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Ralph Kiner LFPirates

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
10 6256 .279 .398 .548 .190 16.9
Birth Date10-27-1922
Height6' 2"
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
1946 PIT 23 144 579 502 63 124 17 3 23 216 74 109 1 2 81 3 .247 .345 .430 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1947 PIT 24 152 666 565 118 177 23 4 51 361 98 81 2 1 127 1 .313 .417 .639 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1948 PIT 25 156 670 555 104 147 19 5 40 296 112 61 3 0 123 1 .265 .391 .533 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1949 PIT 26 152 667 549 116 170 19 5 54 361 117 61 1 0 127 6 .310 .432 .658 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 PIT 27 150 672 547 112 149 21 6 47 323 122 79 3 0 118 2 .272 .408 .590 .314 35.7 -19.1 1.6
1951 PIT 28 151 670 531 124 164 31 6 42 333 137 57 2 0 109 2 1 .309 .452 .627 .379 64.8 -1.4 6.5
1952 PIT 29 149 633 516 90 126 17 2 37 258 110 77 7 0 87 3 0 .244 .384 .500 .327 33.9 -13.9 2.2
1953 CHN 30 117 491 414 73 117 14 2 28 219 75 67 1 1 87 1 1 .283 .394 .529 .331 33.1 -10.3 2.3
1953 PIT 30 41 175 148 27 40 6 1 7 69 25 21 2 0 29 1 0 .270 .383 .466 .270 5.2 -0.8 0.4
1954 CHN 31 147 643 557 88 159 36 5 22 271 76 90 2 3 5 73 2 0 .285 .371 .487 .305 27.0 -4.1 2.4
1955 CLE 32 113 390 321 56 78 13 0 18 145 65 46 0 4 0 54 0 0 .243 .367 .452 .290 18.1 -3.5 1.5
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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
1946 PIT MLB 144 579 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1947 PIT MLB 152 666 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1948 PIT MLB 156 670 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1949 PIT MLB 152 667 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 PIT MLB 150 672 .314 .258 .331 .399 .262 .000 104 29.4 14.1 -3.4 -19.1 -1.4 35.7 1.6 35.7 1.6
1951 PIT MLB 151 670 .379 .257 .325 .386 .265 .000 106 60.4 13.2 -5.3 -1.4 -3.1 64.8 6.5 64.8 6.5
1952 PIT MLB 149 633 .327 .247 .314 .362 .264 .000 101 28.1 11.0 -2.6 -13.9 0.3 33.9 2.2 33.9 2.2
1953 CHN MLB 117 491 .331 .262 .331 .407 .269 .000 101 31 11.6 -2.7 -10.3 -2.2 33.1 2.3 33.1 2.3
1953 PIT MLB 41 175 .270 .265 .329 .422 .272 .000 106 1.3 3.5 -0.8 -0.8 0.1 5.2 0.4 5.2 0.4
1954 CHN MLB 147 643 .305 .267 .331 .410 .265 .306 99 24.2 14.2 -3.4 -4.1 -3.9 27.0 2.4 27.0 2.4
1955 CLE MLB 113 390 .290 .256 .332 .383 .259 .230 101 12.2 10.8 -2.3 -3.5 0.7 18.1 1.5 18.1 1.5

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
1946 PIT MLB 579 63 124 17 3 23 81 74 109 3 .247 .345 .430 .183 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1947 PIT MLB 666 118 177 23 4 51 127 98 81 1 .313 .417 .639 .326 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1948 PIT MLB 670 104 147 19 5 40 123 112 61 1 .265 .391 .533 .268 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1949 PIT MLB 667 116 170 19 5 54 127 117 61 6 .310 .432 .658 .348 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 PIT MLB 672 112 149 21 6 47 118 122 79 2 .272 .408 .590 .318 .314 35.7 -19.1 1.6
1951 PIT MLB 670 124 164 31 6 42 109 137 57 2 1 .309 .452 .627 .318 .379 64.8 -1.4 6.5
1952 PIT MLB 633 90 126 17 2 37 87 110 77 3 0 .244 .384 .500 .256 .327 33.9 -13.9 2.2
1953 CHN MLB 491 73 117 14 2 28 87 75 67 1 1 .283 .394 .529 .246 .331 33.1 -10.3 2.3
1953 PIT MLB 175 27 40 6 1 7 29 25 21 1 0 .270 .383 .466 .196 .270 5.2 -0.8 0.4
1954 CHN MLB 643 88 159 36 5 22 73 76 90 2 0 .285 .371 .487 .201 .305 27.0 -4.1 2.4
1955 CLE MLB 390 56 78 13 0 18 54 65 46 0 0 .243 .367 .452 .209 .290 18.1 -3.5 1.5

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

Ralph Kiner is referenced in the following articles.

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: This Time, We CountSam Miller2014-07-16
The Week in Quotes: February 3-9Chris Mosch2014-02-10
The Week in Quotes: February 3-9Morris Greenberg2014-02-10
The Week in Quotes: February 3-9Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-02-10
The Week in Quotes: February 3-9Nick Bacarella2014-02-10
Remembering Ralph Kiner: What Kiner Can Teach UsWill Woods2014-02-07
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Hall of Fame 50 Percent Probability TestSam Miller2013-11-19
Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Turning 30 is So Much Better if You Don't Play BaseballBrian MacPherson2013-03-26
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Murphy, Morris, and Using the Full 15 BallotsZachary Levine2013-01-10
Pebble Hunting: A Hall of Fame Brochure for Ryan KleskoSam Miller2012-12-03
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Adam Jones' Unusual BreakoutBen Lindbergh2012-06-01
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2012-01-17
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Golden Era Ballot for the Hall of FameJay Jaffe2011-11-22
This article requires BP Premium accessClubhouse Confidential: An MVP By Any Other NameMarc Carig2011-09-21
Transaction Analysis: Jered Weaver's $85 Million Welcome MatBen Lindbergh2011-08-23
The BP Wayback Machine: Un-StarsJames Click2011-06-30
The BP Broadside: The Annotated WARP Leaders II: Did Ernie Banks Write the Book of Love?Steven Goldman2011-05-25
Prospectus Hit and Run: Duke Snider, 1926-2011Jay Jaffe2011-02-28
B-Warned: Adam DunnBrandon Warne2010-12-02
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Perspective: Man Up, Mariners!Steven Goldman2010-09-10
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: The 1952 PiratesBob Hertzel2010-07-13
You Can Blog It Up: The 2010 Orioles: One of the Worst Teams of All Time?Steven Goldman2010-06-05
You Can Blog It Up: DPOTD: Stan Hack for the Hall of FameSteven Goldman2010-05-25
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayer Profile: Brian GilesMarc Normandin2010-03-21
Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases at Third and ShortJay Jaffe2009-12-23
Prospectus Hit and Run: How is the Air Up There?Jay Jaffe2009-08-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Back in the Saddle AgainJay Jaffe2009-07-10
Prospectus Idol Entry: LaRussa's ChoicesBrian Cartwright2009-06-28
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Bad Offense RecitalSteven Goldman2009-05-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Protracting the ProcessJay Jaffe2009-01-22
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Ruminations and MeditationsJohn Perrotto2009-01-14
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Throwing RiceJay Jaffe2008-12-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: A Rock-y RoadJay Jaffe2008-12-16
Prospectus Preview: Friday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-09-26
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Scoops of all Sizes from Around the Major LeaguesJohn Perrotto2008-09-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-06-18
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Monday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Chasing Four-TenthsJohn Perrotto2008-05-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Dissecting the 2008 Hall of Fame VoteJay Jaffe2008-01-09
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: The FreshmenJim Baker2007-11-30
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: A Triple ReduxDan Fox2007-01-25
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Pitcher for MVP?Jim Baker2006-09-08
Prospectus Today: On EdmondsJoe Sheehan2006-04-21
This article requires BP Premium accessCrooked Numbers: Un-StarsJames Click2005-07-07
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Hurtin' HalosWill Carroll2004-05-20
This article requires BP Premium access"This is Our Fault": The McClatchy Ownership as Team Builder, Part IIISteven Goldman2003-08-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Feature: Jose Canseco and the Keltner ListRyan Wilkins2002-05-23


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Historically, do good players on bad teams tend to get overvalued by the home fans, since they are the best player on the team, or undervalued, since the team as a whole is still middling and not competitive?
(HuffWade from Chicago)
Bill James made the argument for undervalued, prompted, IIRC, on the Yankees dumping Mike Easler after the 1986 season (which turned out to be much ado about nothing). I think he was right -- just look at the Reds and Adam Dunn and their focus on everything he couldn't do while missing the things he did better than most players. Look at Dick Allen and the Phillies. Ralph Kiner and the Pirates. Maybe the right answer is that they become undervalued by their organizations in the "We could have finished last without you" sense. You never can tell who the fans will fall in love with -- as I've remarked here many times, my friends used to drive me almost to the point of violence with their affection for "fan favorite" Alvaro Espinoza. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have the various games this year between the Yankees and the Orioles given you any impression of the Orioles this year?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
They're a bit more entertaining than they have been for the last few years, because they now have like four-fifths of an interesting batting order. The pitching staff remains a concept. Things are coming together so slowly, that I feel like Nick Markakis and Adam Jones will be free agent eligible before the O's manage to put a team around them... That's the one great thing about free agency - no player is condemned to be Wally Berger now, or Ralph Kiner, or Bob Johnson. If your team is unserious or incompetent, you can bail. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any first ballot Hall of Fame members in the Uptons/Longoria/Braun group?
(denny187 from WI)
Well, Braun has hit 71 homers in his first two years in the majors. The only players with as many or more are Pujols (71), Eddie Matthews (72), Ralph Kiner (74), and Joe DiMaggio (75). And Longoria has put up 8.1 WARP in his rookie season at the age of 22 after missing part of April and over a month at the end of the season, which is really a remarkable feat. I think all four of them have the talent to be Hall of Famers...first ballot? The vagaries of BBWAA selections are hard to predict. (Caleb Peiffer)


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