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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
23 6023 .262 .356 .477 .282 18.6
Birth Date2-27-1968
Height5' 9"
Weight200 lbs
Age50 years, 6 months, 27 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
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
1992 MON 24 13 38 30 2 5 2 0 0 7 7 7 0 1 0 5 0 0 .167 .316 .233 .240 0.4 -0.4 -0.0
1993 MON 25 6 8 8 1 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .375 .375 .500 .279 0.4 -0.0 0.0
1995 BOS 27 39 95 88 8 23 7 1 1 35 4 14 1 1 1 17 0 1 .261 .298 .398 .223 -2.1 -2.9 -0.5
1996 OAK 28 61 158 137 21 38 5 1 10 75 19 23 1 1 0 23 1 1 .277 .367 .547 .307 11.4 4.2 1.5
1997 OAK 29 133 410 352 62 105 19 0 27 205 50 60 3 4 1 73 3 2 .298 .386 .582 .313 28.6 -6.6 2.2
1998 OAK 30 149 593 523 88 154 33 1 26 267 59 93 6 4 1 106 8 3 .294 .370 .511 .303 34.4 4.0 3.8
1999 OAK 31 146 623 531 94 137 26 3 38 283 89 124 2 1 0 102 2 7 .258 .366 .533 .297 36.4 -7.7 2.7
2000 OAK 32 143 562 476 74 108 26 0 21 197 78 122 1 6 1 81 5 2 .227 .333 .414 .256 4.1 -5.3 -0.1
2001 CHN 33 128 403 340 48 85 21 0 17 157 52 76 7 3 1 61 2 3 .250 .358 .462 .282 11.2 -3.5 0.8
2002 MIL 34 107 315 270 41 66 15 0 16 129 36 50 8 1 0 41 2 0 .244 .349 .478 .278 9.7 -1.6 0.8
2003 PIT 35 121 357 305 49 89 20 1 20 171 45 64 5 2 0 57 0 1 .292 .389 .561 .308 23.7 -8.7 1.5
2004 KCA 36 126 496 439 48 117 21 3 18 198 49 92 5 3 0 66 1 0 .267 .345 .451 .264 6.6 -2.9 0.4
2005 KCA 37 127 466 396 55 109 26 1 13 176 60 69 5 5 0 66 1 2 .275 .373 .444 .282 13.6 -1.5 1.2
2006 DET 38 14 44 41 5 10 3 0 2 19 3 12 0 0 0 8 0 0 .244 .295 .463 .230 -1.1 0.0 -0.1
2006 KCA 38 77 261 226 31 59 14 0 8 97 31 52 2 2 0 32 0 0 .261 .352 .429 .259 4.0 -0.3 0.4
2006 TEX 38 26 88 81 6 17 4 0 3 30 6 22 1 0 0 11 0 0 .210 .273 .370 .253 0.4 -0.1 0.0
2007 TOR 39 125 405 357 58 103 28 1 21 196 44 66 2 2 0 64 2 1 .289 .368 .549 .318 31.7 -3.5 2.8
2008 PHI 40 16 19 17 4 5 1 0 2 12 1 3 0 1 0 5 0 0 .294 .316 .706 .338 2.2 -0.1 0.2
2008 TOR 40 105 368 320 42 80 11 1 11 126 41 87 5 2 0 44 1 1 .250 .342 .394 .256 2.7 -2.3 0.0
2009 PHI 41 99 129 103 15 20 4 0 5 39 23 30 3 0 0 17 0 0 .194 .357 .379 .275 5.1 3.9 0.9
2010 SDN 42 78 111 99 14 23 6 0 6 47 11 32 0 1 0 16 2 0 .232 .306 .475 .286 6.1 -0.4 0.6
2011 WAS 43 56 74 65 4 10 1 0 0 11 9 23 0 0 0 2 0 0 .154 .257 .169 .179 -4.0 0.2 -0.4
Career18956023520477013662941326524817171122574058993024.262.356.477.282225.4-35.418.6

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 G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1989 ROK A 44 161 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 JAM A- 14 46 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .270 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 WPB A+ 36 122 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .215 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 WPB A+ 55 231 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .366 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 JAX AA 79 310 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 HAR AA 129 579 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .347 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 MON MLB 13 38 .240 .230 .298 .339 .241 .208 98 -0.7 1.0 -0.2 -0.4 0.3 0.4 -0.0 0.4 -0.0
1992 IND AAA 110 460 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 MON MLB 6 8 .279 .248 .315 .371 .246 .429 92 0.2 0.2 0 -0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
1993 OTT AAA 34 139 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 NBR AA 93 378 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 BOS MLB 39 95 .223 .283 .351 .446 .274 .297 104 -3.9 2.8 -0.7 -2.9 -0.4 -2.1 -0.5 -2.1 -0.5
1995 PAW AAA 75 305 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 OAK MLB 61 158 .307 .270 .338 .434 .261 .267 99 8.5 4.9 -1.6 4.2 -0.4 11.4 1.5 11.4 1.5
1996 EDM AAA 51 208 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .388 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 OAK MLB 133 410 .313 .269 .336 .426 .263 .290 102 23.8 11.3 -4.3 -6.6 -2.3 28.6 2.2 28.6 2.2
1998 OAK MLB 149 593 .303 .271 .337 .427 .264 .314 95 27.9 16.2 -10.5 4.0 0.8 34.4 3.8 34.4 3.8
1999 OAK MLB 146 623 .297 .274 .346 .436 .264 .268 97 27 17.4 -7.3 -7.7 -0.7 36.4 2.7 36.4 2.7
2000 OAK MLB 143 562 .256 .273 .347 .442 .265 .257 92 -2.5 15.9 -7.7 -5.3 -1.6 4.1 -0.1 4.1 -0.1
2001 CHN MLB 128 403 .282 .268 .332 .438 .262 .272 97 9.8 10.9 -6.5 -3.5 -2.9 11.2 0.8 11.2 0.8
2002 MIL MLB 107 315 .278 .255 .319 .403 .251 .244 100 5.9 8.0 -2.6 -1.6 -1.6 9.7 0.8 9.7 0.8
2003 PIT MLB 121 357 .308 .263 .331 .421 .260 .309 102 18.8 9.4 -4.3 -8.7 -0.3 23.7 1.5 23.7 1.5
2003 NAS AAA 7 27 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .071 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 KCA MLB 126 496 .264 .270 .337 .433 .262 .298 102 2.3 14.8 -6.9 -2.9 -3.7 6.6 0.4 6.6 0.4
2005 KCA MLB 127 466 .282 .268 .325 .423 .260 .301 104 11 13.4 -8 -1.5 -2.8 13.6 1.2 13.6 1.2
2006 DET MLB 14 44 .230 .281 .356 .455 .264 .296 111 -1.5 1.3 -0.9 0.0 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2006 KCA MLB 77 261 .259 .268 .328 .426 .253 .304 112 -0.4 7.9 -4.7 -0.3 1.3 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
2006 TEX MLB 26 88 .253 .274 .340 .434 .262 .250 106 -0.7 2.7 -1.6 -0.1 -0.1 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2007 TOR MLB 125 405 .318 .268 .333 .426 .262 .301 94 26 12.0 -4.9 -3.5 -1.4 31.7 2.8 31.7 2.8
2008 PHI MLB 16 19 .338 .256 .334 .407 .268 .231 96 1.6 0.5 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2008 TOR MLB 105 368 .256 .263 .331 .414 .259 .308 99 -1.6 10.6 -6.1 -2.3 -0.3 2.7 0.0 2.7 0.0
2009 PHI MLB 99 129 .275 .251 .329 .395 .262 .221 97 2 3.7 -0.5 3.9 -0.1 5.1 0.9 5.1 0.9
2010 SDN MLB 78 111 .286 .249 .316 .393 .262 .274 84 2.9 3.1 -0.5 -0.4 0.7 6.1 0.6 6.1 0.6
2011 WAS MLB 56 74 .179 .249 .313 .389 .257 .238 96 -5.9 2.0 -0.5 0.2 0.4 -4.0 -0.4 -4.0 -0.4

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
1989 JAM A- 46 8 11 1 0 1 5 3 5 1 2 .256 .304 .349 .093 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 ROK A 161 20 40 9 2 2 14 15 29 5 4 .284 .356 .418 .135 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 WPB A+ 122 12 21 3 1 1 9 9 18 0 0 .189 .248 .261 .072 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 JAX AA 310 26 71 17 0 3 34 22 43 5 3 .254 .315 .346 .093 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 WPB A+ 231 30 62 9 3 3 30 41 19 15 2 .339 .472 .470 .131 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 HAR AA 579 87 168 30 10 13 78 66 47 23 11 .333 .411 .509 .176 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 IND AAA 460 57 107 23 4 11 56 49 61 11 11 .267 .349 .426 .160 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 MON MLB 38 2 5 2 0 0 5 7 7 0 0 .167 .316 .233 .067 .240 0.4 -0.4 -0.0
1993 OTT AAA 139 18 35 4 2 3 20 11 15 4 1 .280 .345 .416 .136 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 MON MLB 8 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .375 .375 .500 .125 .279 0.4 -0.0 0.0
1994 NBR AA 378 44 98 25 2 9 61 53 38 10 7 .309 .413 .486 .177 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 PAW AAA 305 40 77 17 0 13 56 29 41 3 3 .284 .354 .491 .207 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 BOS MLB 95 8 23 7 1 1 17 4 14 0 1 .261 .298 .398 .136 .223 -2.1 -2.9 -0.5
1996 EDM AAA 208 35 62 16 1 8 41 21 34 0 0 .344 .411 .578 .233 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 OAK MLB 158 21 38 5 1 10 23 19 23 1 1 .277 .367 .547 .270 .307 11.4 4.2 1.5
1997 OAK MLB 410 62 105 19 0 27 73 50 60 3 2 .298 .386 .582 .284 .313 28.6 -6.6 2.2
1998 OAK MLB 593 88 154 33 1 26 106 59 93 8 3 .294 .370 .511 .216 .303 34.4 4.0 3.8
1999 OAK MLB 623 94 137 26 3 38 102 89 124 2 7 .258 .366 .533 .275 .297 36.4 -7.7 2.7
2000 OAK MLB 562 74 108 26 0 21 81 78 122 5 2 .227 .333 .414 .187 .256 4.1 -5.3 -0.1
2001 CHN MLB 403 48 85 21 0 17 61 52 76 2 3 .250 .358 .462 .212 .282 11.2 -3.5 0.8
2002 MIL MLB 315 41 66 15 0 16 41 36 50 2 0 .244 .349 .478 .233 .278 9.7 -1.6 0.8
2003 NAS AAA 27 4 3 0 0 2 3 7 2 0 0 .167 .444 .500 .333 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PIT MLB 357 49 89 20 1 20 57 45 64 0 1 .292 .389 .561 .269 .308 23.7 -8.7 1.5
2004 KCA MLB 496 48 117 21 3 18 66 49 92 1 0 .267 .345 .451 .185 .264 6.6 -2.9 0.4
2005 KCA MLB 466 55 109 26 1 13 66 60 69 1 2 .275 .373 .444 .169 .282 13.6 -1.5 1.2
2006 KCA MLB 261 31 59 14 0 8 32 31 52 0 0 .261 .352 .429 .168 .259 4.0 -0.3 0.4
2006 TEX MLB 88 6 17 4 0 3 11 6 22 0 0 .210 .273 .370 .160 .253 0.4 -0.1 0.0
2006 DET MLB 44 5 10 3 0 2 8 3 12 0 0 .244 .295 .463 .220 .230 -1.1 0.0 -0.1
2007 TOR MLB 405 58 103 28 1 21 64 44 66 2 1 .289 .368 .549 .261 .318 31.7 -3.5 2.8
2008 TOR MLB 368 42 80 11 1 11 44 41 87 1 1 .250 .342 .394 .144 .256 2.7 -2.3 0.0
2008 PHI MLB 19 4 5 1 0 2 5 1 3 0 0 .294 .316 .706 .412 .338 2.2 -0.1 0.2
2009 PHI MLB 129 15 20 4 0 5 17 23 30 0 0 .194 .357 .379 .184 .275 5.1 3.9 0.9
2010 SDN MLB 111 14 23 6 0 6 16 11 32 2 0 .232 .306 .475 .242 .286 6.1 -0.4 0.6
2011 WAS MLB 74 4 10 1 0 0 2 9 23 0 0 .154 .257 .169 .015 .179 -4.0 0.2 -0.4

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
2008 1471 0.4711 0.4426 0.7373 0.6378 0.2686 0.7986 0.6077 0.2627 679 -0.012686
2009 527 0.4611 0.3605 0.6895 0.5844 0.1690 0.7465 0.5208 0.3105 264 -0.009184
2010 468 0.4936 0.4338 0.7438 0.6147 0.2574 0.8239 0.5574 0.2562 209 -0.003522
2011 299 0.4381 0.4080 0.7213 0.5725 0.2798 0.8267 0.5532 0.2787 153 0.002346
Career27650.46940.42170.72760.61670.24890.7960.57670.2724463.4705-0.0088

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
2010-06-07 2010-07-01 15-DL 24 22 Right Knee Soreness -
2008-05-22 2008-05-25 DTD 3 3 Neck Tightness -
2008-03-27 2008-04-03 Camp 7 2 Hip Soreness -
2008-03-08 2008-03-08 Camp 0 0 Ankle Sprain -
2005-08-26 2005-08-29 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-08-10 2005-08-14 DTD 4 2 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2005-04-07 2005-04-09 DTD 2 2 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2004-08-07 2004-08-22 15-DL 15 13 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2004-03-18 2004-03-20 Camp 2 0 Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2003-08-03 2003-08-05 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2003-07-13 2003-07-13 DTD 0 0 Groin Strain -
2003-05-19 2003-06-10 15-DL 22 16 Right Fingers Sprain Slight Ligament Tear In Ring Finger -
2003-04-14 2003-04-15 DTD 1 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2002-05-16 2002-06-03 15-DL 18 16 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 WAS $850,000
2010 SDN $700,000
2009 PHI $1,625,000
2008 TOR $2,250,000
2007 TOR $850,000
2006 KCA $1,350,000
2005 KCA $1,200,000
2004 KCA $1,000,000
2003 PIT $900,000
2002 MIL $500,000
2001 CHN $3,200,000
2000 OAK $3,050,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$17,475,000
12 yrTotal$17,475,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
16 y 29 dBob Garber1 year/$0.85M (2011)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2011). Signed by Washington as a free agent 12/14/10 (minor-league contract). $0.85M salary in majors. Contract purchased by Washington 3/30/11. DFA by Washington 7/27/11. Released 8/1/11.
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2010). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 1/25/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by San Diego 4/4/10.
  • 2 years/$3.25M (2008-09). Re-signed by Toronto as a free agent 11/2/07. $1.25M signing bonus. 08:$1M, 09:$1M. Performance bonuses based on PAs. Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Toronto 8/28/08 after being claimed on trade waivers.
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2007). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/06 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Toronto 3/07.
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2006). Signed extension with Kansas City 9/05. Performance bonus: $50,000 for 400 PAs. Acquired by Texas in trade from Kansas City 7/06. Claimed by Detroit off waivers from Texas 9/06.
  • 1 year/$1.2M (2005). Signed extension with Kansas City 9/04.
  • 1 year/$1M (2004). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/03. Performance bonus: $0.1M for 375 PAs.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2003). Signed by Pittsburgh 12/02.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2002) (Milwaukee)
  • 1 year/$3.2M (2001) (Chicago Cubs)
  • signed 1989 as an amateur free agent

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DateQuestionAnswer
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the ever expanding bullpens around baseball (and short benches), it seems like defensive versatility is becoming much more important, and teams can't really carry a bat-only PH type any more, a la Matt Stairs. Is that right? Are teams really prioritizing that now in player development?
(Hail Theo from North Side)
I wrote about this w/r/t Carlos Quentin back in March: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=26010

I know the Cubs' player-dev team is now emphasizing versatility. I'm not sure any team is so concerned about it that they're about to start slowing down guys' offensive progression to make sure they learn a second position. (Matthew Trueblood)
2014-06-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Maybe a bit of a reach, but Schwarber sure seems like a nice lefty bat to go with Bryant's righty bat in the middle of the lineup. He's got both the hit tool and the power tool. If he's another Matt Stairs, it's a wasted opportunity, but if he can hit, that's a nice pick.
(Brad from Chicago)
You might be underselling Stairs here. I'm sure he's not their ideal outcome, but 17 WARP isn't anything to sneeze at (though it came over parts of 20 seasons so maybe achoo).

A quick aside: I wrote a piece for Sports on Earth about the best hitters against every team and Stairs, as it turned out, was one of the best hitters against the Rockies. He's a broadcaster for the Phillies now and they mentioned the piece on the broadcast. Even though I made slight fun of his physique, he laughed and took it in good fun. Therefore, I now love Matt Stairs. (Matthew Kory)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm basically Matt Stairs, right?
(Dan Vogelbach from Mashville)
What if you are Prince Fielder with a little less game power? (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just because I don't look like Carl Crawford doesn't really make a difference, does it? I can still hit like Matt Stairs.
(Jaff Decker from Lake Elsinore)
Yes. No. (Jason Parks)
2010-11-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which team grossly over pays a free agent after missing out on Werth/Dunn/Crawford, and who is the luck fourth man?
(John from DC)
Definitely Matt Stairs. Maybe Ordonez, though he could end up being a bargain.

Re: Beane, I meant to say "get the whole gang back TOGETHER," but I guess "there" was pretty close. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I felt old when I compiled this list in April. Tweleve 2010 MLB players were older than me. How many will be back next year? 1 Jamie Moyer -- Phillies --18-Nov-62 2 Tim Wakefield -- Red Sox --2-Aug-66 3 Omar Vizquel -- White Sox --24-Apr-67 4 Trevor Hoffman -- Brewers -- 13-Oct-67 5 Matt Stairs -- Padres -- 27-Feb-68 6 Brad Ausmus -- Dodgers -- 14-Apr-69 7 Arthur Rhodes -- Reds -- 24-Oct-69 8 Ken Griffey Jr. -- Mariners -- 21-Nov-69 9 Mariano Rivera-- Yankees -- 29-Nov-69 10 Takashi Saito -- Braves -- 14-Feb-70 11 Jim Edmonds -- Brewers -- 27-Jun-70 12 Mark Grudzielanek -- Indians -- 30-Jun-70
(ted from the cubicle)
Most of them, I think. Next year is Wakefield's last season though. Matt Stairs wants to come back for one more year, at least. Arthur Rhodes is a reliever, so he'll pitch until he can't. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Screw Zeppelin. Forget the Stones, AC/DC, even Radiohead, Oasis, Clapton, everyone. We are Nickelback. We. Are. Nickelback.
(Nickelback from Musical Olympus)
I feel like Matt Stairs is ashamed to be from the same country as Nickelback. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wouldn't a change in coaches/team have to factor in a player coming from nowhere? Matt Stairs, Jeff Kent, Ryan Ludwick, Joes Batista all went from one team to another. Not only do they get playing time but a new coach that could correct a defect.
(Bob from DC)
It's tough to measure that sort of thing, but it's something to look out for when it does happen. Ludwick had the benefit of being healthy as well. Bautista actually started hitting for more power before he went to Toronto--had a huge September in 2009. Coaches tend to get too much or too little credit it seems. There are times where they definitely make a difference with a player though. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Geovany Soto lost 40 pounds. Matt Stairs is in the best shape of his life. Even Charlie Manuel is making waves with weight loss. So which BPer is coming into the season in the best shape of his life?
(Mike from Chicago)
Having seen many recently for book tour stuff or the winter meetings in December, nobody really stands out. I remain a fat man of rock. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)So I read that Geovany Soto lost 40 lbs in the off-season. So did Matt Stairs. Is Jenny Craig the new steroids?
(Zeus from Olympus)
I dunno, you're the king of the gods, you tell me. After what Charlie Manuel did on Nutrisystem, though, I have to think that's the diet method of choice. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Jack Cust make any sense for the Mets? What would be Oakland's asking price, maybe Daniel Murphy in a straight swap?
(Robin from NJ)
I have no idea why the Mets would want Jack Cust. He can't play the outfield, the NL doesn't have a DH, and unless they were going to use him in a Matt Stairs with the Phillies type of role, it makes no sense. And even if they did want him to be their Stairs, there are plenty of freely available guys like Andy Tracy who could do the same thing without expensing much. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-23 16:00:00 (link to chat)How does Torre not pinch hit Thome for Martin? Defend this decision in 10,000 words or less.
(aaronbailey52 from Alaska)
I can't, and that's without even adding in my disgust for Russell Martin over the last two seasons, but that's a story for another day. You get Jim Thome for that specific situation. Do you think the Phillies traded for Matt Stairs to let Pedro Feliz hit in a spot like that? Even if the Phillies counter with Eyre, I'll trust Thome against Eyre more than Martin vs Madson any day of the week. It was just a very poor decision and an example of planning ahead at the expense of the present moment. (Eric Seidman)
2009-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which current MLB hitter would get the fewest # of wins in our scenario? John MacDonald? Matt Stairs?
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
Bengie Molina. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)Hey CK! Just counting down hours until my flight up to Oakland for Opening Night. So far this season, A's hitters seem to really be focusing on going up the middle and to the opposite field. Is this early-season noise, or a product of new hitting coach Jim Skaalen?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
Hope you have a great time at the ballpark; I know it's not really the same thing now that the Coliseum's been mauled beyond recognition, but I sort of feel about the A's home park the way some Mets fans feel about Shea--sure, it's a pit, but it's *our* pit.

I don't think we can put this on Skaalen just yet; this isn't quite like Rick Burleson jumping on Mark McGwire to hit singles to right, and getting the single worst season of Mac's career for his troubles. It's important to keep in mind the talent that's on this year's roster, never mind that we don't have Emil Brown to kick around any more. Adding hitters like Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra gives you a lineup with people who put the ball in play a lot more often than those of us who still treasure the memories of watching Olmedo Saenz or Matt Stairs or Ben Grieve (at his best) taking their cuts. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can we start calling matt stairs, Matt the Hitter?
(Tony from Albuquerque)
Matt Stairs, Professional Hitter. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Nationals have many, many problems, but one seems to be Lenny Harris, whose biggest accomplishment as hitting coach seems to be convincing Wily Mo Pena that a low average without power is preferable to a low average with power. Obviously, there are calls for Lenny to be kicked to the curb, like, now. What's your take on how influential/positive/negative a force a hitting coach can be?
(Shaved Youppi Lincoln Freak from DC)
I will always take questions from "Shaved Youppi Lincoln Freak." I LOVE that. Please come out the next time I'm in DC doing a signing at Politics & Prose - the first coffee is on me. The impact of hitting coaches varies by club and situation, but clearly they can be quite influential, as a generation of Royals and White Sox doing helicopter swings will attest (have those completely vanished from the game now?). We also see Mickey Hatcher with the Angels, who was a low OBP contact hitter who seems to train a lot of low-OBP contact hitters. Just yesterday, Matt Stairs was criticizing the departing hitting coach of the Jays. I don't think the coach can ever shoulder the full blame for a team's problems, but he hasn't helped and a change might be beneficial. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-02 12:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Stairs: first-ballot hall-of-famer, or will they make him sweat an extra year?
(Matt from Mt. Albert, Ontario)
As a person, Stairsy a first-ballot Hall of Famer as he's one of my favorites. As a player, well ... (John Perrotto)
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)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)So at what point do the nay-sayers admit that Jack Cust is "for real" and that he should have gotten a shot years ago?
(Alex from SF, CA)
Good question, Alex, in part because there's still a body of opinion that says he's a one-year wonder (our own Kevin Goldstein, for one), and another that feels he's as much of an outfielder as Kevin Reimer ever was, and a third that thinks he'll be able to do this for another year or two, tops, but that his window's already closing. All of that said, I'd lean towards that latter school; he's more Russell Branyan than Matt Stairs, but he certainly isn't Jim Traber. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please settle an argument for me. Based on their pure hitting abilty and nothing else, Travis Snider's ceiling is as good as Jay Bruce's. True or false? Thanks!
(Ken from Albany)
False. Snider's build leaves his power potential a little behind Bruce. Snider is really built like Matt Stairs, and while his potential is certainly higher than that, it's a frame that is limiting. Jay Bruce is the top guy in the minor leagues, though, and there really aren't many more that Snider's offensive ceiling comes behind. (Bryan Smith)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveNo. Jack Cust is the poor man's Matt Stairs. Matt Stairs is the poor man's Hank Sauer. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FivePop quiz: Matt Stairs is the poor man's [blank]. (Dan Malkiel)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveWas that Matt Stairs sitting in the bullpen?

"Get out the tape measure." Or, we could use this newfangled FoxTrax+ that uses something called "radar." I hope we can get those guys back. It was a good interview that my hard drive decided to eat ... (Will Carroll)
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game OneThe fact that it was Matt Stairs who hit the big home run against the Dodgers in Game Four significantly lessens the pain of that blow. I'm happy to see him in the Series. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game Four"Mike (Chicago): So is tonight the night Brad Lidge turns human? Be a shame to waste the Matt Stairs homerun. forget I said anything... "

Mostly doing that because I'm curious about how many people will be on PHI-->ORD flights tomorrow morning should it happen...
(Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourMatt Stairs is cool. I once joked after he strained a calf that "Matt Stairs has muscles?" and he sent me a picture of his calves.

And the video screen at Dodger looks like an iPhone. (Will Carroll)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourWell, Weaver was in that game because Torre had more lefty relievers than the Marlins had left-handed hitters. Not that I'm still bitter about his roster construction that year...

I can't say it any better than you did, though--Torre has struggled with his bullpen whenever it hasn't been push-button.

Just as a fan, I'm thrilled. I love Matt Stairs. Love him. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourMatt Stairs' career is really a good story. And the story just got a lot better. Wow. (David Laurila)
 

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