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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
21 12046 .288 .371 .515 137 70.1
Birth Date9-24-1964
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
Age54 years, 2 months, 22 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
1986 CHN 21 22 78 18 4 0 3 4 6 1 1 1 .247 .295 .425 99 0.1 0.0 3.4 0.5
1987 CHN 22 84 244 61 15 1 14 20 26 1 2 2 .276 .336 .543 130 10.0 -3.4 -1.8 1.0
1988 CHN 23 152 629 178 41 5 8 38 34 3 12 2 .307 .349 .436 117 13.7 0.1 -1.3 2.7
1989 TEX 24 156 632 154 23 4 8 63 48 6 4 3 .275 .354 .374 110 8.6 -4.5 8.1 2.0
1990 TEX 25 154 651 191 35 6 14 40 59 3 3 3 .319 .361 .468 117 14.8 0.6 5.2 2.9
1991 TEX 26 159 714 203 49 3 26 68 72 6 4 3 .322 .389 .532 142 36.8 -1.7 -2.2 4.2
1992 TEX 27 159 701 163 27 4 22 72 83 10 2 3 .268 .352 .434 122 18.8 0.9 12.1 4.2
1993 TEX 28 160 686 176 40 2 37 73 85 5 22 3 .295 .371 .554 146 40.7 -1.9 4.0 5.1
1994 BAL 29 111 498 139 32 0 23 54 63 2 7 3 .319 .392 .550 135 24.3 2.7 2.9 3.4
1995 BAL 30 143 624 172 30 2 39 62 65 3 3 1 .310 .380 .583 152 44.0 -1.7 7.5 5.5
1996 BAL 31 162 732 181 40 2 39 95 96 3 8 0 .289 .381 .546 140 41.0 -0.5 -10.2 3.6
1997 BAL 32 158 692 156 24 2 38 67 109 5 5 2 .254 .329 .485 123 22.3 0.0 -1.8 2.6
1998 BAL 33 162 709 183 36 1 43 79 91 7 11 7 .296 .379 .565 147 45.4 -0.3 -2.6 4.7
1999 TEX 34 158 674 183 30 1 47 97 69 3 2 4 .324 .420 .630 165 62.2 -6.8 -3.2 5.4
2000 TEX 35 158 678 163 29 3 39 103 77 3 2 1 .288 .397 .558 146 45.8 -1.8 -7.2 4.1
2001 TEX 36 160 714 164 33 0 47 101 90 7 1 1 .273 .381 .563 156 54.4 -3.6 -0.5 5.7
2002 TEX 37 155 663 149 34 0 43 104 94 6 2 0 .273 .391 .571 161 52.1 -2.0 1.7 5.9
2003 TEX 38 154 654 146 21 2 38 84 77 5 2 0 .260 .359 .508 139 36.3 -3.8 5.3 4.3
2004 BAL 39 154 651 142 29 0 23 86 61 6 2 1 .258 .359 .436 117 18.1 -3.4 -4.3 1.7
2005 BAL 40 110 422 98 13 0 18 43 43 2 2 0 .266 .339 .447 121 13.6 -2.8 -10.7 0.5
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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 oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1985 PEO A 73 315 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 CHN MLB 22 78 .254 .318 .376 .234 109 -2.5 2.2 -0.5 99 15 3.4 0.0 0.1 0.5
1986 PTS AA 140 579 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 CHN MLB 84 244 .253 .315 .389 .257 105 9.6 7.2 -2.3 130 19 -1.8 -3.4 10.0 1.0
1987 IOW AAA 57 244 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 CHN MLB 152 629 .250 .308 .365 .313 103 12.6 16.5 -4.1 117 14 -1.3 0.1 13.7 2.7
1989 TEX MLB 156 632 .264 .325 .388 .289 102 4.9 16.5 -10.5 110 18 8.1 -4.5 8.6 2.0
1990 TEX MLB 154 651 .259 .325 .389 .332 102 19.1 17.5 -11.2 117 13 5.2 0.6 14.8 2.9
1991 TEX MLB 159 714 .265 .330 .402 .328 100 46.1 19.3 -12.3 142 10 -2.2 -1.7 36.8 4.2
1992 TEX MLB 159 701 .260 .326 .388 .277 100 23.8 18.2 -11.6 122 12 12.1 0.9 18.8 4.2
1993 TEX MLB 160 686 .268 .334 .413 .287 99 39.2 19.7 -12.6 146 9 4.0 -1.9 40.7 5.1
1994 BAL MLB 111 498 .276 .348 .439 .326 99 27.4 15.1 -9.7 135 11 2.9 2.7 24.3 3.4
1995 BAL MLB 143 624 .271 .342 .428 .292 100 41.1 18.7 -12 152 10 7.5 -1.7 44.0 5.5
1996 BAL MLB 162 732 .275 .347 .441 .285 98 40 22.6 -14.5 140 10 -10.2 -0.5 41.0 3.6
1997 BAL MLB 158 692 .272 .341 .427 .249 94 11.4 19.1 -13.1 123 11 -1.8 0.0 22.3 2.6
1998 BAL MLB 162 709 .270 .338 .429 .286 95 45.4 19.3 -13.5 147 11 -2.6 -0.3 45.4 4.7
1999 TEX MLB 158 674 .276 .349 .444 .297 104 50.3 18.8 -13.5 165 10 -3.2 -6.8 62.2 5.4
2000 TEX MLB 158 678 .269 .338 .430 .272 93 43.6 21.4 -13.6 146 12 -7.2 -1.8 45.8 4.1
2001 TEX MLB 160 714 .262 .327 .424 .249 104 40.2 21.3 -13.6 156 8 -0.5 -3.6 54.4 5.7
2002 TEX MLB 155 663 .261 .325 .418 .255 107 35.8 19.1 -12.2 161 9 1.7 -2.0 52.1 5.9
2003 TEX MLB 154 654 .260 .324 .415 .240 108 18.5 17.8 -12.3 139 12 5.3 -3.8 36.3 4.3
2004 BAL MLB 154 651 .269 .335 .434 .251 105 5.9 19.4 -12.3 117 11 -4.3 -3.4 18.1 1.7
2005 BAL MLB 110 422 .268 .330 .425 .253 102 7.9 12.1 -7.7 121 14 -10.7 -2.8 13.6 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1985 PEO A 315 279 34 83 22 4 5 128 51 31 34 9 3 .297 .371 .459 .161 1 1
1986 PTS AA 579 509 66 156 29 2 12 225 95 54 32 15 7 .306 .375 .442 .136 1 1
1986 CHN MLB 78 73 9 18 4 0 3 31 12 4 6 1 1 .247 .295 .425 .178 0 0
1987 CHN MLB 244 221 32 61 15 1 14 120 30 20 26 2 2 .276 .336 .543 .267 2 0
1987 IOW AAA 244 214 36 64 14 3 11 117 41 22 22 4 3 .299 .371 .547 .248 1 1
1988 CHN MLB 629 580 75 178 41 5 8 253 53 38 34 12 2 .307 .349 .436 .129 6 2
1989 TEX MLB 632 559 76 154 23 4 8 209 64 63 48 4 3 .275 .354 .374 .098 2 2
1990 TEX MLB 651 598 72 191 35 6 14 280 89 40 59 3 3 .319 .361 .468 .149 8 2
1991 TEX MLB 714 631 115 203 49 3 26 336 88 68 72 4 3 .322 .389 .532 .211 7 2
1992 TEX MLB 701 608 84 163 27 4 22 264 85 72 83 2 3 .268 .352 .434 .166 6 5
1993 TEX MLB 686 597 124 176 40 2 37 331 105 73 85 22 3 .295 .371 .554 .260 9 2
1994 BAL MLB 498 436 82 139 32 0 23 240 76 54 63 7 3 .319 .392 .550 .232 6 0
1995 BAL MLB 624 554 89 172 30 2 39 323 104 62 65 3 1 .310 .380 .583 .273 5 0
1996 BAL MLB 732 626 110 181 40 2 39 342 142 95 96 8 0 .289 .381 .546 .257 8 0
1997 BAL MLB 692 614 95 156 24 2 38 298 110 67 109 5 2 .254 .329 .485 .231 6 0
1998 BAL MLB 709 619 98 183 36 1 43 350 121 79 91 11 7 .296 .379 .565 .270 4 0
1999 TEX MLB 674 565 96 183 30 1 47 356 148 97 69 2 4 .324 .420 .630 .306 9 0
2000 TEX MLB 678 565 102 163 29 3 39 315 120 103 77 2 1 .288 .397 .558 .269 7 0
2001 TEX MLB 714 600 98 164 33 0 47 338 123 101 90 1 1 .273 .381 .563 .290 6 0
2002 TEX MLB 663 546 99 149 34 0 43 312 105 104 94 2 0 .273 .391 .571 .299 7 0
2003 TEX MLB 654 561 92 146 21 2 38 285 112 84 77 2 0 .260 .359 .508 .248 4 0
2004 BAL MLB 651 550 68 142 29 0 23 240 88 86 61 2 1 .258 .359 .436 .178 9 0
2005 BAL MLB 422 369 47 98 13 0 18 165 60 43 43 2 0 .266 .339 .447 .182 8 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

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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