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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
21 12046 .288 .371 .515 .298 59.7
Birth Date9-24-1964
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
Age53 years, 4 months, 30 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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
1986 CHN 21 22 78 73 9 18 4 0 3 31 4 6 1 0 0 12 1 1 .247 .295 .425 .229 -0.9 3.4 0.3
1987 CHN 22 84 244 221 32 61 15 1 14 120 20 26 1 2 0 30 2 2 .276 .336 .543 .296 11.1 -1.8 0.9
1988 CHN 23 152 629 580 75 178 41 5 8 253 38 34 3 6 2 53 12 2 .307 .349 .436 .281 25.1 -1.3 2.6
1989 TEX 24 156 632 559 76 154 23 4 8 209 63 48 6 2 2 64 4 3 .275 .354 .374 .268 6.3 8.1 1.6
1990 TEX 25 154 651 598 72 191 35 6 14 280 40 59 3 8 2 89 3 3 .319 .361 .468 .290 26.1 5.2 3.3
1991 TEX 26 159 714 631 115 203 49 3 26 336 68 72 6 7 2 88 4 3 .322 .389 .532 .325 51.4 -2.2 5.2
1992 TEX 27 159 701 608 84 163 27 4 22 264 72 83 10 6 5 85 2 3 .268 .352 .434 .295 31.3 12.1 4.8
1993 TEX 28 160 686 597 124 176 40 2 37 331 73 85 5 9 2 105 22 3 .295 .371 .554 .313 44.4 4.0 4.9
1994 BAL 29 111 498 436 82 139 32 0 23 240 54 63 2 6 0 76 7 3 .319 .392 .550 .309 35.6 2.9 3.7
1995 BAL 30 143 624 554 89 172 30 2 39 323 62 65 3 5 0 104 3 1 .310 .380 .583 .319 46.1 7.5 5.2
1996 BAL 31 162 732 626 110 181 40 2 39 342 95 96 3 8 0 142 8 0 .289 .381 .546 .307 47.6 -10.2 3.5
1997 BAL 32 158 692 614 95 156 24 2 38 298 67 109 5 6 0 110 5 2 .254 .329 .485 .275 17.5 -1.8 1.5
1998 BAL 33 162 709 619 98 183 36 1 43 350 79 91 7 4 0 121 11 7 .296 .379 .565 .318 50.9 -2.6 4.7
1999 TEX 34 158 674 565 96 183 30 1 47 356 97 69 3 9 0 148 2 4 .324 .420 .630 .324 48.8 -3.2 4.3
2000 TEX 35 158 678 565 102 163 29 3 39 315 103 77 3 7 0 120 2 1 .288 .397 .558 .294 31.3 -7.4 2.2
2001 TEX 36 160 714 600 98 164 33 0 47 338 101 90 7 6 0 123 1 1 .273 .381 .563 .309 40.3 -0.6 3.9
2002 TEX 37 155 663 546 99 149 34 0 43 312 104 94 6 7 0 105 2 0 .273 .391 .571 .309 37.9 1.7 4.0
2003 TEX 38 154 654 561 92 146 21 2 38 285 84 77 5 4 0 112 2 0 .260 .359 .508 .286 20.2 5.4 2.5
2004 BAL 39 154 651 550 68 142 29 0 23 240 86 61 6 9 0 88 2 1 .258 .359 .436 .268 9.5 -4.4 0.5
2005 BAL 40 110 422 369 47 98 13 0 18 165 43 43 2 8 0 60 2 0 .266 .339 .447 .278 9.5 -10.6 -0.1
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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 G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1985 PEO A 73 315 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 CHN MLB 22 78 .229 .254 .318 .376 .254 .234 109 -2.5 2.2 -0.5 3.4 0.0 -0.9 0.3 -0.9 0.3
1986 PTS AA 140 579 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 CHN MLB 84 244 .296 .253 .315 .389 .249 .257 105 9.6 7.2 -2.3 -1.8 -3.4 11.1 0.9 11.1 0.9
1987 IOW AAA 57 244 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 CHN MLB 152 629 .281 .250 .308 .365 .255 .312 103 12.6 16.5 -4.1 -1.3 0.1 25.1 2.6 25.1 2.6
1989 TEX MLB 156 632 .268 .264 .325 .388 .266 .289 102 4.9 16.5 -10.5 8.1 -4.5 6.3 1.6 6.3 1.6
1990 TEX MLB 154 651 .290 .259 .325 .389 .262 .332 102 19.1 17.5 -11.2 5.2 0.6 26.1 3.3 26.1 3.3
1991 TEX MLB 159 714 .325 .265 .330 .402 .268 .328 100 46.1 19.3 -12.3 -2.2 -1.7 51.4 5.2 51.4 5.2
1992 TEX MLB 159 701 .295 .260 .326 .388 .265 .277 100 23.8 18.2 -11.6 12.1 0.9 31.3 4.8 31.3 4.8
1993 TEX MLB 160 686 .313 .268 .334 .413 .264 .287 99 39.2 19.7 -12.6 4.0 -1.9 44.4 4.9 44.4 4.9
1994 BAL MLB 111 498 .309 .276 .348 .439 .270 .326 99 27.4 15.1 -9.7 2.9 2.7 35.6 3.7 35.6 3.7
1995 BAL MLB 143 624 .319 .271 .342 .428 .267 .292 100 41.1 18.7 -12 7.5 -1.7 46.1 5.2 46.1 5.2
1996 BAL MLB 162 732 .307 .275 .347 .441 .268 .285 98 40 22.6 -14.5 -10.2 -0.5 47.6 3.5 47.6 3.5
1997 BAL MLB 158 692 .275 .272 .341 .427 .266 .249 94 11.4 19.1 -13.1 -1.8 0.0 17.5 1.5 17.5 1.5
1998 BAL MLB 162 709 .318 .270 .338 .429 .266 .286 95 45.4 19.3 -13.5 -2.6 -0.3 50.9 4.7 50.9 4.7
1999 TEX MLB 158 674 .324 .276 .349 .444 .267 .297 104 50.3 18.8 -13.5 -3.2 -6.8 48.8 4.3 48.8 4.3
2000 TEX MLB 158 678 .294 .269 .338 .430 .258 .272 101 27.6 19.2 -13.6 -7.4 -1.8 31.3 2.2 31.3 2.2
2001 TEX MLB 160 714 .309 .262 .327 .424 .259 .249 104 38 19.5 -13.6 -0.6 -3.6 40.3 3.9 40.3 3.9
2002 TEX MLB 155 663 .309 .261 .325 .418 .262 .255 108 34.3 17.7 -12.2 1.7 -2.0 37.9 4.0 37.9 4.0
2003 TEX MLB 154 654 .286 .260 .324 .415 .257 .240 108 18.5 17.8 -12.3 5.4 -3.8 20.2 2.5 20.2 2.5
2004 BAL MLB 154 651 .268 .269 .335 .434 .260 .251 105 5.9 19.4 -12.3 -4.4 -3.4 9.5 0.5 9.5 0.5
2005 BAL MLB 110 422 .278 .268 .330 .425 .262 .253 102 7.9 12.1 -7.7 -10.6 -2.8 9.5 -0.1 9.5 -0.1

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
1985 PEO A 315 34 83 22 4 5 51 31 34 9 3 .297 .371 .459 .161 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 CHN MLB 78 9 18 4 0 3 12 4 6 1 1 .247 .295 .425 .178 .229 -0.9 3.4 0.3
1986 PTS AA 579 66 156 29 2 12 95 54 32 15 7 .306 .375 .442 .136 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 IOW AAA 244 36 64 14 3 11 41 22 22 4 3 .299 .371 .547 .248 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 CHN MLB 244 32 61 15 1 14 30 20 26 2 2 .276 .336 .543 .267 .296 11.1 -1.8 0.9
1988 CHN MLB 629 75 178 41 5 8 53 38 34 12 2 .307 .349 .436 .129 .281 25.1 -1.3 2.6
1989 TEX MLB 632 76 154 23 4 8 64 63 48 4 3 .275 .354 .374 .098 .268 6.3 8.1 1.6
1990 TEX MLB 651 72 191 35 6 14 89 40 59 3 3 .319 .361 .468 .149 .290 26.1 5.2 3.3
1991 TEX MLB 714 115 203 49 3 26 88 68 72 4 3 .322 .389 .532 .211 .325 51.4 -2.2 5.2
1992 TEX MLB 701 84 163 27 4 22 85 72 83 2 3 .268 .352 .434 .166 .295 31.3 12.1 4.8
1993 TEX MLB 686 124 176 40 2 37 105 73 85 22 3 .295 .371 .554 .260 .313 44.4 4.0 4.9
1994 BAL MLB 498 82 139 32 0 23 76 54 63 7 3 .319 .392 .550 .232 .309 35.6 2.9 3.7
1995 BAL MLB 624 89 172 30 2 39 104 62 65 3 1 .310 .380 .583 .273 .319 46.1 7.5 5.2
1996 BAL MLB 732 110 181 40 2 39 142 95 96 8 0 .289 .381 .546 .257 .307 47.6 -10.2 3.5
1997 BAL MLB 692 95 156 24 2 38 110 67 109 5 2 .254 .329 .485 .231 .275 17.5 -1.8 1.5
1998 BAL MLB 709 98 183 36 1 43 121 79 91 11 7 .296 .379 .565 .270 .318 50.9 -2.6 4.7
1999 TEX MLB 674 96 183 30 1 47 148 97 69 2 4 .324 .420 .630 .306 .324 48.8 -3.2 4.3
2000 TEX MLB 678 102 163 29 3 39 120 103 77 2 1 .288 .397 .558 .269 .294 31.3 -7.4 2.2
2001 TEX MLB 714 98 164 33 0 47 123 101 90 1 1 .273 .381 .563 .290 .309 40.3 -0.6 3.9
2002 TEX MLB 663 99 149 34 0 43 105 104 94 2 0 .273 .391 .571 .299 .309 37.9 1.7 4.0
2003 TEX MLB 654 92 146 21 2 38 112 84 77 2 0 .260 .359 .508 .248 .286 20.2 5.4 2.5
2004 BAL MLB 651 68 142 29 0 23 88 86 61 2 1 .258 .359 .436 .178 .268 9.5 -4.4 0.5
2005 BAL MLB 422 47 98 13 0 18 60 43 43 2 0 .266 .339 .447 .182 .278 9.5 -10.6 -0.1

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT

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

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2005 BAL $3,000,000
2004 BAL $4,000,000
2003 TEX $9,000,000
2002 TEX $8,712,986
2001 TEX $9,000,000
2000 TEX $8,620,921
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$42,333,907
6 yrTotal$42,333,907

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
17 y 139 dSFX1 year/$3M (2005)

Details
  • 1 year/$3M (2005). Re-signed by Baltimore 10/04.
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2004), plus 2005 option. Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 1/04. 04:$4M, 05:$4.5M club option, $0.5M buyout. 2005 option guaranteed with 140 games at 1B in 2004.
  • 5 years/$45M (1999-03). Signed by Texas as a free agent. No-trade protection.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-10-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Care to explain how on earth JJ Hardy won the Gold Glove over Yunel Escobar. Did personality issues serve as part of the award criteria?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Gold Glove awards. Man. That's a thing that doesn't measure what it is supposed to measure, huh? Was Escobar really the best shortstop in the American League? It's pretty certain Hardy wasn't. I'm guessing though that Hardy hit well last season and, well, you just can't beat logic like that so no need to go further.

I'd like to see a twitter meme created where people give gold glove awards to others when they do something badly, or in Rafael Palmeiro's case, not at all. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will this year be the rookie season of the greatest Cuban born player of all time? Is that too high of a mountain to climb? Or only a mountain too high to accurately see over?
(Paul from DC)
Out of curiosity, I used the Baseball-Reference Play Index to find the top 5 Cuban-born players by WAR.

1. Rafael Palmeiro 66.1
2. Luis Tiant 61.8
3. Tony Perez 50.1
4. Bert Campaneris 49.2
5. Minnie Minoso 47.5

That seems really ambitious for Gerardo Concepcion.

Unless you meant Puig. Then it's still really ambitious. (Zachary Levine)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the use of the Gold Glove awards if some of the voters factor in offensive prowess when deciding who gets the award at a certain position? I've noticed how some years that the best overall defensive player get passed over, due to fact that they hit below .300 and had single-digit HRs?
(jlarsen from chicago)
What's the use of any award? I don't know. Sometimes I think awards exist solely for the purpose of generating arguments, but Rafael Palmeiro might have a different opinion. (Geoff Young)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't think there's a single writer that believes Sosa's not guilty of PED use (despite only an anonymously leaked positive on a supposedly anonymous test), I doubt he scores well on JAWS or has anyone of note that will defend his candidacy in any way. So is it possible for 609 homeruns to be one and done on the ballot given his competition?
(Sammy Sosa from One and Done?)
I'd be surprised if he's one and done but I don't expect him to get much more support than, say, Rafael Palmeiro. 10-15 percent range, and disappearing in a few years. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
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)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)So if the pitchers are an underwhelming lot, which interesting position players will we be talking about in one year?
(Grant from Nashville)
The top new position playing candidates are Jeff Bagwell, Rafael Palmeiro, John Olerud and Larry Walker. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-12-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rafael Palmeiro is most likely going to fall short even with the magic 3000, albeit for other reasons. Do you think, eventually, most of these players (McGwire, Sosa, Palmeiro) that are going to be PED excluded will eventually get in the VC way? Or will the writers come to their senses before the 15 years are up? Or are we going to be cursed with a HOF absent some top hitters?
(John from Des Plaines)
That's a tremendous question, and I don't really know the answer. It appears that the BBWAA writers are going to carry a grudge for quite some time on this matter, and it's wrapped up with their own culpability, and if you ask the players on the VC, "cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater!" is about as nuanced as the argument gets.

Ask me again in 20 years. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)Joe, you and Keith Law agree about the All Star Game that it should have "stars" who produced more in the past than players having great years like Ryan Ludwick. I simply don't understand how forward thinkers can believe this. How do you justify rewarding the entrenched old boys on reputation over objective performance? It seems to me the same argument as the one that got Rafael Palmeiro a Gold Glove with only 28 games at first base, which I believe you have mocked. How can you justify it? Isn't it out of line with everything else BP stands for, which is generally merit over hype?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
You're confusing "objective performance" with "200 good at-bats." If Ryan Ludwick is now a .300/.400/.600 player, he'll make the 2009 All-Star team. If he's not--he's not--he won't. If you don't get that BP isn't about glorifying two months' worth of work, then you have absolutely no idea how to evaluate "merit over hype." (Joe Sheehan)
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)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Miguel Tejada's decline the last year or so, is it safe to say now that while he's had a really good career, he won't be a HOFer? Starting with the Larkin era , who of the recent and present shortstops do you now think makes the HOF?
(Dusty from Not Chicago!!!)
Right now I'd say Tejada's biggest problem isn't the decline of his skills but his presence in the Mitchell Report and his possible role in the Rafael Palmeiro situation, including the subsequent perjury investigation. Until we see the BBWAA voters give even one steroid-connected player a pass, all bets are off for the lot of 'em.

As for recent and present shortstops who are Hallworthy, the line starts with Alan Trammell. I don't have my JAWS spreadsheet open (I'm working the laptop for the moment to surmount my tech difficulties) but I do believe Larkin has a decent case. More recently, A-Rod is an obvious choice, as is Derek Jeter. Beyond that, and then Tejada, I think there's a pretty big gap until you get to the younger playes like Reyes and Rollins who are only starting to assemble their credentials. (Jay Jaffe)


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