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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
17 5827 .247 .299 .320 .000 0
Birth Date7-27-1905
Height5' 10"
Weight160 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
1925 NYA 19 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1928 NYA 22 102 328 296 46 80 8 6 0 100 22 52 3 7 31 1 4 .270 .327 .338 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1929 NYA 23 106 385 341 53 84 4 5 0 98 34 33 3 7 32 3 1 .246 .320 .287 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1930 CIN 24 119 385 354 31 86 15 3 3 116 20 45 2 9 32 0 .243 .287 .328 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1931 CIN 25 121 385 361 26 82 11 5 1 106 18 32 0 6 29 0 .227 .264 .294 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1932 CIN 26 143 504 457 43 99 22 5 1 134 36 40 1 10 33 3 .217 .275 .293 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1933 CIN 27 16 58 51 6 11 1 0 1 15 4 5 0 3 3 0 .216 .273 .294 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1933 SLN 27 123 430 395 45 102 18 4 2 134 26 32 1 8 41 3 .258 .306 .339 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1934 SLN 28 146 541 500 62 130 26 5 3 175 33 40 2 6 70 2 .260 .308 .350 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1935 SLN 29 143 546 513 62 136 23 5 8 193 29 46 0 4 78 4 .265 .304 .376 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1936 SLN 30 136 549 510 57 146 22 3 1 177 29 47 2 8 58 3 .286 .327 .347 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1937 SLN 31 135 520 477 46 97 11 3 1 117 38 36 0 5 47 6 .203 .262 .245 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1938 BRO 32 141 532 479 41 105 18 5 1 136 47 30 3 3 56 3 .219 .293 .284 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1939 BRO 33 116 421 390 42 108 21 6 1 144 27 24 1 3 34 2 .277 .325 .369 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1940 BRO 34 62 175 160 10 37 9 1 1 51 12 13 0 3 14 1 .231 .285 .319 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1941 BRO 35 18 43 42 2 12 1 0 0 13 1 3 0 0 6 0 .286 .302 .310 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1943 BRO 37 6 19 18 1 4 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .222 .263 .222 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1945 BRO 39 2 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career1637582753505751320210562417143774801882567315.247.299.320.0000.00.00.0

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
1925 NYA MLB 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1928 NYA MLB 102 328 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1929 NYA MLB 106 385 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1930 CIN MLB 119 385 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1931 CIN MLB 121 385 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1932 CIN MLB 143 504 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1933 CIN MLB 16 58 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1933 SLN MLB 123 430 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1934 SLN MLB 146 541 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1935 SLN MLB 143 546 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1936 SLN MLB 136 549 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1937 SLN MLB 135 520 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1938 BRO MLB 141 532 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1939 BRO MLB 116 421 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1940 BRO MLB 62 175 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1941 BRO MLB 18 43 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1943 BRO MLB 6 19 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1945 BRO MLB 2 5 .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
1925 NYA MLB 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1928 NYA MLB 328 46 80 8 6 0 31 22 52 1 4 .270 .327 .338 .068 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1929 NYA MLB 385 53 84 4 5 0 32 34 33 3 1 .246 .320 .287 .041 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1930 CIN MLB 385 31 86 15 3 3 32 20 45 0 .243 .287 .328 .085 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1931 CIN MLB 385 26 82 11 5 1 29 18 32 0 .227 .264 .294 .066 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1932 CIN MLB 504 43 99 22 5 1 33 36 40 3 .217 .275 .293 .077 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1933 SLN MLB 430 45 102 18 4 2 41 26 32 3 .258 .306 .339 .081 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1933 CIN MLB 58 6 11 1 0 1 3 4 5 0 .216 .273 .294 .078 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1934 SLN MLB 541 62 130 26 5 3 70 33 40 2 .260 .308 .350 .090 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1935 SLN MLB 546 62 136 23 5 8 78 29 46 4 .265 .304 .376 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1936 SLN MLB 549 57 146 22 3 1 58 29 47 3 .286 .327 .347 .061 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1937 SLN MLB 520 46 97 11 3 1 47 38 36 6 .203 .262 .245 .042 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1938 BRO MLB 532 41 105 18 5 1 56 47 30 3 .219 .293 .284 .065 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1939 BRO MLB 421 42 108 21 6 1 34 27 24 2 .277 .325 .369 .092 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1940 BRO MLB 175 10 37 9 1 1 14 12 13 1 .231 .285 .319 .087 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1941 BRO MLB 43 2 12 1 0 0 6 1 3 0 .286 .302 .310 .024 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1943 BRO MLB 19 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 .222 .263 .222 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1945 BRO MLB 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

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Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

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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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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
The Lineup Card: Making the Case for Harper, Machado, or TroutBaseball Prospectus2013-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: The Historical Quirks of "42"Zachary Levine2013-04-16
BP Unfiltered: Two Probably Unrelated Baseball HighlightsSam Miller2013-03-18
Wezen-Ball: The Astrodome's Futuristic ScoreboardLarry Granillo2013-02-26
Wezen-Ball: The 1948 World Series, Game1: A Radio DiaryLarry Granillo2013-01-30
Inside The Park: The Man of MissouriBradford Doolittle2013-01-21
This article requires BP Premium accessIn A Pickle: The Four-Tool TeamsJason Wojciechowski2012-12-20
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: At What Price RevolutionMichael Bates2012-08-15
Inside The Park: Ozzie Guillen and His Big MouthBradford Doolittle2012-07-20
The Lineup Card: 12 Baseball Players We'd Like to See As PresidentBaseball Prospectus2012-01-25
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: Exorcising the Ghost of LeoSteven Goldman2011-11-04
Baseball ProGUESTus: Silly Goose: Mariano Rivera and the Myth of the Seven-Out SaveKevin Baker2011-10-31
The BP Wayback Machine: Every Team Has a Special GM, Except the CubsSteven Goldman2011-10-22
The BP Broadside: In Defense of Tony LaRussaSteven Goldman2011-10-21
The BP Broadside: The ALDS Goat Remains Masked and AnonymousSteven Goldman2011-10-07
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two: Aye-yi-yala!Jay Jaffe2011-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: In Which the Cardinals Suffer an Unlikely LossSteven Goldman2011-09-23
The Lineup Card: 9 Forgotten Players from Defunct FranchisesBaseball Prospectus2011-09-08
The Lineup Card: The Top 13 Veterans Committee Selections That Weren't THAT BadBaseball Prospectus2011-07-20
The BP Wayback Machine: Un-StarsJames Click2011-06-30
The BP Broadside: Fredi Gonzalez Says Something Really, Really DumbSteven Goldman2011-05-19
One-Hoppers: Remembering Jackie Robinson, and the Man Who Taught Me About HimJay Jaffe2011-04-15
Prospectus Hit and Run: Duke Snider, 1926-2011Jay Jaffe2011-02-28
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: Every Team Has a Special GM, Except the CubsSteven Goldman2011-02-16
Another Look: The All-Non-Hall of Fame TeamBob Hertzel2011-01-12
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Ron SantoBob Hertzel2010-12-06
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Willie MaysBob Hertzel2010-11-29
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Reconsidering Pete RoseBob Hertzel2010-09-14
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Not a One-Shot WonderSteven Goldman2010-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Showalter GambitSteven Goldman2010-08-03
Another Look: Andy Van SlykeBob Hertzel2010-07-27
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Memorial Day MeditationsSteven Goldman2010-05-31
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Chris DavisDavid Laurila2010-04-28
You Can Blog It Up: Dead Player of the Day and Other Notes #9Steven Goldman2010-04-08
This article requires BP Premium accessOne-Hoppers: Hendry's WindowChristina Kahrl2010-03-19
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Get Back in Line, Part 3Steven Goldman2010-03-11
The Week in Quotes: January 25-31Alex Carnevale2010-02-01
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: A Nationals Disgrace?Steven Goldman2009-07-21
You Could Look It Up: All-Star ObscuritiesSteven Goldman2009-07-10
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Matt Wieters of 1947Steven Goldman2009-06-02
You Could Look It Up: Why Babe Phelps and I Weren't in St. Louis Last WeekSteven Goldman2009-04-28
Prospectus Q&A: Jim ColbornDavid Laurila2008-10-19
Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus CubsChristina Kahrl2008-10-01
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Life and Times of Buzzie Bavasi, Part TwoJay Jaffe2008-05-14
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Life and Times of Buzzie Bavasi, Part OneJay Jaffe2008-05-07
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Sweepers, Part 3Steven Goldman2007-11-12
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: SweepersSteven Goldman2007-10-29
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: ScapegoatsSteven Goldman2007-10-01
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Pete Reiser's Place in DodgerdomSteven Goldman2007-09-24
Schrodinger's Bat: Calling the Balls and StrikesDan Fox2007-07-26
Schrodinger's Bat: Gameday Meets the KnuckleballDan Fox2007-06-21
Schrodinger's Bat: Double Steals And MoreDan Fox2007-03-22
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Echoes of the PastDan Fox2006-12-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: This Week in Baseball HeadlinesJim Baker2006-11-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Ask, and You Shall Be AnsweredJim Baker2006-10-31
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Delmon Young MailbagSteven Goldman2006-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Wins and the QuantumDan Fox2006-04-06
This article requires BP Premium accessCrooked Numbers: Un-StarsJames Click2005-07-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: AccountingJim Baker2005-01-19
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Free AssociationSteven Goldman2004-07-07
You Could Look It Up: WelcomeSteven Goldman2004-02-13
The Great Slide Backwards: Which Teams Will Lose 20 More Games this Season?Mark Armour2003-04-09
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Feature: The Downfall of Denny McLainMark Armour2003-02-28


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven, as I sit here grinding through my last Friday of studying before the bar exam, I am looking forward to reading something non-law related for the first time in a long time. What baseball biographies would you say are the all time best? And has BP ever considered starting a "Books Blog" with staff reviews of new baseball books, and maybe a list of favorites others may have missed?
(achaik from Maine)
Congratulations on making it through law school. One hopes the job market will treat you well. If you don't mind me shifting the question slightly to autobiographies, I love and frequently return to Veeck as in Wreck (Bill Veeck), Nice Guys Finish Last (Leo Durocher, and just reissued), and Maybe I'll Pitch Forever (Satchel Paige). In common with all autobios, the authors skip or gloss the bad stuff and exaggerate the good, but the stories are so great and so well-told that you can live with that. If you want a straight biography, Robert Creamer's "Babe" on Ruth is very good, and so is Charles Alexander on John McGraw. Haven't read the new Mays or Aaron books yet. Finally, I will be crass enough to recommend my own "Forging Genius," on Casey Stengel. ...Christina and I discussed adding a books feature recently, but I imagine a lack of bandwidth for both of us renders that kind of a daunting task. (Steven Goldman)
2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Decline and Fall of the New York Yankees (1967)by Jack Mann - well written, entertaining.
(rich from nj)
A good book, out of print insofar as I know, but worth tracking down. At last night's signing I mentioned that two of my favorite baseball books are Veeck as In Wreck and Nice Guys Finished Last, by Bill Veeck and Leo Durocher, respectively, both collaborated on by Ed Linn. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had a gun to your head, would you say that Torre 1. got the Yankees and extra WS or two through cool-headedness; 2. Cost them one or two through his bullpen usage; 3. Probably had no effect. Substitute other reasons for 1 & 2 if I'm off. Thanks!
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
Do I have to have a gun to my head? Can I say that it was sometimes 1 and sometimes 2, depending on the year? Let us also say that in both 2001 and 2003 his decision-making was influenced by pathetic roster construction--if you look back at our last playoff roundtable, you can find Joe and I talking about this. In 2001, the bench was Enrique Wilson, Clay Bellinger, Randy Velarde. In 2003, as Joe memorably said, they had more lefties in the pen than the Marlins had lefty hitters. I don't know who gets responsibility for those calls. But in 2007, his "coolness" led him to sit on his ass while Joba was eaten by bugs, and I know very well that Casey or Billy Martin or Leo Durocher or John McGraw or Dick Williams would have been out there pulling his team off the field. I don't know if they would have gotten to the World Series, but his coolness became passivity there and justifiably cost him his job. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've got a bone to pick with Prospectus over the last few days. It seems like every day someone writes an article about how "this may seem like momentum, but it's not" or "this is just a player getting lucky, it's not a hot streak." While I realize that most people underestimate the amount of luck that goes into baseball, certainly the game is played by people, and people do get into grooves, start feeling good/bad about themselves, etc., etc.. Y'all wrote It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over and now you're going out of your way to remove narratives from baseball. What is the deal?
(James from Boston)
So you're saying that maybe we at BP are on a cold streak, one that's gonna cost us the analytical pennant? There's no panic in this locker room, and my numbers say we'll pull out of it.

Baseball is a game of streaks and slumps, and fans and media tend to attach narratives to them with particular sensitivity to the time of year in which they occur. A slump that wouldn't be thought of as more than a hiccup if it happened in early June is suddenly read as evidence of imminent collapse with an accompanying lack of moral fibre: a choke. The Cubs losing eight of nine in late August/early September prompts everyone to conjure up stories of the black cat in 1969, despite the fact that Leo Durocher is in his grave and the likes of Ron Santo and Fergie Jenkins have nothing to do with this team. The Rays losing six out of seven while the Red Sox win six out of seven is proof that the former is too young to win this thing while the latter just knows how to git-er-done... Yeesh. Might as well turn on the content hose and mail in the next half-dozen columns.

The streaks and slumps that make up a baseball season tend to cloud judgements, as though the most recent week is exponentially more important than the 20 or so which preceeded it. That's just not true unless you're talking about the final days of the season, and for the most part, teams' performances tend to even out. The narratives I tend to enjoy and employ in discussing pennant races do fascinate me, but they're narratives of a whole season or a much longer period than just a lost weekend at this point in time. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)We know the way it was handled was wrong but were the Mets right in firing Willie Randolph?
(David from NJ)
Well, as botched a job as it was, I don't entirely disagree with the decision to dismiss Randolph. As Rob Neyer pointed out at ESPN, there's a good argument to make that he's not the right manager at the right time for this club, even given its flimsy construction.

Managers aren't solely tacticians. They're leaders of men (some very boyish men at times). Different managers have different styles, but some seem to be better at protecting their teams by placing themselves in the line of fire and drawing the attention away from the struggles of their clubs. Ozzie Guillen is a good example of this now, as batsh*t crazy as he may seem, there's a method to his madness. Joe Torre does the same thing while exuding an aura of pure calm. Bobby Valentine, Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher, Tommy Lasorda - the styles can vary but that function is an important one.

Randolph didn't handle that aspect of the job very well. The Mets have carried a very negative aura around them since last year's collapse, and not even the acquisition of Johan Santana could erase that. At some point Randolph should have just said strong words to the effect of "Don't connect this club to last year's mess, it's a new day and we've moved on so you should too." Instead he played the race card and in doing so started the countdown on his own sell-by date. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableWrong Teuton, Mr. Goldman, that was Maximilian Schell, who would probably have done fine cast as somebody excitable when he was younger. Or shaving. Leo Durocher? ;-) (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneBBBill (Hamilton, Ohio): Re. the Gas House Gang: The Gas House Gang by John Heidenry was a good, balanced account with interesting information on origins of "gas house gang" term. Dizzy and the Gas House Gang by Doug Feldmann was also a good account, but centered more on Dizzy Dean. The chapter on the Gas House Gang in Leo Durocher's Nice Guys Finish Last is very entertaining and informative, as I recall.

Nice Guys kicks ass. Easily one of the greatest baseball books ever. I need to re-read it, having just gotten a promo copy upon its reissue. ("Daffy" Jaffe)