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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
23 7101 .251 .325 .344 79 40.8
Birth Date4-14-1969
Height5' 11"
Weight190 lbs
Age50 years, 4 months, 7 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
1993 SDN 24 49 166 41 8 1 5 6 28 0 2 0 .256 .283 .413 72 -5.2 -1.0 1.2 0.3
1994 SDN 25 101 366 82 12 1 7 30 63 1 5 1 .251 .314 .358 79 -8.5 4.5 4.8 1.8
1995 SDN 26 103 369 96 16 4 5 31 56 2 16 5 .293 .353 .412 92 -2.6 0.1 10.7 2.5
1996 DET 27 75 261 56 12 0 4 26 45 2 3 4 .248 .328 .354 69 -9.5 0.5 0.5 0.4
1996 SDN 27 50 166 27 4 0 1 13 27 3 1 4 .181 .261 .228 70 -5.8 -1.0 1.7 0.3
1997 HOU 28 130 478 113 25 1 4 38 78 3 14 6 .266 .326 .358 82 -8.6 2.4 19.8 3.4
1998 HOU 29 128 472 111 10 4 6 53 60 3 10 3 .269 .356 .357 91 -4.4 8.3 7.2 3.1
1999 DET 30 127 527 126 25 6 9 51 71 14 12 9 .275 .365 .415 97 0.0 2.1 12.2 3.7
2000 DET 31 150 604 139 25 3 7 69 79 6 11 5 .266 .357 .365 89 -5.1 0.9 32.9 5.5
2001 HOU 32 128 461 98 23 4 5 30 64 1 4 1 .232 .284 .341 65 -18.7 -3.4 26.8 2.6
2002 HOU 33 130 496 115 19 3 6 38 71 6 2 3 .257 .322 .353 79 -11.0 1.9 21.7 3.6
2003 HOU 34 143 509 103 12 2 4 46 66 4 5 3 .229 .303 .291 70 -17.7 -1.6 0.0 0.3
2004 HOU 35 129 448 100 14 1 5 33 56 2 2 2 .248 .306 .325 70 -16.0 0.9 15.1 2.1
2005 HOU 36 134 451 100 19 0 3 51 48 5 5 3 .258 .351 .331 84 -8.2 -1.8 17.9 2.9
2006 HOU 37 139 502 101 16 1 2 45 71 6 3 1 .230 .308 .285 65 -20.2 0.5 28.6 3.2
2007 HOU 38 117 397 82 16 3 3 37 74 6 6 1 .235 .318 .324 69 -14.1 1.9 33.3 3.9
2008 HOU 39 81 250 47 8 0 3 25 41 2 0 2 .218 .303 .296 74 -7.4 -0.2 4.1 0.8
2009 LAN 40 36 107 28 4 0 1 5 21 2 1 0 .295 .343 .368 83 -1.9 -2.2 1.1 0.2
2010 LAN 41 21 71 14 2 0 0 7 15 1 0 0 .222 .310 .254 67 -2.6 -0.3 1.1 0.1
Career197171011579270348063410346910253.251.325.34479-167.712.6240.840.8

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
1988 ONE A- NYP 2 4 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 ONE A- NYP 52 189 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 PRW A+ CRL 107 402 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 PRW A+ CRL 63 258 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 ABY AA EAS 67 261 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 ABY AA EAS 5 20 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 COH AAA INT 111 410 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 SDN MLB NL 49 166 .263 .323 .399 .283 97 -2.3 4.8 2.9 72 8 1.2 -1.0 -5.2 0.3
1993 CSP AAA PCL 76 274 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 SDN MLB NL 101 366 .269 .328 .413 .290 97 -10.4 11.1 6.7 79 8 4.8 4.5 -8.5 1.8
1995 SDN MLB NL 103 369 .265 .327 .411 .336 100 3.9 11.1 6.7 92 13 10.7 0.1 -2.6 2.5
1996 DET MLB AL 75 261 .273 .341 .438 .291 99 -4.9 8.1 4.9 69 11 0.5 0.5 -9.5 0.4
1996 SDN MLB NL 50 166 .263 .327 .409 .215 102 -14.5 5.1 3 70 11 1.7 -1.0 -5.8 0.3
1997 HOU MLB NL 130 478 .263 .331 .414 .312 98 -6.6 12.7 8.5 82 7 19.8 2.4 -8.6 3.4
1998 HOU MLB NL 128 472 .265 .330 .415 .303 99 -13.2 12.2 8.5 91 9 7.2 8.3 -4.4 3.1
1999 DET MLB AL 127 527 .277 .345 .443 .309 98 0.7 14.7 10 97 9 12.2 2.1 0.0 3.7
2000 DET MLB AL 150 604 .279 .352 .448 .301 86 -0.8 19.0 11.4 89 10 32.9 0.9 -5.1 5.5
2001 HOU MLB NL 128 461 .265 .332 .432 .262 107 -26.3 13.7 8.3 65 7 26.8 -3.4 -18.7 2.6
2002 HOU MLB NL 130 496 .259 .330 .411 .292 105 -17.7 14.3 8.6 79 11 21.7 1.9 -11.0 3.6
2003 HOU MLB NL 143 509 .267 .334 .425 .257 104 -24 13.4 9.1 70 8 0.0 -1.6 -17.7 0.3
2004 HOU MLB NL 129 448 .266 .330 .425 .275 95 -14.5 13.3 8 70 11 15.1 0.9 -16.0 2.1
2005 HOU MLB NL 134 451 .264 .328 .413 .288 99 -10 13.0 7.9 84 7 17.9 -1.8 -8.2 2.9
2006 HOU MLB NL 139 502 .265 .334 .428 .268 95 -25.6 15.1 9.1 65 8 28.6 0.5 -20.2 3.2
2007 HOU MLB NL 117 397 .272 .338 .430 .289 103 -18.9 11.8 7 69 11 33.3 1.9 -14.1 3.9
2008 HOU MLB NL 81 250 .268 .337 .426 .254 100 -10.4 7.2 4.2 74 12 4.1 -0.2 -7.4 0.8
2009 LAN MLB NL 36 107 .265 .333 .420 .370 94 -1.5 3.1 1.8 83 13 1.1 -2.2 -1.9 0.2
2010 LAN MLB NL 21 71 .262 .320 .409 .292 88 -2 2.0 1.2 67 10 1.1 -0.3 -2.6 0.1
2010 SBR A+ CLF 4 14 .279 .337 .428 .545 90 3.2 0.4 -0.1 0 0 0.0 -0.4 0.0 0.0
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 4 8 .298 .350 .451 .167 143 -0.8 0.2 0.1 37 0 0.0 0.0 -0.6 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
1988 ONE A- NYP 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 0 0
1989 ONE A- NYP 189 165 29 43 6 0 1 52 18 22 28 6 4 .261 .344 .315 .055 2 2
1990 PRW A+ CRL 402 364 46 86 12 2 0 102 27 32 73 2 8 .236 .301 .280 .044 3 3
1991 ABY AA EAS 261 229 36 61 9 2 1 77 29 27 36 14 3 .266 .342 .336 .070 3 3
1991 PRW A+ CRL 258 230 28 70 14 3 2 96 30 24 37 17 6 .304 .369 .417 .113 1 1
1992 COH AAA INT 410 364 48 88 14 3 2 114 35 40 56 19 5 .242 .316 .313 .071 3 3
1992 ABY AA EAS 20 18 0 3 0 1 0 5 1 2 3 2 1 .167 .250 .278 .111 0 0
1993 SDN MLB NL 166 160 18 41 8 1 5 66 12 6 28 2 0 .256 .283 .413 .156 0 0
1993 CSP AAA PCL 274 241 31 65 10 4 2 89 33 27 41 10 6 .270 .343 .369 .100 2 2
1994 SDN MLB NL 366 327 45 82 12 1 7 117 24 30 63 5 1 .251 .314 .358 .107 2 6
1995 SDN MLB NL 369 328 44 96 16 4 5 135 34 31 56 16 5 .293 .353 .412 .119 4 4
1996 SDN MLB NL 166 149 16 27 4 0 1 34 13 13 27 1 4 .181 .261 .228 .047 0 1
1996 DET MLB AL 261 226 30 56 12 0 4 80 22 26 45 3 4 .248 .328 .354 .106 2 5
1997 HOU MLB NL 478 425 45 113 25 1 4 152 44 38 78 14 6 .266 .326 .358 .092 6 6
1998 HOU MLB NL 472 412 62 111 10 4 6 147 45 53 60 10 3 .269 .356 .357 .087 1 3
1999 DET MLB AL 527 458 62 126 25 6 9 190 54 51 71 12 9 .275 .365 .415 .140 1 3
2000 DET MLB AL 604 523 75 139 25 3 7 191 51 69 79 11 5 .266 .357 .365 .099 2 4
2001 HOU MLB NL 461 422 45 98 23 4 5 144 34 30 64 4 1 .232 .284 .341 .109 2 6
2002 HOU MLB NL 496 447 57 115 19 3 6 158 50 38 71 2 3 .257 .322 .353 .096 3 2
2003 HOU MLB NL 509 450 43 103 12 2 4 131 47 46 66 5 3 .229 .303 .291 .062 5 4
2004 HOU MLB NL 448 403 38 100 14 1 5 131 31 33 56 2 2 .248 .306 .325 .077 3 7
2005 HOU MLB NL 451 387 35 100 19 0 3 128 47 51 48 5 3 .258 .351 .331 .072 1 7
2006 HOU MLB NL 502 439 37 101 16 1 2 125 39 45 71 3 1 .230 .308 .285 .055 3 9
2007 HOU MLB NL 397 349 38 82 16 3 3 113 25 37 74 6 1 .235 .318 .324 .089 1 4
2008 HOU MLB NL 250 216 15 47 8 0 3 64 24 25 41 0 2 .218 .303 .296 .079 1 6
2009 LAN MLB NL 107 95 9 28 4 0 1 35 9 5 21 1 0 .295 .343 .368 .074 0 5
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 8 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .000 0 0
2010 SBR A+ CLF 14 12 1 6 0 0 0 6 2 2 1 0 0 .500 .571 .500 .000 0 0
2010 LAN MLB NL 71 63 4 14 2 0 0 16 2 7 15 0 0 .222 .310 .254 .032 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 924 0.5519 0.3994 0.8103 0.5451 0.2198 0.8885 0.5714 0.1897 -0.0113
2009 416 0.5673 0.3990 0.8313 0.5042 0.2611 0.8824 0.7021 0.1687 0.0002
2010 296 0.5304 0.4358 0.7829 0.5860 0.2662 0.8696 0.5676 0.2171 -0.0038
Career16360.55190.40590.81070.54210.23870.88350.60390.1893-0.0070

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
2010-04-09 2010-07-24 60-DL 106 93 Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc 2010-04-15
2008-04-24 2008-04-26 DTD 2 2 - Low Back Strain - -
2007-06-08 2007-06-09 DTD 1 1 Low Back Inflammation -
2007-02-20 2007-02-27 Camp 7 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2004-09-19 2004-09-22 DTD 3 2 Head Concussion Player Collision At Home Plate -
2001-06-03 2001-06-05 DTD 2 1 - Other Scratch - -
2001-05-05 2001-05-07 DTD 2 2 Right Hand Swelling - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 LAN $150,000
2010 LAN $850,000
2009 LAN $1,000,000
2008 HOU $2,000,000
2007 HOU $4,000,000
2006 HOU $4,000,000
2005 HOU $3,000,000
2004 HOU $1,000,000
2003 HOU $5,500,000
2002 HOU $5,000,000
2001 HOU $4,250,000
2000 DET $4,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$34,750,000
12 yrTotal$34,750,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
16 y 70 dPeter Mrowka1 year/$1M (2010), 2011 option

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2010), plus 2011 club option. Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/27/10. 10:$0.85M, 11:$1M club option, $0.15M buyout. Annual performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 150, 175, 200, 225 plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$1M (2009). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/26/09. May earn additional $0.35M in performance bonus based on plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$2M (2008). Re-signed by Houston 10/30/07. Performance bonuses.
  • 2 years/$7.5M (2006-07). Re-signed by Houston as a free agent 12/05. 06:$4M, 07:$3.5M. 2007 salary may increase by $0.5M with 400 plate appearances in 2006. Award bonuses, including $25,000 for Gold Glove.
  • 2 years/$4M (2004-05). Re-signed by Houston 11/03. 04:$1M), 05:$3M.
  • 2 years/$9.5M (2001-02), plus 2003 mutual option. Signed extension. 01:$4.5M, 02:$5M, 03:$5.5M mutual option. Ausmus, club exercised option 10/02.

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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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 A herniated disc cost Brad Ausmus more than half of his final season, but Russell Martin's injury afforded him the opportunity to climb to seventh on the all-time games-caught list at 1,938. He's also fourth in games played by an Ivy League alum behind Eddie Collins, Lou Gehrig, and Fred Tenney, and will forever remain first on the traded-by-Randy-Smith list, with five occurrences.
2010 Due to a failure to communicate, Brad Ausmus wound up mentoring Russell Martin on the finer points of hitting, not catching.
2009 Ausmus's job last season was supposed to be tutoring Justin Towles on the fine art of catching. Mission accomplished—Towles hit just like Ausmus has for years. Released and looking for another team that values veteran mentor-ship. There's a word for "veteran mentor-ship." It's "coach," a guy you pay to sit in the dugout and be inspirational, not go out on the field and murder your offense.
2008 He's just so bad. Ausmus' defense doesn't come close to making up for his utter lack of offense. He has been killing the Astros for the better part of five years, and yet they keep bringing him back, largely because he's popular, quotable, and experienced. How Cecil Cooper divides the playing time behind the plate between Ausmus and J.R. Towles will be one of the earliest indicators of his facility as a major league manager. Optimism isn't warranted.
2007 Insiders continue to call Ausmus a winner who improves a pitching staff, but it`s hard to believe he could retain many adherents after a season as bad as 2006. According to VORP, Ausmus had the 16th-worst offensive season of any player since 1960, but that`s trivia. Last year the average catcher had an OBP of .330 and slugged .417. Say the Astros had A.J. Pierzynski, who had an OBP of .330 and a slugging percentage of .436. By our calculation, Ausmus created 38 runs of offense last year while using up 351 outs, while Pierzinski would have created 68 runs while using up the same number of outs. Those additional 30 runs are worth roughly three wins in the standings. Knowing that, how much credit do you want to give Ausmus for the Astros staff? Did he improve them by one percent? Five? Ten? It stretches belief that Ausmus deserves credit for a twentieth or even a tenth of the success of Roger Clemens or Andy Pettitte, and there is no objective evidence that changing catchers would result in any penalty. For all of Ausmus`s wizardry, the Astros haven`t established a young pitcher since 2001. The Astros have been needlessly costing themselves wins in a competitive division; it`s time to get over it.
2006 There are few players in the history of baseball who have been as consistently bad and consistently on the field as Ausmus. His offensive production has been a significant problem for every team he`s ever been on. Sherri Nichols long ago coined the `Nichols Law of Catcher Defense,` which states that a catcher`s defensive reputation will be inversely proportional to his offensive contribution. This is certainly true in Ausmus` case, as is the unstated corollary that one`s clubhouse rep will also behave in said fashion. Though Ausmus`s Gold Glove is worthy of its luster, it can`t begin to make up for the runs forgone. Apparently ravenous for players likely to post an OPS within 40 points of 625, the Astros have re-upped Ausmus for two more out-encrusted years.
2005 The ongoing organizational commitment to Ausmus costs the Astros a little more each season, as he slips from average to replacement level. He's been a .220 EqA hitter since 2000, and his once-vaunted arm gets a little bit worse each year: He allowed the most steals and highest success rate of his career in 2004. With John Buck out of the way and a $3 million salary in '05, he'll be the starter again, but Ausmus may be the worst regular in baseball.
2004 The Astros can bitch and moan all they want about a tight budget. But while the Hidalgo and Bagwell contracts lock up a ton of money, Houston has made some of the worst moves at the margins of any team in baseball. Re-upping Ausmus for two years, $4 million?! Why? Are they going for the HACKING MASS championship? Ausmus slugged two-freaking-ninety-one last year in the hitter's haven of Juicy Juice Park. Abe Vigoda on Demerol could beat that. There are some smart people working in the Astros' front office. Unfortunately, they don't always get heard when contract time rolls around for the supposed good clubhouse guys.
2003 Like an old-time medicine man, Ausmus peddles the elixirs of veteran leadership and game-calling skills to an Astros organization all too willing to buy. He’s an excellent defensive backstop, but his bat has descended to the depths of The Matheny Zone. Last year’s flailing included tying Ernie Lombardi’s NL record by grounding into 30 double plays, but at least The Schnozz had the excuse of being the slowest player of all time. Ausmus didn’t need his Dartmouth education to find the wisdom to exercise his $5.5 million player option for 2003.
2002 Ausmus kills the running game, but there hasn’t been a lot of evidence to support the claim that he’s saving his team runs by how he calls a game. While there’s speculation that his lousy season was the product of a first-half eye problem, he was an offensive zero all year except for August, denying the Astros even the little bit of OBP he’d been good for in the recent past. Like Joe Girardi, Ausmus will be around forever, but he's done as a useful offensive player. Consider him a hidden cost of having Jeff Bagwell.
2001 Brad Ausmus has never been on the disabled list in 13 professional seasons and started a career-high 140 games in 2000. Combining his durability with good defense, good baserunning, and an adequate bat yields a solid total package. Ausmus is at the age and position where his offense could nose-dive, but I expect more of a slow burn that dovetails neatly with the emergence of the organizational catching prospects. He's been traded to the Astros, making Jeff Bagwell happy.
2000 Randy Smith’s obsession with ex-Padres and ex-Astros has become a real obstacle to the Tigers’ getting the talent they really need. That said, Ausmus was a nice pickup, especially when Robert Fick went down for most of the year. Only Ivan Rodriguez and Charles Johnson are clearly better defensively in the AL, and Ausmus has learned to battle pitchers enough that he’s not the automatic out he once was. Which is more frightening: that the Tigers were using Ausmus to lead off in September, or that, with a team-high .365 OBP, he was actually the right choice?
1999 His days as a starter may be running out. Meluskey is ready for the job, even though Ausmus is a fine defensive catcher and not an enormous liability batting 8th. He could definitely help teams lacking major league catchers (the Cubs or Devil Rays) in a starting role, but as an Astro, he better be preparing to hire a flak for the inevitable smear campaign. “Can we trust that our children will be safe with Tony Eusebio behind the plate? This April, vote Brad Ausmus!”
1998 Ausmus provided everything the Astros wanted from him: he killed off a National League-leading 49% of attempted base thieves, and kicked in a bit of offense from the seventh and eighth slots. Don’t hold your breath waiting for him to reach his 1995 peak again.
1997 Ausmus showed flashes of ability after the Tigers acquired him, but don’t expect his 1995 production again. He would make a fine backup, but that’s not the kind of endorsement you want of your starting catcher. Handles the defensive side of the game well, and will probably suck up 300 at bats in 1997 to tide the Tigers over until they can find someone who can play the position.
1996  I'm still not convinced, but I'm more willing to be. He's 27 this year, and a year even similar to 1995 would go a long way towards a division title for the Pads. His improved offense hasn't led to backbiting about his glove, making him a rare counterargument against NLoCD.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)To follow up on the Ventura question. Who is Managing a Major Leaugue team right now that shouldn't be?
(Joshua from Chicago)
Fredi Gonzalez, Ventura, Bryan Price, Walt Weiss, Brad Ausmus, Paul Molitor, Craig Counsell, Mike Matheny. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Brad Ausmus? Mike Matheny? Craig Counsell? But they are highly regarded as far as I've heard. Why do you think they are overrated?
(Zonk from Chi Town)
Zero managerial experience prior to taking their jobs. Habitual mismanagement of the roster and the game strategically. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was in the ballpark for Austin Hedges' first career homer yesterday. What are the odds he ever becomes a starter?
(Alex from Anaheim)
Are we talking about starting for a few seasons, or for half a decade? If it's the former, then I would say very high. This isn't a Christian Bethancourt situation, where Hedges is 90 percent arm and nothing else. Hedges is a more complete defender, and I think we've seen how those types can latch on as starters without producing much with the bat-be it Mike Matheny, Brad Ausmus, young Yadier Molina, Jose Molina, Rene Rivera, whoever. Is a team going to build around Hedges, or make him a lifer? No; he's not going to hit enough for that-but employing Hedges as a starter until they find an upgrade? Yeah. Absolutely. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)The catcher framing work that I've seen at Baseball Prospectus over the past couple of years just blows my mind. I'm not sure I understand the full implications correctly, though. When we say that Brad Ausmus had 242 catcher strikes above average runs added, are we saying he added about 24 wins above replacement over the course of his career, just by framing? In other words, does the model suggest that his framing created 24 WARP? That's more than Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers earned over his entire career! It's quite possible that I'm totally, embarrassingly wrong. If I am, how can CSAA runs added be translated into WAR terms?
(Rob from DC)
the answer is "yes" and I'm also freaked out by the implications, to some degree. I spend a lot of time looking for ways to 'reduce' the impact (replacement level? no; positional adjustment; no) when it comes to a wins translation....but I'm finding that the elite players of our present time are Posey, Trout, Lucroy and Yadi. I'm going to dive further into this, but, heck it sure screams "wow" to me, too. This also takes Piazza's HOF case further into the "no kidding, elect the man" territory. (Harry Pavlidis)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I felt old when I compiled this list in April. Tweleve 2010 MLB players were older than me. How many will be back next year? 1 Jamie Moyer -- Phillies --18-Nov-62 2 Tim Wakefield -- Red Sox --2-Aug-66 3 Omar Vizquel -- White Sox --24-Apr-67 4 Trevor Hoffman -- Brewers -- 13-Oct-67 5 Matt Stairs -- Padres -- 27-Feb-68 6 Brad Ausmus -- Dodgers -- 14-Apr-69 7 Arthur Rhodes -- Reds -- 24-Oct-69 8 Ken Griffey Jr. -- Mariners -- 21-Nov-69 9 Mariano Rivera-- Yankees -- 29-Nov-69 10 Takashi Saito -- Braves -- 14-Feb-70 11 Jim Edmonds -- Brewers -- 27-Jun-70 12 Mark Grudzielanek -- Indians -- 30-Jun-70
(ted from the cubicle)
Most of them, I think. Next year is Wakefield's last season though. Matt Stairs wants to come back for one more year, at least. Arthur Rhodes is a reliever, so he'll pitch until he can't. (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do we have any statistical analysis of whether pitchers' performance is improved by certain catchers calling the game? I know the Times recently ran a story where Burnett was questioning Posada's game-calling, and the Orioles media has gone hog-wild with crediting Wieters for Brad Bergesen's recent improvements. Is this actually proven?
(John from DC)
It's one of those things where I feel like we don't have enough information to gauge it one way or the other. There are too many variables involved, and the stats we can use to figure it out just don't do it for me. I think if a pitcher is comfortable with a particular catcher, and therefore is a bit more relaxed or focused on the mound, then let the dude have his catcher. Assuming he doesn't hit like Brad Ausmus of course.

I would love to see someone come out with a mind blowing study that tells us one way or the other, but I'm not the guy to do it. (Marc Normandin)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the news that Posada might not be as healthy as hoped, the Yankees' need for a viable back-up catcher has become more urgent. What are their options, considering that they are reportedly willing to part with Nady?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
Hey Nick! Good question, as there's no doubt that the Yanks need to do a better job of protecting against Posada's absence than they've done in the past. Now that Brad Ausmus is off the market (my hand should be healed by the end of spring training, thanks), the best available option on the free agent market is the one that Joe Girardi spent two months kicking in the head last year -- Pudge Rodriguez. He was enjoying a bit of a rebound before he started rotting on the Yankee bench in favor of Jose Frakkin' Molina.

On the trade market, I'm not sure if anyone's gonna give up much of a catcher for Nady, but I wonder if a youngster with upside like Jeff Clement, Bryan Anderson or even J.R. Towles could be pried loose with a package involving, say, Ian Kennedy. I'm a horrible matchmaker when it comes to prospect-based trades -- it's why Brian Cashman doesn't take my calls. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on Ryan Doumit's defense behind the plate? The bat has looked nice and his health has largely held up. Being arbitration eligible, is he trade fodder or a piece of the future?
(mymrbig from New Orleans)
Good enough to stay there. Not every catcher has to be Brad Ausmus, and Doumit hits enough to be a -5, -10 glove and still be an asset. I doubt he'll be in Pittsburgh when the team is good enough to contend. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)After, Brad Ausmus is the smartest guy in ball. If anyone would know how to hack my account, it would be him. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)John, maybe you could address this, now that you're back in control:

Dexter Fishmore (Hollywood, CA): Maybe one of you can help clear this up: is Brad Ausmus the greatest teammate ever? WHY WON'T YOU ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. (Steven Goldman)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Has Brad Ausmus hacked my account?
(John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Brad Ausmus is the greatest teammate ever. Sorry to be sarcastic in my first comment of the night. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Brad Ausmus is the greatest teammate ever. Sorry to be sarcastic in my first comment of the night. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Brad Ausmus is the greatest teammate ever. Sorry to be sarcastic in my first comment of the night. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Brad Ausmus is the greatest teammate ever. Sorry to be sarcastic in my first comment of the night. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)The great improvement Russell Martin has made in the presence of Brad Ausmus is that he's starting to hit like Brad Ausmus.

Thanks for that. (Jay Jaffe)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1993 mlb .002 0.7 1916 -.001 0.3 42 -.019 -.002 0.6 1.3 1.2
1994 mlb .002 2.5 3981 .000 -0.2 90 -.007 -.001 0.4 2.1 4.8
1995 mlb .005 5.5 4118 .000 0.3 80 -.058 -.005 3.4 9.1 10.7
1996 mlb .002 2.3 5251 .000 -0.3 96 -.027 .000 1.9 4.0 2.2
1997 mlb .008 9.5 4796 -.002 2.2 87 -.112 -.008 6.7 18.1 19.8
1998 mlb .003 4.0 4904 -.001 1.6 73 -.004 -.009 1.0 6.6 7.2
1999 mlb .005 7.4 5535 -.001 1.1 85 -.041 -.003 2.7 11.1 12.2
2000 mlb .015 24.6 6148 -.001 1.7 71 -.086 -.012 5.1 30.9 32.9
2001 mlb .017 19.8 4946 -.001 1.7 76 -.103 -.009 5.5 26.4 26.8
2002 mlb .015 18.5 5257 -.001 1.7 88 -.003 .000 0.2 20.0 21.7
2003 mlb -.003 -4.3 5662 .000 0.6 98 -.018 .002 1.1 -3.1 0.0
2004 mlb .011 13.7 5343 -.001 2.3 99 .008 .001 -0.5 15.9 15.1
2005 mlb .014 15.7 4764 .000 0.3 50 -.006 -.002 0.3 15.6 17.9
2006 mlb .021 27.7 5107 -.001 1.4 71 .051 -.008 -1.8 26.2 28.6
2007 mlb .028 32.0 4602 -.001 1.9 59 .022 -.004 -0.9 33.6 33.3
2008 mlb .004 1.9 2393 -.003 1.9 22 .017 -.008 -0.2 3.6 4.1
2009 mlb .006 1.7 1202 .000 0.0 19 -.005 -.001 0.1 1.5 1.1
2010 aaa .003 0.1 51 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.1 0.0
2010 mlb .006 1.0 916 -.004 0.9 16 .048 .001 -0.5 1.3 1.1
2010 afa .000 0.0 25 .000 0.0 0 .000 -.001 0.0 0.0 0.0

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