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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
24 13068 .366 .433 .512 .000 0
Birth Date12-18-1886
Height6' 1"
Weight175 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
1905 DET 18 41 164 150 19 36 6 0 1 45 10 23 0 4 15 2 .240 .287 .300 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1906 DET 19 98 394 358 45 113 15 5 1 141 19 40 3 14 34 23 .316 .355 .394 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1907 DET 20 150 642 605 97 212 28 14 5 283 24 55 5 8 119 53 .350 .380 .468 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1908 DET 21 150 635 581 88 188 36 20 4 276 34 42 6 14 108 39 .324 .367 .475 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1909 DET 22 156 651 573 116 216 33 10 9 296 48 45 6 24 107 76 .377 .431 .517 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1910 DET 23 140 590 506 106 194 35 13 8 279 64 46 4 16 91 65 .383 .456 .551 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1911 DET 24 146 654 591 147 248 47 24 8 367 44 43 8 11 127 83 .420 .467 .621 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1912 DET 25 140 609 553 120 226 30 23 7 323 43 30 5 8 83 61 34 .409 .456 .584 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1913 DET 26 122 501 428 70 167 18 16 4 229 58 31 4 11 67 51 .390 .467 .535 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 DET 27 98 414 345 69 127 22 11 2 177 57 22 6 6 57 35 17 .368 .466 .513 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1915 DET 28 156 700 563 144 208 31 13 3 274 118 43 10 9 99 96 38 .369 .486 .487 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1916 DET 29 145 636 542 113 201 31 10 5 267 78 39 2 14 68 68 24 .371 .452 .493 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1917 DET 30 152 669 588 107 225 44 24 6 335 61 34 4 16 102 55 .383 .444 .570 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1918 DET 31 111 473 421 83 161 19 14 3 217 41 21 2 9 64 34 .382 .440 .515 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1919 DET 32 124 545 497 92 191 36 13 1 256 38 22 1 9 70 28 .384 .429 .515 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1920 DET 33 112 495 428 86 143 28 8 2 193 58 28 2 7 63 15 10 .334 .416 .451 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1921 DET 34 128 581 507 124 197 37 16 12 302 56 19 3 15 101 22 15 .389 .452 .596 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1922 DET 35 137 612 526 99 211 42 16 4 297 55 24 4 27 99 9 13 .401 .462 .565 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1923 DET 36 145 647 556 103 189 40 7 6 261 66 14 3 22 88 9 10 .340 .413 .469 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1924 DET 37 155 726 625 115 211 38 10 4 281 85 18 1 15 79 23 14 .338 .418 .450 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1925 DET 38 121 490 415 97 157 31 12 12 248 65 12 5 5 102 13 9 .378 .468 .598 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1926 DET 39 79 273 233 48 79 18 5 4 119 26 2 1 13 62 9 4 .339 .408 .511 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1927 PHA 40 133 574 490 104 175 32 7 5 236 67 12 5 12 93 22 16 .357 .440 .482 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1928 PHA 41 95 393 353 54 114 27 4 1 152 34 16 4 2 40 6 8 .323 .389 .431 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career303413068114342246418972429511758541249681942911938897212.366.433.512.0000.00.00.0

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
1905 DET MLB 41 164 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1906 DET MLB 98 394 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1907 DET MLB 150 642 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1908 DET MLB 150 635 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1909 DET MLB 156 651 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1910 DET MLB 140 590 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1911 DET MLB 146 654 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1912 DET MLB 140 609 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1913 DET MLB 122 501 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 DET MLB 98 414 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1915 DET MLB 156 700 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1916 DET MLB 145 636 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1917 DET MLB 152 669 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1918 DET MLB 111 473 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1919 DET MLB 124 545 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1920 DET MLB 112 495 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1921 DET MLB 128 581 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1922 DET MLB 137 612 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1923 DET MLB 145 647 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1924 DET MLB 155 726 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1925 DET MLB 121 490 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1926 DET MLB 79 273 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1927 PHA MLB 133 574 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1928 PHA MLB 95 393 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 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
1905 DET MLB 164 19 36 6 0 1 15 10 23 2 .240 .287 .300 .060 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1906 DET MLB 394 45 113 15 5 1 34 19 40 23 .316 .355 .394 .078 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1907 DET MLB 642 97 212 28 14 5 119 24 55 53 .350 .380 .468 .117 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1908 DET MLB 635 88 188 36 20 4 108 34 42 39 .324 .367 .475 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1909 DET MLB 651 116 216 33 10 9 107 48 45 76 .377 .431 .517 .140 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1910 DET MLB 590 106 194 35 13 8 91 64 46 65 .383 .456 .551 .168 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1911 DET MLB 654 147 248 47 24 8 127 44 43 83 .420 .467 .621 .201 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1912 DET MLB 609 120 226 30 23 7 83 43 30 61 34 .409 .456 .584 .175 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1913 DET MLB 501 70 167 18 16 4 67 58 31 51 .390 .467 .535 .145 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 DET MLB 414 69 127 22 11 2 57 57 22 35 17 .368 .466 .513 .145 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1915 DET MLB 700 144 208 31 13 3 99 118 43 96 38 .369 .486 .487 .117 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1916 DET MLB 636 113 201 31 10 5 68 78 39 68 24 .371 .452 .493 .122 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1917 DET MLB 669 107 225 44 24 6 102 61 34 55 .383 .444 .570 .187 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1918 DET MLB 473 83 161 19 14 3 64 41 21 34 .382 .440 .515 .133 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1919 DET MLB 545 92 191 36 13 1 70 38 22 28 .384 .429 .515 .131 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1920 DET MLB 495 86 143 28 8 2 63 58 28 15 10 .334 .416 .451 .117 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1921 DET MLB 581 124 197 37 16 12 101 56 19 22 15 .389 .452 .596 .207 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1922 DET MLB 612 99 211 42 16 4 99 55 24 9 13 .401 .462 .565 .163 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1923 DET MLB 647 103 189 40 7 6 88 66 14 9 10 .340 .413 .469 .129 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1924 DET MLB 726 115 211 38 10 4 79 85 18 23 14 .338 .418 .450 .112 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1925 DET MLB 490 97 157 31 12 12 102 65 12 13 9 .378 .468 .598 .219 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1926 DET MLB 273 48 79 18 5 4 62 26 2 9 4 .339 .408 .511 .172 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1927 PHA MLB 574 104 175 32 7 5 93 67 12 22 16 .357 .440 .482 .124 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1928 PHA MLB 393 54 114 27 4 1 40 34 16 6 8 .323 .389 .431 .108 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

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Injury History

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BP Chats

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2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)Which GM has the best chance of beating up an MLB player, and who is that player, and why do you think a GM could beat him up?
(Wooster from Big Poop)
Even though he isn't a GM I would have to say Jack McKeon because he has the kind of experience you can't find anywhere else. He could probably beat up Ty Cobb because Ty Cobb isn't doing that much moving right now. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)re: Bonds/HOF. How can people have ethical concerns about Bonds being in the HOF when Ty Cobb, who appears to have repeatedly beaten people into unconsciousness, and Babe Ruth (amongst others), who violated the 18th Amendment on multiple occasions, are in the HOF? Isn't this just a horrific case of not voting for someone because he was generally disliked?
(ttt from Manhattan)
I think the distinction some people draw (and again, I wouldn't draw this distinction) is that Cobb, while possibly (probably) a terrible person, played the game with more integrity than Bonds, that his lousy personality was largely an off-the-field problem and not something that affected play. And to play devil's advocate (because again, I'm in your corner), is the fact that some bad people/personalities are already in a good reason to add more of them? Maybe some voters see it as a "two wrongs don't make a right" situation. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Hunter Pence more old-timey than someone like Ty Cobb?
(Will from (Rochester))
My Productive Outs comrade Riley Breckenridge broke down Pence perfectly in a recent episode of our PRODcast. Riley said that Pence was kept locked up in a basement for the first 15 or so years of his life and shown nothing but those 1920s-ish baseball films that are all sped-up and funny-lookin', and Pence's entire familiarity with baseball stems from those films.

Which is as good an explanation as I've heard for his completely bizarre ... well, everything. (Ian Miller)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Following up on an item mentioned in the World Series Game 7 chat, what is the best Ty Cobb biography, if there is one to recommend? I don't have the patience to separate the fiction from the nonfiction in the Al Stump books.
(Michael from Detroit, MI)
No contest--Charles Alexander's book will serve. As a writer, Alexander is just functional, but his research is solid. I like his book on John McGraw as well. (Steven Goldman)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay - thanks again for the JAWS series this year. I'm submitting this question at 8:00am Eastern, so I don't yet know the results. My question is more of a suggestion - how similar is the relationship between Tim Raines and Rickey Henderson to that of Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb. In both cases, the paired players were contemporaries at the same position. In both cases, the former player was seen as awesome, but not the best in his role due to the continued presence of the latter. Hopefully, in both cases, the former player eventually gains enshrinement. What says you?
(R.A.Wagman from Toronto)
A question I'd have to research more fully to understand the attitudes toward Speaker and Cobb. Both of whom were apparently members of the KKK, to show you how standards of morality can shift over time. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steven, Very sorry to hear about your father being in the hospital again. My best to him and to you. My question: As a Red Sox fan, Cano can't be this good, right? Please say he isn't. You may chalk his production this season up to one or more of the following: 1) how his grandmother's magic beans ended up in his chili, 2) Cano's thievery of a pair of rabbit's feet underoos from Mark Teixeira's locker during spring training, 3) BABIP, LD%, Fly Ball %, or 4) actual skill. I'd prefer it was one of the first two, however. As always, thanks for the chat.
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
Thanks mm2000. I think he is kind of real. He's probably not a "real" .371 hitter, because Ty Cobb aside, no one is consistent at that level. When Cano slumped at the beginning of May, I thought (and wrote) "Aha, here comes one of his patented low-concentration/swing at anything cold streaks." Instead, he regrouped and hit .336 for the month. Since hitting eight home runs in April he's whacked only five, so the good news for you is that he's apparently not Rogers Hornsby. The really positive thing that has happened here is that you have a player with a tremendous ability to make contact and hit the ball hard who, while not becoming selective by any means, has upped his patience by just enough to eliminate the easy outs he used to make from time to time (or month to month, and in 2008 for a whole season. At 27 he's freakin' peakin'. If he doesn't regress, I see no reason why he can't give us a few more .320 or .330 seasons before he's done. (Steven Goldman)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Garrett Jones the greatest hitter of all time?
(tycobb from ga)
Better than Ty Cobb?

Yes, on the heels of his 8th home run last night in something like 60 at bats, there is little doubt. But seriously, Jones is a good story and a nice shot in the arm for the Pirates. That said, I have to believe that heís a 2-for-12 slump away from sitting on the bench and watching Lastings Milledge play. As popular as Nyjer Morgan was -- and yes, Morgan can play, too -- the Milledge deal was seemingly a wise one for Neal Huntington. There is still a good chance that Milledge will be a star. Garrett Jones is, in all likelihood, the most recent reincarnation of Chris Shelton. (David Laurila)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think the problem with the deadball era is that it's a completely different game. Offensive and defensive have ebbed and flowed throughout the years but different factors thereof still had similar relative values. It's hard to make sense of an era where scoring was way down, averages were way up, power meant triples, everyone stole at a 50% clip and usage and equipment changes since mean contemporary pitching is almost irrelevant as a comparison point. The sixties are a distant, distant second place in the whole "no rational frame of reference" game. And I say this as someone whose loved the era ever since you recommended Crazy 08 and The Glory of Their Times to me at the Boston book signing!
(jackalltogether from Boston)
Glad you took me up on those books. There are some really good ones. I also like "The Pitch that Killed," about Ray Chapman and Carl Mays... For me, history, even baseball history, is all about people and their high and low moments, their heroism, their villainy, the fact that they succeeded and failed just like you and me. The challenge as a writer is to bring them to life as people, not just stats. That's what I try to do, though it's sometimes a little difficult in the context of a 1500-word column. Also, even though all the differences you point out are true, a lot of the team-building and strategic problems are relateable. If I ask you to choose between PH A and PH B in a World Series game, and describe the strengths and weaknesses of each, we can second-guess along whether we're talking about Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker or Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker vs. Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay? The Analogy Police have reported you to Joe
(jackalltogether from Boston)
That was totally random, of course. You really can't go wrong, can you? Bay is the one that doesn't belong, I guess. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)No Goldstein/Goldman joke today. Sorry. I've run out of material.
(Richie from Washington)
Why is it that no one ever asks him to tell some good Ty Cobb stories in his chats? I think that would only be fair. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you tell some good Ty Cobb stories? Maybe like the time he climbed into the stands and punched the guy in the wheelchair?
(Lincoln from Fort Worth)
The guy wasn't in a wheelchair. He had no hands, so operating a wheelchair might have been a problem. When Cobb started stomping the guy, people around him shouted, "He has no hands!" Cobb said, "I don't care if he has no feet!" and kept stomping. Cobb did not discriminate against the physically challenged, just non-whites. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you tell me about the time when Ty Cobb bet his teammate he could hit the ball through a hole in the outfield fence?
(Chris from Wilson, NC)
I can tell you about the time that he said he would hit home runs, just to show that he could play the power game if he felt like it, then popped three in a game... (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)There was some interesting centerfielder talk on the Max Kellerman radio show today. They argued for Jim Edmonds' HOF case and were also discussing Ichiro, at one point even comparing him to Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb. Is Ichiro really at their level?
(Peter from Staten Island)
No, I don't think he is. He's got the speed and batting averages of their games, but he doesn't have the power. If you look at Clay's translated stats on the DT pages for these players, you'll see that Cobb works out to .355/.423/.617, and Speaker to .324/.410/.580, but Ichiro to "only" .348/.398/.462. If Speaker and Cobb had had the heart of their career in the lively ball era, they likely would have been huge power hitters, with some of those doubles and triples heading over the fences... As for Edmonds, I think he compares very well with the great CFs. How many of them were both great gloves and slugged .500? Very few. I think Edmonds is deserving, but he's going to have problems because he's short in the counting stats department due to not becoming a regular until 25 and subsequent injuries. (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-22 19:00:00 (link to chat)A friend and I have a bet: he says they called Ty Cobb "The Georgia Peach" because he was from Georgia, and that was considered clever back then. My theory is that it's an ironic nickname, like calling a bald guy "Curly." Who's right?
(Murph from Syracuse)
He was right at first, you became right as time went on. (Jim Baker)


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