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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
17 7429 .236 .302 .478 115 24.6
Birth Date12-21-1948
Height6' 6"
Weight210 lbs
Age71 years, 1 months, 4 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
1971 SFN 22 41 128 32 10 2 6 9 35 1 5 0 .278 .328 .557 109 2.3 0.5 -2.0 0.3
1972 SFN 23 135 531 106 17 4 29 51 140 4 16 6 .225 .303 .462 112 9.3 1.5 2.3 2.7
1973 SFN 24 112 351 62 10 1 24 41 122 2 8 5 .203 .300 .479 112 6.7 0.6 9.7 2.7
1974 SFN 25 121 393 78 18 2 18 37 125 3 8 8 .223 .302 .440 104 3.6 -0.2 4.5 1.4
1975 NYN 26 134 543 116 22 1 36 34 153 4 7 5 .231 .284 .494 117 13.6 -2.5 -6.2 1.5
1976 NYN 27 123 510 113 14 1 37 28 135 5 7 4 .238 .286 .506 132 19.8 -2.1 0.6 2.9
1977 CAL 28 10 39 7 2 0 2 1 16 1 0 0 .194 .237 .417 95 -0.1 0.0 -1.2 -0.1
1977 NYA 28 8 27 6 2 0 4 2 13 1 0 1 .250 .333 .833 92 -0.2 -0.4 0.0 0.0
1977 NYN 28 58 228 44 7 0 9 13 66 3 3 2 .209 .263 .370 91 -1.4 -2.3 -1.9 -0.2
1977 SDN 28 56 187 40 9 0 11 12 48 2 2 3 .238 .292 .488 93 -0.9 0.5 1.3 0.5
1978 CHN 29 119 448 105 17 4 28 39 111 6 3 4 .266 .336 .542 127 14.9 -1.8 6.5 3.1
1979 CHN 30 145 589 153 19 5 48 45 131 4 4 2 .288 .343 .613 132 24.9 2.5 -1.2 4.0
1980 CHN 31 81 280 71 8 0 18 21 44 0 2 2 .278 .329 .522 122 7.7 -0.5 -0.7 1.3
1981 NYN 32 100 412 78 11 3 22 55 105 1 6 0 .221 .326 .456 121 8.3 0.1 -9.4 0.5
1982 NYN 33 149 607 109 9 1 37 59 156 4 4 0 .204 .285 .432 118 13.5 -1.1 -19.3 -0.1
1983 NYN 34 100 273 49 7 0 13 22 57 1 2 1 .198 .265 .383 96 -1.3 -1.1 -4.4 -0.3
1984 OAK 35 147 613 147 23 1 35 44 119 6 2 1 .268 .321 .505 125 19.6 -0.9 -0.5 2.6
1985 OAK 36 158 666 141 16 0 30 62 114 2 3 2 .238 .309 .417 105 6.2 -2.0 0.2 1.2
1986 OAK 37 144 604 118 19 0 35 33 126 3 3 3 .210 .255 .431 99 0.5 -1.5 -0.2 0.5
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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
1971 SFN MLB NL 41 128 .246 .305 .354 .338 102 7.6 3.2 -1.5 109 19 -2.0 0.5 2.3 0.3
1972 SFN MLB NL 135 531 .247 .311 .360 .251 101 10.7 12.5 -2.6 112 11 2.3 1.5 9.3 2.7
1973 SFN MLB NL 112 351 .257 .319 .383 .236 101 0.9 9.2 -0.8 112 12 9.7 0.6 6.7 2.7
1974 SFN MLB NL 121 393 .254 .319 .363 .288 100 2.6 10.2 -4.8 104 12 4.5 -0.2 3.6 1.4
1975 NYN MLB NL 134 543 .258 .321 .372 .254 96 9.8 14.3 -5.1 117 11 -6.2 -2.5 13.6 1.5
1976 NYN MLB NL 123 510 .257 .322 .367 .249 94 20 12.8 -5 132 13 0.6 -2.1 19.8 2.9
1977 CAL MLB AL 10 39 .273 .327 .405 .278 90 -1.6 1.1 -0.6 95 12 -1.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1
1977 NYA MLB AL 8 27 .271 .340 .410 .286 102 3.4 0.8 -0.4 92 12 0.0 -0.4 -0.2 0.0
1977 NYN MLB NL 58 228 .269 .331 .401 .255 94 -7 6.4 -2.3 91 12 -1.9 -2.3 -1.4 -0.2
1977 SDN MLB NL 56 187 .258 .320 .392 .259 96 1.3 5.2 -1.6 93 12 1.3 0.5 -0.9 0.5
1978 CHN MLB NL 119 448 .256 .317 .371 .294 111 19.9 11.7 -2.9 127 15 6.5 -1.8 14.9 3.1
1979 CHN MLB NL 145 589 .258 .317 .382 .291 110 33.5 16.5 -3.9 132 10 -1.2 2.5 24.9 4.0
1980 CHN MLB NL 81 280 .256 .312 .371 .269 105 6.8 7.5 -1.8 122 11 -0.7 -0.5 7.7 1.3
1981 NYN MLB NL 100 412 .251 .312 .361 .246 99 8.5 10.4 -4.6 121 13 -9.4 0.1 8.3 0.5
1982 NYN MLB NL 149 607 .257 .314 .372 .207 100 4.9 16.4 -10.4 118 11 -19.3 -1.1 13.5 -0.1
1983 NYN MLB NL 100 273 .255 .316 .376 .201 97 -6 7.4 -3.9 96 11 -4.4 -1.1 -1.3 -0.3
1984 OAK MLB AL 147 613 .262 .322 .395 .274 95 25 16.4 -10.5 125 10 -0.5 -0.9 19.6 2.6
1985 OAK MLB AL 158 666 .265 .326 .410 .243 93 6.6 18.2 -11.6 105 10 0.2 -2.0 6.2 1.2
1986 OAK MLB AL 144 604 .261 .325 .408 .204 95 -10.5 16.7 -10.7 99 13 -0.2 -1.5 0.5 0.5
1987 PHX AAA PCL 20 73 .000 .000 .000 .217 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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
1971 SFN MLB NL 128 115 17 32 10 2 6 64 24 9 35 5 0 .278 .328 .557 .278 3 0
1972 SFN MLB NL 531 472 65 106 17 4 29 218 83 51 140 16 6 .225 .303 .462 .237 4 0
1973 SFN MLB NL 351 305 54 62 10 1 24 146 55 41 122 8 5 .203 .300 .479 .275 2 1
1974 SFN MLB NL 393 350 41 78 18 2 18 154 55 37 125 8 8 .223 .302 .440 .217 1 2
1975 NYN MLB NL 543 502 65 116 22 1 36 248 88 34 153 7 5 .231 .284 .494 .263 2 1
1976 NYN MLB NL 510 474 70 113 14 1 37 240 86 28 135 7 4 .238 .286 .506 .268 3 0
1977 NYN MLB NL 228 211 22 44 7 0 9 78 28 13 66 3 2 .209 .263 .370 .161 1 0
1977 SDN MLB NL 187 168 16 40 9 0 11 82 39 12 48 2 3 .238 .292 .488 .250 3 2
1977 CAL MLB AL 39 36 4 7 2 0 2 15 4 1 16 0 0 .194 .237 .417 .222 0 1
1977 NYA MLB AL 27 24 5 6 2 0 4 20 7 2 13 0 1 .250 .333 .833 .583 0 0
1978 CHN MLB NL 448 395 65 105 17 4 28 214 79 39 111 3 4 .266 .336 .542 .276 6 2
1979 CHN MLB NL 589 532 97 153 19 5 48 326 115 45 131 4 2 .288 .343 .613 .325 8 0
1980 CHN MLB NL 280 255 31 71 8 0 18 133 57 21 44 2 2 .278 .329 .522 .243 4 0
1981 NYN MLB NL 412 353 40 78 11 3 22 161 59 55 105 6 0 .221 .326 .456 .235 2 1
1982 NYN MLB NL 607 535 80 109 9 1 37 231 99 59 156 4 0 .204 .285 .432 .228 6 3
1983 NYN MLB NL 273 248 25 49 7 0 13 95 29 22 57 2 1 .198 .265 .383 .185 1 1
1984 OAK MLB AL 613 549 68 147 23 1 35 277 118 44 119 2 1 .268 .321 .505 .237 14 0
1985 OAK MLB AL 666 592 66 141 16 0 30 247 91 62 114 3 2 .238 .309 .417 .179 8 2
1986 OAK MLB AL 604 561 70 118 19 0 35 242 94 33 126 3 3 .210 .255 .431 .221 7 0
1987 PHX AAA PCL 73 59 11 12 3 0 2 21 11 12 11 0 0 .203 .347 .356 .153 0 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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2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-04-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of career do you see Joey Gallo having?
(Cory from Ohio)
A good one that frustrates the hell out of people because of all the strikeouts. Dave Kingman is an easy lazy comp but, sure, Dave Kingman. (Christopher Crawford)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Adam Dunn be the Dave Kingman who actually makes the Hall?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Dunn is already more valuable than Kingman was in his entire career (thanks, OBP!). If he hits a ton of homers like he has (and like I wrote about here!) then I can see it happening. It's going to be tough to turn down a player with nearly 600 bombs and no steroid allegations, regardless of his defense. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Hunter Pence Jeff Francouer on steroids (in a 2.0 version kind of way)? And does Michael Stanton remind you of Dave Kingman?
(Bob from Seattle)
Not sure what you mean by 2.0 or steroids, but I don't think they are really comparable. Pence isn't a superstar, but he is consistent offensively and has actual value with the bat. .280/.330/.470 isn't lighting the world on fire but it's certainly better than the crap Francouer puts up each year. Plus, Pence has speed, steals bases, and looks to be a good fielder. (Eric Seidman)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How about Fred McGriff? Big HR guy with no steroid taint.
(SIERAmist from Clean Coal Fantasyland, WV)
Unless he's added a few homers since December, what I wrote back then (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=9871) still applies:

For years now, there's been talk of the fact that with his 493 homers, McGriff might unseat Dave Kingman (442 homers) as the player with the highest total not to make the Hall of Fame. Jose Canseco (462 homers) has already erased the so-called "Kingman Line," but then his transgressions insured he'd never make Cooperstown anyway. There's bound to be a certain nostalgia among voters for McGriff, who hit the majority of his shots before the pharmaceutically-fueled assault on the single-season home-run record began, and an acknowledgment that the round-numbered milestone he fell short of means less today than it did a generation ago.

Even so, McGriff doesn't have a particularly strong case for Cooperstown. Despite the two home-run titles, he's well short of the Black Ink of a typical Hall of Famer (though that Jamesian metric fails to adjust for expansion). He never won an MVP award (his top single-season WARP total of 6.8 isn't quite MVP territory), and while he did place in the top 10 in the voting in six straight seasons (1989-1994), he only cracked the top five in 1993. JAWS-wise, that stretch of six-win seasons still isn't enough for him to measure up to the average Hall of Famer on peak score, and he's even further below the standard on career WARP. The shape of his JAWS line is very similar to that of Tony Perez (59.0/41.3/50.2), but that particular Doggie had five pennants, two rings, and a more famous dynasty to his name. The guess here is that he'll fall far short, but linger on the ballot for a long time. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'd like to make an argument for aesthetically pleasing baseball (for lack of a better term) being just as good reason to elect someone to the Hall Of Fame. The reason we love baseball is because it's amazing, exciting, and beautiful. There are some players who win ugly, and there are some players who don't help the team win as much as some would think, but are certainly fun to watch (Rice, Dawson, Nolan Ryan). Shouldn't there be room in the Hall for both?
(Jim from Brooklyn)
I have no beef with Ryan being there. If your idea of aesthetics includes exciting long home runs salted among lots and lots of outs, where's Dave Kingman on your ballot? (Jay Jaffe)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)cody johnson? does he have a future
(jckmd04 from nashville)
There's SOMETHING there. I mean, the guy has insane power, but I don't know what it all is in the end. He's kind of a Dave Kingman type to me, and I don't know if that fits somewhere in today's game. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm hoping you'll expand on your earlier brief answer about how Portland is viewed as a possible relocation destination. There seems to be a lot of opposition to public subsidies of sports here, but the legislature put some kind of plan in place to fund a stadium. I hear a lot of arguments from the 'pro-stadium' crowd that Portland is bigger than some existing markets, etc. I just worry that Portland is being used as a pawn by other teams and cities to do their own deals. Can you give an impartial outside view?
(Ben H. from Portland, OR)
Portland is pretty darn small: Smaller media market than Indianapolis, and only a notch ahead of such metropoli as Pittsburgh and K.C. I guess that's "bigger than some existing markets," but that's like saying Dave Kingman has "more homers than some Hall of Fame members."

The current stadium plan for Portland involves converting their current baseball stadium for soccer, and building a new minor-league stadium for the Beavers, though the financing details are hazy at best, as probably befits a plan put forward by the son of the guy who oversaw the federal bank bailout. I was pretty skeptical of Portland's ability to build a stadium back when they tried it for the Expos, and nothing's happened since then to chance my mind.

As for being a pawn, that's going to happen whether Portland plays along or not. I still remember Rudy Giuliani holding a press conference to declare that the city needed to build the Yankees a new stadium because they were negotiating with New Jersey, and NJ's governor the next day holding her own press conference to say, "Hey, don't drag us into this." (Neil deMause)


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