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Portrait of Curt Flood

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
15 6958 .293 .342 .389 .272 43.7
Birth Date1-18-1938
Height5' 9"
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
1956 CIN 18 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -.006 -0.6 0.0 -0.1
1957 CIN 19 3 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 1.333 .524 0.9 -0.0 0.1
1958 SLN 20 121 461 422 50 110 17 2 10 161 31 56 4 0 4 41 2 12 .261 .317 .382 .243 8.4 24.2 3.5
1959 SLN 21 121 226 208 24 53 7 3 7 87 16 35 0 2 0 26 2 1 .255 .305 .418 .257 6.1 -0.7 0.6
1960 SLN 22 140 443 396 37 94 20 1 8 140 35 54 4 4 4 38 0 3 .237 .303 .354 .231 -5.4 0.5 -0.5
1961 SLN 23 132 380 335 53 108 15 5 2 139 35 33 3 0 7 21 6 2 .322 .391 .415 .285 25.0 10.1 3.6
1962 SLN 24 151 701 635 99 188 30 5 12 264 42 57 10 6 8 70 8 6 .296 .346 .416 .267 29.5 15.0 4.6
1963 SLN 25 158 714 662 112 200 34 9 5 267 42 57 2 2 6 63 17 12 .302 .345 .403 .279 39.9 8.1 5.4
1964 SLN 26 162 739 679 97 211 25 3 5 257 43 53 5 1 11 46 8 11 .311 .356 .378 .273 38.6 6.0 5.0
1965 SLN 27 156 683 617 90 191 30 3 11 260 51 50 6 3 6 83 9 3 .310 .366 .421 .289 48.4 -2.9 5.1
1966 SLN 28 160 667 626 64 167 21 5 10 228 26 50 4 4 7 78 14 7 .267 .298 .364 .252 14.1 10.9 2.8
1967 SLN 29 134 562 514 68 172 24 1 5 213 37 46 2 5 4 50 2 2 .335 .378 .414 .310 42.5 8.7 6.0
1968 SLN 30 150 666 618 71 186 17 4 5 226 33 58 5 4 6 60 11 6 .301 .339 .366 .289 33.3 0.1 4.2
1969 SLN 31 153 672 606 80 173 31 3 4 222 48 57 7 2 9 57 9 7 .285 .344 .366 .268 26.8 7.6 3.8
1971 WS2 33 13 40 35 4 7 0 0 0 7 5 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .200 .300 .200 .217 -1.6 -0.8 -0.3
Career1759695863578511861271448524754446095233726368873.293.342.389.272306.086.943.7

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
1956 CIN MLB 5 1 -.006 .240 .294 .369 .240 .000 98 -0.3 0.0 0 0.0 -0.4 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
1957 CIN MLB 3 3 .524 .241 .300 .378 .246 .000 107 0.8 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
1958 SLN MLB 121 461 .243 .264 .322 .404 .263 .281 104 -7.7 12.4 1.1 24.2 -0.7 8.4 3.5 8.4 3.5
1959 SLN MLB 121 226 .257 .256 .321 .395 .262 .274 107 -0.6 6.2 0.5 -0.7 0.7 6.1 0.6 6.1 0.6
1960 SLN MLB 140 443 .231 .258 .318 .388 .260 .254 105 -12.6 11.9 1.1 0.5 -6.2 -5.4 -0.5 -5.4 -0.5
1961 SLN MLB 132 380 .285 .261 .323 .405 .260 .353 104 9.8 10.8 0.9 10.1 0.3 25.0 3.6 25.0 3.6
1962 SLN MLB 151 701 .267 .263 .324 .394 .262 .308 105 4.9 19.5 1.8 15.0 0.7 29.5 4.6 29.5 4.6
1963 SLN MLB 158 714 .279 .247 .304 .365 .258 .324 105 12.5 17.9 1.6 8.1 8.4 39.9 5.4 39.9 5.4
1964 SLN MLB 162 739 .273 .254 .307 .374 .258 .331 106 8.9 18.9 1.7 6.0 5.0 38.6 5.0 38.6 5.0
1965 SLN MLB 156 683 .289 .248 .305 .371 .258 .322 104 18.1 17.3 1.6 -2.9 11.1 48.4 5.1 48.4 5.1
1966 SLN MLB 160 667 .252 .256 .308 .383 .261 .275 98 -5 17.0 1.5 10.9 3.2 14.1 2.8 14.1 2.8
1967 SLN MLB 134 562 .310 .252 .309 .368 .264 .357 98 24.4 13.5 1.2 8.7 3.6 42.5 6.0 42.5 6.0
1968 SLN MLB 150 666 .289 .243 .296 .343 .257 .324 87 15.6 14.7 1.3 0.1 3.9 33.3 4.2 33.3 4.2
1969 SLN MLB 153 672 .268 .250 .316 .369 .259 .309 97 5.4 17.3 1.6 7.6 0.2 26.8 3.8 26.8 3.8
1971 WS2 MLB 13 40 .217 .244 .305 .363 .253 .212 99 -1.6 1.0 0.1 -0.8 0.2 -1.6 -0.3 -1.6 -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
1956 CIN MLB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.006 -0.6 0.0 -0.1
1957 CIN MLB 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 1.333 1.000 .524 0.9 -0.0 0.1
1958 SLN MLB 461 50 110 17 2 10 41 31 56 2 12 .261 .317 .382 .121 .243 8.4 24.2 3.5
1959 SLN MLB 226 24 53 7 3 7 26 16 35 2 1 .255 .305 .418 .163 .257 6.1 -0.7 0.6
1960 SLN MLB 443 37 94 20 1 8 38 35 54 0 3 .237 .303 .354 .116 .231 -5.4 0.5 -0.5
1961 SLN MLB 380 53 108 15 5 2 21 35 33 6 2 .322 .391 .415 .093 .285 25.0 10.1 3.6
1962 SLN MLB 701 99 188 30 5 12 70 42 57 8 6 .296 .346 .416 .120 .267 29.5 15.0 4.6
1963 SLN MLB 714 112 200 34 9 5 63 42 57 17 12 .302 .345 .403 .101 .279 39.9 8.1 5.4
1964 SLN MLB 739 97 211 25 3 5 46 43 53 8 11 .311 .356 .378 .068 .273 38.6 6.0 5.0
1965 SLN MLB 683 90 191 30 3 11 83 51 50 9 3 .310 .366 .421 .112 .289 48.4 -2.9 5.1
1966 SLN MLB 667 64 167 21 5 10 78 26 50 14 7 .267 .298 .364 .097 .252 14.1 10.9 2.8
1967 SLN MLB 562 68 172 24 1 5 50 37 46 2 2 .335 .378 .414 .080 .310 42.5 8.7 6.0
1968 SLN MLB 666 71 186 17 4 5 60 33 58 11 6 .301 .339 .366 .065 .289 33.3 0.1 4.2
1969 SLN MLB 672 80 173 31 3 4 57 48 57 9 7 .285 .344 .366 .081 .268 26.8 7.6 3.8
1971 WS2 MLB 40 4 7 0 0 0 2 5 2 0 1 .200 .300 .200 .000 .217 -1.6 -0.8 -0.3

Plate Discipline

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Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1967-07-07 1967-07-28 21 20 Right Shoulder Strain - -

Compensation

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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

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
The Lineup Card: Seven Unsigned Top Draft PicksBaseball Prospectus2014-07-24
In A Pickle: The Sexy, Sultry San Jose vs. MLB ComplaintJason Wojciechowski2013-06-20
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: Austin Jackson's Most Valuable FutureAdam Sobsey2013-04-10
BP Unfiltered: The Biggest Late Rallies That Came Up ShortRyan Lind2013-04-08
This article requires BP Premium accessBizball: A Detailed Look at the Salary Arbitration Class of 2013Maury Brown2013-02-25
This article requires BP Premium accessIn A Pickle: All-Stars Are Not All StarsJason Wojciechowski2013-02-21
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Murphy, Morris, and Using the Full 15 BallotsZachary Levine2013-01-10
Wezen-Ball: The SPBA's Short LifeLarry Granillo2012-11-28
Wezen-Ball: Athletic SupportersLarry Granillo2012-11-06
Manufactured Runs: The Very Long Night of Melky CabreraColin Wyers2012-09-21
Expanded Horizons: An Hour with Marvin MillerTommy Bennett2012-04-26
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: Do We Care About Characters?Adam Sobsey2012-03-07
The Lineup Card: 12 Baseball Players We'd Like to See As PresidentBaseball Prospectus2012-01-25
Wezen-Ball: The New Marlins Board GameLarry Granillo2011-12-08
Baseball ProGUESTus: When 100 Tiles Meets 27 OutsDiane Firstman2011-10-14
The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Baseball Songs that are NOT by The Baseball ProjectBaseball Prospectus2011-08-03
BP Unfiltered: The Paper Trail 6/28John Perrotto2011-06-28
Wezen-Ball: The Baseball Project in ConcertLarry Granillo2011-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Asian Equation: The Idiosyncrasy of IchiroMichael Street2011-05-11
Prospectus Perspective: Baseball and Christmas LootChristina Kahrl2010-12-27
BP Podcast: Episode 29: How 'Bout That Flight Tracker?Kevin Goldstein2010-12-15
One-Hoppers: The Snubbed Cub: Ron Santo (1940-2010)Jay Jaffe2010-12-03
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Dick AllenBob Hertzel2010-11-23
World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic MemoriesBaseball Prospectus2010-10-27
This article requires BP Premium accessExpanded Horizons: Flooded with ChoicesTommy Bennett2010-09-07
Manufactured Runs: By Land, Sea, and AirColin Wyers2010-08-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: O-Dog Waits, Edmonds CampaignsJay Jaffe2010-01-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: 10 Men OutJay Jaffe2010-01-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Toby Harrah, Part OneDavid Laurila2009-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Protracting the ProcessJay Jaffe2009-01-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Exiting Stage LeftJim Baker2008-07-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Late Standing StartsJim Baker2008-06-20
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over: A Peek InsideBaseball Prospectus2007-09-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Milestoners and the New New Veterans CommitteeJay Jaffe2007-08-14
This article requires BP Premium accessHope and Faith: How the New York Yankees Can Win the World SeriesAlex Belth2007-03-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Gold Gloves in FebruaryJoe Sheehan2007-02-27
This article requires BP Premium accessGrumpy Old Men: JAWS Tackles the Veterans Committee BallotJay Jaffe2007-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Ledger Domain: MythsMaury Brown2006-11-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Ask, and You Shall Be AnsweredJim Baker2006-10-31
Remembering Buck O'Neil: A Full LifeAlex Belth2006-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Definition of InsanitySteven Goldman2006-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Annuity That Changed Baseball: Hunter v. FinleyBrent Gambill2006-08-24
Prospectus Notebook: Diamondbacks, White SoxBaseball Prospectus2006-06-15
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Ledger Domain: Walter O'Malley and Marvin Miller For the Hall of FameMaury Brown2006-06-05
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: 40-40, and 20Jim Baker2005-09-13
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: John Quinn's ReignSteven Goldman2005-08-24
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Veterans Committee Ballot: JAWS Chews on the EligiblesJay Jaffe2005-03-02
National League Gold Glove Awards: What the Numbers SayClay Davenport2004-11-04
Prospectus Triple Play: Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh PiratesBaseball Prospectus2004-03-01
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part IIBaseball Prospectus2004-02-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Allen BarraAlex Belth2003-07-08
Prospectus Feature: 2003 IHOF Veterans Committee ResultsNeal Traven2003-02-26


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about the minor league wage suits? Do you think minor leaguers will ever organize / obtain better terms?
(James from Bethesda)
I think minor leaguers should be compensated more than they are. They are paid below minimum wage and only 5 months a year. Something is broken and should be fixed. They need a Curt Flood and a Marvin Miller but time will tell. (Joshua Kusnick)
2012-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What baseball team lends itself most poetically to the myth of Icarus? Prometheus? What baseball coach is the most like Willy Loman? Is baseball tragedy or comedy?
(BIG CHUD from miracletown)
The Rangers are Icarus. They've flown really close to the sun the last 2 seasons and they've gotten burned.

Curt Flood was Prometheus.

Ozzie Guillen is a loud-mouthed Willy Loman with a funny accent. (Ian Miller)
2011-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hard to compare owners from different eras. So what are the ownership eras of baseball? A) Abner Doubleday to the demise of the Federal League, B) The BlackSox to Jackie, C) Integration to Curt Flood, and D) Free Agency
(Paul from DC)
No, it's not that simple. You'd have to pinpoint the moment that ownership became a class of rich guys as opposed to some random grubby entrepreneurs shuffling guys in dirty uniforms around the country. You'd find key changes with the submission of owners to the National Commission and then to Judge Landis. There is the demise of "syndicate" baseball in the early part of the 20th century, where an owner could own more than one team and shuffle players between them for the best mix. And Jackie didn't change anything as far as ownership. For most of them, they just kept right on being primitivist bastards. (Steven Goldman)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, did you see the piece William Rhoden wrote in the Times this week about Steinbrenner and Curt Flood and the Hall? He said if George makes it, Flood should make it first. I have to admit to having reservations about Flood being in there even though I wrote a book about him, admire his off-the-field actions, and would be more than happy to see him honored. What are your feelings about Flood and then George being in the Hall?
(Alex Belth from Bronx)
Yo, Alex! If Flood makes it, it won't be because of his merits as a player, it will be some kind of unique honor. He was a legitimate whiz in center field but not a tremendous hitter even after adjusting for the times; at best I see him coming up with a case somewhere between Lou Brock and Johnny Damon - a run at 3000 sprinkled with some postseason chops - if his career had continued and his challenge had never happened.

As for Steinbrenner, I'm for it. The man was probably the game's most influential owner after O'Malley, who's finally in and should have been a long time ago. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Books you're currently reading, and plan to read, baseball and non-baseball divisions?
(BL from Bozeman)
In the baseball division, I finally picked up a copy of D'Antonio's Forever Blue, and I keep meaning to crack Brad Snyder's A Well-Paid Slave (about Curt Flood). I'm currently finishing up Sebestyen's 1989 (a light run through the fall of the Wall) and Howe's What Hath God Wrought (heavy slog through 1815-1848 US history), and debating whether to turn to Herwig's new history of First Marne or Blom's The Vertigo Years. Also, Kerr's A Quiet Flame needs attention, since I like the Bernie Gunther series quite a bit. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-14 16:30:00 (link to chat)As an economist, how about a quick explanation of baseball's anti-trust exemption--why it was established to begin with, and how it's relevant today? I may be asking a bit much for a chat format, but seems worth a try. Thanks!
(jromero from seattle)
I actually was discussing this with my wife who just graduated law school last week. Apparently, it started in the '20s because the Supreme Court said baseball was a "state issue" and therefore shouldn't be covered under federal law (which can regulates only interstate commerce). Challenges were unsuccessful because of precedent, but other sports never got the same treatment. Curt Flood challenged it back in the '70s when he didn't want to be traded under the reserve clause, but that didn't work. It did open the door to free agency, though. That's the legal stuff, at least as far as I can remember. As an economist, I don't really see other baseball markets popping up if it were removed, and I'm actually pretty confident that removing the reserve clause itself might have disastrous consequences for players given baseball's playoff structure. Some kind of market restriction does help, though the current one is quite rough on players with short peaks. (Matt Swartz)
2008-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Travis Snider stay in the outfield long-term or does his body type necessitate a move to first at some point? How athletic is he?
(Tim from Lansing MI)
He's hardly Curt Flood out there, but he's actually a pretty solid outfielder. He's not a pig there and he has pretty good instincts and an average arm. I think he could stay there for a while. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)How about Curt Flood as the fifth?
(Gump from ny)
Curt Flood was a tremendous baseball player and a good human being. He gets FAR too much credit in the timeline of history, however. His case went nowhere. Put everyone else--McNally, Messersmith, Hunter, Seitz, Miller--in front of him as far as influence.

My #5 would be Marvin Miller. He was the perfect man for the job.

For those who think baseball was made worse by him, consider that the need to compete for players and pay them market salaries woke up an industry that was a generation behind the times in terms of marketing itself. I dare say that if not for Marvin Miller, we would not enjoy baseball in the many ways we can today. (Joe Sheehan)


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