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Portrait of Mickey Mantle

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
18 9909 .298 .421 .557 .354 117.7
Birth Date10-20-1931
Height5' 11"
Weight195 lbs
Age86 years, 11 months, 26 days
BatsB
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
1951 NYA 19 96 386 341 61 91 11 5 13 151 43 74 0 2 65 8 7 .267 .349 .443 .297 20.7 -6.4 1.5
1952 NYA 20 142 626 549 94 171 37 7 23 291 75 111 0 2 87 4 1 .311 .394 .530 .347 67.1 5.4 7.9
1953 NYA 21 127 540 461 105 136 24 3 21 229 79 90 0 0 92 8 4 .295 .398 .497 .322 54.4 4.9 6.0
1954 NYA 22 146 651 543 129 163 17 12 27 285 102 107 0 4 2 102 5 2 .300 .408 .525 .327 67.7 -12.4 5.8
1955 NYA 23 147 638 517 121 158 25 11 37 316 113 97 3 3 2 99 8 1 .306 .431 .611 .363 93.9 -0.4 9.7
1956 NYA 24 150 652 533 132 188 22 5 52 376 112 99 2 4 1 130 10 1 .353 .464 .705 .396 113.1 3.6 12.1
1957 NYA 25 144 623 474 121 173 28 6 34 315 146 75 0 3 0 94 16 3 .365 .512 .665 .414 116.2 -0.3 12.3
1958 NYA 26 150 654 519 127 158 21 1 42 307 129 120 2 2 2 97 18 3 .304 .443 .592 .365 93.5 -13.3 8.5
1959 NYA 27 144 639 541 104 154 23 4 31 278 93 126 2 2 1 75 21 3 .285 .390 .514 .328 66.1 6.9 7.6
1960 NYA 28 153 644 527 119 145 17 6 40 294 111 125 1 5 0 94 14 3 .275 .399 .558 .339 72.5 -16.8 5.9
1961 NYA 29 153 646 514 131 163 16 6 54 353 126 112 0 5 1 128 12 1 .317 .448 .687 .398 114.0 -3.5 11.3
1962 NYA 30 123 502 377 96 121 15 1 30 228 122 78 1 2 0 89 9 0 .321 .486 .605 .390 81.1 -15.1 6.8
1963 NYA 31 65 213 172 40 54 8 0 15 107 40 32 0 1 0 35 2 1 .314 .441 .622 .390 30.7 1.6 3.7
1964 NYA 32 143 567 465 92 141 25 2 35 275 99 102 0 3 0 111 6 3 .303 .423 .591 .368 73.7 -13.4 6.7
1965 NYA 33 122 435 361 44 92 12 1 19 163 73 76 0 1 0 46 4 1 .255 .379 .452 .308 25.1 -1.1 2.7
1966 NYA 34 108 393 333 40 96 12 1 23 179 57 76 0 3 0 56 1 1 .288 .389 .538 .354 44.0 -8.0 4.0
1967 NYA 35 144 553 440 63 108 17 0 22 191 107 113 1 5 0 55 1 1 .245 .391 .434 .328 36.7 -11.6 2.9
1968 NYA 36 144 547 435 57 103 14 1 18 173 106 97 1 4 1 54 6 2 .237 .385 .398 .324 31.0 -12.9 2.3
Career2401990981021676241534472536451117331710134714150915338.298.421.557.3541201.5-92.9117.7

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
1951 NYA MLB 96 386 .297 .263 .339 .383 .273 .000 96 14.8 10.4 -3.6 -6.4 -1.0 20.7 1.5 20.7 1.5
1952 NYA MLB 142 626 .347 .251 .321 .365 .268 .000 94 48.1 14.6 0.3 5.4 4.2 67.1 7.9 67.1 7.9
1953 NYA MLB 127 540 .322 .264 .333 .387 .265 .000 97 34.4 14.5 0.9 4.9 4.6 54.4 6.0 54.4 6.0
1954 NYA MLB 146 651 .327 .255 .326 .371 .253 .329 99 43.8 17.3 1.6 -12.4 4.9 67.7 5.8 67.7 5.8
1955 NYA MLB 147 638 .363 .262 .330 .383 .259 .313 99 69.3 17.7 1.6 -0.4 5.3 93.9 9.7 93.9 9.7
1956 NYA MLB 150 652 .396 .262 .335 .397 .265 .352 99 92.8 18.1 1.6 3.6 0.5 113.1 12.1 113.1 12.1
1957 NYA MLB 144 623 .414 .257 .322 .383 .260 .378 98 95.5 16.7 1.5 -0.3 2.5 116.2 12.3 116.2 12.3
1958 NYA MLB 150 654 .365 .256 .320 .388 .260 .323 99 68.1 17.6 1.6 -13.3 6.1 93.5 8.5 93.5 8.5
1959 NYA MLB 144 639 .328 .256 .319 .389 .259 .319 98 44.1 17.6 1.6 6.9 2.8 66.1 7.6 66.1 7.6
1960 NYA MLB 153 644 .339 .257 .324 .389 .263 .286 99 50.5 17.4 1.6 -16.8 3.0 72.5 5.9 72.5 5.9
1961 NYA MLB 153 646 .398 .257 .326 .398 .263 .309 97 93.5 18.3 1.7 -3.5 0.5 114.0 11.3 114.0 11.3
1962 NYA MLB 123 502 .390 .254 .323 .395 .262 .336 98 67 14.0 0 -15.1 0.1 81.1 6.8 81.1 6.8
1963 NYA MLB 65 213 .390 .249 .312 .384 .265 .310 97 25.1 5.3 0.5 1.6 -0.1 30.7 3.7 30.7 3.7
1964 NYA MLB 143 567 .368 .248 .312 .382 .260 .320 98 57.1 14.5 0 -13.4 2.0 73.7 6.7 73.7 6.7
1965 NYA MLB 122 435 .308 .241 .306 .367 .259 .273 97 19 11.0 -2.5 -1.1 -2.4 25.1 2.7 25.1 2.7
1966 NYA MLB 108 393 .354 .241 .302 .369 .256 .308 97 34 10.0 0.7 -8.0 -0.7 44.0 4.0 44.0 4.0
1967 NYA MLB 144 553 .328 .233 .298 .346 .254 .277 96 32.5 13.3 -8.3 -11.6 -0.7 36.7 2.9 36.7 2.9
1968 NYA MLB 144 547 .324 .227 .293 .333 .255 .262 93 28.2 12.0 -7.5 -12.9 -1.8 31.0 2.3 31.0 2.3

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
1951 NYA MLB 386 61 91 11 5 13 65 43 74 8 7 .267 .349 .443 .176 .297 20.7 -6.4 1.5
1952 NYA MLB 626 94 171 37 7 23 87 75 111 4 1 .311 .394 .530 .219 .347 67.1 5.4 7.9
1953 NYA MLB 540 105 136 24 3 21 92 79 90 8 4 .295 .398 .497 .202 .322 54.4 4.9 6.0
1954 NYA MLB 651 129 163 17 12 27 102 102 107 5 2 .300 .408 .525 .225 .327 67.7 -12.4 5.8
1955 NYA MLB 638 121 158 25 11 37 99 113 97 8 1 .306 .431 .611 .306 .363 93.9 -0.4 9.7
1956 NYA MLB 652 132 188 22 5 52 130 112 99 10 1 .353 .464 .705 .353 .396 113.1 3.6 12.1
1957 NYA MLB 623 121 173 28 6 34 94 146 75 16 3 .365 .512 .665 .300 .414 116.2 -0.3 12.3
1958 NYA MLB 654 127 158 21 1 42 97 129 120 18 3 .304 .443 .592 .287 .365 93.5 -13.3 8.5
1959 NYA MLB 639 104 154 23 4 31 75 93 126 21 3 .285 .390 .514 .229 .328 66.1 6.9 7.6
1960 NYA MLB 644 119 145 17 6 40 94 111 125 14 3 .275 .399 .558 .283 .339 72.5 -16.8 5.9
1961 NYA MLB 646 131 163 16 6 54 128 126 112 12 1 .317 .448 .687 .370 .398 114.0 -3.5 11.3
1962 NYA MLB 502 96 121 15 1 30 89 122 78 9 0 .321 .486 .605 .284 .390 81.1 -15.1 6.8
1963 NYA MLB 213 40 54 8 0 15 35 40 32 2 1 .314 .441 .622 .308 .390 30.7 1.6 3.7
1964 NYA MLB 567 92 141 25 2 35 111 99 102 6 3 .303 .423 .591 .288 .368 73.7 -13.4 6.7
1965 NYA MLB 435 44 92 12 1 19 46 73 76 4 1 .255 .379 .452 .197 .308 25.1 -1.1 2.7
1966 NYA MLB 393 40 96 12 1 23 56 57 76 1 1 .288 .389 .538 .249 .354 44.0 -8.0 4.0
1967 NYA MLB 553 63 108 17 0 22 55 107 113 1 1 .245 .391 .434 .189 .328 36.7 -11.6 2.9
1968 NYA MLB 547 57 103 14 1 18 54 106 97 6 2 .237 .385 .398 .161 .324 31.0 -12.9 2.3

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you could go back and give any player a completely healthy career to see what they could do with their full capabilities, who would you pick? I'm having a tough time deciding between Mickey Mantle and Eric Davis...
(Nick from Los Feliz, CA)
Hey Nick, this is another fun one. I'm tempted to say Bo Jackson because of the tools, but I don't know how complete a ballplayer he would have become even without the injury. A healthy career from Davis boggles the mind. I literally get goosebumps thinking about it. I'll go with Davis. On the pitching side, Sandy Koufax or Bret Saberhagen. (Geoff Young)
2010-07-29 16:30:00 (link to chat)My impression of the Ibanez deal is that Amaro ran out ahead of the market. He gave a 37 year old corner outfielder with suspect defense a three year deal in market clustered with similar players who got far less in terms both dollars and years. I agree Ibanez had an amazing first half of '09, but he's been mediocre since then. Also, I'm not sure there was any reasonable way Amaro could've known Ibanez would turn into Mickey Mantle. Maybe I'm being too harsh though.
(mattymatty2000 from Re: Ibanez)
It did seem like too much money with such a flush of corner outfielders and not many teams in need of them. Ibanez obviously hurt himself and that's made a dent in his production. I think his age made that foreseeable, but he really did help the team compete in early '09 and that's worth crediting Amaro for. The Phillies scouts probably saw Ibanez was primed to do well, and maybe it was a freak injury after all. It's not a terrible contract considering what they got out of him last year. In two months, he'd earned about half his three-year contract value already. (Matt Swartz)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much does the type of workouts players do during the off season matter? For example, Evan Longoria concentrated on his hamstrings/glutes during the winter. Is this more of an overreaction to the previous year or something likely to prevent recurrences in the future? (or, more likely, depends on the individual and workouts in question?)
(Stephanie from DC)
Great question. Bypassing the easy joke about Longoria, it's an interesting point that we know so little about the off-season workouts. They're actually a new innovation. Players used to WORK during the offseason. Yogi Berra was a maitre d' early in his career. Mickey Mantle I think sold cars. Since so many are done ad hoc and followed only "light touch" by the teams, there's very little data. Mostly we get people following on someone's success. Lots of Red Sox go to API in Arizona because Dustin Pedroia was an advocate and won an MVP. (Will Carroll)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)No question Jimmy McNulty = Mickey Mantle. Made a lot of mistakes, but was so talented everyone overlooked them. And you could have Costas giving the eulogy at the pool table instead of Sgt. Landsman...
(Rip2632 from Birmingham,AL)
You're just saying that because they were both alcoholics. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking back, we will remember there was this guy named Albert Pujolus with regard to Utley. As for Morneau, we have no excuses.
(Justin from Normal)
I think Bill James wrote that in most eras, there's usually one player who is the best player in his league for several years, and that player probably could win MVP every year. I.e. Mickey Mantle in the '50s, or Barry Bonds from 1990-2004. Pujols probably should be working on his fifth MVP by now, but assuming that the voters prefer variety (which they most definitely do), it's amazing that Utley and Mauer have had combined three teammates win MVP, without ever having a better year than either of them. (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would teams rather deal with Boras or a player's dad/close family member with little experience as his agent?
(David from Sonoma State University, CA)
Boras -- every day of the week and twice on sundays. The NIGHTMARE stories you hear about dealing with parents as agents are amazing. At least Boras understands how the sausage is made. When you're dealing with a dad or uncle who doesn't know crap, and thinks his kid if the best thing since Mickey Mantle just because he's the best athlete in the history of his small town, or even worse sees his kid as a meal ticket -- it's just horrible. Teams want to deal with agents, even if it's Boras. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Phil Hughes staying or going?
(Eric from Manorville)
Bunch of questions about Phil Hughes, though it's possible they're all from the same fellow under multiple aliases. Mom, is that you? Actually, I doubt my mom thinks about Phil Hughes much. She might think about Mickey Mantle sometimes... I think he should stay, and the Yankees will get their reward for putting up with the inconsistency -- ultimately, he'll break through. Now that's what I think, not necessarily what they'll do when/as/if Wang looks ready and Hughes hasn't made a stronger impression, and maybe you can't argue about it if they're still competitive at that point. If they're just string along as they are currently, maybe it's a different matter.

...I should have mentioned Paul Richards before in that manager question. Before my time, but he seemingly had a lot on the ball. In a minor key way, I've also wondered why Jim LeFebrve didn't get more respect given what he accomplished with the M's and the Cubs.

...And why isn't Whitey Herzog in the HOF? (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Greetings from Bronx Banter! Gaze into your crystal ball and tell me when Jeter gets moved off of SS, and what position he moves to?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hey, D. Congratulations on your move into the pro ranks (check out Diane's work at Bronx Banter's new home at SNY). I'm going to guess that, like Joe DiMaggio when he was faced with Mickey Mantle forcing him off of his historic perch in center field, Jeter will elect to make his next position... Mr. Coffee. So the date would be 2011. A bit of a flip answer, but I fully expect that Jeter's declining bat will make the point moot by the time his contract is up. (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Yanks are smart, and I think Cashman is, and I think (hope) he stays - isn't the wiser move to forget 2009 and prepare for 2010, or even 2011? You don't have to say it - they never would - and its not like attendance will fall, what with the Stadium v2.0 opening . . . Doing this doesn't preclude signing CC or Tex (or both), just being realistic, even if only internally
(Shaun P. from Medway, MA)
Maybe you're right, but I don't know if it will get better by then, because the position guys under contract will be going soft and moldy by then, and who are the position players in the system coming up behind Austin Jackson to replace them? Not that Austin Jackson looks like Mickey Mantle either. Jesus Montero might not be ready by then. There is very little to look forward to in that regard. The Yankees have obviously had some success drafting pitching, but the Yankees couldn't find a position player prospect even if the player had I HAVE BEEN POSSESSED BY LOU GEHRIG'S RESTLESS SOUL floating in fiery letters above his head. I could see Hughes or Kennedy or both suddenly clicking in next year and making things look a lot better, but on the whole I'm not real optimistic about the Decaying Derek Jeter Era. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)I feel Yankees will improve to about an 88 win season but not a championship year. Would you agree. Also one "Off the Wall" question. Do you think Mickey Mantle would-could hit the warehouse in Camden Yards. Thanks>>>
(Rockee from Schodack, NY)
Agreed, and I wrote as much the other day. My touchstone was the 1984 season where they had a first half which was (approximating from memory)35-47 and then a second half which was the best record in baseball at 55-25. I have an idea that something like that will happen, maybe spurred by Jobba and some other change we can't anticipate. The only problem with the 1984 Hypothesis is that the Yankees were able to bring in Don Mattingly and Mike Pagliarulo that year, pushing Ken Griffey to left field over Steve Kemp and sending Toby Harrah to the bench. That kind of thing isn't going to happen this year. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)I see that Mickey Mantle played in seven games as a SS over a few seasons earlier in his career. Is there a story behind that?
(Arnold Layne from Cambridge)
He was a shortstop in the minors but, as often happens with young players, the Yankees decided he wasn't going to evolve as a fielder (he made about a million errors) so they decided to use his incredible speed and stick him in the outfield. Casey Stengel liked to pinch-hit for his shortstops a lot, so sometimes early on they would live with Mantle at short for an inning or two as part of that move - you got to keep the outfield bat you used as a PH in the lineup instead of plugging in another infield bat. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)So long as we're discussing shortstops, do you have any thoughts on Marc Lancaster's idea for the Rays to activate Aybar, send Zobrist to the minors, and use Evan Longoria as the backup shortstop?
(Stephanie from DC)
Without commenting specifically on Longoria's ability to do the job, I think teams worry way too much about contingencies that, in the worst case scenario, can only cost you a single game. Early in this chat someone asked why Mickey Mantle had the odd game at short. The reason was sometimes the Yankees decided to risk his messing up a play to get an extra outfield bat into the lineup during the late innings. Some managers waste a roster spot on a third catcher because dinosaurs might eat the first two, or they won't use the second catcher as a PH because the first one might have a stroke. Well, what if he does? You end up losing that day because the emergency catcher allows 42 passed balls. But that's a one-time thing. You can call up your third catcher from Triple-A before tomorrow's game. In the meantime, maybe that extra lefty pinch-hitter you're carrying in the place of the third catcher wins you a few games. I've made this same argument about the Yankees and A-Rod being Jeter's substitute. As long as they have a reserve third baseman, they don't need a reserve shortstop. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)"there is nothing cooler than going through the tunnel at Yankee Stadium (either to the dugout or from the concourse to the seats) and seeing that huge field and the facade and the rest. You can hear a choir singing." That's how I feel about Wrigley Field. It's my church. Which of the old, long gone ballparks would you most like to have seen? I'm thinking Shibe Park when it was first built, myself.
(lpiklor from Dills)
For reasons relating to a project I have started and am going to get to finishing one of these days (this is one of my daily mantras), I would like to see Griffith in Washington. It had some weird features - when they built the park, the guy who owned the house behind CF wouldn't sell, so the wall cut in around his property, like an arrow pointing at home plate. The grandstand was built in stages so the roof-line didn't match, and of course the outfield was huge, very unfriendly to sluggers - though Mickey Mantle hit one ball there about nine miles out of the building.

Shibe would be interesting, too. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameChristina who was it (Oscar Gamble, perhaps) who said that for the Yankees, old timer's day is seeing Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle take the field, whereas for the Padres it's Nate Colbert coming into the clubhouse and trying to sell you a used car? (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesSpeaking of Mickey Mantle, btw, since he has two spots in the top ten VORP seasons going back to 1954, Albert Pujols' 2008 is the second best season of his career, 23rd best of all time going back to '54 (18th best non-Bonds year, just to throw some red meat out there). Had to believe there's any argument about his MVP-ness. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesKevin, it's one of the oldest stories. I mean, I'm sad about Joe Hauser. Casey Stengel said of Mickey Mantle when the latter was just a teenager, "He has it in his body to be great." How many more players could you have said that about? Many, many more. It's just that some ineffable something, like an ability to stay healthy, is missing... Or a building falls on them. Or in Dale Alexander's case, the trainer sticks the player's leg in a diathermy machine, sets it to 300 Farenheit, and then leaves for the weekend. (Steven Goldman)