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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
17 8669 .267 .342 .476 .297 69.3
Birth Date12-7-1947
Height6' 1"
Weight197 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
1967 CIN 19 26 93 86 7 14 3 1 1 22 5 19 0 1 1 6 0 1 .163 .207 .256 .184 -1.6 0.4 -0.1
1968 CIN 20 154 607 564 67 155 40 2 15 244 31 96 2 8 2 82 1 5 .275 .311 .433 .285 35.7 0.2 4.5
1969 CIN 21 148 592 532 83 156 23 1 26 259 49 86 4 7 0 90 6 6 .293 .353 .487 .312 60.9 1.5 6.9
1970 CIN 22 158 671 605 97 177 35 4 45 355 54 102 0 11 1 148 5 2 .293 .345 .587 .323 73.4 2.3 8.0
1971 CIN 23 149 613 562 80 134 19 2 27 238 49 83 0 2 0 61 2 1 .238 .299 .423 .269 27.9 -0.2 3.2
1972 CIN 24 147 652 538 87 145 22 2 40 291 100 84 2 12 0 125 6 6 .270 .379 .541 .347 73.8 -2.1 8.5
1973 CIN 25 152 651 557 83 141 17 3 25 239 83 83 0 10 1 104 4 1 .253 .345 .429 .271 37.8 -1.7 3.9
1974 CIN 26 160 708 621 108 174 38 2 33 315 80 90 3 4 0 129 5 4 .280 .363 .507 .320 66.3 0.8 7.3
1975 CIN 27 142 605 530 83 150 39 1 28 275 65 108 2 8 0 110 11 0 .283 .359 .519 .311 54.7 -2.5 5.6
1976 CIN 28 135 552 465 62 109 24 1 16 183 81 95 2 4 0 74 13 2 .234 .348 .394 .276 34.2 0.0 3.8
1977 CIN 29 142 560 494 67 136 34 2 31 267 58 95 1 7 0 109 2 4 .275 .348 .540 .298 44.7 -0.8 4.5
1978 CIN 30 120 451 393 52 102 17 1 23 190 50 83 1 6 1 73 4 2 .260 .340 .483 .304 37.0 0.8 4.2
1979 CIN 31 130 538 464 73 128 19 0 22 213 67 73 0 4 3 80 4 2 .276 .364 .459 .296 47.3 -2.3 4.7
1980 CIN 32 114 407 360 52 90 12 0 24 174 41 64 2 4 0 68 4 2 .250 .327 .483 .291 28.0 -3.5 2.6
1981 CIN 33 52 196 178 14 55 8 0 8 87 17 21 0 0 1 25 0 2 .309 .369 .489 .309 10.0 0.2 1.1
1982 CIN 34 119 439 399 44 103 16 0 13 158 37 58 0 2 1 38 1 2 .258 .320 .396 .262 16.9 -18.4 -0.2
1983 CIN 35 110 334 310 32 79 15 2 12 134 24 38 0 0 0 54 0 1 .255 .308 .432 .263 8.5 -1.2 0.8
Career21588669765810912048381243893644891127819901113766843.267.342.476.297655.3-26.569.3

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
1967 CIN MLB 26 93 .184 .242 .300 .351 .254 .194 108 -6.2 2.2 1.4 0.4 -0.3 -1.6 -0.1 -1.6 -0.1
1968 CIN MLB 154 607 .285 .243 .295 .338 .255 .304 98 12.1 13.3 8 0.2 -1.0 35.7 4.5 35.7 4.5
1969 CIN MLB 148 592 .312 .252 .315 .369 .260 .304 106 29 15.2 9.1 1.5 0.7 60.9 6.9 60.9 6.9
1970 CIN MLB 158 671 .323 .261 .329 .400 .267 .281 102 42.7 18.2 8.5 2.3 1.3 73.4 8.0 73.4 8.0
1971 CIN MLB 149 613 .269 .252 .312 .366 .259 .236 97 5.2 15.0 7.9 -0.2 -1.0 27.9 3.2 27.9 3.2
1972 CIN MLB 147 652 .347 .251 .317 .370 .269 .246 96 49.5 15.3 7.2 -2.1 -0.8 73.8 8.5 73.8 8.5
1973 CIN MLB 152 651 .271 .253 .317 .374 .258 .253 99 7.1 17.1 7.6 -1.7 1.4 37.8 3.9 37.8 3.9
1974 CIN MLB 160 708 .320 .254 .323 .365 .262 .281 99 41.4 18.3 9.4 0.8 -3.7 66.3 7.3 66.3 7.3
1975 CIN MLB 142 605 .311 .257 .322 .370 .258 .303 102 30.6 15.9 7.4 -2.5 -0.7 54.7 5.6 54.7 5.6
1976 CIN MLB 135 552 .276 .252 .315 .356 .258 .260 103 8.4 13.9 8 0.0 -2.6 34.2 3.8 34.2 3.8
1977 CIN MLB 142 560 .298 .261 .323 .393 .256 .280 104 22.2 15.6 8.4 -0.8 -2.8 44.7 4.5 44.7 4.5
1978 CIN MLB 120 451 .304 .249 .313 .365 .254 .270 104 19.2 11.7 5.6 0.8 -1.8 37.0 4.2 37.0 4.2
1979 CIN MLB 130 538 .296 .260 .320 .384 .256 .284 102 20 15.1 8.8 -2.3 -0.6 47.3 4.7 47.3 4.7
1980 CIN MLB 114 407 .291 .256 .312 .368 .251 .239 102 12.7 10.9 6.4 -3.5 -0.6 28.0 2.6 28.0 2.6
1981 CIN MLB 52 196 .309 .254 .314 .356 .255 .315 99 9 5.0 -2.1 0.2 -1.8 10.0 1.1 10.0 1.1
1982 CIN MLB 119 439 .262 .256 .312 .367 .252 .273 100 0.8 11.8 1.2 -18.4 -0.6 16.9 -0.2 16.9 -0.2
1983 CIN MLB 110 334 .263 .256 .317 .376 .255 .258 102 1.1 9.1 -1.3 -1.2 -3.8 8.5 0.8 8.5 0.8

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
1967 CIN MLB 93 7 14 3 1 1 6 5 19 0 1 .163 .207 .256 .093 .184 -1.6 0.4 -0.1
1968 CIN MLB 607 67 155 40 2 15 82 31 96 1 5 .275 .311 .433 .158 .285 35.7 0.2 4.5
1969 CIN MLB 592 83 156 23 1 26 90 49 86 6 6 .293 .353 .487 .194 .312 60.9 1.5 6.9
1970 CIN MLB 671 97 177 35 4 45 148 54 102 5 2 .293 .345 .587 .294 .323 73.4 2.3 8.0
1971 CIN MLB 613 80 134 19 2 27 61 49 83 2 1 .238 .299 .423 .185 .269 27.9 -0.2 3.2
1972 CIN MLB 652 87 145 22 2 40 125 100 84 6 6 .270 .379 .541 .271 .347 73.8 -2.1 8.5
1973 CIN MLB 651 83 141 17 3 25 104 83 83 4 1 .253 .345 .429 .176 .271 37.8 -1.7 3.9
1974 CIN MLB 708 108 174 38 2 33 129 80 90 5 4 .280 .363 .507 .227 .320 66.3 0.8 7.3
1975 CIN MLB 605 83 150 39 1 28 110 65 108 11 0 .283 .359 .519 .236 .311 54.7 -2.5 5.6
1976 CIN MLB 552 62 109 24 1 16 74 81 95 13 2 .234 .348 .394 .159 .276 34.2 0.0 3.8
1977 CIN MLB 560 67 136 34 2 31 109 58 95 2 4 .275 .348 .540 .265 .298 44.7 -0.8 4.5
1978 CIN MLB 451 52 102 17 1 23 73 50 83 4 2 .260 .340 .483 .224 .304 37.0 0.8 4.2
1979 CIN MLB 538 73 128 19 0 22 80 67 73 4 2 .276 .364 .459 .183 .296 47.3 -2.3 4.7
1980 CIN MLB 407 52 90 12 0 24 68 41 64 4 2 .250 .327 .483 .233 .291 28.0 -3.5 2.6
1981 CIN MLB 196 14 55 8 0 8 25 17 21 0 2 .309 .369 .489 .180 .309 10.0 0.2 1.1
1982 CIN MLB 439 44 103 16 0 13 38 37 58 1 2 .258 .320 .396 .138 .262 16.9 -18.4 -0.2
1983 CIN MLB 334 32 79 15 2 12 54 24 38 0 1 .255 .308 .432 .177 .263 8.5 -1.2 0.8

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
1981-05-29 1981-08-26 89 26 Left Ankle Fracture - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

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Details

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

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Upside By Year

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a Yankee fan, am I going to be shaking my head about the Montero/Pineda trade for a decade?
(Alex from Anaheim)
As Jay Jaffe wrote last week, labrum tears aren't exactly a death sentence, but history is not on Pineda's side. On the other hand, I don't think Montero is really a catcher, so it's not like the Yankees traded away Johnny Bench. Pitchers are inherently more risky than hitters, but I liked the trade when Cashman made it, so it would be wrong of me to criticize it today. Sometimes fate intervenes. Personally, I expect Pineda will come back and be effective--he has youth and stuff on his side, after all. (Ken Funck)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Bryce Harper the second coming of Johnny Bench or do we just inflate the best prospects every year beyond reason?
(Paul from Vegas)
The hype machine plays a role, but Harper is the real deal, and the best prospect in the draft. I would never make a Bench comp however, due to the fact that I'm not so sure he's a catcher in the end. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any idea on how much longer Mauer will be a catcher? Or where he will be moved? He's athletic enough to play 3rd or Corner outfield, correct? He doesn't have to be moved to 1st (hopefully).
(Wendy from Madrid)
We had a discussion about this amongst ourselves -- maybe it will be a roundtable. I know Mauer wants to catch and the Twins have always resisted moving him, even a bit. Maybe he follows a Joe Torre pattern, starting to transition to 1B/3B ... but Mauer is much, much more athletic, not to mention 1B is blocked. Some have mention Johnny Bench, who is a better physical comp (not as tall or athletic, but freakishly strong and huuuuuge hands), but he played all over the place - including CF on occasion! I think it will take a significant injury to move him.

One more comp -- athletic, tall (6'3) catcher who stayed behind the plate his entire, long career despite his defense and could hit a little bit? Mike Piazza. (Will Carroll)
2009-10-07 14:30:00 (link to chat)Obviously it's hard to predict because he is just 26, but are we potentially seeing the greatest catcher of all time (maybe excluding Josh Gibson) in Joe Mauer?
(ssteadman from St. Louis, MO)
Mauer is great, but best catcher of all time is a tall order even for a three-time batting champion, because Johnny Bench was so incredible on both sides of the ball -- his defense made Jose Molina look like Mike Piazza. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Pudge about to break the record for games caught, I'm wondering why almost all the top 10 leaders (Al Lopez the exception) are from fairly recent times. It's the opposite historical trend from complete games, innings pitched, etc. Are there people grousing (conversely from Bob Feller) about how all those old-time catchers were a bunch of sissies compared to modern iron-men catchers? Why the longevity now?
(keef66 from Spartanburg, SC)
The expectations for catchers were different in the past. They weren't usually counted on offensively, which meant they were more interchangeable and could be rested more often, whereas taking Johnny Bench out of the lineup could kill you. The evolution of catching equipment was also slow and there were a lot more injuries, and thus a greater tolerance for vacation time. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)No love for Deacon White?
(Eric J from VA)
White's career is all 19th century, and to be honest I'm more than a little uncomfrotable with how high the last JAWS iteration has him - ahead of Johnny Bench et al as the top catcher of all time based on the degree of difficulty and schedule length adjustments. IIRC, I don't think he made Bill James' top 100 in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. But certainly his career merits a closer look given the circumstances. (Jay Jaffe)


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