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2017 Hall of Fame Ballot: Today's Game Era Ballot, Will Clark

On Monday, October 3, 2016, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the candidates for the first "Today's Game Era" ballot, the latest version of the Hall-of-Fame's Veterans' Committee. The ballot included five players. This is the third of five articles looking at these players. This article looks at Will Clark.

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

Will Clark
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1986SFN22
111
11.010.20.519-0.0
0.7
12.210.70.5320.21.1
1987SFN23
150
17.012.30.5801.3
2.5
17.012.90.5701.02.2
1988SFN24
162
21.214.40.5952.5
3.9
19.513.80.5862.03.3
1989SFN25
159
23.013.80.6243.3
4.6
20.513.10.6102.53.7
1990SFN26
154
18.615.70.5430.5
1.8
18.115.20.5440.51.7
1991SFN27
148
19.514.00.5822.0
3.3
19.213.40.5892.13.4
1992SFN28
144
17.712.90.5781.6
2.7
17.513.30.5671.32.4
1993SFN29
132
17.012.60.5761.4
2.6
14.312.70.5300.01.1
1994TEX30
110
11.49.30.5510.6
1.5
12.29.40.5661.01.9
1995TEX31
123
14.812.50.5420.5
1.6
13.111.30.5370.41.4
1996TEX32
117
12.511.00.5320.3
1.3
11.610.60.5210.11.0
1997TEX33
110
11.69.90.5410.3
1.2
11.39.20.5510.51.3
1998TEX34
149
15.714.30.522-0.0
1.2
15.713.70.5350.41.6
1999BAL35
77
7.36.90.514-0.0
0.5
7.76.80.5330.20.8
36
130
13.99.60.5911.5
2.4
13.09.80.5701.01.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,976
232.2179.50.56415.7
31.8
222.9175.80.55913.228.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
31
4.23.20.564 0.53.72.80.572 0.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,007
236.4182.70.564
32.3
226.6178.60.559 29.3


Will Clark's Hall-of-Fame case is similar to that of Albert Belle in that Clark had a fairly short career but a very good peak. Unlike Belle, however, Clark was a more well-rounded player.

Will Clark's peak was seven seasons, from 1987 - 1993. The next table shows the top 10 players in pWins over positional average and replacement level over this time period.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Roger Clemens112.678.918.4
28.0
1Roger Clemens112.678.918.4
28.0
2Barry Bonds158.9114.517.5
27.9
2Barry Bonds158.9114.517.5
27.9
3Rickey Henderson138.5103.315.3
24.8
3Rickey Henderson138.5103.315.3
24.8
4Barry Larkin127.7105.013.7
22.6
4Barry Larkin127.7105.013.7
22.6
5Greg Maddux110.594.513.3
22.4
5Greg Maddux110.594.513.3
22.4
6Alan Trammell109.490.113.2
20.9
6Paul Molitor122.896.311.8
22.2
7Jose Canseco120.090.612.7
21.4
7Jose Canseco120.090.612.7
21.4
8Will Clark134.195.812.6
21.3
8Will Clark134.195.812.6
21.3
9Paul Molitor122.896.311.8
22.2
9Ozzie Smith140.3123.611.1
21.2
10Ozzie Smith140.3123.611.1
21.2
10Alan Trammell109.490.113.2
20.9


Clark's career was somewhat short for a Hall-of-Fame career, but still quite respectable in length. And, in fact, Will Clark shows up on a career leaders list as well.

The next table shows the top 10 first basemen in net career fielding wins among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Top Fielding First Basemen
(ranked by Net Fielding Wins)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Albert Pujols32.326.70.5485.6
2Adrian Gonzalez31.026.20.5424.8
3John Olerud34.029.20.5384.8
4Todd Helton38.934.50.5304.4
5Gil Hodges29.325.00.5394.2
6Will Clark34.830.60.5324.1
7Wally Joyner34.230.30.5303.8
8Mark Grace40.136.30.5253.8
9Tino Martinez29.726.10.5333.7
10Pete M. O'Brien24.320.70.5403.6




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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