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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
16 8283 .303 .384 .497 .309 51.5
Birth Date3-13-1964
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
Age54 years, 4 months, 2 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 SFN 22 111 458 408 66 117 27 2 11 181 34 76 3 4 9 41 4 7 .287 .343 .444 .287 14.2 -0.2 1.5
1987 SFN 23 150 588 529 89 163 29 5 35 307 49 98 5 2 3 91 5 17 .308 .371 .580 .318 38.3 1.9 4.0
1988 SFN 24 162 689 575 102 162 31 6 29 292 100 129 4 10 0 109 9 1 .282 .386 .508 .328 53.9 0.7 6.0
1989 SFN 25 159 675 588 104 196 38 9 23 321 74 103 5 8 0 111 8 3 .333 .407 .546 .351 65.9 9.6 8.3
1990 SFN 26 154 678 600 91 177 25 5 19 269 62 97 3 13 0 95 8 2 .295 .357 .448 .297 34.3 3.7 4.1
1991 SFN 27 148 622 565 84 170 32 7 29 303 51 91 2 4 0 116 4 2 .301 .359 .536 .324 42.7 7.4 5.3
1992 SFN 28 144 601 513 69 154 40 1 16 244 73 82 4 11 0 73 12 7 .300 .384 .476 .315 36.0 -7.4 3.1
1993 SFN 29 132 567 491 82 139 27 2 14 212 63 68 6 6 1 73 2 2 .283 .367 .432 .289 21.0 -1.4 2.0
1994 TEX 30 110 469 389 73 128 24 2 13 195 71 59 3 6 0 80 5 1 .329 .431 .501 .316 37.6 -2.5 3.4
1995 TEX 31 123 537 454 85 137 27 3 16 218 68 50 4 11 0 92 0 1 .302 .389 .480 .308 31.4 -7.0 2.4
1996 TEX 32 117 512 436 69 124 25 1 13 190 64 67 5 7 0 72 2 1 .284 .377 .436 .275 14.2 0.9 1.4
1997 TEX 33 110 450 393 56 128 29 1 12 195 49 62 3 5 0 51 0 0 .326 .400 .496 .295 21.4 3.3 2.4
1998 TEX 34 149 636 554 98 169 41 1 23 281 72 97 3 7 0 102 1 0 .305 .384 .507 .290 24.7 -5.2 1.9
1999 BAL 35 77 294 251 40 76 15 0 10 121 38 42 2 3 0 29 2 2 .303 .395 .482 .309 17.1 -1.6 1.5
2000 BAL 36 79 310 256 49 77 15 1 9 121 47 45 4 3 0 28 4 2 .301 .413 .473 .308 20.2 4.2 2.3
2000 SLN 36 51 197 171 29 59 15 1 12 112 22 24 3 1 0 42 1 0 .345 .426 .655 .348 22.2 -0.3 2.1
Career197682837173118621764404728435629371190591011312056748.303.384.497.309495.36.051.5

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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1985 FRE A+ 65 289 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 SFN MLB 111 458 .287 .251 .316 .377 .254 .326 97 12.6 12.7 -7.9 -0.2 -3.1 14.2 1.5 14.2 1.5
1986 PHX AAA 6 24 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 SFN MLB 150 588 .318 .259 .323 .401 .255 .322 97 36.6 17.3 -10.9 1.9 -4.7 38.3 4.0 38.3 4.0
1988 SFN MLB 162 689 .328 .246 .306 .362 .253 .311 97 44.7 18.0 -11.5 0.7 2.7 53.9 6.0 53.9 6.0
1989 SFN MLB 159 675 .351 .248 .310 .368 .255 .368 100 59.1 17.6 -11.3 9.6 0.4 65.9 8.3 65.9 8.3
1990 SFN MLB 154 678 .297 .255 .316 .381 .257 .318 102 24.6 18.2 -11.7 3.7 3.2 34.3 4.1 34.3 4.1
1991 SFN MLB 148 622 .324 .252 .312 .377 .256 .314 99 39.4 16.8 -10.7 7.4 -2.8 42.7 5.3 42.7 5.3
1992 SFN MLB 144 601 .315 .251 .312 .366 .254 .324 100 31.6 15.6 -9.9 -7.4 -1.2 36.0 3.1 36.0 3.1
1993 SFN MLB 132 567 .289 .264 .325 .400 .259 .301 98 17.3 16.3 -10.4 -1.4 -2.3 21.0 2.0 21.0 2.0
1994 TEX MLB 110 469 .316 .272 .342 .428 .264 .356 100 29.4 14.2 -9.1 -2.5 3.1 37.6 3.4 37.6 3.4
1995 TEX MLB 123 537 .308 .271 .342 .424 .266 .303 101 28.8 16.1 -10.3 -7.0 -3.1 31.4 2.4 31.4 2.4
1996 TEX MLB 117 512 .275 .278 .347 .453 .271 .306 104 8.9 15.8 -10.1 0.9 -0.4 14.2 1.4 14.2 1.4
1996 TUL AA 3 11 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .222 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 TEX MLB 110 450 .295 .270 .335 .425 .261 .358 107 17.3 12.4 -8.4 3.3 0.1 21.4 2.4 21.4 2.4
1998 TEX MLB 149 636 .290 .268 .336 .428 .265 .331 106 21.1 17.3 -12.1 -5.2 -1.6 24.7 1.9 24.7 1.9
1999 BAL MLB 77 294 .309 .273 .342 .433 .263 .327 96 16.8 8.2 -5.7 -1.6 -2.2 17.1 1.5 17.1 1.5
2000 BAL MLB 79 310 .308 .278 .347 .450 .267 .332 90 17.5 8.8 -6.2 4.2 0.1 20.2 2.3 20.2 2.3
2000 SLN MLB 51 197 .348 .263 .340 .424 .258 .346 101 20.5 5.4 -4 -0.3 0.2 22.2 2.1 22.2 2.1

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 FRE A+ 289 41 67 14 0 10 48 62 46 11 2 .309 .461 .512 .203 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 PHX AAA 24 3 5 0 0 0 1 4 2 1 1 .250 .375 .250 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 SFN MLB 458 66 117 27 2 11 41 34 76 4 7 .287 .343 .444 .157 .287 14.2 -0.2 1.5
1987 SFN MLB 588 89 163 29 5 35 91 49 98 5 17 .308 .371 .580 .272 .318 38.3 1.9 4.0
1988 SFN MLB 689 102 162 31 6 29 109 100 129 9 1 .282 .386 .508 .226 .328 53.9 0.7 6.0
1989 SFN MLB 675 104 196 38 9 23 111 74 103 8 3 .333 .407 .546 .213 .351 65.9 9.6 8.3
1990 SFN MLB 678 91 177 25 5 19 95 62 97 8 2 .295 .357 .448 .153 .297 34.3 3.7 4.1
1991 SFN MLB 622 84 170 32 7 29 116 51 91 4 2 .301 .359 .536 .235 .324 42.7 7.4 5.3
1992 SFN MLB 601 69 154 40 1 16 73 73 82 12 7 .300 .384 .476 .175 .315 36.0 -7.4 3.1
1993 SFN MLB 567 82 139 27 2 14 73 63 68 2 2 .283 .367 .432 .149 .289 21.0 -1.4 2.0
1994 TEX MLB 469 73 128 24 2 13 80 71 59 5 1 .329 .431 .501 .172 .316 37.6 -2.5 3.4
1995 TEX MLB 537 85 137 27 3 16 92 68 50 0 1 .302 .389 .480 .178 .308 31.4 -7.0 2.4
1996 TEX MLB 512 69 124 25 1 13 72 64 67 2 1 .284 .377 .436 .151 .275 14.2 0.9 1.4
1996 TUL AA 11 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .222 .364 .222 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 TEX MLB 450 56 128 29 1 12 51 49 62 0 0 .326 .400 .496 .170 .295 21.4 3.3 2.4
1998 TEX MLB 636 98 169 41 1 23 102 72 97 1 0 .305 .384 .507 .202 .290 24.7 -5.2 1.9
1999 BAL MLB 294 40 76 15 0 10 29 38 42 2 2 .303 .395 .482 .179 .309 17.1 -1.6 1.5
2000 BAL MLB 310 49 77 15 1 9 28 47 45 4 2 .301 .413 .473 .172 .308 20.2 4.2 2.3
2000 SLN MLB 197 29 59 15 1 12 42 22 24 1 0 .345 .426 .655 .310 .348 22.2 -0.3 2.1

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
2000-09-20 2000-09-21 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2000-07-07 2000-07-08 DTD 1 1 Right Arm Contusion Triceps - -
2000-05-03 2000-05-18 15-DL 15 14 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2000-04-25 2000-04-26 DTD 1 1 - Upper Back Spasms - -
1999-08-14 1999-10-03 60-DL 50 46 Left Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 1999-08-27 -
1999-07-03 1999-07-07 DTD 4 4 Left Knee Swelling - -
1999-04-19 1999-05-25 15-DL 36 31 Left Thumb Fracture - -
1998-09-13 1998-09-15 DTD 2 2 Right Fracture Great Toe - -
1997-08-25 1997-09-28 15-DL 34 31 Right Foot Strain Plantar Fascia Tear - -
1997-03-29 1997-04-18 15-DL 20 12 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger - -
1996-07-17 1996-08-04 15-DL 18 17 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
1996-06-30 1996-07-15 15-DL 15 12 Right Trunk Contusion Ribcage - -
1996-06-08 1996-06-23 15-DL 15 15 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
1993-08-26 1993-09-12 15-DL 17 14 Left Elbow Hyperextension - -
1986-06-04 1986-07-26 15-DL 52 46 Left Elbow Hyperextension - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2000 BAL $6,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$6,000,000
1 yrTotal$6,000,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

Details
  • retired 10/00
  • 91:$3.75M
  • 1 year/$0.32M (88)
  • 1 year/$0.12M (87)
  • 1 year/$60K (86)

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Jarrett, Giants are looking like they might get the #2 pick in the 2018 draft. The last time they picked that high they came away with a college 1B, not the most historically popular demographic for such an early pick. That guy, Will Clark, turned out pretty well. What are your thoughts on Seth Beer as a potential #2 pick for SF?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
BP alum and good friend Michael Baumann wrote an article over at the Ringer appropriately destructive of first base draft picks a few weeks ago: https://theringer.com/2017-mlb-draft-first-base-prospects-brendan-mckay-eric-hosmer-7c4345729889

Beer's in the early mix, but the college folks seemed to think his stock is down after his sophomore season. Between him and Kumar Rocker, it's a hell of a draft for names, though. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)How bad is Malamud's The Natural? Where would you rank it between a late-career Steve Traschel start and Will Clark's mustache?
(Patrick from Seattle)
Matt Christopher wrote better baseball fiction. Even adults should read Matt Christopher instead of Malamud. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of MLB players do you think the mets two top prospects, Rosario and Smith will become?
(Ester from GA)
Not a prospect guy! For Dom Smith, I *think* he becomes a poor man's James Loney or Casey Kotchman, which is a shame because I want him to become mid-career Will Clark. Rosario is tougher for me, but I'm hoping for something resembling Alcides Escobar with more pop. (That would be crazy valuable, if not my ideal shortstop.) (Bryan Grosnick)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you suggest some good reading on PEDs? I find myself wondering where exactly the line is drawn. No one cares whether some athletes eat better than others (eg, Bruce Allen vs. Will Clark) though it surely impacts performance. On the other hand, there's elective surgery (eg. removing bone spurs for a pitcher, whatever the hell Kobe did in Germany) that seems to fall close to Lance Armstrong territory. And then everything in between, whether it's caffeine - but not greenies - before games, stuff from Vitamin Shop that might set off a urinalysis, or black market sketchiness. Where exactly would you draw the line?
(Hightower from Texas)
This is great question, and I hope everybody reads it and forms their own conclusions. My honest answer is that I don't know how to describe my line, but I think it exists. I'm not against athletes that have used or use PED for the simple fact that I don't know who hasn't or who isn't using them. (Jason Parks)
2012-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many children are the result of Will Clark's swing?
(Brian_K from Missouri)
Fully 10 percent of the children born between 1986 and 2000 are a direct result of Will Clark's swing. There are reports of female Dodgers fans being impregnated simply by watching him take BP. (Ian Miller)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin Brown only got about 2% of the vote, and John Olerud got less than 1%. I know neither of them are clear choices...in fact, they're probably not Hall of Famers. But both are close enough that they deserved a few years of discussion, right?
(John from Atlanta)
I agree, but the precedent with guys like David Cone, Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser and Will Clark going one and done on the ballot certainly suggested this was a possibility. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you rank Jim Thome among possible Hall of Famers? There doesn't seem to be much buzz except from the bees. Care to stir up that nest?
(WARPspeedfreak from Headspace)
I certainly think Thome belongs, and so does JAWS, which had him one point ahead of the 1B standard at the outset of the year. Even so, he's well behind Frank Thomas, Jeff Bagwell, Mark McGwire on the scale, and below Keith Hernandez and Will Clark. Not having an MVP award has led to the perception that he's just an accumulator, and I think he's gonna be a guy whose candidacy gets fought over for little reason. He belongs, though. (Jay Jaffe)
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)As an older Mets fan who fondly remembers Ventura for his grand slam single, and a young baseball fan who fondly remembers Ventura for charging Nolan Ryan. He deserved better than being one and done, right?
(J.P. from Hartford)
Absolutely. I'm not convinced yet that he belongs, but as with Will Clark, Lou Whitaker, Dwight Evans, Bobby Grich and several others, I certainly feel the debate should have gone on a whole lot longer before anyone made up their minds. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Off the top of your head, who are two or three very credible options for the Hall that few casual fans or even BP readers would see as such? Will Clark? Trammell? In other words, in your extensive research on the topic, who's really surprised you with good candidancies?
(Grant from Chicago)
Bobby Grich is one. Will Clark another. Bill Dahlen and Rick Reuschel are two guys whose JAWS scores are near the line that nobody ever thinks of. Dahlen I can see, Reuschel I'm not even convinced of. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Well, this is it: proof that Sheehan's really from Tokyo. He's just voided his lucrative BP contract, taken his bat & ball, & headed for home. Re. Suzuki: is this the most $ you can think of being just left on the table? I can think of guys passing down coin in new contracts (Latrell Sprewell anyone?), but not just punting on a current one.
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
There have also been guys who've walked away when they would clearly be able to get a lot of money, such as Will Clark, Larry Walker and Mike Mussina. Johjima's decision is surprising, and a fantastic gift for the Mariners. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)How real are the Giants?
(beta461 from SF)
Very. It's easier to find offensive help than get a pitching staff you're comfortable with. I'm interested in seeing which direction they take this. See if Brandon Wood could be a latter-day Matt Williams? Get Elijah Dukes in time for Jeff Leonard Bat Day? Audition the most foul-mouthed first basemen who are active to get themselves a Will Clark flashback? Beats me, but they really need to do something and take that shot at the NL Wild Card seriously. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Clark and/or John Olerud for the HOF? I know Clark went off after one year, but I think he should have stayed on.
(Jon from SF)
Neither. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-30 18:30:00 (link to chat)Keith, you mention that Rice looks better in a contemporary view rather than modern analytical views. How is that specific case similar or different than guys like Trammell, Whitaker, Mattingly, Will Clark, etc, who aren't going to be in the HoF, likely won't sniff enough votes to merit argument or discussion, and might not even have the pull later on with the Veteran's Committee? (Not saying any of them are HoF worthy, but now there's not even debate)
(strupp from Madison)
For guys like Trammell and Whitaker, it's really more a matter of being underrated rather than overrated. The fact that players fall off the ballot means that the conversation for their case simply ends, whereas for someone who manages to stay on the ballot without getting elected like Rice, the consensus can build or ebb over the years. It might be nice to have a rule that players have to spend at least 5 years on the ballot before getting removed, just so the can get a little more attention, and give a chance for the Sweet Lou Whitaker fanclubs can get organized.

Also, the fact that of the players you mentioned, Mattingly is the only one who actually won an MVP carries some of the weight, and I think Mattingly got more HOF attention than his case might have warranted otherwise. (Keith Woolner)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's play a hypothetical; if Manny Ramirez doesn't get a contract he wants and retires (I know, just play along) where would it rank in bizarre career endings in American sports history? Has a player of Manny's caliber ever retired in such circumstances?
(Joe from Tewksbury, MA)
I'm not entirely sure how to frame the answer. Will Clark comes to mind. Barry Bonds. Michael Jordan's first two walkaways, maybe. Barry Sanders. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-04-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)No question.... I just wanted to mention that my son was born 10 days ago and I gave him the middle name of "Clark" for Will the Thrill.....
(davelamb from San Leandro)
Congratulations! Will Clark is one of my favorite players ever, and I'd love it if he were to rightfully earn his place in Cooperstown via the VC. Hopefully they fix it before he runs out of years. (Marc Normandin)
2008-02-25 12:00:00 (link to chat)HOW MANY TEAMS DO YOU THINK ARE INTERESTED IN ERIC HOSMER AT THIS POINT? ARE THE O"S ONE OF THEM?
(Izzy from MD)
Caps, yikes. Every team in the top fifteen will be scouting Hosmer hard this spring, and I can't imagine he makes it out of the top ten. Hosmer is a pure left-handed bat with good power, and one of about two dozen players that I've heard compared to Will Clark that I actually agree with. The Orioles could have a very interesting decision at 4 between two first baseman, Hosmer and Justin Smoak, if they go that route. (Bryan Smith)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the benefit of (marginal) hindsight, how big a mistake was the BBWAA snub of Will Clark? What do you think the chances of the VC (in whatever structure it holds in 17 years) will redress this omission? Thanks for answering.
(rawagman from Work)
I'll take this one and then one more...

I don't know that Clark was a huge mistake. My system now shows him at 105.2 career, 65.8 peak, 85.5 JAWS, where the HOF 1B benchmark is at 115.1/66.9/91.0 - it's risen because Clay Davenport's WARP tweaks have given 19th and early 20th century players like Cap Anson, Roger Connor and Dan Brouthers far more value than they had before, enough to wrestle the top spot from Lou Gehrig. I'm not entirely comfortable with those tweaks, but it would appear Clark is a borderline guy at best. He'll have a chance if the VC ever clears out the deadwood that's clogged up the past several ballots, but guys who retire at 36 don't get a whole lot of charity from the voters. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableJust caught up on the fact of the Heyward homer... well, that's up there with Will Clark's homering off of Nolan Ryan his first time up in terms of fulfilling expectations from his first live-game introduction. (Christina Kahrl)