win percentages for position players

February 16th, 2012 by pbr

Did you know that the Arizona Diamondbacks won 58% of their games when Tony Womack was in the starting lineup? And that no other Diamondback who started at least 500 games had better than a .535 win pct? Or that Carlos Ruiz is the only live ball era Philly who has started 500 games and won 60% of them? Or that Derek Jeter’s team has won also won 60% of the games he started, but that only ranks him 32nd in the live ball era history of the Yankees (since 1920)? Or that Fred McGriff’s .632 win pct with the Braves is the best for that team in the live ball era, but his .404 win pct in starts for the Rays is the 2nd worst in team history? (although it’s also the 7th best, because they’ve only had 8 players start 500 games.)

So anyway, below is the top 10 list for each team, by which players had the best win percentages when they were in the starting lineup. The data is from 1920 to 2011, and a player needed to make at least 500 starts for the team to be included here. Also included is the number of times the player got hit by a pitch for that team, which is obviously a crucial piece of information.

Angels
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Vladimir Guerrero .579 (486-353) 37
2 Juan Rivera .579 (304-221) 13
3 Chone Figgins .578 (517-377) 6
4 Maicer Izturis .575 (320-237) 19
5 Howie Kendrick .562 (353-275) 31
6 Torii Hunter .545 (310-259) 20
7 Erick Aybar .544 (302-253) 25
8 Reggie Jackson .539 (337-288) 13
9 Bengie Molina .539 (360-308) 25
10 Adam Kennedy .536 (488-423) 55
A’s
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Mule Haas .678 (402-191) 9
2 Joe Boley .644 (333-184) 13
3 Mickey Cochrane .644 (713-395) 20
4 Max Bishop .625 (696-418) 28
5 Ramon Hernandez .618 (335-207) 31
6 Al Simmons .610 (760-486) 14
7 Terrence Long .608 (348-224) 6
8 Bing Miller .591 (709-491) 58
9 Scott Hatteberg .584 (312-222) 24
10 Jimmie Foxx .584 (679-484) 7
Astros
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Derek Bell .559 (369-291) 36
2 Richard Hidalgo .543 (404-340) 58
3 Brad Ausmus .542 (607-513) 38
4 Alan Ashby .538 (444-382) 7
5 Craig Reynolds .535 (460-400) 3
6 Jeff Bagwell .532 (1118-984) 128
7 Terry Puhl .528 (630-563) 26
8 Denny Walling .527 (317-285) 2
9 Lance Berkman .525 (802-727) 61
10 Luis Gonzalez .524 (348-316) 31
Blue Jays
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Rance Mulliniks .576 (480-354) 4
2 Fred McGriff .562 (308-240) 11
3 Manuel Lee .559 (344-271) 2
4 Tony Fernandez .559 (750-592) 48
5 George Bell .558 (637-505) 35
6 Jesse Barfield .549 (496-408) 27
7 Ernie Whitt .543 (534-449) 4
8 Kelly Gruber .542 (423-358) 35
9 Devon White .540 (350-298) 29
10 Pat Borders .539 (323-276) 6
Braves
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Fred McGriff .632 (397-231) 13
2 Ryan Klesko .617 (426-264) 15
3 Warren Spahn .615 (389-244) 6
4 Terry Pendleton .611 (356-227) 4
5 Javy Lopez .609 (624-401) 51
6 Rafael Furcal .604 (473-310) 12
7 Mark Lemke .595 (507-345) 0
8 Tom Glavine .595 (301-205) 2
9 David Justice .587 (464-326) 14
10 Chipper Jones .585 (1344-953) 17
Brewers
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Paul Molitor .545 (996-832) 34
2 Gorman Thomas .536 (523-453) 14
3 Ben Oglivie .528 (568-507) 24
4 Ryan Braun .528 (379-339) 37
5 Sal Bando .522 (270-247) 13
6 Rickie Weeks .521 (380-349) 95
7 J.J. Hardy .520 (276-255) 5
8 Prince Fielder .519 (497-460) 78
9 Darryl Hamilton .515 (283-267) 8
10 Corey Hart .514 (365-345) 34
Cardinals
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Johnny Hopp .668 (336-167) 10
2 Whitey Kurowski .651 (544-291) 36
3 Ray Sanders .651 (323-173) 6
4 Marty Marion .615 (896-560) 13
5 Terry Moore .593 (666-458) 16
6 Charlie Gelbert .592 (381-263) 5
7 Jimmy Brown .591 (443-306) 12
8 Frankie Frisch .587 (730-513) 18
9 Enos Slaughter .585 (1000-709) 34
10 Leo Durocher .581 (389-281) 5
Cubs
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Frank Demaree .595 (396-269) 10
2 Riggs Stephenson .589 (518-361) 25
3 Billy Jurges .582 (599-430) 29
4 Augie Galan .580 (464-336) 14
5 Kiki Cuyler .576 (526-387) 44
6 Woody English .575 (603-446) 28
7 Gabby Hartnett .573 (975-726) 34
8 Billy Herman .572 (763-571) 24
9 Charlie Grimm .571 (744-559) 18
10 Hack Wilson .570 (471-356) 17
Diamondbacks
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Tony Womack .580 (344-249) 19
2 Steve Finley .535 (420-365) 22
3 Jay Bell .528 (297-266) 19
4 Matt Williams .525 (296-268) 13
5 Craig Counsell .523 (291-265) 24
6 Luis Gonzalez .516 (605-568) 61
7 Justin Upton .498 (278-280) 30
8 Chris Snyder .494 (250-256) 19
9 Chris Young .490 (363-378) 18
10 Stephen Drew .486 (339-358) 9
Dodgers
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Roy Campanella .642 (722-403) 30
2 Pete Reiser .624 (340-205) 17
3 Jackie Robinson .623 (819-496) 72
4 Billy Cox .618 (403-249) 5
5 Pee Wee Reese .613 (1274-805) 26
6 Carl Furillo .607 (962-622) 47
7 Gil Hodges .599 (1097-733) 25
8 Duke Snider .589 (990-691) 20
9 Dolph Camilli .584 (479-341) 16
10 Davey Lopes .584 (679-484) 25
Giants
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Dave Bancroft .615 (323-202) 9
2 Ross Youngs .596 (561-380) 37
3 Frankie Frisch .590 (553-384) 13
4 Frank Snyder .586 (335-237) 6
5 Travis Jackson .584 (925-659) 10
6 George Kelly .583 (592-424) 23
7 Jose Pagan .577 (340-249) 8
8 Irish Meusel .577 (420-308) 14
9 Monte Irvin .575 (328-242) 23
10 Bill Terry .575 (903-668) 9
Indians
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 George Strickland .612 (377-239) 6
2 Al Rosen .606 (601-390) 27
3 Larry Doby .605 (688-449) 32
4 Bobby Avila .597 (652-441) 14
5 Manny Ramirez .593 (559-383) 37
6 Dale Mitchell .593 (527-362) 5
7 Jim Hegan .586 (773-547) 3
8 Joe Gordon .581 (313-226) 10
9 Al Smith .574 (348-258) 38
10 Jim Thome .569 (765-579) 42
Mariners
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Mike Cameron .613 (352-222) 31
2 John Olerud .587 (393-277) 26
3 Bret Boone .546 (431-359) 33
4 Dan Wilson .533 (615-539) 24
5 Edgar Martinez .516 (1009-948) 89
6 Alex Rodriguez .512 (399-380) 31
7 Jay Buhner .491 (671-696) 53
8 Ken Griffey .491 (804-835) 48
9 Ichiro Suzuki .488 (846-887) 47
10 Richie Sexson .472 (238-266) 15
Marlins
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Hanley Ramirez .504 (418-411) 37
2 Miguel Cabrera .501 (358-357) 25
3 Mike Lowell .500 (469-469) 39
4 Luis Castillo .496 (542-551) 8
5 Dan Uggla .495 (380-387) 39
6 Alex Gonzalez .486 (418-442) 51
7 Charles Johnson .480 (269-292) 13
8 Jeff Conine .475 (421-465) 18
9 Derrek Lee .459 (345-406) 37
10 Gary Sheffield .455 (247-296) 43
Mets
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Gary Carter .611 (351-223) 20
2 Keith Hernandez .590 (493-343) 16
3 Darryl Strawberry .581 (618-446) 26
4 Wally Backman .572 (340-254) 3
5 Kevin McReynolds .548 (416-343) 9
6 Howard Johnson .538 (574-492) 13
7 Carlos Beltran .535 (438-380) 13
8 Tommie Agee .534 (318-277) 15
9 Edgardo Alfonzo .534 (527-460) 29
10 Dave Magadan .529 (286-255) 7
Nationals
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Moises Alou .560 (304-239) 19
2 Marquis Grissom .560 (357-281) 10
3 Darrin Fletcher .555 (288-231) 26
4 Mike Lansing .540 (354-301) 30
5 Larry Walker .535 (336-292) 27
6 Wil Cordero .535 (302-263) 29
7 Chris Speier .526 (441-397) 8
8 Hubie Brooks .525 (330-299) 13
9 Warren Cromartie .522 (508-465) 18
10 Andres Galarraga .518 (440-409) 52
Orioles
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Don Buford .636 (372-213) 28
2 Gary Roenicke .614 (354-223) 38
3 Doug DeCinces .608 (491-317) 14
4 Frank Robinson .606 (477-310) 58
5 Andy Etchebarren .592 (365-252) 27
6 Mark Belanger .591 (993-686) 42
7 Davey Johnson .588 (561-393) 22
8 Ken Singleton .586 (822-581) 10
9 Boog Powell .585 (943-668) 28
10 Rich Dauer .578 (603-440) 14
Padres
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Ken Caminiti .545 (296-247) 12
2 Steve Finley .535 (302-262) 13
3 Carmelo Martinez .510 (319-307) 11
4 Steve Garvey .505 (292-286) 9
5 Garry Templeton .501 (600-597) 5
6 Khalil Greene .498 (318-321) 32
7 Adrian Gonzalez .494 (386-396) 20
8 Brian Giles .493 (403-415) 20
9 Tim Flannery .492 (306-316) 32
10 Benito Santiago .492 (364-376) 14
Phillies
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Carlos Ruiz .600 (320-213) 30
2 Shane Victorino .598 (442-297) 50
3 Placido Polanco .579 (330-240) 37
4 Ryan Howard .574 (565-419) 40
5 Chase Utley .566 (594-455) 139
6 Bake McBride .565 (283-218) 17
7 Garry Maddox .549 (642-527) 22
8 Jimmy Rollins .548 (878-723) 36
9 Pete Rose .544 (383-321) 20
10 Eddie Waitkus .537 (304-262) 4
Pirates
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Glenn Wright .594 (391-267) 2
2 Kiki Cuyler .586 (292-206) 33
3 Rabbit Maranville .578 (346-253) 6
4 George Grantham .573 (488-364) 19
5 Clyde Barnhart .568 (378-287) 7
6 Max Carey .568 (528-402) 73
7 Frank Taveras .567 (384-293) 19
8 Al Oliver .566 (701-537) 61
9 Jose Lind .565 (415-319) 6
10 Rennie Stennett .565 (538-415) 13
Rangers
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Bump Wills .529 (360-320) 12
2 Mark McLemore .529 (326-290) 7
3 Ian Kinsler .525 (402-363) 39
4 Julio Franco .521 (320-294) 7
5 Will Clark .515 (308-290) 18
6 Ivan Rodriguez .514 (739-700) 39
7 Al Oliver .510 (261-251) 13
8 Rusty Greer .507 (493-480) 22
9 Michael Young .505 (833-815) 20
10 Dean Palmer .505 (371-363) 27
Rays
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Evan Longoria .562 (312-243) 25
2 Carlos Pena .531 (288-254) 38
3 B.J. Upton .527 (419-376) 17
4 Ben Zobrist .518 (289-269) 10
5 Carl Crawford .472 (563-630) 32
6 Toby Hall .428 (236-316) 23
7 Fred McGriff .405 (224-329) 3
8 Aubrey Huff .394 (308-474) 21
Red Sox
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Johnny Pesky .612 (608-386) 23
2 Vern Stephens .602 (375-248) 3
3 Jason Varitek .601 (829-550) 61
4 Johnny Damon .590 (344-239) 12
5 Dom DiMaggio .590 (802-558) 31
6 J.D. Drew .589 (325-227) 14
7 David Ortiz .579 (719-522) 23
8 Bobby Doerr .579 (1055-766) 11
9 Butch Hobson .578 (355-259) 4
10 Kevin Youkilis .575 (489-361) 68
Reds
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Cesar Geronimo .605 (514-335) 28
2 Joe Morgan .605 (664-434) 22
3 Bobby Tolan .604 (337-221) 32
4 Ken Griffey .593 (607-416) 8
5 George Foster .584 (665-473) 38
6 Johnny Bench .575 (1150-849) 19
7 Tony Perez .575 (1000-740) 34
8 Lonny Frey .574 (514-381) 13
9 Harry Craft .572 (306-229) 10
10 Pete Rose .568 (1510-1150) 86
Rockies
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Troy Tulowitzki .520 (356-329) 24
2 Clint Barmes .502 (287-285) 35
3 Andres Galarraga .498 (333-336) 61
4 Larry Walker .489 (528-552) 98
5 Brad Hawpe .488 (353-370) 12
6 Eric Young .485 (247-262) 37
7 Dante Bichette .485 (475-505) 27
8 Vinny Castilla .483 (502-538) 33
9 Matt Holliday .476 (324-357) 46
10 Todd Helton .474 (932-1035) 56
Royals
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Darrell Porter .575 (307-227) 13
2 Al Cowens .554 (390-314) 25
3 Freddie Patek .548 (660-544) 27
4 John Wathan .548 (356-294) 14
5 Frank White .547 (1179-975) 30
6 George Brett .540 (1437-1224) 33
7 John Mayberry .539 (465-398) 24
8 Danny Tartabull .537 (342-295) 11
9 Hal McRae .535 (897-780) 74
10 Amos Otis .533 (974-855) 32
Tigers
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Darrell Evans .578 (370-270) 5
2 Hank Greenberg .574 (716-532) 12
3 Pete Fox .570 (522-394) 19
4 Birdie Tebbetts .568 (323-246) 6
5 Dick Wakefield .560 (304-239) 3
6 Dick McAuliffe .552 (854-694) 32
7 George Kell .550 (449-368) 16
8 Tom Brookens .549 (544-446) 14
9 Eddie Mayo .549 (300-246) 7
10 Chet Lemon .549 (615-506) 87
Twins
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Joe Cronin .572 (531-398) 16
2 Heinie Manush .564 (428-331) 20
3 Rich Rollins .562 (424-331) 34
4 Ossie Bluege .555 (962-770) 71
5 Goose Goslin .553 (712-576) 42
6 Luis Rivas .548 (285-235) 17
7 Muddy Ruel .545 (450-376) 25
8 Joe Mauer .543 (475-399) 15
9 Jacque Jones .542 (474-400) 28
10 Roger Peckinpaugh .542 (335-283) 4
White Sox
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Jim Rivera .580 (455-329) 21
2 Sherm Lollar .572 (657-492) 101
3 Jim Landis .568 (537-409) 53
4 Don Buford .564 (311-240) 13
5 Minnie Minoso .563 (742-576) 145
6 Ron Hansen .559 (390-308) 10
7 Floyd Robinson .557 (428-340) 26
8 Al Smith .555 (370-297) 21
9 Nellie Fox .553 (1143-924) 125
10 Pete Ward .549 (435-357) 40
Yankees
Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Tommy Henrich .643 (745-413) 34
2 Joe Gordon .642 (633-353) 19
3 Red Rolfe .641 (716-401) 10
4 Joe DiMaggio .641 (1091-612) 46
5 Phil Rizzuto .636 (991-566) 49
6 Frankie Crosetti .634 (1004-579) 114
7 Joe Collins .634 (357-206) 4
8 Bill Dickey .634 (1022-591) 31
9 George Selkirk .633 (467-271) 23
10 Gene Woodling .632 (374-218) 6

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5 Responses to “win percentages for position players”

  1. Devon Young says:

    Wow, why isn’t Gil Hodges in Cooperstown? He has twice as many wins as Cy Young! haha!

    Seriously though, this is quite interesting. Can you put together a list of the top 10 all-time? Seeing Brett & Rose have played in over 1400 W’s for a single team makes me wonder about people like A-Rod, Rickey Henderson, & Reggie Jackson, who played for multiple teams.

  2. pbr says:

    Yes, yes I can. I can post that a little later.

    What I should really do is run the position players like pitchers so they have to stay in the game through 5 innings and leave with the lead to get the win – but I don’t quite have the data to support that. Then we could have position saves for 9th inning defensive replacements.

  3. groganrules says:

    What I want to see is players winning percentages compared to that of their teams while they were on the roster. The numbers would probably be very close together, but it would be interesting to see who had the most positive and negative effects on their team… And maybe someone would be have a really noteworthy effect.

  4. pbr says:

    yes, I was thinking of that as well. I can do it for the team by team list, but I’d have to go by full years for the team win percentages – so the big differences will be for players who had partial seasons due to injuries, or players with a couple of early years of up and down transition from the minors or trades. It would get a little weird if I do that with total careers because players who change team mid-season would end up getting the full year wins and losses for each team they played for.
    Also on deck, win percentages by opposing team.

  5. Nivra says:

    This seems prone to 3rd factor correlation effects due to the managerial tendency to sit a bunch of starters at once and play 2nd stringers for games like day games after night, or double-headers.

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