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Portrait of Steve Garvey

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
19 9466 .294 .329 .446 .283 29
Birth Date12-22-1948
Height5' 10"
Weight192 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
1969 LAN 20 3 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .236 -0.3 0.0 -0.0
1970 LAN 21 34 100 93 8 25 5 0 1 33 6 17 0 1 0 6 1 1 .269 .310 .355 .243 0.0 0.7 0.1
1971 LAN 22 81 249 225 27 51 12 1 7 86 21 33 0 2 1 26 1 2 .227 .290 .382 .251 6.0 6.3 1.4
1972 LAN 23 96 317 294 36 79 14 2 9 124 19 36 1 3 0 30 4 2 .269 .312 .422 .291 20.3 4.0 2.9
1973 LAN 24 114 366 349 37 106 17 3 8 153 11 42 3 3 0 50 0 2 .304 .328 .438 .279 9.5 1.0 1.1
1974 LAN 25 156 685 642 95 200 32 3 21 301 31 66 3 8 1 111 5 4 .312 .342 .469 .314 39.8 -4.5 3.9
1975 LAN 26 160 704 659 85 210 38 6 18 314 33 66 3 6 3 95 11 2 .319 .351 .476 .311 39.0 -1.1 4.1
1976 LAN 27 162 696 631 85 200 37 4 13 284 50 69 1 9 5 80 19 8 .317 .363 .450 .314 42.3 -2.6 4.4
1977 LAN 28 162 696 646 91 192 25 3 33 322 38 90 1 4 7 115 9 6 .297 .335 .498 .291 27.0 1.0 2.9
1978 LAN 29 162 689 639 89 202 36 9 21 319 40 70 1 8 1 113 10 5 .316 .353 .499 .309 35.0 4.7 4.4
1979 LAN 30 162 697 648 92 204 32 1 28 322 37 59 2 6 4 110 3 6 .315 .351 .497 .290 20.3 5.0 2.6
1980 LAN 31 163 704 658 78 200 27 1 26 307 36 67 3 4 3 106 6 11 .304 .341 .467 .291 17.3 -1.1 1.7
1981 LAN 32 110 461 431 63 122 23 1 10 177 25 49 1 3 1 64 3 5 .283 .322 .411 .283 14.4 3.6 2.0
1982 LAN 33 162 660 625 66 176 35 1 16 261 20 86 1 9 5 86 5 3 .282 .301 .418 .261 4.5 1.4 0.6
1983 SDN 34 100 425 388 76 114 22 0 14 178 29 39 3 5 0 59 4 1 .294 .344 .459 .283 16.9 -6.9 1.1
1984 SDN 35 161 653 617 72 175 27 2 8 230 24 64 1 10 1 86 1 2 .284 .307 .373 .249 -1.4 -8.6 -1.1
1985 SDN 36 162 699 654 80 184 34 6 17 281 35 67 3 6 1 81 0 0 .281 .318 .430 .267 7.3 -4.1 0.3
1986 SDN 37 155 584 557 58 142 22 0 21 227 23 72 1 3 0 81 1 2 .255 .284 .408 .238 -12.1 -12.3 -2.5
1987 SDN 38 27 78 76 5 16 2 0 1 21 1 10 1 0 0 9 0 0 .211 .231 .276 .166 -8.0 -0.6 -0.9
Career23329466883511432599440432723941479100329903313088362.294.329.446.283277.8-14.129.0

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
1969 LAN MLB 3 3 .236 .240 .291 .367 .254 .500 93 -0.1 0.1 0 0.0 -0.3 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
1970 LAN MLB 34 100 .243 .254 .321 .389 .261 .316 91 -1.7 2.7 0.3 0.7 -0.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
1971 LAN MLB 81 249 .251 .253 .314 .364 .260 .235 94 -2.1 6.1 0.8 6.3 0.8 6.0 1.4 6.0 1.4
1972 LAN MLB 96 317 .291 .251 .317 .372 .268 .278 95 8.5 7.5 0.8 4.0 0.2 20.3 2.9 20.3 2.9
1973 LAN MLB 114 366 .279 .254 .317 .374 .259 .325 96 6.9 9.7 -5.3 1.0 -0.4 9.5 1.1 9.5 1.1
1974 LAN MLB 156 685 .314 .258 .324 .370 .263 .318 96 36.2 17.7 -11.4 -4.5 -1.3 39.8 3.9 39.8 3.9
1975 LAN MLB 160 704 .311 .263 .329 .376 .262 .330 95 35.5 18.5 -11.9 -1.1 0.3 39.0 4.1 39.0 4.1
1976 LAN MLB 162 696 .314 .254 .317 .357 .258 .335 95 35.2 17.5 -11.3 -2.6 -0.2 42.3 4.4 42.3 4.4
1977 LAN MLB 162 696 .291 .262 .325 .399 .260 .302 98 22.2 19.4 -12.4 1.0 0.3 27.0 2.9 27.0 2.9
1978 LAN MLB 162 689 .309 .256 .319 .372 .257 .326 99 32.5 17.9 -11.5 4.7 -2.5 35.0 4.4 35.0 4.4
1979 LAN MLB 162 697 .290 .261 .321 .389 .255 .310 100 21.3 19.5 -12.5 5.0 -3.2 20.3 2.6 20.3 2.6
1980 LAN MLB 163 704 .291 .258 .316 .371 .254 .306 98 21.5 18.9 -12.1 -1.1 -4.9 17.3 1.7 17.3 1.7
1981 LAN MLB 110 461 .283 .260 .318 .372 .263 .299 96 10 11.6 -7.5 3.6 0.9 14.4 2.0 14.4 2.0
1982 LAN MLB 162 660 .261 .259 .317 .374 .255 .301 96 1 17.8 -11.3 1.4 -0.2 4.5 0.6 4.5 0.6
1983 SDN MLB 100 425 .283 .253 .316 .370 .254 .294 99 10 11.5 -7.4 -6.9 5.7 16.9 1.1 16.9 1.1
1984 SDN MLB 161 653 .249 .257 .317 .368 .255 .301 96 -7.1 17.5 -11.2 -8.6 2.3 -1.4 -1.1 -1.4 -1.1
1985 SDN MLB 162 699 .267 .250 .315 .369 .253 .290 94 5.2 19.1 -12.2 -4.1 -1.4 7.3 0.3 7.3 0.3
1986 SDN MLB 155 584 .238 .251 .316 .378 .254 .259 101 -13.2 16.2 -10.2 -12.3 -3.3 -12.1 -2.5 -12.1 -2.5
1987 SDN MLB 27 78 .166 .264 .329 .412 .260 .231 97 -7.9 2.3 -1.3 -0.6 -0.6 -8.0 -0.9 -8.0 -0.9

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
1969 LAN MLB 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .236 -0.3 0.0 -0.0
1970 LAN MLB 100 8 25 5 0 1 6 6 17 1 1 .269 .310 .355 .086 .243 0.0 0.7 0.1
1971 LAN MLB 249 27 51 12 1 7 26 21 33 1 2 .227 .290 .382 .156 .251 6.0 6.3 1.4
1972 LAN MLB 317 36 79 14 2 9 30 19 36 4 2 .269 .312 .422 .153 .291 20.3 4.0 2.9
1973 LAN MLB 366 37 106 17 3 8 50 11 42 0 2 .304 .328 .438 .135 .279 9.5 1.0 1.1
1974 LAN MLB 685 95 200 32 3 21 111 31 66 5 4 .312 .342 .469 .157 .314 39.8 -4.5 3.9
1975 LAN MLB 704 85 210 38 6 18 95 33 66 11 2 .319 .351 .476 .158 .311 39.0 -1.1 4.1
1976 LAN MLB 696 85 200 37 4 13 80 50 69 19 8 .317 .363 .450 .133 .314 42.3 -2.6 4.4
1977 LAN MLB 696 91 192 25 3 33 115 38 90 9 6 .297 .335 .498 .201 .291 27.0 1.0 2.9
1978 LAN MLB 689 89 202 36 9 21 113 40 70 10 5 .316 .353 .499 .183 .309 35.0 4.7 4.4
1979 LAN MLB 697 92 204 32 1 28 110 37 59 3 6 .315 .351 .497 .182 .290 20.3 5.0 2.6
1980 LAN MLB 704 78 200 27 1 26 106 36 67 6 11 .304 .341 .467 .163 .291 17.3 -1.1 1.7
1981 LAN MLB 461 63 122 23 1 10 64 25 49 3 5 .283 .322 .411 .128 .283 14.4 3.6 2.0
1982 LAN MLB 660 66 176 35 1 16 86 20 86 5 3 .282 .301 .418 .136 .261 4.5 1.4 0.6
1983 SDN MLB 425 76 114 22 0 14 59 29 39 4 1 .294 .344 .459 .165 .283 16.9 -6.9 1.1
1984 SDN MLB 653 72 175 27 2 8 86 24 64 1 2 .284 .307 .373 .089 .249 -1.4 -8.6 -1.1
1985 SDN MLB 699 80 184 34 6 17 81 35 67 0 0 .281 .318 .430 .148 .267 7.3 -4.1 0.3
1986 SDN MLB 584 58 142 22 0 21 81 23 72 1 2 .255 .284 .408 .153 .238 -12.1 -12.3 -2.5
1987 SDN MLB 78 5 16 2 0 1 9 1 10 0 0 .211 .231 .276 .066 .166 -8.0 -0.6 -0.9

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
1987-05-24 1987-10-05 60-DL 134 118 Left Shoulder Strain Biceps Tendon - -
1983-07-30 1983-10-03 65 62 Left Thumb Dislocation - -
1971-06-13 1971-07-29 46 44 Left Hand Fracture - -

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This article requires BP Premium accessThe HOF Rule Change: What Happens After 10 Years?Mike Gianella2014-07-28
Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part TwoAllan Simpson2014-06-09
Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part OneAllan Simpson2014-06-03
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat Will Happen if Alex Rodriguez Appeals?: Examining the Steve Garvey PrecedentEugene Freedman2014-01-10
Skewed Left: Why Deserving MVPs Don't WinZachary Levine2013-11-14
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The Lineup Card: 11 Favorite Baserunning MemoriesBaseball Prospectus2013-04-24
Wezen-Ball: Jackie Robinson Talks Sacrifices in "Boys' Life"Larry Granillo2013-04-15
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BP Unfiltered: Steve Garvey's Return to Wrigley Field, May 1985Geoff Young2012-09-20
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Miguel Cabrera's defense at 1B really as bad as reputed? If so, I'm surprised. Players who field 3B poorly have a long history of moving to first and becoming Gold Glove defenders. Pujols of course, and before him there were George Scott and Steve Garvey.
(Rex Little from Big Bear CA)
Cabrera isn't great there, but he seems to be an improvement over Prince Fielder. Keep in mind he's not your typical conversion, either. (R.J. Anderson)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)By happy coincidence, I daydreamed a question for you not more than a day ago, and here you are. Not that I'm trying to sneak in the backdoor, but do consistent players get any sort of boost in the public's estimation of their HoF chances, and should they? I think here of a Jack Morris. Even though his heights were more very good than HoF, his workmanlike consistency--on top of being relatable and making him seem like a good guy--kept Tigers fans from a lot of crappy starts from a more up and down pitcher. I wonder if consistency (if it could be defined) would ever end up having a predictive value on eventual election. Thanks for suffering a long question, Jay.
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
Consistency is pretty difficult to quantify, except perhaps in the way it enables players to accumulate the benchmark stats that most of the public regards as constituting "a good season." I think of Steve Garvey rapping out his 200 hits, 100 RBI and .300 batting average every year and how highly esteemed he was in his day, and yet how far his star has fallen in light of a more modern statistical reckoning. But then I also think of guys like Blyleven and Don Sutton who were pretty consistent on some levels but didn't rack up the 20-win seasons that some of their peers did, and aren't held on the same level as them even if they may have been more valuable.

In the end I suspect peak value holds more sway on the public's estimation of a potential HoFer, because people tend to remember the high points, the outliers, the things that break pattern rather than the pattern itself. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which baseball annoucers are your favorites? I enjoy the rapport between Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone quite a bit and the Red Sox guys (Orsillo and Remy) are fun too.
(JG Ballard from Vermillion Sands)
Vin Scully is my favorite, hands down. Great bit from the Sons of Steve Garvey site yesterday (http://www.sonsofstevegarvey.com/2010/03/vin-scully-on-bill-veeck-and-colored.html) about Scully telling a story about racism, Bill Veeck, and the flight of major league spring training facilities to Arizona.

I'm no Michael Kay fan, but I really like Ken Singleton on the Yankees games, and enjoyed David Cone while he was around. Al Leiter is decent too. I don't mind Krukow and Kuiper for the Giants, even though they're "the enemy" to a Dodger fan. For national games, I'm really eager to hear more of Jon Sciambi on ESPN, because he's a friend of BP and because I like what I've heard. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-07-30 12:30:00 (link to chat)Think Kotchman has the potential to have a Steve Garvey type career. Their numbers are very similar through the same age.
(Mike from Utica, NY)
Yeah, I do, especially if the Braves let him cut loose and swing the bat instead of making him to the opposite field like the Angels did. He has a lot of untapped potential. (John Perrotto)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm saddened by that Raines result. Off the top of your head, how many less deserving 1st ballot players have had better vote totals?
(lexomatic from True North)
Steve Garvey at 41.6 percent stands out, as does Maury Wills at 30.3 percent. (Jay Jaffe)


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