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Kirby Puckett CFTwins

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
12 7831 .318 .360 .477 .290 51.2
Birth Date3-14-1960
Height5' 8"
Weight178 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
1984 MIN 24 128 583 557 63 165 12 5 0 187 16 69 4 2 4 31 14 7 .296 .320 .336 .236 4.6 25.8 3.3
1985 MIN 25 161 744 691 80 199 29 13 4 266 41 87 4 3 5 74 21 12 .288 .330 .385 .256 20.4 5.1 2.7
1986 MIN 26 161 723 680 119 223 37 6 31 365 34 99 7 0 2 96 20 12 .328 .366 .537 .307 59.1 -5.2 5.6
1987 MIN 27 157 668 624 96 207 32 5 28 333 32 91 6 6 0 99 12 7 .332 .367 .534 .297 45.7 -5.9 4.0
1988 MIN 28 158 691 657 109 234 42 5 24 358 23 83 2 9 0 121 6 7 .356 .375 .545 .326 69.5 7.4 8.4
1989 MIN 29 159 684 635 75 215 45 4 9 295 41 59 3 5 0 85 11 4 .339 .379 .465 .294 40.1 4.8 4.9
1990 MIN 30 146 615 551 82 164 40 3 12 246 57 73 3 3 1 80 5 4 .298 .365 .446 .285 31.9 -3.4 3.0
1991 MIN 31 152 661 611 92 195 29 6 15 281 31 78 4 7 8 89 11 5 .319 .352 .460 .285 36.5 -1.9 3.7
1992 MIN 32 160 696 639 104 210 38 4 19 313 44 97 6 6 1 110 17 7 .329 .374 .490 .313 58.3 5.7 7.0
1993 MIN 33 156 682 622 89 184 39 3 22 295 47 93 7 5 1 89 8 6 .296 .349 .474 .289 40.0 -7.9 3.2
1994 MIN 34 108 482 439 79 139 32 3 20 237 28 47 7 7 1 112 6 3 .317 .362 .540 .295 32.5 -3.6 2.8
1995 MIN 35 137 602 538 83 169 39 0 23 277 56 89 3 5 0 99 3 2 .314 .379 .515 .295 32.7 -5.5 2.6
Career17837831724410712304414572073453450965565823108513476.318.360.477.290471.415.151.2

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
1982 ELZ Rk 65 305 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .415 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 VIS A+ 138 604 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 MIN MLB 128 583 .236 .263 .321 .396 .265 .337 99 -13.8 15.6 1.4 25.8 1.1 4.6 3.3 4.6 3.3
1984 TOL AAA 21 87 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 MIN MLB 161 744 .256 .263 .326 .409 .268 .323 101 -2.6 20.3 1.8 5.1 -0.4 20.4 2.7 20.4 2.7
1986 MIN MLB 161 723 .307 .258 .324 .404 .264 .349 107 34.7 20.0 1.8 -5.2 1.6 59.1 5.6 59.1 5.6
1987 MIN MLB 157 668 .297 .264 .329 .422 .263 .350 104 26.6 19.7 1.1 -5.9 -0.4 45.7 4.0 45.7 4.0
1988 MIN MLB 158 691 .326 .260 .323 .392 .267 .376 104 43.8 18.1 1.6 7.4 -0.3 69.5 8.4 69.5 8.4
1989 MIN MLB 159 684 .294 .260 .323 .380 .265 .360 105 22.6 17.9 1.5 4.8 -1.7 40.1 4.9 40.1 4.9
1990 MIN MLB 146 615 .285 .258 .322 .384 .260 .324 103 15 16.5 0.4 -3.4 0.4 31.9 3.0 31.9 3.0
1991 MIN MLB 152 661 .285 .259 .325 .391 .264 .343 105 16.5 17.9 1.1 -1.9 -1.9 36.5 3.7 36.5 3.7
1992 MIN MLB 160 696 .313 .259 .325 .384 .264 .361 101 35.7 18.0 0.9 5.7 5.0 58.3 7.0 58.3 7.0
1993 MIN MLB 156 682 .289 .265 .332 .406 .261 .316 100 21.1 19.6 -2.4 -7.9 1.9 40.0 3.2 40.0 3.2
1994 MIN MLB 108 482 .295 .271 .339 .427 .262 .314 103 19.1 14.6 -5.9 -3.6 0.3 32.5 2.8 32.5 2.8
1995 MIN MLB 137 602 .295 .267 .340 .418 .264 .339 104 23.5 18.0 -7.4 -5.5 -2.6 32.7 2.6 32.7 2.6

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
1982 ELZ Rk 305 65 105 15 3 3 35 25 27 43 4 .382 .438 .491 .109 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 VIS A+ 604 105 172 29 7 9 97 46 62 48 11 .314 .367 .442 .128 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 TOL AAA 87 9 21 2 0 1 5 4 14 8 2 .263 .291 .325 .062 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 MIN MLB 583 63 165 12 5 0 31 16 69 14 7 .296 .320 .336 .039 .236 4.6 25.8 3.3
1985 MIN MLB 744 80 199 29 13 4 74 41 87 21 12 .288 .330 .385 .097 .256 20.4 5.1 2.7
1986 MIN MLB 723 119 223 37 6 31 96 34 99 20 12 .328 .366 .537 .209 .307 59.1 -5.2 5.6
1987 MIN MLB 668 96 207 32 5 28 99 32 91 12 7 .332 .367 .534 .202 .297 45.7 -5.9 4.0
1988 MIN MLB 691 109 234 42 5 24 121 23 83 6 7 .356 .375 .545 .189 .326 69.5 7.4 8.4
1989 MIN MLB 684 75 215 45 4 9 85 41 59 11 4 .339 .379 .465 .126 .294 40.1 4.8 4.9
1990 MIN MLB 615 82 164 40 3 12 80 57 73 5 4 .298 .365 .446 .149 .285 31.9 -3.4 3.0
1991 MIN MLB 661 92 195 29 6 15 89 31 78 11 5 .319 .352 .460 .141 .285 36.5 -1.9 3.7
1992 MIN MLB 696 104 210 38 4 19 110 44 97 17 7 .329 .374 .490 .161 .313 58.3 5.7 7.0
1993 MIN MLB 682 89 184 39 3 22 89 47 93 8 6 .296 .349 .474 .178 .289 40.0 -7.9 3.2
1994 MIN MLB 482 79 139 32 3 20 112 28 47 6 3 .317 .362 .540 .223 .295 32.5 -3.6 2.8
1995 MIN MLB 602 83 169 39 0 23 99 56 89 3 2 .314 .379 .515 .201 .295 32.7 -5.5 2.6

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
1997-03-31 1997-09-28 60-DL 181 161 - Recovery From Surgery Glaucoma - -
1996-04-01 1996-09-30 60-DL 182 162 - Surgery Glaucoma - -
1995-09-29 1995-10-02 DTD 3 3 - Fracture HBP - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
1997 MIN $7,200,000
1996 MIN $6,200,000
1995 MIN $6,200,000
1994 MIN $5,200,000
1993 MIN $5,200,000
1992 MIN $3,300,000
1991 MIN $3,000,000
1990 MIN $2,700,000
1989 MIN $2,050,000
1988 MIN $1,210,000
1987 MIN $465,000
1986 MIN $265,000
1985 MIN $130,000
1984 MIN $50,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$43,170,000
14 yrTotal$43,170,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
Ron Shapiro

Details
  • 5 years/$30M (1993-97). Re-signed by Minnesota as a free agent 12/5/92. $6M signing bonus. 93:$4M, 94:$4M, 95:$5M, 96:$5M, 97:$6M. Puckett may opt out of contract after 1995 season. Retired 7/13/96.
  • 3 years/$9M (1990-92). Re-signed with Minnesota 11/23/89. $1.5M signing bonus (paid in $0.5M installments: 11/89, 12/90, 12/91). 90:$2.2M, 91:$2.5M, 92:$2.8M. Award bonuses: $0.2M MVP. $0.1M for second or third in MVP vote. $25,000 for Gold Glove. Limited no-trade protection (may block deals to three clubs). First player to reach $3M mark in average annual value.
  • 1 year/$2.05M (1989).
  • 1 year/$1.21M (1988)
  • 1 year/$0.465M (1987)
  • 1 year/$0.265M (1986)
  • 1 year/$0.13M (1985)
  • 1 year/$50,000 (1984)
  • Drafted by Minnesota 1982 (1-3) (January draft) (Bradley University).

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BP Articles

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Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part TwoAllan Simpson2014-06-09
The BP Wayback Machine: The Old You're In, You're OutJoe Sheehan2014-01-10
Baseball ProGUESTus: What Happened to the Twins?Elliot Mann2013-12-10
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Hall of Fame 50 Percent Probability TestSam Miller2013-11-19
The Lineup Card: Eight World Series Teams that Faded Quickly Baseball Prospectus2013-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: The Ghost of Articles PastDoug Thorburn2012-12-28
The Lineup Card: 9 Winter Meetings MemoriesBaseball Prospectus2012-12-05
Pebble Hunting: A Hall of Fame Brochure for Ryan KleskoSam Miller2012-12-03
The Lineup Card: 11 Memories From Watching Our First World SeriesBaseball Prospectus2012-10-24
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: Is 12 Enough for Ichiro?Michael Bates2012-09-26
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BP Unfiltered: MVPs Who Weren't All-StarsBen Lindbergh2012-07-12
This article requires BP Premium accessInside The Park: About Big Threes in BaseballBradford Doolittle2012-05-24
The Lineup Card: 10 Most Disappointing Career-Ending InjuriesBaseball Prospectus2012-05-09
Baseball ProGUESTus: The Tensest Series of All TimeDave Studeman2012-04-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Big Shoes to FillJay Jaffe2012-02-24
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Greatness of Gary CarterJay Jaffe2012-02-17
The Lineup Card: 11 Times Small Sample Sizes Steered Us WrongBaseball Prospectus2012-02-07
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: Who Cares if the Tigers Got Fat?Steven Goldman2012-01-27
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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in MotionJonathan Bernhardt2012-01-13
The Lineup Card: 9 Memories of Frank ViolaBaseball Prospectus2011-12-14
This article requires BP Premium accessWorld Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps RollingJay Jaffe2011-10-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Beltran and DamonJay Jaffe2011-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessDivide and Conquer, NL West: Like Cats Approaching a StreamGeoff Young2011-06-23
The BP Broadside: What the Heck is an RBI Whore?Steven Goldman2011-05-27
The BP Broadside: The Annotated WARP LeadersSteven Goldman2011-05-23
You Can Blog It Up: Peace Be With You, Harmon Killebrew (Sadly Updated)Steven Goldman2011-05-17
Wezen-Ball: Baseball When You're 10Larry Granillo2011-04-12
Spitballing: Trading PlacesJeremy Greenhouse2011-04-07
Changing Speeds: The Next Jose BautistaKen Funck2011-02-08
Spinning Yarn: The ForkballMike Fast2010-12-09
World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic MemoriesBaseball Prospectus2010-10-27
Playoff Prospectus: Home Sweet Dome No MoreBrandon Warne2010-10-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Perspective: A Trip to Target FieldJay Jaffe2010-08-25
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BP Unfiltered: The Ultimate Late BloomerJohn Perrotto2010-04-15
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: O-Dog Waits, Edmonds CampaignsJay Jaffe2010-01-22
The Week in Quotes: January 4-10Alex Carnevale2010-01-11
Prospectus Hit and Run: Hawk, Rock, and a Couple of ShocksJay Jaffe2010-01-07
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Back from the FutureJoe Sheehan2009-10-28
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Prospectus Q&A: Jack CustDavid Laurila2009-08-23
Prospectus Idol Entry: The Little Big Man AwardsKen Funck2009-06-21
Prospectus Idol Entry: The 1991 World Series: An Adventure in Championship ExpectancyMatt Swartz2009-06-21
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-06-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kirby Puckett is what I base that on. And Koufax, too, now that you bring him up. Does JAWS account for people being stopped right in their prime? I'm guessing not, perhaps because there are so few. But are there comparables to Kirby and Doc who didn't make it? I suspect there's just such a strong psychological at play there for voters.
(Richie from Washington)
Puckett had two World Series rings and 10 straight All-star appearances. As good as Halladay is, he doesn't have that.

Now, by considering peak and career, JAWS is built to allow for stopped-in-prime comparisons, and yes, Halladay is above the standard on that front (49.1 peak, with the average SP at 47.7). There aren't a lot of voters basing their decisions on JAWS, though - the great majority are still paying heed to more traditional numbers.

The annals are full of fast-starting pitchers who didn't make the Hall along the lines of Gooden. Denny McLain won his second Cy at 25 and didn't get in. Bret Saberhagen has two Cy Youngs and won't get in. Johan Santana probably won't get in barring a miraculous comeback from shoulder woes. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Was their ever a player with more of a stocky build than Hack Wilson? He looks ridiculous!
(Rob from Bloomington, IL)
In my book "Forging Genius," I said that Hack looked like Popeye or an inverted bowling pin. I don't think Yogi Berra was too different, maybe even Kirby Puckett. Ever see the pictures of Wilson standing next to Ruth and Gehrig? Looks like they're hanging out with someone from a circus sideshow. They tower over him. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneDoes Chase Utley have a car dealership? He looks like that kind of guy, like John Elway. With this economy, what's the equivalent of the car dealership for athletes now, or do they even need it with their contracts?

There's an interesting sociological question - where are the guys who signed the biggest contract of their day? Ryne Sandberg is a minor league manager. Kirby Puckett has passed, but would surely be in the Twins org doing something. Who else? (Will Carroll)