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Bobby Murcer RFYankees

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
17 7718 .277 .357 .445 .294 32.7
Birth Date5-20-1946
Height5' 11"
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
1965 NYA 19 11 42 37 2 9 0 1 1 14 5 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 .243 .333 .378 .267 -0.1 0.5 0.0
1966 NYA 20 21 73 69 3 12 1 1 0 15 4 5 0 0 0 5 2 2 .174 .219 .217 .177 -3.8 -0.0 -0.4
1969 NYA 23 152 625 564 82 146 24 4 26 256 50 103 3 6 2 82 7 5 .259 .319 .454 .291 23.1 -6.2 1.9
1970 NYA 24 159 680 581 95 146 23 3 23 244 87 100 2 6 4 78 15 10 .251 .348 .420 .292 45.2 -2.7 4.5
1971 NYA 25 146 624 529 94 175 25 6 25 287 91 60 0 3 1 94 14 8 .331 .427 .543 .361 70.2 -20.2 5.7
1972 NYA 26 153 654 585 102 171 30 7 33 314 63 67 2 4 0 96 11 9 .292 .361 .537 .339 65.4 -10.1 6.6
1973 NYA 27 160 672 616 83 187 29 2 22 286 50 67 3 3 0 95 6 7 .304 .357 .464 .298 48.1 -11.3 4.0
1974 NYA 28 156 679 606 69 166 25 4 10 229 57 59 2 12 2 88 14 5 .274 .332 .378 .269 15.6 -15.4 0.0
1975 SFN 29 147 632 526 80 157 29 4 11 227 91 45 2 12 1 91 9 5 .298 .396 .432 .303 37.1 -16.0 2.3
1976 SFN 30 147 624 533 73 138 20 2 23 231 84 78 4 3 0 90 12 7 .259 .362 .433 .296 29.2 1.9 3.5
1977 CHN 31 154 649 554 90 147 18 3 27 252 80 77 3 10 2 89 16 7 .265 .355 .455 .278 22.2 -9.2 1.3
1978 CHN 32 146 585 499 66 140 22 6 9 201 80 57 0 6 0 64 14 5 .281 .376 .403 .278 19.7 -12.5 0.8
1979 CHN 33 58 231 190 22 49 4 1 7 76 36 20 1 3 1 22 2 3 .258 .374 .400 .267 6.1 2.4 0.9
1979 NYA 33 74 294 264 42 72 12 0 8 108 25 32 2 1 2 33 1 1 .273 .339 .409 .264 4.4 0.1 0.5
1980 NYA 34 100 345 297 41 80 9 1 13 130 34 28 2 9 3 57 2 0 .269 .339 .438 .286 13.2 -3.4 1.0
1981 NYA 35 50 130 117 14 31 6 0 6 55 12 15 0 1 0 24 0 0 .265 .331 .470 .299 5.7 0.0 0.6
1982 NYA 36 65 156 141 12 32 6 0 7 59 12 15 1 2 0 30 2 1 .227 .288 .418 .244 -1.4 0.0 -0.1
1983 NYA 37 9 23 22 2 4 2 0 1 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .182 .217 .409 .165 -2.7 0.0 -0.3
Career1908771867309721862285452522993862841278118104312775.277.357.445.294397.2-102.232.7

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
1965 NYA MLB 11 42 .267 .233 .304 .359 .258 .333 95 0.3 1.1 0.5 0.5 -1.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
1966 NYA MLB 21 73 .177 .233 .291 .354 .245 .188 98 -5.6 1.9 0.8 -0.0 0.0 -3.8 -0.4 -3.8 -0.4
1969 NYA MLB 152 625 .291 .247 .321 .374 .262 .272 92 18.6 16.0 -2.9 -6.2 -2.7 23.1 1.9 23.1 1.9
1970 NYA MLB 159 680 .292 .250 .320 .379 .257 .265 94 22.2 18.5 1.7 -2.7 -1.5 45.2 4.5 45.2 4.5
1971 NYA MLB 146 624 .361 .245 .314 .360 .259 .336 97 57.4 15.4 1.4 -20.2 -1.8 70.2 5.7 70.2 5.7
1972 NYA MLB 153 654 .339 .242 .308 .349 .257 .282 97 44.9 15.4 1.4 -10.1 2.1 65.4 6.6 65.4 6.6
1973 NYA MLB 160 672 .298 .261 .325 .387 .264 .311 99 25.6 17.8 1.6 -11.3 1.2 48.1 4.0 48.1 4.0
1974 NYA MLB 156 679 .269 .259 .320 .377 .262 .284 99 5.7 17.6 -3.8 -15.4 -2.3 15.6 0.0 15.6 0.0
1975 SFN MLB 147 632 .303 .255 .320 .367 .256 .303 103 26.8 16.6 -6.1 -16.0 2.0 37.1 2.3 37.1 2.3
1976 SFN MLB 147 624 .296 .255 .318 .362 .260 .264 101 21.3 15.7 -5.8 1.9 1.0 29.2 3.5 29.2 3.5
1977 CHN MLB 154 649 .278 .261 .325 .398 .258 .261 106 11.9 18.1 -6.6 -9.2 0.5 22.2 1.3 22.2 1.3
1978 CHN MLB 146 585 .278 .255 .315 .370 .256 .298 108 9.8 15.2 -4.1 -12.5 0.1 19.7 0.8 19.7 0.8
1979 CHN MLB 58 231 .267 .264 .323 .392 .257 .253 108 1.7 6.5 -2.4 2.4 1.3 6.1 0.9 6.1 0.9
1979 NYA MLB 74 294 .264 .274 .334 .410 .267 .284 96 1.4 8.2 0.1 0.1 -1.3 4.4 0.5 4.4 0.5
1980 NYA MLB 100 345 .286 .266 .328 .396 .263 .253 98 9 9.3 -3.7 -3.4 -2.1 13.2 1.0 13.2 1.0
1981 NYA MLB 50 130 .299 .259 .322 .378 .264 .258 93 4.8 3.3 -1.8 0.0 -0.5 5.7 0.6 5.7 0.6
1982 NYA MLB 65 156 .244 .260 .325 .402 .265 .207 99 -2.5 4.2 -2.4 0.0 -0.7 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
1983 NYA MLB 9 23 .165 .260 .333 .389 .267 .150 94 -2.2 0.6 -0.3 0.0 -0.8 -2.7 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3
1985 FTL A+ 4 16 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .111 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
1965 NYA MLB 42 2 9 0 1 1 4 5 12 0 0 .243 .333 .378 .135 .267 -0.1 0.5 0.0
1966 NYA MLB 73 3 12 1 1 0 5 4 5 2 2 .174 .219 .217 .043 .177 -3.8 -0.0 -0.4
1969 NYA MLB 625 82 146 24 4 26 82 50 103 7 5 .259 .319 .454 .195 .291 23.1 -6.2 1.9
1970 NYA MLB 680 95 146 23 3 23 78 87 100 15 10 .251 .348 .420 .169 .292 45.2 -2.7 4.5
1971 NYA MLB 624 94 175 25 6 25 94 91 60 14 8 .331 .427 .543 .212 .361 70.2 -20.2 5.7
1972 NYA MLB 654 102 171 30 7 33 96 63 67 11 9 .292 .361 .537 .244 .339 65.4 -10.1 6.6
1973 NYA MLB 672 83 187 29 2 22 95 50 67 6 7 .304 .357 .464 .161 .298 48.1 -11.3 4.0
1974 NYA MLB 679 69 166 25 4 10 88 57 59 14 5 .274 .332 .378 .104 .269 15.6 -15.4 0.0
1975 SFN MLB 632 80 157 29 4 11 91 91 45 9 5 .298 .396 .432 .133 .303 37.1 -16.0 2.3
1976 SFN MLB 624 73 138 20 2 23 90 84 78 12 7 .259 .362 .433 .174 .296 29.2 1.9 3.5
1977 CHN MLB 649 90 147 18 3 27 89 80 77 16 7 .265 .355 .455 .190 .278 22.2 -9.2 1.3
1978 CHN MLB 585 66 140 22 6 9 64 80 57 14 5 .281 .376 .403 .122 .278 19.7 -12.5 0.8
1979 CHN MLB 231 22 49 4 1 7 22 36 20 2 3 .258 .374 .400 .142 .267 6.1 2.4 0.9
1979 NYA MLB 294 42 72 12 0 8 33 25 32 1 1 .273 .339 .409 .136 .264 4.4 0.1 0.5
1980 NYA MLB 345 41 80 9 1 13 57 34 28 2 0 .269 .339 .438 .168 .286 13.2 -3.4 1.0
1981 NYA MLB 130 14 31 6 0 6 24 12 15 0 0 .265 .331 .470 .205 .299 5.7 0.0 0.6
1982 NYA MLB 156 12 32 6 0 7 30 12 15 2 1 .227 .288 .418 .191 .244 -1.4 0.0 -0.1
1983 NYA MLB 23 2 4 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 .182 .217 .409 .227 .165 -2.7 0.0 -0.3
1985 FTL A+ 16 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 3 0 0 .083 .267 .083 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

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Injury History

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  Title Author Date
The Lineup Card: Eight World Series Teams that Faded Quickly Baseball Prospectus2013-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessIn A Pickle: Free to Be WeJason Wojciechowski2012-09-27
Inside The Park Blog: Big 3s: The Complete ListBradford Doolittle2012-05-24
This article requires BP Premium accessInside The Park: About Big Threes in BaseballBradford Doolittle2012-05-24
The BP Broadside: Jorge Posada and the Third-String YankeesSteven Goldman2012-01-30
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Yankees' Virgin SpringJay Jaffe2011-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Suzyn WaldmanDavid Laurila2011-04-25
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Steinbrenner: Baseball OperatorSteven Goldman2010-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Cooper's OptimismJohn Perrotto2009-04-19
This article requires BP Premium accessCatcher Fatigue: The Cost of Donning the Tools of IgnoranceBen Lindbergh2009-04-07
This article requires BP Premium accessCaptain, Oh Captain: Prestige, D, and Derek JeterChristina Kahrl2009-02-04
The Week in Quotes: Week of July 7-13Alex Carnevale2008-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: My First Full SeasonDan Fox2007-11-01
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Sacrifices and Spark PlugsJim Baker2007-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: In the Arms of an AngelDan Fox2007-04-05
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Specialization Is My SpecialtySteven Goldman2006-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Position ChangesSteven Goldman2006-02-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Dodging CheckmateJim Baker2004-10-15


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-03-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)How easy is it for you to run queries? For instance, on how players who saw a dramatic drop in HRs after 3 good years fared in Year 5, and how young players who saw a dramatic drop in HRs after 2 years fared in Year 4?
(Richie from Washington)
Running an actual query takes no effort as it's a simple Ctrl+Enter or click of the Execute button, but deriving them can be time-consuming and frustrating. Then again, I'm self taught and haven't been an SQLer my entire life. As far as your question regarding other similar drops comparable to what was discussed in my David Wright article, look for a blog post this weekend from me that deals with this very subject. But, to get it out of the way here and now, no, I do not consider Gary Gaetti's TWO years and dropoff to be similar to Wright. A commenter brought up Bobby Murcer, which is a good comp, but the issue with that one is that Murcer fell to -0.11 SDs from the mean in his 5th year whereas Wright was -0.60 SDs; the raw tallies are similar but with context they are far apart. (Eric Seidman)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)After DiMaggio and Mantle (or Mantle and DiMaggio), who do you think was the THIRD best centerfielder in Yankee history? My vote would go to the truncated CF career of Bobby Murcer, though I'm sure some younger fans might insist on listing Bernie Williams as the final member of the trinity. Having witnessed both careers in their entirety, I think Murcer was foced to do some heavy lifting as THE MAN for some offensively challenged teams, while Bernie benefitted greatly from surrounding talent. Would Meusel or Damon be in the discussion? If the Yanks hadn't whimped out on signing Beltran when they had the chance, the answer might have been differnt!
(BrettG from Leftfield)
No respect for Earle Combs... Not that Earle is the right answer, it was just fun saying that. Without stopping the chat to carefully research my answer, my gut feeling is that Bernie has to be the third. Murcer is definitely in the picture, especially because his 1971 and 1972 seasons, when viewed in context are just AMAZING, huge, huge seasons. Our translated stats have them at .370/.456/.624 and .334/.400/.671. No one noticed. Unfortunately, Murcer just couldn't maintain that level of production, in part because the Yankees had to move over to Shea Stadium. (Steven Goldman)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)I will be picking up my BP2010 at the Yogi this Sunday, so forgive this question. David Wright: back on the superstar track in 2010? He certainly looks like a Brick S. House in those NY Post photos.
(Tex Premium Lager from NJ)
Thanks for bringing up the Yogi! I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that our tour activities kick off this Sunday. Kevin, Christina, Jay Jaffe, a fat guy with a beard... Who could ask anything more? We're going to be video-ing the activities, too, so bring your best questions, wear funny hats, bring a friend... We'll be in Manhattan the following evening. Check the events page for specific details.

I expect a rebound from Wright, whose problems seemed kind of reminiscent of the aforementioned Bobby Murcer's problems at Shea Stadium -- the park effects got him to think too much, change his swing, with subpar results. Murcer never quite got over it, something he talked about for the rest of his life. Wright has some advantages that Murcer didn't, like easy access to video -- I think he'll bounce back. (Steven Goldman)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have a Mitchell & Ness 1969 Yankees road jersey #1 (Bobby Murcer). Very cool, but I bought three cars for less when I was younger.
(RHughes from nj)
Exactly... It's a lot of money these days.

I don't feel comfortable wearing a current player jersey or T-shirt as I feel like it would somehow compromise the appearance of objectivity, but if someone were to hand me a Roy Sievers #15 1949 Browns jersey I would wear it no problem... I miss Bobby Murcer. It's not like we were close. We were barely acquaintances who happened to work for the same people. But he was very nice to me personally in our few encounters, everyone I work with spoke incredibly highly of him, and the cancer thing strikes close to him. Also, just purely on a baseball basis, I wish his 1971-72 seasons got more appreciation. He towered, towered above the league in those years.

...And yes, Sievers really did wear #15 in 1949. (Steven Goldman)
2009-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven, Taken in context with the era he was playing in, where would you rank Bobby Murcerís 1971 offensive season (.331/.427/.543) with those of other Yankee stars of the past 40 years? The numbers are gaudy enough by todayís standards, but given the norms of the early 70ís (1971 A.L. average .247/.317/364), that has to be considered a bona fide monster season. Ironically, Murcer finished 7th in the MVP voting that year, while he finished 5th the following season after a somewhat inferior, if still impressive, performance (.292/.361/.537). Itís been 34 years, but aside from rumored personality clashes with Gabe Paul and Bill Virdon, I still canít figure out what the Yanks were thinking when they sent Murcer packing to S.F. in October, 1974. His disappointing showing at Shea that season (though he caught fire in September and carried the offense during the teamís ill-fated pennant drive) seemed to be insufficient reason to jettison the teamís best player; especially when theyíd shortly be returning to Yankee Stadiumís short porch after one last season at Shea.
(Rich from NJ)
I know I've written about Murcer's 1971-72 before. He was crazy good in those years, a 10-win player in context. If you ranked all the big seasons by the Yankees, these would rank somewhere after all the big Ruth/Gehrig/DiMaggio/Mantle seasons, but still quite high up the list. I don't know what went wrong between Murcer and George Steinbrenner and I got the sense that neither did he, though it might just be that George's hair-trigger impatience got the better of him after Murcer's rough showing at Shea. You're right that those years deserve to be better remembered. Unfortunately, no one was thinking about offensive context in the early 70s. (Steven Goldman)


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