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Don Baylor DHOrioles

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
19 9401 .260 .342 .436 .287 38.3
Birth Date6-28-1949
Height6' 1"
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
1970 BAL 21 8 20 17 4 4 0 0 0 4 2 3 0 1 0 4 1 1 .235 .300 .235 .220 -0.4 0.3 -0.0
1971 BAL 22 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .600 .000 .340 0.6 0.1 0.1
1972 BAL 23 102 363 320 33 81 13 3 11 133 29 50 9 3 2 38 24 2 .253 .330 .416 .291 19.4 0.1 2.3
1973 BAL 24 118 459 405 64 116 20 4 11 177 35 48 13 6 0 51 32 9 .286 .357 .437 .297 26.4 2.8 3.1
1974 BAL 25 137 549 489 66 133 22 1 10 187 43 56 10 4 3 59 29 12 .272 .341 .382 .283 25.3 -11.0 1.6
1975 BAL 26 145 598 524 79 148 21 6 25 256 53 64 13 4 4 76 32 17 .282 .360 .489 .304 31.1 3.9 3.8
1976 OAK 27 157 685 595 85 147 25 1 15 219 58 72 20 11 1 68 52 12 .247 .329 .368 .275 20.4 0.3 2.3
1977 CAL 28 154 645 561 87 141 27 0 25 243 62 76 12 8 2 75 26 12 .251 .334 .433 .280 23.3 -1.7 2.2
1978 CAL 29 158 677 591 103 151 26 0 34 279 56 71 18 12 0 99 22 9 .255 .332 .472 .302 28.3 -1.0 3.0
1979 CAL 30 162 722 628 120 186 33 3 36 333 71 51 11 12 0 139 22 12 .296 .371 .530 .322 55.3 -2.1 5.5
1980 CAL 31 90 380 340 39 85 12 2 5 116 24 32 11 5 0 51 6 6 .250 .316 .341 .238 -6.2 0.4 -0.6
1981 CAL 32 103 432 377 52 90 18 1 17 161 42 51 7 6 0 66 3 3 .239 .322 .427 .277 10.6 0.3 1.2
1982 CAL 33 157 680 608 80 160 24 1 24 258 57 69 7 8 0 93 10 4 .263 .329 .424 .273 17.2 0.0 1.8
1983 NYA 34 144 597 534 82 162 33 3 21 264 40 53 13 8 2 85 17 7 .303 .361 .494 .315 42.0 0.1 4.5
1984 NYA 35 134 558 493 84 129 29 1 27 241 38 68 23 3 1 89 1 1 .262 .341 .489 .306 28.4 0.0 3.0
1985 NYA 36 142 564 477 70 110 24 1 23 205 52 90 24 10 1 91 0 4 .231 .330 .430 .278 15.7 0.0 1.7
1986 BOS 37 160 687 585 93 139 23 1 31 257 62 111 35 5 0 94 3 5 .238 .344 .439 .281 20.1 -0.4 2.1
1987 BOS 38 108 409 339 64 81 8 0 16 137 40 47 24 6 0 57 5 2 .239 .355 .404 .265 6.8 0.0 0.7
1987 MIN 38 20 58 49 3 14 1 0 0 15 5 12 4 0 0 6 0 1 .286 .397 .306 .230 -1.3 0.0 -0.1
1988 OAK 39 92 313 264 28 58 7 0 7 86 34 44 12 3 0 34 0 1 .220 .332 .326 .261 1.2 0.0 0.1
Career229294018198123621353662833835718051069267115161276285120.260.342.436.287364.3-7.738.3

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
1970 BAL MLB 8 20 .220 .242 .316 .366 .249 .267 100 -0.8 0.5 -0.1 0.3 0.4 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
1971 BAL MLB 1 5 .340 .247 .335 .341 .269 .000 109 0.4 0.1 0 0.1 0.0 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
1972 BAL MLB 102 363 .291 .239 .300 .347 .253 .267 93 9.7 8.5 -2.3 0.1 3.5 19.4 2.3 19.4 2.3
1973 BAL MLB 118 459 .297 .264 .330 .388 .267 .298 95 17 12.1 -3.1 2.8 1.5 26.4 3.1 26.4 3.1
1974 BAL MLB 137 549 .283 .258 .319 .372 .260 .288 95 12.3 14.2 -3.9 -11.0 6.2 25.3 1.6 25.3 1.6
1975 BAL MLB 145 598 .304 .260 .325 .385 .263 .280 95 26.2 15.7 -3.9 3.9 0.7 31.1 3.8 31.1 3.8
1976 OAK MLB 157 685 .275 .253 .314 .358 .258 .254 96 9.8 17.3 -8.5 0.3 4.6 20.4 2.3 20.4 2.3
1977 CAL MLB 154 645 .280 .265 .327 .405 .262 .248 94 13.4 18.0 -7.9 -1.7 2.9 23.3 2.2 23.3 2.2
1978 CAL MLB 158 677 .302 .260 .321 .383 .262 .235 97 27 17.6 -9.6 -1.0 -2.5 28.3 3.0 28.3 3.0
1979 CAL MLB 162 722 .322 .270 .329 .412 .266 .271 96 46.4 20.2 -8.5 -2.1 1.6 55.3 5.5 55.3 5.5
1980 CAL MLB 90 380 .238 .266 .325 .397 .264 .260 99 -8.2 10.2 -4.3 0.4 -1.6 -6.2 -0.6 -6.2 -0.6
1981 CAL MLB 103 432 .277 .254 .317 .367 .260 .232 98 6.8 10.9 -6.9 0.3 0.0 10.6 1.2 10.6 1.2
1982 CAL MLB 157 680 .273 .265 .327 .406 .267 .260 99 8.8 18.3 -11.7 0.0 1.8 17.2 1.8 17.2 1.8
1983 NYA MLB 144 597 .315 .268 .328 .404 .267 .301 96 33 16.2 -10.2 0.1 3.0 42.0 4.5 42.0 4.5
1984 NYA MLB 134 558 .306 .262 .321 .397 .264 .254 95 25.6 14.9 -9.4 0.0 -2.5 28.4 3.0 28.4 3.0
1985 NYA MLB 142 564 .278 .262 .327 .410 .269 .233 97 9.9 15.4 -9.8 0.0 0.3 15.7 1.7 15.7 1.7
1986 BOS MLB 160 687 .281 .261 .327 .404 .265 .241 101 14.4 19.0 -12 -0.4 -0.5 20.1 2.1 20.1 2.1
1987 BOS MLB 108 409 .265 .264 .330 .421 .264 .230 102 2.1 12.1 -7.5 0.0 0.2 6.8 0.7 6.8 0.7
1987 MIN MLB 20 58 .230 .252 .324 .401 .258 .378 106 -1.8 1.7 -1 0.0 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
1988 OAK MLB 92 313 .261 .266 .327 .400 .271 .236 96 0.3 8.2 -5.1 0.0 -2.3 1.2 0.1 1.2 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
1970 BAL MLB 20 4 4 0 0 0 4 2 3 1 1 .235 .300 .235 .000 .220 -0.4 0.3 -0.0
1971 BAL MLB 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 .000 .600 .000 .000 .340 0.6 0.1 0.1
1972 BAL MLB 363 33 81 13 3 11 38 29 50 24 2 .253 .330 .416 .163 .291 19.4 0.1 2.3
1973 BAL MLB 459 64 116 20 4 11 51 35 48 32 9 .286 .357 .437 .151 .297 26.4 2.8 3.1
1974 BAL MLB 549 66 133 22 1 10 59 43 56 29 12 .272 .341 .382 .110 .283 25.3 -11.0 1.6
1975 BAL MLB 598 79 148 21 6 25 76 53 64 32 17 .282 .360 .489 .206 .304 31.1 3.9 3.8
1976 OAK MLB 685 85 147 25 1 15 68 58 72 52 12 .247 .329 .368 .121 .275 20.4 0.3 2.3
1977 CAL MLB 645 87 141 27 0 25 75 62 76 26 12 .251 .334 .433 .182 .280 23.3 -1.7 2.2
1978 CAL MLB 677 103 151 26 0 34 99 56 71 22 9 .255 .332 .472 .217 .302 28.3 -1.0 3.0
1979 CAL MLB 722 120 186 33 3 36 139 71 51 22 12 .296 .371 .530 .234 .322 55.3 -2.1 5.5
1980 CAL MLB 380 39 85 12 2 5 51 24 32 6 6 .250 .316 .341 .091 .238 -6.2 0.4 -0.6
1981 CAL MLB 432 52 90 18 1 17 66 42 51 3 3 .239 .322 .427 .188 .277 10.6 0.3 1.2
1982 CAL MLB 680 80 160 24 1 24 93 57 69 10 4 .263 .329 .424 .161 .273 17.2 0.0 1.8
1983 NYA MLB 597 82 162 33 3 21 85 40 53 17 7 .303 .361 .494 .191 .315 42.0 0.1 4.5
1984 NYA MLB 558 84 129 29 1 27 89 38 68 1 1 .262 .341 .489 .227 .306 28.4 0.0 3.0
1985 NYA MLB 564 70 110 24 1 23 91 52 90 0 4 .231 .330 .430 .199 .278 15.7 0.0 1.7
1986 BOS MLB 687 93 139 23 1 31 94 62 111 3 5 .238 .344 .439 .202 .281 20.1 -0.4 2.1
1987 BOS MLB 409 64 81 8 0 16 57 40 47 5 2 .239 .355 .404 .165 .265 6.8 0.0 0.7
1987 MIN MLB 58 3 14 1 0 0 6 5 12 0 1 .286 .397 .306 .020 .230 -1.3 0.0 -0.1
1988 OAK MLB 313 28 58 7 0 7 34 34 44 0 1 .220 .332 .326 .106 .261 1.2 0.0 0.1

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
1980-05-10 1980-06-26 47 40 Left Wrist Surgery Fracture 1980-05-13 -

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BP Articles

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The Lineup Card: Eight Notable Early-Season InjuriesBaseball Prospectus2014-04-16
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Inside The Park: Farewell to a PhenomBradford Doolittle2012-05-21
Prospectus Hit and Run: Pudge RetiresJay Jaffe2012-04-20
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was at the Seaver game and, if I recall correctly, it was Phil Rizzuto too and they brought a cow onto the field. My clearest memory is Don Baylor coming up in the ninth and hitting the ball to the warning track to end the game on what was almost a tying or winning home run.
(edwardarthur from Illinois)
You have a good memory, edwardarthur! Baylor just missed a sinker and hit one of the tallest fly balls I have ever seen, but it was caught by Reid Nichols in LF. I spoke with Don about this years later, and he knew he was on it, just enough off the barrel to stay in the park. And yes, I think there might have been a cow on the field pre-game! (Dan Evans)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, great work over the offseason, as always. My question is about roster construction, and specifically the hitter/pitcher divide. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were mocking the Rockies and/or Don Baylor for taking 12 pitchers, but at least it was mildly defensible on the grounds that they needed extra arms to throw in Coors Field. Now we're at a point where almost everyone is at a 13/12 divide. What the heck happened, and what do you think are the chances of some squad going back to 15/10 simply by employing 2 good long men in the pen at all times?
(ElAngelo from New York, NY)
Baylor's mistake was that he made that choice for a post-season roster. While I would like to see more teams invest the roster space in observing one of Earl Weaver's rules and put their young starters in long relief roles, and thereby save themselves multiple spots sunk on multiple situational playthings in the pen, you could also save roster space by effectively committing to a four-man rotation that exploits the fact that we're in a world that doesn't have doubleheaders and a schedule that features plenty of off-days to reduce the fifth slot to a sometime thing. That might mean shorter starts for the front four, and it might not, but I think we're at a point where the industry has probably overcorrected, costing us the next Jack Morris or Tom Seaver.

You could also expand your roster by not resorting to Eck-style closer usage patterns--make the money pitcher for the endgame something more than a sundae's cherry, and you'll get more quality innings. Condition them to be Eck-style closers, and you're investing a roster spot on a single-purpose single-inning reliever, forcing you to commit to 11 at the outset, and making 12 seems plausible.

Now, to be fair to major league managers, managing pitching staffs involves anticipating a lot of different scenarios, not all of them happy, and committing resources in the form of those roster spots. But it can also mean not giving lineups the same depth of consideration, because you know you'll have nine guys out there, and beyond someone who can play the corners, someone who can play the outfield, and someone who can catch, you figure you're covered. It's not the way I look at the problem of in-game tactics or in-season operations, but I was reading Earl Weaver's books at an impressionable age. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveMy point's this: Victorino squares to bunt as the pitch is delivered, and flinches when the pitch comes inside. It wasn't Don Baylor turning a shoulder and taking his base. It's interesting that this comes up at the same time as people complaining about Ruiz blocking the plate without the ball. (Christina Kahrl)