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Portrait of Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson 3BOrioles

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
23 11782 .267 .322 .401 .272 72.3
Birth Date5-18-1937
Height6' 1"
Weight180 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
1955 BAL 18 6 22 22 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 .091 .091 .091 .076 -3.9 -0.4 -0.4
1956 BAL 19 15 45 44 5 10 4 0 1 17 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 .227 .244 .386 .238 0.6 0.2 0.1
1957 BAL 20 50 126 117 13 28 6 1 2 42 7 10 1 1 0 14 1 0 .239 .286 .359 .237 0.3 1.1 0.1
1958 BAL 21 145 507 463 31 110 16 3 3 141 31 51 5 1 7 32 1 2 .238 .292 .305 .211 -8.7 7.8 -0.1
1959 BAL 22 88 333 313 29 89 15 2 4 120 17 37 2 0 1 24 2 2 .284 .325 .383 .269 11.9 4.7 1.7
1960 BAL 23 152 651 595 74 175 27 9 14 262 35 49 0 8 13 88 2 2 .294 .329 .440 .275 29.9 9.6 4.2
1961 BAL 24 163 736 668 89 192 38 7 7 265 47 57 4 9 8 61 1 3 .287 .334 .397 .264 25.2 1.0 2.7
1962 BAL 25 162 697 634 77 192 29 9 23 308 42 70 1 10 10 86 3 1 .303 .342 .486 .299 47.5 19.1 6.9
1963 BAL 26 161 648 589 67 148 26 4 11 215 46 84 1 4 8 67 2 3 .251 .305 .365 .261 23.7 6.3 3.4
1964 BAL 27 163 685 612 82 194 35 3 28 319 51 64 4 10 8 118 1 0 .317 .368 .521 .327 62.4 7.1 7.7
1965 BAL 28 144 616 559 81 166 25 2 18 249 47 47 2 4 4 80 3 0 .297 .351 .445 .296 37.7 1.8 4.4
1966 BAL 29 157 686 620 91 167 35 2 23 275 56 36 5 4 1 100 2 3 .269 .333 .444 .289 37.4 0.6 4.3
1967 BAL 30 158 681 610 88 164 25 5 22 265 54 54 4 8 5 77 1 3 .269 .328 .434 .283 36.7 35.3 8.4
1968 BAL 31 162 667 608 65 154 36 6 17 253 44 55 4 8 3 75 1 1 .253 .304 .416 .294 34.2 22.1 7.1
1969 BAL 32 156 670 598 73 140 21 3 23 236 56 55 3 10 3 84 2 1 .234 .298 .395 .261 25.4 22.4 5.3
1970 BAL 33 158 673 608 84 168 31 4 18 261 53 53 4 7 1 94 1 1 .276 .335 .429 .282 30.1 3.4 3.5
1971 BAL 34 156 663 589 67 160 21 1 20 243 63 50 3 7 1 92 0 0 .272 .341 .413 .288 35.9 16.1 5.9
1972 BAL 35 153 612 556 48 139 23 2 8 190 43 45 2 7 4 64 1 0 .250 .303 .342 .255 9.1 5.2 1.7
1973 BAL 36 155 619 549 53 141 17 2 9 189 55 50 3 4 8 72 2 0 .257 .326 .344 .252 12.1 8.1 2.2
1974 BAL 37 153 622 553 46 159 27 0 7 207 56 47 3 5 5 59 2 0 .288 .353 .374 .280 29.3 12.2 4.5
1975 BAL 38 144 539 482 50 97 15 1 6 132 44 33 1 4 8 53 0 0 .201 .267 .274 .216 -3.7 3.8 0.0
1976 BAL 39 71 232 218 16 46 8 2 3 67 8 24 1 2 3 11 0 0 .211 .240 .307 .211 -7.1 -2.9 -1.1
1977 BAL 40 24 52 47 3 7 2 0 1 12 4 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 .149 .212 .255 .179 -1.9 0.1 -0.2
Career28961178210654123228484826826842708609905311410113572822.267.322.401.272463.7184.572.3

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
1955 BAL MLB 6 22 .076 .264 .340 .378 .261 .167 102 -4.2 0.6 0.1 -0.4 0.0 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
1956 BAL MLB 15 45 .238 .262 .327 .394 .260 .237 94 -1.1 1.3 0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
1957 BAL MLB 50 126 .237 .265 .328 .397 .266 .245 93 -2.9 3.4 0.4 1.1 -0.3 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.1
1958 BAL MLB 145 507 .211 .257 .323 .386 .258 .261 91 -24.5 13.7 1.8 7.8 -1.2 -8.7 -0.1 -8.7 -0.1
1959 BAL MLB 88 333 .269 .255 .318 .383 .257 .312 94 3 9.2 1.3 4.7 -2.1 11.9 1.7 11.9 1.7
1960 BAL MLB 152 651 .275 .257 .327 .389 .263 .298 96 10 17.6 2.4 9.6 1.6 29.9 4.2 29.9 4.2
1961 BAL MLB 163 736 .264 .262 .329 .406 .265 .302 96 3.4 20.9 2.9 1.0 -0.0 25.2 2.7 25.2 2.7
1962 BAL MLB 162 697 .299 .257 .322 .394 .260 .307 95 28.3 19.4 2.7 19.1 -3.4 47.5 6.9 47.5 6.9
1963 BAL MLB 161 648 .261 .247 .309 .378 .261 .275 96 0.5 16.2 2.2 6.3 2.2 23.7 3.4 23.7 3.4
1964 BAL MLB 163 685 .327 .248 .313 .385 .262 .313 99 42.9 17.6 2.4 7.1 -1.9 62.4 7.7 62.4 7.7
1965 BAL MLB 144 616 .296 .243 .308 .372 .260 .297 100 20.1 15.6 2.1 1.8 -1.3 37.7 4.4 37.7 4.4
1966 BAL MLB 157 686 .289 .239 .301 .370 .255 .255 102 18.1 17.4 2.4 0.6 1.7 37.4 4.3 37.4 4.3
1967 BAL MLB 158 681 .283 .236 .301 .351 .256 .262 98 13.8 16.4 2.2 35.3 1.3 36.7 8.4 36.7 8.4
1968 BAL MLB 162 667 .294 .232 .294 .340 .259 .252 95 18.5 14.7 2 22.1 -0.5 34.2 7.1 34.2 7.1
1969 BAL MLB 156 670 .261 .247 .321 .372 .263 .221 98 0.3 17.2 2.4 22.4 3.3 25.4 5.3 25.4 5.3
1970 BAL MLB 158 673 .282 .253 .322 .384 .259 .276 99 14.6 18.3 2.5 3.4 -2.9 30.1 3.5 30.1 3.5
1971 BAL MLB 156 663 .288 .250 .318 .370 .263 .266 101 16.8 16.4 2.2 16.1 0.4 35.9 5.9 35.9 5.9
1972 BAL MLB 153 612 .255 .239 .301 .347 .253 .257 94 -2.8 14.4 2 5.2 -3.8 9.1 1.7 9.1 1.7
1973 BAL MLB 155 619 .252 .261 .328 .384 .265 .267 96 -4.8 16.4 2.2 8.1 -4.8 12.1 2.2 12.1 2.2
1974 BAL MLB 153 622 .280 .258 .320 .370 .260 .302 95 11.8 16.1 2.2 12.2 -0.5 29.3 4.5 29.3 4.5
1975 BAL MLB 144 539 .216 .258 .325 .384 .262 .204 94 -23.2 14.2 1.9 3.8 0.8 -3.7 0.0 -3.7 0.0
1976 BAL MLB 71 232 .211 .248 .309 .346 .252 .223 91 -10.8 5.8 0.8 -2.9 -1.7 -7.1 -1.1 -7.1 -1.1
1977 BAL MLB 24 52 .179 .272 .330 .412 .264 .140 101 -4.3 1.5 0.2 0.1 0.1 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2

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
1955 BAL MLB 22 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 0 .091 .091 .091 .000 .076 -3.9 -0.4 -0.4
1956 BAL MLB 45 5 10 4 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 .227 .244 .386 .159 .238 0.6 0.2 0.1
1957 BAL MLB 126 13 28 6 1 2 14 7 10 1 0 .239 .286 .359 .120 .237 0.3 1.1 0.1
1958 BAL MLB 507 31 110 16 3 3 32 31 51 1 2 .238 .292 .305 .067 .211 -8.7 7.8 -0.1
1959 BAL MLB 333 29 89 15 2 4 24 17 37 2 2 .284 .325 .383 .099 .269 11.9 4.7 1.7
1960 BAL MLB 651 74 175 27 9 14 88 35 49 2 2 .294 .329 .440 .146 .275 29.9 9.6 4.2
1961 BAL MLB 736 89 192 38 7 7 61 47 57 1 3 .287 .334 .397 .109 .264 25.2 1.0 2.7
1962 BAL MLB 697 77 192 29 9 23 86 42 70 3 1 .303 .342 .486 .183 .299 47.5 19.1 6.9
1963 BAL MLB 648 67 148 26 4 11 67 46 84 2 3 .251 .305 .365 .114 .261 23.7 6.3 3.4
1964 BAL MLB 685 82 194 35 3 28 118 51 64 1 0 .317 .368 .521 .204 .327 62.4 7.1 7.7
1965 BAL MLB 616 81 166 25 2 18 80 47 47 3 0 .297 .351 .445 .148 .296 37.7 1.8 4.4
1966 BAL MLB 686 91 167 35 2 23 100 56 36 2 3 .269 .333 .444 .174 .289 37.4 0.6 4.3
1967 BAL MLB 681 88 164 25 5 22 77 54 54 1 3 .269 .328 .434 .166 .283 36.7 35.3 8.4
1968 BAL MLB 667 65 154 36 6 17 75 44 55 1 1 .253 .304 .416 .163 .294 34.2 22.1 7.1
1969 BAL MLB 670 73 140 21 3 23 84 56 55 2 1 .234 .298 .395 .161 .261 25.4 22.4 5.3
1970 BAL MLB 673 84 168 31 4 18 94 53 53 1 1 .276 .335 .429 .153 .282 30.1 3.4 3.5
1971 BAL MLB 663 67 160 21 1 20 92 63 50 0 0 .272 .341 .413 .141 .288 35.9 16.1 5.9
1972 BAL MLB 612 48 139 23 2 8 64 43 45 1 0 .250 .303 .342 .092 .255 9.1 5.2 1.7
1973 BAL MLB 619 53 141 17 2 9 72 55 50 2 0 .257 .326 .344 .087 .252 12.1 8.1 2.2
1974 BAL MLB 622 46 159 27 0 7 59 56 47 2 0 .288 .353 .374 .087 .280 29.3 12.2 4.5
1975 BAL MLB 539 50 97 15 1 6 53 44 33 0 0 .201 .267 .274 .073 .216 -3.7 3.8 0.0
1976 BAL MLB 232 16 46 8 2 3 11 8 24 0 0 .211 .240 .307 .096 .211 -7.1 -2.9 -1.1
1977 BAL MLB 52 3 7 2 0 1 4 4 4 0 0 .149 .212 .255 .106 .179 -1.9 0.1 -0.2

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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The Lineup Card: Making the Case for Harper, Machado, or TroutBaseball Prospectus2013-05-30
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Overthinking It: The Best of Baseball's New Old VideosBen Lindbergh2013-02-25
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108 Stitches: A Chat with Earl WeaverDan Evans2013-01-21
Pebble Hunting: A Hall of Fame Brochure for Ryan KleskoSam Miller2012-12-03
The BP Wayback Machine: Take Me Out of the Hall GameJay Jaffe2012-11-30
Baseball ProGUESTus: What Mainstream Baseball Analysis Looked Like in 1984Chad Finn2012-11-27
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BP Unfiltered: These Aren't the Hall of Famers You're Looking ForBen Lindbergh2012-06-11
Inside The Park: American League Horror StoryBradford Doolittle2012-03-09
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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Golden Era Ballot for the Hall of FameJay Jaffe2011-11-22
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The BP Broadside: The Annotated WARP Leaders II: Did Ernie Banks Write the Book of Love?Steven Goldman2011-05-25
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Spitballing: Repeat BusinessJeremy Greenhouse2011-03-31
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One-Hoppers: The Snubbed Cub: Ron Santo (1940-2010)Jay Jaffe2010-12-03
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Another Look: Kirk Gibson's HomerBob Hertzel2010-10-19
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-09-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)Orioles-Nats would be great for baseball. As a lifelong O's fan- back to the days of Brooks Robinson, this season has been a very pleasnat surprise. And how about the Nats- no more "first in war, first in peace and last in the American League". Gonzalez just struck out 200. Walter Johnson was the Washington player to do that!
(john from ct)
Not a question, so I don't have an answer, I just love the excitement. (Bill Parker)
2011-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)3B fWAR/GP A. Beltre - 0.0280 Ken Boyer - 0.0311 Brooks Robinson - 0.0327 Ron Santo - 0.0354 There are some bad 3B in the HOF, Beltre needs to step up his offense if he wants to be voted in.
(Bob from Seattle)
The Seattle ballpark and his own lack of consistency really hurt him there. (Steven Goldman)
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)RE: Red Sox. Re-sign V-mart, trade for Adrian Gonzalez (they have the prospects to get it done, I'm pretty sure), move Youk to third, put Lowrie at SS, and hope that the outfield can stay reasonably healthy next year. How's that for a plan?
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
I wonder if your defense tips over into a bad place at that point. Youk wasn't exactly Brooks Robinson over there. (Steven Goldman)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has anyone's HOF case ever been hurt more by the era they played in than Santo? His numbers translated to a normal era have to be pretty awesome.
(jamin67038 from Wichita, KS)
Jay Jaffe probably has ten answers for this question, but Santo has to be up there. Clay Davenport puts Santo at .275/.370/.505 in a standard offensive environment. Another guy who comes to mind, though I'm not saying he's a HOFer, is Graig Nettles. Nettles played in the 1970s, which hurt his numbers, though not as badly as Santo's were hurt, and although he was one of the best gloves ever at his position, played at the same time as Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt so that was less impressive than it could have been. There were more good 3B playing when Nettles did (the aforementioned, plus guys who could hit like Buddy Bell, Bill Madlock, George Brett) than there were at any time before in history. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)Considering how far ahead of the pack he is at his position, is it fair to call Brooks Robinson the best defensive player in history?
(costa24 from Montreal)
Ozzie Smith is, and it's not close. Followed then by Bill Mazeroski, then probably Willie Mays. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jack Hannahan seems like an adequate replacement for Chavez at the plate, but won't the A's pitchers miss his defense? C'mon--six gold gloves!
(dwiest12 from Vienna VA)
Wow, there's a quadruple reversal of fortune... Hannahan's a decent enough defender, so it isn't like we just went from Brooks Robinson back to Carney Lansford impression of dry timber in high winds. The fact that anyone might see the offensive trade-off as even is what for me is so jarring; Chavez's offensive potential is what we've lost, but admittedly we started losing it years ago, and what we're missing still is that wishcasted maybe that Chavez's bat might yet represent. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)There was a saying about some ball players (like Brooks Robinson, if I recall)that they weren't fast going from home to first, but could outrun anyone going from 1st to 3rd or 2nd to home. In your studies, did you find any clear examples of guys not known to have good footspeed but who were exceptionally good baserunners?
(wileecoyote121 from larchmont, ny)
Robin Yount and Glenn Beckert come to mind. George Brett did really well on tagging on fly balls.

On Yount you might want to check this out. I think I discussed Beckert in this column. (Dan Fox)


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