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Robin Ventura 3BWhite Sox

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
16 8271 .267 .362 .444 .281 49.2
Birth Date7-14-1967
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
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
1989 CHA 21 16 58 45 5 8 3 0 0 11 8 6 1 3 1 7 0 0 .178 .298 .244 .234 -2.4 0.5 -0.2
1990 CHA 22 150 565 493 48 123 17 1 5 157 55 53 1 3 13 54 1 4 .249 .324 .318 .246 10.8 1.9 1.4
1991 CHA 23 157 705 606 92 172 25 1 23 268 80 67 4 7 8 100 2 4 .284 .367 .442 .291 40.4 0.7 4.3
1992 CHA 24 157 694 592 85 167 38 1 16 255 93 71 0 8 1 93 2 4 .282 .375 .431 .294 38.2 16.2 6.0
1993 CHA 25 157 669 554 85 145 27 1 22 240 105 82 3 6 1 94 1 6 .262 .379 .433 .283 36.9 -1.3 3.6
1994 CHA 26 109 474 401 57 113 15 1 18 184 61 69 2 8 2 78 3 1 .282 .373 .459 .290 28.9 1.9 3.0
1995 CHA 27 135 577 492 79 145 22 0 26 245 75 98 1 8 1 93 4 3 .295 .384 .498 .301 40.2 -10.3 2.9
1996 CHA 28 158 674 586 96 168 31 2 34 305 78 81 2 8 0 105 1 3 .287 .368 .520 .296 52.5 -5.6 4.5
1997 CHA 29 54 220 183 27 48 10 1 6 78 34 21 0 3 0 26 0 0 .262 .373 .426 .292 14.9 3.2 1.8
1998 CHA 30 161 674 590 84 155 31 4 21 257 79 111 1 3 1 91 1 1 .263 .349 .436 .267 20.6 10.4 3.0
1999 NYN 31 161 671 588 88 177 38 0 32 311 74 109 3 5 1 120 1 1 .301 .379 .529 .295 55.0 15.4 6.6
2000 NYN 32 141 551 469 61 109 23 1 24 206 75 91 2 4 1 84 3 5 .232 .338 .439 .261 23.5 4.2 2.6
2001 NYN 33 142 549 456 70 108 20 0 21 191 88 101 1 4 0 61 2 5 .237 .359 .419 .279 27.4 7.9 3.5
2002 NYA 34 141 562 465 68 115 17 0 27 213 90 101 2 5 0 93 3 1 .247 .368 .458 .286 36.3 7.4 4.4
2003 LAN 35 49 127 109 11 24 5 1 5 46 18 25 0 0 0 13 0 0 .220 .331 .422 .285 4.1 -0.5 0.4
2003 NYA 35 89 326 283 31 71 13 0 9 111 40 62 0 0 3 42 0 0 .251 .344 .392 .252 6.9 3.0 1.0
2004 LAN 36 102 175 152 19 37 3 0 5 55 22 31 0 1 0 28 0 0 .243 .337 .362 .251 5.8 0.1 0.6
Career207982717064100618853381429431331075117923763311822438.267.362.444.281439.954.849.2

Advanced

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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 CHA MLB 16 58 .234 .251 .315 .364 .253 .190 98 -1.5 1.5 0.2 0.5 -0.8 -2.4 -0.2 -2.4 -0.2
1989 BIR AA 129 563 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 CHA MLB 150 565 .246 .262 .327 .393 .265 .269 98 -7.9 15.2 2 1.9 -3.1 10.8 1.4 10.8 1.4
1991 CHA MLB 157 705 .291 .262 .328 .397 .267 .285 102 21.5 19.1 1.7 0.7 -4.7 40.4 4.3 40.4 4.3
1992 CHA MLB 157 694 .294 .262 .329 .389 .267 .294 98 22.8 18.0 2.4 16.2 -5.0 38.2 6.0 38.2 6.0
1993 CHA MLB 157 669 .283 .265 .334 .408 .263 .270 98 16.2 19.2 2.6 -1.3 -2.8 36.9 3.6 36.9 3.6
1994 CHA MLB 109 474 .290 .277 .346 .441 .269 .295 98 16 14.4 1.9 1.9 -2.5 28.9 3.0 28.9 3.0
1995 CHA MLB 135 577 .301 .273 .344 .430 .268 .316 99 26.4 17.3 1.1 -10.3 -3.7 40.2 2.9 40.2 2.9
1996 CHA MLB 158 674 .296 .275 .348 .438 .267 .280 96 27.9 20.8 2.2 -5.6 0.5 52.5 4.5 52.5 4.5
1997 CHA MLB 54 220 .292 .270 .337 .426 .262 .264 96 7.7 6.1 0.9 3.2 -1.0 14.9 1.8 14.9 1.8
1997 BIR AA 0 18 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .267 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NAS AAA 0 17 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CHA MLB 161 674 .267 .270 .336 .429 .264 .291 100 4.9 18.3 2.8 10.4 -5.6 20.6 3.0 20.6 3.0
1999 NYN MLB 161 671 .295 .270 .338 .429 .259 .321 97 27.9 18.2 2.9 15.4 -0.4 55.0 6.6 55.0 6.6
2000 NYN MLB 141 551 .261 .264 .338 .428 .258 .237 95 0.8 15.2 2.4 4.2 -1.2 23.5 2.6 23.5 2.6
2001 NYN MLB 142 549 .279 .263 .331 .422 .262 .257 93 11.6 14.8 2.2 7.9 -2.7 27.4 3.5 27.4 3.5
2002 NYA MLB 141 562 .286 .267 .334 .428 .266 .257 97 15.3 15.0 2 7.4 -0.5 36.3 4.4 36.3 4.4
2003 LAN MLB 49 127 .285 .251 .318 .399 .250 .241 90 3.5 3.3 -2.1 -0.5 -1.1 4.1 0.4 4.1 0.4
2003 NYA MLB 89 326 .252 .267 .333 .431 .263 .292 99 -2.9 8.9 1.1 3.0 -1.8 6.9 1.0 6.9 1.0
2004 LAN MLB 102 175 .251 .255 .326 .408 .256 .274 94 -1.7 5.2 -1.5 0.1 0.1 5.6 0.6 5.8 0.6

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 CHA MLB 58 5 8 3 0 0 7 8 6 0 0 .178 .298 .244 .067 .234 -2.4 0.5 -0.2
1989 BIR AA 563 75 126 25 2 3 67 93 51 9 7 .278 .404 .361 .084 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 CHA MLB 565 48 123 17 1 5 54 55 53 1 4 .249 .324 .318 .069 .246 10.8 1.9 1.4
1991 CHA MLB 705 92 172 25 1 23 100 80 67 2 4 .284 .367 .442 .158 .291 40.4 0.7 4.3
1992 CHA MLB 694 85 167 38 1 16 93 93 71 2 4 .282 .375 .431 .149 .294 38.2 16.2 6.0
1993 CHA MLB 669 85 145 27 1 22 94 105 82 1 6 .262 .379 .433 .171 .283 36.9 -1.3 3.6
1994 CHA MLB 474 57 113 15 1 18 78 61 69 3 1 .282 .373 .459 .177 .290 28.9 1.9 3.0
1995 CHA MLB 577 79 145 22 0 26 93 75 98 4 3 .295 .384 .498 .203 .301 40.2 -10.3 2.9
1996 CHA MLB 674 96 168 31 2 34 105 78 81 1 3 .287 .368 .520 .234 .296 52.5 -5.6 4.5
1997 NAS AAA 17 3 6 1 0 2 5 2 1 0 1 .400 .471 .867 .467 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BIR AA 18 3 5 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 .294 .333 .529 .235 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 CHA MLB 220 27 48 10 1 6 26 34 21 0 0 .262 .373 .426 .164 .292 14.9 3.2 1.8
1998 CHA MLB 674 84 155 31 4 21 91 79 111 1 1 .263 .349 .436 .173 .267 20.6 10.4 3.0
1999 NYN MLB 671 88 177 38 0 32 120 74 109 1 1 .301 .379 .529 .228 .295 55.0 15.4 6.6
2000 NYN MLB 551 61 109 23 1 24 84 75 91 3 5 .232 .338 .439 .207 .261 23.5 4.2 2.6
2001 NYN MLB 549 70 108 20 0 21 61 88 101 2 5 .237 .359 .419 .182 .279 27.4 7.9 3.5
2002 NYA MLB 562 68 115 17 0 27 93 90 101 3 1 .247 .368 .458 .211 .286 36.3 7.4 4.4
2003 NYA MLB 326 31 71 13 0 9 42 40 62 0 0 .251 .344 .392 .141 .252 6.9 3.0 1.0
2003 LAN MLB 127 11 24 5 1 5 13 18 25 0 0 .220 .331 .422 .202 .285 4.1 -0.5 0.4
2004 LAN MLB 175 19 37 3 0 5 28 22 31 0 0 .243 .337 .362 .118 .251 5.8 0.1 0.6

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
2000-07-14 2000-07-29 15-DL 15 14 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff - -
1997-03-22 1997-07-24 15-DL 124 99 Right Ankle Surgery Fracture and Ligament 1997-03-21 -
1997-03-21 1997-04-01 Camp 11 0 Right Ankle Surgery Fracture and Ligament 1997-03-21 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 LAN $1,200,000
2003 LAN $5,000,000
2003 NYA $5,000,000
2002 NYA $8,500,000
2001 NYN $8,500,000
2000 NYN $8,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$36,200,000
5 yrTotal$36,200,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 22 dJohn Boggs

Details
  • retired 10/04 1 year/$1.2M (04) $1.25M in bonuses ($0.2M for 250, 350 plate appearances, $0.25M 450 plate appearances, $0.3M 500, 550 plate appearances)
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/03
  • acquired in trade from LA 7/03 re-signed 12/02 1 year/$5M (03)
  • 4 year/$32M (99-02)
  • 02:$8.25M acquired in trade from NYM 12/01

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-09-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like in the American League's Central Division?
(Ida from Pasadena, CA)
Thanks for leading us off, Ida. I like the Tigers in the AL Central, as I believe the schedule favors them. I have known Robin Ventura for nearly 25 years and root like heck for him, and have a lot of friends from my White Sox days, but they stopped hitting about 10 days ago and it's tough to recoup against the Rays' staff. Tampa Bay is a tough opponent for anyone right now. (Dan Evans)
2012-09-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why do owners/GM's repeatedly recycle established boneheads like myself, Jim Tracy, Clint Hurdle, Bobby Valentine, et. al., instead of giving the Venturas & Mathenys of the world more opportunities? Thanks, Dan!
(Scrap Iron from On queue for Hurdle's job)
Scrap Iron, that's a good question. Sometimes unheralded or inexperienced people fail to get opportunities because the scope of the GM or owner is not broad enough to make their candidate list. I have found that some really terrific people are there if you are thinking about candidates ALL of the time. There is nothing wrong with a guy who's done it before, because there are different reasons why people get fired in one situation and thrive in another. Robin Ventura was a great hire by the White Sox, and his demeanor during last night's post-game presser was amazing for a first-timer, in fact it was text book. Some people are born to lead, and you have to keep your eyes open for them all the time. It is such a tough job, but there are so many different ways to do it. (Dan Evans)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Closer (or I should say, "Potential" closer) question here: Is De Los Santos eventually the guy in Oakland and when do you see Reed closing in Chicago?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
In terms of who they have now, yeah, I think de los Santos is the long-term guy. It might be Balfour to start this year, but DLS was once a great SP prospect - path derailed by injuries - and he has terrific stuff. Reed could be the favorite to close as soon as this April in Chicago. Robin Ventura is a big a wild card as they get - a manager with no prior coaching experience at all - so we'll have to listen closely. (Derek Carty)
2011-11-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Same leadoff Q as for Derek yesterday: what's your take on the Matheny managerial signing? (Incidentally, are we ever going to get a full-blown Transaction Analysis on this one? I'm really surprised not to have seen that. Or did I miss it?)
(Bill from New Mexico)
Bill, thanks for asking--R.J. has been doing the bulk of the TA stuff as I try to clear the last book-related work off my plate, and I haven't been able to get to Matheny. I'm not sure how much you're missing, though. I wrote a long TA about Robin Ventura after he was hired, and while I hope it was an enjoyable read, I don't know if I or anyone else came away from it with a much firmer handle on how Ventura is actually going to manage and impact his new team. There's just no in-game record to go on. It does seem curious that they went with an in-house guy who wasn't Jose Oquendo, but Matheny sounds like a capable choice, to the extent that we can tell. Hell, every game on TV he played in during the second half of his career involved some broadcaster saying, "This guy is going to be a manager someday," so at the very least, it's nice to see all that blather amount to something. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'd call this good news for Bert. I was worried he'd stagnate around 62%. do you have the % of the vote for Edgar, Raines and Barry? They don't have it on espn.com. Thanks.
(collins from greenville nc)
539 ballots, five blanks, Andre Dawson 420 (77.9%), Bert Blyleven 400 (74.2%), Roberto Alomar 397 (73.7%), Jack Morris 282 (52.3%), Barry Larkin 278 (51.6%), Lee Smith 255 (47.3%), Edgar Martinez 195 (36.2%), Tim Raines 164 (30.4%), Mark McGwire 128 (23.7%), Alan Trammell 121 (22.4%), Fred McGriff 116 (21.5%), Don Mattingly 87 (16.1%), Dave Parker 82 (15.2%), Dale Murphy 63 (11.7%), Harold Baines 33 (6.1%), Andres Galarraga 22 (4.1%), Robin Ventura 7 (1.3%), Ellis Burks 2 (0.4%), Eric Karros 2 (0.4%), Kevin Appier 1 (0.2%), Pat Hentgen 1 (0.2%), David Segui 1 (0.2%), Mike Jackson 0, Ray Lankford 0, Shane Reynolds 0, Todd Zeile 0.

Segui gets his vote. Baines remains on life support thanks to the persistence of a stubborn few. Karros receives more votes than he had All-Star appearances. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)A softball to get you started: Who would be on your Hall of Fame ballot this year?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Holdovers: Tim Raines, Bert Blyleven and Mark McGwire. For newbies, Barry Larkin and maybe Robbie Alomar, though I'm iffy enough on that one that I don't even remember if I'm for or against him at present. Just as a "I liked this guy, and I want to vote for him" kind of deal, and not because I think they should get in, I would toss a vote to Robin Ventura and Ellis Burks.

The good news is that Ray Lankford is finally on the ballot, so if he doesn't get 5% of the vote I can see if I can get him to write a foreword for "The Ray Lankford Wing of the Hall of Fame: Book Edition" without him feeling snubbed someday. (Marc Normandin)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you find it funny that a team can just have an historically weak position, transcending eras, ERAs, team ownership, management, POTUSes, ... Off the top of your head, what are likely to be the worst positions you can think of--Tigers catchers? Mariners SSes? Jays 3B?
(Wade from TX)
Do you mean now, or historically? The really famous ones are the long droughts the White Sox and Mets had at third base, with the Sox going from Willie Kamm to Robin Ventura with only a couple of decent Bill Melton years in the middle. The Mets basically went from 1962 to Howard Johnson before they got anything great from their third basemen--although Wayne Garrett had a couple of decent seasons if you consider park and league context. And of course, the Yankees got no offense from shortstop whatsoever between Rizzuto's 1950 and Derek Jeter's 1996, except for whenever Casey Stengel played Gil McDougald over there... (Steven Goldman)


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