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Portrait of Willie McCovey

Willie McCovey 1BGiants

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
22 9686 .270 .374 .515 .324 62.6
Birth Date1-10-1938
Height6' 4"
Weight198 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
1959 SFN 21 52 219 192 32 68 9 5 13 126 22 35 4 1 0 38 2 0 .354 .429 .656 .375 28.3 -0.0 3.0
1960 SFN 22 101 307 260 37 62 15 3 13 122 45 53 0 2 0 51 1 1 .238 .349 .469 .297 16.1 -3.0 1.4
1961 SFN 23 106 374 328 59 89 12 3 18 161 37 60 5 4 0 50 1 2 .271 .350 .491 .295 16.2 0.1 1.7
1962 SFN 24 91 261 229 41 67 6 1 20 135 29 35 0 3 0 54 3 3 .293 .368 .590 .335 20.8 1.5 2.3
1963 SFN 25 152 627 564 103 158 19 5 44 319 50 119 11 1 1 102 1 1 .280 .350 .566 .336 53.6 2.5 6.3
1964 SFN 26 130 434 364 55 80 14 1 18 150 61 73 5 4 0 54 2 1 .220 .336 .412 .286 17.7 -10.9 0.7
1965 SFN 27 160 639 540 93 149 17 4 39 291 88 118 6 3 2 92 0 4 .276 .381 .539 .335 47.9 -8.4 4.4
1966 SFN 28 150 588 502 85 148 26 6 36 294 76 100 6 4 0 96 2 1 .295 .391 .586 .360 57.3 -3.4 6.0
1967 SFN 29 135 539 456 73 126 17 4 31 244 71 110 6 4 2 91 3 3 .276 .378 .535 .343 40.1 -6.2 4.0
1968 SFN 30 148 608 523 81 153 16 4 36 285 72 71 5 8 0 105 4 2 .293 .378 .545 .375 55.8 -1.0 6.9
1969 SFN 31 149 623 491 101 157 26 2 45 322 121 66 4 7 0 126 0 0 .320 .453 .656 .394 84.0 -14.0 7.7
1970 SFN 32 152 638 495 98 143 39 2 39 303 137 75 3 3 0 126 0 0 .289 .444 .612 .362 69.3 8.2 8.2
1971 SFN 33 105 402 329 45 91 13 0 18 158 64 57 4 5 0 70 0 2 .277 .396 .480 .324 22.9 2.4 2.9
1972 SFN 34 81 304 263 30 56 8 0 14 106 38 45 2 1 0 35 0 0 .213 .316 .403 .274 0.8 -5.3 -0.5
1973 SFN 35 130 495 383 52 102 14 3 29 209 105 78 1 6 0 75 1 0 .266 .420 .546 .339 38.4 -2.5 3.9
1974 SDN 36 128 442 344 53 87 19 1 22 174 96 76 1 1 0 63 1 0 .253 .416 .506 .339 34.2 -4.9 3.2
1975 SDN 37 122 475 413 43 104 17 0 23 190 57 80 3 2 0 68 1 0 .252 .345 .460 .297 16.7 -2.1 1.6
1976 OAK 38 11 27 24 0 5 0 0 0 5 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .208 .296 .208 .205 -1.1 0.0 -0.1
1976 SDN 38 71 224 202 20 41 9 0 7 71 21 39 1 0 0 36 0 0 .203 .281 .351 .232 -6.1 4.9 -0.1
1977 SFN 39 141 548 478 54 134 21 0 28 239 67 106 0 3 0 86 3 0 .280 .367 .500 .294 17.7 -7.9 1.0
1978 SFN 40 108 389 351 32 80 19 2 12 139 36 57 0 2 0 64 1 0 .228 .298 .396 .257 -0.4 -7.9 -0.9
1979 SFN 41 117 393 353 34 88 9 0 15 142 36 70 1 3 0 57 0 2 .249 .318 .402 .258 2.9 -5.3 -0.2
1980 SFN 42 48 130 113 8 23 8 0 1 34 13 23 1 3 0 16 0 0 .204 .285 .301 .224 -3.9 -2.3 -0.7
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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
1959 SFN MLB 52 219 .375 .258 .316 .398 .259 .379 96 25.4 6.0 -3.8 -0.0 0.5 28.3 3.0 28.3 3.0
1960 SFN MLB 101 307 .297 .259 .317 .398 .261 .250 94 11.4 8.3 -4.7 -3.0 -0.7 16.1 1.4 16.1 1.4
1961 SFN MLB 106 374 .295 .267 .328 .412 .263 .280 96 13.8 10.6 -6.4 0.1 0.1 16.2 1.7 16.2 1.7
1962 SFN MLB 91 261 .335 .258 .321 .390 .260 .266 98 20.2 7.3 -2.2 1.5 -2.4 20.8 2.3 20.8 2.3
1963 SFN MLB 152 627 .336 .244 .301 .363 .256 .284 97 42.9 15.7 -4.4 2.5 -0.3 53.6 6.3 53.6 6.3
1964 SFN MLB 130 434 .286 .257 .308 .381 .260 .224 97 10.6 11.1 -3.5 -10.9 1.0 17.7 0.7 17.7 0.7
1965 SFN MLB 160 639 .335 .251 .309 .378 .260 .285 101 43.7 16.2 -10.2 -8.4 -1.6 47.9 4.4 47.9 4.4
1966 SFN MLB 150 588 .360 .258 .311 .391 .265 .303 99 54.1 15.0 -9.5 -3.4 -2.2 57.3 6.0 57.3 6.0
1967 SFN MLB 135 539 .343 .249 .307 .364 .263 .298 99 38.8 13.0 -8.1 -6.2 -2.4 40.1 4.0 40.1 4.0
1968 SFN MLB 148 608 .375 .243 .298 .341 .257 .276 87 56.3 13.4 -8.6 -1.0 -4.1 55.8 6.9 55.8 6.9
1969 SFN MLB 149 623 .394 .252 .318 .373 .262 .289 98 79.6 16.0 -10.2 -14.0 -1.3 84.0 7.7 84.0 7.7
1970 SFN MLB 152 638 .362 .257 .327 .391 .264 .271 99 65.1 17.3 -11 8.2 -4.8 69.3 8.2 69.3 8.2
1971 SFN MLB 105 402 .324 .253 .312 .371 .260 .282 101 23.4 9.9 -6.2 2.4 -2.6 22.9 2.9 22.9 2.9
1972 SFN MLB 81 304 .274 .245 .306 .356 .260 .205 101 3.7 7.1 -4.5 -5.3 -4.7 0.8 -0.5 0.8 -0.5
1973 SFN MLB 130 495 .339 .249 .314 .369 .255 .259 101 38.8 13.1 -8.2 -2.5 -4.6 38.4 3.9 38.4 3.9
1974 SDN MLB 128 442 .339 .250 .316 .359 .255 .263 96 33.8 11.4 -6.9 -4.9 -3.4 34.2 3.2 34.2 3.2
1975 SDN MLB 122 475 .297 .256 .321 .369 .256 .260 96 17.6 12.5 -7.9 -2.1 -3.2 16.7 1.6 16.7 1.6
1976 OAK MLB 11 27 .205 .250 .317 .352 .259 .250 90 -1.4 0.7 -0.4 0.0 0.0 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
1976 SDN MLB 71 224 .232 .257 .317 .369 .261 .218 96 -5.8 5.6 -3.3 4.9 -1.1 -6.1 -0.1 -6.1 -0.1
1977 SFN MLB 141 548 .294 .262 .323 .396 .258 .305 100 19.1 15.3 -9.7 -7.9 -5.5 17.7 1.0 17.7 1.0
1978 SFN MLB 108 389 .257 .253 .314 .376 .256 .239 97 -1.1 10.1 -6.3 -7.9 -2.8 -0.4 -0.9 -0.4 -0.9
1979 SFN MLB 117 393 .258 .257 .316 .377 .250 .269 97 -0.8 11.0 -6.5 -5.3 -1.2 2.9 -0.2 2.9 -0.2
1980 SFN MLB 48 130 .224 .256 .309 .373 .250 .239 96 -4.6 3.5 -1.9 -2.3 -0.7 -3.9 -0.7 -3.9 -0.7

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
1959 SFN MLB 219 32 68 9 5 13 38 22 35 2 0 .354 .429 .656 .302 .375 28.3 -0.0 3.0
1960 SFN MLB 307 37 62 15 3 13 51 45 53 1 1 .238 .349 .469 .231 .297 16.1 -3.0 1.4
1961 SFN MLB 374 59 89 12 3 18 50 37 60 1 2 .271 .350 .491 .220 .295 16.2 0.1 1.7
1962 SFN MLB 261 41 67 6 1 20 54 29 35 3 3 .293 .368 .590 .297 .335 20.8 1.5 2.3
1963 SFN MLB 627 103 158 19 5 44 102 50 119 1 1 .280 .350 .566 .285 .336 53.6 2.5 6.3
1964 SFN MLB 434 55 80 14 1 18 54 61 73 2 1 .220 .336 .412 .192 .286 17.7 -10.9 0.7
1965 SFN MLB 639 93 149 17 4 39 92 88 118 0 4 .276 .381 .539 .263 .335 47.9 -8.4 4.4
1966 SFN MLB 588 85 148 26 6 36 96 76 100 2 1 .295 .391 .586 .291 .360 57.3 -3.4 6.0
1967 SFN MLB 539 73 126 17 4 31 91 71 110 3 3 .276 .378 .535 .259 .343 40.1 -6.2 4.0
1968 SFN MLB 608 81 153 16 4 36 105 72 71 4 2 .293 .378 .545 .252 .375 55.8 -1.0 6.9
1969 SFN MLB 623 101 157 26 2 45 126 121 66 0 0 .320 .453 .656 .336 .394 84.0 -14.0 7.7
1970 SFN MLB 638 98 143 39 2 39 126 137 75 0 0 .289 .444 .612 .323 .362 69.3 8.2 8.2
1971 SFN MLB 402 45 91 13 0 18 70 64 57 0 2 .277 .396 .480 .204 .324 22.9 2.4 2.9
1972 SFN MLB 304 30 56 8 0 14 35 38 45 0 0 .213 .316 .403 .190 .274 0.8 -5.3 -0.5
1973 SFN MLB 495 52 102 14 3 29 75 105 78 1 0 .266 .420 .546 .279 .339 38.4 -2.5 3.9
1974 SDN MLB 442 53 87 19 1 22 63 96 76 1 0 .253 .416 .506 .253 .339 34.2 -4.9 3.2
1975 SDN MLB 475 43 104 17 0 23 68 57 80 1 0 .252 .345 .460 .208 .297 16.7 -2.1 1.6
1976 SDN MLB 224 20 41 9 0 7 36 21 39 0 0 .203 .281 .351 .149 .232 -6.1 4.9 -0.1
1976 OAK MLB 27 0 5 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 .208 .296 .208 .000 .205 -1.1 0.0 -0.1
1977 SFN MLB 548 54 134 21 0 28 86 67 106 3 0 .280 .367 .500 .220 .294 17.7 -7.9 1.0
1978 SFN MLB 389 32 80 19 2 12 64 36 57 1 0 .228 .298 .396 .168 .257 -0.4 -7.9 -0.9
1979 SFN MLB 393 34 88 9 0 15 57 36 70 0 2 .249 .318 .402 .153 .258 2.9 -5.3 -0.2
1980 SFN MLB 130 8 23 8 0 1 16 13 23 0 0 .204 .285 .301 .097 .224 -3.9 -2.3 -0.7

Plate Discipline

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Injury History

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Wezen-Ball: "Baseball for Dummies", by Joe MorganLarry Granillo2012-03-12
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Prospectus Q&A: Jane Leavy, Part IIDavid Laurila2010-11-23
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World Series Prospectus: Game Five ReportJohn Perrotto2010-11-02
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay: Is there any way Manny Ramirez has anything left? I remember a piece from some years ago, I think by Bill James, that pointed out that truly great hitters often have a single rebound year in them after they appear cooked. Willie McCovey comes to mind; Cal Ripken hit .340 after he started taking days off. I don't understand the A's wanting Ramirez, and am hoping you or someone -- anyone -- can shed light on it.
(oira79 from San Francisco)
I think it's possible - let's not forget that the power drought at the end of Ramirez's 2010 season came after he'd served three DL stints for leg issues and needed sports hernia surgery. That said, his age, the layoff, and the miserable hitting environment of the Oakland Mausoleum are working against him, so don't expect too much.

As to what the A's see in it, that's not hard - he'll sell a few tickets, and if he gets hot, he'll hit his way out of town sometime between July 31 and August 31 while giving the A's some small return on their investment. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, it seems that Teixeira will surely sign a long contract, maybe even 8 or 10 years. Does he seem like a good bet to provide solid value over the life of that contract, particularly the last couple seasons?
(Phil from NJ)
NFL.com ads on BP? That's a bit odd looking ...

Ok, it's impossible to project 10 years out. Three is tough. Without the PECOTA comps, I go to BRef. There, you start seeing comp names like Willie McCovey, Jeff Bagwell, Fred McGriff and if you want a downside, Glenn Davis. All are pretty good physical comps, so that's a plus.

McCovey was a HOFer and good until 37, with a nice peak through age-33, so getting those years of Teixeira cover most of an 8 year deal.

Bagwell has a similar career path with a bit steeper of a drop due to the shoulder. Still, if you'd signed him to a big deal at age-28, you wouldn't have been unhappy.

Davis had a HUGE dropoff and was out of the game at 32, so there's your worst-case.

It's McGriff who I think is most comparable. Really good through 31, then good enough to be an All-Star for four more years. Worth $20 million a year? Not for the whole contract, but you don't kick yourself for doing it. For Teixeira, I wonder if the off-field value holds as much as we think for Baltimore (where he could be a huge difference maker in a lineup with Markakis and Wieters) or for Washington (where they're gonna stink no matter what and he could end up A-Rodding by the middle of the deal). (Will Carroll)


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