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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
13 3265 .260 .312 .392 .254 5.9
Birth Date5-7-1929
Height6' 0"
Weight190 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
1951 BRO 22 23 64 60 5 12 3 1 1 20 4 10 0 0 5 0 0 .200 .250 .333 .202 -3.5 -0.9 -0.4
1952 BRO 23 36 71 68 13 21 4 1 0 27 2 10 0 1 11 0 0 .309 .329 .397 .260 1.5 1.5 0.3
1953 BRO 24 30 60 55 4 12 2 0 2 20 3 10 1 1 5 0 0 .218 .271 .364 .217 -1.5 -0.3 -0.2
1954 BRO 25 16 37 34 5 5 0 0 1 8 2 7 0 1 0 2 0 0 .147 .189 .235 .198 -1.8 -0.7 -0.3
1956 BAL 27 87 390 353 45 101 18 4 11 160 30 40 0 0 7 37 5 5 .286 .342 .453 .289 24.5 3.8 2.9
1956 BRO 27 7 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .212 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
1957 BAL 28 47 184 167 16 39 10 2 1 56 14 21 0 0 3 17 0 1 .234 .293 .335 .220 -4.8 -0.9 -0.6
1957 CLE 28 67 220 205 33 58 7 0 6 83 12 19 1 1 1 17 3 4 .283 .324 .405 .251 4.0 -0.1 0.4
1958 BAL 29 128 462 409 36 113 17 0 4 142 37 47 2 4 10 32 0 6 .276 .336 .347 .262 6.0 0.7 0.7
1959 KC1 30 130 538 488 72 130 33 1 16 213 28 60 5 6 11 75 4 1 .266 .309 .436 .260 11.6 6.4 1.9
1960 KC1 31 127 466 420 47 121 31 0 12 188 39 68 1 5 1 65 0 0 .288 .346 .448 .274 15.0 7.7 2.4
1961 BAL 32 103 340 310 37 64 15 2 8 107 20 38 0 5 5 24 0 4 .206 .251 .345 .230 -4.1 -3.6 -0.8
1962 BAL 33 82 197 178 20 44 7 1 1 56 14 26 1 2 2 18 0 0 .247 .303 .315 .227 -2.5 0.9 -0.2
1963 BOS 34 79 152 136 15 35 8 0 2 49 15 25 0 1 0 12 0 0 .257 .329 .360 .255 -2.0 -0.9 -0.3
1964 BOS 35 61 77 69 10 11 2 0 5 28 7 10 1 0 0 11 0 0 .159 .247 .406 .233 -0.8 1.5 0.1
Career102332652959358768157127011592273921225423311221.260.312.392.25441.215.35.9

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
1951 BRO MLB 23 64 .202 .272 .335 .417 .277 .000 107 -4 1.8 -0.4 -0.9 -0.3 -3.5 -0.4 -3.5 -0.4
1952 BRO MLB 36 71 .260 .252 .320 .371 .268 .000 101 0 1.9 -0.2 1.5 0.3 1.5 0.3 1.5 0.3
1953 BRO MLB 30 60 .217 .256 .323 .395 .266 .000 104 -2.8 1.7 -0.4 -0.3 -0.3 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
1954 BRO MLB 16 37 .198 .264 .338 .414 .267 .148 105 -2.3 1.0 -0.2 -0.7 -0.2 -1.8 -0.3 -1.8 -0.3
1956 BAL MLB 87 390 .289 .257 .331 .389 .260 .298 94 11.8 10.8 -0.1 3.8 2.4 24.5 2.9 24.5 2.9
1956 BRO MLB 7 7 .212 .262 .314 .430 .264 .333 103 -0.4 0.2 0 0.0 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
1957 BAL MLB 47 184 .220 .264 .336 .399 .269 .262 95 -7.3 4.9 -0.5 -0.9 -0.9 -4.8 -0.6 -4.8 -0.6
1957 CLE MLB 67 220 .251 .252 .320 .375 .258 .287 98 -1.9 5.6 0.2 -0.1 0.2 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
1958 BAL MLB 128 462 .262 .256 .320 .384 .255 .301 91 0.8 12.4 -1.4 0.7 -4.4 6.0 0.7 6.0 0.7
1959 KC1 MLB 130 538 .260 .249 .318 .376 .256 .273 103 -0.1 14.7 -1.4 6.4 0.4 11.6 1.9 11.6 1.9
1960 KC1 MLB 127 466 .274 .254 .325 .382 .261 .316 102 6.5 12.6 -1.8 7.7 -1.2 15.0 2.4 15.0 2.4
1961 BAL MLB 103 340 .230 .266 .332 .410 .268 .208 95 -10.8 9.6 -2.7 -3.6 -0.3 -4.1 -0.8 -4.1 -0.8
1962 BAL MLB 82 197 .227 .250 .317 .377 .258 .281 94 -6.8 5.5 -1.8 0.9 0.3 -2.5 -0.2 -2.5 -0.2
1963 BOS MLB 79 152 .255 .244 .307 .371 .259 .300 104 -0.7 3.8 -0.3 -0.9 -4.5 -2.0 -0.3 -2.0 -0.3
1964 BOS MLB 61 77 .233 .244 .309 .377 .256 .111 110 -2 2.0 -0.1 1.5 -0.3 -0.8 0.1 -0.8 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
1951 BRO MLB 64 5 12 3 1 1 5 4 10 0 0 .200 .250 .333 .133 .202 -3.5 -0.9 -0.4
1952 BRO MLB 71 13 21 4 1 0 11 2 10 0 0 .309 .329 .397 .088 .260 1.5 1.5 0.3
1953 BRO MLB 60 4 12 2 0 2 5 3 10 0 0 .218 .271 .364 .145 .217 -1.5 -0.3 -0.2
1954 BRO MLB 37 5 5 0 0 1 2 2 7 0 0 .147 .189 .235 .088 .198 -1.8 -0.7 -0.3
1956 BAL MLB 390 45 101 18 4 11 37 30 40 5 5 .286 .342 .453 .167 .289 24.5 3.8 2.9
1956 BRO MLB 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .000 .212 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
1957 BAL MLB 184 16 39 10 2 1 17 14 21 0 1 .234 .293 .335 .102 .220 -4.8 -0.9 -0.6
1957 CLE MLB 220 33 58 7 0 6 17 12 19 3 4 .283 .324 .405 .122 .251 4.0 -0.1 0.4
1958 BAL MLB 462 36 113 17 0 4 32 37 47 0 6 .276 .336 .347 .071 .262 6.0 0.7 0.7
1959 KC1 MLB 538 72 130 33 1 16 75 28 60 4 1 .266 .309 .436 .170 .260 11.6 6.4 1.9
1960 KC1 MLB 466 47 121 31 0 12 65 39 68 0 0 .288 .346 .448 .160 .274 15.0 7.7 2.4
1961 BAL MLB 340 37 64 15 2 8 24 20 38 0 4 .206 .251 .345 .139 .230 -4.1 -3.6 -0.8
1962 BAL MLB 197 20 44 7 1 1 18 14 26 0 0 .247 .303 .315 .067 .227 -2.5 0.9 -0.2
1963 BOS MLB 152 15 35 8 0 2 12 15 25 0 0 .257 .329 .360 .103 .255 -2.0 -0.9 -0.3
1964 BOS MLB 77 10 11 2 0 5 11 7 10 0 0 .159 .247 .406 .246 .233 -0.8 1.5 0.1

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Injury History

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  Title Author Date
The Lineup Card: 11 Favorite Baserunning MemoriesBaseball Prospectus2013-04-24
Baseball ProGUESTus: Paul Richards, Maker of Major-League ManagersJonathan Bernstein2013-02-19
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: Pacific SurflinerGeoff Young2013-01-22
Wezen-Ball: The SPBA's Short LifeLarry Granillo2012-11-28
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: Life and Ed WhitsonCee Angi2012-05-23
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: They Slugged Like Ed BrinkmanGeoff Young2012-03-20
The Stats Go Marching In: The Hidden Helpers of the Pitching StaffMax Marchi2012-03-09
The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 2David Laurila2012-03-07
The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 1David Laurila2012-03-06
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: Exorcising the Ghost of LeoSteven Goldman2011-11-04
Baseball ProGUESTus: Silly Goose: Mariano Rivera and the Myth of the Seven-Out SaveKevin Baker2011-10-31
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Leyland's Cooperstown CaseJay Jaffe2011-10-13
The Lineup Card: 11 Memorable Breakdowns, Antics, and TiradesBaseball Prospectus2011-08-18
The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Basebrawls and Individual Performances in BasebrawlsBaseball Prospectus2011-08-10
What You Missed: 7/5-7/8Stephani Bee2011-07-08
BP Unfiltered: The Paper Trail 7/8John Perrotto2011-07-08
The BP Broadside: In the Laundry RoomSteven Goldman2011-07-08
This article requires BP Premium accessPurpose Pitches: Farrell, Mattingly, and RoenickeChristina Kahrl2011-02-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Don Mincher, Part IIDavid Laurila2011-01-12
Prospectus Q&A: Don Mincher, Part IDavid Laurila2011-01-11
Prospectus Hit and Run: Billy and GeorgeJay Jaffe2010-11-22
World Series Prospectus: World Series PreviewChristina Kahrl2010-10-26
This article requires BP Premium accessGM for a Day: Baltimore OriolesSteven Goldman2010-10-15
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: The 1972 World SeriesBob Hertzel2010-10-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Darold KnowlesDavid Laurila2010-09-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Don't Call it the Veterans' CommitteeJay Jaffe2010-07-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: From One to the OtherJay Jaffe2009-10-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL West RoundupChristina Kahrl2009-07-02
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Toby Harrah, Part OneDavid Laurila2009-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Ross GrimsleyDavid Laurila2009-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: (Near) Hitless WondersJay Jaffe2008-10-28
The Week in Quotes: September 22-28Alex Carnevale2008-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-09-16
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Yosted by His Own PetardSteven Goldman2008-09-16
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Life and Times of Buzzie Bavasi, Part OneJay Jaffe2008-05-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Milestoners and the New New Veterans CommitteeJay Jaffe2007-08-14
Prospectus Q&A: Jack McKeonDavid Laurila2007-05-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Ken MachaDavid Laurila2007-05-20
Transaction of the Day: Roster Reviews of the EastsChristina Kahrl2007-04-12
Who Will Rid Me of This Pestilent McCovey?: Pinch Running in the Last 50 YearsBrandon Isleib2007-04-10
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: The Price of ContentmentDan Fox2007-03-29
Schrodinger's Bat: Double Steals And MoreDan Fox2007-03-22
The Impossible Dream: How the 1967 Red Sox Won the PennantMark Armour2003-03-17
Prospectus Feature: 2003 IHOF Veterans Committee ResultsNeal Traven2003-02-26
Transaction Analysis: September 28-November 10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-11-15
The Daily Prospectus: Things To Do in the Off-Season When You're BoredDerek Zumsteg2002-11-14
Transaction Analysis: August 4-7, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-08-12
Transaction Analysis: April 25-29, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-01
Transaction Analysis: April 11-13, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Feature: .Baseball In SeattleDerek Zumsteg2002-03-28


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)But wouldn't it be beneficial for ALL wannabe managers to play lots of Strat and see how to construct a lineup, work through double-switches, warm up relievers, engage in situational hitting?
(dianagramr from NYC)
A few years ago, I suggested that it would be really cool to launch sort of a seminar series, where you could have minor-league managers and coaches listen to Chuck Tanner or Whitey Herzog talk about the running game, or to Earl Weaver or Dick Williams about in-game tactics, or the late Johnny Sain to talk about workloads. But that would be collective, and the industry favors competition; why let Whitey Herzog talk to anybody else, if you want to hear what he has to say? Put him on the payroll as an adviser, and don't share. As is, in-game tactics aren't exactly rocket science--indeed, much of the stuff sabermetrics "discovers" on this front simply documents previously observed and understood phenomena, going back not just to Earl Weaver or Whitey Herzog, but Casey Stengel or Joe McCarthy. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had a gun to your head, would you say that Torre 1. got the Yankees and extra WS or two through cool-headedness; 2. Cost them one or two through his bullpen usage; 3. Probably had no effect. Substitute other reasons for 1 & 2 if I'm off. Thanks!
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
Do I have to have a gun to my head? Can I say that it was sometimes 1 and sometimes 2, depending on the year? Let us also say that in both 2001 and 2003 his decision-making was influenced by pathetic roster construction--if you look back at our last playoff roundtable, you can find Joe and I talking about this. In 2001, the bench was Enrique Wilson, Clay Bellinger, Randy Velarde. In 2003, as Joe memorably said, they had more lefties in the pen than the Marlins had lefty hitters. I don't know who gets responsibility for those calls. But in 2007, his "coolness" led him to sit on his ass while Joba was eaten by bugs, and I know very well that Casey or Billy Martin or Leo Durocher or John McGraw or Dick Williams would have been out there pulling his team off the field. I don't know if they would have gotten to the World Series, but his coolness became passivity there and justifiably cost him his job. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Regarding Yost and your YCLIU article, so if you discount Williams/Expos1981 'cuz of the strike, there's then not a single really good parallel to what the Brewers did here? And some BP writer made a remark about Yost's "Queeg-like" lockerroom persona. Any idea what that references?
(Richie from Washington)
Before writing the YCLIU article, I looked at every managerial record from 1900 on. There are a several examples of the opposite kind of firing, a manager getting canned just a few games into the season, like Yogi Berra in 1985 or Nick Leyva in 1991, and a couple of managers, like Eddie Stanky and Eddie Sawyer, who decided after one game that this managing thing wasn't for them, but the Dick Williams thing was as close as I think we can get to the Yost situation. As I tried to imply, well, not imply - I came out and said it, maybe this is because other organizations were more vigilant than the Brewers have been. It's a bit late for the Brewers to be all, "We're shocked, SHOCKED, that Ned Yost sucks." That, by the way (shocked, SHOCKED) is a reference to a Humphrey Bogart film, "Casablanca." "Queeg" also references a Bogart movie, "The Caine Mutiny," based on Herman Wouk's novel, in which Bogie played the WW II Captain Queeg, a paranoid, frightened martinet. Just a B/B- film. Same for the novel. Bogie is great, though. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)How much worse to the Brewers have to get before management FINALLY gets rid of Ned Yost?
(Ryan from Milwaukee)
To be fair, Doug Melvin and Ned Yost did a great job of working together to help get the franchise turned back around. Yost has problems running a pen, no doubt about it, and he doesn't seem to be learning from (bitter) experience. Still, you can understand Melvin's reluctance to pull the trigger on a man who has been an effective partner in the rebuild. We aren't in the age when you had managers like Dick Williams and Billy Martin floating around from job to job, with track records as in-season fixers. We're in an age where such a thing will happen slowly, if at all, and more likely at the end of a disappointing season. (Christina Kahrl)


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