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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
19 10778 .262 .337 .328 88 59.4
Birth Date12-26-1954
Height5' 11"
Weight150 lbs
Age64 years, 10 months, 16 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
1978 SDN 23 159 668 152 17 6 1 47 43 0 40 12 .258 .311 .312 72 -18.5 3.6 17.5 3.1
1979 SDN 24 156 649 124 18 6 0 37 37 2 28 7 .211 .260 .262 53 -34.4 7.7 27.3 2.8
1980 SDN 25 158 712 140 18 5 0 71 49 5 57 15 .230 .313 .276 75 -18.8 4.6 21.9 3.8
1981 SDN 26 110 507 100 11 2 0 41 37 5 22 12 .222 .294 .256 67 -18.0 2.4 10.0 1.5
1982 SLN 27 140 567 121 24 1 2 68 32 2 25 5 .248 .339 .314 89 -5.8 6.3 17.5 4.3
1983 SLN 28 159 626 134 30 6 3 64 36 1 34 7 .243 .321 .335 82 -12.4 4.5 19.3 3.8
1984 SLN 29 124 484 106 20 5 1 56 17 2 35 7 .257 .347 .337 99 0.8 5.0 7.6 3.5
1985 SLN 30 158 615 148 22 3 6 65 27 2 31 8 .276 .355 .361 102 3.7 3.8 14.7 4.9
1986 SLN 31 153 609 144 19 4 0 79 27 2 31 7 .280 .376 .333 97 -1.0 7.1 8.6 4.1
1987 SLN 32 158 706 182 40 4 0 89 36 1 43 9 .303 .392 .383 106 5.8 5.2 10.6 5.2
1988 SLN 33 153 669 155 27 1 3 74 43 1 57 9 .270 .350 .336 96 -2.4 3.7 19.3 5.0
1989 SLN 34 155 664 162 30 8 2 55 37 2 29 7 .273 .335 .361 95 -2.4 5.8 5.1 3.7
1990 SLN 35 143 592 130 21 1 1 61 33 2 32 6 .254 .330 .305 83 -11.0 3.1 -7.7 0.8
1991 SLN 36 150 641 157 30 3 3 83 36 1 35 9 .285 .380 .367 110 8.5 7.4 -10.0 3.3
1992 SLN 37 132 590 153 20 2 0 59 34 0 43 9 .295 .367 .342 103 4.1 2.6 10.6 4.3
1993 SLN 38 141 603 157 22 6 1 43 18 1 21 8 .288 .337 .356 87 -7.8 -0.2 6.2 2.4
1994 SLN 39 98 433 100 18 3 3 38 26 0 6 3 .262 .326 .349 80 -9.9 1.5 2.7 1.3
1995 SLN 40 44 182 31 5 1 0 17 12 2 4 3 .199 .282 .244 67 -7.2 0.0 2.5 0.3
1996 SLN 41 82 261 64 10 2 2 25 9 2 7 5 .282 .358 .370 90 -2.3 -0.9 5.1 1.3
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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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1978 SDN MLB NL 159 668 .254 .317 .371 .275 95 -14 17.4 8 72 8 17.5 3.6 -18.5 3.1
1979 SDN MLB NL 156 649 .260 .319 .383 .225 94 -38 18.2 8.4 53 8 27.3 7.7 -34.4 2.8
1980 SDN MLB NL 158 712 .259 .317 .377 .248 96 -21.8 19.1 8.8 75 8 21.9 4.6 -18.8 3.8
1981 SDN MLB NL 110 507 .252 .311 .358 .242 99 -20.1 12.8 5.9 67 10 10.0 2.4 -18.0 1.5
1982 SLN MLB NL 140 567 .260 .316 .375 .259 99 -9.6 15.3 7 89 11 17.5 6.3 -5.8 4.3
1983 SLN MLB NL 159 626 .258 .319 .378 .254 100 -9.8 17.0 7.8 82 9 19.3 4.5 -12.4 3.8
1984 SLN MLB NL 124 484 .255 .314 .366 .264 94 1.6 13.0 6 99 8 7.6 5.0 0.8 3.5
1985 SLN MLB NL 158 615 .255 .318 .380 .281 92 3.2 16.8 7.7 102 7 14.7 3.8 3.7 4.9
1986 SLN MLB NL 153 609 .256 .320 .381 .294 96 4.4 16.9 7.6 97 11 8.6 7.1 -1.0 4.1
1987 SLN MLB NL 158 706 .259 .323 .402 .320 95 16.2 20.8 9.5 106 8 10.6 5.2 5.8 5.2
1988 SLN MLB NL 153 669 .250 .309 .363 .284 97 2.9 17.5 8 96 8 19.3 3.7 -2.4 5.0
1989 SLN MLB NL 155 664 .251 .312 .373 .287 98 -1.9 17.3 8 95 10 5.1 5.8 -2.4 3.7
1990 SLN MLB NL 143 592 .256 .317 .383 .264 98 -8.7 15.9 7.3 83 8 -7.7 3.1 -11.0 0.8
1991 SLN MLB NL 150 641 .251 .315 .373 .301 98 12.2 17.3 8 110 8 -10.0 7.4 8.5 3.3
1992 SLN MLB NL 132 590 .251 .310 .366 .315 99 1.6 15.3 7 103 9 10.6 2.6 4.1 4.3
1993 SLN MLB NL 141 603 .261 .325 .395 .293 98 -5.1 17.3 7.9 87 7 6.2 -0.2 -7.8 2.4
1994 SLN MLB NL 98 433 .266 .328 .414 .272 100 -10.4 13.2 6 80 12 2.7 1.5 -9.9 1.3
1995 SLN MLB NL 44 182 .253 .319 .391 .212 98 -14.2 5.5 2.5 67 11 2.5 0.0 -7.2 0.3
1996 SLN MLB NL 82 261 .266 .330 .413 .287 98 1.9 8.1 3.3 90 12 5.1 -0.9 -2.3 1.3

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 SDN MLB NL 668 590 69 152 17 6 1 184 46 47 43 40 12 .258 .311 .312 .054 3 28
1979 SDN MLB NL 649 587 77 124 18 6 0 154 27 37 37 28 7 .211 .260 .262 .051 1 22
1980 SDN MLB NL 712 609 67 140 18 5 0 168 35 71 49 57 15 .230 .313 .276 .046 4 23
1981 SDN MLB NL 507 450 53 100 11 2 0 115 21 41 37 22 12 .222 .294 .256 .033 1 10
1982 SLN MLB NL 567 488 58 121 24 1 2 153 43 68 32 25 5 .248 .339 .314 .066 5 4
1983 SLN MLB NL 626 552 69 134 30 6 3 185 50 64 36 34 7 .243 .321 .335 .092 2 7
1984 SLN MLB NL 484 412 53 106 20 5 1 139 44 56 17 35 7 .257 .347 .337 .080 3 11
1985 SLN MLB NL 615 537 70 148 22 3 6 194 54 65 27 31 8 .276 .355 .361 .086 2 9
1986 SLN MLB NL 609 514 67 144 19 4 0 171 54 79 27 31 7 .280 .376 .333 .053 3 11
1987 SLN MLB NL 706 600 104 182 40 4 0 230 75 89 36 43 9 .303 .392 .383 .080 4 12
1988 SLN MLB NL 669 575 80 155 27 1 3 193 51 74 43 57 9 .270 .350 .336 .066 7 12
1989 SLN MLB NL 664 593 82 162 30 8 2 214 50 55 37 29 7 .273 .335 .361 .088 3 11
1990 SLN MLB NL 592 512 61 130 21 1 1 156 50 61 33 32 6 .254 .330 .305 .051 10 7
1991 SLN MLB NL 641 550 96 157 30 3 3 202 50 83 36 35 9 .285 .380 .367 .082 1 6
1992 SLN MLB NL 590 518 73 153 20 2 0 177 31 59 34 43 9 .295 .367 .342 .046 1 12
1993 SLN MLB NL 603 545 75 157 22 6 1 194 53 43 18 21 8 .288 .337 .356 .068 7 7
1994 SLN MLB NL 433 381 51 100 18 3 3 133 30 38 26 6 3 .262 .326 .349 .087 4 10
1995 SLN MLB NL 182 156 16 31 5 1 0 38 11 17 12 4 3 .199 .282 .244 .045 2 5
1996 SLN MLB NL 261 227 36 64 10 2 2 84 18 25 9 7 5 .282 .358 .370 .088 0 7

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
1996-04-09 1996-04-29 15-DL 20 18 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
19 yEd Gottlieb

Details
  • 3 years/$3.6M (1983-85). Signed extension with St. Louis 1/83.
  • 2 years/$4.3M (1990-91), plus 1992 club option. Signed extension with St. Louis 4/85. 90:$2.1M, 91:$2.1M, 92:$2M club option. $0.1M buyout. St. Louis exercised $2M club option 11/91.
  • 4 years/$8.7M (1986-89). Signed extension with St. Louis 4/85. 89: $2.2M.
  • 3 years/$3.6M (1983-85). Signed extension with St. Louis 1/83.
  • 1 year/$0.45M (1982). Signed by St. Louis 4/82 (lost in arbitration, $0.75M-$0.45M).
  • 1 year/$0.3M (1981). Re-signed by San Diego. Acquired by St. Louis in trade from San Diego 12/81. Smith agreed to waive no-trade clause to facilitate deal.
  • 1 year/$72,500 (1980). Renewed by San Diego 3/80.
  • 1 year/$72,500 (1979).
  • 1 year (1978).
  • Drafted by San Diego 1977 (4-86) (Cal Poly), $5,000 signing bonus. Drafted by Detroit 1976 (7-146) (did not sign).

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-05-22 23:00:00 (link to chat)Jason Groome ______ 😱 A) has fallen into the same bottomless pit Ozzie Smith did in the Simpsons. B) was abducted by Ego. C) is in the next episode of unsolved mysteries. D) The son of Waldo and Carmen San Diego.
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Nah, while any of those things would be infinitely more exciting, he's just hurt. Strained his lat at the beginning of the month, unclear how long the shelf living'll be: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=31758 (Wilson Karaman)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)Has there been any advance in the petition by Ozzie Smith in making Opening Day a National Holiday?
(Edward from Framingham, MA)
I don't know, but gosh darnit there should be! Opening Day might just be my favorite day of the year. It's cold and cloudy here in Portland, Oregon but I've got my baseball stuff on and man I'm excited!

And since nobody asked, how about Mookie Betts? The guy just hits the ball hard like all the time! (Matthew Kory)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Braves moving Jose Peraza from SS to 2B?
(@tylerjwarriner from Indiana)
Yes, if they want him to stay in the organization. Unless Ozzie Smith walks through that door, Andrelton ain't moving #rig. And I love Peraza, by the way. I'm pissed Law blew him up before I did, though I did give him a shout-out on TINO the other day. (Ben Carsley)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Rey Ordonez and Ozzie Smith met on a Mediteranian cruise and 9 months later had a left handed baby boy, would anyone give him a legit chance to stay at SS?
(Milby from SF)
This actually happened. Sadly, the kid washed out of baseball before the little league level, so we will never know what might have been. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)As Omar Vizquel enters his 24th season, is he worthy of the HOF?
(ParklandTrojan from Pennsylvania)
Nope. He's such a below-average hitter (.244 True Average) that it eats into his overall value considerably, and despite the Gold Gloves we have him at just ~11 FRAA for his career. He's not Ozzie Smith, Part Deux by any stretch of the imagination any more than Juan Pierre is Rickey Henderson, Part Deux. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)In terms of guys who were unlikely HOFers at age 29 - Ozzie Smith had a 72 OPS+ before age 29, although he was still winning GGs and playing plenty. But Hoyt Wilhelm hadn't played in the majors before he was 29, he turned 30 during in his first season.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Good point, particularly on Wilhelm! (Jay Jaffe)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, If you had to be stuck on a desert island with one of the players from the softball episode of the Simpsons, who would it be and why? And this excludes Mike Scioscia as thats just too obvious.
(EephusBlue from San Francisco)
I can't pick Mindy Simmons, right? And I assume Steve Sax has already been sent to the chair for all those murders he committed in New York. Probably Ozzie Smith, then. I want to see all his pictures from the mystery dimension. (Mike Petriello)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of Martin ... should we expect Kurt Suzuki to similarly fall off the planet Earth (like, again, Ozzie Smith)? Also, trim those sideburns, Petriello!
(RC from Go Clemson)
You could argue that it's already begun, right? Suzuki hit only .242/.303/.366 last year, which even for a catcher is pretty lousy (though the double digit homers were nice). The difference here is that Suzuki's peak wasn't as great as Martin's, so the fall probably won't be as noticable either. (Mike Petriello)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a die hard Cardinals fan, is there any reason for me not to go ahead and assume that I'll be loathing the next two years with TLR at the helm, and Mo as his GM-Puppet?
(Jason from Columbia)
It's a weird situation out there, huh? Ozzie Smith was interviewed in a piece where it was basically alluded to that TLR is the reason Brendan Ryan is now out of a job in spite of a stellar glove. So weird in this day and age that a manager would have as much sway as he does.

Lightning round time, folks. I have more BP annual work calling my name, especially with all of the transactions going on. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jay ..... thanks for the chat. Have you recovered from the "5-Napkin Burger" Friday night? Who is the current leading candidate for the "Irrational Exuberance" HOF candidacy? In other words, who might be the next Jim Rice?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hey Diana! It took me awhile to recover from the 5-Napkin Burger, but maybe that was all the beer I drank trying to get through the Yanks' drawn out loss later that night.

Right now I'd have to say that it's Omar Vizquel's candidacy that leaves me cold. Keith Law wrote about it at length using JAWS numbers I supplied (http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/blog?name=law_keith&id=5410459). The short version is that Vizquel's defensive numbers don't measure up to the average Hall of Fame shortstop let alone those of Ozzie Smith, nor does his bat:

Ozzie Smith: 90.9 car/50.2 Pk/70.6 JAWS/.261 TAv/554 RARP/219 RAP/255 FRAA
Omar Vizquel: 47.8/27.8/37.8/.247/334/-16/84
AVG HOF SS: 70/47.9/59/.274/477/204/105 (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you saddened as I am that the inclusion of Ozzie Smith seems to have helped Omar Vizquel when it could or should have helped Larkin and Trammell?
(Gregor from Bathurst)
Omar's not on the ballot, so we shouldn't worry about his candidacy for at least another six years. I don't think Ozzie's presence in the Hall has any bearing on Larkin and Trammell any more than the presences of Robin Yount and Cal Ripken do. There were a handful of great shortstops playing during the eighties, and some people apparently feel we've enshrined enough of them. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)KG, From the scouts you've spoken to does Grant Green have enough glove to stick at short?
(Shane from The Bay Area)
Yes. Is he Ozzie Smith there? Absolutely not. But he can stick there for a while. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I can't believe that Alan Trammell doesn't get more publicity as a HOF snub. His numbers are almost identical to Ozzie Smith who got 90 percent of the vote? I guess it's because he couldn't do a backflip or have a flashy nickname.
(dangor from New York)
Outstanding candidate who's gotten an extremely raw deal. I think he's about 10 JAWS points above the Hall standard for shortstops, and he's well ahead in terms of both batting and fielding runs. It's a crime, I tellz ya! (Jay Jaffe)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)It seems that in a few years, Omar Vizquel will join Rusty Staub and Harold Baines as the only guys with 11,000 PAs who are not in the HOF. My loose understanding of the argument against Omar is that while his counting and rate stats compare favorably with the Wiz, after adjusting for eras he comes out a little short offensively (84 OPS+ to 87), but the big difference is defense. Apparently the gulf between their defensive abilities was so great that Ozzie was a 90%+ slam dunk inner-circle type of election, and Omar isn't even a bubble guy. Two questions: Was Ozzie overvalued when he went in, and if not can you shine some light on the defensive differences? Thanks
(ericturner29 from Chicago)
Ozzie Smith's defensive excellence is well-supported by the numbers, as systems such as WARP and Win Shares both love him. Vizquel is more of a mixed bag. The current iteration of WARP most definitely does NOT love him, but I suspect that the forthcoming play-by-play based system will correct that somewhat; his pbp-based UZR numbers eyeball as pretty decent.
Beyond that it's worth noting that Ozzie does have an advantage over Omar with the stick, via a .261 EQA to .254. IN terms of Batting Runs Above Average, the difference is about 100 runs. (Jay Jaffe)
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)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)Considering how far ahead of the pack he is at his position, is it fair to call Brooks Robinson the best defensive player in history?
(costa24 from Montreal)
Ozzie Smith is, and it's not close. Followed then by Bill Mazeroski, then probably Willie Mays. (Joe Sheehan)


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