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Ralph Kiner LFPirates

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
10 6256 .279 .398 .548 141 34.5
Birth Date10-27-1922
Height6' 2"
Weight195 lbs
Age96 years, 11 months, 22 days
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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
1946 PIT 23 144 579 124 17 3 23 74 109 1 3 .247 .345 .430 123 14.2 -7.0 0.0 2.1
1947 PIT 24 152 666 177 23 4 51 98 81 2 1 .313 .417 .639 151 40.6 -1.6 0.0 5.5
1948 PIT 25 156 670 147 19 5 40 112 61 3 1 .265 .391 .533 147 34.9 -1.7 0.0 4.6
1949 PIT 26 152 667 170 19 5 54 117 61 1 6 .310 .432 .658 171 51.5 0.3 0.0 6.5
1950 PIT 27 150 672 149 21 6 47 122 79 3 2 .272 .408 .590 139 38.4 -2.4 -22.8 2.5
1951 PIT 28 151 670 164 31 6 42 137 57 2 2 1 .309 .452 .627 162 51.6 -2.9 -1.1 5.8
1952 PIT 29 149 633 126 17 2 37 110 77 7 3 0 .244 .384 .500 131 23.3 0.8 -16.4 1.9
1953 CHN 30 117 491 117 14 2 28 75 67 1 1 1 .283 .394 .529 134 22.8 -2.1 -15.7 1.5
1953 PIT 30 41 175 40 6 1 7 25 21 2 1 0 .270 .383 .466 134 7.3 0.4 -0.5 1.0
1954 CHN 31 147 643 159 36 5 22 76 90 2 2 0 .285 .371 .487 117 14.8 -4.6 -10.2 1.2
1955 CLE 32 113 390 78 13 0 18 65 46 0 0 0 .243 .367 .452 128 16.2 0.4 -6.8 1.9
Career14726256145121639369101174924222.279.398.548141315.7-20.5-73.434.5

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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1946 PIT MLB NL 144 579 .250 .317 .348 .000 98 15.7 12.0 -0.7 123 12 0.0 -7.0 14.2 2.1
1947 PIT MLB NL 152 666 .265 .334 .389 .000 122 49 17.0 -4 151 10 0.0 -1.6 40.6 5.5
1948 PIT MLB NL 156 670 .260 .330 .384 .000 97 49.7 15.8 -3.7 147 13 0.0 -1.7 34.9 4.6
1949 PIT MLB NL 152 667 .257 .327 .381 .000 101 71.8 15.8 -3.7 171 14 0.0 0.3 51.5 6.5
1950 PIT MLB NL 150 672 .260 .333 .400 .000 99 45.8 16.4 -3.9 139 12 -22.8 -2.4 38.4 2.5
1951 PIT MLB NL 151 670 .256 .324 .384 .000 111 61.2 15.6 -6.1 162 9 -1.1 -2.9 51.6 5.8
1952 PIT MLB NL 149 633 .250 .316 .367 .000 97 29.5 13.0 -3.1 131 12 -16.4 0.8 23.3 1.9
1953 CHN MLB NL 117 491 .262 .329 .405 .000 102 26 12.9 -3.1 134 12 -15.7 -2.1 22.8 1.5
1953 PIT MLB NL 41 175 .269 .331 .425 .000 108 7.3 4.1 -1 134 12 -0.5 0.4 7.3 1.0
1954 CHN MLB NL 147 643 .267 .331 .410 .306 115 11 14.9 -3.5 117 11 -10.2 -4.6 14.8 1.2
1955 CLE MLB AL 113 390 .256 .332 .383 .230 100 12.4 10.9 -2.4 128 13 -6.8 0.4 16.2 1.9

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
1946 PIT MLB NL 579 502 63 124 17 3 23 216 81 74 109 3 .247 .345 .430 .183 2
1947 PIT MLB NL 666 565 118 177 23 4 51 361 127 98 81 1 .313 .417 .639 .326 1
1948 PIT MLB NL 670 555 104 147 19 5 40 296 123 112 61 1 .265 .391 .533 .268 0
1949 PIT MLB NL 667 549 116 170 19 5 54 361 127 117 61 6 .310 .432 .658 .348 0
1950 PIT MLB NL 672 547 112 149 21 6 47 323 118 122 79 2 .272 .408 .590 .318 0
1951 PIT MLB NL 670 531 124 164 31 6 42 333 109 137 57 2 1 .309 .452 .627 .318 0
1952 PIT MLB NL 633 516 90 126 17 2 37 258 87 110 77 3 0 .244 .384 .500 .256 0
1953 PIT MLB NL 175 148 27 40 6 1 7 69 29 25 21 1 0 .270 .383 .466 .196 0
1953 CHN MLB NL 491 414 73 117 14 2 28 219 87 75 67 1 1 .283 .394 .529 .246 1
1954 CHN MLB NL 643 557 88 159 36 5 22 271 73 76 90 2 0 .285 .371 .487 .201 3 5
1955 CLE MLB AL 390 321 56 78 13 0 18 145 54 65 46 0 0 .243 .367 .452 .209 4 0

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

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Compensation

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2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Historically, do good players on bad teams tend to get overvalued by the home fans, since they are the best player on the team, or undervalued, since the team as a whole is still middling and not competitive?
(HuffWade from Chicago)
Bill James made the argument for undervalued, prompted, IIRC, on the Yankees dumping Mike Easler after the 1986 season (which turned out to be much ado about nothing). I think he was right -- just look at the Reds and Adam Dunn and their focus on everything he couldn't do while missing the things he did better than most players. Look at Dick Allen and the Phillies. Ralph Kiner and the Pirates. Maybe the right answer is that they become undervalued by their organizations in the "We could have finished last without you" sense. You never can tell who the fans will fall in love with -- as I've remarked here many times, my friends used to drive me almost to the point of violence with their affection for "fan favorite" Alvaro Espinoza. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have the various games this year between the Yankees and the Orioles given you any impression of the Orioles this year?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
They're a bit more entertaining than they have been for the last few years, because they now have like four-fifths of an interesting batting order. The pitching staff remains a concept. Things are coming together so slowly, that I feel like Nick Markakis and Adam Jones will be free agent eligible before the O's manage to put a team around them... That's the one great thing about free agency - no player is condemned to be Wally Berger now, or Ralph Kiner, or Bob Johnson. If your team is unserious or incompetent, you can bail. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any first ballot Hall of Fame members in the Uptons/Longoria/Braun group?
(denny187 from WI)
Well, Braun has hit 71 homers in his first two years in the majors. The only players with as many or more are Pujols (71), Eddie Matthews (72), Ralph Kiner (74), and Joe DiMaggio (75). And Longoria has put up 8.1 WARP in his rookie season at the age of 22 after missing part of April and over a month at the end of the season, which is really a remarkable feat. I think all four of them have the talent to be Hall of Famers...first ballot? The vagaries of BBWAA selections are hard to predict. (Caleb Peiffer)


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