CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

Happy Thanksgiving! Regularly Scheduled Articles Will Resume Monday, December 1

Articles Tagged Tony Gwynn 

Search BP Articles

All Blogs (including podcasts)

Active Columns

Authors

Article Types

Archives

06-17

comment icon

5

BP Unfiltered: When Tony Gwynn Had a Below-Average Hit Tool
by
Ben Lindbergh

06-17

comment icon

1

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 472: The Greatness of Gwynn
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-16

comment icon

4

BP Unfiltered: Goodbye, No. 19
by
Geoff Young

02-24

comment icon

6

Prospectus Hit and Run: Big Shoes to Fill
by
Jay Jaffe

01-24

comment icon

7

Wezen-Ball: Fun With Listed Weights/Heights
by
Larry Granillo

01-23

comment icon

14

Western Front: Perpetually Rebuilding the Padres
by
Geoff Young

01-04

comment icon

11

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All
by
Jay Jaffe

03-16

comment icon

10

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Outfield
by
Mike Petriello

02-08

comment icon

3

Prospectus Hit and Run: I Saw 'em When, Part 2
by
Jay Jaffe

01-03

comment icon

12

Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Don't Stop The Rock
by
Jay Jaffe

09-10

comment icon

5

Seidnotes: Loney Loves Ribeyes
by
Eric Seidman

12-31

comment icon

8

Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases for Outfielders
by
Jay Jaffe

07-02

comment icon

6

Transaction Analysis: NL West Roundup
by
Christina Kahrl

12-16

comment icon

20

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Rock-y Road
by
Jay Jaffe

12-20

comment icon

0

The Class of 2008
by
Jay Jaffe

07-16

comment icon

0

Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
by
Christina Kahrl

01-15

comment icon

0

The Week in Quotes: January 9-15
by
Alex Carnevale

01-08

comment icon

0

The Class of 2007
by
Jay Jaffe

01-08

comment icon

0

The Week in Quotes: January 1-8
by
Alex Carnevale

01-05

comment icon

0

Prospectus Today: My Hall of Fame Ballot
by
Joe Sheehan

10-01

comment icon

0

Prospectus Roundtable: Ichiro!
by
Baseball Prospectus

05-27

comment icon

0

Lies, Damned Lies: Southpaw Stories, Part I
by
Nate Silver

05-14

comment icon

0

Lies, Damned Lies: Randomness: Catch the Fever!
by
Nate Silver

01-16

comment icon

0

Prospectus Q&A: Dr. Chris Yeager
by
Will Carroll

05-19

comment icon

0

Transaction Analysis: May 15-17, 2000
by
Christina Kahrl

01-11

comment icon

0

Cooperstown’s Newest Denizens
by
Clay Davenport

06-27

comment icon

0

Transaction Analysis: June 22-25
by
Christina Kahrl

10-08

comment icon

0

Playoff Preview - Atlanta vs. San Diego
by
Christina Kahrl

<< Previous Tag Entries No More Tag Entries

What did scouts say about Gwynn as an amateur?

On today’s episode of Effectively Wild, Sam Miller and I responded to Tony Gwynn’s untimely passing by discussing some of our favorite statistical fun facts from the Hall of Famer’s one-of-a-kind career. One of Sam’s was Gwynn’s 1981 batting average in 99 plate appearances at Double-A Amarillo: .462 (42-for-91). Yes, that’s a small sample, but consider the kicker that makes it even more impressive: The 21-year-old Gwynn was in his first professional season. Drafted in June, he’d hit .331/.406/.612 in 42 games for Walla Walla in the Low-A Northwest League before being bumped up to the Texas League.

Read the full article...

Ben and Sam talk about the legacy of the late, great, Tony Gwynn.

Read the full article...

A fond farewell to Tony Gwynn.

Read the full article...

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

February 24, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Big Shoes to Fill

6

Jay Jaffe

What kind of production do teams receive from players tabbed to replace superstars?

Earlier this week, Mariano Rivera arrived at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa, Florida, and caused a stir by strongly hinting that the 2012 season would be his final one. The 42-year-old, who has served as the Yankees’ closer since 1997, has shown no signs of slippage, with four straight seasons of ERAs under 2.00 backed by stellar peripherals—strikeout and walk rates better than his career numbers, even—and high save totals. Late last season, he surpassed Trevor Hoffman as the all-time saves leader, and with five World Series rings in hand, the only real challenge that remains is for him to convince manager Joe Girardi to allow him a cameo in center field.

The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

A look at four players who have had an interesting physical journey through their career.

Have you ever looked at a player's listed weight and laughed, wondering just how he could expect us to believe that it was true? Or maybe looked back at a player's career and wondered how exactly he went from that svelte 20-year-old body to that vastly different 35-year-old body?

Listed below are four players who have had an interesting physical journey throughout their playing careers. Using the official height and weight stats found on the back of their year-to-year baseball cards, I've traced each player's physical changes from his debut to his final year. It's not surprising to see obvious discrepancies between the official and actual weights, but it is enlightening to see them side-by-side. We'll never get complete and honest weights (and heights) from ballplayers; at the very least, then, we should try and recognize how we're being fooled.

Read the full article...

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

January 23, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: Perpetually Rebuilding the Padres

14

Geoff Young

Padres fans have constant reminders of past failures and rebuilds as their team attempts to field a winner.

When Padres Vice Chairman & CEO Jeff Moorad recently tried to accelerate full transfer of ownership from John Moores to Moorad's group, the other MLB owners balked; Commissioner Bud Selig cited a need for “more clarity and technical information.” Moorad and his partners, who previously owned the Arizona Diamondbacks, purchased the Padres in February 2009. They were given “as long as five years to buy out the controlling interest” from Moores, who had owned the Padres since December 1994.

The two chief causes of this setback appear to be that:

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

January 4, 2012 12:18 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All

11

Jay Jaffe

Tim Raines has his case re-examined, and the remainder of the Hall ballot gets a look.

We all have our pet projects. With the graduations of Bert Blyleven and Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame, mine is now Tim Raines. During his 23-year major-league career, Raines combined the virtues of a keen batting eye, dazzling speed, and all-around athleticism with a cerebral approach that made him an electrifying performer and a dangerous offensive weapon. Yet in four years on the ballot, he's reached just 37.5 percent of the vote, exactly half of what he needs to reach Cooperstown.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

March 16, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Outfield

10

Mike Petriello

Some spring training playing time battles in the outfield appear to be coming to an end.

I’m pinch-hitting for Rob McQuown this week on the outfielders beat, as he is busy performing more advanced calculations down in the BP server room than the guys at NASA. You don’t have to ask me twice who’s performing more of a public service.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

February 8, 2011 9:20 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: I Saw 'em When, Part 2

3

Jay Jaffe

More memories from a childhood's worth of ballplayers in Utah and Walla Walla.

Today we pick up where I left off last week in covering some of my favorite minor leaguers I saw in Salt Lake City, Utah (where I grew up) and Walla Walla, Washington (where my grandparents lived) during the late '70s and '80s. Some went on to have notable major-league careers, and one even reached Cooperstown. Others would earn less distinction, though they retain my considerable affection.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

January 3, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Don't Stop The Rock

12

Jay Jaffe

One left fielder on this year's Hall of Fame ballot clearly deserves induction.

Among the 19 holdovers on the Baseball Writers Association of America's 2011 Hall of Fame ballot, no player clears the JAWS standard at his position by a higher margin than Tim Raines—not Bert Blyleven, not Barry Larkin, and not Roberto Alomar, all of whom the system shows as being more than worthy of election. During his 23-year major league career, Raines combined the virtues of a keen batting eye, dazzling speed and all-around athleticism with a cerebral approach that made him an electrifying performer and a dangerous offensive weapon.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

September 10, 2010 8:00 am

Seidnotes: Loney Loves Ribeyes

5

Eric Seidman

The Dodgers' first baseman doesn't hit a lot of home runs but he drives in a quite a few runs.

James Loney is somewhat of an odd player. Despite hitting .321/.372/.543 in 486 plate appearances across the 2006 and 2007 seasons for the Dodgers, his power output has resembled that of Placido Polanco lately. While a short supply of power isn’t always a death blow to success at first base, it usually means that the top notchiest of defensive ability is required to make up the difference. Loney realistically doesn’t fit that bill either. He might be smooth with the glove, and he might not have a glaring weakness such as Ryan Howard’s inability to throw a baseball, but it isn’t as if we’re talking about the first-base equivalent of Franklin Gutierrez or Jack Wilson here. Despite the shortcomings in his game, there is one area in which Loney has excelled, even if it is a stat kept only in my strange head: the ratio of RBI to home runs.

In 2008, Loney hit just 13 home runs but knocked in 90 runners. Last season, he did the exact same thing by launching 13 dingers and plating 90 runners. This season, he appears to be on pace for very similar numbers, as he hasnine home runs and 80 RBI. Recording that many RBI with so few home runs is one of those jarring parts on a batting line. It doesn’t really tell us anything revolutionary about a player, but it looks off, just like when an on-base percentage exceeds its slugging counterpart. A disproportionate number of RBI relative to home runs might suggest that we are dealing with more of a slap hitter who happens to come up with runners on very frequently, and if he were to be moved down in the order the ratio might decline. After all, Loney continues to bat in the middle of the order even if Martin Prado can out-homer him.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

December 31, 2009 8:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases for Outfielders

8

Jay Jaffe

Are Rock and Hawk Hall locks? The JAWS breakdown on which outfielders deserve to be busted.

Having addressed the hitters on the left and right sides of the infield in my previous two JAWS pieces, today it's time to tackle the outfielders on the 2010 Hall of Fame ballot.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

<< Previous Tag Entries No More Tag Entries