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Portrait of Phil Rizzuto

Phil Rizzuto SSYankees

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
13 6711 .273 .351 .355 .127 16.6
Birth Date9-25-1917
Height5' 6"
Weight150 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
1941 NYA 23 133 548 515 65 158 20 9 3 205 27 36 1 5 46 14 5 .307 .343 .398 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1942 NYA 24 144 613 553 79 157 24 7 4 207 44 40 6 10 68 22 6 .284 .343 .374 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1946 NYA 28 126 518 471 53 121 17 1 2 146 34 39 6 7 38 14 7 .257 .315 .310 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1947 NYA 29 153 623 549 78 150 26 9 2 200 57 31 8 9 60 11 6 .273 .350 .364 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1948 NYA 30 128 539 464 65 117 13 2 6 152 60 24 2 13 50 6 5 .252 .340 .328 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1949 NYA 31 153 712 614 110 169 22 7 5 220 72 34 1 25 65 18 6 .275 .352 .358 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 NYA 32 155 735 617 125 200 36 7 7 271 92 39 7 19 66 12 8 .324 .418 .439 .313 77.6 -0.2 7.5
1951 NYA 33 144 629 540 87 148 21 6 2 187 58 27 5 26 43 18 3 .274 .350 .346 .262 23.4 1.5 2.5
1952 NYA 34 152 673 578 89 147 24 10 2 197 67 42 5 23 43 17 6 .254 .337 .341 .257 20.5 2.5 2.5
1953 NYA 35 134 506 413 54 112 21 3 2 145 71 39 4 18 54 4 3 .271 .383 .351 .281 32.4 4.0 3.7
1954 NYA 36 127 369 307 47 60 11 0 2 77 41 23 1 2 18 15 3 2 .195 .291 .251 .212 1.5 0.2 0.2
1955 NYA 37 81 181 143 19 37 4 1 1 46 22 18 3 0 13 9 7 1 .259 .369 .322 .259 8.5 -5.3 0.3
1956 NYA 38 31 65 52 6 12 0 0 0 12 6 6 0 0 7 6 3 0 .231 .310 .231 .229 0.3 -0.8 -0.1
Career16616711581687715882396238206565139849219356314958.273.351.355.127164.11.816.6

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
1941 NYA MLB 133 548 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1942 NYA MLB 144 613 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1946 NYA MLB 126 518 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1947 NYA MLB 153 623 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1948 NYA MLB 128 539 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1949 NYA MLB 153 712 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 NYA MLB 155 735 .313 .270 .350 .405 .274 .000 96 38.2 18.7 8.6 -0.2 9.5 77.6 7.5 77.6 7.5
1951 NYA MLB 144 629 .262 .261 .338 .380 .270 .000 96 1.3 16.1 7.4 1.5 4.7 23.4 2.5 23.4 2.5
1952 NYA MLB 152 673 .257 .252 .321 .365 .267 .000 94 -1.5 15.6 7.2 2.5 1.6 20.5 2.5 20.5 2.5
1953 NYA MLB 134 506 .281 .260 .329 .384 .264 .000 97 10.6 13.5 6.2 4.0 0.9 32.4 3.7 32.4 3.7
1954 NYA MLB 127 369 .212 .254 .325 .373 .253 .204 98 -18.4 10.1 4.6 0.2 4.0 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
1955 NYA MLB 81 181 .259 .258 .324 .373 .257 .290 98 -0.2 5.0 2.3 -5.3 2.1 8.5 0.3 8.5 0.3
1956 NYA MLB 31 65 .229 .262 .338 .398 .266 .261 101 -2.1 1.8 0.8 -0.8 1.1 0.3 -0.1 0.3 -0.1

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
1941 NYA MLB 548 65 158 20 9 3 46 27 36 14 5 .307 .343 .398 .091 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1942 NYA MLB 613 79 157 24 7 4 68 44 40 22 6 .284 .343 .374 .090 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1946 NYA MLB 518 53 121 17 1 2 38 34 39 14 7 .257 .315 .310 .053 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1947 NYA MLB 623 78 150 26 9 2 60 57 31 11 6 .273 .350 .364 .091 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1948 NYA MLB 539 65 117 13 2 6 50 60 24 6 5 .252 .340 .328 .075 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1949 NYA MLB 712 110 169 22 7 5 65 72 34 18 6 .275 .352 .358 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1950 NYA MLB 735 125 200 36 7 7 66 92 39 12 8 .324 .418 .439 .115 .313 77.6 -0.2 7.5
1951 NYA MLB 629 87 148 21 6 2 43 58 27 18 3 .274 .350 .346 .072 .262 23.4 1.5 2.5
1952 NYA MLB 673 89 147 24 10 2 43 67 42 17 6 .254 .337 .341 .087 .257 20.5 2.5 2.5
1953 NYA MLB 506 54 112 21 3 2 54 71 39 4 3 .271 .383 .351 .080 .281 32.4 4.0 3.7
1954 NYA MLB 369 47 60 11 0 2 15 41 23 3 2 .195 .291 .251 .055 .212 1.5 0.2 0.2
1955 NYA MLB 181 19 37 4 1 1 9 22 18 7 1 .259 .369 .322 .063 .259 8.5 -5.3 0.3
1956 NYA MLB 65 6 12 0 0 0 6 6 6 3 0 .231 .310 .231 .000 .229 0.3 -0.8 -0.1

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

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Murphy, Morris, and Using the Full 15 BallotsZachary Levine2013-01-10
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: A Clubhouse ScornedJohn Perrotto2012-08-16
Prospectus Hit and Run: Sizzling StartsJay Jaffe2012-04-18
Wezen-Ball: Pitcher's Mound Too Close?Larry Granillo2012-03-07
The BP Broadside: Jorge Posada and the Third-String YankeesSteven Goldman2012-01-30
The Lineup Card: 13 Bad Players Who Are (or Were) Still Fun to Watch and Root ForBaseball Prospectus2011-10-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Stuck in the Middle with YouJay Jaffe2011-07-25
The Lineup Card: The Top 13 Veterans Committee Selections That Weren't THAT BadBaseball Prospectus2011-07-20
The BP Broadside: The Bronx Blame Game and the Posada PsychodramaSteven Goldman2011-05-17
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Suzyn WaldmanDavid Laurila2011-04-25
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Blyleven in '11 and Other Tales from the BallotJay Jaffe2011-01-06
Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: No Shortage of Quality ShortstopsJay Jaffe2010-12-29
Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and WhitakerDavid Laurila2010-08-13
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Willie, Mickey, and the DukeBob Hertzel2010-08-10
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Do No MoreBob Hertzel2010-08-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Nomar and the TrinityJay Jaffe2010-03-12
You Could Look It Up: First-Base HorrorsSteven Goldman2010-01-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: LossesJoe Sheehan2009-04-14
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Does This Projection Make Me Look Fat?Will Carroll2009-03-26
The Week in Quotes: September 15-21Alex Carnevale2008-09-22
This article requires BP Premium accessStupid Lawyer Tricks: Advice for the Young at HeartDerek Jacques2008-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Impact Call-UpsJohn Perrotto2008-04-13
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Go Go, Tigers, Go?Steven Goldman2008-04-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Stars, Scrubs, and the ScooterJay Jaffe2007-08-28
The Week in Quotes: August 12-19Alex Carnevale2007-08-20
Prospectus Today: The ScooterJoe Sheehan2007-08-15
This article requires BP Premium accessJAWS Returns: Cooperstown MusingsJay Jaffe2007-05-21
Future Shock: Media Room DiaryKevin Goldstein2006-12-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Driving the StoryJoe Sheehan2006-06-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The BallotJoe Sheehan2006-01-09
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: More Than Just The BabeSteven Goldman2005-08-30
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Claiming the FlagJim Baker2005-06-10
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: A Hall of FamerNate Silver2004-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Shifting on the FlySteven Goldman2004-08-17
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Managers Reconsidered, Part IISteven Goldman2004-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: PrejudicesSteven Goldman2004-03-19
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Politics of GloryJoe Sheehan2003-10-14
This article requires BP Premium accessWhy Great Offenses Often Don't Win: An Anecdotal Journey through the Valley of DespairSteven Goldman2003-09-16
This article requires BP Premium accessCasey, TK, Gardenhire: How Does Your Prospect Grow?: How the Twins Haven't Learned from StengelSteven Goldman2003-07-02
Prospectus Feature: A Brief History of the Veterans CommitteeNeal Traven2003-01-14
Swinging for the Hall, Part 2: A Non-HOF All-Star TeamMichael Wolverton2002-09-18
6-4-3: Czervik! The MusicalGary Huckabay2002-06-14


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was at the Seaver game and, if I recall correctly, it was Phil Rizzuto too and they brought a cow onto the field. My clearest memory is Don Baylor coming up in the ninth and hitting the ball to the warning track to end the game on what was almost a tying or winning home run.
(edwardarthur from Illinois)
You have a good memory, edwardarthur! Baylor just missed a sinker and hit one of the tallest fly balls I have ever seen, but it was caught by Reid Nichols in LF. I spoke with Don about this years later, and he knew he was on it, just enough off the barrel to stay in the park. And yes, I think there might have been a cow on the field pre-game! (Dan Evans)
2010-10-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Players aren't Strat cards, but I could swear the Yankee captain's legal name is "Derek Sanderson gb(SS)A"
(Mr. Richman from Greenport)
Aye, reminds me well of George Kell's 1950 card, where the entire two column was one flavor of gbA or another, except for the lineout-Max spot. The friend who drafted Kell had to endure a full season's worth of rolling a two with men on, but our replay of that AL season just confirmed what the season itself proved: whoever had Phil Rizzuto was going to win. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Dom DiMaggio's recent passing, could you please put his career into historical perspective? How about some sort of "Joe-Independent Career Analysis"?
(BL from Bozeman)
I had to read this three times before I realized you meant DiMaggio-Independent and not Sheehan; I didn't remember Joe writing anything about the Little Professor. Dom was a great ballplayer in his own right, not just because he was Joe's little brother. Writing the day after his death, I said he was like Brett Butler but with more walks and a bit more pop, though it's hard to separate his production from Fenway Park, which was oh so friendly in those days. He was probably a better fielder than Joe--so was older brother Vince, an underrated player for various reasons--but they were all very good outfielders. Some like to see Dom as a Hall of Famer, especially if you give him credit for his missed WW II years, but I don't quite see it that way. It wasn't just the war that shortened his career--he quit when Lou Boudreau decided to bench him in 1953, there's the park factor... I mean, if Phil Rizzuto is in, I guess he could be in, as he performed a similar role--leadoff hitter, defensive centerpiece of a very good team. Then again, Rizzuto had 93 rings and Dom's Red Sox had just the one pennant, and it's kind of a reductionist argument. Anyway, he was a very good player, regardless of his surname. (Steven Goldman)
2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the greatest bunter of all time (please say Alvaro Espinoza)?
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
Can I say Phil Rizzuto instead? Espinoza was one of the very good ones that I've seen. Jay Bell was another. Man, I used to have arguments with my best friends about Espinoza. They would say he was a great bunter, great defender, and I would foam at the mouth and scream that he had an OBP of .250, so who cared if he was a great defender, could fly, or heal the sick? After awhile they did it just to watch my reaction. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm sure you remember that Bill James writes that the Yankees were able to lead the league in double plays so many times in the 50s, despite a constantly shifting middle infield, because "Gid McDougald could do anything." Of course, if most teams had a player like gil McDougald, he'd be starting somwhere in the infield, if they were smart. Then again, some teams and players think that 60 innings of good pitching is worth more than 175...
(Matt from Mt. Albert, ON)
Well, Gil did start. The thing was, he was good enough that if, say, Phil Rizzuto's bat died of old age and they needed a shortstop, he started at shortstop. If it turned out that Rizzuto could hit a little bit and Billy Martin had been drafted and Jerry Coleman was hurt, he could play second. If the Yankees couldn't come up with a better third baseman than Andy Carey, and they never could, then McDougald could pick it at third. It wasn't that he wasn't starting, it's that he was starting everywhere, depending on need. It's a very smart way of doing things if you have that kind of flexibility -- kind of like what Tony LaRussa did with Tony Phillips, except you have to imagine Phillips as a gold glover instead of a butcher. (Steven Goldman)


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