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Career Summary
8 2626 .250 .309 .474 .279 13.2
Birth Date11-30-1962
Height6' 1"
Weight220 lbs
Age54 years, 11 months, 20 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

1986 KCA 23 25 91 82 9 17 2 1 2 27 7 34 2 0 0 9 3 1 .207 .286 .329 .223 -2.2 -3.3 -0.6
1987 KCA 24 116 434 396 46 93 17 2 22 180 30 158 5 2 1 53 10 4 .235 .296 .455 .259 13.7 -0.5 1.3
1988 KCA 25 124 468 439 63 108 16 4 25 207 25 146 1 2 1 68 27 6 .246 .287 .472 .269 15.6 7.3 2.5
1989 KCA 26 135 561 515 86 132 15 6 32 255 39 172 3 4 0 105 26 9 .256 .310 .495 .292 30.9 3.4 3.7
1990 KCA 27 111 456 405 74 110 16 1 28 212 44 128 2 5 0 78 15 9 .272 .342 .523 .313 38.1 6.6 4.8
1991 CHA 28 23 84 71 8 16 4 0 3 29 12 25 0 1 0 14 0 1 .225 .333 .408 .277 1.4 0.0 0.1
1993 CHA 30 85 308 284 32 66 9 0 16 123 23 106 0 1 0 45 0 2 .232 .289 .433 .253 -2.6 5.2 0.3
1994 CAL 31 75 224 201 23 56 7 0 13 102 20 72 1 2 0 43 1 0 .279 .344 .507 .295 12.3 -1.5 1.0

Statistics for All Levels

'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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1986 KCA MLB 25 91 .223 .253 .324 .399 .265 .326 97 -3.4 2.5 -0.9 -3.3 -0.4 -2.2 -0.6 -2.2 -0.6
1986 MEM AA 53 212 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .458 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 KCA MLB 116 434 .259 .265 .331 .428 .265 .326 99 -0.5 12.8 -2.4 -0.5 3.9 13.7 1.3 13.7 1.3
1988 KCA MLB 124 468 .269 .260 .321 .393 .267 .307 102 4.2 12.2 -3 7.3 2.2 15.6 2.5 15.6 2.5
1989 KCA MLB 135 561 .292 .260 .324 .385 .266 .317 98 17.4 14.6 -4.6 3.4 3.5 30.9 3.7 30.9 3.7
1990 KCA MLB 111 456 .313 .256 .322 .384 .259 .323 100 24 12.2 -1 6.6 2.9 38.1 4.8 38.1 4.8
1991 CHA MLB 23 84 .277 .247 .322 .377 .260 .295 101 1.4 2.3 -1.4 0.0 -0.9 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
1991 SAR A+ 2 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 BIR AA 4 17 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .364 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CHA MLB 85 308 .253 .266 .336 .409 .264 .307 98 -2.4 8.8 -3.9 5.2 -5.1 -2.6 0.3 -2.6 0.3
1994 CAL MLB 75 224 .295 .271 .338 .433 .263 .364 98 8.8 6.8 -1.9 -1.5 -1.4 12.3 1.0 12.3 1.0

Statistics For All Levels

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1986 KCA MLB 91 9 17 2 1 2 9 7 34 3 1 .207 .286 .329 .122 .223 -2.2 -3.3 -0.6
1986 MEM AA 212 30 51 9 3 7 25 22 81 3 6 .277 .370 .473 .196 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 KCA MLB 434 46 93 17 2 22 53 30 158 10 4 .235 .296 .455 .220 .259 13.7 -0.5 1.3
1988 KCA MLB 468 63 108 16 4 25 68 25 146 27 6 .246 .287 .472 .226 .269 15.6 7.3 2.5
1989 KCA MLB 561 86 132 15 6 32 105 39 172 26 9 .256 .310 .495 .239 .292 30.9 3.4 3.7
1990 KCA MLB 456 74 110 16 1 28 78 44 128 15 9 .272 .342 .523 .252 .313 38.1 6.6 4.8
1991 SAR A+ 7 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 CHA MLB 84 8 16 4 0 3 14 12 25 0 1 .225 .333 .408 .183 .277 1.4 0.0 0.1
1991 BIR AA 17 2 4 0 0 0 0 4 2 1 2 .308 .471 .308 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CHA MLB 308 32 66 9 0 16 45 23 106 0 2 .232 .289 .433 .201 .253 -2.6 5.2 0.3
1994 CAL MLB 224 23 56 7 0 13 43 20 72 1 0 .279 .344 .507 .229 .295 12.3 -1.5 1.0

Plate Discipline


Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1989-07-23 1989-08-09 15-DL 17 15 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
1989-06-24 1989-06-24 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
1988-06-01 1988-07-02 31 28 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -


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BP Articles

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Prospectus Feature: Graveman Comes to Grip With His DestinyDavid Brown2017-04-14
Short Relief: L'Essene du Danks / The Last ShowJason Wojciechowski2017-03-22
Short Relief: L'Essene du Danks / The Last ShowPatrick Dubuque2017-03-22
Transaction Analysis: Baseball Player SignedJarrett Seidler2016-09-09
Banjo Hitter: Miguel Sano Is a Strikeout PioneerAaron Gleeman2016-07-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Outfielders on the Ocean's FloorWilson Karaman2016-02-23
2016 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2016-02-09
2016 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 ProspectsEzra Wise2016-02-09
BP Unfiltered: Everybody Gets A Stupid Outfield Thing!Kate Morrison2015-10-22
This article requires BP Premium accessBaseball Therapy: The Chessmaster and the ScrewballRussell A. Carleton2015-09-09
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: The Middle-Relief Monster: Carter CappsGeorge Bissell2015-08-04
BP Unfiltered: To Answer Your Question About Performance After Intentional WalksSam Miller2015-04-20
BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 523: The Bo and Baez Email ShowBen Lindbergh2014-08-27
BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 523: The Bo and Baez Email ShowSam Miller2014-08-27
Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part TwoAllan Simpson2014-06-09
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Mock Draft 2014Jason Parks2014-06-08
Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part OneAllan Simpson2014-06-03
This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day Four: LSUJake Mintz2014-05-31
This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day Four: LSUJordan Shusterman2014-05-31
The Week in Quotes: January 27-February 2Nick Bacarella2014-02-03
The Week in Quotes: January 27-February 2Chris Mosch2014-02-03
The Week in Quotes: January 27-February 2Morris Greenberg2014-02-03
The Week in Quotes: January 27-February 2Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-02-03
The Lineup Card: Twelve Non-MLB Athletes We'd Like to See Playing BaseballBaseball Prospectus2014-01-15
Reworking WARP: Why We Need Replacement LevelColin Wyers2013-09-11
BP Unfiltered: The Yasiel Puig Drinking GameJason Parks2013-06-12
The Week in Quotes: June 3-9Chris Mosch2013-06-10
The Week in Quotes: June 3-9Andrew Koo2013-06-10
The Week in Quotes: June 3-9Satchel Price2013-06-10
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Potential PED FalloutJohn Perrotto2013-06-06
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Yasiel PuigBret Sayre2013-06-03
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This article requires BP Premium accessPunk Hits: A Love (Hate) Letter From ArizonaIan Miller2013-02-27
Overthinking It: The Best of Baseball's New Old VideosBen Lindbergh2013-02-25
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: A Pain in the HipCorey Dawkins2013-01-23
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: A Pain in the HipStephani Bee2013-01-23
The Lineup Card: 10 Memories of Hall of Fame CandidatesBaseball Prospectus2013-01-09
Punk Hits: A Cespedes for the Rest of UsIan Miller2012-10-10
BP Unfiltered: Russell Branyan, Jack Cust, and a TTO Dream Come TrueBen Lindbergh2012-06-12
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: Why You Should Watch the Non-ContendersJason Wojciechowski2012-03-14
The Lineup Card: 11 Times Small Sample Sizes Steered Us WrongBaseball Prospectus2012-02-07
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Western Front: A Haphazard History of Halos at the Hot CornerGeoff Young2012-01-17
Baseball ProGUESTus: The Advantage of Low ExpectationsM.J. Lloyd2012-01-17
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-AllJay Jaffe2012-01-04
The Lineup Card: 9 Memories of Frank ViolaBaseball Prospectus2011-12-14
Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for July 19Larry Granillo2011-07-20
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: First Baseman, Heal ThyselfCorey Dawkins2011-06-24
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: First Baseman, Heal ThyselfBen Lindbergh2011-06-24
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: Three-H: Haren, Hamilton, and HelicianoSteven Goldman2011-04-14
Wezen-Ball: Baseball When You're 10Larry Granillo2011-04-12
Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for March 31Larry Granillo2011-04-01
Tater Trot Tracker: Williams, Appling, Oh and BoLarry Granillo2011-03-31
The BP Wayback Machine: The Doctor is...GoneRany Jazayerli2011-03-10
This article requires BP Premium accessPurpose Pitches: Oscar GamblesChristina Kahrl2011-02-28
BP Podcast: Episode 38: That's Pretty Advanced MeatballsKevin Goldstein2011-02-16
This article requires BP Premium accessContractual Matters: Kind of a Big DealJeff Euston2010-09-20
The Unappreciated Slugger: Why Jim Thome Gets OverlookedBrandon Warne2010-09-08
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: In Need of Heavenly HittingJohn Perrotto2010-07-13
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This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Phillies Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2008-12-22
Future Shock: Mock Draft 2008Kevin Goldstein2008-06-04
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This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Wily Mo ReduxDan Fox2007-09-06
Prospectus Toolbox: Non-Contact Part IIIDerek Jacques2007-08-14
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Doctoring the Numbers: The Doctor is...Gone.Rany Jazayerli2000-08-15

BP Chats

2015-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)*Insert gushing about Mazara, ChiChi, Gallo, and Alfaro below*
(MonkeyEpoxy from Texas)
Mazara dominated games like Bo Jackson dominated Tecmo Bowl

ChiChi made Joey Votto look bad.

We all know what Alfaro can be. (Ryan Parker)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)After Trout's monster home run in KC, I saw a former BP dude speculate over this: Who do we see first; another Bo Jackson or another Mike Trout? What say you?
(Dave B. from South Korea)
I think we are more likely to see another monster athlete like Bo than a monster athlete like Bo that can bring all those raw physical gifts onto a baseball field like Trout. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-06-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)You have a left fielder. He's good. He hits some, fields some, he's a guy you want on your team. He has a 40-grade arm. How much more is he worth per year if he suddenly gets the best throwing arm in the league?
(Bill J. from Durham)
More. But not a lot more. The ground he covers and the jumps he gets are more important defensively, and then there is baserunning and hitting, so overall I don't think it changes the picture all that much. Be exciting though!

Did you all see Cespedes's throw last night? That was nuts. And maybe the best part is the clips of all the other great throws that people started finding and putting out on twitter. Bo Jackson! Vlad Guerrero! And the best was Jose Guillen! That one broke laws of physics. (Matthew Kory)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)What is one player that you wish you could have scouted as an amateur?
(Asking For a Friend from Chicago)
Bo Jackson. I would have ended up in prison. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Regarding the Bo Jackson answer, was there even a player good enough to be the "perfect world" comp for Jackson's tools profile? Mays? Mantle?
(James from Los Angeles)
I can't speak to those players because, 1) I never saw them live, and 2) Different era/different athletic context. But as far as pure athletic gifts are concerns, its tough to put anybody over Bo Jackson, regardless of era or sport. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)As incredible as Bo Jackson's tools were, why do you think he didn't reach his ceiling? Are injuries solely to blame or did he not make the necessary adjustments?
(Jim from Portland)
Didn't focus on one sport early in the process; had approach/contact issues with the bat. If Bo focused on baseball in high school, signed out of high school, and entered a pro development system at that age, he's in the baseball HOF right now. Same with football. Think about that for a second. Wow. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Out of curiosity, do you have any grades for Jameis Winston?
(Tony from Work)
I haven't seen him in person, but its not that crazy of a profile. I guess he could be a reliever but I think his status as a baseball prospect is exaggerated by his exploits on the football field. This isn't Bo Jackson. (Jason Parks)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better tools, Trout or Bo Jackson?
(RyanW from Fort Worth)
Raw tools? Bo Jackson. Trout is a much better hitter than Bo was, though. Bo had a lot of swing and miss, and he was aggressive looking for fastballs he could extend on and drive out of the park. But as far as the raw physical grades go, you could put an 8 on Bo's raw power, arm, glove, and speed. Hit tool was far behind the other tools. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)I heard a rumor watching Bo Jackson caused you to enter puberty. True or false?
(EricJ from SF)
Bo Jackson and a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit calendar that I kept under my bed. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-04-25 12:30:00 (link to chat)Bo Jackson was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1982 June draft by the New York Yankees. He didn't sign and in the fall entered Auburn as a freshman. If he had signed with the Yankees and foregone any sort of football career, how much better of a baseball player might Bo have become?
(Paul from DC)
It's a great question. Obviously he was an all-time athletic talent. It's incredible that he was as good as he was with as little minor-league seasoning as he had--just 212 plate appearances before he made the majors. I don't know that it would be wise to throw a Hall of Fame projection on him, even assuming health, but perennial All-Star for sure. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Saw that ESPN Sports Science program listing the best athletes of all time. Naturally, Bo Jackson won, a fact which completely disconcerted my 12 year old son. (What does he know, though?) Will we ever see the like of Mr. Jackson again?
(wileecoyote121 from Larchmont, NY)
I'm sure we will, but the myth of Bo will be hard to defeat, at least for our generation. Bo was the best athlete I ever saw on a field. Period. But athletes are getting bigger and stronger and faster, and eventually a new freak like Bo will roll into our universe. I just hope his fire burns longer than Bo's did. What a shame. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Isn't Trout close to Bo right now?
(Mike from Utica, NY)
I don't think so. I don;t think Trout could start at tailback for an NFL team. Bo Jackson probably had four 80-grade tools; hit tool might have been average. Trout is clearly a monster at the plate and has more baseball ready skills than ever did. But as gifted as Trout is, I wouldn't put him in Bo's league. Bo was a true freak. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you could go back and give any player a completely healthy career to see what they could do with their full capabilities, who would you pick? I'm having a tough time deciding between Mickey Mantle and Eric Davis...
(Nick from Los Feliz, CA)
Hey Nick, this is another fun one. I'm tempted to say Bo Jackson because of the tools, but I don't know how complete a ballplayer he would have become even without the injury. A healthy career from Davis boggles the mind. I literally get goosebumps thinking about it. I'll go with Davis. On the pitching side, Sandy Koufax or Bret Saberhagen. (Geoff Young)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Everyone in LA freaked out when the Puig- Bo Jackson comparison was thrown out there by some media honks. People are really buzzing about him in LA. One of your co-workers said it's because of the slow news nature of Spring Training and not based on any impending actual value to the Dodgers. Are people crazy to waste a last round pick on him in a keeper draft. Will he see even 100 at bats in the bigs this year. If the Dodgers are in the hunt, there's no way they experiment with him this year right?
(lipitorkid from OC, CA)
It's not crazy in a keeper league if you can stash him on your bench without much cost, but I can't envision any meaningful playing time for him this season, for two reasons. First: Crawford, Kemp and Ethier. Second: zero walks in 46 spring at-bats. ZERO. With 10 K's. He's not ready. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Better comp for Puig, Bo Jackson or Metallica? When do you see him having MLB impact...
(NDub from Detroit)
Dayan Viciedo, maybe? Next year at the very earliest but I'm not even sold on that. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I can't recall ever seeing you comment about your own personal all-time favorite hitter and pitcher. Guessing they'll both be Texans.
(Steve from Toronto)
Bo Jackson is my favorite everything in everything (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Imagine your memory of every player is erased...which player would you most like to see play for the first time. I'd choose a young Julio Franco, the bat speed plus the arm and the crazy stance.
(Name from Place)
Bo Jackson. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Prospect Smackdown: Rate Each on Tools(in their Pre Draft days) Josh Hamilton Vs Bo Jackson
(rangerfans2 from Fort Worth)
Bo Jackson for every tool except maybe the hit tool. (Jason Parks)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to guess, how would each of Bo Jackson's tools rate on the scouting scale?
(richardkr34 from Saint Paul, MN)
I've spoken to several industry sources about Bo Jackson's tools. Consensus on his power/arm/run, but grades on his hit tool and glove varied. Bo Jackson's tools: Hit (5+); Power (8); Run (8); Arm (8); Glove (6+) (Jason Parks)
2012-12-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who had more 90's juice, Bell Biv Devoe or Blackstreet?
(MRubio52 from Chicago)
Is this even a question?

BBD was like a solid everyday regular ballplayer. They can be Delino Deshields. Blackstreet's peak -- and I'm speaking of "No Diggity" here, of course -- was short but sky-high. I'm calling them the Bo Jackson of New Jack Swing. (Ian Miller)
2012-07-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)Mike Trout ... most fun player to watch in the majors right now? Most fun player to watch since ... Griffey, Bonds, Bo Jackson, other?
(dianagram from VORGville)
I don't know if Trout has the persona or charisma of those players, at least as a 20-year-old, so if that affects your enjoyment or appreciation of his play, maybe not. But as far as the actual production and skill set goes? Sure. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of career numbers would we probably have seen from Bo Jackson with out the injuries and a full focus on baseball ?
(19braves77 from Pensacola,FL)
Now that's an interesting question. From 88-90, he went from 2.1 WARP to 3.5 to 4.5. Now, you can't assume the upward trend will continue, but as you imply, Bo was not your typical case. Best case, a Sammy Sosa type career (with many fewer homers due to a later start and the overall environment). More likely case, a slightly faster, slightly better defending version of Kevin McReynolds (stat-wise, not excitement) (Dan Turkenkopf)
2012-06-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Bo Jackson had never returned to football, what sort of career stats do you think he'd have accumulated?
(Paul from DC)
He would have had Jose Canseco's 30s. He wouldn't have been a Hall of Famer. (Sam Miller)
2012-03-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)So do you break out the stopwatch in spring training to get ready for a summer of trot tracking, or do you just wing it opening day? And is any town less enthused by opening day than my hometown? Double the pessimism, half the fun...
(Mike from Chicago)
My first year doing it was on a complete whim on the first or second day of the season. Last year, I guess you could say I practiced by looking at those classic home runs (like Bo Jackson's timeout-hr or Chris Chambliss's fans-overrun-the-field postseason bomb.

As for Chicago, I certainly get what you're saying. But I was at the BP2012 event last night and there seemed to be quite a few Cubs and White Sox fans there who were very eager about the upcoming season. If I were you, I'd focus on those guys and not the doom-and-gloom guys that I'm sure are dominating Chicago's wonderful sports-talk radio. (Larry Granillo)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tom Milone a young Jamie Moyer? Is that something you'd project for any pitcher?
(Jim from Washington)
No no no and a thousand times no. KG edict #32192 Do not, EVER EVER EVER comp a player to Jamie Moyer. There are 20,000 lefties with Jamie Moyer's stuff on a pure scouting level, and one Jamie Moyer. Don't do it. No Maddux comps, and no Bo Jackson comps either. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bubba Starling the next Bo Jackson?
(El Chompiras from Chopiralandia)
What did I just tell you people? (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you compare Greg Maddux to Jamie Moyer?
(Jeff from Eh...)
Bo Jackson has better tools. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-06-07 18:30:00 (link to chat)Will the 2005 draft ever be topped??? It was topped before it ever happened, in 1985. I just wrote this for tomorrow morning's draft piece: . The first round included, in order of selection, B.J. Surhoff, Will Clark, Bobby Witt, Barry Larkin, Barry Bonds, Pete Incaviglia, Walt Weiss, Brian McRae, Joe Magrane, Gregg Jeffries, Rafael Palmeiro, and Joey Cora, as well as Cameron Drew, who put up outstanding numbers in the minors until a knee injury ended his career at 24, while the second round held Bruce Ruffin, Mike Schooler, and Randy Johnson (John Smoltz was hiding down in round 22). And Bo Jackson too (a flyer in rd 20)!
(PBSteve from Beautiful New Jersey)
See? Steven Goldman knows all. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Before Joba "Neville" Chamberlain, who was the player with the highest ratio of hype to accomplishment? I nominate Bo Jackson. Your thoughts?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
24 years old, 280 innings, 3.60 ERA, K per innings, better than 2/1 K/BB. At baseball-age 23, he was more or less a league-average starter in short innings while being mishandled.

Oh, could everyone stop saying that Chamberlain was "converted" to starting? HE WAS ALWAYS A STARTER. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Fun subjective question: Based on what you've seen and older scouts you know, who are the five most physically talented prospects of the past 25-30 years? Griffey, A-Rod, Bo Jackson, Eric Davis, Strawberry?
(Jonathan from New York)
I love this question, but the discussion would take . . . years. Justin Upton comes to mind for recent guys, Dave Winfield if we can go back a few more years. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of independent leagues, Baseball America keeps featuring this one guy (his name escapes me) with a hip replacement who can really pitch, and who keeps getting signed by organized clubs, but who never passes the physical on account of liability issues. Considering that ballplayers regularly have reconstructive surgery on all sorts of joints, is this kind of thing a reasonable concern?
(Christopher from Nashville)
Bo Jackson. (Will Carroll)
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)Can Joey Votto make the All-Star team this year or is first base in the NL too stacked?
(Brandon from Charleston)
I have to admit a sincerely-held disinterest in the All-Star Game as an event; I haven't watched a full frame of any ASG since Bo Jackson took Rick Reuschel deep. The Reds don't have a lot of easy candidates for this year's manager to choose from, but Votto's one of them. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Take Brandon's question and substitute Bo Jackson for Eric Davis.
(Mike K from Athens, GA)
It's a somewhat harder question because Bo knew a lot of things, but he didn't know the strike zone--though he was clearly getting to know it better at the point that it all fell apart. With a normal career arc, I suspect that he would have suffered a decline in bat speed somewhere that would have really curtailed his KILL THE BALL approach and left him without much to fall back on, but that's just speculation. What I'm trying to say is I don't think it would have been a long career either way, but obviously there would have been around three more years in the 1989-1990 zone. Would have been fun. He was always entertaining, even when striking out. (Steven Goldman)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi CK. Been thinking about this since the AS game - trying to come up with a way to not risk players' health through multi-extra inning AS games. Why not, if its tied after nine, from then on, start each half inning with a runner on second (the last batter from the previous inning)? With a run expectancy of over 60% (I think), it would seem to increade the likelyhood of an entertaining game resolution in relatively short order. What do you think? [I also think they should have a re-entry rule for position player starters.]
(jimbeau from Left Coast)
I'm probably the last person to ask about the All-Star Game. I don't think I've watched a complete inning of that corporate junket and baseball-flavored entertainment since Rick Reuschel got rocked by Bo Jackson. I like my baseball to count, using teams that get designed and employed to win, not ones that get run like a Little League squad. I'd leave it an exhibition, and end the game automatically after 12 innings if nobody's won it by then; it will have fulfilled its purpose as an exhibition and junket in that amount of time. In the words of one neo-realist philosopher, "I pity the foo' who takes the All-Star Game seriously." (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Kevin. Thanks for the chat. You mentioned recently that you tend to grade everything in your life on the 20--80 scale and that Bo Jackson was one of the few prospects to have had three 80-rated tools, so what's the Bo Jackson of albums? (Pick your own tools, such as sheer quality, impact, uniqueness, longevity, &c.)
(DaveKavanagh from Dublin, Ireland)
80 Albums, wow. The Clash - Sandanista. Big Black -- Songs About *****. The Pixies -- Surferosa. I'm sure there are many, many more. Those just came to mind. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)KG, do you recall a guy in previous drafts like a Anthony Hewitt that had some many people split? If so, who was it and how have they turned out?
(Chris from Harrisonburg, VA)
Bo Jackson? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Everyone thinks White Noise is better. But it wasn't grabbing for the brass ring of being the "Great American Novel" to nearly the same extent. There's a certain majesty in Underworld's ambition that gets it noticed. Anyway, between Pafko at the Wall, and End Zone, would say Bo Jackson is a good comp for Delillo as a 2-sport star?
(J-Boogie from Cambridge)
Sure. Am I a horrible person for saying that among post-modern fiction, I might prefer Robert Coover? And I'm not even a huge fan of his baseball book -- it's no Gerald's Party for example. (Kevin Goldstein)

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