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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
17 9545 .290 .377 .376 .282 55.6
Birth Date6-15-1957
Height5' 10"
Weight160 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
1981 ATL 24 40 145 126 17 32 2 3 0 40 19 17 0 0 0 4 9 1 .254 .352 .317 .268 4.8 0.0 0.5
1982 ATL 25 89 268 240 35 52 2 0 0 54 25 35 0 0 3 7 21 8 .217 .291 .225 .204 -2.0 -6.3 -0.9
1983 ATL 26 151 613 549 84 154 21 13 5 216 54 56 2 5 3 37 39 23 .281 .344 .393 .267 25.5 3.2 3.0
1984 CLE 27 159 709 602 108 162 25 9 3 214 86 62 4 6 11 49 52 22 .269 .361 .355 .277 36.1 -3.3 3.5
1985 CLE 28 152 666 591 106 184 28 14 5 255 63 42 1 3 8 50 47 20 .311 .377 .431 .292 50.2 2.0 5.5
1986 CLE 29 161 683 587 92 163 17 14 4 220 70 65 4 5 17 51 32 15 .278 .356 .375 .271 31.5 -1.1 3.2
1987 CLE 30 137 618 522 91 154 25 8 9 222 91 55 1 2 2 41 33 16 .295 .399 .425 .298 47.3 -1.2 4.6
1988 SFN 31 157 679 568 109 163 27 9 6 226 97 64 4 2 8 43 43 20 .287 .393 .398 .301 54.7 2.7 6.3
1989 SFN 32 154 672 594 100 168 22 4 4 210 59 69 3 3 13 36 31 16 .283 .349 .354 .261 30.9 12.3 4.7
1990 SFN 33 160 732 622 108 192 20 9 3 239 90 62 6 7 7 44 51 19 .309 .397 .384 .297 55.2 -0.7 5.8
1991 LAN 34 161 730 615 112 182 13 5 2 211 108 79 1 2 4 38 38 28 .296 .401 .343 .290 48.2 -0.6 5.1
1992 LAN 35 157 676 553 86 171 14 11 3 216 95 67 3 1 24 39 41 21 .309 .413 .391 .309 52.3 -11.9 4.4
1993 LAN 36 156 716 607 80 181 21 10 1 225 86 69 5 4 14 42 39 19 .298 .387 .371 .283 39.1 -10.0 2.9
1994 LAN 37 111 496 417 79 131 13 9 8 186 68 52 2 2 7 33 27 8 .314 .411 .446 .302 42.5 -4.1 3.7
1995 LAN 38 39 178 146 24 40 5 2 0 49 24 9 0 4 4 13 11 1 .274 .368 .336 .280 11.0 -4.0 0.7
1995 NYN 38 90 418 367 54 114 13 7 1 144 43 42 0 2 6 25 21 7 .311 .381 .392 .277 27.1 -3.2 2.3
1996 LAN 39 34 145 131 22 35 1 1 0 38 9 22 1 3 1 8 8 3 .267 .312 .290 .238 3.0 0.5 0.3
1997 LAN 40 105 401 343 52 97 8 3 0 111 42 40 1 0 15 18 15 10 .283 .363 .324 .254 5.5 -7.7 -0.2
Career2213954581801359237527713154307611299073851147578558257.290.377.376.282563.0-33.455.6

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
1979 GRW A 35 143 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 AND A 70 334 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 DUR A+ 46 304 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .412 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 ATL MLB 40 145 .268 .254 .310 .366 .257 .294 100 1.1 3.7 -0.6 0.0 -0.1 4.8 0.5 4.8 0.5
1981 RIC AAA 125 573 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .382 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 ATL MLB 89 268 .204 .258 .318 .378 .257 .254 105 -15 7.2 0.6 -6.3 3.8 -2.0 -0.9 -2.0 -0.9
1982 RIC AAA 41 181 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .409 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 ATL MLB 151 613 .267 .257 .321 .382 .259 .302 106 4 16.6 -2.7 3.2 3.9 25.5 3.0 25.5 3.0
1984 CLE MLB 159 709 .277 .265 .326 .399 .267 .293 100 12.1 19.0 1.7 -3.3 6.3 36.1 3.5 36.1 3.5
1985 CLE MLB 152 666 .292 .257 .319 .399 .262 .327 98 21.6 18.2 1.6 2.0 9.6 50.2 5.5 50.2 5.5
1986 CLE MLB 161 683 .271 .262 .325 .409 .266 .304 103 8 18.9 1.7 -1.1 2.8 31.5 3.2 31.5 3.2
1987 CLE MLB 137 618 .298 .264 .329 .424 .263 .315 101 25 18.2 1.7 -1.2 5.1 47.3 4.6 47.3 4.6
1988 SFN MLB 157 679 .301 .247 .308 .362 .254 .314 97 26.8 17.8 1.6 2.7 7.6 54.7 6.3 54.7 6.3
1989 SFN MLB 154 672 .261 .248 .310 .365 .255 .313 100 0.7 17.5 1.6 12.3 8.7 30.9 4.7 30.9 4.7
1990 SFN MLB 160 732 .297 .256 .316 .381 .258 .335 101 27 19.6 1.8 -0.7 7.9 55.2 5.8 55.2 5.8
1991 LAN MLB 161 730 .290 .252 .316 .375 .257 .336 98 21.8 19.8 1.8 -0.6 4.0 48.2 5.1 48.2 5.1
1992 LAN MLB 157 676 .309 .254 .310 .371 .253 .347 98 31.8 17.5 1.6 -11.9 2.2 52.3 4.4 52.3 4.4
1993 LAN MLB 156 716 .283 .268 .325 .408 .261 .333 98 17.6 20.5 1.9 -10.0 0.9 39.1 2.9 39.1 2.9
1994 LAN MLB 111 496 .302 .267 .328 .417 .255 .343 96 23.3 15.1 1.4 -4.1 2.2 42.5 3.7 42.5 3.7
1995 LAN MLB 39 178 .280 .264 .328 .408 .257 .284 92 3.9 5.3 0.5 -4.0 2.8 11.0 0.7 11.0 0.7
1995 NYN MLB 90 418 .277 .266 .329 .414 .257 .347 99 7.9 12.5 1.1 -3.2 5.6 27.1 2.3 27.1 2.3
1996 LAN MLB 34 145 .238 .267 .332 .414 .254 .312 88 -3.6 4.5 0.4 0.5 2.1 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
1997 LAN MLB 105 401 .254 .269 .332 .420 .260 .320 94 -2.8 10.7 -0.7 -7.7 -0.6 5.5 -0.2 5.5 -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
1979 GRW A 143 26 37 2 4 1 11 24 27 20 6 .316 .430 .427 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 AND A 334 73 76 12 6 1 26 67 29 44 9 .298 .445 .404 .106 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 DUR A+ 304 47 82 15 6 2 39 67 30 36 15 .366 .518 .513 .147 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 ATL MLB 145 17 32 2 3 0 4 19 17 9 1 .254 .352 .317 .063 .268 4.8 0.0 0.5
1981 RIC AAA 573 93 156 19 4 3 36 103 63 44 16 .335 .456 .412 .077 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 RIC AAA 181 22 57 8 3 1 22 22 19 12 9 .363 .444 .471 .108 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 ATL MLB 268 35 52 2 0 0 7 25 35 21 8 .217 .291 .225 .008 .204 -2.0 -6.3 -0.9
1983 ATL MLB 613 84 154 21 13 5 37 54 56 39 23 .281 .344 .393 .113 .267 25.5 3.2 3.0
1984 CLE MLB 709 108 162 25 9 3 49 86 62 52 22 .269 .361 .355 .086 .277 36.1 -3.3 3.5
1985 CLE MLB 666 106 184 28 14 5 50 63 42 47 20 .311 .377 .431 .120 .292 50.2 2.0 5.5
1986 CLE MLB 683 92 163 17 14 4 51 70 65 32 15 .278 .356 .375 .097 .271 31.5 -1.1 3.2
1987 CLE MLB 618 91 154 25 8 9 41 91 55 33 16 .295 .399 .425 .130 .298 47.3 -1.2 4.6
1988 SFN MLB 679 109 163 27 9 6 43 97 64 43 20 .287 .393 .398 .111 .301 54.7 2.7 6.3
1989 SFN MLB 672 100 168 22 4 4 36 59 69 31 16 .283 .349 .354 .071 .261 30.9 12.3 4.7
1990 SFN MLB 732 108 192 20 9 3 44 90 62 51 19 .309 .397 .384 .076 .297 55.2 -0.7 5.8
1991 LAN MLB 730 112 182 13 5 2 38 108 79 38 28 .296 .401 .343 .047 .290 48.2 -0.6 5.1
1992 LAN MLB 676 86 171 14 11 3 39 95 67 41 21 .309 .413 .391 .081 .309 52.3 -11.9 4.4
1993 LAN MLB 716 80 181 21 10 1 42 86 69 39 19 .298 .387 .371 .072 .283 39.1 -10.0 2.9
1994 LAN MLB 496 79 131 13 9 8 33 68 52 27 8 .314 .411 .446 .132 .302 42.5 -4.1 3.7
1995 LAN MLB 178 24 40 5 2 0 13 24 9 11 1 .274 .368 .336 .062 .280 11.0 -4.0 0.7
1995 NYN MLB 418 54 114 13 7 1 25 43 42 21 7 .311 .381 .392 .082 .277 27.1 -3.2 2.3
1996 LAN MLB 145 22 35 1 1 0 8 9 22 8 3 .267 .312 .290 .023 .238 3.0 0.5 0.3
1997 LAN MLB 401 52 97 8 3 0 18 42 40 15 10 .283 .363 .324 .041 .254 5.5 -7.7 -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
1997-05-07 1997-06-03 15-DL 27 24 Left Shoulder Strain - -
1996-09-11 1996-09-29 15-DL 18 17 Left Hand Fracture - -
1996-05-02 1996-09-06 60-DL 127 110 - General Medical Illness Cancer - -
1989-08-19 1989-10-02 15-DL 44 40 Left Elbow - -
1989-07-08 1989-08-08 15-DL 31 28 - Not Disclosed - -
1987-04-11 1987-05-01 15-DL 20 18 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger HBP - -

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BP Articles

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The Lineup Card: Ten Trades That Made Our ChildhoodsBaseball Prospectus2014-07-03
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: The Masters of the Manufactured RunBen Lindbergh2014-05-08
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: A Trip Through the NL WestR.J. Anderson2014-05-02
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: They Took Their TurnGeoff Young2013-02-04
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Diamondbacks Deal Bauer to Cleveland, and the Reds Get ChooSam Miller2012-12-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Diamondbacks Deal Bauer to Cleveland, and the Reds Get ChooBen Lindbergh2012-12-12
Baseball ProGUESTus: What Mainstream Baseball Analysis Looked Like in 1984Chad Finn2012-11-27
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: Reading Lolita in DurhamAdam Sobsey2012-09-19
The Week in Quotes: June 4-June 10Hudson Belinsky2012-06-11
The Week in Quotes: June 4-June 10Andrew Koo2012-06-11
The Week in Quotes: June 4-June 10Jonah Birenbaum2012-06-11
The Week in Quotes: June 4-June 10Matthew Rocco2012-06-11
Inside The Park Blog: Big 3s: The Complete ListBradford Doolittle2012-05-24
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: Ten Excuses for Not Voting Johnny Damon Into the HOFMichael Bates2012-05-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessValue Picks: Outfielders for 5/4/12Rob McQuown2012-05-04
The Lineup Card: 10 Things Learned in AprilBaseball Prospectus2012-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: Five Giant ThemesGeoff Young2012-04-24
The BP Wayback Machine: Roger AbramsDavid Laurila2012-01-19
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Outfielders, Part IJay Jaffe2012-01-02
Baseball ProGUESTus: Ghosts of MVPs PastAdam Sobsey2011-09-15
The Lineup Card: 9 Forgotten Players from Defunct FranchisesBaseball Prospectus2011-09-08
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: The Long Road Back for StrasburgJohn Perrotto2010-09-06
One-Hoppers: Ken Griffey Jr. Bows OutJay Jaffe2010-06-02
You Can Blog It Up: DPOTD Thurman Munson: An Alternative History of the 1986 World SeriesSteven Goldman2010-05-15
One-Hoppers: Willie Davis (1940-2010)Jay Jaffe2010-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases for OutfieldersJay Jaffe2009-12-31
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Andre and OnwardJay Jaffe2009-01-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: World Series Game TwoCaleb Peiffer2008-10-23
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Horton Hears an All-StarSteven Goldman2008-07-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Roger AbramsDavid Laurila2008-04-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL East Rosters ReviewChristina Kahrl2008-04-02
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Clearing the DecksDan Fox2008-03-20
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: For the Sake of CompletenessDan Fox2008-01-17
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Joe Torre in a BoxSteven Goldman2007-10-22
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Mill: The DayBaseball Prospectus2007-07-31
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Hack, Slash, and RehabWill Carroll2007-07-30
Schrodinger's Bat: Dropping One DownDan Fox2007-07-12
Prospectus Toolbox: A Secret AffairDerek Jacques2007-06-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: The Column ReversersJim Baker2007-02-09
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Tales from PECOTASteven Goldman2006-04-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Chicago CubsWill Carroll2006-03-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 8-14Christina Kahrl2005-07-15
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Infinity Edition #2Steven Goldman2005-05-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: My GuysJoe Sheehan2005-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Reveling in RivalriesJim Baker2005-04-12
This article requires BP Premium accessRoberto Alomar Calls It Quits: Within Spitting Distance of the Hall of FameJay Jaffe2005-03-21
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: ComparablesNate Silver2004-10-21
Prospectus Today: The Wild CardJoe Sheehan2004-09-21
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: What is a Deadline Trade Worth?, Part 2Steven Goldman2004-07-28
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: 1984 Part V: Baseball Prospectus, Circa '84Steven Goldman2004-02-23
The Class of 2004: Analyzing the HittersJay Jaffe2004-01-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Fading Into OblivionJoe Sheehan2003-07-08
2003 Internet Hall Of Fame Results: Presented by STATLG-L and Baseball ProspectusNeal Traven2003-01-06
Transaction Analysis: June 25-July 14, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-07-19


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I sent it to Sam and emailed with him about it yesterday, in fact. I was curious about the longest stretch of ISO .000 as well as the lowest ISO / highest OBP season. One would think that at some point an incredibly low ISO would cause pretty strong OBP regression. Although, I'm guessing Brett Butler is a counter example. I think it is very possible that pitchers' abilities to take advantage of a hitters approach is relatively limited and/or pitchers prefer to pitch in an approach-neutral fashion. Reminds me of Mathmatics of Poker.....
(Gene from Kansas City)
There's certainly a correlation between ISO and percentage of fastballs faced. We'll look into it. (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Dom DiMaggio's recent passing, could you please put his career into historical perspective? How about some sort of "Joe-Independent Career Analysis"?
(BL from Bozeman)
I had to read this three times before I realized you meant DiMaggio-Independent and not Sheehan; I didn't remember Joe writing anything about the Little Professor. Dom was a great ballplayer in his own right, not just because he was Joe's little brother. Writing the day after his death, I said he was like Brett Butler but with more walks and a bit more pop, though it's hard to separate his production from Fenway Park, which was oh so friendly in those days. He was probably a better fielder than Joe--so was older brother Vince, an underrated player for various reasons--but they were all very good outfielders. Some like to see Dom as a Hall of Famer, especially if you give him credit for his missed WW II years, but I don't quite see it that way. It wasn't just the war that shortened his career--he quit when Lou Boudreau decided to bench him in 1953, there's the park factor... I mean, if Phil Rizzuto is in, I guess he could be in, as he performed a similar role--leadoff hitter, defensive centerpiece of a very good team. Then again, Rizzuto had 93 rings and Dom's Red Sox had just the one pennant, and it's kind of a reductionist argument. Anyway, he was a very good player, regardless of his surname. (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)at the plate he might be Slappy McGirlyswing, but it sure is nice to be able to deploy Gardner as the Designated Runner once in a while ...
(that they die like sheeple from the Doomokratic Republik)
I feel like I've said this a million times, but Gardner isn't going to be any kind of impact player, but he could be useful in sort of a lesser Brett Butler kind of way. That's not great,. but it's not replacement level. And it's unusual seeing a Yankees player with plus-plus speed... Looks like the Yankees just might pull out one game of this series... (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Last night in Scranton, Gardner scored from 2nd on a ground out. Just got a great jump and kept running. When's the last time the Yankees had someone with speed like that? Rickey? (not that i'm expecting Rickey here, more like Brett Butler-lite)
(cult of basebaal from LAA of Pasadena)
The fastest player I ever saw in a Yankees uniform was Deion Sanders. I saw Gardner at Trenton several times and he didn't strike me as being that fast, though I did see him run down several balls crossing from right center to left center when the Thunder had a shift on a lefty hitter and the guy went the other way. Your overall point, though, that having that speed around would have some utility to the Yankees, either off the bench or in the lineup (Homer Bush style in the former case). I invoked the different vibe Ellsbury gives the Red Sox in the Sun article. I don't think Gardner is a potential Ellsbury, but some of the same idea applies. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveKevin brings up Brett Butler in comparison for Johnny Damon, but I keep thinking Paul O'Neill. Not just a Yankee, but a guy who had better speed than most remember and also really muscled up in the middle of his career. Damon's a good 20 pounds higher than his listed weight, about the same amount as Sabathia. (Will Carroll)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveI was thinking the same thing last night, and looking at Johnny Damon's career total and birthday while wondering if he could have a pretty graceful aging cycle a la Brett Butler and end up with close to 3000 hits. (Kevin Goldstein)