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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
16 3708 .275 .349 .339 87 5.2
Birth Date9-22-1959
Height5' 9"
Weight160 lbs
Age60 years, 0 months, 26 days
BatsB
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
1980 NYN 20 27 110 30 1 1 0 11 14 1 2 3 .323 .396 .355 79 -2.4 -0.4 -3.4 -0.3
1981 NYN 21 26 42 10 2 0 0 4 7 0 1 0 .278 .350 .333 76 -1.1 0.3 -0.5 0.0
1982 NYN 22 96 312 71 13 2 3 49 47 0 8 7 .272 .387 .372 106 2.7 -1.9 3.7 1.3
1983 NYN 23 26 45 7 0 1 0 2 8 0 0 0 .167 .205 .214 64 -1.8 0.4 -1.6 -0.2
1984 NYN 24 128 499 122 19 2 1 56 63 0 32 9 .280 .360 .339 93 -2.4 5.3 -13.5 0.2
1985 NYN 25 145 574 142 24 5 1 36 72 1 30 12 .273 .320 .344 82 -10.4 2.4 -1.5 0.6
1986 NYN 26 124 440 124 18 2 1 36 32 0 13 7 .320 .376 .385 92 -3.4 0.5 8.2 1.8
1987 NYN 27 94 335 75 6 1 1 25 43 0 11 3 .250 .307 .287 70 -12.0 4.0 -1.0 0.0
1988 NYN 28 99 347 89 12 0 0 41 49 1 9 5 .303 .388 .344 93 -2.5 -0.2 1.5 0.8
1989 MIN 29 87 337 69 9 2 1 32 45 1 1 1 .231 .306 .284 73 -9.6 -2.6 -1.5 -0.6
1990 PIT 30 104 361 92 21 3 2 42 53 1 6 3 .292 .374 .397 98 -0.5 4.0 -3.0 1.2
1991 PHI 31 94 220 45 12 0 0 30 30 0 3 2 .243 .344 .308 90 -2.1 1.8 -2.2 0.4
1992 PHI 32 42 55 13 1 0 0 6 9 0 1 0 .271 .352 .292 85 -0.8 -0.2 0.3 0.1
1993 SEA 33 10 31 4 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 0 .138 .167 .138 57 -1.5 -0.5 -0.4 -0.2
Career110237088931381910371480511752.275.349.33987-47.913.0-14.95.2

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
1978 LYN A+ CRL 132 581 .000 .000 .000 .367 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 JAC AA TXS 110 448 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 NYN MLB NL 27 110 .256 .316 .366 .375 100 0.8 3.0 0.3 79 14 -3.4 -0.4 -2.4 -0.3
1980 TID AAA INT 125 498 .000 .000 .000 .342 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 NYN MLB NL 26 42 .257 .317 .362 .345 100 2.2 1.1 0 76 17 -0.5 0.3 -1.1 0.0
1981 TID AAA INT 21 70 .000 .000 .000 .173 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 NYN MLB NL 96 312 .259 .316 .378 .322 100 6.5 8.4 -0.3 106 8 3.7 -1.9 2.7 1.3
1983 NYN MLB NL 26 45 .252 .319 .366 .206 97 -5.4 1.2 0 64 13 -1.6 0.4 -1.8 -0.2
1983 TID AAA INT 101 431 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 NYN MLB NL 128 499 .254 .313 .369 .324 95 -2.3 13.4 -0.4 93 9 -13.5 5.3 -2.4 0.2
1985 NYN MLB NL 145 574 .255 .318 .378 .313 93 -1.9 15.7 -0.7 82 11 -1.5 2.4 -10.4 0.6
1986 NYN MLB NL 124 440 .252 .318 .383 .345 97 7.8 12.2 -0.5 92 7 8.2 0.5 -3.4 1.8
1987 NYN MLB NL 94 335 .259 .323 .406 .288 95 -10.5 9.9 -0.4 70 9 -1.0 4.0 -12.0 0.0
1988 NYN MLB NL 99 347 .249 .309 .366 .360 94 10.6 9.1 -0.4 93 13 1.5 -0.2 -2.5 0.8
1989 MIN MLB AL 87 337 .263 .326 .386 .268 105 -12.3 8.8 -0.4 73 10 -1.5 -2.6 -9.6 -0.6
1990 PIT MLB NL 104 361 .258 .318 .384 .342 98 10.6 9.7 1 98 15 -3.0 4.0 -0.5 1.2
1991 PHI MLB NL 94 220 .250 .308 .374 .285 99 0 6.0 0.1 90 10 -2.2 1.8 -2.1 0.4
1992 PHI MLB NL 42 55 .242 .301 .343 .333 100 -1.1 1.4 0 85 15 0.3 -0.2 -0.8 0.1
1993 SEA MLB AL 10 31 .281 .342 .429 .190 100 -2.5 0.9 0.1 57 18 -0.4 -0.5 -1.5 -0.2

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
1978 LYN A+ CRL 581 494 86 149 19 9 3 195 38 74 99 42 17 .302 .394 .395 .093 6 6
1979 JAC AA TXS 448 404 63 114 11 5 2 141 19 35 50 23 5 .282 .345 .349 .067 3 3
1980 TID AAA INT 498 400 53 117 15 5 1 145 51 87 67 11 7 .293 .413 .363 .070 7 7
1980 NYN MLB NL 110 93 12 30 1 1 0 33 9 11 14 2 3 .323 .396 .355 .032 1 4
1981 TID AAA INT 70 59 6 9 3 1 0 14 6 10 8 2 2 .153 .271 .237 .085 1 1
1981 NYN MLB NL 42 36 5 10 2 0 0 12 0 4 7 1 0 .278 .350 .333 .056 0 2
1982 NYN MLB NL 312 261 37 71 13 2 3 97 22 49 47 8 7 .272 .387 .372 .100 0 2
1983 NYN MLB NL 45 42 6 7 0 1 0 9 3 2 8 0 0 .167 .205 .214 .048 0 1
1983 TID AAA INT 431 361 69 114 11 3 1 134 28 68 47 37 15 .316 .424 .371 .055 0 0
1984 NYN MLB NL 499 436 68 122 19 2 1 148 26 56 63 32 9 .280 .360 .339 .060 2 5
1985 NYN MLB NL 574 520 77 142 24 5 1 179 38 36 72 30 12 .273 .320 .344 .071 3 14
1986 NYN MLB NL 440 387 67 124 18 2 1 149 27 36 32 13 7 .320 .376 .385 .065 3 14
1987 NYN MLB NL 335 300 43 75 6 1 1 86 23 25 43 11 3 .250 .307 .287 .037 1 9
1988 NYN MLB NL 347 294 44 89 12 0 0 101 17 41 49 9 5 .303 .388 .344 .041 2 9
1989 MIN MLB AL 337 299 33 69 9 2 1 85 26 32 45 1 1 .231 .306 .284 .054 1 4
1990 PIT MLB NL 361 315 62 92 21 3 2 125 28 42 53 6 3 .292 .374 .397 .105 3 0
1991 PHI MLB NL 220 185 20 45 12 0 0 57 15 30 30 3 2 .243 .344 .308 .065 3 2
1992 PHI MLB NL 55 48 6 13 1 0 0 14 6 6 9 1 0 .271 .352 .292 .021 0 1
1993 SEA MLB AL 31 29 2 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 8 0 0 .138 .167 .138 .000 0 1

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
1993-04-11 1993-04-27 15-DL 16 15 - General Medical Mood Disorder Stress - -
1992-08-05 1992-10-04 15-DL 60 54 Right Thumb Fracture - -
1989-07-09 1989-08-14 15-DL 36 31 Left Shoulder Soreness - -
1989-05-08 1989-05-26 15-DL 18 15 Left Shoulder Sprain Diving Catch - -
1988-08-27 1988-09-11 15-DL 15 13 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1987-06-09 1987-06-29 15-DL 20 18 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1982-08-14 1982-09-07 15-DL 24 22 Left Shoulder Fracture Clavicle From Bicycle - -

Compensation

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2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-09-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who leaked the information in the story and why? This is Dolan-esque dysfunction (maybe it always has been).
(Lougle from Queens)
It always has been. This happened with Art Howe, R.A. Dickey, Cespedes, Ike Davis, Justin Turner, Wally Backman, Luis Castillo, Jose Reyes (the first time). Probably another dozen guys I'm forgetting.

They leaked it to basically give Fred no choice but to sign off. Poisoned the well. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2011-06-06 17:00:00 (link to chat)I've always subscribed to the theory you don't take 2B'men in the 1st round unless they have a special bat. You feel Wong has a special bat? I thought he was more projected solid on-base with little pop and not a ton of speed or gold glove defense?
(Vision from MO)
I think towards the end of the first, he makes sense. I really like him as kind of a future Wally Backman with a little more pop and no platoon issues. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-03-22 11:00:00 (link to chat)Mr.DePodesta, it is great to have you and your computer in the Met front office. Welcome to New York. It seems like having a manager on the same page as the front office in terms of how to utilize players, develop them and max out probabilities for in-game strategy, is something that is being stressed. I am mainly thinking of the "guidebooks" Sandy handed out to all managers in the Met system. Since you are involved with the player development, how much does being on the same page with the manager translate throughout the lower levels on up to AAA, compared to the interaction with the Major League manager? Less focus on in-game strategy and more on establishing what area you'd like a certain player to concentrate on so he has it when he reaches the Majors? For example, let's just take the AA team in Binghamton: Is Wally Backman going to be told not to bunt the 2 hitter because you want said player to develop on-base skills and hitting to the opposite field? Thanks and best of luck with the player development, Metland is waiting for that World Series banner.
(Daniel Williams from Orange County NY)
Daniel, more than the specifics of game management, the best organizations are the ones that manage to create organizational consistency from top-to-bottom. Technically, I'm in charge of player development, amateur scouting, and international. However, my real job is make sure that these departments actually become one big department and connect seamlessly to the Major League team. (Paul DePodesta)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give us your best guesses on the new managers for next year by team?
(Jack from Boston)
Just guessing: Bobby Valentine to Seattle, Tim Wallach to Dodgers, Wally Backman to Mets, Ryne Sandberg to Cubs, LaRussa and Dusty Baker staying still, and Sharktopus to manage the Diamondbacks. Anyone else? (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)JJ How Ya doing??? Everth Cabrera ?? The Next Furcal ? or just a guy ?
(Jim from Philly)
Cabrera had a nice little season for the Padres last year, particularly for a Rule 5 pick who had never played above High-A. Furcal comes up as one of his PECOTA comps (Jimmy Rollins, Wally Backman, Rafael Furcal and Bip Roberts are the top four in the current weighted means spreadsheet). I'm not convinced Cabrera's got the plate discipline to match Furcal (who's not all that great in that regard) (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Christina, it was a better Mets-Twins trade than the one for Wally Backman.

...I was trying to make up an all-Wally all-star team on a recent sleepless night without checking the Encyclopedia. I got seven positions before giving up. (Steven Goldman)