Biographical

Portrait of Branch Rickey

Branch Rickey C

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
4 380 .239 .304 .324 0 0.0
Birth Date12-20-1881
Height5' 9"
Weight175 lbs
Age138 years, 0 months, 30 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 SLA 23 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1906 SLA 24 65 223 57 7 3 3 16 26 3 4 .284 .345 .393 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1907 NYA 25 52 152 25 1 3 0 11 25 2 4 .182 .253 .234 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 SLA 32 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
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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 SLA MLB AL 1 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1906 SLA MLB AL 65 223 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1907 NYA MLB AL 52 152 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1914 SLA MLB AL 2 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 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
1905 SLA MLB AL 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0
1906 SLA MLB AL 223 201 22 57 7 3 3 79 24 16 26 4 .284 .345 .393 .109 3
1907 NYA MLB AL 152 137 16 25 1 3 0 32 15 11 25 4 .182 .253 .234 .051 2
1914 SLA MLB AL 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 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Injury History  —  No longer being updated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

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
2010-01-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain why the scout's rating system goes from 20-80 instead of, I dunno, 0-100? Is it supposed to mirror the SATs?
(Josh P. from Hartford)
I don't TOTALLY know. I do know that the scale was originated by Branch Rickey, and some of our crazy smart readers have told me that the 20-80 scale is actually used elsewhere with 50 an average and every 10 one standard deviation up or down, with no need for more than three SDs away from that average. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina! Can you finish this comparison for me? Genghis Khan:_______::_______:Ed Wade. Thanks!
(CNB from San Francisco)
:Geronimo::Branch Rickey: (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which teaches us more practical every day take home lessons in life: baseball history or war history?
(www.scoresheetwiz.com from Toronto)
Lessons are where you find them, and in both cases you can find many, many critical thinking exercises of great value -- "Evaluate these decisions by Branch Rickey!" "Evaluate these decisions by Douglas Haig!" However, for tales of courage (physical and moral) under fire I prefer the real danger of war to the exaggerated tension of the bottom of the ninth. (Steven Goldman)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven: When you missed the chat on Monday you should have said that you were hiking the Appalachian trail. Oh, and how overrated is Tony LaRussa?
(Joe from Washington, DC)
You know, I should have, but that story hadn't broken yet. Besides, he wasn't on the Trail, he was in Argentina(?).

Had to stop to seal the window in my office here as the grounds crew is outside with weed-whackers and I'm literally being gassed...

I don't know that LaRussa is overrated. I look at this year's Cards and I see an offense that is Pujols and little else, a not particularly impressive rotation (except for Chris Carpenter -- how can he pitch so well when he's never healthy?), and an improvised bullpens. Seeing this, it sure seems like all his manipulations are bearing fruit. He's also one of just 14 managers to take his team to five or more World Series, and he's done this while never managing in New York or LA--and his Cardinals are neither those of the Branch Rickey or the Busch years. You can't dismiss all that. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are you reading these days? (Baseball and non-baseball divisions, please.)
(BL from Bozeman)
I'm slogging through the grim conclusion of Dan Simmons' "Drood" in the evenings, taking Fraser's "Royal Flash" to the beach or park for short snippets for doses of amusement, and belatedly getting to Lowenfish's Branch Rickey bio. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Reading anything good right now? Baseball division, or non-baseball division...
(BL from Bozeman)
I just finished Kashatus' "Connie Mack's '29 Triumph," which was nice, and especially effective in portraying the city and the period, and Peter Cozzens' interesting revisionist account of Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, which I would highly recommend. Right now, I'm dipping into a bit of Kafka for palate-cleansing and Andelman's "A Shattered Peace" (on Versailles), before moving on to Lee Lowenfish's bio of Branch Rickey. I'm supposed to get the new novels by Dan Simmons (on Dickens' London) and Richard K. Morgan (featuring his latest strange blend of antiheroism) shortly, and figuring those will make light flight reading next month during the book tour. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)What baseball related items do you hope to find in your stocking or under your tree this season?
(mhixpgh from Pittsburgh)
Heehee... I may as close on this note because I have to get back to working on the book and working out what we might do to cover Teixeira's signing, but I'm always hopeful that I get a copy of Light's "Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball" some year. Sokolove's book on Darryl Strawberry ("The Ticket Out"?) has always been on my wish list as well. I'd also love to get a copy of Dan Levitt's biography of Ed Barrow and Lowenfish's bio of Branch Rickey. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe: Baseball existed for 80 years without the draft, but look at attendance increases since the draft. Perhaps the game wouldn't be large-market-dominated without a draft -- maybe a new Branch Rickey would develop some way of finding/signing great talent for a mid-market team. But it seems likely that the game would be more stratified into haves and have-nots than it is now. I'm just throwing that out there, though: I'd like to see you tackle the subject in depth -- a new baseball world without a draft, and what it would mean for competition, not just for the rights of the amateur players. Moreover: Competition drives attendance and ratings, which gives the teams more money to pay amateur players in the first place. If there were no draft, maybe Pedro Alvarez would get $20 million, but would the 65th best prospect still get $1 million?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
Attendance was flat in the years after the draft. It increased with the advent of free agency.

If you think MLB is stratified into haves and have-nots now, I can't help you. Stop confusing revenues and market sizes with success or the potential for success. The game is as loaded with parity as it's ever been, and if you need more than that, watch the Random Football League. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jim Bowden the perfect GM to be zipping around his ST complex on a Segway? Can you think of one who this would "work" even better for?
(Will from NJ)
I'm trying to imagine Branch Rickey doing that. It's actually a very cool image. Anyone know if Rickey was an early-adopter of new technologies OUTSIDE of baseball? When did he get a TV? (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)The 5 most influential figures in the history of baseball are...?
(Jessica from Utica, NY)
Babe Ruth Branch Rickey
Walter O'Malley Jackie Robinson

I can't settle on a fifth. Either a prehistory pioneer or a TV exec. (Joe Sheehan)


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