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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
14 3708 .275 .349 .339 .261 10.6
Birth Date9-22-1959
Height5' 9"
Weight160 lbs
BatsB
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
1980 NYN 20 27 110 93 12 30 1 1 0 33 11 14 1 1 4 9 2 3 .323 .396 .355 .267 3.6 -3.3 0.0
1981 NYN 21 26 42 36 5 10 2 0 0 12 4 7 0 0 2 0 1 0 .278 .350 .333 .316 2.8 0.2 0.3
1982 NYN 22 96 312 261 37 71 13 2 3 97 49 47 0 0 2 22 8 7 .272 .387 .372 .281 12.5 4.0 1.7
1983 NYN 23 26 45 42 6 7 0 1 0 9 2 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 .167 .205 .214 .140 -5.1 -0.3 -0.6
1984 NYN 24 128 499 436 68 122 19 2 1 148 56 63 0 2 5 26 32 9 .280 .360 .339 .255 15.0 -12.6 0.3
1985 NYN 25 145 574 520 77 142 24 5 1 179 36 72 1 3 14 38 30 12 .273 .320 .344 .257 15.4 -1.4 1.5
1986 NYN 26 124 440 387 67 124 18 2 1 149 36 32 0 3 14 27 13 7 .320 .376 .385 .277 21.7 6.4 2.9
1987 NYN 27 94 335 300 43 75 6 1 1 86 25 43 0 1 9 23 11 3 .250 .307 .287 .231 3.8 -1.9 0.2
1988 NYN 28 99 347 294 44 89 12 0 0 101 41 49 1 2 9 17 9 5 .303 .388 .344 .292 16.7 3.8 2.2
1989 MIN 29 87 337 299 33 69 9 2 1 85 32 45 1 1 4 26 1 1 .231 .306 .284 .222 -5.0 -3.0 -0.9
1990 PIT 30 104 361 315 62 92 21 3 2 125 42 53 1 3 0 28 6 3 .292 .374 .397 .290 25.4 -3.1 2.4
1991 PHI 31 94 220 185 20 45 12 0 0 57 30 30 0 3 2 15 3 2 .243 .344 .308 .260 8.8 -3.1 0.6
1992 PHI 32 42 55 48 6 13 1 0 0 14 6 9 0 0 1 6 1 0 .271 .352 .292 .239 -0.3 0.6 0.0
1993 SEA 33 10 31 29 2 4 0 0 0 4 1 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 .138 .167 .138 .184 -2.2 -0.3 -0.3
Career110237083245482893138191010993714805196824011752.275.349.339.261113.3-14.010.6

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
1978 LYN A+ 132 581 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .367 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 JAC AA 110 448 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 NYN MLB 27 110 .267 .256 .316 .366 .249 .375 100 0.8 3.0 0.3 -3.3 -0.4 3.6 0.0 3.6 0.0
1980 TID AAA 125 498 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .342 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 NYN MLB 26 42 .316 .257 .317 .362 .256 .345 100 2.2 1.1 0 0.2 0.3 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
1981 TID AAA 21 70 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .173 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 NYN MLB 96 312 .281 .259 .316 .378 .255 .322 100 6.5 8.4 -0.3 4.0 -1.9 12.5 1.7 12.5 1.7
1983 NYN MLB 26 45 .140 .252 .319 .366 .253 .206 97 -5.4 1.2 0 -0.3 0.4 -5.1 -0.6 -5.1 -0.6
1983 TID AAA 101 431 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 NYN MLB 128 499 .255 .254 .313 .369 .253 .324 95 -2.3 13.4 -0.4 -12.6 5.3 15.0 0.3 15.0 0.3
1985 NYN MLB 145 574 .257 .255 .318 .378 .255 .313 93 -1.9 15.7 -0.7 -1.4 2.4 15.4 1.5 15.4 1.5
1986 NYN MLB 124 440 .277 .252 .318 .383 .255 .345 97 7.8 12.2 -0.5 6.4 0.5 21.7 2.9 21.7 2.9
1987 NYN MLB 94 335 .231 .259 .323 .406 .256 .288 95 -10.5 9.9 -0.4 -1.9 4.0 3.8 0.2 3.8 0.2
1988 NYN MLB 99 347 .292 .249 .309 .366 .255 .360 94 10.6 9.1 -0.4 3.8 -0.2 16.7 2.2 16.7 2.2
1989 MIN MLB 87 337 .222 .263 .326 .386 .268 .268 105 -12.3 8.8 -0.4 -3.0 -2.6 -5.0 -0.9 -5.0 -0.9
1990 PIT MLB 104 361 .290 .258 .318 .384 .259 .342 98 10.6 9.7 1 -3.1 4.0 25.4 2.4 25.4 2.4
1991 PHI MLB 94 220 .260 .250 .308 .374 .253 .285 99 0 6.0 0.1 -3.1 1.8 8.8 0.6 8.8 0.6
1992 PHI MLB 42 55 .239 .242 .301 .343 .243 .333 100 -1.1 1.4 0 0.6 -0.2 -0.3 0.0 -0.3 0.0
1993 SEA MLB 10 31 .184 .281 .342 .429 .273 .190 100 -2.5 0.9 0.1 -0.3 -0.5 -2.2 -0.3 -2.2 -0.3

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
1978 LYN A+ 581 86 149 19 9 3 38 74 99 42 17 .302 .394 .395 .093 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 JAC AA 448 63 114 11 5 2 19 35 50 23 5 .282 .345 .349 .067 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 NYN MLB 110 12 30 1 1 0 9 11 14 2 3 .323 .396 .355 .032 .267 3.6 -3.3 0.0
1980 TID AAA 498 53 117 15 5 1 51 87 67 11 7 .292 .413 .362 .070 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 NYN MLB 42 5 10 2 0 0 0 4 7 1 0 .278 .350 .333 .056 .316 2.8 0.2 0.3
1981 TID AAA 70 6 9 3 1 0 6 10 8 2 2 .153 .271 .237 .085 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 NYN MLB 312 37 71 13 2 3 22 49 47 8 7 .272 .387 .372 .100 .281 12.5 4.0 1.7
1983 NYN MLB 45 6 7 0 1 0 3 2 8 0 0 .167 .205 .214 .048 .140 -5.1 -0.3 -0.6
1983 TID AAA 431 69 114 11 3 1 28 68 47 37 15 .316 .424 .371 .055 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 NYN MLB 499 68 122 19 2 1 26 56 63 32 9 .280 .360 .339 .060 .255 15.0 -12.6 0.3
1985 NYN MLB 574 77 142 24 5 1 38 36 72 30 12 .273 .320 .344 .071 .257 15.4 -1.4 1.5
1986 NYN MLB 440 67 124 18 2 1 27 36 32 13 7 .320 .376 .385 .065 .277 21.7 6.4 2.9
1987 NYN MLB 335 43 75 6 1 1 23 25 43 11 3 .250 .307 .287 .037 .231 3.8 -1.9 0.2
1988 NYN MLB 347 44 89 12 0 0 17 41 49 9 5 .303 .388 .344 .041 .292 16.7 3.8 2.2
1989 MIN MLB 337 33 69 9 2 1 26 32 45 1 1 .231 .306 .284 .054 .222 -5.0 -3.0 -0.9
1990 PIT MLB 361 62 92 21 3 2 28 42 53 6 3 .292 .374 .397 .105 .290 25.4 -3.1 2.4
1991 PHI MLB 220 20 45 12 0 0 15 30 30 3 2 .243 .344 .308 .065 .260 8.8 -3.1 0.6
1992 PHI MLB 55 6 13 1 0 0 6 6 9 1 0 .271 .352 .292 .021 .239 -0.3 0.6 0.0
1993 SEA MLB 31 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 .138 .167 .138 .000 .184 -2.2 -0.3 -0.3

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
1993-04-11 1993-04-27 15-DL 16 15 - General Medical Mood Disorder Stress - -
1992-08-05 1992-10-04 15-DL 60 54 Right Thumb Fracture - -
1989-07-09 1989-08-14 15-DL 36 31 Left Shoulder Soreness - -
1989-05-08 1989-05-26 15-DL 18 15 Left Shoulder Sprain Diving Catch - -
1988-08-27 1988-09-11 15-DL 15 13 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1987-06-09 1987-06-29 15-DL 20 18 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1982-08-14 1982-09-07 15-DL 24 22 Left Shoulder Fracture Clavicle From Bicycle - -

Compensation

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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
BP Unfiltered: Gonzalez Germen and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad InningBen Lindbergh2013-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The 30-Second Story of the San Francisco GiantsSam Miller2013-02-27
The BP Broadside: The Kid's Biggest MomentSteven Goldman2012-02-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessValue Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 8/2/11Michael Jong2011-08-02
Future Shock: Who's No. 1?Kevin Goldstein2011-05-17
Minor Issues: Adversity Management, with Wally BackmanDavid Laurila2011-04-30
On the Beat: One Last ChanceJohn Perrotto2010-12-28
The Week in Quotes: November 22-28Alex Carnevale2010-11-29
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Scioscia's Tree is Branching OutJohn Perrotto2010-11-09
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Big Game HuntingJohn Perrotto2010-11-05
Prospectus Hit and Run: Sandy's The ManJay Jaffe2010-11-04
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Dealing with the DHJohn Perrotto2010-11-01
This article requires BP Premium accessGM for a Day: New York MetsChristina Kahrl2010-10-25
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Florida MarlinsKevin Goldstein2010-09-27
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Florida MarlinsKen Funck2010-09-27
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Florida MarlinsESPN Insider2010-09-27
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Raising ArizonaJohn Perrotto2010-09-24
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: New York MetsKevin Goldstein2010-09-23
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: New York MetsSteven Goldman2010-09-23
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: New York MetsESPN Insider2010-09-23
Prospectus Hit List: NL: Getting SortedJay Jaffe2010-09-23
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: The Baffling AngelsJohn Perrotto2010-09-17
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Ready for a ReturnJohn Perrotto2010-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: No Worse for the WearJohn Perrotto2010-09-03
On the Beat: Seeking PerfectionJohn Perrotto2010-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Weekend UpdateJohn Perrotto2010-03-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Weekend Transaction ActionChristina Kahrl2009-08-16
Game Story: Pirates versus Cubs, May 25Christina Kahrl2009-05-26
This article requires BP Premium accessSpeed and Power: Who's Got It and Who Doesn'tChristina Kahrl2009-03-25
GM for a Day: DodgersJoe Sheehan2008-12-01
Prospectus Matchups: Learning to Cheer CorrectlyJim Baker2008-06-27
The Week in Quotes: April 16-23Alex Carnevale2007-04-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 5-9Christina Kahrl2006-05-10
This article requires BP Premium access2006--Setting the Stage: The New GuysChristina Kahrl2006-03-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: I RememberJim Baker2005-11-04
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: The DraftRany Jazayerli2005-05-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: AccountingJim Baker2005-01-19
Astros October Nightmares: Can the '04 Team Give Houston Its First Pennant?Baseball Prospectus2004-10-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Bag ManJoe Sheehan2004-04-21


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-06-06 17:00:00 (link to chat)I've always subscribed to the theory you don't take 2B'men in the 1st round unless they have a special bat. You feel Wong has a special bat? I thought he was more projected solid on-base with little pop and not a ton of speed or gold glove defense?
(Vision from MO)
I think towards the end of the first, he makes sense. I really like him as kind of a future Wally Backman with a little more pop and no platoon issues. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-03-22 11:00:00 (link to chat)Mr.DePodesta, it is great to have you and your computer in the Met front office. Welcome to New York. It seems like having a manager on the same page as the front office in terms of how to utilize players, develop them and max out probabilities for in-game strategy, is something that is being stressed. I am mainly thinking of the "guidebooks" Sandy handed out to all managers in the Met system. Since you are involved with the player development, how much does being on the same page with the manager translate throughout the lower levels on up to AAA, compared to the interaction with the Major League manager? Less focus on in-game strategy and more on establishing what area you'd like a certain player to concentrate on so he has it when he reaches the Majors? For example, let's just take the AA team in Binghamton: Is Wally Backman going to be told not to bunt the 2 hitter because you want said player to develop on-base skills and hitting to the opposite field? Thanks and best of luck with the player development, Metland is waiting for that World Series banner.
(Daniel Williams from Orange County NY)
Daniel, more than the specifics of game management, the best organizations are the ones that manage to create organizational consistency from top-to-bottom. Technically, I'm in charge of player development, amateur scouting, and international. However, my real job is make sure that these departments actually become one big department and connect seamlessly to the Major League team. (Paul DePodesta)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give us your best guesses on the new managers for next year by team?
(Jack from Boston)
Just guessing: Bobby Valentine to Seattle, Tim Wallach to Dodgers, Wally Backman to Mets, Ryne Sandberg to Cubs, LaRussa and Dusty Baker staying still, and Sharktopus to manage the Diamondbacks. Anyone else? (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)JJ How Ya doing??? Everth Cabrera ?? The Next Furcal ? or just a guy ?
(Jim from Philly)
Cabrera had a nice little season for the Padres last year, particularly for a Rule 5 pick who had never played above High-A. Furcal comes up as one of his PECOTA comps (Jimmy Rollins, Wally Backman, Rafael Furcal and Bip Roberts are the top four in the current weighted means spreadsheet). I'm not convinced Cabrera's got the plate discipline to match Furcal (who's not all that great in that regard) (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Christina, it was a better Mets-Twins trade than the one for Wally Backman.

...I was trying to make up an all-Wally all-star team on a recent sleepless night without checking the Encyclopedia. I got seven positions before giving up. (Steven Goldman)