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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
19 10778 .262 .337 .328 .250 61.7
Birth Date12-26-1954
Height5' 11"
Weight150 lbs
BatsB
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
1978 SDN 23 159 668 590 69 152 17 6 1 184 47 43 0 3 28 46 40 12 .258 .311 .312 .238 16.6 16.0 3.6
1979 SDN 24 156 649 587 77 124 18 6 0 154 37 37 2 1 22 27 28 7 .211 .260 .262 .203 -0.6 24.1 2.4
1980 SDN 25 158 712 609 67 140 18 5 0 168 71 49 5 4 23 35 57 15 .230 .313 .276 .229 8.1 24.5 3.5
1981 SDN 26 110 507 450 53 100 11 2 0 115 41 37 5 1 10 21 22 12 .222 .294 .256 .218 0.1 11.0 1.2
1982 SLN 27 140 567 488 58 121 24 1 2 153 68 32 2 5 4 43 25 5 .248 .339 .314 .243 18.3 18.2 3.9
1983 SLN 28 159 626 552 69 134 30 6 3 185 64 36 1 2 7 50 34 7 .243 .321 .335 .244 23.2 15.7 4.1
1984 SLN 29 124 484 412 53 106 20 5 1 139 56 17 2 3 11 44 35 7 .257 .347 .337 .263 23.5 9.6 3.5
1985 SLN 30 158 615 537 70 148 22 3 6 194 65 27 2 2 9 54 31 8 .276 .355 .361 .265 33.5 12.8 4.9
1986 SLN 31 153 609 514 67 144 19 4 0 171 79 27 2 3 11 54 31 7 .280 .376 .333 .267 39.5 5.1 4.7
1987 SLN 32 158 706 600 104 182 40 4 0 230 89 36 1 4 12 75 43 9 .303 .392 .383 .281 54.9 7.5 6.2
1988 SLN 33 153 669 575 80 155 27 1 3 193 74 43 1 7 12 51 57 9 .270 .350 .336 .265 37.0 15.5 5.7
1989 SLN 34 155 664 593 82 162 30 8 2 214 55 37 2 3 11 50 29 7 .273 .335 .361 .257 31.4 3.7 3.8
1990 SLN 35 143 592 512 61 130 21 1 1 156 61 33 2 10 7 50 32 6 .254 .330 .305 .245 18.0 -7.5 1.1
1991 SLN 36 150 641 550 96 157 30 3 3 202 83 36 1 1 6 50 35 9 .285 .380 .367 .279 46.1 -11.1 3.7
1992 SLN 37 132 590 518 73 153 20 2 0 177 59 34 0 1 12 31 43 9 .295 .367 .342 .263 27.2 10.2 4.1
1993 SLN 38 141 603 545 75 157 22 6 1 194 43 18 1 7 7 53 21 8 .288 .337 .356 .252 21.7 4.3 2.6
1994 SLN 39 98 433 381 51 100 18 3 3 133 38 26 0 4 10 30 6 3 .262 .326 .349 .239 9.7 3.2 1.2
1995 SLN 40 44 182 156 16 31 5 1 0 38 17 12 2 2 5 11 4 3 .199 .282 .244 .190 -7.1 3.3 -0.4
1996 SLN 41 82 261 227 36 64 10 2 2 84 25 9 2 0 7 18 7 5 .282 .358 .370 .266 13.7 4.0 1.7
Career2573107789396125724604026928308410725893363214793580148.262.337.328.250414.8169.961.7

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
1978 SDN MLB 159 668 .238 .254 .317 .371 .256 .275 95 -14 17.4 8 16.0 3.6 16.6 3.6 16.6 3.6
1979 SDN MLB 156 649 .203 .260 .319 .383 .254 .225 94 -38 18.2 8.4 24.1 7.7 -0.6 2.4 -0.6 2.4
1980 SDN MLB 158 712 .229 .259 .317 .377 .254 .248 96 -21.8 19.1 8.8 24.5 4.6 8.1 3.5 8.1 3.5
1981 SDN MLB 110 507 .218 .252 .311 .358 .256 .242 99 -20.1 12.8 5.9 11.0 2.4 0.1 1.2 0.1 1.2
1982 SLN MLB 140 567 .243 .260 .316 .375 .255 .259 99 -9.6 15.3 7 18.2 6.3 18.3 3.9 18.3 3.9
1983 SLN MLB 159 626 .244 .258 .319 .378 .256 .254 100 -9.8 17.0 7.8 15.7 4.5 23.2 4.1 23.2 4.1
1984 SLN MLB 124 484 .263 .255 .314 .366 .253 .264 94 1.6 13.0 6 9.6 5.0 23.5 3.5 23.5 3.5
1985 SLN MLB 158 615 .265 .255 .318 .380 .256 .281 92 3.2 16.8 7.7 12.8 3.8 33.5 4.9 33.5 4.9
1986 SLN MLB 153 609 .267 .256 .320 .381 .256 .294 96 4.4 16.9 7.6 5.1 7.1 39.5 4.7 39.5 4.7
1987 SLN MLB 158 706 .281 .259 .323 .402 .256 .320 95 16.2 20.8 9.5 7.5 5.2 54.9 6.2 54.9 6.2
1988 SLN MLB 153 669 .265 .250 .309 .363 .254 .284 97 2.9 17.5 8 15.5 3.7 37.0 5.7 37.0 5.7
1989 SLN MLB 155 664 .257 .251 .312 .373 .257 .287 98 -1.9 17.3 8 3.7 5.8 31.4 3.8 31.4 3.8
1990 SLN MLB 143 592 .245 .256 .317 .383 .258 .264 98 -8.7 15.9 7.3 -7.5 3.1 18.0 1.1 18.0 1.1
1991 SLN MLB 150 641 .279 .251 .315 .373 .256 .301 98 12.2 17.3 8 -11.1 7.4 46.1 3.7 46.1 3.7
1992 SLN MLB 132 590 .263 .251 .310 .366 .253 .315 99 1.6 15.3 7 10.2 2.6 27.2 4.1 27.2 4.1
1993 SLN MLB 141 603 .252 .261 .325 .395 .257 .293 98 -5.1 17.3 7.9 4.3 -0.2 21.7 2.6 21.7 2.6
1994 SLN MLB 98 433 .239 .266 .328 .414 .254 .272 100 -10.4 13.2 6 3.2 1.5 9.7 1.2 9.7 1.2
1995 SLN MLB 44 182 .190 .253 .319 .391 .248 .212 98 -14.2 5.5 2.5 3.3 0.0 -7.1 -0.4 -7.1 -0.4
1996 SLN MLB 82 261 .266 .266 .330 .413 .254 .287 98 1.9 8.1 3.3 4.0 -0.9 13.7 1.7 13.7 1.7

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
1978 SDN MLB 668 69 152 17 6 1 46 47 43 40 12 .258 .311 .312 .054 .238 16.6 16.0 3.6
1979 SDN MLB 649 77 124 18 6 0 27 37 37 28 7 .211 .260 .262 .051 .203 -0.6 24.1 2.4
1980 SDN MLB 712 67 140 18 5 0 35 71 49 57 15 .230 .313 .276 .046 .229 8.1 24.5 3.5
1981 SDN MLB 507 53 100 11 2 0 21 41 37 22 12 .222 .294 .256 .033 .218 0.1 11.0 1.2
1982 SLN MLB 567 58 121 24 1 2 43 68 32 25 5 .248 .339 .314 .066 .243 18.3 18.2 3.9
1983 SLN MLB 626 69 134 30 6 3 50 64 36 34 7 .243 .321 .335 .092 .244 23.2 15.7 4.1
1984 SLN MLB 484 53 106 20 5 1 44 56 17 35 7 .257 .347 .337 .080 .263 23.5 9.6 3.5
1985 SLN MLB 615 70 148 22 3 6 54 65 27 31 8 .276 .355 .361 .086 .265 33.5 12.8 4.9
1986 SLN MLB 609 67 144 19 4 0 54 79 27 31 7 .280 .376 .333 .053 .267 39.5 5.1 4.7
1987 SLN MLB 706 104 182 40 4 0 75 89 36 43 9 .303 .392 .383 .080 .281 54.9 7.5 6.2
1988 SLN MLB 669 80 155 27 1 3 51 74 43 57 9 .270 .350 .336 .066 .265 37.0 15.5 5.7
1989 SLN MLB 664 82 162 30 8 2 50 55 37 29 7 .273 .335 .361 .088 .257 31.4 3.7 3.8
1990 SLN MLB 592 61 130 21 1 1 50 61 33 32 6 .254 .330 .305 .051 .245 18.0 -7.5 1.1
1991 SLN MLB 641 96 157 30 3 3 50 83 36 35 9 .285 .380 .367 .082 .279 46.1 -11.1 3.7
1992 SLN MLB 590 73 153 20 2 0 31 59 34 43 9 .295 .367 .342 .046 .263 27.2 10.2 4.1
1993 SLN MLB 603 75 157 22 6 1 53 43 18 21 8 .288 .337 .356 .068 .252 21.7 4.3 2.6
1994 SLN MLB 433 51 100 18 3 3 30 38 26 6 3 .262 .326 .349 .087 .239 9.7 3.2 1.2
1995 SLN MLB 182 16 31 5 1 0 11 17 12 4 3 .199 .282 .244 .045 .190 -7.1 3.3 -0.4
1996 SLN MLB 261 36 64 10 2 2 18 25 9 7 5 .282 .358 .370 .088 .266 13.7 4.0 1.7

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
1996-04-09 1996-04-29 15-DL 20 18 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
19 yEd Gottlieb

Details
  • 3 years/$3.6M (1983-85). Signed extension with St. Louis 1/83.
  • 2 years/$4.3M (1990-91), plus 1992 club option. Signed extension with St. Louis 4/85. 90:$2.1M, 91:$2.1M, 92:$2M club option. $0.1M buyout. St. Louis exercised $2M club option 11/91.
  • 4 years/$8.7M (1986-89). Signed extension with St. Louis 4/85. 89: $2.2M.
  • 3 years/$3.6M (1983-85). Signed extension with St. Louis 1/83.
  • 1 year/$0.45M (1982). Signed by St. Louis 4/82 (lost in arbitration, $0.75M-$0.45M).
  • 1 year/$0.3M (1981). Re-signed by San Diego. Acquired by St. Louis in trade from San Diego 12/81. Smith agreed to waive no-trade clause to facilitate deal.
  • 1 year/$72,500 (1980). Renewed by San Diego 3/80.
  • 1 year/$72,500 (1979).
  • 1 year (1978).
  • Drafted by San Diego 1977 (4-86) (Cal Poly), $5,000 signing bonus. Drafted by Detroit 1976 (7-146) (did not sign).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Braves moving Jose Peraza from SS to 2B?
(@tylerjwarriner from Indiana)
Yes, if they want him to stay in the organization. Unless Ozzie Smith walks through that door, Andrelton ain't moving #rig. And I love Peraza, by the way. I'm pissed Law blew him up before I did, though I did give him a shout-out on TINO the other day. (Ben Carsley)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Rey Ordonez and Ozzie Smith met on a Mediteranian cruise and 9 months later had a left handed baby boy, would anyone give him a legit chance to stay at SS?
(Milby from SF)
This actually happened. Sadly, the kid washed out of baseball before the little league level, so we will never know what might have been. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)As Omar Vizquel enters his 24th season, is he worthy of the HOF?
(ParklandTrojan from Pennsylvania)
Nope. He's such a below-average hitter (.244 True Average) that it eats into his overall value considerably, and despite the Gold Gloves we have him at just ~11 FRAA for his career. He's not Ozzie Smith, Part Deux by any stretch of the imagination any more than Juan Pierre is Rickey Henderson, Part Deux. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)In terms of guys who were unlikely HOFers at age 29 - Ozzie Smith had a 72 OPS+ before age 29, although he was still winning GGs and playing plenty. But Hoyt Wilhelm hadn't played in the majors before he was 29, he turned 30 during in his first season.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Good point, particularly on Wilhelm! (Jay Jaffe)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, If you had to be stuck on a desert island with one of the players from the softball episode of the Simpsons, who would it be and why? And this excludes Mike Scioscia as thats just too obvious.
(EephusBlue from San Francisco)
I can't pick Mindy Simmons, right? And I assume Steve Sax has already been sent to the chair for all those murders he committed in New York. Probably Ozzie Smith, then. I want to see all his pictures from the mystery dimension. (Mike Petriello)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of Martin ... should we expect Kurt Suzuki to similarly fall off the planet Earth (like, again, Ozzie Smith)? Also, trim those sideburns, Petriello!
(RC from Go Clemson)
You could argue that it's already begun, right? Suzuki hit only .242/.303/.366 last year, which even for a catcher is pretty lousy (though the double digit homers were nice). The difference here is that Suzuki's peak wasn't as great as Martin's, so the fall probably won't be as noticable either. (Mike Petriello)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a die hard Cardinals fan, is there any reason for me not to go ahead and assume that I'll be loathing the next two years with TLR at the helm, and Mo as his GM-Puppet?
(Jason from Columbia)
It's a weird situation out there, huh? Ozzie Smith was interviewed in a piece where it was basically alluded to that TLR is the reason Brendan Ryan is now out of a job in spite of a stellar glove. So weird in this day and age that a manager would have as much sway as he does.

Lightning round time, folks. I have more BP annual work calling my name, especially with all of the transactions going on. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jay ..... thanks for the chat. Have you recovered from the "5-Napkin Burger" Friday night? Who is the current leading candidate for the "Irrational Exuberance" HOF candidacy? In other words, who might be the next Jim Rice?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hey Diana! It took me awhile to recover from the 5-Napkin Burger, but maybe that was all the beer I drank trying to get through the Yanks' drawn out loss later that night.

Right now I'd have to say that it's Omar Vizquel's candidacy that leaves me cold. Keith Law wrote about it at length using JAWS numbers I supplied (http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/blog?name=law_keith&id=5410459). The short version is that Vizquel's defensive numbers don't measure up to the average Hall of Fame shortstop let alone those of Ozzie Smith, nor does his bat:

Ozzie Smith: 90.9 car/50.2 Pk/70.6 JAWS/.261 TAv/554 RARP/219 RAP/255 FRAA
Omar Vizquel: 47.8/27.8/37.8/.247/334/-16/84
AVG HOF SS: 70/47.9/59/.274/477/204/105 (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you saddened as I am that the inclusion of Ozzie Smith seems to have helped Omar Vizquel when it could or should have helped Larkin and Trammell?
(Gregor from Bathurst)
Omar's not on the ballot, so we shouldn't worry about his candidacy for at least another six years. I don't think Ozzie's presence in the Hall has any bearing on Larkin and Trammell any more than the presences of Robin Yount and Cal Ripken do. There were a handful of great shortstops playing during the eighties, and some people apparently feel we've enshrined enough of them. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)KG, From the scouts you've spoken to does Grant Green have enough glove to stick at short?
(Shane from The Bay Area)
Yes. Is he Ozzie Smith there? Absolutely not. But he can stick there for a while. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I can't believe that Alan Trammell doesn't get more publicity as a HOF snub. His numbers are almost identical to Ozzie Smith who got 90 percent of the vote? I guess it's because he couldn't do a backflip or have a flashy nickname.
(dangor from New York)
Outstanding candidate who's gotten an extremely raw deal. I think he's about 10 JAWS points above the Hall standard for shortstops, and he's well ahead in terms of both batting and fielding runs. It's a crime, I tellz ya! (Jay Jaffe)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)It seems that in a few years, Omar Vizquel will join Rusty Staub and Harold Baines as the only guys with 11,000 PAs who are not in the HOF. My loose understanding of the argument against Omar is that while his counting and rate stats compare favorably with the Wiz, after adjusting for eras he comes out a little short offensively (84 OPS+ to 87), but the big difference is defense. Apparently the gulf between their defensive abilities was so great that Ozzie was a 90%+ slam dunk inner-circle type of election, and Omar isn't even a bubble guy. Two questions: Was Ozzie overvalued when he went in, and if not can you shine some light on the defensive differences? Thanks
(ericturner29 from Chicago)
Ozzie Smith's defensive excellence is well-supported by the numbers, as systems such as WARP and Win Shares both love him. Vizquel is more of a mixed bag. The current iteration of WARP most definitely does NOT love him, but I suspect that the forthcoming play-by-play based system will correct that somewhat; his pbp-based UZR numbers eyeball as pretty decent.
Beyond that it's worth noting that Ozzie does have an advantage over Omar with the stick, via a .261 EQA to .254. IN terms of Batting Runs Above Average, the difference is about 100 runs. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)It seems like there are no players on either team who are already good Hall of Fame candidates (though guys like Utley, Upton, etc. have time to qualify.) Can you ever remember a Series without such an established veteran star?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
Wow, that's a good question, one that pretty much ties into what I was saying a couple of days ago about how rare it is to get two fresh teams facing off in the series for the first time in awhile. Add to that the fact that both teams are dominated by younger guys whose best days may still be ahead of them and you wind up with a situation like this. I'm jogging my memory and looking back over the WS matchups and thinking that we've hit a real stumper. At the time, people wondered aloud if the 1998 Yankees would yield a Hall of Famer, but now it's apparent that Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter will make it if nobody else does, to say nothing of Tony Gwynn from the opposite dugout.

The 1982 matchup maybe - at the time it certainly wasn't apparent that Ozzie Smith, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor or Don Sutton would make it (Sutton would win 60-something more games in the majors), adn Rollie Fingers was sidelined too. Definitely a question to sock away for future pondering. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)Considering how far ahead of the pack he is at his position, is it fair to call Brooks Robinson the best defensive player in history?
(costa24 from Montreal)
Ozzie Smith is, and it's not close. Followed then by Bill Mazeroski, then probably Willie Mays. (Joe Sheehan)


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