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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
24 10947 .292 .393 .514 141 73.6
Birth Date11-18-1968
Height5' 11"
Weight190 lbs
Age50 years, 4 months, 4 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1988 MIL 19 24 89 19 1 0 4 7 7 0 3 1 .238 .295 .400 100 0.1 -0.3 -2.4 0.1
1989 MIL 20 95 405 91 18 0 5 27 33 4 10 6 .247 .303 .337 88 -4.6 0.8 -4.6 0.6
1990 MIL 21 125 547 143 30 1 10 44 41 3 25 10 .294 .350 .421 115 9.3 3.2 -4.9 2.6
1991 MIL 22 50 203 34 12 2 2 19 15 3 5 5 .194 .277 .320 83 -3.5 -0.5 -7.3 -0.6
1992 SDN 23 146 618 184 34 3 33 48 40 6 5 6 .330 .385 .580 155 40.2 0.1 11.3 7.6
1993 FLO 24 72 275 69 8 3 10 29 34 6 12 4 .292 .378 .479 124 9.0 0.1 -2.3 1.6
1993 SDN 24 68 282 76 12 2 10 18 30 3 5 1 .295 .344 .473 125 9.5 0.9 -3.1 1.7
1994 FLO 25 87 384 89 16 1 27 51 50 6 12 6 .276 .380 .584 145 23.9 1.7 -6.3 2.6
1995 FLO 26 63 274 69 8 0 16 55 45 4 19 4 .324 .467 .587 170 25.2 2.9 -2.5 3.0
1996 FLO 27 161 677 163 33 1 42 142 66 10 16 9 .314 .465 .624 182 77.5 -0.8 -16.6 6.9
1997 FLO 28 135 582 111 22 1 21 121 79 15 11 7 .250 .424 .446 139 31.7 1.9 0.9 4.3
1998 FLO 29 40 166 37 11 1 6 26 16 2 4 2 .272 .392 .500 150 10.8 -3.2 -1.5 0.8
1998 LAN 29 90 383 95 16 1 16 69 30 6 18 5 .316 .444 .535 150 25.2 0.3 -3.7 2.7
1999 LAN 30 152 663 165 20 0 34 101 64 4 11 5 .301 .407 .523 144 42.9 -2.9 -7.2 4.3
2000 LAN 31 141 612 163 24 3 43 101 71 4 4 6 .325 .438 .643 167 60.1 -2.8 -14.3 5.4
2001 LAN 32 143 618 160 28 2 36 94 67 4 10 4 .311 .417 .583 159 49.7 -1.1 -6.1 5.5
2002 ATL 33 135 579 151 26 0 25 72 53 11 12 2 .307 .404 .512 149 37.7 -0.6 -9.1 3.9
2003 ATL 34 155 678 190 37 2 39 86 55 8 18 4 .330 .419 .604 161 54.4 2.8 -2.9 6.4
2004 NYA 35 154 684 166 30 1 36 92 83 11 5 6 .290 .393 .534 144 39.0 -2.0 5.2 5.3
2005 NYA 36 154 675 170 27 0 34 78 76 8 10 2 .291 .379 .512 142 35.0 -1.8 -2.4 4.3
2006 NYA 37 39 166 45 5 0 6 13 16 1 5 1 .298 .355 .450 112 3.3 -0.6 -1.1 0.4
2007 DET 38 133 593 131 20 1 25 84 71 9 22 5 .265 .378 .462 125 21.4 3.4 -0.5 3.1
2008 DET 39 114 482 94 16 0 19 58 83 5 9 2 .225 .326 .400 103 2.7 1.1 0.0 0.9
2009 NYN 40 100 312 74 13 2 10 40 46 2 2 1 .276 .372 .451 104 2.4 0.9 -8.9 0.1
Career25761094726894672750914751171135253104.292.393.514141602.73.4-90.473.6

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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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1986 HEL Rk PIO 57 253 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 STO A+ CLF 129 570 .000 .000 .000 .276 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 MIL MLB AL 24 89 .256 .320 .389 .214 98 -0.4 2.3 1.1 100 14 -2.4 -0.3 0.1 0.1
1988 ELP AA TXS 77 343 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 DEN AAA AA 57 244 .000 .000 .000 .352 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 MIL MLB AL 95 405 .265 .324 .392 .258 98 -4.1 10.6 3.6 88 9 -4.6 0.8 -4.6 0.6
1989 DEN AAA AA 7 32 .000 .000 .000 .133 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 MIL MLB AL 125 547 .261 .327 .389 .299 98 14.6 14.7 2 115 9 -4.9 3.2 9.3 2.6
1991 MIL MLB AL 50 203 .260 .331 .404 .196 100 -5.6 5.5 0.3 83 13 -7.3 -0.5 -3.5 -0.6
1992 SDN MLB NL 146 618 .252 .311 .371 .308 103 46.4 16.0 2.2 155 10 11.3 0.1 40.2 7.6
1993 FLO MLB NL 72 275 .261 .319 .395 .301 100 12.8 7.9 1.1 124 9 -2.3 0.1 9.0 1.6
1993 SDN MLB NL 68 282 .263 .321 .396 .299 97 8.8 8.1 1.1 125 9 -3.1 0.9 9.5 1.7
1994 FLO MLB NL 87 384 .265 .327 .413 .248 106 20.1 11.7 -4.3 145 13 -6.3 1.7 23.9 2.6
1994 PME AA EAS 2 8 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 FLO MLB NL 63 274 .262 .325 .401 .344 101 28.5 8.2 -3 170 10 -2.5 2.9 25.2 3.0
1996 FLO MLB NL 161 677 .261 .325 .409 .290 99 77.4 20.9 -7.7 182 7 -16.6 -0.8 77.5 6.9
1997 FLO MLB NL 135 582 .261 .330 .407 .260 98 35 15.5 -6.4 139 7 0.9 1.9 31.7 4.3
1998 FLO MLB NL 40 166 .265 .331 .419 .267 98 9 4.3 -1.8 150 11 -1.5 -3.2 10.8 0.8
1998 LAN MLB NL 90 383 .263 .329 .420 .302 93 34.8 10.0 -4.2 150 11 -3.7 0.3 25.2 2.7
1999 LAN MLB NL 152 663 .269 .338 .429 .285 94 45.7 18.0 -5.1 144 11 -7.2 -2.9 42.9 4.3
2000 LAN MLB NL 141 612 .269 .341 .442 .305 106 54.2 19.3 -4.7 167 11 -14.3 -2.8 60.1 5.4
2001 LAN MLB NL 143 618 .261 .326 .425 .297 97 52.1 18.4 -4.5 159 10 -6.1 -1.1 49.7 5.5
2002 ATL MLB NL 135 579 .256 .324 .406 .301 99 36.8 16.7 -6.3 149 9 -9.1 -0.6 37.7 3.9
2003 ATL MLB NL 155 678 .265 .330 .424 .308 98 64 17.9 -7.4 161 7 -2.9 2.8 54.4 6.4
2004 NYA MLB AL 154 684 .265 .336 .425 .281 104 36.9 20.4 -8.2 144 7 5.2 -2.0 39.0 5.3
2005 NYA MLB AL 154 675 .266 .326 .426 .284 102 35.9 19.4 -8 142 7 -2.4 -1.8 35.0 4.3
2006 NYA MLB AL 39 166 .277 .345 .452 .300 105 1.2 5.0 -2.4 112 15 -1.1 -0.6 3.3 0.4
2006 TRN AA EAS 1 4 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 DET MLB AL 133 593 .268 .329 .418 .262 102 20.1 17.6 -10.7 125 10 -0.5 3.4 21.4 3.1
2008 DET MLB AL 114 482 .269 .334 .424 .237 106 -8.3 13.9 -8.6 103 10 0.0 1.1 2.7 0.9
2008 LAK A+ FSL 5 19 .274 .349 .382 .000 105 1.4 0.6 -0.4 152 0 0.0 0.1 0.8 0.1
2009 NYN MLB NL 100 312 .260 .328 .415 .299 96 7.7 9.0 -2.5 104 11 -8.9 0.9 2.4 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1986 HEL Rk PIO 253 222 53 81 12 2 15 142 71 20 14 14 4 .365 .423 .640 .275 1 1
1987 STO A+ CLF 570 469 84 130 23 3 17 210 103 81 48 25 15 .277 .388 .448 .171 6 6
1988 DEN AAA AA 244 212 42 73 9 5 9 119 54 21 22 8 4 .344 .414 .561 .217 1 1
1988 MIL MLB AL 89 80 12 19 1 0 4 32 12 7 7 3 1 .238 .295 .400 .163 1 1
1988 ELP AA TXS 343 296 70 93 19 3 19 175 65 35 41 5 4 .314 .388 .591 .277 4 4
1989 DEN AAA AA 32 29 3 4 1 1 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 .138 .188 .241 .103 1 1
1989 MIL MLB AL 405 368 34 91 18 0 5 124 32 27 33 10 6 .247 .303 .337 .090 3 3
1990 MIL MLB AL 547 487 67 143 30 1 10 205 67 44 41 25 10 .294 .350 .421 .127 9 4
1991 MIL MLB AL 203 175 25 34 12 2 2 56 22 19 15 5 5 .194 .277 .320 .126 5 1
1992 SDN MLB NL 618 557 87 184 34 3 33 323 100 48 40 5 6 .330 .385 .580 .250 7 0
1993 FLO MLB NL 275 236 33 69 8 3 10 113 37 29 34 12 4 .292 .378 .479 .186 4 0
1993 SDN MLB NL 282 258 34 76 12 2 10 122 36 18 30 5 1 .295 .344 .473 .178 3 0
1994 PME AA EAS 8 7 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 3 0 0 .286 .375 .429 .143 0 0
1994 FLO MLB NL 384 322 61 89 16 1 27 188 78 51 50 12 6 .276 .380 .584 .307 5 0
1995 FLO MLB NL 274 213 46 69 8 0 16 125 46 55 45 19 4 .324 .467 .587 .263 2 0
1996 FLO MLB NL 677 519 118 163 33 1 42 324 120 142 66 16 9 .314 .465 .624 .310 6 0
1997 FLO MLB NL 582 444 86 111 22 1 21 198 71 121 79 11 7 .250 .424 .446 .196 2 0
1998 FLO MLB NL 166 136 21 37 11 1 6 68 28 26 16 4 2 .272 .392 .500 .228 2 0
1998 LAN MLB NL 383 301 52 95 16 1 16 161 57 69 30 18 5 .316 .444 .535 .219 7 0
1999 LAN MLB NL 663 549 103 165 20 0 34 287 101 101 64 11 5 .301 .407 .523 .222 9 0
2000 LAN MLB NL 612 501 105 163 24 3 43 322 109 101 71 4 6 .325 .438 .643 .317 6 0
2001 LAN MLB NL 618 515 98 160 28 2 36 300 100 94 67 10 4 .311 .417 .583 .272 5 0
2002 ATL MLB NL 579 492 82 151 26 0 25 252 84 72 53 12 2 .307 .404 .512 .205 4 0
2003 ATL MLB NL 678 576 126 190 37 2 39 348 132 86 55 18 4 .330 .419 .604 .274 8 0
2004 NYA MLB AL 684 573 117 166 30 1 36 306 121 92 83 5 6 .290 .393 .534 .244 8 0
2005 NYA MLB AL 675 584 104 170 27 0 34 299 123 78 76 10 2 .291 .379 .512 .221 5 0
2006 NYA MLB AL 166 151 22 45 5 0 6 68 25 13 16 5 1 .298 .355 .450 .152 1 0
2006 TRN AA EAS 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 0 0
2007 DET MLB AL 593 494 107 131 20 1 25 228 75 84 71 22 5 .265 .378 .462 .196 6 0
2008 LAK A+ FSL 19 13 7 2 0 0 2 8 2 6 1 0 0 .154 .421 .615 .462 0 0
2008 DET MLB AL 482 418 52 94 16 0 19 167 57 58 83 9 2 .225 .326 .400 .175 1 0
2009 NYN MLB NL 312 268 44 74 13 2 10 121 43 40 46 2 1 .276 .372 .451 .175 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1892 0.4931 0.3985 0.8170 0.5498 0.2513 0.8635 0.7178 0.1830 -0.0053
2009 1247 0.4571 0.3689 0.8565 0.4982 0.2600 0.9014 0.7841 0.1435 0.0008
Career31390.47880.38670.83270.52930.25480.87860.74410.1673-0.0029

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
2009-10-01 2009-10-05 DTD 4 3 Low Back Soreness -
2009-09-24 2009-09-30 DTD 6 5 Low Back Soreness -
2009-08-29 2009-09-16 DTD 18 16 Low Back Strain -
2009-08-26 2009-08-28 DTD 2 2 Low Back Spasms -
2009-08-23 2009-08-23 DTD 0 0 Right Wrist Soreness -
2009-08-06 2009-08-10 DTD 4 4 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-07-18 2009-08-02 15-DL 15 14 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-06-22 2009-06-26 DTD 4 4 Right Knee Inflammation Bursa Sac -
2009-06-03 2009-06-04 DTD 1 0 Right Knee Soreness -
2009-05-20 2009-05-22 DTD 2 1 General Medical Illness Food Poisoning -
2008-09-04 2008-09-05 DTD 1 1 Shoulder Soreness -
2008-05-27 2008-06-24 15-DL 28 24 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2008-04-20 2008-04-25 DTD 5 5 Bilateral Shoulder Inflammation Cortisone Injection -
2008-04-11 2008-04-12 DTD 1 1 Left Fingers Soreness Tendon In Ring Finger -
2008-04-04 2008-04-06 DTD 2 2 Left Fingers Strain Tendon In Ring Finger -
2008-03-07 2008-03-11 Camp 4 0 Cramp -
2007-10-08 2007-10-08 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Loose Bodies 2007-10-08
2007-08-22 2007-09-06 15-DL 15 14 Right Shoulder Impingement -
2007-08-02 2007-08-08 DTD 6 5 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-07-25 2007-07-27 DTD 2 2 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2006-05-30 2006-09-18 60-DL 111 100 Left Wrist Surgery Dislocating Tendon and Torn Ligaments 2006-06-13
2006-05-06 2006-05-23 15-DL 17 16 Left Wrist Sprain -
2006-04-30 2006-05-04 DTD 4 3 Left Wrist Sprain Collision with Another Player -
2006-04-24 2006-04-25 DTD 1 0 Knee Contusion -
2005-09-08 2005-09-13 DTD 5 4 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-05-19 2005-05-20 DTD 1 0 Left Hand Inflammation -
2005-05-09 2005-05-09 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2005-03-08 2005-03-13 Camp 5 0 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2004-11-30 2004-11-30 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2004-11-30
2004-08-29 2004-08-31 DTD 2 1 Ankle Sprain -
2004-06-21 2004-06-26 DTD 5 3 Right Shoulder Inflammation Bursitis -
2004-06-06 2004-06-08 DTD 2 1 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2004-03-07 2004-03-12 Camp 5 0 Right Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2003-10-03 2003-10-03 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2001-05-24 2001-06-08 15-DL 15 13 Left Fingers Sprain Index Finger -
1998-08-31 1998-09-28 DTD 28 25 Left Ankle Sprain -
1997-05-14 1997-05-29 15-DL 15 11 Left Thumb Soreness - -
1995-06-11 1995-09-01 15-DL 82 74 Left Thumb Surgery Ulnar Collateral Ligament 1995-06-14 -
1994-05-28 1994-06-12 15-DL 15 14 Left Shoulder Inflammation -
1994-05-10 1994-05-25 15-DL 15 13 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
1991-07-25 1991-10-07 60-DL 74 68 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
1991-06-12 1991-07-03 15-DL 21 19 Left Wrist Strain Displaced Extensor Tendon - -
1989-07-14 1989-09-09 15-DL 57 55 Right Foot Fracture Sesmoid Bone - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 NYN $14,000,000
2008 DET $14,000,000
2007 DET $13,000,000
2006 NYA $13,000,000
2005 NYA $13,000,000
2004 NYA $13,000,000
2003 ATL $11,000,000
2002 ATL $9,916,667
2001 LAN $9,916,667
2000 LAN $9,916,667
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$120,750,001
10 yrTotal$120,750,001

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
21 y 31 dRufus Williams (prev himself, Scott Boras

Details
  • 2 years/$28M (2008-09). Signed two-year extension with Detroit as part of trade from NY Yankees 11/06. 07:$13M, 08:$14M, 09:$14M. $12.5M deferred at 3% interest ($4.5M in '07, $4M in '08, $4M in '09). Limited no-trade clause (may block deals to 10 clubs each season). Award bonuses. Released by Detroit 3/31/09. Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 4/4/09 (Mets pay $0.4M of 2009 salary, with Tigers responsible for $13.6M).
  • 3 years/$39M (2004-06), plus 2007 club option. Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/03. 04-06:$13M annually, 07:$13M club option. $4.5M annually deferred without interest. $3.3M non-termination bonus 6/05 (deferred without interest). Award bonus. NY Yankees exercised 2007 option 11/06, facilitating trade.
  • 6 years/$61M (1998-2003), plus 2004 club option. 98-02:$10M annually, 03:$11M, 04:$11M club option. Atlanta declined 2004 option 10/03.
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 1986 (1-6) (Hillsborough HS, Tampa, Fla.).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to give one name, which prospect do you think has the absolute highest ceiling?
(Drew from Arkansas)
I'll give you two - Buxton and Baez. Buxton has the Mike Trout starter kit. If he develops the power, he'll be among the best players in the game. Baez is a mess right now, but remember what he can do. What if Gary Sheffield had been able to remain a shortstop? That's Baez's ceiling. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Javier Baez... Give me a ceiling and a floor.
(Jordan from Vegas)
The ceiling is Gary Sheffield. The floor could be any powerful young player who fails to make adjustments at the major league level once the league sees him the first time around. That's the key. Baez is going to come up and amaze everyone for a little while because he's ridiculously talented. Then the league will get a book on him and pitch him differently. What happens from there will determine his future. If he adjusts back after the league adjusts to him, it's on. (Jeff Moore)
2013-12-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it safe to say that, assuming Baez has the better hit tool and Sano has the better power tool, that Baez may be less risky to reach his ceiling because you need the hit tool to tap into the power?
(Peter from Chicago)
I'd say that make-up will be the most important factor for reaching a ceiling. On that note, Baez seems to be maturing. I like Baez more than Sano because he's in a better spot on the defensive spectrum, he's got the hit tool, and he's not exactly a power slouch himself. He's a 75 if Sano is an 80. I've said this for a while now: I haven't seen hands as fast as Javy's since Gary Sheffield. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank the bat speed: Gary Sheffield, Rickie Weeks, Javier Baez?
(Matt from NJ)
That order looks good to me, but elite bat speed is elite bat speed. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)I appreciate WAR as a reflective statistic but how is it possible that a player like Vladimir Guererro falls so short in both career AND peak compared to HOF Right Fielders? Yes he was a hacker, but his career OBP is still .379 and OPS .931 with most of his home games in pitcher friendly parks. He was arguably the most feared hitter in the game for a 7 year period, leading the league in intentional walks yet he comes in below guys like Dwight Evans, Reggie Smith, Gary Sheffield and Bobby Bonds. Really?
(Scott from LA)
Vlad racked up his numbers in a much more offense-friendly era than the guys you mention (Sheffield excepted - and the two are side-by-side in the JAWS rankings), his defensive value was in the red, he had one really productive season after age 33, and doesn't have *anything* after his age 36 season. It's very tough to get into the Hall of Fame with a resume like that no matter what preceded it; ask Dale Murphy. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's your vote for this generation's Dick Allen? Skill- and attitude-wise, I guess.
(James from NY)
Gary Sheffield was a reasonable analogue for Allen, a guy who found controversy multiple times while bouncing from team to team. Milton Bradley is even more controversial, but he can't stay healthy and has been far more self-destructive than Allen ever was. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see any free agents with solid fantasy value out there? Jermaine Dye, Elijah Dukes, Pedro, am I forgetting somebody?
(dangor from New York)
John Smoltz, at least as a reliever, is somebody who can help if he's so inclined, though I guess he's content to go the broadcast route for the moment. A healthy Jarrod Washburn can certainly sponge up a useful number of innings. David Weathers is a handy reliever to have around even at his age. Carlos Delgado might still have something left once he recovers from hip surgery. Gary Sheffield is still a badass who can be a useful bench bat if so inclined, and Joe Crede can pick it at the hot corner if his back is right. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's the difference between a pitcher waiting until mid-season to sign and a position player waiting until mid-season to sign? Is it plausible for a guy like Sheffield to not start playing until June or July?
(John from NH)
I would say a hitter actually could do it easier than a pitcher. Baseball people will universally tell you that spring training is almost seven weeks long because the pitchers need time to get ready. Most position players tell me they are ready to go by no later three weeks, usually after two weeks. Hence, I'd have to say someone like Gary Sheffield could get ready quicker than someone like Pedro Martinez. (John Perrotto)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any free agents left unsigned who could be useful to contending teams?
(garethbluejays1 from Newcastle, UK)
I realize it's a well-kept secret that Johnny Damon is still looking for work. Beyond him, Russell Branyan, Rocco Baldelli, Joe Beimel, Carlos Delgado, Jermaine Dye, Pedro Martinez, Chan Ho Park, John Smoltz, Gary Sheffield and Jarrod Washburn all strike me as players who could help somebody win. Not necessarily by getting 500 PA worth of playing time, mind you, and maybe not getting enough playing time to satisfy their own estimations of their talent. Park can pitch out of my bullpen, but if he wants to start, fuggedaboutit. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What player do you think most increased his HOF chances in 2009? Pettitte, maybe? Thanks.
(collins from greenville nc)
Roy Halladay is one that comes to mind, particularly given all the scrutiny his eventual trade provoked and the fact that he winds up with a bigger-market team. Also Gary Sheffield, because in his strong comeback he topped the 500 homer club and probably bought himself another year, or at the very least erased the memory of an ignominious end in Detroit. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)How do scouts typically measure bat speed? Can they just tell or do they look for a hitter's ability to hit mid-90s heat on the inside or up in the zone?
(Dillon from Pasadena)
There's not some kind of timed measurement, but you are looking for barrel velocity as well as kind of a pop-time thing where you want to see how quick the bat flies into the hitting zone from the time one starts their swing. You're looking for warning signs like bat wrap, or hitches and triggers, but you also have to accept the fact that sometimes things just work for a guy. Julio Franco had an INSANE bat wrap, but you had no reason to fix it. Hunter Pence has a big ol' hitch, but it works, Gary Sheffield's waggle trigger -- you'd never teach it, but you'd never ask him to change it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Starts Jermey Reed at 1b and Daniel Murphy in LF and Gary Sheffield in RF (go get 'em Carlos!) as Ryan Church sits the bench. Starts Gary Sheffield in RF at bats him 4th. Omir Santos starts again! Sacrifice bunts with no one out and a runner on second IN THE FIRST INNING. Pinch hits for Daniel Murphy with Angel F. Pagan with the bases loaded and one out in the 8th inning down by two. These are all things Jerry Manuel did JUST LAST NIGHT. Was he this bad in Chicago? BTW- Mets didn't score in the first (or ever for that matter.) Pagan grounded into a double play. Sheffield went 0 for 4 and left 4 on base.
(Dave from NJ)
He was, and he will be. That the Mets were impressed with him was proof they didn't remember that this was what happened last time around: Manuel aced his interview, says all the right things in a conference room, and then handicapped his ballclub with his fascination with ways of insinuating himself into the ballgame. I know it means something to Mets fans if I label the man "Torborgian," but that's what you're working with, with a dash of braggadocio to spice things up a bit. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-10-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking back over 2008, what players do you think cemented their future HOF inductions? What players dented their chances?
(Mike from Texas)
I'm a big believer that his first 20-win season put Mike Mussina over the top. Walking away after doing so may be a statement-maker that plays well with the BBWAA electorate down the road, but I don't know that for sure.

On the other hand, Gary Sheffield looks pretty cooked, and while he'll get past 500 homers next year, he's not gonna go much higher than that, and it likely leaves him on the borderline before considering his rather unique collection of baggage. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, can you think of a way to politely let Jim Leyland know that Gary Sheffield has a fork sticking out of his shoulder and it's time to start giving Marcus Thames 80% of the at-bats at DH before it's too late?
(Randy from Ann Arbor, MI)
I think you're half right. I don't see a lot in Marcus Thames' career that says he can play against righthanders with any frequency. This is another spot for that guy we keep talking about--in fact, he'd probably have MORE pennant impact for the Tigers, all things considered, than for any other team, save possibly the Rays. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gary Sheffield will or will not revive this season?
(Corkedbat from Dallas)
Jump on the Marcus Thames bandwagon! I think even Leyland is drinking that delicious, power filled Kool Aid. A friend in my fantasy league has an away message he puts up occasionally, something along the lines of "Sheff, it's time to retire. Your bat speed already has." (Marc Normandin)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)JAWS questions! Rafael Palmeiro? (objectively) Gary Sheffield? (ditto) Omar Vizquel? My man Jorge Posada? (You knew it was coming...)
(DrDave from Alexandria VA)
Dr. Dave, glad you could stop by.

Very quickly, Palmeiro does have the numbers (138.4 career, 68.9 peak, 103.7 JAWS) versus a standard of 138.4/68.9/103.7 for HOF 1Bs.

Sheffield is in trouble in that given his injuries, he's not likely to add much to his numbers (117.2/63.5/90.4) which are a bit short of the Hall standard for RFs (125.0/68.7/96.8).

Vizquel I get asked about rather frequently. I covered this last year (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=332), and since then the distance between him (79.3 overall) and the SS standard (96.6) has actually increased.

Posada has the peak (80.4/62.6/71.5 versus a standard of 98.9/60.8/79.9) and if he can stay healthy I think he's got a shot. But as this year has already shown, staying healthy will present a major challenge as he approaches 40. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Tigers make bad deals or are the players just underperforming?
(tiger fan from MI)
Whatever winds up happening, the Cabrera deal was still way too attractive to them to pass up. I wasn't a fan of having anything to do with Jacque Jones at the time, but at least they've cut bait on that one pretty quickly. Really, the only transaction where I've strongly disagreed with the Tigers is signing Gary Sheffield to a three-year deal last winter. I'd rather have spent that money on a closer, and gotten a Matt Stairs type to play DH if you need one. But all of this is much easier to say in hindsight, and it's still way too early to be writing the Tigers' obituary for this season. (Nate Silver)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, I was recently talking to a friend about the most "feared" hitters who are not in the Hall of Fame. I know that term was really beaten into the ground this past winter when discussing Jim Rice but still, there are some hitters that strike fear into you--either as a fan or an opposing pitcher. Who was the best and/or "most feared" hitters, in your subjective opinoin (in order): Dave Parker, Dick Allen, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Rice, Gary Sheffield, Edgar Martinez or Albert Belle?
(AlexBelth from Bronx, NY)
Yo, Alex! All of the hitters you mention certainly had the fear factor going for them in their prime, but as you say, that's a subjective thing, and subjectivity isn't really the way to go when it comes to sorting them out.

Neither Rice nor Parker had the plate discipline to keep them on the level with the rest of this group, so I'd put the two of them towards the back. Martinez is probably the toughest out, but lacking a bit of raw power relative to the rest of them. I'd put him and Strawberry in the middle. That leaves Allen, Shef, and Belle. Having never seen the former, I'm not sure I can fully grasp the visceral experience of watching him hit, I can only go by the numbers, and his numbers, compiled in an era of lower offense, suggest he was the best. But I'd quake in my boots at facing any of those three. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Christina. Who holds the career record for just-foul-almost-HRs? Gary Sheffield?
(DaveKavanagh from Dublin, Ireland)
Good question... I have absolutely no idea, but remember Bill James writing about Steve Balboni in this department, but that was probably another bit of his understandable Royals-centrism back in the day. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-04-25 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is Sheffield headed for the Hall of Very Good? It doesn't seem like he's made many friends in the media over the years.
(Fred from Houston)
Are you kidding? If there's been one consistent facet of Sheffield's career, its that he'll talk to the media and is almost guaranteed to say something that will stir the pot and give the writer some high profile attention. Writers bash Barry Bonds for not cooperating. They don't bash Gary Sheffield for speaking his mind, however ill-considered his words may sometimes be.

From a JAWS standpoint, Sheffield came into the year at 117.2 WARP career, 63.5 peak, 90.4 JAWS, with the average HOF right fielder at 125.0/68.7/96.8. I think he'll be a close call, because right now its not at all clear he can stay healthy enough to pass 500 homers (he's at 481), and there will be some who will hold his involvement in BALCO against him. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven, Back in the 70s, if the Yanks were in a Rain Delay, Channel 11 would show episodes of The Odd Couple or some such. I miss those days ... don't you?
(dianagramr from NYC)
I'm not a big sitcom guy, but The Odd Couple could be very good at times. Channel 11 also introduced me to Star Trek and the Twilight Zone, and, at a much earlier age, the Lone Ranger, Batman, and Superman TV shows. Those last three were shown in a block when I came home from school...

...The Yankees have officially punted on today's game. It will be made up tomorrow night, weather permitting. We'll keep the party going here, because it's still opening day and the Tigers have scored a second run on Gary Sheffield's 1577th career RBI. Only 998 to go! (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Miguel Cabrera or Gary Sheffield in Detroit's 3 spot? How much of a difference would it make having one in the 3 spot over the other assuming the other hits in the 5 spot?
(Ben from Ohio)
I'd rather have Cabrera up there, because I don't think you can let him get too many at-bats with which to positively smoke pitches. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I heard that the Australian women's crew team canvassed their country for big, tall teenagers and invited them to train as rowers, with good success. Could a high school scout benefit from doing something similar? For example, ask any HS athlete to throw against a radar gun or to take some sort of reaction/visibility test. For all anyone knows, the next Billy Wagner or Gary Sheffield is playing wide receiver or point guard.
(havybeaks from Michigan)
Sounds a little Soviet to me, but yes. Dr. Michael Axe actually has a better system -- have kids throw a ball as far as they can. There's distances that are very good predictions about velocity. (Will Carroll)


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