Biographical

Portrait of George Brett

George Brett DHRoyals

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
21 11624 .305 .369 .487 .305 92.9
Birth Date5-15-1953
Height6' 0"
Weight185 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
1973 KCA 20 13 41 40 2 5 2 0 0 7 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 .125 .125 .175 .108 -5.0 0.9 -0.4
1974 KCA 21 133 486 457 49 129 21 5 2 166 21 38 0 2 6 47 8 5 .282 .312 .363 .253 2.7 0.3 0.3
1975 KCA 22 159 697 634 84 195 35 13 11 289 46 49 2 6 9 90 13 10 .308 .353 .456 .295 43.7 7.8 5.6
1976 KCA 23 159 705 645 94 215 34 14 7 298 49 36 1 8 2 67 21 11 .333 .377 .462 .316 58.1 3.4 6.9
1977 KCA 24 139 627 564 105 176 32 13 22 300 55 24 2 3 3 88 14 12 .312 .373 .532 .309 58.0 18.7 7.9
1978 KCA 25 128 558 510 79 150 45 8 9 238 39 35 1 5 3 62 23 7 .294 .342 .467 .293 36.3 9.0 5.0
1979 KCA 26 154 701 645 119 212 42 20 23 363 51 36 0 4 1 107 17 10 .329 .376 .563 .325 66.8 26.2 9.6
1980 KCA 27 117 515 449 87 175 33 9 24 298 58 22 1 7 0 118 15 6 .390 .454 .664 .392 89.4 8.0 10.4
1981 KCA 28 89 379 347 42 109 27 7 6 168 27 23 1 4 0 43 14 6 .314 .361 .484 .317 30.4 -0.7 3.3
1982 KCA 29 144 629 552 101 166 32 9 21 279 71 51 1 5 0 82 6 1 .301 .378 .505 .309 55.2 0.8 5.9
1983 KCA 30 123 525 464 90 144 38 2 25 261 57 39 1 3 0 93 0 1 .310 .385 .562 .327 52.9 -8.8 4.7
1984 KCA 31 104 422 377 42 107 21 3 13 173 38 37 0 7 0 69 0 2 .284 .344 .459 .288 24.5 5.6 3.2
1985 KCA 32 155 665 550 108 184 38 5 30 322 103 49 3 9 0 112 9 1 .335 .436 .585 .357 86.6 -3.3 8.8
1986 KCA 33 124 529 441 70 128 28 4 16 212 80 45 4 4 0 73 1 2 .290 .401 .481 .320 51.4 0.8 5.4
1987 KCA 34 115 508 427 71 124 18 2 22 212 72 47 1 8 0 78 6 3 .290 .388 .496 .307 33.5 4.2 3.8
1988 KCA 35 157 681 589 90 180 42 3 24 300 82 51 3 7 0 103 14 3 .306 .389 .509 .326 45.8 1.7 5.2
1989 KCA 36 124 528 457 67 129 26 3 12 197 59 47 3 9 0 80 14 4 .282 .362 .431 .291 19.5 -4.7 1.6
1990 KCA 37 142 607 544 82 179 45 7 14 280 56 63 0 7 0 87 9 2 .329 .387 .515 .311 33.7 2.5 3.9
1991 KCA 38 131 572 505 77 129 40 2 10 203 58 75 0 8 1 61 2 0 .255 .327 .402 .259 6.9 -0.8 0.6
1992 KCA 39 152 637 592 55 169 35 5 7 235 35 69 6 4 0 61 8 6 .285 .330 .397 .265 8.6 0.3 1.0
1993 KCA 40 145 612 560 69 149 31 3 19 243 39 67 3 10 0 75 7 5 .266 .312 .434 .256 2.2 0.0 0.2
Career2707116241034915833154665137317504410969083312026159620197.305.369.487.305801.272.292.9

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
1973 KCA MLB 13 41 .108 .252 .322 .374 .257 .143 106 -6.2 1.1 0.1 0.9 0.4 -5.0 -0.4 -5.0 -0.4
1974 KCA MLB 133 486 .253 .253 .316 .364 .258 .303 102 -3.4 12.6 1.7 0.3 -0.4 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
1975 KCA MLB 159 697 .295 .256 .325 .376 .262 .317 102 24.4 18.3 2.5 7.8 0.7 43.7 5.6 43.7 5.6
1976 KCA MLB 159 705 .316 .259 .320 .365 .262 .341 100 37.1 17.8 2.5 3.4 -2.3 58.1 6.9 58.1 6.9
1977 KCA MLB 139 627 .309 .267 .328 .409 .265 .296 104 31.9 17.5 2.3 18.7 9.6 58.0 7.9 58.0 7.9
1978 KCA MLB 128 558 .293 .262 .325 .387 .267 .299 101 17.9 14.5 2 9.0 2.9 36.3 5.0 36.3 5.0
1979 KCA MLB 154 701 .325 .268 .330 .406 .265 .320 100 46.8 19.6 2.1 26.2 6.1 66.8 9.6 66.8 9.6
1980 KCA MLB 117 515 .392 .269 .328 .398 .266 .368 99 67.7 13.8 1.8 8.0 2.0 89.4 10.4 89.4 10.4
1981 KCA MLB 89 379 .317 .257 .319 .374 .262 .320 96 20.2 9.6 1.3 -0.7 -2.6 30.4 3.3 30.4 3.3
1982 KCA MLB 144 629 .309 .266 .326 .404 .266 .299 100 31 17.0 1.9 0.8 4.1 55.2 5.9 55.2 5.9
1983 KCA MLB 123 525 .327 .264 .323 .399 .263 .295 101 35.2 14.3 0.2 -8.8 1.0 52.9 4.7 52.9 4.7
1984 KCA MLB 104 422 .288 .269 .327 .405 .269 .281 94 11.7 11.3 1.5 5.6 0.7 24.5 3.2 24.5 3.2
1985 KCA MLB 155 665 .357 .260 .322 .404 .265 .321 95 64.6 18.1 2.4 -3.3 2.8 86.6 8.8 86.6 8.8
1986 KCA MLB 124 529 .320 .263 .328 .409 .267 .292 97 32.6 14.6 1.4 0.8 2.5 51.4 5.4 51.4 5.4
1987 KCA MLB 115 508 .307 .263 .329 .422 .264 .279 98 25.6 15.0 -8.5 4.2 -0.8 33.5 3.8 33.5 3.8
1988 KCA MLB 157 681 .326 .261 .322 .395 .268 .299 101 42.9 17.8 -11.4 1.7 -1.5 45.8 5.2 45.8 5.2
1989 KCA MLB 124 528 .291 .261 .324 .385 .265 .287 98 15.6 13.8 -8.8 -4.7 -0.4 19.5 1.6 19.5 1.6
1990 KCA MLB 142 607 .311 .259 .324 .386 .261 .348 100 30.7 16.3 -10.1 2.5 -2.9 33.7 3.9 33.7 3.9
1991 KCA MLB 131 572 .259 .261 .327 .399 .266 .278 98 -0.6 15.5 -9.9 -0.8 1.8 6.9 0.6 6.9 0.6
1992 KCA MLB 152 637 .265 .259 .327 .385 .265 .312 98 3.1 16.5 -10.3 0.3 -1.1 8.6 1.0 8.6 1.0
1993 KCA MLB 145 612 .256 .267 .336 .407 .264 .269 100 -2.9 17.6 -11.2 0.0 -1.3 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2

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
1973 KCA MLB 41 2 5 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .125 .125 .175 .050 .108 -5.0 0.9 -0.4
1974 KCA MLB 486 49 129 21 5 2 47 21 38 8 5 .282 .312 .363 .081 .253 2.7 0.3 0.3
1975 KCA MLB 697 84 195 35 13 11 90 46 49 13 10 .308 .353 .456 .148 .295 43.7 7.8 5.6
1976 KCA MLB 705 94 215 34 14 7 67 49 36 21 11 .333 .377 .462 .129 .316 58.1 3.4 6.9
1977 KCA MLB 627 105 176 32 13 22 88 55 24 14 12 .312 .373 .532 .220 .309 58.0 18.7 7.9
1978 KCA MLB 558 79 150 45 8 9 62 39 35 23 7 .294 .342 .467 .173 .293 36.3 9.0 5.0
1979 KCA MLB 701 119 212 42 20 23 107 51 36 17 10 .329 .376 .563 .234 .325 66.8 26.2 9.6
1980 KCA MLB 515 87 175 33 9 24 118 58 22 15 6 .390 .454 .664 .274 .392 89.4 8.0 10.4
1981 KCA MLB 379 42 109 27 7 6 43 27 23 14 6 .314 .361 .484 .170 .317 30.4 -0.7 3.3
1982 KCA MLB 629 101 166 32 9 21 82 71 51 6 1 .301 .378 .505 .205 .309 55.2 0.8 5.9
1983 KCA MLB 525 90 144 38 2 25 93 57 39 0 1 .310 .385 .562 .252 .327 52.9 -8.8 4.7
1984 KCA MLB 422 42 107 21 3 13 69 38 37 0 2 .284 .344 .459 .175 .288 24.5 5.6 3.2
1985 KCA MLB 665 108 184 38 5 30 112 103 49 9 1 .335 .436 .585 .251 .357 86.6 -3.3 8.8
1986 KCA MLB 529 70 128 28 4 16 73 80 45 1 2 .290 .401 .481 .190 .320 51.4 0.8 5.4
1987 KCA MLB 508 71 124 18 2 22 78 72 47 6 3 .290 .388 .496 .206 .307 33.5 4.2 3.8
1988 KCA MLB 681 90 180 42 3 24 103 82 51 14 3 .306 .389 .509 .204 .326 45.8 1.7 5.2
1989 KCA MLB 528 67 129 26 3 12 80 59 47 14 4 .282 .362 .431 .149 .291 19.5 -4.7 1.6
1990 KCA MLB 607 82 179 45 7 14 87 56 63 9 2 .329 .387 .515 .186 .311 33.7 2.5 3.9
1991 KCA MLB 572 77 129 40 2 10 61 58 75 2 0 .255 .327 .402 .147 .259 6.9 -0.8 0.6
1992 KCA MLB 637 55 169 35 5 7 61 35 69 8 6 .285 .330 .397 .111 .265 8.6 0.3 1.0
1993 KCA MLB 612 69 149 31 3 19 75 39 67 7 5 .266 .312 .434 .168 .256 2.2 0.0 0.2

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
1991-04-23 1991-05-24 15-DL 31 26 Right Knee Sprain MCL - -
1989-04-30 1989-06-10 41 35 Right Knee Sprain - -
1987-05-16 1987-06-12 15-DL 27 24 Right Knee Sprain MCL - -
1987-04-20 1987-05-13 15-DL 23 18 - Trunk Sprain Rib Cartilage - -
1986-11-18 1986-11-18 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery 1986-11-18 -
1986-08-30 1986-09-16 DTD 17 15 Right Shoulder Soreness Diving Catch -
1986-07-02 1986-07-09 DTD 7 6 Right Shoulder Soreness Diving Catch - -
1984-04-03 1984-05-13 15-DL 40 29 - Knee Recovery From Surgery - -
1983-06-08 1983-06-29 15-DL 21 19 - Fracture - -
1980-06-11 1980-07-10 15-DL 29 26 Right Ankle Sprain Torn Ligament - -
1978-07-27 1978-08-14 15-DL 18 17 - Hand Soreness - -
1978-04-30 1978-05-19 15-DL 19 15 - Shoulder Contusion Player Collision - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
1993 KCA $3,100,000
1992 KCA $3,350,000
1991 KCA $3,350,000
1990 KCA $1,500,000
1989 KCA $1,500,000
1988 KCA $1,500,000
1987 KCA $1,500,000
1986 KCA $1,000,000
1985 KCA $1,000,000
1984 KCA $1,000,000
1983 KCA $1,000,000
1982 KCA $1,000,000
1981 KCA $
1980 KCA $
1979 KCA $
1978 KCA $
1977 KCA $200,000
1976 KCA $126,000
1975 KCA $
1974 KCA $
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$21,126,000
14 yrTotal$21,126,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

Details
  • 2 years/$7.7M (1991-92), plus 1993 club option. Signed re-worked contract 5/21/1991. $0.5M signing bonus. 1991:$3.1M, 1992:$3.1M, 1993:$3.1M ($1M buyout). Kansas City exercised 1993 option 11/3/92.
  • 5 years (1987-1991), plus 1992-93 club options. Signed extension May, 1984. 1987-91:$1.5M annually, 1992:$1.5M club option, 1993:$1.5M club option. Contract also paid Brett about $0.45M annually from real-estate deal. Performance bonuses: $100,000 for MVP, $50,000 each for World Series or ALCS MVP, $50,000 All Star, $100,000 Gold Glove, $60,000 for 550 PAs, $100,000 for 625 PAs. 7 year personal services contract as VP after retirement, single room on road trips, $5M loan with 10 percent interest. As part of the extension, Brett agreed to give the Royals the bat he used in the July 24, 1983 "Pine Tar Game."
  • 5 years/$5M (1982-86) (est.). Signed extension with Kansas City 7/24/80. Salaries of $1M annually.
  • 5 years/$1.5M (1977-81). Signed extension with Kansas City 2/77. 1977:$200,000.
  • 1 year/$126,000 (1976).
  • 1 year (1975).
  • 1 year/$15,000 (1974).
  • Drafted by Kansas City 1971 (2- 29) (El Segundo HS, Calif.).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Moustakas has multi-hit games in both of his last two. And George Brett. Don't forget about George Brett. Just saying...
(Mike from Kansas City)
Shut up. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does George Brett fix Hosmer and Moose? And if so, why did he wait so long???
(brukru from Pittsford)
I wish I knew the answer, just as Brett wishes he had the answer for them. If he saw some flaw on TV that was plaguing them and would make for a quick fix, he'd have told em April. I'm afraid it's not that simple. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Eric Hosmer? Ever since George Brett was hired on as hitting coach he seems to have turned some things around. Is he making his way back to fantasy relevance? Thanks!
(Greg from The Office)
I would be truly surprised if Brett had anything to do with that ... I know that's not the question, but I have to put that out there. Hosmer is young, the tools are still there. So his ceiling may not be as high as hoped, but there's more power to come as he ages. So, yes, he's making his way back, but don't expect it to be a quantum leap. (Harry Pavlidis)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Royals brought up a ton of guys this year but only Hosmer looks like the real deal. Any hope that Moustakis blossoms to the power levels predicted for him?? And is Giavotella really going to hit in the bigs??
(kcboomer from KC)
Based upon the scouting reports and minor league stats, it is ridiculously early to start giving up hope on Moustakas; he's 22 with 333 major league PA, for crying out loud! Go back and look at the careers of Mike Schmidt or George Brett and tell me if you think their teams should have given up hope after their first prolonged exposure to big league pitching. Hell, look at Alex Gordon, who has blossomed into a very good hitter.

I know Royals fans are impatient, but it ain't all gonna happen overnight. You've waited this long, you can wait at least a full season before panicking that some of these guys might not grow up to be the next Brett or whatever. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of Alex Gordon, what do you see his ceiling as anymore?
(Tony from Albuquerque)
Something like .270/.350/.460, good, but certainly nowhere near "Next George Brett!" status. (Eric Seidman)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I like the line about Joba in K.C., but what's the series of events that you think lands him there? It's a little hard to imagine what K.C. has that Cashman would want/need. David DeJesus?
(Dan from Brooklyn)
Oh, I don't know. Maybe Cashman has a mancrush on Aaron Crow and is convinced that Mike Moustakas is the heir apparent to Derek Jeter after he tears up Double-A pitching this year while moving back to short. Plus he thinks that the George Brett statue would look great in his office. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)How close am I to becoming a bust?
(Alex Gordon from KC)
Not very. No, Gordon's going to be the new George Brett, but that doesn't mean he's not going to be a good player. The guy's coming up on his 26th birthday, and I figure he'll still give us something very much worth watching over the next four years. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has anyone's HOF case ever been hurt more by the era they played in than Santo? His numbers translated to a normal era have to be pretty awesome.
(jamin67038 from Wichita, KS)
Jay Jaffe probably has ten answers for this question, but Santo has to be up there. Clay Davenport puts Santo at .275/.370/.505 in a standard offensive environment. Another guy who comes to mind, though I'm not saying he's a HOFer, is Graig Nettles. Nettles played in the 1970s, which hurt his numbers, though not as badly as Santo's were hurt, and although he was one of the best gloves ever at his position, played at the same time as Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt so that was less impressive than it could have been. There were more good 3B playing when Nettles did (the aforementioned, plus guys who could hit like Buddy Bell, Bill Madlock, George Brett) than there were at any time before in history. (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)There was a saying about some ball players (like Brooks Robinson, if I recall)that they weren't fast going from home to first, but could outrun anyone going from 1st to 3rd or 2nd to home. In your studies, did you find any clear examples of guys not known to have good footspeed but who were exceptionally good baserunners?
(wileecoyote121 from larchmont, ny)
Robin Yount and Glenn Beckert come to mind. George Brett did really well on tagging on fly balls.

On Yount you might want to check this out. I think I discussed Beckert in this column. (Dan Fox)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneThree Royals, I think it was Willie Wilson, George Brett, and Dan Quisenberry, had those weird Ewing Kaufmann contracts which were like money, plus lifetime services, plus real estate equal to the state of Rhode Island. (Steven Goldman)
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5David, I counter with George Brett, just about any postseason series he was in. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourManny is having the type of postseason George Brett used to have. (Steven Goldman)