2014 MLB Hall of Fame

A nice summary of 2014 MLB Hall of Fame voting can be seen at baseball-reference.  Greg Maddux tops the list and he scores very high in this data model with a +134 WAA for his career making him close to the top ten baseball players of all time.  Maddux isn’t listed in the top bar   list because it was made awhile ago and isn’t entirely accurate since I found a few bugs in the code generating it.  A more thorough set of pages and ranking tables will come sometime this Spring after I write better code to rifle through the model.  But I digress…

Greg Maddux has had a career page on the side bar from the beginning when I assembled the MLB greats.  There is no reason to repeat his table here.

Note:  Even though pitchers bat and usually put up negative or below average numbers I do not count that against them when tabulating their career numbers.  Greg Maddux went –26 WAA as a batter for his career.  Even subtracting his batter numbers he still scores above 100 WAA.  I chose not to count batting against pitchers since the model doesn’t count pitching against batters.

Frank Thomas  got in with +87.5 WAA.   My sidebar MLB Greats list was for players with greater than +100 WAA but I made an exception for Frank Thomas because he’s a White Sox and I’m from Chicago and grew up watching him play.  In comparison, Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, had a +79.2 WAA for his career.  The sidebar committee also made an exception with him because he’s Chicago’s north side greatest.  The purpose of these career tables is to put the WAA rating system into perspective since the same mathematics used to calculate the careers of baseball’s greats are used to calculate every player down to the worst player in A ball.

Since Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux careers have already been enshrined in the sidebar for awhile I’ll post Tom Glavine’s career numbers below.

Tom Glavine HOF 2014

Year WAA IP ERA G W L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
1987 -1.5 50.3 5.54 9 2 4 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1988 -3.9 195.3 4.56 34 7 17 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1989 0.2 186.0 3.68 29 14 8 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1990 -2.0 214.3 4.28 33 10 12 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1991 8.2 246.7 2.55 34 20 11 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1992 5.3 225.0 2.76 33 20 8 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1993 5.7 239.3 3.20 36 22 6 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1994 2.1 165.3 3.97 25 13 9 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1995 6.6 198.7 3.08 29 16 7 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1996 9.0 235.3 2.98 36 15 10 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1997 8.0 240.0 2.96 33 14 7 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1998 11.1 229.3 2.47 33 20 6 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
1999 2.8 234.0 4.12 35 14 11 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
2000 8.1 241.0 3.40 35 21 9 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
2001 4.5 219.3 3.57 35 16 7 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
2002 6.8 224.7 2.96 36 18 11 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH
2003 -0.1 183.3 4.52 32 9 14 Tom_Glavine_NYN PITCH
2004 4.4 212.3 3.60 33 11 14 Tom_Glavine_NYN PITCH
2005 4.0 211.3 3.53 33 13 13 Tom_Glavine_NYN PITCH
2006 3.1 198.0 3.82 32 15 7 Tom_Glavine_NYN PITCH
2007 0.0 200.3 4.45 34 13 8 Tom_Glavine_NYN PITCH
2008 -1.9 63.3 5.54 13 2 4 Tom_Glavine_ATL PITCH

Career WAA Value = 80.6

Congratulations to the above three 2014 MLB Hall of Fame inductees.  They all represented baseball’s greatest in MLB history, not only according to the whims of sport writers who voted for them but also mathematically according to this data model.