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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
19 10184 .290 .339 .471 .285 42.7
Birth Date6-9-1951
Height6' 5"
Weight230 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
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
1973 PIT 22 54 144 139 17 40 9 1 4 63 2 27 2 0 1 14 1 1 .288 .308 .453 .268 6.0 1.2 0.8
1974 PIT 23 73 233 220 27 62 10 3 4 90 10 53 3 0 0 29 3 3 .282 .322 .409 .271 5.6 -1.4 0.5
1975 PIT 24 148 602 558 75 172 35 10 25 302 38 89 5 1 0 101 8 6 .308 .357 .541 .316 44.0 14.1 6.3
1976 PIT 25 138 573 537 82 168 28 10 13 255 30 80 2 4 0 90 19 7 .313 .349 .475 .302 33.8 4.8 4.3
1977 PIT 26 159 706 637 107 215 44 8 21 338 58 107 7 4 0 88 17 19 .338 .397 .531 .315 59.0 20.4 8.2
1978 PIT 27 148 642 581 102 194 32 12 30 340 57 92 2 2 0 117 20 7 .334 .394 .585 .334 60.1 -2.0 6.4
1979 PIT 28 158 707 622 109 193 45 7 25 327 67 101 9 9 0 94 20 4 .310 .380 .526 .315 60.9 -5.4 5.7
1980 PIT 29 139 550 518 71 153 31 1 17 237 25 69 2 5 0 79 10 7 .295 .327 .458 .281 17.7 -7.7 1.1
1981 PIT 30 67 254 240 29 62 14 3 9 109 9 25 2 3 0 48 6 2 .258 .287 .454 .265 6.0 -3.1 0.3
1982 PIT 31 73 270 244 41 66 19 3 6 109 22 45 1 3 0 29 7 5 .270 .330 .447 .274 5.9 -2.6 0.4
1983 PIT 32 144 586 552 68 154 29 4 12 227 28 89 0 6 0 69 12 9 .279 .311 .411 .258 10.3 6.3 1.8
1984 CIN 33 156 655 607 73 173 28 0 16 249 41 89 1 6 0 94 11 10 .285 .328 .410 .266 15.9 -6.5 1.0
1985 CIN 34 160 694 635 88 198 42 4 34 350 52 80 3 4 0 125 5 13 .312 .365 .551 .308 40.7 1.0 4.4
1986 CIN 35 162 700 637 89 174 31 3 31 304 56 126 1 6 0 116 1 6 .273 .330 .477 .275 17.7 -17.5 0.0
1987 CIN 36 153 647 589 77 149 28 0 26 255 44 104 8 6 0 97 7 3 .253 .311 .433 .249 -2.5 -9.0 -1.1
1988 OAK 37 101 411 377 43 97 18 1 12 153 32 70 0 2 0 55 0 1 .257 .314 .406 .274 7.5 -3.1 0.5
1989 OAK 38 144 600 553 56 146 27 0 22 239 38 91 1 8 0 97 0 0 .264 .308 .432 .266 5.4 -0.0 0.6
1990 MIL 39 157 669 610 71 176 30 3 21 275 41 102 4 14 0 92 4 7 .289 .330 .451 .283 22.7 -0.4 2.4
1991 CAL 40 119 501 466 45 108 22 2 11 167 29 91 3 3 0 56 3 2 .232 .279 .358 .238 -8.7 0.0 -0.9
1991 TOR 40 13 40 36 2 12 4 0 0 16 4 7 0 0 0 3 0 1 .333 .400 .444 .314 2.4 0.0 0.3
Career2466101849358127227125267533944056831537568611493154113.290.339.471.285410.4-10.942.7

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
1973 PIT MLB 54 144 .268 .253 .314 .377 .256 .333 101 1.2 3.8 -0.5 1.2 0.7 6.0 0.8 6.0 0.8
1974 PIT MLB 73 233 .271 .256 .322 .364 .257 .356 100 2.6 6.0 -1.5 -1.4 0.6 5.6 0.5 5.6 0.5
1975 PIT MLB 148 602 .316 .259 .322 .371 .258 .330 98 33.1 15.8 -5.8 14.1 -2.5 44.0 6.3 44.0 6.3
1976 PIT MLB 138 573 .302 .255 .315 .362 .258 .346 99 22.9 14.4 -5.3 4.8 4.0 33.8 4.3 33.8 4.3
1977 PIT MLB 159 706 .315 .263 .325 .398 .258 .378 104 40.3 19.7 -7.3 20.4 -4.0 59.0 8.2 59.0 8.2
1978 PIT MLB 148 642 .334 .257 .319 .379 .258 .356 104 45.7 16.7 -6.2 -2.0 -0.6 60.1 6.4 60.1 6.4
1979 PIT MLB 158 707 .315 .261 .322 .386 .255 .333 104 40 19.8 -7.3 -5.4 4.4 60.9 5.7 60.9 5.7
1980 PIT MLB 139 550 .281 .260 .317 .379 .255 .311 103 11.3 14.8 -5.4 -7.7 -2.6 17.7 1.1 17.7 1.1
1981 PIT MLB 67 254 .265 .258 .315 .372 .260 .254 103 1.2 6.4 -2.3 -3.1 1.9 6.0 0.3 6.0 0.3
1982 PIT MLB 73 270 .274 .258 .317 .377 .253 .306 107 3.7 7.3 -2.6 -2.6 -2.0 5.9 0.4 5.9 0.4
1983 PIT MLB 144 586 .258 .255 .315 .375 .254 .311 102 -1.1 15.9 -5.9 6.3 1.5 10.3 1.8 10.3 1.8
1984 CIN MLB 156 655 .266 .255 .316 .368 .255 .309 99 3.8 17.5 -6.4 -6.5 1.7 15.9 1.0 15.9 1.0
1985 CIN MLB 160 694 .308 .252 .313 .373 .253 .312 95 33.1 18.9 -7 1.0 -5.6 40.7 4.4 40.7 4.4
1986 CIN MLB 162 700 .275 .253 .320 .382 .256 .294 104 10.4 19.4 -7.1 -17.5 -2.0 17.7 0.0 17.7 0.0
1987 CIN MLB 153 647 .249 .261 .326 .403 .257 .265 101 -7.4 19.1 -7.4 -9.0 -1.8 -2.5 -1.1 -2.5 -1.1
1988 OAK MLB 101 411 .274 .262 .327 .393 .268 .286 96 5.5 10.8 -5.3 -3.1 -3.7 7.5 0.5 7.5 0.5
1989 OAK MLB 144 600 .266 .261 .324 .385 .265 .277 95 3.6 15.7 -10 -0.0 -3.9 5.4 0.6 5.4 0.6
1990 MIL MLB 157 669 .283 .259 .326 .388 .262 .309 98 15.1 17.9 -11.5 -0.4 1.1 22.7 2.4 22.7 2.4
1991 CAL MLB 119 501 .238 .265 .329 .401 .268 .264 96 -10.9 13.6 -8.7 0.0 -2.7 -8.7 -0.9 -8.7 -0.9
1991 TOR MLB 13 40 .314 .253 .324 .375 .258 .414 98 2.1 1.1 -0.7 0.0 -0.2 2.4 0.3 2.4 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
1973 PIT MLB 144 17 40 9 1 4 14 2 27 1 1 .288 .308 .453 .165 .268 6.0 1.2 0.8
1974 PIT MLB 233 27 62 10 3 4 29 10 53 3 3 .282 .322 .409 .127 .271 5.6 -1.4 0.5
1975 PIT MLB 602 75 172 35 10 25 101 38 89 8 6 .308 .357 .541 .233 .316 44.0 14.1 6.3
1976 PIT MLB 573 82 168 28 10 13 90 30 80 19 7 .313 .349 .475 .162 .302 33.8 4.8 4.3
1977 PIT MLB 706 107 215 44 8 21 88 58 107 17 19 .338 .397 .531 .193 .315 59.0 20.4 8.2
1978 PIT MLB 642 102 194 32 12 30 117 57 92 20 7 .334 .394 .585 .251 .334 60.1 -2.0 6.4
1979 PIT MLB 707 109 193 45 7 25 94 67 101 20 4 .310 .380 .526 .215 .315 60.9 -5.4 5.7
1980 PIT MLB 550 71 153 31 1 17 79 25 69 10 7 .295 .327 .458 .162 .281 17.7 -7.7 1.1
1981 PIT MLB 254 29 62 14 3 9 48 9 25 6 2 .258 .287 .454 .196 .265 6.0 -3.1 0.3
1982 PIT MLB 270 41 66 19 3 6 29 22 45 7 5 .270 .330 .447 .176 .274 5.9 -2.6 0.4
1983 PIT MLB 586 68 154 29 4 12 69 28 89 12 9 .279 .311 .411 .132 .258 10.3 6.3 1.8
1984 CIN MLB 655 73 173 28 0 16 94 41 89 11 10 .285 .328 .410 .125 .266 15.9 -6.5 1.0
1985 CIN MLB 694 88 198 42 4 34 125 52 80 5 13 .312 .365 .551 .239 .308 40.7 1.0 4.4
1986 CIN MLB 700 89 174 31 3 31 116 56 126 1 6 .273 .330 .477 .204 .275 17.7 -17.5 0.0
1987 CIN MLB 647 77 149 28 0 26 97 44 104 7 3 .253 .311 .433 .180 .249 -2.5 -9.0 -1.1
1988 OAK MLB 411 43 97 18 1 12 55 32 70 0 1 .257 .314 .406 .149 .274 7.5 -3.1 0.5
1989 OAK MLB 600 56 146 27 0 22 97 38 91 0 0 .264 .308 .432 .168 .266 5.4 -0.0 0.6
1990 MIL MLB 669 71 176 30 3 21 92 41 102 4 7 .289 .330 .451 .162 .283 22.7 -0.4 2.4
1991 CAL MLB 501 45 108 22 2 11 56 29 91 3 2 .232 .279 .358 .127 .238 -8.7 0.0 -0.9
1991 TOR MLB 40 2 12 4 0 0 3 4 7 0 1 .333 .400 .444 .111 .314 2.4 0.0 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1981-05-14 1981-05-29 15-DL 15 12 - Lower Leg Strain Achilles Tendon - -
1980-10-31 1980-10-31 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery 1980-10-31 -
1978-07-01 1978-07-16 15-DL 15 11 - Face Surgery Fracture Cheekbone In Collision 1978-07-06 -

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Raising Aces: Ghosts of World Series PastDoug Thorburn2014-10-24
The Lineup Card: Nine Memorable Extra-Inning GamesBaseball Prospectus2014-08-13
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Wezen-Ball: The Night Pete Rose Broke the RecordLarry Granillo2013-02-12
Purpose Pitches: Remembering EarlChristina Kahrl2013-01-25
The BP Wayback Machine: Bagging on BagwellChristina Kahrl2013-01-11
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Murphy, Morris, and Using the Full 15 BallotsZachary Levine2013-01-10
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The Lineup Card: 7 Memorable Suspensions, Bans, and Blackball CasesBaseball Prospectus2012-08-29
BP Unfiltered: MVPs Who Weren't All-StarsBen Lindbergh2012-07-12
The Lineup Card: 10 Picks for the 2015 World ChampsBaseball Prospectus2012-06-14
Wezen-Ball: The Anniversary of a StreakLarry Granillo2012-05-30
The BP Wayback Machine: Another Opening DayKevin Goldstein2012-04-05
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BP Unfiltered: The Hallworthy Alomar and BlylevenJay Jaffe2011-07-23
Clubhouse Confidential: Helping Their Own CauseMarc Carig2011-06-22
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Another Look: The All-Non-Hall of Fame TeamBob Hertzel2011-01-12
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On the Beat: One Man's BallotJohn Perrotto2011-01-04
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Prospectus Perspective: Bagging on BagwellChristina Kahrl2010-12-31
World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic MemoriesBaseball Prospectus2010-10-27
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You Can Blog It Up: The Happy, Happy Chuck Tanner All-StarsSteven Goldman2010-07-29
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any memories about Gary Carter in his days in Montreal you care to share? Remember seeing him, Steve Rodgers and the boys as a kid in da Big O was an amazing place 40k fans.
(Joe from Montreal)
I certainly didn't get to see enough of him as an Expo given the limitations of TV and geography (I grew up in Salt Lake City, without a major league team) at the time. But I was aware he was a star, and if I had to pick one memory of him as an Expo that stands out, it would be putting the tag down on Downing after Dave Parker's monster throw in the 1979 All-Star game. See the video here. Holy bleepitybleep. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any precedent for a player as good as Andruw Jones to fall off a cliff and then climb back up to something approaching his former heights? A good (not great) Jones could be a difference maker in that division. Or should I put my faith in winning the Powerball jackpot instead?
(GrinnellSteve from headed to Florida)
Dave Parker in the '80s comes to mind. I don't think Jones will be a superstar again but the reports from Arizona have been encouraging. Maybe he can at least return to being a good major-league regular. (John Perrotto)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'd call this good news for Bert. I was worried he'd stagnate around 62%. do you have the % of the vote for Edgar, Raines and Barry? They don't have it on espn.com. Thanks.
(collins from greenville nc)
539 ballots, five blanks, Andre Dawson 420 (77.9%), Bert Blyleven 400 (74.2%), Roberto Alomar 397 (73.7%), Jack Morris 282 (52.3%), Barry Larkin 278 (51.6%), Lee Smith 255 (47.3%), Edgar Martinez 195 (36.2%), Tim Raines 164 (30.4%), Mark McGwire 128 (23.7%), Alan Trammell 121 (22.4%), Fred McGriff 116 (21.5%), Don Mattingly 87 (16.1%), Dave Parker 82 (15.2%), Dale Murphy 63 (11.7%), Harold Baines 33 (6.1%), Andres Galarraga 22 (4.1%), Robin Ventura 7 (1.3%), Ellis Burks 2 (0.4%), Eric Karros 2 (0.4%), Kevin Appier 1 (0.2%), Pat Hentgen 1 (0.2%), David Segui 1 (0.2%), Mike Jackson 0, Ray Lankford 0, Shane Reynolds 0, Todd Zeile 0.

Segui gets his vote. Baines remains on life support thanks to the persistence of a stubborn few. Karros receives more votes than he had All-Star appearances. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-03-30 18:30:00 (link to chat)Jim Rice - Hall of Famer?
(john from chicago)
Before I answer, let me acknowledge that (a) Jim Rice was my favorite player growing up, and (b) I'm a "big Hall" kind of guy.

With that context, I disagree with what seems to be the prevailing sabermetric opinion, including here at BP, that Rice was obviously unworthy as a HOF selection. I don't think he's a no-brainer Hall of Famer, but I think he has a legitimate argument.

Rice's case is obviously one built on peak value, not career length. Also, the argument has been that he is less valuable according to sabermetric models than how he was regarded at the time. His OBP, home park, double-play totals, and positional adjustments are counterbalanced by the notion that he was the most "feared" hitter or his day. But how do you actually assess how "feared" he was, and how that reputation played out in his peak value.

I actually did some work on this back when the election was on people's minds. Rice had 6 Top 10 finishes in the MVP voting.

Among players with exactly 6 Top 10 finishes, 11 are in the HOF, 6 are active or too recent, and only 4 are not in the Hall (Vern Stephens, Dave Parker, Andres Galarraga, Fred McGriff). Even among those with just 5 such finishes, the ratio is 17 HOF, 6 not HOF, 5 active. There's a reasonable case that players with Rice-like peaks get into the Hall about 2/3rd of the time.

Of course, all of Rice's Top 10 finishes were in fact Top 5 finishes. All of the players with 6 such rankings are in the Hall (4) or obviously qualified barring PED-externalities (Frank Thomas, Albert Pujols, A-Rod). Of those with exactly 5 Top 5 MVP years, only Pete Rose and Dave Parker aren't in the Hall or active.

Sorry for taking so much time to answer this one, but I think Rice looks better through contemporary views than through a modern analytical lens, and I don't think it's silly to consider that perspective. (Keith Woolner)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, I was recently talking to a friend about the most "feared" hitters who are not in the Hall of Fame. I know that term was really beaten into the ground this past winter when discussing Jim Rice but still, there are some hitters that strike fear into you--either as a fan or an opposing pitcher. Who was the best and/or "most feared" hitters, in your subjective opinoin (in order): Dave Parker, Dick Allen, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Rice, Gary Sheffield, Edgar Martinez or Albert Belle?
(AlexBelth from Bronx, NY)
Yo, Alex! All of the hitters you mention certainly had the fear factor going for them in their prime, but as you say, that's a subjective thing, and subjectivity isn't really the way to go when it comes to sorting them out.

Neither Rice nor Parker had the plate discipline to keep them on the level with the rest of this group, so I'd put the two of them towards the back. Martinez is probably the toughest out, but lacking a bit of raw power relative to the rest of them. I'd put him and Strawberry in the middle. That leaves Allen, Shef, and Belle. Having never seen the former, I'm not sure I can fully grasp the visceral experience of watching him hit, I can only go by the numbers, and his numbers, compiled in an era of lower offense, suggest he was the best. But I'd quake in my boots at facing any of those three. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Think Jayson Heyward could be at the top of the 2009 top prospect lists? He reminds me of Dave Parker with a better eye but not his arm. Is that a good comparison?
(Mike from Utica,NY)
He's not Cobra huge, but he's a better athlete. I don't hate the comp, but I don't love it either. And yes, he'd definitely a good candidate for moving up. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)my prediction: Goose in. Rice misses by an extremely small margin. Much, much bleating commences over the voters who submitted blanks to protest roids users, thus depriving the "deserving" pre-roids slugger.
(TomH from Lexington Park MD)
The Goose is Loose! He gets 85.8 percent, and he's the only one who gets in on this ballot.

Rice falls just shy at 72.2 percent, setting him up for a 15th-year push.

Raines 24.3 percent. Oh is that ugly.

Player Total Votes Percentage Rich Gossage 466 85.8% Jim Rice 392 72.2% Andre Dawson 358 65.9% Bert Blyleven 336 61.9% Lee Smith 235 43.3% Jack Morris 233 42.9% Tommy John 158 29.1% Tim Raines 132 24.3% Mark McGwire 128 23.6% Alan Trammell 99 18.2% Dave Concepcion 88 16.2% Don Mattingly 86 15.8% Dave Parker 82 15.1% Dale Murphy 75 13.8% Harold Baines 28 5.2% Rod Beck 2 0.4% Travis Fryman 2 0.4% Robb Nen 2 0.4% Shawon Dunston 1 0.2% Chuck Finley 1 0.2% David Justice 1 0.2% Chuck Knoblauch 1 0.2% Todd Stottlemyre 1 0.2%
Jose Rijo 0 0% Brady Anderson 0 0% (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneDave Parker was the second millionaire; he owns a bunch of Popeye's Chicken franchises in Cincy, I think. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneAnd back to the well for another one which Steve already touched upon...

Toni (Oakland, CA): (not about this game) Jay I've been thinking a lot about the 1989 A's (20 year anniversary of Loma Prieta) and do you see any of the players from that team making the HoF outside of Rickey? Dave Parker maybe? And do you think Mark McGwire ever get in?

Well, Dennis Eckersley is already in. Parker - I don't see it. His candidacy is like the canned goods at the Kwik-E-Mart: maybe the official expiration date hasn't been reached yet, but everyone's made up their minds pretty firmly on the subject.

McGwire, I think, will eventually be there. It may take 30 years of genetic mutant 80 homer a year guys, and a 20-part Barbara Walters interview, but i think eventually the voters will have enough perspective to tackle the steroids issue with a bit more rationality than they can muster these days.
(Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneI don't want to steal a question addressed to Jay, but Dave Parker making the Hall of Fame over about 100 other guys would be a gross miscarriage of justice and good taste. (Steven Goldman)