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Portrait of Andres Galarraga

Andres Galarraga 1BRockies

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
19 8916 .288 .347 .499 .282 28
Birth Date6-18-1961
Height6' 3"
Weight235 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
1985 MON 24 24 79 75 9 14 1 0 2 21 3 18 1 0 0 4 1 2 .187 .228 .280 .222 -2.9 1.6 -0.1
1986 MON 25 105 356 321 39 87 13 0 10 130 30 79 3 1 1 42 6 5 .271 .338 .405 .261 0.1 -5.5 -0.6
1987 MON 26 147 606 551 72 168 40 3 13 253 41 127 10 4 0 90 7 10 .305 .361 .459 .281 18.5 2.0 2.0
1988 MON 27 157 661 609 99 184 42 8 29 329 39 153 10 3 0 92 13 4 .302 .352 .540 .316 38.6 -5.0 3.7
1989 MON 28 152 636 572 76 147 30 1 23 248 48 158 13 3 0 85 12 5 .257 .327 .434 .281 21.1 -6.5 1.6
1990 MON 29 155 628 579 65 148 29 0 20 237 40 169 4 5 0 87 10 1 .256 .306 .409 .262 15.2 1.4 1.8
1991 MON 30 107 400 375 34 82 13 2 9 126 23 86 2 0 0 33 5 6 .219 .268 .336 .228 -10.0 -1.0 -1.2
1992 SLN 31 95 347 325 38 79 14 2 10 127 11 69 8 3 0 39 5 4 .243 .282 .391 .242 -2.3 0.0 -0.3
1993 COL 32 120 506 470 71 174 35 4 22 283 24 73 6 6 0 98 2 4 .370 .403 .602 .304 25.9 4.9 3.1
1994 COL 33 103 449 417 77 133 21 0 31 247 19 93 8 5 0 85 8 3 .319 .356 .592 .290 21.7 8.9 2.9
1995 COL 34 143 604 554 89 155 29 3 31 283 32 146 13 5 0 106 12 2 .280 .331 .511 .263 4.2 10.8 1.5
1996 COL 35 159 691 626 119 190 39 3 47 376 40 157 17 8 0 150 18 8 .304 .357 .601 .283 25.5 7.9 3.2
1997 COL 36 154 674 600 120 191 31 3 41 351 54 141 17 3 0 140 15 8 .318 .389 .585 .301 41.5 3.7 4.5
1998 ATL 37 153 648 555 103 169 27 1 44 330 63 146 25 5 0 121 7 6 .305 .397 .595 .332 54.1 -10.4 4.3
2000 ATL 39 141 548 494 67 149 25 1 28 260 36 126 17 1 0 100 3 5 .302 .369 .526 .294 22.2 -10.3 1.1
2001 SFN 40 49 174 156 17 45 12 1 7 80 13 49 3 2 0 35 0 3 .288 .351 .513 .291 6.0 -3.4 0.3
2001 TEX 40 72 271 243 33 57 16 0 10 103 18 68 9 1 0 34 1 0 .235 .310 .424 .239 -3.1 -0.7 -0.4
2002 MON 41 104 334 292 30 76 12 0 9 115 30 81 9 3 0 40 2 2 .260 .344 .394 .253 -2.3 2.6 0.0
2003 SFN 42 110 293 272 36 82 15 0 12 133 19 61 2 0 0 42 1 3 .301 .352 .489 .286 6.7 -2.6 0.4
2004 ANA 43 7 11 10 1 3 0 0 1 6 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 .300 .364 .600 .359 1.6 -0.0 0.2
Career225789168096119523334443239940385832003178581142512881.288.347.499.282282.3-1.628.0

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 WPB A+ 7 27 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .231 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 CLG Rk 42 128 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 CLG Rk 59 202 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .351 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 JAM A- 47 175 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 WPB A+ 105 383 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 WPB A+ 104 443 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .327 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 JAX AA 143 606 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 MON MLB 24 79 .222 .249 .320 .375 .256 .218 92 -3 2.2 -1.3 1.6 0.6 -2.9 -0.1 -2.9 -0.1
1985 IND AAA 121 494 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 MON MLB 105 356 .261 .253 .319 .381 .255 .330 101 0.4 9.9 -6.2 -5.5 -2.7 0.1 -0.6 0.1 -0.6
1987 MON MLB 147 606 .281 .262 .327 .404 .258 .373 100 13.9 17.9 -11.4 2.0 -3.3 18.5 2.0 18.5 2.0
1988 MON MLB 157 661 .316 .250 .308 .362 .254 .360 100 35.3 17.3 -11 -5.0 -1.5 38.6 3.7 38.6 3.7
1989 MON MLB 152 636 .281 .249 .311 .368 .256 .315 99 12.6 16.6 -10.6 -6.5 0.6 21.1 1.6 21.1 1.6
1990 MON MLB 155 628 .262 .255 .317 .380 .257 .324 95 1.1 16.8 -10.7 1.4 1.9 15.2 1.8 15.2 1.8
1991 MON MLB 107 400 .228 .252 .313 .375 .256 .261 94 -12.8 10.8 -6.9 -1.0 -2.2 -10.0 -1.2 -10.0 -1.2
1992 SLN MLB 95 347 .242 .252 .313 .368 .255 .277 99 -6 9.0 -5.7 0.0 -0.2 -2.3 -0.3 -2.3 -0.3
1992 LOU AAA 11 35 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .167 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 COL MLB 120 506 .304 .263 .321 .399 .257 .399 124 23.7 14.5 -9.3 4.9 -4.8 25.9 3.1 25.9 3.1
1994 COL MLB 103 449 .290 .268 .329 .420 .257 .342 119 14.9 13.6 -8.7 8.9 -0.7 21.7 2.9 21.7 2.9
1995 COL MLB 143 604 .263 .264 .328 .410 .257 .325 122 2.2 18.1 -11.6 10.8 -4.3 4.2 1.5 4.2 1.5
1996 COL MLB 159 691 .283 .262 .326 .405 .252 .333 124 18.6 21.4 -13.7 7.9 -1.7 25.5 3.2 25.5 3.2
1997 COL MLB 154 674 .301 .265 .332 .417 .260 .356 120 30.3 17.9 -12.8 3.7 3.8 41.5 4.5 41.5 4.5
1998 ATL MLB 153 648 .332 .265 .332 .417 .260 .338 96 51.1 16.8 -12.3 -10.4 -1.7 54.1 4.3 54.1 4.3
2000 ATL MLB 141 548 .294 .271 .341 .441 .262 .355 95 22.3 15.1 -10.8 -10.3 -4.0 22.2 1.1 22.2 1.1
2001 SFN MLB 49 174 .291 .263 .330 .439 .261 .373 99 5.9 4.7 -3.1 -3.4 -1.4 6.0 0.3 6.0 0.3
2001 TEX MLB 72 271 .239 .263 .329 .422 .261 .283 104 -6.2 7.4 -5 -0.7 1.0 -3.1 -0.4 -3.1 -0.4
2002 MON MLB 104 334 .253 .251 .323 .393 .254 .327 100 -2.4 8.5 -5.7 2.6 -3.7 -2.3 0.0 -2.3 0.0
2003 SFN MLB 110 293 .286 .258 .324 .408 .256 .352 98 8.4 7.7 -4.7 -2.6 -4.6 6.7 0.4 6.7 0.4
2004 ANA MLB 7 11 .359 .257 .323 .401 .246 .333 103 1.2 0.3 -0.2 -0.0 0.0 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2004 SLC AAA 25 111 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .365 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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 WPB A+ 27 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 11 0 0 .130 .222 .130 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 CLG Rk 128 14 24 3 1 4 16 9 42 1 1 .214 .299 .366 .152 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 CLG Rk 202 27 50 11 4 4 22 7 55 3 0 .263 .307 .426 .163 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 JAM A- 175 24 40 5 4 6 26 15 44 0 0 .260 .339 .461 .201 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 WPB A+ 383 39 95 20 2 14 51 34 77 2 1 .281 .362 .476 .195 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 WPB A+ 443 55 116 18 3 10 66 33 68 7 5 .289 .353 .424 .135 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 JAX AA 606 81 154 28 4 27 87 59 122 2 8 .289 .369 .508 .220 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 MON MLB 79 9 14 1 0 2 4 3 18 1 2 .187 .228 .280 .093 .222 -2.9 1.6 -0.1
1985 IND AAA 494 75 118 15 8 25 87 45 103 3 0 .269 .346 .510 .241 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 MON MLB 356 39 87 13 0 10 42 30 79 6 5 .271 .338 .405 .134 .261 0.1 -5.5 -0.6
1987 MON MLB 606 72 168 40 3 13 90 41 127 7 10 .305 .361 .459 .154 .281 18.5 2.0 2.0
1988 MON MLB 661 99 184 42 8 29 92 39 153 13 4 .302 .352 .540 .238 .316 38.6 -5.0 3.7
1989 MON MLB 636 76 147 30 1 23 85 48 158 12 5 .257 .327 .434 .177 .281 21.1 -6.5 1.6
1990 MON MLB 628 65 148 29 0 20 87 40 169 10 1 .256 .306 .409 .154 .262 15.2 1.4 1.8
1991 MON MLB 400 34 82 13 2 9 33 23 86 5 6 .219 .268 .336 .117 .228 -10.0 -1.0 -1.2
1992 LOU AAA 35 3 6 0 1 2 3 0 8 1 0 .176 .200 .412 .235 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 SLN MLB 347 38 79 14 2 10 39 11 69 5 4 .243 .282 .391 .148 .242 -2.3 0.0 -0.3
1993 COL MLB 506 71 174 35 4 22 98 24 73 2 4 .370 .403 .602 .232 .304 25.9 4.9 3.1
1994 COL MLB 449 77 133 21 0 31 85 19 93 8 3 .319 .356 .592 .273 .290 21.7 8.9 2.9
1995 COL MLB 604 89 155 29 3 31 106 32 146 12 2 .280 .331 .511 .231 .263 4.2 10.8 1.5
1996 COL MLB 691 119 190 39 3 47 150 40 157 18 8 .304 .357 .601 .297 .283 25.5 7.9 3.2
1997 COL MLB 674 120 191 31 3 41 140 54 141 15 8 .318 .389 .585 .267 .301 41.5 3.7 4.5
1998 ATL MLB 648 103 169 27 1 44 121 63 146 7 6 .305 .397 .595 .290 .332 54.1 -10.4 4.3
2000 ATL MLB 548 67 149 25 1 28 100 36 126 3 5 .302 .369 .526 .225 .294 22.2 -10.3 1.1
2001 SFN MLB 174 17 45 12 1 7 35 13 49 0 3 .288 .351 .513 .224 .291 6.0 -3.4 0.3
2001 TEX MLB 271 33 57 16 0 10 34 18 68 1 0 .235 .310 .424 .189 .239 -3.1 -0.7 -0.4
2002 MON MLB 334 30 76 12 0 9 40 30 81 2 2 .260 .344 .394 .134 .253 -2.3 2.6 0.0
2003 SFN MLB 293 36 82 15 0 12 42 19 61 1 3 .301 .352 .489 .188 .286 6.7 -2.6 0.4
2004 SLC AAA 111 10 31 3 0 4 19 6 24 0 0 .304 .349 .451 .147 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 ANA MLB 11 1 3 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 0 .300 .364 .600 .300 .359 1.6 -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
2002-05-03 2002-05-26 15-DL 23 20 Low Back Strain -
1999-04-05 1999-10-28 60-DL 206 162 - General Medical Cancer Non-hodgkins Lymphoma - -
1994-07-29 1994-08-11 15-DL 13 12 Right Hand Fracture HBP - -
1993-10-06 1993-10-06 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery 1993-10-06 -
1993-07-25 1993-08-21 15-DL 27 24 Right Knee Sprain - -
1993-05-10 1993-05-28 15-DL 18 17 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1992-04-08 1992-05-22 15-DL 44 38 Right Wrist Fracture - -
1991-05-26 1991-07-04 15-DL 39 36 Left Knee Surgery 1991-06-08 -
1986-08-20 1986-09-04 15-DL 15 14 Right Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
1986-07-10 1986-08-19 15-DL 40 34 Right Knee Surgery 1986-07-25 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2003 SFN $500,000
2002 MON $500,000
2001 TEX, SFN $6,000,000
2000 ATL $8,500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$15,500,000
4 yrTotal$15,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
Jim Bronner

Details
  • retired 3/05 signed as a free agent from LAA 12/04 (minor-league contract) contract purchased 9/04 signed as a free agent from SF 8/04 (minor-league contract ) contract purchased 3/03 signed as a free agent from MON 1/03 (minor-league contract) SF declined $7.25M 02 opt
  • 1 year/$6.5M+$7.25M 02 club option
  • acquired in trade from TX to SF 01
  • 01:1 year/$6.5M+club option
  • additional $1M bonuses

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
Weighted Mean???????????.000.000.000.0000.0?0.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2005 It was generous of the Angels to give That Old Cat a chance to rebound from a recurrence of his cancer and take a last shot at 400 home runs. That he failed makes his career no less notable, particularly for a longevity that was impossible to imagine in 1992, when Galarraga was 32 and had spent four years struggling at the plate. At his peak, was he the best Venezuelan export ever? Most Wins Above Replacement (WARP3) in a season by Galarraga and countrymen:

Edgardo Alfonzo2B200011.1
Carlos GuillenSS200410.8
Bobby AbreuOF200410.2
Richard HidalgoOF200110.1
Magglio OrdonezOF20039.4
Dave ConcepcionSS19749.3
Melvin Mora3B20048.5
Galarraga1B19887.9
Luis AparicioSS19607.8
Omar VizquelSS19987.7


We cheated a bit: If you include pitchers, Johan Santana zooms to the top at 12.1 for 2004.
2003 After a long, at times illustrious career, here’s hoping Galarraga hangs them up rather than come back for another season. His bat’s about three beats too slow, and he’s nowhere near the acrobat he used to be around the bag. As great a run as he had in his 10 seasons between Expos gigs, Montreal fans never got to see him at his best, after he’d opened his stance and before age caught up with him. Still, Galarraga brought his trademark smile and enthusiasm back for his comeback tour, and the city won’t forget him, even when the team’s long gone.
2002 Like Eric Davis, Galarraga has had a distinctly non-standard career path, featuring two distinct comebacks, including one from cancer. He wasn't a savior for the Giants, just a guy better than J.T. Snow whose RBI numbers looked as good as you'd expect from someone hitting behind Barry Bonds. He's one of the many mid-level and below free agents still unemployed as we go to press.
2001 It was as if he'd never left. Andres Galarraga's 2000 season was perfectly in line with his 1998 performance, showing about the decline you'd expect from a 39-year-old. Galarraga tired in the second half, so the Rangers would be well-served to have a left-handed bat around to play about 60 games. With Ken Caminiti and Mike Lamb, they should be covered.
2000 The Braves missed him desperately, as his at-bats went to Otis Nixon and Gerald Williams. Optimists and Braves fans can point to Dave Winfield for hope. Winfield had the third-best season of his career in 1988 before missing the entire ’89 season with a back injury. He returned to play five more years and helped the Blue Jays win the World Series in 1992. Of course, he was 35 when he missed his season, while the Big Cat was 38. Galarraga should be right around league average. That‘s a great accomplishment after cancer.
1999 Okay, we blew it. We insulted, mocked, derided, jeered, and ridiculed the Braves for signing an overrated product of thin air. So then Galarraga, who had hit .281/331/.510 on the road in his five years in Colorado, hits .296/.375/.615 on the road in 1998, putting up his highest unadjusted OPS since 1993. Lost in his move to lower elevation is the fact that he was also 37, and could have easily collapsed even if he had remained in Denver. He didn’t, and we salute the Big Cat for making us eat crow. That’s why baseball is such a great game: even the greatest truths can be wrong from time to time. Despite his immense power, he’s not an extreme flyball hitter, which may partly explain his ability to make the transition. Frankly, we’re grasping at straws here. Will he sustain it? I wouldn’t bet against him, but he is 38. I don’t expect a sudden collapse. He earned his salary last year, but by 2000 he may be a very expensive platoon player.
1998 One 1997 poll listed the Big Cat as the second-best power hitter in the National League, behind Bagwell but ahead of Bonds. This is astonishing nonsense, rather like saying Nixon was our second-best president, behind Honest Abe Lincoln but ahead of George Washington. Galarraga is not a great hitter, he’s 37 years old, he’s become a poor fielder at first base and if he gets a long-term contract at this point, the GM in charge should be shot. Here’s hoping John Schuerholz has a bullet-proof vest. Three years, $25 million to play in Atlanta. Feh.
1997 Has resurrected his career nicely, going from complete and total waste of a roster spot to just a partial waste of a roster spot. A first baseman who hits near the league average isn’t a strength, Mr. Gebhard. One is truly terrified to think what someone like Sam Horn would have done with the same opportunity. Andres is a player who will fervently push a team towards mediocrity. That said, if I played standard rotisserie ball, I’d probably grab him if I had the chance. He stays healthy, and the OBPs in front of him are going to be 35 points higher than they would be elsewhere. Yet one more reason to play Scoresheet Baseball instead. (This gratuitous plug not paid for – I’m just a satisfied client.)
1996  The symptom. Not a particularly great or even good hitter, but looks good because he plays in Colorado. Defensive reputation is very good, but probably a bit inflated. A real albatross. Unlikely to be in the top half or even four-fifths of first basemen next year, but a fan favorite. Can't think of too many players I'd rather not have. As long as the Rockies keep wasting their time and money on players like him and Bichette, they'll be also-rans.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'd call this good news for Bert. I was worried he'd stagnate around 62%. do you have the % of the vote for Edgar, Raines and Barry? They don't have it on espn.com. Thanks.
(collins from greenville nc)
539 ballots, five blanks, Andre Dawson 420 (77.9%), Bert Blyleven 400 (74.2%), Roberto Alomar 397 (73.7%), Jack Morris 282 (52.3%), Barry Larkin 278 (51.6%), Lee Smith 255 (47.3%), Edgar Martinez 195 (36.2%), Tim Raines 164 (30.4%), Mark McGwire 128 (23.7%), Alan Trammell 121 (22.4%), Fred McGriff 116 (21.5%), Don Mattingly 87 (16.1%), Dave Parker 82 (15.2%), Dale Murphy 63 (11.7%), Harold Baines 33 (6.1%), Andres Galarraga 22 (4.1%), Robin Ventura 7 (1.3%), Ellis Burks 2 (0.4%), Eric Karros 2 (0.4%), Kevin Appier 1 (0.2%), Pat Hentgen 1 (0.2%), David Segui 1 (0.2%), Mike Jackson 0, Ray Lankford 0, Shane Reynolds 0, Todd Zeile 0.

Segui gets his vote. Baines remains on life support thanks to the persistence of a stubborn few. Karros receives more votes than he had All-Star appearances. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-03-30 18:30:00 (link to chat)Jim Rice - Hall of Famer?
(john from chicago)
Before I answer, let me acknowledge that (a) Jim Rice was my favorite player growing up, and (b) I'm a "big Hall" kind of guy.

With that context, I disagree with what seems to be the prevailing sabermetric opinion, including here at BP, that Rice was obviously unworthy as a HOF selection. I don't think he's a no-brainer Hall of Famer, but I think he has a legitimate argument.

Rice's case is obviously one built on peak value, not career length. Also, the argument has been that he is less valuable according to sabermetric models than how he was regarded at the time. His OBP, home park, double-play totals, and positional adjustments are counterbalanced by the notion that he was the most "feared" hitter or his day. But how do you actually assess how "feared" he was, and how that reputation played out in his peak value.

I actually did some work on this back when the election was on people's minds. Rice had 6 Top 10 finishes in the MVP voting.

Among players with exactly 6 Top 10 finishes, 11 are in the HOF, 6 are active or too recent, and only 4 are not in the Hall (Vern Stephens, Dave Parker, Andres Galarraga, Fred McGriff). Even among those with just 5 such finishes, the ratio is 17 HOF, 6 not HOF, 5 active. There's a reasonable case that players with Rice-like peaks get into the Hall about 2/3rd of the time.

Of course, all of Rice's Top 10 finishes were in fact Top 5 finishes. All of the players with 6 such rankings are in the Hall (4) or obviously qualified barring PED-externalities (Frank Thomas, Albert Pujols, A-Rod). Of those with exactly 5 Top 5 MVP years, only Pete Rose and Dave Parker aren't in the Hall or active.

Sorry for taking so much time to answer this one, but I think Rice looks better through contemporary views than through a modern analytical lens, and I don't think it's silly to consider that perspective. (Keith Woolner)


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