Baseball Player Won-Lost Records: The Ultimate Baseball Statistic

By Tom Thress

This article was published in the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal.

What's the most accurate measure of a player's value? Here, author Tom Thress makes his case for Player Won-Lost records, a statistic of his own creation. In the Fall 2012 Baseball Research Journal, I authored an article entitled “Beyond Player Win Average: Compiling Player Won-Lost Records” in which I introduced my attempt to measure player value, Player Won-Lost records. I calculate Player wins and losses two ways. I begin by calculating pWins, which are tied directly to team wins, by construction—the players on a team earn two pWins and . . .

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