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Portrait of Willie Randolph

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
18 9462 .276 .373 .351 .274 51.8
Birth Date7-6-1954
Height5' 11"
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
1975 PIT 20 30 70 61 9 10 1 0 0 11 7 6 0 1 1 3 1 0 .164 .246 .180 .162 -4.5 1.2 -0.4
1976 NYA 21 125 500 430 59 115 15 4 1 141 58 39 3 3 6 40 37 12 .267 .356 .328 .269 16.2 12.7 3.2
1977 NYA 22 147 624 551 91 151 28 11 4 213 64 53 1 6 2 40 13 6 .274 .347 .387 .271 25.7 7.5 3.4
1978 NYA 23 134 596 499 87 139 18 6 3 178 82 51 4 5 6 42 36 7 .279 .381 .357 .286 37.1 4.9 4.6
1979 NYA 24 153 682 574 98 155 15 13 5 211 95 39 3 5 5 61 33 12 .270 .374 .368 .272 35.7 2.9 4.0
1980 NYA 25 138 642 513 99 151 23 7 7 209 119 45 2 3 5 46 30 5 .294 .427 .407 .314 57.4 3.1 6.4
1981 NYA 26 93 422 357 59 83 14 3 2 109 57 24 0 3 5 24 14 5 .232 .336 .305 .257 14.2 0.2 1.6
1982 NYA 27 144 643 553 85 155 21 4 3 193 75 35 3 2 10 36 16 9 .280 .368 .349 .277 27.9 0.5 3.0
1983 NYA 28 104 477 420 73 117 21 1 2 146 53 32 1 0 3 38 12 4 .279 .361 .348 .270 21.9 10.9 3.5
1984 NYA 29 142 664 564 86 162 24 2 2 196 86 42 0 7 7 31 10 6 .287 .377 .348 .271 25.4 0.3 2.7
1985 NYA 30 143 597 497 75 137 21 2 5 177 85 39 4 6 5 40 16 9 .276 .382 .356 .271 25.8 5.2 3.3
1986 NYA 31 141 601 492 76 136 15 2 5 170 94 49 3 4 8 50 15 2 .276 .393 .346 .276 32.8 0.7 3.5
1987 NYA 32 120 543 449 96 137 24 2 7 186 82 25 2 5 5 67 11 1 .305 .411 .414 .289 32.4 5.0 3.7
1988 NYA 33 110 474 404 43 93 20 1 2 121 55 39 2 5 8 34 8 4 .230 .322 .300 .242 3.0 8.7 1.3
1989 LAN 34 145 633 549 62 155 18 0 2 179 71 51 4 5 4 36 7 6 .282 .366 .326 .276 31.4 -2.3 3.2
1990 LAN 35 26 113 96 15 26 4 0 1 33 13 9 1 0 3 9 1 0 .271 .364 .344 .269 4.8 -0.4 0.5
1990 OAK 35 93 333 292 37 75 9 3 1 93 32 25 1 1 7 21 6 1 .257 .331 .318 .246 4.7 -1.9 0.3
1991 MIL 36 124 512 431 60 141 14 3 0 161 75 38 0 3 3 54 4 2 .327 .424 .374 .295 29.1 0.3 3.1
1992 NYN 37 90 336 286 29 72 11 1 2 91 40 34 4 0 6 15 1 3 .252 .352 .318 .268 9.7 -2.6 0.8
Career2202946280181239221031665542818124367538649968727194.276.373.351.274430.756.751.8

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
1975 PIT MLB 30 70 .162 .260 .322 .371 .256 .179 99 -6.7 1.8 -0.1 1.2 0.7 -4.5 -0.4 -4.5 -0.4
1976 NYA MLB 125 500 .269 .255 .317 .363 .260 .290 95 4.1 12.6 -0.6 12.7 0.1 16.2 3.2 16.2 3.2
1977 NYA MLB 147 624 .271 .270 .331 .407 .265 .294 98 6.8 17.4 -0.8 7.5 1.1 25.7 3.4 25.7 3.4
1978 NYA MLB 134 596 .286 .262 .324 .389 .265 .302 95 14.8 15.5 -0.7 4.9 8.8 37.1 4.6 37.1 4.6
1979 NYA MLB 153 682 .272 .271 .331 .409 .267 .280 96 8.2 19.1 -0.9 2.9 6.5 35.7 4.0 35.7 4.0
1980 NYA MLB 138 642 .314 .269 .328 .397 .265 .310 97 34.7 17.3 -0.8 3.1 4.4 57.4 6.4 57.4 6.4
1981 NYA MLB 93 422 .257 .258 .320 .379 .265 .243 93 -1.2 10.7 -0.5 0.2 4.6 14.2 1.6 14.2 1.6
1982 NYA MLB 144 643 .277 .264 .325 .402 .265 .294 97 10.7 17.3 -0.8 0.5 2.0 27.9 3.0 27.9 3.0
1983 NYA MLB 104 477 .270 .266 .327 .403 .266 .298 95 4.6 13.0 -0.6 10.9 3.8 21.9 3.5 21.9 3.5
1984 NYA MLB 142 664 .271 .262 .323 .395 .265 .304 94 6.9 17.8 -0.8 0.3 2.2 25.4 2.7 25.4 2.7
1985 NYA MLB 143 597 .271 .263 .327 .410 .269 .288 97 6.8 16.3 -0.8 5.2 2.3 25.8 3.3 25.8 3.3
1986 NYA MLB 141 601 .276 .265 .330 .411 .268 .296 102 10 16.6 -0.8 0.7 5.5 32.8 3.5 32.8 3.5
1987 NYA MLB 120 543 .289 .267 .331 .433 .267 .308 99 16.7 16.0 -0.9 5.0 1.7 32.4 3.7 32.4 3.7
1988 NYA MLB 110 474 .242 .255 .318 .381 .263 .247 100 -8.1 12.4 -0.6 8.7 -3.5 3.0 1.3 3.0 1.3
1989 LAN MLB 145 633 .276 .246 .307 .368 .255 .305 96 9.9 16.5 -0.8 -2.3 2.5 31.4 3.2 31.4 3.2
1990 LAN MLB 26 113 .269 .263 .325 .388 .267 .291 95 1.1 3.0 -0.1 -0.4 1.7 4.8 0.5 4.8 0.5
1990 OAK MLB 93 333 .246 .262 .330 .390 .264 .277 95 -4.6 8.9 -0.8 -1.9 2.2 4.7 0.3 4.7 0.3
1991 MIL MLB 124 512 .295 .262 .328 .395 .267 .356 101 17.8 13.9 -0.8 0.3 0.3 29.1 3.1 29.1 3.1
1992 NYN MLB 90 336 .268 .254 .313 .370 .256 .280 96 2.5 8.7 -0.4 -2.6 -0.2 9.7 0.8 9.7 0.8

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
1975 PIT MLB 70 9 10 1 0 0 3 7 6 1 0 .164 .246 .180 .016 .162 -4.5 1.2 -0.4
1976 NYA MLB 500 59 115 15 4 1 40 58 39 37 12 .267 .356 .328 .060 .269 16.2 12.7 3.2
1977 NYA MLB 624 91 151 28 11 4 40 64 53 13 6 .274 .347 .387 .113 .271 25.7 7.5 3.4
1978 NYA MLB 596 87 139 18 6 3 42 82 51 36 7 .279 .381 .357 .078 .286 37.1 4.9 4.6
1979 NYA MLB 682 98 155 15 13 5 61 95 39 33 12 .270 .374 .368 .098 .272 35.7 2.9 4.0
1980 NYA MLB 642 99 151 23 7 7 46 119 45 30 5 .294 .427 .407 .113 .314 57.4 3.1 6.4
1981 NYA MLB 422 59 83 14 3 2 24 57 24 14 5 .232 .336 .305 .073 .257 14.2 0.2 1.6
1982 NYA MLB 643 85 155 21 4 3 36 75 35 16 9 .280 .368 .349 .069 .277 27.9 0.5 3.0
1983 NYA MLB 477 73 117 21 1 2 38 53 32 12 4 .279 .361 .348 .069 .270 21.9 10.9 3.5
1984 NYA MLB 664 86 162 24 2 2 31 86 42 10 6 .287 .377 .348 .060 .271 25.4 0.3 2.7
1985 NYA MLB 597 75 137 21 2 5 40 85 39 16 9 .276 .382 .356 .080 .271 25.8 5.2 3.3
1986 NYA MLB 601 76 136 15 2 5 50 94 49 15 2 .276 .393 .346 .069 .276 32.8 0.7 3.5
1987 NYA MLB 543 96 137 24 2 7 67 82 25 11 1 .305 .411 .414 .109 .289 32.4 5.0 3.7
1988 NYA MLB 474 43 93 20 1 2 34 55 39 8 4 .230 .322 .300 .069 .242 3.0 8.7 1.3
1989 LAN MLB 633 62 155 18 0 2 36 71 51 7 6 .282 .366 .326 .044 .276 31.4 -2.3 3.2
1990 LAN MLB 113 15 26 4 0 1 9 13 9 1 0 .271 .364 .344 .073 .269 4.8 -0.4 0.5
1990 OAK MLB 333 37 75 9 3 1 21 32 25 6 1 .257 .331 .318 .062 .246 4.7 -1.9 0.3
1991 MIL MLB 512 60 141 14 3 0 54 75 38 4 2 .327 .424 .374 .046 .295 29.1 0.3 3.1
1992 NYN MLB 336 29 72 11 1 2 15 40 34 1 3 .252 .352 .318 .066 .268 9.7 -2.6 0.8

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

Compensation

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Brown pitches well in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, the Yankees make the WS that year, and everyone's memory of him isn't the Damon GS, is he getting quite a few more votes? That's not even an alternate universe, that's an alternate block.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
There's still the steroids thing, alas, not that anyone making judgments on that basis really knows what the hell they're talking about. You change two of his 18-win seasons into 20s and give him a Cy Young award, and he gets in. I sometimes think the same way about Willie Randolph, a favorite of mine. Willie was an excellent fielder and a very good, albeit subtle hitter, and he tended to miss 20-30 games a year to injury. He scored 90-plus runs four times. Change those to 100s and the voters might have had a different perception of him. (Steven Goldman)
2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)When I was a kid a had a "Nobody Beats the Wiz" poster with Willie Randolph, Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson and Don Mattingly on it. I loved that poster. No question, just wanted to share.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Their commercials weren't quite as annoying at Crazy Eddie's were. (Steven Goldman)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)You're being too kind to Minaya. Go listen to him explain his rationale for firing Willie Randolph on the WFAN archive. It's completely incoherent. When he gets things right, he doesn't know why. He's barely an improvement over having the team run by a fan poll.
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
Barely an improvement? Would the fan poll have outbid themselves for Ollie Perez? (Marc Normandin)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jerry Manuel is really starting to get on my nerves. Between the Castro/Santos stunt, over-playing Sheffield and batting him 4th, and going to Shawn Green instead of K-Rod in the 10th inning in Philly on Saturday (not that every other manager in the majors wouldn't have) he's made a season's worth of dumb moves in a week. Has a team ever paid THREE managers simultaneously?
(Steve from NJ)
I think Manuel has done more to call his ability as a manager into question than Willie Randolph ever did. Not saying I'd fire him, just that he has, to me, seemed objectively worse. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)We know the way it was handled was wrong but were the Mets right in firing Willie Randolph?
(David from NJ)
Well, as botched a job as it was, I don't entirely disagree with the decision to dismiss Randolph. As Rob Neyer pointed out at ESPN, there's a good argument to make that he's not the right manager at the right time for this club, even given its flimsy construction.

Managers aren't solely tacticians. They're leaders of men (some very boyish men at times). Different managers have different styles, but some seem to be better at protecting their teams by placing themselves in the line of fire and drawing the attention away from the struggles of their clubs. Ozzie Guillen is a good example of this now, as batsh*t crazy as he may seem, there's a method to his madness. Joe Torre does the same thing while exuding an aura of pure calm. Bobby Valentine, Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher, Tommy Lasorda - the styles can vary but that function is an important one.

Randolph didn't handle that aspect of the job very well. The Mets have carried a very negative aura around them since last year's collapse, and not even the acquisition of Johan Santana could erase that. At some point Randolph should have just said strong words to the effect of "Don't connect this club to last year's mess, it's a new day and we've moved on so you should too." Instead he played the race card and in doing so started the countdown on his own sell-by date. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5bobbailey (Canada): Steve, I see your point about batting order, but doesn't maxing out PAs for your best hitter (putting him leadoff) mean that he will be batting with many fewer men on base, even with the extra PAs? Especially in the NL. Batting Pujols leadoff just doesn't seem like a good idea.

I think that you would lose in that transaction, but there are all kinds of other ways to skin that cat. I point to Billy Martin's 1985 Yankees, which often batted Rickey Henderson and Don Mattingly 1-2. Maybe Mattingly would have seen more runners if 75-90 walk guy Willie Randolph batted second, but Randolph also had no slugging, so he wasn't going to move Henderson more than one base, whereas Mattigly hit a lot of doubles and home runs. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCSGreen ask: " Is it any wonder the USA lost the World Baseball Classic with Buck at the helm? Question -- do we have a manager for the 2009 team?"

Good question. I haven't heard. Davey Johnson? Willie Randolph?

Smart play -- I can't remember seeing a steal with the shift on and it's always made sense to me. (Will Carroll)