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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
16 9282 .285 .344 .452 .280 59.3
Birth Date9-18-1959
Height6' 1"
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
1981 PHI 21 13 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .129 -1.6 -0.0 -0.2
1982 CHN 22 156 687 635 103 172 33 5 7 236 36 90 4 5 7 54 32 12 .271 .312 .372 .247 16.6 6.1 2.4
1983 CHN 23 158 699 633 94 165 25 4 8 222 51 79 3 5 7 48 37 11 .261 .316 .351 .246 15.1 15.2 3.2
1984 CHN 24 156 700 636 114 200 36 19 19 331 52 101 3 4 5 84 32 7 .314 .367 .520 .308 50.3 21.0 7.6
1985 CHN 25 153 673 609 113 186 31 6 26 307 57 97 1 4 2 83 54 11 .305 .364 .504 .289 44.3 10.1 5.7
1986 CHN 26 154 682 627 68 178 28 5 14 258 46 79 0 6 3 76 34 11 .284 .330 .411 .264 19.8 11.5 3.3
1987 CHN 27 132 587 523 81 154 25 2 16 231 59 79 2 2 1 59 21 2 .294 .367 .442 .272 22.6 -6.6 1.6
1988 CHN 28 155 679 618 77 163 23 8 19 259 54 91 1 5 1 69 25 10 .264 .322 .419 .270 26.5 16.9 4.7
1989 CHN 29 157 672 606 104 176 25 5 30 301 59 85 4 2 1 76 15 5 .290 .356 .497 .306 46.5 -0.2 5.1
1990 CHN 30 155 675 615 116 188 30 3 40 344 50 84 1 9 0 100 25 7 .306 .354 .559 .317 61.7 -3.3 6.2
1991 CHN 31 158 684 585 104 170 32 2 26 284 87 89 2 9 1 100 22 8 .291 .379 .485 .310 51.9 7.2 6.3
1992 CHN 32 158 687 612 100 186 32 8 26 312 68 73 1 6 0 87 17 6 .304 .371 .510 .318 60.6 7.2 7.4
1993 CHN 33 117 503 456 67 141 20 0 9 188 37 62 2 6 2 45 9 2 .309 .359 .412 .275 23.3 -1.4 2.2
1994 CHN 34 57 247 223 36 53 9 5 5 87 23 40 1 0 0 24 2 3 .238 .312 .390 .244 2.1 8.6 1.0
1996 CHN 36 150 621 554 85 135 28 4 25 246 54 116 7 5 1 92 12 8 .244 .316 .444 .256 20.7 9.7 2.9
1997 CHN 37 135 480 447 54 118 26 0 12 180 28 94 2 3 0 64 7 4 .264 .308 .403 .244 1.7 -3.2 -0.2
Career2164928283851318238640376282378776112603471311061344107.285.344.452.280461.898.659.3

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
1978 HEL Rk 56 219 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .392 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 SPA A 138 612 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 REA AA 129 581 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 PHI MLB 13 6 .129 .273 .336 .394 .267 .200 107 -0.7 0.2 0 -0.0 -0.5 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
1981 OKL AAA 133 579 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 CHN MLB 156 687 .247 .256 .315 .370 .252 .304 105 -9.2 18.5 2 6.1 8.1 16.6 2.4 16.6 2.4
1983 CHN MLB 158 699 .246 .254 .316 .375 .255 .285 105 -10 19.0 -0.9 15.2 5.0 15.1 3.2 15.1 3.2
1984 CHN MLB 156 700 .308 .256 .316 .371 .256 .348 103 33.2 18.8 -0.9 21.0 3.2 50.3 7.6 50.3 7.6
1985 CHN MLB 153 673 .289 .247 .309 .366 .250 .327 104 19.3 18.4 -0.8 10.1 6.8 44.3 5.7 44.3 5.7
1986 CHN MLB 154 682 .264 .251 .315 .376 .253 .304 109 2.8 18.9 -0.9 11.5 1.5 19.8 3.3 19.8 3.3
1987 CHN MLB 132 587 .272 .262 .323 .407 .256 .321 106 7.5 17.3 -0.8 -6.6 1.0 22.6 1.6 22.6 1.6
1988 CHN MLB 155 679 .270 .250 .306 .365 .254 .281 103 6.5 17.8 -0.8 16.9 2.3 26.5 4.7 26.5 4.7
1989 CHN MLB 157 672 .306 .246 .308 .364 .254 .296 106 30 17.5 -0.8 -0.2 -0.1 46.5 5.1 46.5 5.1
1990 CHN MLB 155 675 .317 .253 .314 .380 .257 .296 107 38.4 18.1 -0.8 -3.3 3.4 61.7 6.2 61.7 6.2
1991 CHN MLB 158 684 .310 .247 .311 .369 .254 .301 105 33.9 18.5 -0.9 7.2 -0.3 51.9 6.3 51.9 6.3
1992 CHN MLB 158 687 .318 .253 .311 .370 .255 .308 101 38 17.8 -0.8 7.2 3.9 60.6 7.4 60.6 7.4
1993 CHN MLB 117 503 .275 .259 .319 .388 .254 .338 102 8.2 14.4 -0.7 -1.4 1.1 23.3 2.2 23.3 2.2
1993 DAY A+ 2 6 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 ORL AA 4 12 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CHN MLB 57 247 .244 .266 .328 .414 .254 .270 97 -4.5 7.5 -0.3 8.6 -0.5 2.1 1.0 2.1 1.0
1996 CHN MLB 150 621 .256 .263 .327 .407 .252 .263 103 -2.6 19.2 -0.9 9.7 3.1 20.7 2.9 20.7 2.9
1997 CHN MLB 135 480 .244 .262 .328 .408 .257 .308 102 -8.5 12.8 -0.7 -3.2 -0.2 1.7 -0.2 1.7 -0.2

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
1978 HEL Rk 219 34 59 6 6 1 23 26 42 15 3 .311 .392 .421 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 SPA A 612 83 133 21 7 4 47 64 95 21 7 .247 .324 .334 .087 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 REA AA 581 95 152 21 12 11 79 73 72 32 11 .310 .398 .469 .159 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 PHI MLB 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 .129 -1.6 -0.0 -0.2
1981 OKL AAA 579 78 152 17 5 9 62 48 94 32 10 .293 .352 .397 .104 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 CHN MLB 687 103 172 33 5 7 54 36 90 32 12 .271 .312 .372 .101 .247 16.6 6.1 2.4
1983 CHN MLB 699 94 165 25 4 8 48 51 79 37 11 .261 .316 .351 .090 .246 15.1 15.2 3.2
1984 CHN MLB 700 114 200 36 19 19 84 52 101 32 7 .314 .367 .520 .206 .308 50.3 21.0 7.6
1985 CHN MLB 673 113 186 31 6 26 83 57 97 54 11 .305 .364 .504 .199 .289 44.3 10.1 5.7
1986 CHN MLB 682 68 178 28 5 14 76 46 79 34 11 .284 .330 .411 .128 .264 19.8 11.5 3.3
1987 CHN MLB 587 81 154 25 2 16 59 59 79 21 2 .294 .367 .442 .147 .272 22.6 -6.6 1.6
1988 CHN MLB 679 77 163 23 8 19 69 54 91 25 10 .264 .322 .419 .155 .270 26.5 16.9 4.7
1989 CHN MLB 672 104 176 25 5 30 76 59 85 15 5 .290 .356 .497 .206 .306 46.5 -0.2 5.1
1990 CHN MLB 675 116 188 30 3 40 100 50 84 25 7 .306 .354 .559 .254 .317 61.7 -3.3 6.2
1991 CHN MLB 684 104 170 32 2 26 100 87 89 22 8 .291 .379 .485 .195 .310 51.9 7.2 6.3
1992 CHN MLB 687 100 186 32 8 26 87 68 73 17 6 .304 .371 .510 .206 .318 60.6 7.2 7.4
1993 ORL AA 12 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 .222 .417 .222 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 DAY A+ 6 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 .200 .333 .800 .600 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CHN MLB 503 67 141 20 0 9 45 37 62 9 2 .309 .359 .412 .103 .275 23.3 -1.4 2.2
1994 CHN MLB 247 36 53 9 5 5 24 23 40 2 3 .238 .312 .390 .152 .244 2.1 8.6 1.0
1996 CHN MLB 621 85 135 28 4 25 92 54 116 12 8 .244 .316 .444 .200 .256 20.7 9.7 2.9
1997 CHN MLB 480 54 118 26 0 12 64 28 94 7 4 .264 .308 .403 .139 .244 1.7 -3.2 -0.2

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
1993-04-05 1993-04-30 15-DL 25 21 Left Hand Fracture 5th Metacarpal - -
1987-06-14 1987-07-11 15-DL 27 26 Right Ankle Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

Details
  • 1 year/$2.3M (1996)
  • 4 years/$28.4M (1993-97). Signed 3/02. $3.5M signing bonus (paid 12/92). 93:$5.1M, 94:$5.1M, 95:$5.1M, 96:$5.1M, 97:$5.9M club option ($2.5M buyout). Up to $1.65M in award bonuses. $2M personal services contract (paid in first 4 years after retirement). Record $7.1M annual average at signing. Retired after 1994 season.
  • 3 years/$6.3M (1990-92). Signed 4/89. 92:$2.1M.
  • 6 years/$3.97M (1984-89). Signed 2/84. 84:$0.25M, 85:$505M, 86:$0.665M, 87:$0.76M, 88:$0.84M, 89:$0.95M.
  • Drafted 1978 (20-511), $25,000 signing bonus.

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2013-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is a player you thought would be a no doubt star and flopped? And on the other side, who was a guy you thought wouldn't amount to anything and became a star?
(Robert from California)
I thought Kevin McReynolds would be a big star. Maybe I was focusing too much on tools. With the benefit of hindsight, I believe that this athlete’s cool demeanor reflected a lack of drive. Later I thought that Grady Sizemore would be a perennial All-Star, even though he struck out too much. I didn’t realize how physically brittle he would be. (I’d love to see Grady make a comeback, even for a season or two.)
I didn’t think that Ryne Sandberg would be a Hall of Famer—or anything close to it. I saw him when the Phillies still imagined him as a shortstop, and I remember writing in my notebook that he only had “warning track power.” But Dallas Green knew what the kid could do, and one of his first moves when he went to Chicago was to trade Ivan DeJesus to the Phils for Larry Bowa and Sandberg. What a steal! And what a great fit for Sandberg as a second baseman hitting in Wrigley Field. (Kevin Kerrane)
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Cubs picked Mike Quade because he'd be both cheaper, and easier to fire than Ryne Sandberg?
(wizened cubsfan from downstate)
That's pretty cynical. I was listening to an interview with Quademodo today and was impressed by his perspective. The Cubs did quite well under him in a small sample, but he KNOWS it's a small sample. He came off as intelligent and reflective, and not at all over-impressed with himself. Now, there are those of you more immersed in the nitty-gritty of Cubs action than I was this year who might tell me that he's worse than Jim Essian, but my gut feel is that this was a choice made on the merits, and not a bad one. (Steven Goldman)
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was impressed by Quade's post-game press conferences after he took over for Lou. Seems like a smart guy. The manager isn't that big a deal anyway, he can't will hitters that can't hit to score runs, so it's not like he'll make the 2011 Cubs winners without a lot of luck. Not surprised his contract ends the same time the GM's does though. Do you think Ryne Sandberg will get a shot elsewhere?
(CubFanQuadeMan from Ether)
It seems like he will. Here's the thing about Sandberg: I read a quote from some Cubs' minor leaguer the other day that he intended as a compliment but it really wasn't. You hear this sort of thing all the time. Paraphrasing: "Yeah, he was a great manager for me. I learned a lot from him. He's a man of few words, and he never actually said anything to me, but just looking at him you knew that he knew how to play the game." If your manager ISN'T good at communication, what the hell are you hiring him for? Because he knows when to bunt? That helps, but in this day I think keeping all 25 of your young millionaires on the same page is more important. Maybe you can do that for a couple of years by playing the part of a heroic statue, but after awhile the players stop being impressed by a guy with pigeon shit on his shoulders. (Steven Goldman)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Obviously Mike Quade's late season performance has made him a serious candidate to win the Cubs job, but has he also raised his profile enough to be in the running for other managerial openings?
(Trust Fund Baby from Lakeview)
I think Quade has raised his stock to the point that he is a legitimate candidate. He certainly became a fan favorite with the strong late finish and that has taken the pressure off Jim Hendry as far as feeling he must cave to public pressure and hire Ryne Sandberg. I get the feeling, though, that the Cubs want someone with major league experience and my gut feeling is that Eric Wedge is at the top of the list. (John Perrotto)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give us your best guesses on the new managers for next year by team?
(Jack from Boston)
Just guessing: Bobby Valentine to Seattle, Tim Wallach to Dodgers, Wally Backman to Mets, Ryne Sandberg to Cubs, LaRussa and Dusty Baker staying still, and Sharktopus to manage the Diamondbacks. Anyone else? (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Here I thought you were ducking a head to head with a KLaw chat...Are we stuck with PEds in baseball being a media story for the next 20 years with the great players of the last decade floundering on the ballot? Ryne Sandberg's comments on the radio about Sosa made me a sad panda...
(Mike from Chicago)
Yes. This is going to with us for a long, long time. Clemens' last season was 2007. So 2027. At least. No, wait...Alex Rodriguez. 2037? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you point us to a place where we can read about the Eck's failed marriage? How about the Tommy Herr/Pedro Guerrero situation? Or Ryne Sandberg's messy 1st marriage?
(Peeig13 from The Second City)
I mentioned the Eck situation here back in 2007: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=6832. (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)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OnePopup city for the Dodgers.

adambennett (MD Backgammon Tourney): Abreu for the HoF? A couple more good seasons should do it, right?

Assuming we're talking about Bobby Abreu and not Tony or Winston, he's further away from the Hall of Fame. I looked at this back in August (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=9416). By those numbers, which don't account for 2009, he was about 17 WARP short on career and a couple WARP shy on peak, but the real problem is that he's just past 2,100 hits at age 35, isn't close to 300 homers (256), has just two All-Star appearances and has never finished higher than 14th in the MVP voting. Plus there's the fact that guys who walk 80 or 100 times a year are exactly the ones who get kicked in the head by the voters, who prefer hackers like Jim Rice and Ryne Sandberg to plate disciples like Ron Santo, Tim Raines and Bobby Grich. (Jay Jaffe)