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Portrait of Jerry Coleman

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
9 2415 .263 .340 .339 .194 2.5
Birth Date9-14-1924
Height6' 0"
Weight165 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
1949 NYA 24 128 523 447 54 123 21 5 2 160 63 44 2 11 42 8 6 .275 .367 .358 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 NYA 25 153 602 522 69 150 19 6 6 199 67 38 3 10 69 3 2 .287 .372 .381 .284 33.2 0.8 3.3
1951 NYA 26 121 405 362 48 90 11 2 3 114 31 36 4 8 43 6 1 .249 .315 .315 .242 6.6 -5.5 0.1
1952 NYA 27 11 47 42 6 17 2 1 0 21 5 4 0 0 4 0 1 .405 .468 .500 .361 6.0 -0.8 0.6
1953 NYA 28 8 11 10 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .157 -0.7 0.2 -0.1
1954 NYA 29 107 332 300 39 65 7 1 3 83 26 29 0 1 5 21 3 0 .217 .278 .277 .204 -6.7 -3.6 -1.1
1955 NYA 30 43 112 96 12 22 5 0 0 27 11 11 2 0 3 8 0 2 .229 .321 .281 .224 -0.9 -2.6 -0.4
1956 NYA 31 80 203 183 15 47 5 1 0 54 12 33 1 1 6 18 1 2 .257 .305 .295 .208 -0.8 -1.8 -0.3
1957 NYA 32 72 180 157 23 42 7 2 2 59 20 21 1 0 2 12 1 1 .268 .354 .376 .260 5.2 -2.3 0.3
Career72324152119267558771816719235218132462172215.263.340.339.19442.0-15.72.5

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
1949 NYA MLB 128 523 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 NYA MLB 153 602 .284 .272 .351 .409 .274 .000 96 14.1 15.4 -0.5 0.8 4.0 33.2 3.3 33.2 3.3
1951 NYA MLB 121 405 .242 .260 .339 .378 .271 .000 96 -7.3 10.7 0 -5.5 2.5 6.6 0.1 6.6 0.1
1952 NYA MLB 11 47 .361 .258 .327 .391 .275 .000 97 4.7 1.2 -0.1 -0.8 0.0 6.0 0.6 6.0 0.6
1953 NYA MLB 8 11 .157 .231 .322 .334 .246 .000 93 -1.2 0.3 0 0.2 0.2 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
1954 NYA MLB 107 332 .204 .258 .326 .378 .254 .230 99 -19 8.9 0.5 -3.6 2.2 -6.7 -1.1 -6.7 -1.1
1955 NYA MLB 43 112 .224 .266 .337 .389 .264 .259 99 -4.2 3.1 0.7 -2.6 0.5 -0.9 -0.4 -0.9 -0.4
1956 NYA MLB 80 203 .208 .258 .334 .388 .261 .311 100 -11.1 5.6 0.8 -1.8 1.2 -0.8 -0.3 -0.8 -0.3
1957 NYA MLB 72 180 .260 .259 .323 .382 .260 .299 99 -0.1 4.8 0.1 -2.3 0.1 5.2 0.3 5.2 0.3

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
1949 NYA MLB 523 54 123 21 5 2 42 63 44 8 6 .275 .367 .358 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 NYA MLB 602 69 150 19 6 6 69 67 38 3 2 .287 .372 .381 .094 .284 33.2 0.8 3.3
1951 NYA MLB 405 48 90 11 2 3 43 31 36 6 1 .249 .315 .315 .066 .242 6.6 -5.5 0.1
1952 NYA MLB 47 6 17 2 1 0 4 5 4 0 1 .405 .468 .500 .095 .361 6.0 -0.8 0.6
1953 NYA MLB 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .157 -0.7 0.2 -0.1
1954 NYA MLB 332 39 65 7 1 3 21 26 29 3 0 .217 .278 .277 .060 .204 -6.7 -3.6 -1.1
1955 NYA MLB 112 12 22 5 0 0 8 11 11 0 2 .229 .321 .281 .052 .224 -0.9 -2.6 -0.4
1956 NYA MLB 203 15 47 5 1 0 18 12 33 1 2 .257 .305 .295 .038 .208 -0.8 -1.8 -0.3
1957 NYA MLB 180 23 42 7 2 2 12 20 21 1 1 .268 .354 .376 .108 .260 5.2 -2.3 0.3

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
1955-04-23 1955-07-19 15-DL 87 80 Left Shoulder Fracture Clavicle - -

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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
The Week in Quotes: January 2-12Nick Bacarella2014-01-13
The Week in Quotes: January 2-12Chris Mosch2014-01-13
The Week in Quotes: January 2-12Morris Greenberg2014-01-13
The Week in Quotes: January 2-12Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-01-13
Baseball ProGUESTus: The Future of Baseball BroadcastingDave Raymond2013-01-22
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: The Unbearable Blandness of Joe GirardiAdam Sobsey2012-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: It Only Seems Like the SuburbsGeoff Young2012-04-10
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Yankees' Virgin SpringJay Jaffe2011-06-27
The BP Broadside: The Bronx Blame Game and the Posada PsychodramaSteven Goldman2011-05-17
Baseball ProGUESTus: Investigating the "Best Shape" PhenomenonRob Pettapiece2011-03-14
On the Beat: Refusing to SurrenderJohn Perrotto2010-12-07
Prospectus Q&A: Jane Leavy, Part IIDavid Laurila2010-11-23
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Memorial Day MeditationsSteven Goldman2010-05-31
The Week in Quotes: February 1-7Alex Carnevale2010-02-08
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Thanks and Faith EditionWill Carroll2007-08-13
Schrodinger's Bat: Double Steals And MoreDan Fox2007-03-22
This article requires BP Premium access"This is Our Fault": The McClatchy Ownership as Team Builder, Part IISteven Goldman2003-08-21
This article requires BP Premium accessCasey, TK, Gardenhire: How Does Your Prospect Grow?: How the Twins Haven't Learned from StengelSteven Goldman2003-07-02


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Since I got you here now, I'll bring up my other question I had for you. When I think of good bench, I'm thinking of a Tim Raines or a Darryl Strawberry- guys who can platoon, start in a pinch, that kind of thing- maybe a Rueben Rivera- I mean even Girardi and Leyritz were better offense backups then Molina is at this point, right? I mean even going back to the glory days, and I'm talking 47-64 here, we had Enos Slaughter on our bench for most of the 50s, the future HOFer and Cardinal great. We had Bob Cerv, Johnny Mize, Jerry Coleman. Every year before the season I read Dynasty: The New York Yankees from 1949-1964 by Peter Golenbock which is my favorite Yankee book. He has some great interviews with forgotten YAnkee legends, I think my favorite is with Allie Reynolds. Have you ever read it? Yeah I know the game was really different then with how everything worked but its just an example.
(seanp from Los Angeles )
Dynasty is a valuable book, though something of a missed opportunity for all the uncorrected factual errors. It also misses input from Casey, who was still around when Golenbock was writing it but might have been too ill or borderline senescent to participate. Since a lot of the players take shots at Casey, his inability to respond unbalances the thing, and the author makes no effort to provide that balance himself... The late 1990s Yankees had a terrific bench, though that might have been something of a unique circumstance. The 50s bench definitely was, the combination of a productive farm system and a Kansas City team willing to store players the Yankees weren't using until they needed them back. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm sure you remember that Bill James writes that the Yankees were able to lead the league in double plays so many times in the 50s, despite a constantly shifting middle infield, because "Gid McDougald could do anything." Of course, if most teams had a player like gil McDougald, he'd be starting somwhere in the infield, if they were smart. Then again, some teams and players think that 60 innings of good pitching is worth more than 175...
(Matt from Mt. Albert, ON)
Well, Gil did start. The thing was, he was good enough that if, say, Phil Rizzuto's bat died of old age and they needed a shortstop, he started at shortstop. If it turned out that Rizzuto could hit a little bit and Billy Martin had been drafted and Jerry Coleman was hurt, he could play second. If the Yankees couldn't come up with a better third baseman than Andy Carey, and they never could, then McDougald could pick it at third. It wasn't that he wasn't starting, it's that he was starting everywhere, depending on need. It's a very smart way of doing things if you have that kind of flexibility -- kind of like what Tony LaRussa did with Tony Phillips, except you have to imagine Phillips as a gold glover instead of a butcher. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)In your first, and very moving, article at BP (yes, I should have asked you this 4 years ago) you wrote: "There's Joe McCarthy, a manager who never ripped a player in public...until the day he did." I've always wondered who that player was. This can't be Babe Dahlgren is it?
(JimmyJack from Newcastle, WA)
No... It was Joe Page, future ace reliever. He had great stuff but was highly undisciplined off the field. Jerry Coleman told me he was self-destructive, a guy who couldn't let himself succeed. Later, of course, he had a couple of Cy Young-type years as the Yankees' fireman (closer would be the wrong word), but at that time he was still a starter, and failing. McCarthy was under a lot of pressure - drinking, dealing with wartime ballplayers, dealing with Larry MacPhail, who himself was a highly erratic personality due to alcohol, and something about Page just made him snap. While the team was waiting for a flight to take off (and McCarthy didn't like flying either - that was a MacPhail thing), McCarthy sat down next to Page and tore into him in front of the whole team. McCarthy resigned the next day. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesAnd again, right on the corner. Good use of technology. Who was it that used to do gold stars when someone made a good play? Jerry Coleman? That for Darling! (Will Carroll)