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Portrait of Mark Grace

Mark Grace 1BCubs

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
16 9290 .303 .383 .442 .288 47.4
Birth Date6-28-1964
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
1988 CHN 24 134 550 486 65 144 23 4 7 196 60 43 0 4 0 57 3 3 .296 .371 .403 .283 20.0 -8.7 1.2
1989 CHN 25 142 596 510 74 160 28 3 13 233 80 42 0 3 3 79 14 7 .314 .405 .457 .310 43.2 11.9 6.0
1990 CHN 26 157 662 589 72 182 32 1 9 243 59 54 5 8 1 82 15 6 .309 .372 .413 .284 21.0 13.8 3.7
1991 CHN 27 160 703 619 87 169 28 5 8 231 70 53 3 7 4 58 3 4 .273 .346 .373 .264 20.1 20.5 4.3
1992 CHN 28 158 689 603 72 185 37 5 9 259 72 36 4 8 2 79 6 1 .307 .380 .430 .296 31.5 6.5 4.2
1993 CHN 29 155 676 594 86 193 39 4 14 282 71 32 1 9 1 98 8 4 .325 .393 .475 .298 33.2 -0.4 3.3
1994 CHN 30 106 454 403 55 120 23 3 6 167 48 41 0 3 0 44 0 1 .298 .370 .414 .275 14.8 2.8 1.7
1995 CHN 31 143 627 552 97 180 51 3 16 285 65 46 2 7 1 92 6 2 .326 .395 .516 .306 39.8 -0.2 3.9
1996 CHN 32 142 616 547 88 181 39 1 9 249 62 41 1 6 0 75 2 3 .331 .396 .455 .287 24.9 6.2 2.9
1997 CHN 33 151 654 555 87 177 32 5 13 258 88 45 2 8 1 78 2 4 .319 .409 .465 .295 24.6 15.7 4.0
1998 CHN 34 158 698 595 92 184 39 3 17 280 93 56 3 7 0 89 4 7 .309 .401 .471 .294 32.5 5.1 3.7
1999 CHN 35 161 688 593 107 183 44 5 16 285 83 44 2 10 0 91 3 4 .309 .390 .481 .294 30.3 8.2 3.6
2000 CHN 36 143 621 510 75 143 41 1 11 219 95 28 6 8 2 82 1 2 .280 .394 .429 .284 24.4 4.3 2.7
2001 ARI 37 145 553 476 66 142 31 2 15 222 67 36 4 5 1 78 1 0 .298 .386 .466 .292 24.6 1.0 2.5
2002 ARI 38 124 348 298 43 75 19 0 7 115 46 30 1 3 0 48 2 0 .252 .351 .386 .267 2.9 1.2 0.4
2003 ARI 39 66 155 135 13 27 5 0 3 41 16 15 0 3 1 16 0 0 .200 .279 .304 .202 -7.7 -0.3 -0.8
Career22459290806511792445511451733565107564234991711467048.303.383.442.288380.087.747.4

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
1986 PEO A 126 537 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 PTS AA 123 513 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 CHN MLB 134 550 .283 .251 .308 .365 .255 .311 103 12.3 14.4 -9.1 -8.7 1.3 20.0 1.2 20.0 1.2
1988 IOW AAA 21 83 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .270 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 CHN MLB 142 596 .310 .249 .310 .368 .255 .321 107 29 15.6 -9.9 11.9 1.4 43.2 6.0 43.2 6.0
1990 CHN MLB 157 662 .284 .255 .315 .380 .258 .324 108 15.8 17.8 -11.3 13.8 -0.1 21.0 3.7 21.0 3.7
1991 CHN MLB 160 703 .264 .247 .311 .368 .254 .285 105 2.8 19.0 -12.1 20.5 4.0 20.1 4.3 20.1 4.3
1992 CHN MLB 158 689 .296 .254 .312 .372 .256 .311 101 23.7 17.9 -11.4 6.5 -2.3 31.5 4.2 31.5 4.2
1993 CHN MLB 155 676 .298 .264 .323 .396 .257 .321 101 27.9 19.4 -12.4 -0.4 -2.4 33.2 3.3 33.2 3.3
1994 CHN MLB 106 454 .275 .267 .331 .416 .256 .318 97 7.7 13.8 -8.7 2.8 -0.2 14.8 1.7 14.8 1.7
1995 CHN MLB 143 627 .306 .265 .327 .410 .255 .330 103 31.9 18.8 -12 -0.2 -0.8 39.8 3.9 39.8 3.9
1996 CHN MLB 142 616 .287 .264 .328 .407 .252 .342 102 19.3 19.0 -12.2 6.2 -0.7 24.9 2.9 24.9 2.9
1997 CHN MLB 151 654 .295 .263 .330 .410 .258 .325 102 25.1 17.4 -12.3 15.7 -3.5 24.6 4.0 24.6 4.0
1998 CHN MLB 158 698 .294 .263 .328 .413 .257 .316 100 26.4 18.1 -13.2 5.1 -4.0 32.5 3.7 32.5 3.7
1999 CHN MLB 161 688 .294 .268 .341 .430 .260 .308 100 27.2 18.7 -13.8 8.2 0.4 30.3 3.6 30.3 3.6
2000 CHN MLB 143 621 .284 .264 .335 .427 .255 .276 98 17.9 17.1 -12.5 4.3 -0.6 24.4 2.7 24.4 2.7
2001 ARI MLB 145 553 .292 .262 .329 .427 .260 .295 101 19.4 14.9 -10.4 1.0 -0.5 24.6 2.5 24.6 2.5
2002 ARI MLB 124 348 .267 .262 .330 .420 .261 .258 105 2.7 8.9 -5.8 1.2 -1.7 3.7 0.5 2.9 0.4
2003 ARI MLB 66 155 .202 .264 .328 .413 .260 .200 104 -9.7 4.1 -2.4 -0.3 0.0 -7.7 -0.8 -7.7 -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
1986 PEO A 537 81 159 30 4 15 95 60 28 6 5 .342 .420 .520 .178 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 PTS AA 513 81 151 29 8 17 101 48 24 5 5 .333 .397 .545 .212 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 CHN MLB 550 65 144 23 4 7 57 60 43 3 3 .296 .371 .403 .107 .283 20.0 -8.7 1.2
1988 IOW AAA 83 11 17 4 0 0 14 13 4 1 0 .254 .375 .313 .060 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 CHN MLB 596 74 160 28 3 13 79 80 42 14 7 .314 .405 .457 .143 .310 43.2 11.9 6.0
1990 CHN MLB 662 72 182 32 1 9 82 59 54 15 6 .309 .372 .413 .104 .284 21.0 13.8 3.7
1991 CHN MLB 703 87 169 28 5 8 58 70 53 3 4 .273 .346 .373 .100 .264 20.1 20.5 4.3
1992 CHN MLB 689 72 185 37 5 9 79 72 36 6 1 .307 .380 .430 .123 .296 31.5 6.5 4.2
1993 CHN MLB 676 86 193 39 4 14 98 71 32 8 4 .325 .393 .475 .150 .298 33.2 -0.4 3.3
1994 CHN MLB 454 55 120 23 3 6 44 48 41 0 1 .298 .370 .414 .117 .275 14.8 2.8 1.7
1995 CHN MLB 627 97 180 51 3 16 92 65 46 6 2 .326 .395 .516 .190 .306 39.8 -0.2 3.9
1996 CHN MLB 616 88 181 39 1 9 75 62 41 2 3 .331 .396 .455 .124 .287 24.9 6.2 2.9
1997 CHN MLB 654 87 177 32 5 13 78 88 45 2 4 .319 .409 .465 .146 .295 24.6 15.7 4.0
1998 CHN MLB 698 92 184 39 3 17 89 93 56 4 7 .309 .401 .471 .161 .294 32.5 5.1 3.7
1999 CHN MLB 688 107 183 44 5 16 91 83 44 3 4 .309 .390 .481 .172 .294 30.3 8.2 3.6
2000 CHN MLB 621 75 143 41 1 11 82 95 28 1 2 .280 .394 .429 .149 .284 24.4 4.3 2.7
2001 ARI MLB 553 66 142 31 2 15 78 67 36 1 0 .298 .386 .466 .168 .292 24.6 1.0 2.5
2002 ARI MLB 348 43 75 19 0 7 48 46 30 2 0 .252 .351 .386 .134 .267 2.9 1.2 0.4
2003 ARI MLB 155 13 27 5 0 3 16 16 15 0 0 .200 .279 .304 .104 .202 -7.7 -0.3 -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
2003-08-06 2003-09-01 15-DL 26 24 Right Elbow Hyperextension -
2000-05-11 2000-05-31 15-DL 20 17 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1997-04-03 1997-04-19 15-DL 16 10 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1996-06-11 1996-06-28 15-DL 17 15 - Low Back Spasms - -
1989-06-05 1989-06-23 15-DL 18 17 Left Shoulder Separation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2003 ARI $1,750,000
2002 ARI $3,000,000
2001 ARI $3,000,000
2000 CHN $5,300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$13,050,000
4 yrTotal$13,050,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 154 dBarry Axlerod1 yr/$1.75M (03)+$ M 04 cl opt

Details
  • retired 9/03 re-signed 12/02
  • had handshake deal to return @ reduced salary in 03 with mut option torn up
  • agreed to defer half of $6M owed him over 2-year deal
  • 2 year/$6M (01-02)+$3M mut 03 opt

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Daric Barton ever becoming more than a poor man's Mark Grace?
(Tom from Madison)
No. Barton has his uses as a hitter but he's not as good a consistent gap hitter as Grace became. (John Perrotto)
2009-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Before this year, Mauer's numbers looked like Mark Grace's, but if he keeps up those numbers with his defense, he should make the HOF. Now that he's hitting for power, is he a good enough hitter to make the HOF as a firstbaseman?
(Wendy from Madrid)
Wendy, you're going two different directions here and it's confusing. Mauer's hitting, which has always been good, has evolved into a superfantastic performance which is probably unsustainable (.371 EqA? Get out). His defense behind the dish has always been above average according to our numbers, but there are very real concerns with his prolonged presence at catcher and what it will mean to his physical condition. He's certainly on his way to building a reasonable Hall of Fame case, but he's got just five full seasons under his belt and isn't even 27 yet! We'll need to see a lot more before we understand where he'll fit in among the greats. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't mind Mark Grace as a Sandoval comp. Gwynn & Puckett are too durned good yet; he's gotta earn thossens. Thoughts on Wandy moving forward this year?
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
Nomination for Grace. He's got a 3.74 FIP, and I love his peripherals. Always been a Wandy fan, so I would hold on to him. (Marc Normandin)
2009-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any tips for a fan who needs to quit smoking? I don't smoke more than 5-7 a day, but none is too many. Do any MLB players smoke? Would we even know? It's been a long time since Guy LaFleur would smoke on the bench between shifts.
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
Go to a hospital and watch someone suffering from the effects of lung (or any) cancer. I don't know of any players that smoke, but I'm sure there are. The last I remember is Mark Grace. (Will Carroll)
2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bryan, looking at your talent list for college juniors, I missed the section on Pitchers. Did I miss something or do you follow the Mark Grace premise that pitchers have no athletic talent.
(USDFan from San Diego)
Don't worry, I'll be hitting on pitchers in my column tomorrow. It's a good year for pitching at the college level, with a lot of guys on the bubble between second half of the first round and third round. (Bryan Smith)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourGary - you just missed Mark Grace, sitting in Karros' spot. The answer? Yes, it can get worse. And likely will. Why do they insist on misusing Ken Rosenthal? (Will Carroll)