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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
19 9545 .290 .377 .376 104 40.4
Birth Date6-15-1957
Height5' 10"
Weight160 lbs
Age61 years, 8 months, 3 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
1981 ATL 24 40 145 32 2 3 0 19 17 0 9 1 .254 .352 .317 88 -2.0 -0.1 0.0 0.1
1982 ATL 25 89 268 52 2 0 0 25 35 0 21 8 .217 .291 .225 61 -11.3 3.8 -7.1 -0.7
1983 ATL 26 151 613 154 21 13 5 54 56 2 39 23 .281 .344 .393 94 -3.8 3.9 11.0 2.7
1984 CLE 27 159 709 162 25 9 3 86 62 4 52 22 .269 .361 .355 104 5.0 6.3 -6.2 2.8
1985 CLE 28 152 666 184 28 14 5 63 42 1 47 20 .311 .377 .431 119 17.1 9.6 9.8 6.0
1986 CLE 29 161 683 163 17 14 4 70 65 4 32 15 .278 .356 .375 98 -0.2 2.8 -0.1 2.4
1987 CLE 30 137 618 154 25 8 9 91 55 1 33 16 .295 .399 .425 118 14.4 5.1 -6.6 3.3
1988 SFN 31 157 679 163 27 9 6 97 64 4 43 20 .287 .393 .398 117 12.9 7.6 0.7 4.4
1989 SFN 32 154 672 168 22 4 4 59 69 3 31 16 .283 .349 .354 93 -3.9 8.7 17.5 4.5
1990 SFN 33 160 732 192 20 9 3 90 62 6 51 19 .309 .397 .384 110 8.6 7.9 -5.3 3.5
1991 LAN 34 161 730 182 13 5 2 108 79 1 38 28 .296 .401 .343 111 10.9 4.0 2.0 4.1
1992 LAN 35 157 676 171 14 11 3 95 67 3 41 21 .309 .413 .391 121 17.9 2.2 -12.0 3.0
1993 LAN 36 156 716 181 21 10 1 86 69 5 39 19 .298 .387 .371 98 0.6 0.9 -15.8 0.8
1994 LAN 37 111 496 131 13 9 8 68 52 2 27 8 .314 .411 .446 112 9.6 2.2 -1.5 2.6
1995 LAN 38 39 178 40 5 2 0 24 9 0 11 1 .274 .368 .336 99 0.2 2.8 -6.7 0.2
1995 NYN 38 90 418 114 13 7 1 43 42 0 21 7 .311 .381 .392 97 -0.3 5.6 -3.4 1.5
1996 LAN 39 34 145 35 1 1 0 9 22 1 8 3 .267 .313 .290 63 -6.4 2.1 -1.1 0.0
1997 LAN 40 105 401 97 8 3 0 42 40 1 15 10 .283 .363 .324 82 -7.7 -0.6 -8.1 -0.6
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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
1979 GRW A 35 143 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 AND A 70 334 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 DUR A+ 46 304 .000 .000 .000 .412 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 ATL MLB 40 145 .254 .310 .366 .294 100 1.1 3.7 -0.6 88 12 0.0 -0.1 -2.0 0.1
1981 RIC AAA 125 573 .000 .000 .000 .382 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 ATL MLB 89 268 .258 .318 .378 .254 105 -15 7.2 0.6 61 13 -7.1 3.8 -11.3 -0.7
1982 RIC AAA 41 181 .000 .000 .000 .409 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 ATL MLB 151 613 .257 .321 .382 .302 106 4 16.6 -2.7 94 8 11.0 3.9 -3.8 2.7
1984 CLE MLB 159 709 .265 .326 .399 .293 100 12.1 19.0 1.7 104 8 -6.2 6.3 5.0 2.8
1985 CLE MLB 152 666 .257 .319 .399 .327 98 21.6 18.2 1.6 119 9 9.8 9.6 17.1 6.0
1986 CLE MLB 161 683 .262 .325 .409 .304 103 8 18.9 1.7 98 8 -0.1 2.8 -0.2 2.4
1987 CLE MLB 137 618 .264 .329 .424 .315 101 25 18.2 1.7 118 9 -6.6 5.1 14.4 3.3
1988 SFN MLB 157 679 .247 .308 .362 .314 97 26.8 17.8 1.6 117 8 0.7 7.6 12.9 4.4
1989 SFN MLB 154 672 .248 .310 .365 .313 100 0.7 17.5 1.6 93 8 17.5 8.7 -3.9 4.5
1990 SFN MLB 160 732 .256 .316 .381 .335 101 27 19.6 1.8 110 7 -5.3 7.9 8.6 3.5
1991 LAN MLB 161 730 .252 .316 .375 .336 98 21.8 19.8 1.8 111 8 2.0 4.0 10.9 4.1
1992 LAN MLB 157 676 .254 .310 .371 .347 98 31.8 17.5 1.6 121 7 -12.0 2.2 17.9 3.0
1993 LAN MLB 156 716 .268 .325 .408 .333 98 17.6 20.5 1.9 98 8 -15.8 0.9 0.6 0.8
1994 LAN MLB 111 496 .267 .328 .417 .343 96 23.3 15.1 1.4 112 9 -1.5 2.2 9.6 2.6
1995 LAN MLB 39 178 .264 .328 .408 .284 92 3.9 5.3 0.5 99 7 -6.7 2.8 0.2 0.2
1995 NYN MLB 90 418 .266 .329 .414 .347 99 7.9 12.5 1.1 97 7 -3.4 5.6 -0.3 1.5
1996 LAN MLB 34 145 .267 .332 .414 .313 88 -3.6 4.5 0.4 63 9 -1.1 2.1 -6.4 0.0
1997 LAN MLB 105 401 .269 .332 .420 .320 94 -2.8 10.7 -0.7 82 8 -8.1 -0.6 -7.7 -0.6

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
1979 GRW A 143 117 26 37 2 4 1 50 11 24 27 20 6 .316 .430 .427 .111 1 1
1980 DUR A+ 304 224 47 82 15 6 2 115 39 67 30 36 15 .366 .518 .513 .147 2 2
1980 AND A 334 255 73 76 12 6 1 103 26 67 29 44 9 .298 .445 .404 .106 4 4
1981 RIC AAA 573 466 93 156 19 4 3 192 36 103 63 44 16 .335 .456 .412 .077 1 1
1981 ATL MLB 145 126 17 32 2 3 0 40 4 19 17 9 1 .254 .352 .317 .063 0 0
1982 RIC AAA 181 157 22 57 8 3 1 74 22 22 19 12 9 .363 .444 .471 .108 0 0
1982 ATL MLB 268 240 35 52 2 0 0 54 7 25 35 21 8 .217 .291 .225 .008 0 3
1983 ATL MLB 613 549 84 154 21 13 5 216 37 54 56 39 23 .281 .344 .393 .113 5 3
1984 CLE MLB 709 602 108 162 25 9 3 214 49 86 62 52 22 .269 .361 .355 .086 6 11
1985 CLE MLB 666 591 106 184 28 14 5 255 50 63 42 47 20 .311 .377 .431 .120 3 8
1986 CLE MLB 683 587 92 163 17 14 4 220 51 70 65 32 15 .278 .356 .375 .097 5 17
1987 CLE MLB 618 522 91 154 25 8 9 222 41 91 55 33 16 .295 .399 .425 .130 2 2
1988 SFN MLB 679 568 109 163 27 9 6 226 43 97 64 43 20 .287 .393 .398 .111 2 8
1989 SFN MLB 672 594 100 168 22 4 4 210 36 59 69 31 16 .283 .349 .354 .071 3 13
1990 SFN MLB 732 622 108 192 20 9 3 239 44 90 62 51 19 .309 .397 .384 .076 7 7
1991 LAN MLB 730 615 112 182 13 5 2 211 38 108 79 38 28 .296 .401 .343 .047 2 4
1992 LAN MLB 676 553 86 171 14 11 3 216 39 95 67 41 21 .309 .413 .391 .081 1 24
1993 LAN MLB 716 607 80 181 21 10 1 225 42 86 69 39 19 .298 .387 .371 .072 4 14
1994 LAN MLB 496 417 79 131 13 9 8 186 33 68 52 27 8 .314 .411 .446 .132 2 7
1995 NYN MLB 418 367 54 114 13 7 1 144 25 43 42 21 7 .311 .381 .392 .082 2 6
1995 LAN MLB 178 146 24 40 5 2 0 49 13 24 9 11 1 .274 .368 .336 .062 4 4
1996 LAN MLB 145 131 22 35 1 1 0 38 8 9 22 8 3 .267 .313 .290 .023 3 1
1997 LAN MLB 401 343 52 97 8 3 0 111 18 42 40 15 10 .283 .363 .324 .041 0 15

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
1997-05-07 1997-06-03 15-DL 27 24 Left Shoulder Strain - -
1996-09-11 1996-09-29 15-DL 18 17 Left Hand Fracture - -
1996-05-02 1996-09-06 60-DL 127 110 - General Medical Illness Cancer - -
1989-08-19 1989-10-02 15-DL 44 40 Left Elbow - -
1989-07-08 1989-08-08 15-DL 31 28 - Not Disclosed - -
1987-04-11 1987-05-01 15-DL 20 18 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger HBP - -

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I sent it to Sam and emailed with him about it yesterday, in fact. I was curious about the longest stretch of ISO .000 as well as the lowest ISO / highest OBP season. One would think that at some point an incredibly low ISO would cause pretty strong OBP regression. Although, I'm guessing Brett Butler is a counter example. I think it is very possible that pitchers' abilities to take advantage of a hitters approach is relatively limited and/or pitchers prefer to pitch in an approach-neutral fashion. Reminds me of Mathmatics of Poker.....
(Gene from Kansas City)
There's certainly a correlation between ISO and percentage of fastballs faced. We'll look into it. (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Dom DiMaggio's recent passing, could you please put his career into historical perspective? How about some sort of "Joe-Independent Career Analysis"?
(BL from Bozeman)
I had to read this three times before I realized you meant DiMaggio-Independent and not Sheehan; I didn't remember Joe writing anything about the Little Professor. Dom was a great ballplayer in his own right, not just because he was Joe's little brother. Writing the day after his death, I said he was like Brett Butler but with more walks and a bit more pop, though it's hard to separate his production from Fenway Park, which was oh so friendly in those days. He was probably a better fielder than Joe--so was older brother Vince, an underrated player for various reasons--but they were all very good outfielders. Some like to see Dom as a Hall of Famer, especially if you give him credit for his missed WW II years, but I don't quite see it that way. It wasn't just the war that shortened his career--he quit when Lou Boudreau decided to bench him in 1953, there's the park factor... I mean, if Phil Rizzuto is in, I guess he could be in, as he performed a similar role--leadoff hitter, defensive centerpiece of a very good team. Then again, Rizzuto had 93 rings and Dom's Red Sox had just the one pennant, and it's kind of a reductionist argument. Anyway, he was a very good player, regardless of his surname. (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)at the plate he might be Slappy McGirlyswing, but it sure is nice to be able to deploy Gardner as the Designated Runner once in a while ...
(that they die like sheeple from the Doomokratic Republik)
I feel like I've said this a million times, but Gardner isn't going to be any kind of impact player, but he could be useful in sort of a lesser Brett Butler kind of way. That's not great,. but it's not replacement level. And it's unusual seeing a Yankees player with plus-plus speed... Looks like the Yankees just might pull out one game of this series... (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Last night in Scranton, Gardner scored from 2nd on a ground out. Just got a great jump and kept running. When's the last time the Yankees had someone with speed like that? Rickey? (not that i'm expecting Rickey here, more like Brett Butler-lite)
(cult of basebaal from LAA of Pasadena)
The fastest player I ever saw in a Yankees uniform was Deion Sanders. I saw Gardner at Trenton several times and he didn't strike me as being that fast, though I did see him run down several balls crossing from right center to left center when the Thunder had a shift on a lefty hitter and the guy went the other way. Your overall point, though, that having that speed around would have some utility to the Yankees, either off the bench or in the lineup (Homer Bush style in the former case). I invoked the different vibe Ellsbury gives the Red Sox in the Sun article. I don't think Gardner is a potential Ellsbury, but some of the same idea applies. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveKevin brings up Brett Butler in comparison for Johnny Damon, but I keep thinking Paul O'Neill. Not just a Yankee, but a guy who had better speed than most remember and also really muscled up in the middle of his career. Damon's a good 20 pounds higher than his listed weight, about the same amount as Sabathia. (Will Carroll)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveI was thinking the same thing last night, and looking at Johnny Damon's career total and birthday while wondering if he could have a pretty graceful aging cycle a la Brett Butler and end up with close to 3000 hits. (Kevin Goldstein)