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Cal Ripken Jr. SSOrioles

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
24 12883 .276 .340 .447 114 70.8
Birth Date8-24-1960
Height6' 4"
Weight200 lbs
Age60 years, 6 months, 9 days
BatsR
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
1981 BAL 20 23 40 5 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 0 .128 .150 .128 57 -1.8 -1.5 -1.1 -0.3
1982 BAL 21 160 655 158 32 5 28 46 95 3 3 3 .264 .317 .475 115 12.5 -0.4 2.3 4.0
1983 BAL 22 162 726 211 47 2 27 58 97 0 0 4 .318 .371 .517 137 30.5 2.5 5.0 7.1
1984 BAL 23 162 716 195 37 7 27 71 89 2 2 1 .304 .374 .510 139 34.6 0.9 9.1 7.8
1985 BAL 24 161 718 181 32 5 26 67 68 1 2 3 .282 .347 .469 122 20.5 1.2 -0.9 5.2
1986 BAL 25 162 707 177 35 1 25 70 60 4 4 2 .282 .355 .461 122 19.1 3.3 6.3 6.0
1987 BAL 26 162 717 157 28 3 27 81 77 1 3 5 .252 .333 .436 105 5.2 -5.0 -9.8 2.1
1988 BAL 27 161 689 152 25 1 23 102 69 2 2 2 .264 .372 .431 137 28.6 -1.0 -14.0 4.4
1989 BAL 28 162 712 166 30 0 21 57 72 3 3 2 .257 .317 .401 109 8.4 2.4 6.9 4.9
1990 BAL 29 161 695 150 28 4 21 82 66 5 3 1 .250 .341 .415 112 10.1 1.8 -7.4 3.4
1991 BAL 30 162 717 210 46 5 34 53 46 5 6 1 .323 .374 .566 155 47.2 1.0 8.9 9.1
1992 BAL 31 162 715 160 29 1 14 64 50 7 4 3 .251 .323 .366 102 4.0 3.0 -26.9 0.8
1993 BAL 32 162 718 165 26 3 24 65 58 6 1 4 .257 .329 .420 103 5.1 -4.2 -3.5 2.8
1994 BAL 33 112 484 140 19 3 13 32 41 4 1 0 .315 .364 .459 111 8.7 0.3 -2.3 2.7
1995 BAL 34 144 613 144 33 2 17 52 59 2 0 1 .262 .324 .422 96 -1.3 -1.1 2.6 2.6
1996 BAL 35 163 707 178 40 1 26 59 78 4 1 2 .278 .341 .466 107 10.0 -3.0 -11.0 2.6
1997 BAL 36 162 686 166 30 0 17 56 73 5 1 0 .270 .331 .402 98 1.5 -5.6 4.5 2.2
1998 BAL 37 161 659 163 27 1 14 51 68 4 0 2 .271 .331 .389 90 -6.6 -0.6 -15.2 -0.2
1999 BAL 38 86 354 113 27 0 18 13 31 3 0 1 .340 .368 .584 121 11.5 -0.3 -4.6 1.7
2000 BAL 39 83 339 79 16 0 15 23 37 3 0 0 .256 .310 .453 95 -0.1 0.2 4.8 1.5
2001 BAL 40 128 516 114 16 0 14 26 63 2 0 2 .239 .276 .361 75 -13.9 1.1 2.1 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
1978 BLU Rk APL 63 270 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 MIA A+ FSL 105 430 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 CHR AA SOU 17 65 .000 .000 .000 .174 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 CHR AA SOU 144 611 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 BAL MLB AL 23 40 .261 .321 .373 .161 95 -6.4 1.0 0.4 57 17 -1.1 -1.5 -1.8 -0.3
1981 ROC AAA INT 114 507 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 BAL MLB AL 160 655 .265 .327 .404 .270 98 16.5 17.7 5.8 115 11 2.3 -0.4 12.5 4.0
1983 BAL MLB AL 162 726 .266 .326 .397 .338 97 42.1 19.7 9.1 137 10 5.0 2.5 30.5 7.1
1984 BAL MLB AL 162 716 .262 .323 .398 .319 94 41.6 19.2 8.8 139 8 9.1 0.9 34.6 7.8
1985 BAL MLB AL 161 718 .263 .325 .409 .279 99 19.8 19.6 9 122 10 -0.9 1.2 20.5 5.2
1986 BAL MLB AL 162 707 .263 .327 .407 .277 100 22.8 19.6 9 122 8 6.3 3.3 19.1 6.0
1987 BAL MLB AL 162 717 .264 .330 .423 .245 100 9.4 21.1 9.7 105 10 -9.8 -5.0 5.2 2.1
1988 BAL MLB AL 161 689 .258 .319 .387 .262 97 34.8 18.0 8.3 137 8 -14.0 -1.0 28.6 4.4
1989 BAL MLB AL 162 712 .258 .321 .381 .259 100 3.1 18.6 8.6 109 10 6.9 2.4 8.4 4.9
1990 BAL MLB AL 161 695 .260 .328 .389 .248 98 14.3 18.6 8.6 112 6 -7.4 1.8 10.1 3.4
1991 BAL MLB AL 162 717 .258 .322 .394 .304 98 61.6 19.4 8.9 155 11 8.9 1.0 47.2 9.1
1992 BAL MLB AL 162 715 .261 .327 .389 .252 97 -1.3 18.5 8.5 102 7 -26.9 3.0 4.0 0.8
1993 BAL MLB AL 162 718 .268 .336 .410 .250 102 -0.9 20.6 9.5 103 8 -3.5 -4.2 5.1 2.8
1994 BAL MLB AL 112 484 .276 .347 .439 .322 99 7.3 14.7 6.8 111 9 -2.3 0.3 8.7 2.7
1995 BAL MLB AL 144 613 .270 .341 .425 .263 100 -3.5 18.4 8.4 96 6 2.6 -1.1 -1.3 2.6
1996 BAL MLB AL 163 707 .278 .348 .445 .281 98 6.6 21.9 9.8 107 11 -11.0 -3.0 10.0 2.6
1997 BAL MLB AL 162 686 .271 .339 .424 .279 94 1.1 18.9 2.8 98 7 4.5 -5.6 1.5 2.2
1998 BAL MLB AL 161 659 .267 .335 .424 .286 95 -5.7 17.9 2.7 90 6 -15.2 -0.6 -6.6 -0.2
1999 BAL MLB AL 86 354 .269 .338 .433 .332 97 19.3 9.9 1.5 121 17 -4.6 -0.3 11.5 1.7
2000 BAL MLB AL 83 339 .275 .343 .444 .245 85 3.5 10.7 0.5 95 15 4.8 0.2 -0.1 1.5
2001 BAL MLB AL 128 516 .262 .326 .420 .244 93 -21.1 15.4 0.8 75 8 2.1 1.1 -13.9 0.5

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
1978 BLU Rk APL 270 239 27 63 7 1 0 72 24 24 46 1 1 .264 .335 .301 .038 1 1
1979 CHR AA SOU 65 61 6 11 0 1 3 22 8 3 13 1 0 .180 .215 .361 .180 1 1
1979 MIA A+ FSL 430 393 51 119 28 1 5 164 54 31 64 4 3 .303 .352 .417 .115 4 4
1980 CHR AA SOU 611 522 91 144 28 5 25 257 78 77 81 4 2 .276 .372 .492 .216 0 0
1981 ROC AAA INT 507 437 74 126 31 4 23 234 75 66 85 0 2 .288 .383 .535 .247 1 1
1981 BAL MLB AL 40 39 1 5 0 0 0 5 0 1 8 0 0 .128 .150 .128 .000 0 0
1982 BAL MLB AL 655 598 90 158 32 5 28 284 93 46 95 3 3 .264 .317 .475 .211 6 2
1983 BAL MLB AL 726 663 121 211 47 2 27 343 102 58 97 0 4 .318 .371 .517 .199 5 0
1984 BAL MLB AL 716 641 103 195 37 7 27 327 86 71 89 2 1 .304 .374 .510 .206 2 0
1985 BAL MLB AL 718 642 116 181 32 5 26 301 110 67 68 2 3 .282 .347 .469 .187 8 0
1986 BAL MLB AL 707 627 98 177 35 1 25 289 81 70 60 4 2 .282 .355 .461 .179 6 0
1987 BAL MLB AL 717 624 97 157 28 3 27 272 98 81 77 3 5 .252 .333 .436 .184 11 0
1988 BAL MLB AL 689 575 87 152 25 1 23 248 81 102 69 2 2 .264 .372 .431 .167 10 0
1989 BAL MLB AL 712 646 80 166 30 0 21 259 93 57 72 3 2 .257 .317 .401 .144 6 0
1990 BAL MLB AL 695 600 78 150 28 4 21 249 84 82 66 3 1 .250 .341 .415 .165 7 1
1991 BAL MLB AL 717 650 99 210 46 5 34 368 114 53 46 6 1 .323 .374 .566 .243 9 0
1992 BAL MLB AL 715 637 73 160 29 1 14 233 72 64 50 4 3 .251 .323 .366 .115 7 0
1993 BAL MLB AL 718 641 87 165 26 3 24 269 90 65 58 1 4 .257 .329 .420 .162 6 0
1994 BAL MLB AL 484 444 71 140 19 3 13 204 75 32 41 1 0 .315 .364 .459 .144 4 0
1995 BAL MLB AL 613 550 71 144 33 2 17 232 88 52 59 0 1 .262 .324 .422 .160 8 1
1996 BAL MLB AL 707 640 94 178 40 1 26 298 102 59 78 1 2 .278 .341 .466 .188 4 0
1997 BAL MLB AL 686 615 79 166 30 0 17 247 84 56 73 1 0 .270 .331 .402 .132 10 0
1998 BAL MLB AL 659 601 65 163 27 1 14 234 61 51 68 0 2 .271 .331 .389 .118 2 1
1999 BAL MLB AL 354 332 51 113 27 0 18 194 57 13 31 0 1 .340 .368 .584 .244 3 3
2000 BAL MLB AL 339 309 43 79 16 0 15 140 56 23 37 0 0 .256 .310 .453 .197 4 0
2001 BAL MLB AL 516 477 43 114 16 0 14 172 68 26 63 0 2 .239 .276 .361 .122 9 2

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

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2000-06-28 2000-08-31 15-DL 64 58 - Low Back Inflammation - -
1999-09-22 1999-10-04 DTD 12 13 - Low Back Surgery Decompressing Nerve 1999-09-23 -
1999-08-03 1999-08-31 15-DL 28 25 - Low Back Inflammation - -
1999-04-20 1999-05-13 15-DL 23 21 - Low Back Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2001 BAL $6,300,000
2000 BAL $6,300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$12,600,000
2 yrTotal$12,600,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
19 y 57 dRon Shapiro

Details
  • 1 year/$6.3M (2001)
  • 2 years/$15.1M (1998-99), plus $6.3M 2000 option.
  • 5 years/$30.5M (1993-97). Signed extension with Baltimore 8/92. $3M signing bonus (paid in installments, 1993-94). 93:$4.5M, 94:$4.8M, 95:$6M, 96:$6M, 97:$6.2M. May accept front office job at $2M/year after retirement. Second most lucrative contract in history at signing.
  • 3 years/$6.3M (1989-91), plus $2.1M 1992 option
  • 1 year/$1.7M (1988)
  • 4 years/$4M (1984-87). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/84 (avoided arbitration, $0.85M-$0.7M).
  • 1 year/$0.175M (1983), plus bonuses. $15,000 in performance bonuses based on games. $25,000 in award bonuses (MVP).
  • Drafted 1978 (2-48), $20,000 signing bonus.

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
2020-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I’ve read about O’Neil Cruz upside. Realistically though it’s hard to imagine someone with a 6’7” frame able the cover SS at the ML level. Particularly if his frame continues to fill out. Could he be headed for RF and a Dave Parker type comp? Does he show the ability to improve the strike zone judgement? Thanks for you insight.
(CubbieBear from Chi-Town)
Last week, I made this note about Cruz: "Oneil Cruz actually may be able to stick at shortstop long-term despite his unheard of height (6-foot-7) for the position. He has a huge arm, excellent range, and solid actions. There certainly is still a chance Cruz ultimately profiles at third base or right field, but the industry has more and more confidence in his ability to stick at the 6."

Of course, the odds of Cruz sticking at shortstop remain long simply because the tallest player to ever play shortstop was Cal Ripken Jr. at 6-foot-4. Three extra inches is a tall order (pun intended). However, that is the same thing people said about Ripken Jr. forty years ago. I do think Cruz will stick at shortstop and shock the baseball world. If he does not, he has easy fallback positions at 3B and RF.

Meanwhile, Cruz probably will always suffer plenty of swing-and-miss given those long levers. He has shown the ability to make adjustments and he did improve his walk rate to 11% in a brief 35-game run in Double-A last year. I think he will have fine strike zone judgment in the end. I just expect 25%+ strikeouts as close to a given. Cruz is also no Dave Parker, who had a special hit tool. (Jesse Roche)
2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Smoltz suggested that Correa and Seager may be too large to stick at shortstop. Do you agree?
(Tony from St. Paul)
Correa is 6'4"
Seager is 6'4"
Cal Ripken Jr. is 6'4" He seemed to last a while.

Correa and Seager are 15-20 pounds heavier than Ripken (to the degree you can trust listed weights), so in theory they could wear down. And when the Astros drafted Bregman, there was talk that optimally he's play short and Correa would move over to third. But I think (1) Ripken proved that a guy doesn't need to move off short just because he's tall, and (2) The traditional rationale for moving a tall guy off short--need a smaller guy who may be rangier--is negated somewhat by contemporary positioning - Rob M (World Series Chat)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite player to watch growing up?
(Tim from Austin)
Cal Ripken Jr. I wore #8 because of him. I played SS because of him. I changed my batting stance every hour because of him. (Jason Parks)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances that Andy MacPhail cleans house in the next few weeks and fires both Dave Trembley and the coaching staff? As patient and un-knee-jerky as MacPhail is, eventually someone has to fall on his sword for a projected .500-ish team playing .300 ball, right?
(Drungo from SoMd)
MacPhail is indeed very patient but it is becoming increasingly likely that Trembley will soon be gone. Part of the problem, though, is that there is no obvious replacement. Cal Ripken Jr. does not want to manage. (John Perrotto)


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