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1983 Season

The 1983 Season as seen through the Prism of Player Won-Lost Records

I was born in Baltimore in 1968. The Baltimore Orioles won the World Series two years before and two years after I was born (the years my sister and brother were born in Baltimore). The only Orioles World Championship which I was old enough to remember and enjoy happened when I was fifteen years old, in 1983.

The Best of 1983

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
1Dale Murphy25.017.56.6
8.5
1Dale Murphy25.017.56.6
8.5
2Eddie Murray20.313.26.5
8.0
2Cal Ripken24.819.46.5
8.4
3Cal Ripken24.819.46.5
8.4
3Eddie Murray20.313.26.5
8.0
4John Denny15.710.66.3
7.7
4John Denny15.710.66.3
7.7
5La Marr Hoyt16.911.35.8
7.5
5La Marr Hoyt16.911.35.8
7.5
6Robin Yount21.216.55.6
7.3
6Lou Whitaker23.418.75.5
7.4
7Lou Whitaker23.418.75.5
7.4
7Robin Yount21.216.55.6
7.3
8Dickie Thon23.018.35.3
7.1
8Dickie Thon23.018.35.3
7.1
9Dan Quisenberry10.25.04.9
6.4
9Tim Raines Sr.26.019.74.9
6.9
10Tim Raines Sr.26.019.74.9
6.9
10Dan Quisenberry10.25.04.9
6.4


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
1Dale Murphy24.817.76.3
8.2
1Dale Murphy24.817.76.3
8.2
2Cal Ripken24.220.15.2
7.2
2Cal Ripken24.220.15.2
7.2
3Lou Whitaker23.218.85.2
7.1
3Lou Whitaker23.218.85.2
7.1
4Mike Schmidt22.616.85.0
6.8
4Mike Schmidt22.616.85.0
6.8
5Robin Yount20.916.85.0
6.7
5Robin Yount20.916.85.0
6.7
6Pedro Guerrero22.216.74.6
6.3
6Tim Raines Sr.25.819.94.4
6.4
7Atlee Hammaker11.58.04.5
5.6
7Pedro Guerrero22.216.74.6
6.3
8Rickey Henderson21.516.44.4
6.1
8Rickey Henderson21.516.44.4
6.1
9Tim Raines Sr.25.819.94.4
6.4
9La Marr Hoyt16.112.24.2
5.9
10John Denny14.711.74.2
5.6
10Wade Boggs22.518.04.1
5.9


I take a look at some of the most interesting players of 1983 at the end of this article.

1983 Postseason

The 1983 World Series turned out to be something of a last hurrah for two teams who had been perennial playoff participants through the 1970s: the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies.

1983 Postseason: Total
Player Team pWins pLosses pWORL
Mike BoddickerBAL1.60.61.2
Gary Matthews Sr.PHI1.80.90.9
Al HollandPHI0.80.10.8
La Marr HoytCHA0.80.10.7
Cal RipkenBAL1.30.80.7
Rick DempseyBAL1.10.50.7
Gary RoenickeBAL0.90.30.6
Tippy MartinezBAL0.80.30.6
Fernando ValenzuelaLAN0.80.30.5
Ken SingletonBAL0.70.20.5


Top postseason players by round were as follows.

1983 World Series
Player Team pWins pLosses Net Wins
Rick DempseyBAL0.80.20.6
Mike BoddickerBAL0.70.20.4
Al HollandPHI0.40.10.3
Cal RipkenBAL0.80.50.3
Sammy StewartBAL0.50.20.3

1983 Postseason: League Championship Series
Player Team pWins pLosses Net Wins
Gary Matthews Sr.PHI1.30.31.0
Gary RoenickeBAL0.90.10.8
La Marr HoytCHA0.80.10.6
Mike BoddickerBAL0.90.40.5
Steve CarltonPHI1.30.80.4


Best of 1983 by Factor and Position

Next, let's look at the top players 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 1983 in wins over positional average (WOPA) by factor were as follows.

Batting
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss eWOPA Player pWins pLoss pWOPA
1Mike Schmidt16.310.7
5.2
1Eddie Murray17.110.36.8
2Dale Murphy16.311.2
4.6
2Dale Murphy16.610.95.2
3Pedro Guerrero15.410.7
4.4
3Cal Ripken16.711.84.8
4Eddie Murray15.911.6
4.3
4Cecil Cooper17.913.14.8
5Wade Boggs15.011.2
3.8
5Jim Rice17.012.24.8
6Jim Rice16.512.8
3.7
6Pedro Guerrero15.610.54.7
7Jose Cruz Sr.14.710.7
3.5
7Greg Luzinski14.09.74.3
8Darrell Evans13.89.9
3.5
8Wade Boggs15.311.04.3
9Cal Ripken15.912.6
3.3
9Mike Schmidt15.711.34.0
10George Brett12.19.1
3.0
10George Brett12.48.73.7
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
Baserunning
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss eWOPA Player pWins pLoss pWOPA
1Rickey Henderson3.61.7
1.9
1Rudy Law3.01.31.8
2Rudy Law3.11.3
1.8
2Tim Raines Sr.3.21.71.5
3Tim Raines Sr.3.21.7
1.5
3Dale Murphy2.41.21.1
4Willie Wilson2.31.0
1.3
4Willie Wilson2.21.11.1
5Alan Wiggins3.22.0
1.2
5Alan Wiggins3.22.01.1
6Dale Murphy2.31.3
1.0
6Rickey Henderson3.22.21.0
7Mookie Wilson2.71.7
0.9
7Ken Landreaux1.70.80.9
8Bill Sample1.81.0
0.9
8Bill Sample1.81.00.8
9Willie McGee2.01.3
0.7
9Lou Whitaker2.11.30.8
10Bob Dernier1.50.8
0.7
10John Shelby1.10.40.7
Positional Average excludes pitcher offense
Pitching
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLoss Net eWins Player pWins pLoss Net pWins
1Atlee Hammaker10.26.8
3.4
1John Denny14.38.45.9
2Dan Quisenberry9.05.7
3.3
2La Marr Hoyt16.411.15.3
3John Denny12.99.8
3.0
3Dan Quisenberry9.94.85.1
4La Marr Hoyt15.212.4
2.8
4Richard Dotson14.610.63.9
5Dave Stieb14.612.0
2.6
5Ron Guidry15.711.83.9
6Lee Smith7.95.6
2.3
6Dave Stieb15.211.33.9
7Steve Carlton16.314.0
2.3
7Moose Haas10.56.63.9
8Mario Soto17.315.1
2.2
8Mario Soto18.114.33.8
9Alejandro Pena10.88.6
2.2
9Dave Righetti12.49.03.4
10Steve Howe5.83.7
2.1
10Lee Smith8.45.03.4


Fielding by Position


Fielding, P
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Scott McGregor0.50.2
0.3
1Dave Dravecky0.40.20.3
2Jim Beattie0.40.2
0.3
2Bud Black0.50.20.3
3Bud Black0.50.2
0.2
3Steve Bedrosian0.30.00.3
4Steve Bedrosian0.30.0
0.2
4Scott McGregor0.40.20.3
5Dave Dravecky0.40.2
0.2
5Richard Dotson0.40.20.3


Fielding, C
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Gary Carter2.81.7
1.1
1Gary Carter2.81.71.1
2Lance Parrish2.01.4
0.6
2Bo Diaz2.71.90.8
3Marc Hill0.70.3
0.4
3Steve Yeager2.21.60.5
4Bob Boone2.11.8
0.4
4Bruce Benedict2.52.00.5
5Bruce Benedict2.42.0
0.4
5Darrell Porter2.11.60.4


Fielding, 1B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Enos Cabell2.01.3
0.7
1Enos Cabell2.11.20.9
2Pete M. O'Brien2.11.6
0.5
2Ray Knight2.51.80.6
3Ray Knight2.41.9
0.5
3Pete M. O'Brien2.11.70.5
4Keith Hernandez2.42.1
0.4
4Eddie Murray2.31.90.4
5Dave L. Stapleton2.01.7
0.4
5Chris Chambliss2.31.90.4


Fielding, 2B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Bill D. Doran6.35.3
1.0
1Frank White6.34.81.6
2Frank White6.05.1
1.0
2Lou Whitaker6.04.71.3
3John Castino5.04.1
0.9
3Bill D. Doran6.45.21.3
4Ryne Sandberg6.65.9
0.8
4Johnny Ray6.15.11.0
5Lou Whitaker5.65.0
0.6
5Julio Cruz6.45.60.8


Fielding, 3B
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Phil Garner5.24.5
0.6
1Paul Molitor4.93.91.0
2Vance Law4.53.9
0.6
2Mike Schmidt5.34.41.0
3Ken Oberkfell3.42.9
0.5
3Hubie Brooks4.94.01.0
4Luis Salazar3.83.4
0.4
4Vance Law4.63.70.9
5Paul Molitor4.64.2
0.4
5Buddy Bell5.85.00.8


Fielding, SS
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Ozzie Smith7.46.2
1.3
1Ozzie Smith7.95.72.3
2Andre Robertson3.32.6
0.7
2Andre Robertson3.72.31.4
3Dave Concepcion5.14.5
0.6
3Robin Yount6.45.11.2
4Scott Fletcher3.63.0
0.6
4Scott Fletcher3.92.71.2
5Alfredo Griffin6.05.5
0.5
5Dickie Thon7.06.01.0


Fielding, LF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Gary Ward10.28.1
2.1
1Gary Ward10.38.02.3
2Tim Raines Sr.7.56.3
1.2
2Tim Raines Sr.7.66.31.3
3Rickey Henderson5.85.1
0.7
3Joe Lefebvre1.10.40.8
4Steve Henderson5.44.8
0.6
4Gary Matthews Sr.5.24.50.7
5Jeffrey Leonard6.25.7
0.5
5Rickey Henderson5.85.10.7


Fielding, CF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Chet Lemon5.13.7
1.4
1Chet Lemon5.33.51.9
2Eddie Milner6.35.7
0.7
2Andre Dawson7.46.31.1
3Andre Dawson7.26.5
0.7
3Jerry Mumphrey5.34.21.0
4Dwayne Murphy4.94.3
0.6
4Rick Manning6.75.71.0
5Omar Moreno6.05.3
0.6
5Tony Armas Sr.4.73.80.9


Fielding, RF
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses Net eWins Player pWins pLosses Net pWins
1Tom Brunansky5.84.9
0.9
1Sixto Lezcano5.33.91.4
2Jesse Barfield5.44.7
0.7
2Dan Ford4.73.90.8
3Joe Simpson0.90.4
0.5
3Steve Kemp3.12.40.7
4Terry Harper1.30.8
0.5
4Terry Harper1.40.70.7
5Ellis Valentine3.02.5
0.4
5Tom Brunansky5.75.00.7


Best by Position
Next, we look at 1983 Major-League leaders by position. The figures shown here only include Player decisions earned while playing this particular position.

Catcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Carlton Fisk14.411.8
3.2
1Carlton Fisk15.111.14.6
2Gary Carter15.913.2
3.0
2Ernie Whitt10.07.13.3
3Lance Parrish14.813.3
2.3
3Gary Carter15.513.62.2
4Terry Kennedy15.714.2
1.8
4Bo Diaz13.711.92.1
5Darrell Porter12.711.2
1.8
5Butch Wynegar8.87.12.1


First Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Eddie Murray18.614.3
3.6
1Eddie Murray19.913.06.3
2Darrell Evans14.310.5
3.0
2Cecil Cooper20.715.94.0
3Willie Upshaw17.214.4
2.1
3Darrell Evans14.510.23.5
4Keith Hernandez15.812.9
1.9
4Willie Aikens12.59.72.4
5Kent Hrbek14.912.6
1.7
5Ken Griffey Sr.11.59.02.1


Second Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Lou Whitaker22.718.9
4.6
1Lou Whitaker23.318.35.7
2Bobby Grich15.213.0
2.6
2Joe L. Morgan15.912.63.5
3Bill D. Doran18.416.3
2.3
3Bill D. Doran18.316.32.2
4John Castino16.715.1
2.2
4John Castino16.615.22.0
5Joe L. Morgan15.013.4
1.9
5Julio Cruz18.517.31.9


Third Base
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Mike Schmidt22.417.0
4.6
1Mike Schmidt22.516.94.7
2Pedro Guerrero21.816.9
4.0
2Pedro Guerrero21.816.84.2
3Wade Boggs22.218.3
3.6
3Bob Horner14.410.23.6
4Bob Horner13.611.0
2.1
4Wade Boggs22.218.33.5
5George Brett13.311.2
1.9
5George Brett13.510.92.4


Shortstop
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Cal Ripken24.020.3
4.8
1Cal Ripken24.819.46.5
2Robin Yount19.916.5
4.2
2Dickie Thon23.018.35.3
3Dickie Thon22.219.2
3.6
3Robin Yount20.316.15.2
4Alan Trammell18.615.9
3.5
4Alan Trammell18.516.03.4
5Ozzie Smith19.318.6
1.3
5Ozzie Smith20.017.82.8


Left Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Tim Raines Sr.25.019.7
3.7
1Tim Raines Sr.25.419.74.7
2Rickey Henderson20.115.7
3.6
2Jim Rice25.921.93.8
3Jim Rice25.321.9
2.5
3Gary Roenicke8.35.73.1
4Larry Herndon18.415.6
2.1
4Rickey Henderson19.715.72.7
5Jose Cruz Sr.22.919.6
1.8
5Larry Herndon18.615.62.5


Center Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Dale Murphy19.914.9
4.4
1Chet Lemon18.113.04.8
2Andre Dawson23.519.4
3.4
2Dale Murphy19.914.84.5
3Chet Lemon17.213.9
3.1
3Andre Dawson23.119.82.6
4Lloyd Moseby19.216.5
2.5
4Ken Landreaux17.314.62.1
5Ken Landreaux17.014.8
1.6
5Lloyd Moseby18.916.81.9


Right Field
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Darryl Strawberry17.014.3
2.1
1Jack Clark19.415.33.5
2Jack Clark18.616.0
1.9
2Jim Dwyer6.03.42.6
3George Hendrick7.45.9
1.2
3Harold Baines19.316.62.5
4Jesse Barfield13.712.3
1.2
4Darryl Strawberry17.114.22.3
5Jim Dwyer5.34.1
1.1
5Terry Puhl14.211.62.1


Starting Pitcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Atlee Hammaker10.47.1
3.5
1John Denny14.68.66.2
2La Marr Hoyt15.612.6
3.3
2La Marr Hoyt16.911.35.8
3John Denny13.110.1
3.2
3Richard Dotson15.010.84.4
4Dave Stieb14.912.1
3.0
4Ron Guidry16.011.94.3
5Mario Soto17.715.6
2.4
5Dave Stieb15.511.54.3
6Dave Righetti11.99.9
2.2
6Moose Haas10.76.84.1
7Floyd Bannister12.510.5
2.2
7Mario Soto18.514.84.0
8Steve Carlton16.514.6
2.2
8Dave Righetti12.69.13.7
9Scott McGregor13.611.7
2.1
9Scott McGregor14.411.03.6
10Rick Honeycutt12.210.3
2.1
10Floyd Bannister13.010.03.2


Relief Pitcher
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Dan Quisenberry9.35.9
3.0
1Dan Quisenberry10.25.04.9
2Lee Smith8.05.7
2.1
2Tippy Martinez8.44.93.2
3Steve Howe6.13.8
2.1
3Lee Smith8.65.13.2
4Kent Tekulve6.84.9
1.7
4Jesse Orosco7.34.03.1
5Jesse Orosco6.64.7
1.6
5Bob Stanley10.87.53.0
6Tom Niedenfuer4.62.9
1.5
6Luis DeLeon7.54.72.5
7Gary Lavelle5.84.1
1.5
7Rich Gossage8.86.22.3
8Al Holland7.35.6
1.4
8Tom Niedenfuer4.92.62.1
9Frank DiPino5.84.2
1.4
9Steve Howe6.03.91.9
10Bob Stanley10.08.3
1.4
10Al Holland7.55.41.8


Designated Hitter
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Greg Luzinski13.611.0
1.9
1Greg Luzinski14.510.23.6
2Andre Thornton11.19.1
1.4
2Cliff Johnson10.67.32.8
3Cliff Johnson9.98.0
1.4
3Ted Simmons7.14.72.1


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
1Tim Lollar1.00.9
0.5
1Frank Pastore1.21.20.6
2Mike Krukow1.21.3
0.5
2Mike Krukow1.21.30.5
3Bob Forsch0.91.0
0.4
3Walt Terrell0.90.90.5


Pinch Hitter
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Dave Bergman2.21.0
1.2
1Johnny Bench2.01.20.8
2Kurt Bevacqua1.81.0
0.9
2Greg Walker1.40.70.8
3Bob Watson1.81.2
0.6
3Dave Bergman1.91.30.7


Pinch Runner
Context-Neutral Context-Dependent
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA Player pWins pLosses pWOPA
1Bob Dernier0.50.1
0.4
1Bob Dernier0.50.20.3
2John Shelby0.30.0
0.2
2John Shelby0.30.00.2
3Carmen Castillo0.20.1
0.2
3Carmen Castillo0.30.00.2


Noteworthy Players of 1983

AL MVP: Cal Ripken vs. Eddie Murray
My brother and I probably spent at least 30 hours debating who deserved the AL Most Valuable Player award in 1983. My brother was a Cal Ripken supporter, while I was a huge fan of Eddie Murray. In retrospect, understanding the idea of positional scarcity and the need for positional comparisons, I am forced to concede that my brother - and the MVP voters in 1983 - got this one right.

The next table decomposes the (context-neutral) performances of Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken in 1983 to show how Ripken ends up ahead of Murray in terms of wins over Positional Average and replacement level.

Decomposition of eWORL
Wins over Average
Batting Baserunning Fielding Position Replacement eWORL
Eddie Murray4.3-0.2
0.2
-0.3
1.5
5.5
Cal Ripken3.3-0.1
0.4
1.7
2.0
7.2


The career records for Murray and Ripken are compared below.

Eddie Murray Cal Ripken
Season Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL
197716016.512.93.1
4.9
197816120.115.14.0
5.6
197915920.014.34.8
6.5
198015819.114.93.3
4.9
19819913.29.03.9
5.0
230.60.9-0.2-0.2
198215118.913.15.1
6.6
16021.618.04.36.1
198315620.313.26.5
8.0
16224.819.46.58.4
198416222.314.86.7
8.4
16225.919.48.410.5
198515620.413.85.5
7.1
16123.120.44.36.4
198613713.314.2-1.7
-0.4
16222.020.03.75.6
198716017.617.3-1.5
0.1
16219.321.4-0.61.2
198816116.917.3-1.4
0.5
16119.919.71.23.1
198916018.216.3-0.3
1.3
16222.419.64.36.2
199015520.214.73.7
5.3
16120.418.43.35.0
199115319.515.92.1
3.7
16223.220.24.16.1
199215618.716.70.2
1.9
16219.718.72.44.2
199315415.417.6-4.4
-2.7
16220.419.42.24.2
19941089.99.9-0.8
0.5
11214.912.83.14.5
199511311.48.72.0
3.4
14417.618.30.72.4
199615211.711.3-0.3
1.2
16320.619.42.34.2
1997552.94.3-1.4
-1.0
16219.417.12.34.0
1998
 
16116.417.5-1.10.6
1999
 
8610.09.30.71.6
2000
 
838.77.71.22.0
2001
 
12811.514.0-2.5-1.1
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CAREER RECORDS3,026346.7285.539.0
70.6
3,001382.3351.650.585.1


National League Award Winners: Dale Murphy and John Denny
In the National League, the BBWAA voters selected Braves' center fielder Dale Murphy as Most Valuable Player and gave the Cy Young award to Philadelphia Phillies starter John Denny.

Looking at the above tables, Player won-lost records appear to agree with the voters' choices in both of these cases. The next table summarizes Murphy's and Denny's 1983 seasons as measured by Player won-lost records.

Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
Dale Murphy
162
25.017.56.6
8.5
24.817.76.38.2
John Denny
36
15.710.66.3
7.7
14.711.74.25.6


Denny's 1983 performance was more valuable in context, translating into a couple more Phillies wins than might have been expected. Dale Murphy's performance, on the other hand, was worth virtually exactly as many wins as you would expect.

The Last Firemen
In 1983, Bob Stanley pitched 145.1 innings and Dan Quisenberry pitched 139 innings, all in relief in both cases. It was right around this time that teams began to transition toward using their relief aces less frequently. This is evident in the next two tables.

The first table below shows the top 10 seasons in pWins earned as a relief pitcher through 1983.

Player Season pWins pLosses pWOPA
Mike G. Marshall197413.611.81.8
Dick Radatz196412.48.04.3
Jim Kern197912.46.65.6
John Hiller197312.25.17.1
Bill Campbell197712.28.33.7
Rich Gossage197512.06.95.1
Dan Quisenberry198011.95.85.7
Mike G. Marshall197311.59.02.5
John Hiller197411.39.51.9
Sid Monge197911.17.93.1


The next table, then, shows the top 10 seasons in pWins earned as a relief pitcher since 1983.

Player Season pWins pLosses pWOPA
Bob Stanley198310.87.53.0
Mark W. Davis198910.75.15.1
Billy Koch200210.65.74.5
Dan Quisenberry198510.57.03.3
Dave Righetti198610.36.33.9
John Smoltz200210.34.06.0
Dan Quisenberry198310.25.04.9
Todd Worrell198610.27.92.2
John Wetteland199310.14.75.3
Lee Smith198510.16.13.8


Stanley and Quisenberry were two of the last of a breed which was already in decline from its heyday in the 1970s.

The End of an Era

The 1983 season was the final season for four Hall-of-Famers who combined to win three Most Valuable Player and three Cy Young awards.

The next two tables compare the careers of Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski, Fergie Jenkins, and Gaylord Perry.

Johnny Bench Carl Yastrzemski
Season Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL
1961
 
14817.618.1-1.60.4
1962
 
16021.720.5-0.61.5
1963
 
15123.518.83.05.0
1964
 
15120.318.31.03.0
1965
 
13317.618.0-1.9-0.1
1966
 
16023.920.12.74.7
1967261.92.6-0.5
-0.2
16127.717.88.110.3
196815415.213.62.1
3.5
15726.016.87.59.6
196914815.411.34.7
6.1
16223.518.14.06.2
197015821.915.16.6
8.5
16123.316.15.47.4
197114916.015.40.7
2.3
14823.017.93.85.8
197214720.113.26.9
8.6
12518.113.92.74.3
197315219.814.15.8
7.5
15218.014.22.94.5
197416021.915.76.5
8.2
14817.617.4-0.80.9
197514217.913.64.3
5.8
14915.913.61.22.5
197613512.811.02.2
3.4
15518.316.80.52.3
197714216.812.54.0
5.5
15021.718.42.54.5
197812012.49.72.8
3.8
14418.514.83.14.8
197913015.611.93.8
5.1
14717.313.83.04.7
198011411.49.91.6
2.6
10510.310.2-0.30.7
1981526.24.31.8
2.3
918.97.80.92.0
198211911.713.1-2.0
-0.9
13110.29.60.11.3
198311010.210.1-0.3
0.6
1197.99.1-1.7-0.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS2,158247.2196.851.1
72.7
3,308430.9360.245.485.5


Fergie Jenkins Gaylord Perry
Season Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL
1962
 
132.32.5-0.10.2
1963
 
323.24.9-1.6-0.8
1964
 
4612.210.72.03.8
196570.70.8-0.1
0.0
4911.412.8-0.70.8
1966619.410.2-0.3
1.2
3617.412.65.67.3
19673920.217.53.8
6.0
4218.017.81.23.4
19684021.017.84.3
6.3
3915.714.72.03.6
19694322.017.45.7
8.0
4020.618.92.75.1
19704021.616.96.0
8.0
4122.119.83.45.7
19713924.117.47.7
10.0
3816.316.01.23.0
19723618.616.23.3
5.4
4124.118.56.59.1
19733815.818.4-1.7
0.2
4119.918.51.33.7
19744122.714.48.4
10.6
3717.415.12.44.3
19753716.414.91.6
3.5
3717.115.91.33.3
19763011.111.4-0.2
1.1
3213.710.43.44.8
19772810.210.20.1
1.5
3414.812.62.34.2
19783414.710.34.3
5.9
3716.012.04.76.3
19793714.814.10.7
2.5
3213.712.52.13.6
19802912.311.80.6
2.0
3411.011.6-0.40.9
1981196.57.1-0.6
0.3
248.58.40.51.6
19823413.914.50.5
2.0
3211.011.7-0.41.0
1983338.911.1-1.5
-0.4
309.312.5-3.1-1.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS665285.0252.342.7
74.3
787315.6290.236.473.0


Article last updated: January 29, 2020

Wins over positional average and replacement level are calculated using data only for the 1983 season. 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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