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Portrait of Monte Irvin

Monte Irvin LFCubs

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
8 2893 .293 .383 .475 .296 23
Birth Date2-25-1919
Height6' 1"
Weight195 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 NY1 30 36 93 76 7 17 3 2 0 24 17 11 0 0 7 0 .224 .366 .316 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 NY1 31 110 432 374 61 112 19 5 15 186 52 41 5 1 66 3 .299 .392 .497 .304 20.1 2.3 2.2
1951 NY1 32 151 657 558 94 174 19 11 24 287 89 44 9 1 121 12 2 .312 .415 .514 .336 68.7 5.0 7.5
1952 NY1 33 46 137 126 10 39 2 1 4 55 10 11 1 0 21 0 1 .310 .365 .437 .302 5.5 0.1 0.6
1953 NY1 34 124 502 444 72 146 21 5 21 240 55 34 3 0 97 2 0 .329 .406 .541 .328 48.1 5.6 5.4
1954 NY1 35 135 512 432 62 113 13 3 19 189 70 23 2 5 3 64 7 4 .262 .363 .438 .281 22.1 9.0 3.3
1955 NY1 36 51 173 150 16 38 7 1 1 50 17 15 3 2 1 17 3 0 .253 .337 .333 .250 6.8 0.3 0.7
1956 CHN 37 111 387 339 44 92 13 3 15 156 41 41 0 4 3 50 1 0 .271 .346 .460 .287 14.7 17.3 3.3
Career76428932499366731973199118735122023119443287.293.383.475.296186.039.523.0

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
1949 NY1 MLB 36 93 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 NY1 MLB 110 432 .304 .264 .330 .408 .263 .000 98 16.3 9.7 -4.7 2.3 -2.1 20.1 2.2 20.1 2.2
1951 NY1 MLB 151 657 .336 .259 .327 .390 .267 .000 99 49.2 16.8 -6 5.0 6.1 68.7 7.5 68.7 7.5
1952 NY1 MLB 46 137 .302 .249 .311 .368 .263 .000 99 4.9 3.1 -0.6 0.1 -0.9 5.5 0.6 5.5 0.6
1953 NY1 MLB 124 502 .328 .269 .334 .418 .274 .000 99 35.3 13.7 -3.6 5.6 -3.3 48.1 5.4 48.1 5.4
1954 NY1 MLB 135 512 .281 .267 .332 .413 .267 .238 101 10.5 13.3 -3.1 9.0 0.9 22.1 3.3 22.1 3.3
1955 NY1 MLB 51 173 .250 .261 .325 .421 .264 .272 101 -1.5 3.9 -1 0.3 0.7 6.8 0.7 6.8 0.7
1956 CHN MLB 111 387 .287 .258 .319 .408 .257 .268 99 9.4 9.2 -2.1 17.3 0.2 14.7 3.3 14.7 3.3

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 NY1 MLB 93 7 17 3 2 0 7 17 11 0 .224 .366 .316 .092 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 NY1 MLB 432 61 112 19 5 15 66 52 41 3 .299 .392 .497 .198 .304 20.1 2.3 2.2
1951 NY1 MLB 657 94 174 19 11 24 121 89 44 12 2 .312 .415 .514 .203 .336 68.7 5.0 7.5
1952 NY1 MLB 137 10 39 2 1 4 21 10 11 0 1 .310 .365 .437 .127 .302 5.5 0.1 0.6
1953 NY1 MLB 502 72 146 21 5 21 97 55 34 2 0 .329 .406 .541 .212 .328 48.1 5.6 5.4
1954 NY1 MLB 512 62 113 13 3 19 64 70 23 7 4 .262 .363 .438 .176 .281 22.1 9.0 3.3
1955 NY1 MLB 173 16 38 7 1 1 17 17 15 3 0 .253 .337 .333 .080 .250 6.8 0.3 0.7
1956 CHN MLB 387 44 92 13 3 15 50 41 41 1 0 .271 .346 .460 .189 .287 14.7 17.3 3.3

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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BP Articles

Monte Irvin is referenced in the following articles.

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  Title Author Date
The Lineup Card: Seven Pioneers Worthy of Hall of Fame InductionBaseball Prospectus2014-01-08
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Freddie LindstromJay Jaffe2013-03-06
This article requires BP Premium accessIn A Pickle: The Four-Tool TeamsJason Wojciechowski2012-12-20
The BP Wayback Machine: Take Me Out of the Hall GameJay Jaffe2012-11-30
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: Is 12 Enough for Ichiro?Michael Bates2012-09-26
The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Baseball Songs that are NOT by The Baseball ProjectBaseball Prospectus2011-08-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: I Saw 'em When, Part 2Jay Jaffe2011-02-08
Prospectus Q&A: Jane Leavy, Part IIDavid Laurila2010-11-23
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Not a One-Shot WonderSteven Goldman2010-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Willie, Mickey, and the DukeBob Hertzel2010-08-10
Prospectus Q&A: Chris WertzDavid Laurila2010-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Jeff KentJay Jaffe2009-01-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: A Rock-y RoadJay Jaffe2008-12-16
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Exiting Stage LeftJim Baker2008-07-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-06-25
Prospectus Q&A: Marvin MillerJay Jaffe2008-06-02
Prospectus Hit and Run: Take Me Out of the Hall GameJay Jaffe2008-05-29
The Class of 2008: The Hitters, Part TwoJay Jaffe2007-12-20
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Echoes of the PastDan Fox2006-12-07
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Class of 2006: The HittersJay Jaffe2005-12-12
This article requires BP Premium accessAn Objective Hall of Fame: Part OneClay Davenport2005-08-08
The Class of 2005: The HittersJay Jaffe2004-12-16
The Class of 2004: Analyzing the HittersJay Jaffe2004-01-06


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)So I have to say I don't quite understand the Raines HOF love around these parts (although I guess better that than more Rice love.) He was a very good player with a couple of great years and he did all the little things yeah yeah, but basically we are talking about seven at best good/great years and a bunch of filler. He was a good basestealer and an onbase threat, but he wasn't a fantastic defender and he didn't have much power despite playing a position where you usually like to see some. That doesn't seem like a HOF shoe in at all, but rather marginal at best. Obv the Hall is filled with many such characters (and a number of well below marginal ones), but is adding one more really something we want to make a big cause celeb over?
(Alex from SF, CA)
Raines had more than a couple of great years. He's one of the top 10 LFs of all time. compares quite favorably to the average HOF LF in terms of his value at his peak and over the course of his career. He was every little bit as valuable as Tony Gwynn both at his peak and over the coursse of his career due to his ability to get on base and to advance himself.

From the JAWS piece I wrote:

"According to JAWS, Raines compares quite favorably to the average Hall of Fame left fielder, breezing past both career and peak benchmarks. By this measure he ranks as the ninth-best left fielder of all time, behind Barry Bonds, Stan Musial, Rickey Henderson, Ted Williams, Pete Rose, Jim O'Rourke, Ed Delahanty, and Carl Yastrzemski--some pretty fair ballplayers. If that sounds crazy, consider that the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract ranked Raines eighth back in 2001, calling him the second-most valuable leadoff hitter in history, behind only Henderson. If you weren't around for it, he was that good. Raines' overall WARP score ranks 81st all-time, 62nd among hitters. His peak score ranks 122nd all-time, 91st among hitters, and his JAWS is 88th all-time, 67th among hitters. If those numbers sound low, consider that the Hall of Fame contains 198 players whose major league careers we can measure via this method (i.e., non Negro-Leaguers or late-career crossovers like Satchel Paige and Monte Irvin), and historical estimates suggest we're witnessing another 30 or so Hall of Famers currently active."

For the rest of the piece please see here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=7007 (Jay Jaffe)


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