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Willie Stargell

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Willie Stargell

Willie Stargell was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 1988, with 82.4% of the vote.

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

Willie Stargell
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1962PIT22
10
0.61.00.394-0.2
-0.1
0.81.00.455-0.1-0.1
1963PIT23
107
9.210.20.475-0.9
-0.1
9.39.40.499-0.40.4
1964PIT24
117
12.412.40.501-0.5
0.5
12.811.60.5240.11.0
1965PIT25
144
18.716.30.5340.5
1.9
19.316.10.5450.82.3
1966PIT26
140
20.714.00.5962.8
4.1
19.414.00.5812.23.5
1967PIT27
133
16.615.20.523-0.0
1.3
17.214.80.5380.51.8
1968PIT28
127
16.616.10.508-0.6
0.8
17.014.50.5390.51.8
1969PIT29
145
19.315.90.5481.0
2.5
20.015.30.5671.73.2
1970PIT30
136
18.216.10.5310.2
1.7
18.014.80.5490.82.2
1971PIT31
141
22.814.10.6173.6
5.0
22.614.30.6123.44.8
1972PIT32
138
20.213.00.6082.4
3.8
16.913.00.5650.92.1
1973PIT33
148
25.217.60.5892.9
4.7
23.515.60.6003.14.7
1974PIT34
140
21.615.70.5792.3
3.7
21.315.80.5732.03.4
1975PIT35
124
15.710.80.5931.7
2.7
14.110.30.5781.22.1
1976PIT36
117
11.310.20.526-0.0
0.8
11.99.90.5440.41.2
1977PIT37
63
5.74.00.5860.6
1.0
6.14.50.5760.61.0
1978PIT38
120
13.89.80.5861.5
2.4
12.69.30.5751.22.0
1979PIT39
126
14.510.30.5841.5
2.5
13.610.10.5751.22.2
1980PIT40
67
6.45.30.5450.3
0.7
6.24.60.5770.61.0
1981PIT41
38
1.61.70.484-0.1
0.1
1.51.60.488-0.00.1
1982PIT42
74
2.42.60.473-0.1
0.2
2.12.10.5070.10.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,355
293.6232.30.55818.8
40.1
286.2222.50.56320.541.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
36
4.33.80.531 0.44.33.40.557 0.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,391
297.9236.20.558
40.5
290.5225.90.563 41.7


In my general write-up of Player won-lost records and the Hall of Fame, I identified Willie Stargell as "the closest player to the average Hall-of-Famer". While Player won-lost records do not think that Stargell was a particularly bad baserunner or fielder, it is nevertheless the case that Stargell's value was overwhelmingly as a hitter. For his career, Stargell batted .282/.360/.529 with 475 home runs and 1,540 RBI. He did much of this in very low run-scoring environments such that his raw numbers probably understate the true value of his batting. Perhaps more reflective of his value, Stargell received MVP votes eleven times, with six top-10 finishes including a somewhat dubious co-MVP award in 1979 and consecutive finishes of second, third, and second in MVP voting in 1971, 1972, and 1973.

Willie Stargell had 400 plate appearances in a season for the first time in 1964 and for the last time in 1979. Over those 16 seasons, Willie Stargell was arguably the best hitter in baseball, at least as measured by (context-neutral) batting wins over non-pitcher average over those 16 seasons.

Top 10 Batting Wins over Non-Pitcher Average
(1964 - 1979)
eWins eLosses eWOPA
1Willie Stargell193.4135.126.0
2Dick Allen172.0118.824.2
3Willie McCovey179.0125.124.0
4Carl Yastrzemski219.9167.524.0
5Hank Aaron173.6121.023.8
6Frank Robinson159.2108.423.3
7Reggie Jackson168.7120.322.9
8Joe L. Morgan187.4139.920.7
9Harmon Killebrew149.7104.820.3
10Jimmy Wynn169.2125.819.0

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



It is, of course, a time period cherry-picked to be most favorable to Stargell - although it includes several seasons, mostly at both ends, which were below Stargell's career standards. But it is also a 16-year stretch where Willie Stargell ranks first in the most important component of value for non-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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