Biographical

Portrait of Chuck Knoblauch

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
12 7385 .289 .378 .406 .277 30
Birth Date7-7-1968
Height5' 9"
Weight175 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1991 MIN 22 151 634 565 78 159 24 6 1 198 59 40 4 5 1 50 25 5 .281 .351 .350 .256 15.0 7.5 2.4
1992 MIN 23 155 707 600 104 178 19 6 2 215 88 60 5 12 2 56 34 13 .297 .384 .358 .286 45.0 -13.4 3.5
1993 MIN 24 153 685 602 82 167 27 4 2 208 65 44 9 5 4 41 29 11 .277 .354 .346 .258 20.9 -13.6 0.7
1994 MIN 25 109 499 445 85 139 45 3 5 205 41 56 10 3 0 51 35 6 .312 .381 .461 .279 28.5 -16.5 1.2
1995 MIN 26 136 629 538 107 179 34 8 11 262 78 95 10 3 0 63 46 18 .333 .424 .487 .309 47.3 -18.9 2.8
1996 MIN 27 153 701 578 140 197 35 14 13 299 98 74 19 6 0 72 45 14 .341 .448 .517 .328 79.1 -5.5 7.0
1997 MIN 28 156 716 611 117 178 26 10 9 251 84 84 17 4 0 58 62 10 .291 .390 .411 .282 46.0 -8.8 3.7
1998 NYA 29 150 706 603 117 160 25 4 17 244 76 70 18 7 2 64 31 12 .265 .361 .405 .274 28.0 5.0 3.2
1999 NYA 30 150 715 603 120 176 36 4 18 274 83 57 21 5 3 68 28 9 .292 .393 .454 .289 46.2 4.2 4.7
2000 NYA 31 102 457 400 75 113 22 2 5 154 46 45 8 2 1 26 15 7 .282 .366 .385 .258 12.1 -3.3 0.8
2001 NYA 32 137 600 521 66 130 20 3 9 183 58 73 14 2 5 44 38 9 .250 .339 .351 .251 11.8 -2.3 0.9
2002 KCA 33 80 336 300 41 63 9 0 6 90 28 32 4 2 2 22 19 3 .210 .284 .300 .212 -9.5 0.3 -0.9
Career16327385636611321839322649825838047301395620615407117.289.378.406.277370.3-65.230.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1989 KEN A 51 231 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 VIS A+ 18 86 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .418 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 ORL AA 118 509 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .307 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 MIN MLB 151 634 .256 .259 .327 .392 .265 .299 105 -2.3 17.2 -0.8 7.5 3.7 15.0 2.4 15.0 2.4
1992 MIN MLB 155 707 .286 .259 .325 .383 .264 .320 101 17.7 18.3 -0.9 -13.4 5.8 45.0 3.5 45.0 3.5
1993 MIN MLB 153 685 .258 .266 .334 .407 .262 .294 100 -1.7 19.7 -0.8 -13.6 5.3 20.9 0.7 20.9 0.7
1994 MIN MLB 109 499 .279 .272 .340 .430 .264 .346 103 10.6 15.2 -0.7 -16.5 4.9 28.5 1.2 28.5 1.2
1995 MIN MLB 136 629 .309 .267 .340 .419 .264 .386 104 34.4 18.8 -0.8 -18.9 -0.7 47.3 2.8 47.3 2.8
1996 MIN MLB 153 701 .328 .277 .348 .443 .269 .370 103 54.8 21.7 -1.1 -5.5 5.5 79.1 7.0 79.1 7.0
1997 MIN MLB 156 716 .282 .272 .339 .427 .265 .324 97 17.3 19.7 -1 -8.8 11.9 46.0 3.7 46.0 3.7
1998 NYA MLB 150 706 .274 .272 .338 .436 .268 .273 95 10.7 19.2 -1.1 5.0 2.4 28.0 3.2 28.0 3.2
1999 NYA MLB 150 715 .289 .275 .343 .444 .264 .296 97 24.5 20.0 -1 4.2 4.7 46.2 4.7 46.2 4.7
2000 NYA MLB 102 457 .258 .274 .341 .440 .262 .307 92 -1.1 12.9 -2.4 -3.3 1.9 12.1 0.8 12.1 0.8
2000 TAM A+ 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 NYA MLB 137 600 .251 .265 .329 .421 .260 .274 95 -6 16.4 -5.6 -2.3 7.1 11.8 0.9 11.8 0.9
2002 KCA MLB 80 336 .212 .264 .328 .421 .263 .216 106 -17.2 9.0 -2.4 0.3 2.3 -9.5 -0.9 -9.5 -0.9
2002 WIC AA 5 22 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .417 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1989 KEN A 231 29 56 13 1 2 19 32 23 9 7 .286 .387 .393 .107 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 VIS A+ 86 20 28 10 0 0 21 6 11 4 0 .364 .412 .494 .130 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 ORL AA 509 74 125 23 6 2 53 63 31 23 7 .289 .389 .384 .095 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 MIN MLB 634 78 159 24 6 1 50 59 40 25 5 .281 .351 .350 .069 .256 15.0 7.5 2.4
1992 MIN MLB 707 104 178 19 6 2 56 88 60 34 13 .297 .384 .358 .062 .286 45.0 -13.4 3.5
1993 MIN MLB 685 82 167 27 4 2 41 65 44 29 11 .277 .354 .346 .068 .258 20.9 -13.6 0.7
1994 MIN MLB 499 85 139 45 3 5 51 41 56 35 6 .312 .381 .461 .148 .279 28.5 -16.5 1.2
1995 MIN MLB 629 107 179 34 8 11 63 78 95 46 18 .333 .424 .487 .154 .309 47.3 -18.9 2.8
1996 MIN MLB 701 140 197 35 14 13 72 98 74 45 14 .341 .448 .517 .176 .328 79.1 -5.5 7.0
1997 MIN MLB 716 117 178 26 10 9 58 84 84 62 10 .291 .390 .411 .119 .282 46.0 -8.8 3.7
1998 NYA MLB 706 117 160 25 4 17 64 76 70 31 12 .265 .361 .405 .139 .274 28.0 5.0 3.2
1999 NYA MLB 715 120 176 36 4 18 68 83 57 28 9 .292 .393 .454 .163 .289 46.2 4.2 4.7
2000 TAM A+ 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 NYA MLB 457 75 113 22 2 5 26 46 45 15 7 .282 .366 .385 .102 .258 12.1 -3.3 0.8
2001 NYA MLB 600 66 130 20 3 9 44 58 73 38 9 .250 .339 .351 .102 .251 11.8 -2.3 0.9
2002 KCA MLB 336 41 63 9 0 6 22 28 32 19 3 .210 .284 .300 .090 .212 -9.5 0.3 -0.9
2002 WIC AA 22 3 5 2 0 0 0 6 4 1 0 .312 .500 .438 .125 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2002-06-06 2002-07-20 15-DL 44 39 Left Forearm Strain -
2000-08-03 2000-09-01 15-DL 29 28 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2002 KCA $2,000,000
2001 NYA $6,000,000
2000 NYA $6,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$14,000,000
3 yrTotal$14,000,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
Alan Hendricks1 yr/$2M (02)+incts

Details
  • signed as a free agent from NYY 12/01, due $18M in deferred pymts from NYY

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2003 That experiment didn’t go very well. Knoblauch missed playing time with a sore right leg, a strained left elbow, a strained rib cage, and a sprained big toe. In between, he hit with less authority than Tom Ridge. Another example of the Kevin McReynolds Principle: never acquire a non–Hall-of-Fame hitter in his early 30s. No longer worth the roster spot, except as a pinch-runner and as someone who can lean into a curveball and pick up a cheap hit-by-pitch when you need it.
2002 Wow. Three years from "Legitimate MVP Candidate" to "Not Worth a Roster Spot." He didn't get back on the bike at second base and instead went out to left field, where he just doesn't have the bat to help a club. The rumor is that Knoblauch and the Yankees had a handshake deal on a contract extension, but he's not going to be back in the Bronx. He can be valuable as a pinch hitter, fourth outfielder, and pinch runner at this point, and that's all.
2001 The pivotal decision for the Yankees heading into 2001 is whether they continue to keep Chuck Knoblauch at second base or put Jimenez there while making Knoblauch the DH. Neither option is particularly vibrant: Knoblauch won't hit enough to be a good DH, but playing him at second base sets up a potential circus. Anywhere he plays, he's going to be overpriced. It's a shame his career has gone this way, because Knoblauch was a superior second baseman from 1992-96.
2000 Knoblauch arrested his offensive decline just in time to be the defensive story of the year. He made 14 throwing errors, most on routine plays. He is flipping the ball as opposed to throwing it hard, a problem to which second basemen are occasionally prone. For all the talk about his mental state, the problem is mechanical, and I expect it to have disappeared by the time people are paying attention again. He’s a second baseman with a ton of mileage on him; if the Yankees can find someone to take him so they can make room for Jimenez, they need to jump at the chance, no matter what they get in return.
1999 There's no nice way to say this: like Roberto Alomar, he appears to be into his decline phase, and is unlikely to see the heights of 1994-96 again. I don't think he'll continue to lose 20 points of EQA a year, either, but at $6 million per through at least 2002, he's unlikely to be worth the money. I would have let him demand a trade and test the market. He might have come back anyway and saved the team a contract extension.
1998 Drop in production is ominous. If his frustration over the Twins’ performance affected his play, he could flourish in a new environment. If he is showing the wear and tear of 1,000 games at second base, though, we may have already seen his best. Won his first Gold Glove, although the numbers don’t show that he was any better than in the years when he didn’t win an award. Didn’t spit on any umpires; perhaps that’s the explanation.
1997 Just when Knoblauch had gotten to the point where you might say he was the best player in the American League, Alex Rodriguez arrives to stay. There are some warning signs for Knoblauch: second base is always a tough position to stay healthy at and he was pelted with19 pitches last year. Few players can endure the running, baserunners breaking up the double play, and the rest of the punishment, while putting up numbers as good as these. On the other hand, the Twins were in a situation where failure to re-sign Knoblauch would signal that they weren’t serious about their future after Puckett’s retirement.
1996  He's probably the best second baseman in the game today, but he lacks the Alomar media machine. He's started hitting in an extreme, Rickey Henderson-style crouch, and its driven his walk totals and his power up.

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Notes About Baseball, 7/22: Feel-Good CoreyRocco DeMaro2014-07-22
Baseball ProGUESTus: What Happened to the Twins?Elliot Mann2013-12-10
The Lineup Card: Eight World Series Teams that Faded Quickly Baseball Prospectus2013-08-01
Baseball ProGUESTus: How the Twins Can Fulfill Their PotentialParker Hageman2013-07-09
BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Minnesota TwinsMike Ferrin2013-02-25
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Baseball ProGUESTus: Breaking Up with BaseballBen Cohen2012-07-17
In A Pickle: The War For the BallfieldsJason Wojciechowski2012-06-21
Future Shock Blog: Draft Day Dream CrushingKevin Goldstein2012-06-04
Prospectus Hit and Run: Pudge RetiresJay Jaffe2012-04-20
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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Heavyweight InfieldJay Jaffe2012-01-27
Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in MotionJonathan Bernhardt2012-01-13
Internet Baseball Awards: American LeagueGreg Spira2011-11-18
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The BP Broadside: Heyward You Show the Braves the Way to the Playoffs?Steven Goldman2011-09-01
Divide and Conquer, NL West: We Did Everything We Needed to Do, and Then We Didn'tGeoff Young2011-05-17
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World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic MemoriesBaseball Prospectus2010-10-27
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Playoff Diary: ALCS Game Three: Rays versus Red SoxDavid Laurila2008-10-15
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From The Mailbag: Baseball ProspectusBaseball Prospectus2002-09-24
Transaction Analysis: September 4-10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-09-12
Transaction Analysis: August 8-11, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-08-14
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Internet Baseball Awards: Player of the YearBaseball Prospectus2000-11-03
1999 Internet Baseball Awards Results: Your ballots have been counted, and the results are inGreg Spira1999-11-20
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)my prediction: Goose in. Rice misses by an extremely small margin. Much, much bleating commences over the voters who submitted blanks to protest roids users, thus depriving the "deserving" pre-roids slugger.
(TomH from Lexington Park MD)
The Goose is Loose! He gets 85.8 percent, and he's the only one who gets in on this ballot.

Rice falls just shy at 72.2 percent, setting him up for a 15th-year push.

Raines 24.3 percent. Oh is that ugly.

Player Total Votes Percentage Rich Gossage 466 85.8% Jim Rice 392 72.2% Andre Dawson 358 65.9% Bert Blyleven 336 61.9% Lee Smith 235 43.3% Jack Morris 233 42.9% Tommy John 158 29.1% Tim Raines 132 24.3% Mark McGwire 128 23.6% Alan Trammell 99 18.2% Dave Concepcion 88 16.2% Don Mattingly 86 15.8% Dave Parker 82 15.1% Dale Murphy 75 13.8% Harold Baines 28 5.2% Rod Beck 2 0.4% Travis Fryman 2 0.4% Robb Nen 2 0.4% Shawon Dunston 1 0.2% Chuck Finley 1 0.2% David Justice 1 0.2% Chuck Knoblauch 1 0.2% Todd Stottlemyre 1 0.2%
Jose Rijo 0 0% Brady Anderson 0 0% (Jay Jaffe)


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