18Reggie Jackson367.1298.325.6
54.1
19Rickey Henderson405.0332.029.1
58.0
19Jim Palmer242.7186.033.6
53.3
20Yogi Berra209.4154.128.7
43.5
20Al Kaline378.0302.324.7
52.8
21Lou Whitaker306.1261.028.4
50.2
21Don Sutton320.9295.424.6
51.5
22Fergie Jenkins286.8250.926.8
50.7
22Gaylord Perry317.9289.323.8
51.3
23Barry Larkin253.6211.925.6
43.7
23Carl Yastrzemski426.5363.217.9
50.8
24Reggie Jackson367.1298.325.6
54.1
24Fergie Jenkins286.8250.926.8
50.7
25Al Kaline378.0302.324.7
52.8
25Juan Marichal232.2187.132.3
50.6


The best pitcher and one of the top 5 players, regardless of position. Very impressive.



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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