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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
21 12160 .306 .369 .448 .294 79.5
Birth Date8-22-1956
Height6' 0"
Weight185 lbs
Age62 years, 1 months, 26 days
BatsR
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
1978 MIL 21 125 556 521 73 142 26 4 6 194 19 54 4 5 7 45 30 12 .273 .301 .372 .256 18.8 -4.6 1.6
1979 MIL 22 140 645 584 88 188 27 16 9 274 48 48 2 5 6 62 33 13 .322 .372 .469 .303 55.6 6.6 6.4
1980 MIL 23 111 512 450 81 137 29 2 9 197 48 48 3 5 6 37 34 7 .304 .372 .438 .297 36.6 -6.4 3.2
1981 MIL 24 64 284 251 45 67 11 0 2 84 25 29 3 0 5 19 10 6 .267 .341 .335 .261 10.5 -1.3 1.0
1982 MIL 25 160 751 666 136 201 26 8 19 300 69 93 1 5 10 71 41 9 .302 .366 .450 .306 63.4 1.0 6.8
1983 MIL 26 152 682 608 95 164 28 6 15 249 59 74 2 6 7 47 41 8 .270 .333 .410 .274 32.6 8.3 4.3
1984 MIL 27 13 49 46 3 10 1 0 0 11 2 8 0 1 0 6 1 0 .217 .245 .239 .191 -3.3 0.5 -0.3
1985 MIL 28 140 642 576 93 171 28 3 10 235 54 80 1 4 7 48 21 7 .297 .356 .408 .282 40.1 4.2 4.7
1986 MIL 29 105 482 437 62 123 24 6 9 186 40 81 0 3 2 55 20 5 .281 .340 .426 .275 27.3 5.6 3.4
1987 MIL 30 118 542 465 114 164 41 5 16 263 69 67 2 1 5 75 45 10 .353 .438 .566 .338 63.5 -2.8 6.0
1988 MIL 31 154 690 609 115 190 34 6 13 275 71 54 2 3 5 60 41 10 .312 .384 .452 .305 51.8 -3.0 5.3
1989 MIL 32 155 696 615 84 194 35 4 11 270 64 67 4 9 4 56 27 11 .315 .379 .439 .315 58.2 9.2 7.4
1990 MIL 33 103 458 418 64 119 27 6 12 194 37 51 1 2 0 45 18 3 .285 .343 .464 .290 27.1 3.6 3.3
1991 MIL 34 158 749 665 133 216 32 13 17 325 77 62 6 1 0 75 19 8 .325 .399 .489 .315 57.3 -3.4 5.7
1992 MIL 35 158 700 609 89 195 36 7 12 281 73 66 3 11 4 89 31 6 .320 .389 .461 .317 45.9 -0.9 4.9
1993 TOR 36 160 725 636 121 211 37 5 22 324 77 71 3 8 1 111 22 4 .332 .402 .509 .313 56.9 3.8 6.1
1994 TOR 37 115 515 454 86 155 30 4 14 235 55 48 1 5 0 75 20 0 .341 .410 .518 .312 38.0 0.2 3.7
1995 TOR 38 130 598 525 63 142 31 2 15 222 61 57 5 4 3 60 12 0 .270 .350 .423 .271 10.1 0.0 1.0
1996 MIN 39 161 728 660 99 225 41 8 9 309 56 72 3 9 0 113 18 6 .341 .390 .468 .289 32.0 0.8 3.1
1997 MIN 40 135 597 538 63 164 32 4 10 234 45 73 0 12 2 89 11 4 .305 .351 .435 .274 15.0 0.3 1.5
1998 MIN 41 126 559 502 75 141 29 5 4 192 45 41 1 10 1 69 9 2 .281 .335 .382 .248 2.5 -0.9 0.2
Career268312160108351782331960511423448541094124447109751307504131.306.369.448.294739.820.779.5

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.
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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
1978 MIL MLB 125 556 .256 .262 .322 .390 .264 .292 98 -1.9 14.5 1.2 -4.6 5.1 18.8 1.6 18.8 1.6
1979 MIL MLB 140 645 .303 .269 .334 .411 .268 .336 98 29 18.1 -0.7 6.6 9.3 55.6 6.4 55.6 6.4
1980 MIL MLB 111 512 .297 .272 .331 .407 .268 .322 97 18.8 13.8 -0.5 -6.4 4.5 36.6 3.2 36.6 3.2
1981 MIL MLB 64 284 .261 .255 .318 .368 .261 .295 96 0.3 7.2 -0.8 -1.3 3.7 10.5 1.0 10.5 1.0
1982 MIL MLB 160 751 .306 .264 .325 .403 .266 .326 98 34.6 20.3 2.4 1.0 6.2 63.4 6.8 63.4 6.8
1983 MIL MLB 152 682 .274 .264 .324 .402 .265 .284 95 9.7 18.5 2.5 8.3 2.0 32.6 4.3 32.6 4.3
1984 MIL MLB 13 49 .191 .270 .330 .405 .271 .256 91 -3.3 1.3 -0.1 0.5 -1.2 -3.3 -0.3 -3.3 -0.3
1985 MIL MLB 140 642 .282 .259 .322 .399 .264 .329 96 14.4 17.5 2 4.2 6.2 40.1 4.7 40.1 4.7
1986 MIL MLB 105 482 .275 .258 .326 .403 .265 .326 100 7.5 13.3 0.6 5.6 5.8 27.3 3.4 27.3 3.4
1987 MIL MLB 118 542 .338 .266 .331 .426 .265 .386 101 45.2 16.0 -4.7 -2.8 7.0 63.5 6.0 63.5 6.0
1988 MIL MLB 154 690 .305 .260 .320 .393 .266 .325 100 29.9 18.1 -1.9 -3.0 5.8 51.8 5.3 51.8 5.3
1989 MIL MLB 155 696 .315 .263 .325 .387 .266 .335 97 37.1 18.2 -0.4 9.2 3.3 58.2 7.4 58.2 7.4
1990 MIL MLB 103 458 .290 .260 .324 .391 .261 .300 99 13.8 12.3 -3.4 3.6 4.4 27.1 3.3 27.1 3.3
1990 BLT A 1 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 MIL MLB 158 749 .315 .263 .329 .399 .267 .339 101 40.9 20.3 -13 -3.4 9.2 57.3 5.7 57.3 5.7
1992 MIL MLB 158 700 .317 .260 .327 .385 .265 .338 96 38.7 18.1 -11.6 -0.9 0.7 45.9 4.9 45.9 4.9
1993 TOR MLB 160 725 .313 .268 .334 .412 .264 .343 103 41.3 20.8 -13.3 3.8 8.2 56.9 6.1 56.9 6.1
1994 TOR MLB 115 515 .312 .275 .341 .438 .266 .355 99 30.1 15.6 -10 0.2 2.3 38.0 3.7 38.0 3.7
1995 TOR MLB 130 598 .271 .271 .342 .427 .266 .278 98 7.6 17.9 -11.5 0.0 -3.9 10.1 1.0 10.1 1.0
1996 MIN MLB 161 728 .289 .280 .350 .449 .271 .367 103 24.5 22.5 -14.4 0.8 -0.6 32.0 3.1 32.0 3.1
1997 MIN MLB 135 597 .274 .268 .335 .421 .262 .330 97 9.2 16.5 -11.3 0.3 0.6 15.0 1.5 15.0 1.5
1998 MIN MLB 126 559 .248 .268 .334 .425 .264 .293 100 -7.7 15.2 -10.6 -0.9 5.5 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
1998 SLC AAA 0 10 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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
1978 MIL MLB 556 73 142 26 4 6 45 19 54 30 12 .273 .301 .372 .100 .256 18.8 -4.6 1.6
1979 MIL MLB 645 88 188 27 16 9 62 48 48 33 13 .322 .372 .469 .147 .303 55.6 6.6 6.4
1980 MIL MLB 512 81 137 29 2 9 37 48 48 34 7 .304 .372 .438 .133 .297 36.6 -6.4 3.2
1981 MIL MLB 284 45 67 11 0 2 19 25 29 10 6 .267 .341 .335 .068 .261 10.5 -1.3 1.0
1982 MIL MLB 751 136 201 26 8 19 71 69 93 41 9 .302 .366 .450 .149 .306 63.4 1.0 6.8
1983 MIL MLB 682 95 164 28 6 15 47 59 74 41 8 .270 .333 .410 .140 .274 32.6 8.3 4.3
1984 MIL MLB 49 3 10 1 0 0 6 2 8 1 0 .217 .245 .239 .022 .191 -3.3 0.5 -0.3
1985 MIL MLB 642 93 171 28 3 10 48 54 80 21 7 .297 .356 .408 .111 .282 40.1 4.2 4.7
1986 MIL MLB 482 62 123 24 6 9 55 40 81 20 5 .281 .340 .426 .144 .275 27.3 5.6 3.4
1987 MIL MLB 542 114 164 41 5 16 75 69 67 45 10 .353 .438 .566 .213 .338 63.5 -2.8 6.0
1988 MIL MLB 690 115 190 34 6 13 60 71 54 41 10 .312 .384 .452 .140 .305 51.8 -3.0 5.3
1989 MIL MLB 696 84 194 35 4 11 56 64 67 27 11 .315 .379 .439 .124 .315 58.2 9.2 7.4
1990 BLT A 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.250 .750 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 MIL MLB 458 64 119 27 6 12 45 37 51 18 3 .285 .343 .464 .179 .290 27.1 3.6 3.3
1991 MIL MLB 749 133 216 32 13 17 75 77 62 19 8 .325 .399 .489 .164 .315 57.3 -3.4 5.7
1992 MIL MLB 700 89 195 36 7 12 89 73 66 31 6 .320 .389 .461 .141 .317 45.9 -0.9 4.9
1993 TOR MLB 725 121 211 37 5 22 111 77 71 22 4 .332 .402 .509 .178 .313 56.9 3.8 6.1
1994 TOR MLB 515 86 155 30 4 14 75 55 48 20 0 .341 .410 .518 .176 .312 38.0 0.2 3.7
1995 TOR MLB 598 63 142 31 2 15 60 61 57 12 0 .270 .350 .423 .152 .271 10.1 0.0 1.0
1996 MIN MLB 728 99 225 41 8 9 113 56 72 18 6 .341 .390 .468 .127 .289 32.0 0.8 3.1
1997 MIN MLB 597 63 164 32 4 10 89 45 73 11 4 .305 .351 .435 .130 .274 15.0 0.3 1.5
1998 SLC AAA 10 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .600 .100 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 MIN MLB 559 75 141 29 5 4 69 45 41 9 2 .281 .335 .382 .102 .248 2.5 -0.9 0.2

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
1998-06-21 1998-07-15 15-DL 24 20 - Trunk Fracture 9th Rib HBP - -
1997-04-14 1997-05-03 15-DL 19 17 - Abdomen Strain - -
1984-05-02 1984-10-01 152 137 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 1984-05-21

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-03-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many wins does Twins manager Paul Molitor need in 2017 to return in 2018? Or is it more approach/open mindedness that matters? Little of both?
(LenBarson from St. Paul)
Tough to say. The new front office retaining Molitor as manager, at least for one season, is interesting. They've talked a good game so far about being on the same page, but through his first two years on the job Molitor has been better in theory than in practice. He's a lot more old-school than I'd hoped when he replaced Gardenhire. Bullpen management, lineup construction, platooning, etc. Didn't impress in any of those areas. It's possible that his win total won't matter much, short of making the playoffs, if they simply want to bring in their own guy for 2018. It'll be an improved team, though, almost by default. (Aaron Gleeman)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)To follow up on the Ventura question. Who is Managing a Major Leaugue team right now that shouldn't be?
(Joshua from Chicago)
Fredi Gonzalez, Ventura, Bryan Price, Walt Weiss, Brad Ausmus, Paul Molitor, Craig Counsell, Mike Matheny. (Matthew Trueblood)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe, I love your work, but throw away comments like this: "Because his offense isn't developing, and there's a notion--one I can get behind--that he's stagnating as a player in part because of his inability to master second base" cause me to scratch my head. What would lead you to believe that Weeks' inability to defend has a negative effect on his hitting, or that switching to an arguably harder position would increase his offensive production? Is there any evidence that supports players switching positions and then producing more at the plate?
(Steve from NY)
No studies. Scads of ancedotal evidence. B.J. Upton, Craig Biggio come immediately to mind. Paul Molitor, maybe. We know that Weeks hasn't hit as expected. We know that he's struggled to master second base. We know that he has tools that might translate to center field. There's risk, sure, but there's upside as well. I'd rather take a shot with the position change. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)It seems like there are no players on either team who are already good Hall of Fame candidates (though guys like Utley, Upton, etc. have time to qualify.) Can you ever remember a Series without such an established veteran star?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
Wow, that's a good question, one that pretty much ties into what I was saying a couple of days ago about how rare it is to get two fresh teams facing off in the series for the first time in awhile. Add to that the fact that both teams are dominated by younger guys whose best days may still be ahead of them and you wind up with a situation like this. I'm jogging my memory and looking back over the WS matchups and thinking that we've hit a real stumper. At the time, people wondered aloud if the 1998 Yankees would yield a Hall of Famer, but now it's apparent that Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter will make it if nobody else does, to say nothing of Tony Gwynn from the opposite dugout.

The 1982 matchup maybe - at the time it certainly wasn't apparent that Ozzie Smith, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor or Don Sutton would make it (Sutton would win 60-something more games in the majors), adn Rollie Fingers was sidelined too. Definitely a question to sock away for future pondering. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Isn't an 80s book only gonna bring back MORE nostalgia for the "beloved" 1982 Brewers? Can we please tell the people of Milwaukee that this isn't necessarily a GOOD thing, since it leads to things like Ned Yost as manager, Ted Simmons and/or Robin Yount as manager(s) in waiting, and the pleading for Paul Molitor to do anything with the club. /end vent.
(strupp from Madison)
I'm going to refer your question to resident Brewers aficionado Jay Jaffe, who will be handling Milwaukee duties on the book. Your question reminds me of the Washington Senators, where Clark Griffith tended to re-employ any player who used to work for him. (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)How many players have ever been inducted into the Hall with as low of a vote percentage as Raines received today? Also, will we be waiting for Frank Thomas to be inducted for the DH position to be recognized by the Hall? Is Thomas looked at as a first ballot guy?
(Brian from Tinley)
In the question above, I meant 15 years on the ballot, not 20 - that's 20 years after the end of his career.

As for the question at hand, confining ourselves to the post 1965 annual balloting era, Duke Snider (17.0%), Don Derysdale (21.0%), Billy Williams (23.4%) and Bruce Sutter (23.9%) started out in bigger holes than Raines.

As for Frank Thomas, I do think Paul Molitor already scored some points on behalf of the DHs. Thomas, with 500+homers and a 400+ OBP, could well be a first-ballot guy. At 101.7 JAWS, he's about 12 points above the 1B benchmark. (Jay Jaffe)


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