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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
24 13068 .366 .433 .512 128 18.5
Birth Date12-18-1886
Height6' 1"
Weight175 lbs
Age132 years, 11 months, 27 days
BatsL
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
1905 DET 18 41 164 36 6 0 1 10 23 0 2 .240 .288 .300 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1906 DET 19 98 394 113 15 5 1 19 40 3 23 .316 .355 .394 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1907 DET 20 150 642 212 28 14 5 24 55 5 53 .350 .380 .468 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1908 DET 21 150 635 188 36 20 4 34 42 6 39 .324 .367 .475 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1909 DET 22 156 651 216 33 10 9 48 45 6 76 .377 .431 .517 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1910 DET 23 140 590 194 35 13 8 64 46 4 65 .383 .456 .551 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1911 DET 24 146 654 248 47 24 8 44 43 8 83 .420 .467 .621 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1912 DET 25 140 609 226 30 23 7 43 30 5 61 34 .409 .456 .584 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1913 DET 26 122 501 167 18 16 4 58 31 4 51 .390 .467 .535 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 DET 27 98 414 127 22 11 2 57 22 6 35 17 .368 .466 .513 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1915 DET 28 156 700 208 31 13 3 118 43 10 96 38 .369 .486 .487 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1916 DET 29 145 636 201 31 10 5 78 39 2 68 24 .371 .452 .493 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1917 DET 30 152 669 225 44 24 6 61 34 4 55 .383 .444 .570 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1918 DET 31 111 473 161 19 14 3 41 21 2 34 .382 .440 .515 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1919 DET 32 124 545 191 36 13 1 38 22 1 28 .384 .429 .515 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1920 DET 33 112 495 143 28 8 2 58 28 2 15 10 .334 .416 .451 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1921 DET 34 128 581 197 37 16 12 56 19 3 22 15 .389 .452 .596 122 9.7 3.8 0.0 2.3
1922 DET 35 137 612 211 42 16 4 55 24 4 9 13 .401 .462 .565 142 16.4 -2.9 0.0 2.2
1923 DET 36 145 647 189 40 7 6 66 14 3 9 10 .340 .413 .469 123 12.2 3.1 0.0 2.6
1924 DET 37 155 726 211 38 10 4 85 18 1 23 14 .338 .418 .450 113 8.8 3.8 0.0 2.6
1925 DET 38 121 490 157 31 12 12 65 12 5 13 9 .378 .468 .598 157 21.0 1.5 0.0 3.0
1926 DET 39 79 273 79 18 5 4 26 2 1 9 4 .339 .408 .511 115 3.4 0.4 0.0 0.9
1927 PHA 40 133 574 175 32 7 5 67 12 5 22 16 .357 .440 .482 136 25.6 4.8 0.0 4.3
1928 PHA 41 95 393 114 27 4 1 34 16 4 6 8 .323 .389 .431 107 5.7 -6.4 0.0 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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1905 DET MLB AL 41 164 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1906 DET MLB AL 98 394 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1907 DET MLB AL 150 642 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1908 DET MLB AL 150 635 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1909 DET MLB AL 156 651 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1910 DET MLB AL 140 590 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1911 DET MLB AL 146 654 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1912 DET MLB AL 140 609 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1913 DET MLB AL 122 501 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 DET MLB AL 98 414 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1915 DET MLB AL 156 700 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1916 DET MLB AL 145 636 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1917 DET MLB AL 152 669 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1918 DET MLB AL 111 473 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1919 DET MLB AL 124 545 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1920 DET MLB AL 112 495 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1921 DET MLB AL 128 581 .293 .344 .405 .000 110 15.9 9.2 0.8 122 17 0.0 3.8 9.7 2.3
1922 DET MLB AL 137 612 .280 .331 .390 .000 86 43.3 8.5 0.8 142 19 0.0 -2.9 16.4 2.2
1923 DET MLB AL 145 647 .285 .342 .389 .000 94 24.1 10.5 0.9 123 17 0.0 3.1 12.2 2.6
1924 DET MLB AL 155 726 .291 .347 .396 .000 114 6.6 12.4 1.1 113 17 0.0 3.8 8.8 2.6
1925 DET MLB AL 121 490 .294 .351 .404 .000 101 35.6 8.8 0.5 157 16 0.0 1.5 21.0 3.0
1926 DET MLB AL 79 273 .277 .331 .385 .000 106 8.1 4.7 0 115 19 0.0 0.4 3.4 0.9
1927 PHA MLB AL 133 574 .288 .343 .401 .000 112 27 15.7 -3.1 136 11 0.0 4.8 25.6 4.3
1928 PHA MLB AL 95 393 .286 .342 .408 .000 104 8.8 11.1 -4 107 9 0.0 -6.4 5.7 0.6

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
1905 DET MLB AL 164 150 19 36 6 0 1 45 15 10 23 2 .240 .288 .300 .060 4
1906 DET MLB AL 394 358 45 113 15 5 1 141 34 19 40 23 .316 .355 .394 .078 14
1907 DET MLB AL 642 605 97 212 28 14 5 283 119 24 55 53 .350 .380 .468 .117 8
1908 DET MLB AL 635 581 88 188 36 20 4 276 108 34 42 39 .324 .367 .475 .151 14
1909 DET MLB AL 651 573 116 216 33 10 9 296 107 48 45 76 .377 .431 .517 .140 24
1910 DET MLB AL 590 506 106 194 35 13 8 279 91 64 46 65 .383 .456 .551 .168 16
1911 DET MLB AL 654 591 147 248 47 24 8 367 127 44 43 83 .420 .467 .621 .201 11
1912 DET MLB AL 609 553 120 226 30 23 7 323 83 43 30 61 34 .409 .456 .584 .175 8
1913 DET MLB AL 501 428 70 167 18 16 4 229 67 58 31 51 .390 .467 .535 .145 11
1914 DET MLB AL 414 345 69 127 22 11 2 177 57 57 22 35 17 .368 .466 .513 .145 6
1915 DET MLB AL 700 563 144 208 31 13 3 274 99 118 43 96 38 .369 .486 .487 .117 9
1916 DET MLB AL 636 542 113 201 31 10 5 267 68 78 39 68 24 .371 .452 .493 .122 14
1917 DET MLB AL 669 588 107 225 44 24 6 335 102 61 34 55 .383 .444 .570 .187 16
1918 DET MLB AL 473 421 83 161 19 14 3 217 64 41 21 34 .382 .440 .515 .133 9
1919 DET MLB AL 545 497 92 191 36 13 1 256 70 38 22 28 .384 .429 .515 .131 9
1920 DET MLB AL 495 428 86 143 28 8 2 193 63 58 28 15 10 .334 .416 .451 .117 7
1921 DET MLB AL 581 507 124 197 37 16 12 302 101 56 19 22 15 .389 .452 .596 .207 15
1922 DET MLB AL 612 526 99 211 42 16 4 297 99 55 24 9 13 .401 .462 .565 .163 27
1923 DET MLB AL 647 556 103 189 40 7 6 261 88 66 14 9 10 .340 .413 .469 .129 22
1924 DET MLB AL 726 625 115 211 38 10 4 281 79 85 18 23 14 .338 .418 .450 .112 15
1925 DET MLB AL 490 415 97 157 31 12 12 248 102 65 12 13 9 .378 .468 .598 .219 5
1926 DET MLB AL 273 233 48 79 18 5 4 119 62 26 2 9 4 .339 .408 .511 .172 13
1927 PHA MLB AL 574 490 104 175 32 7 5 236 93 67 12 22 16 .357 .440 .482 .124 12
1928 PHA MLB AL 393 353 54 114 27 4 1 152 40 34 16 6 8 .323 .389 .431 .108 2

Plate Discipline

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Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)Which GM has the best chance of beating up an MLB player, and who is that player, and why do you think a GM could beat him up?
(Wooster from Big Poop)
Even though he isn't a GM I would have to say Jack McKeon because he has the kind of experience you can't find anywhere else. He could probably beat up Ty Cobb because Ty Cobb isn't doing that much moving right now. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)re: Bonds/HOF. How can people have ethical concerns about Bonds being in the HOF when Ty Cobb, who appears to have repeatedly beaten people into unconsciousness, and Babe Ruth (amongst others), who violated the 18th Amendment on multiple occasions, are in the HOF? Isn't this just a horrific case of not voting for someone because he was generally disliked?
(ttt from Manhattan)
I think the distinction some people draw (and again, I wouldn't draw this distinction) is that Cobb, while possibly (probably) a terrible person, played the game with more integrity than Bonds, that his lousy personality was largely an off-the-field problem and not something that affected play. And to play devil's advocate (because again, I'm in your corner), is the fact that some bad people/personalities are already in a good reason to add more of them? Maybe some voters see it as a "two wrongs don't make a right" situation. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Hunter Pence more old-timey than someone like Ty Cobb?
(Will from (Rochester))
My Productive Outs comrade Riley Breckenridge broke down Pence perfectly in a recent episode of our PRODcast. Riley said that Pence was kept locked up in a basement for the first 15 or so years of his life and shown nothing but those 1920s-ish baseball films that are all sped-up and funny-lookin', and Pence's entire familiarity with baseball stems from those films.

Which is as good an explanation as I've heard for his completely bizarre ... well, everything. (Ian Miller)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Following up on an item mentioned in the World Series Game 7 chat, what is the best Ty Cobb biography, if there is one to recommend? I don't have the patience to separate the fiction from the nonfiction in the Al Stump books.
(Michael from Detroit, MI)
No contest--Charles Alexander's book will serve. As a writer, Alexander is just functional, but his research is solid. I like his book on John McGraw as well. (Steven Goldman)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay - thanks again for the JAWS series this year. I'm submitting this question at 8:00am Eastern, so I don't yet know the results. My question is more of a suggestion - how similar is the relationship between Tim Raines and Rickey Henderson to that of Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb. In both cases, the paired players were contemporaries at the same position. In both cases, the former player was seen as awesome, but not the best in his role due to the continued presence of the latter. Hopefully, in both cases, the former player eventually gains enshrinement. What says you?
(R.A.Wagman from Toronto)
A question I'd have to research more fully to understand the attitudes toward Speaker and Cobb. Both of whom were apparently members of the KKK, to show you how standards of morality can shift over time. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steven, Very sorry to hear about your father being in the hospital again. My best to him and to you. My question: As a Red Sox fan, Cano can't be this good, right? Please say he isn't. You may chalk his production this season up to one or more of the following: 1) how his grandmother's magic beans ended up in his chili, 2) Cano's thievery of a pair of rabbit's feet underoos from Mark Teixeira's locker during spring training, 3) BABIP, LD%, Fly Ball %, or 4) actual skill. I'd prefer it was one of the first two, however. As always, thanks for the chat.
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
Thanks mm2000. I think he is kind of real. He's probably not a "real" .371 hitter, because Ty Cobb aside, no one is consistent at that level. When Cano slumped at the beginning of May, I thought (and wrote) "Aha, here comes one of his patented low-concentration/swing at anything cold streaks." Instead, he regrouped and hit .336 for the month. Since hitting eight home runs in April he's whacked only five, so the good news for you is that he's apparently not Rogers Hornsby. The really positive thing that has happened here is that you have a player with a tremendous ability to make contact and hit the ball hard who, while not becoming selective by any means, has upped his patience by just enough to eliminate the easy outs he used to make from time to time (or month to month, and in 2008 for a whole season. At 27 he's freakin' peakin'. If he doesn't regress, I see no reason why he can't give us a few more .320 or .330 seasons before he's done. (Steven Goldman)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Garrett Jones the greatest hitter of all time?
(tycobb from ga)
Better than Ty Cobb?

Yes, on the heels of his 8th home run last night in something like 60 at bats, there is little doubt. But seriously, Jones is a good story and a nice shot in the arm for the Pirates. That said, I have to believe that he's a 2-for-12 slump away from sitting on the bench and watching Lastings Milledge play. As popular as Nyjer Morgan was -- and yes, Morgan can play, too -- the Milledge deal was seemingly a wise one for Neal Huntington. There is still a good chance that Milledge will be a star. Garrett Jones is, in all likelihood, the most recent reincarnation of Chris Shelton. (David Laurila)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think the problem with the deadball era is that it's a completely different game. Offensive and defensive have ebbed and flowed throughout the years but different factors thereof still had similar relative values. It's hard to make sense of an era where scoring was way down, averages were way up, power meant triples, everyone stole at a 50% clip and usage and equipment changes since mean contemporary pitching is almost irrelevant as a comparison point. The sixties are a distant, distant second place in the whole "no rational frame of reference" game. And I say this as someone whose loved the era ever since you recommended Crazy 08 and The Glory of Their Times to me at the Boston book signing!
(jackalltogether from Boston)
Glad you took me up on those books. There are some really good ones. I also like "The Pitch that Killed," about Ray Chapman and Carl Mays... For me, history, even baseball history, is all about people and their high and low moments, their heroism, their villainy, the fact that they succeeded and failed just like you and me. The challenge as a writer is to bring them to life as people, not just stats. That's what I try to do, though it's sometimes a little difficult in the context of a 1500-word column. Also, even though all the differences you point out are true, a lot of the team-building and strategic problems are relateable. If I ask you to choose between PH A and PH B in a World Series game, and describe the strengths and weaknesses of each, we can second-guess along whether we're talking about Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker or Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker vs. Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay? The Analogy Police have reported you to Joe
(jackalltogether from Boston)
That was totally random, of course. You really can't go wrong, can you? Bay is the one that doesn't belong, I guess. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)No Goldstein/Goldman joke today. Sorry. I've run out of material.
(Richie from Washington)
Why is it that no one ever asks him to tell some good Ty Cobb stories in his chats? I think that would only be fair. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you tell some good Ty Cobb stories? Maybe like the time he climbed into the stands and punched the guy in the wheelchair?
(Lincoln from Fort Worth)
The guy wasn't in a wheelchair. He had no hands, so operating a wheelchair might have been a problem. When Cobb started stomping the guy, people around him shouted, "He has no hands!" Cobb said, "I don't care if he has no feet!" and kept stomping. Cobb did not discriminate against the physically challenged, just non-whites. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you tell me about the time when Ty Cobb bet his teammate he could hit the ball through a hole in the outfield fence?
(Chris from Wilson, NC)
I can tell you about the time that he said he would hit home runs, just to show that he could play the power game if he felt like it, then popped three in a game... (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)There was some interesting centerfielder talk on the Max Kellerman radio show today. They argued for Jim Edmonds' HOF case and were also discussing Ichiro, at one point even comparing him to Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb. Is Ichiro really at their level?
(Peter from Staten Island)
No, I don't think he is. He's got the speed and batting averages of their games, but he doesn't have the power. If you look at Clay's translated stats on the DT pages for these players, you'll see that Cobb works out to .355/.423/.617, and Speaker to .324/.410/.580, but Ichiro to "only" .348/.398/.462. If Speaker and Cobb had had the heart of their career in the lively ball era, they likely would have been huge power hitters, with some of those doubles and triples heading over the fences... As for Edmonds, I think he compares very well with the great CFs. How many of them were both great gloves and slugged .500? Very few. I think Edmonds is deserving, but he's going to have problems because he's short in the counting stats department due to not becoming a regular until 25 and subsequent injuries. (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-22 19:00:00 (link to chat)A friend and I have a bet: he says they called Ty Cobb "The Georgia Peach" because he was from Georgia, and that was considered clever back then. My theory is that it's an ironic nickname, like calling a bald guy "Curly." Who's right?
(Murph from Syracuse)
He was right at first, you became right as time went on. (Jim Baker)


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