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Bill Virdon RFPirates

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
12 6522 .267 .316 .379 .257 14.7
Birth Date6-9-1931
Height6' 0"
Weight175 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
1955 SLN 24 144 586 534 58 150 18 6 17 231 36 64 1 9 6 68 2 4 .281 .322 .433 .273 14.0 0.3 1.5
1956 PIT 25 133 547 509 67 170 21 10 8 235 33 63 1 2 2 37 6 6 .334 .374 .462 .296 22.7 -4.4 1.9
1956 SLN 25 24 80 71 10 15 2 0 2 23 5 8 1 1 2 9 0 1 .211 .269 .324 .222 0.4 0.5 0.1
1957 PIT 26 144 605 561 59 141 28 11 8 215 33 69 0 3 8 50 3 3 .251 .291 .383 .239 4.7 -1.7 0.3
1958 PIT 27 144 662 604 75 161 24 11 9 234 52 70 1 3 2 46 5 3 .267 .324 .387 .271 21.9 -0.1 2.3
1959 PIT 28 144 583 519 67 132 24 2 8 184 55 65 2 2 5 41 7 4 .254 .327 .355 .257 16.4 6.6 2.4
1960 PIT 29 120 454 409 60 108 16 9 8 166 40 44 0 5 0 40 8 2 .264 .326 .406 .273 25.6 5.5 3.3
1961 PIT 30 146 660 599 81 156 22 8 9 221 49 45 0 7 5 58 5 8 .260 .313 .369 .253 15.9 -4.3 1.2
1962 PIT 31 156 705 663 82 164 27 10 6 229 36 65 1 3 2 47 5 13 .247 .286 .345 .226 0.3 -17.2 -1.7
1963 PIT 32 142 607 554 58 149 22 6 8 207 43 55 0 1 9 53 1 2 .269 .321 .374 .266 19.0 -0.2 2.1
1964 PIT 33 145 511 473 59 115 11 3 3 141 30 48 0 3 5 27 1 5 .243 .287 .298 .226 -0.0 -3.7 -0.4
1965 PIT 34 135 519 481 58 134 22 5 4 178 30 49 1 0 7 24 4 3 .279 .322 .370 .259 15.7 -1.4 1.6
1968 PIT 37 6 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 1.333 .668 1.0 -0.0 0.1
Career158365225980735159623781912268442647839535024754.267.316.379.257157.5-20.314.7

Advanced

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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 SLN MLB 144 586 .273 .257 .322 .413 .262 .288 101 6.4 13.0 -0.2 0.3 -2.5 14.0 1.5 14.0 1.5
1956 PIT MLB 133 547 .296 .251 .313 .394 .250 .368 98 15.3 11.2 1 -4.4 -3.1 22.7 1.9 22.7 1.9
1956 SLN MLB 24 80 .222 .261 .323 .408 .260 .210 106 -3.1 2.2 0.2 0.5 1.0 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.1
1957 PIT MLB 144 605 .239 .258 .316 .396 .259 .273 97 -11.2 14.6 1.3 -1.7 -0.2 4.7 0.3 4.7 0.3
1958 PIT MLB 144 662 .271 .261 .325 .409 .267 .288 98 7.3 17.5 1.6 -0.1 -0.2 21.9 2.3 21.9 2.3
1959 PIT MLB 144 583 .257 .262 .324 .402 .264 .277 99 -1.6 15.9 1.4 6.6 3.2 16.4 2.4 16.4 2.4
1960 PIT MLB 120 454 .273 .256 .318 .395 .262 .276 99 5.8 12.3 1.1 5.5 6.6 25.6 3.3 25.6 3.3
1961 PIT MLB 146 660 .253 .262 .324 .408 .261 .266 99 -5 18.7 1.7 -4.3 4.2 15.9 1.2 15.9 1.2
1962 PIT MLB 156 705 .226 .264 .326 .399 .264 .266 98 -24.8 19.5 1.8 -17.2 1.6 0.3 -1.7 0.3 -1.7
1963 PIT MLB 142 607 .266 .244 .301 .363 .255 .287 96 3.4 15.0 1.4 -0.2 0.8 19.0 2.1 19.0 2.1
1964 PIT MLB 145 511 .226 .253 .308 .376 .259 .264 100 -15.7 12.8 1.1 -3.7 1.2 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4
1965 PIT MLB 135 519 .259 .251 .308 .382 .261 .304 100 -0.5 12.2 1.1 -1.4 2.4 15.7 1.6 15.7 1.6
1968 PIT MLB 6 3 .668 .231 .294 .328 .251 .000 92 1 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 1.0 0.1 1.0 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
1955 SLN MLB 586 58 150 18 6 17 68 36 64 2 4 .281 .322 .433 .152 .273 14.0 0.3 1.5
1956 PIT MLB 547 67 170 21 10 8 37 33 63 6 6 .334 .374 .462 .128 .296 22.7 -4.4 1.9
1956 SLN MLB 80 10 15 2 0 2 9 5 8 0 1 .211 .269 .324 .113 .222 0.4 0.5 0.1
1957 PIT MLB 605 59 141 28 11 8 50 33 69 3 3 .251 .291 .383 .132 .239 4.7 -1.7 0.3
1958 PIT MLB 662 75 161 24 11 9 46 52 70 5 3 .267 .324 .387 .121 .271 21.9 -0.1 2.3
1959 PIT MLB 583 67 132 24 2 8 41 55 65 7 4 .254 .327 .355 .100 .257 16.4 6.6 2.4
1960 PIT MLB 454 60 108 16 9 8 40 40 44 8 2 .264 .326 .406 .142 .273 25.6 5.5 3.3
1961 PIT MLB 660 81 156 22 8 9 58 49 45 5 8 .260 .313 .369 .109 .253 15.9 -4.3 1.2
1962 PIT MLB 705 82 164 27 10 6 47 36 65 5 13 .247 .286 .345 .098 .226 0.3 -17.2 -1.7
1963 PIT MLB 607 58 149 22 6 8 53 43 55 1 2 .269 .321 .374 .105 .266 19.0 -0.2 2.1
1964 PIT MLB 511 59 115 11 3 3 27 30 48 1 5 .243 .287 .298 .055 .226 -0.0 -3.7 -0.4
1965 PIT MLB 519 58 134 22 5 4 24 30 49 4 3 .279 .322 .370 .091 .259 15.7 -1.4 1.6
1968 PIT MLB 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 1.333 1.000 .668 1.0 -0.0 0.1

Plate Discipline

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Injury History

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Compensation

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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
The Lineup Card: 9 Baseball Movies That Should Be MadeBaseball Prospectus2011-09-21
Baseball ProGUESTus: Astros AppreciationAllen Barra2011-07-15
Prospectus Hit and Run: Billy and GeorgeJay Jaffe2010-11-22
This article requires BP Premium accessGM for a Day: Baltimore OriolesSteven Goldman2010-10-15
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Yosted by His Own PetardSteven Goldman2008-09-16
Prospectus Toolbox: Value Over Replacement PlayerDerek Jacques2007-05-15
Schrodinger's Bat: Double Steals And MoreDan Fox2007-03-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: More Than Their Fair ShareJim Baker2006-09-19
This article requires BP Premium access"This is Our Fault": The McClatchy Ownership as Team Builder, Part IVSteven Goldman2003-09-02
This article requires BP Premium accessCasey, TK, Gardenhire: How Does Your Prospect Grow?: How the Twins Haven't Learned from StengelSteven Goldman2003-07-02


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven, Taken in context with the era he was playing in, where would you rank Bobby Murcerís 1971 offensive season (.331/.427/.543) with those of other Yankee stars of the past 40 years? The numbers are gaudy enough by todayís standards, but given the norms of the early 70ís (1971 A.L. average .247/.317/364), that has to be considered a bona fide monster season. Ironically, Murcer finished 7th in the MVP voting that year, while he finished 5th the following season after a somewhat inferior, if still impressive, performance (.292/.361/.537). Itís been 34 years, but aside from rumored personality clashes with Gabe Paul and Bill Virdon, I still canít figure out what the Yanks were thinking when they sent Murcer packing to S.F. in October, 1974. His disappointing showing at Shea that season (though he caught fire in September and carried the offense during the teamís ill-fated pennant drive) seemed to be insufficient reason to jettison the teamís best player; especially when theyíd shortly be returning to Yankee Stadiumís short porch after one last season at Shea.
(Rich from NJ)
I know I've written about Murcer's 1971-72 before. He was crazy good in those years, a 10-win player in context. If you ranked all the big seasons by the Yankees, these would rank somewhere after all the big Ruth/Gehrig/DiMaggio/Mantle seasons, but still quite high up the list. I don't know what went wrong between Murcer and George Steinbrenner and I got the sense that neither did he, though it might just be that George's hair-trigger impatience got the better of him after Murcer's rough showing at Shea. You're right that those years deserve to be better remembered. Unfortunately, no one was thinking about offensive context in the early 70s. (Steven Goldman)


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