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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
20 10762 .333 .404 .473 124 49.5
Birth Date4-16-1903
Height5' 8"
Weight153 lbs
Age116 years, 7 months, 23 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
1926 PIT 23 144 618 180 35 22 8 66 19 4 11 .336 .413 .528 132 25.4 3.5 0.0 4.1
1927 PIT 24 155 709 237 42 18 9 60 14 3 5 .380 .437 .549 145 41.7 -1.7 0.0 5.2
1928 PIT 25 152 697 223 50 19 6 77 16 5 6 .370 .446 .547 145 37.2 2.6 0.0 5.0
1929 PIT 26 151 703 200 43 15 15 89 24 3 15 .336 .424 .534 125 25.6 0.7 0.0 3.6
1930 PIT 27 145 665 217 32 18 8 57 18 4 18 .368 .428 .525 128 30.1 -0.3 0.0 3.9
1931 PIT 28 150 646 180 35 10 6 73 21 4 6 .322 .404 .453 117 17.9 1.5 0.0 3.0
1932 PIT 29 154 697 215 62 10 8 56 24 2 13 .341 .397 .510 131 21.7 6.0 0.0 3.6
1933 PIT 30 154 694 191 38 16 7 60 20 2 3 .309 .372 .456 122 17.1 -1.6 0.0 2.7
1934 PIT 31 146 677 217 32 16 14 68 24 2 8 .362 .429 .539 135 19.0 -1.0 0.0 2.5
1935 PIT 32 139 623 176 29 12 11 61 22 3 2 .321 .392 .477 121 11.2 -1.7 0.0 1.6
1936 PIT 33 148 666 218 53 9 5 74 29 3 7 .373 .446 .520 152 44.5 -1.5 0.0 5.1
1937 PIT 34 154 690 219 30 9 2 63 34 0 4 .354 .413 .441 127 25.0 1.7 0.0 3.8
1938 PIT 35 148 680 175 31 6 6 47 28 1 2 .280 .331 .378 88 -4.7 -2.2 0.0 0.1
1939 PIT 36 125 506 151 30 6 3 35 18 0 0 .328 .375 .438 106 5.0 -2.7 0.0 1.1
1940 PIT 37 89 261 69 16 1 1 23 14 0 0 .290 .352 .378 85 -2.7 0.8 0.0 0.3
1941 BRO 38 11 44 6 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 .171 .326 .171 106 0.5 0.4 0.0 0.2
1941 BSN 38 95 341 82 10 2 2 47 14 0 1 .279 .378 .347 104 2.5 -1.9 0.0 0.6
1942 BSN 39 114 404 86 17 1 1 62 20 1 2 .258 .376 .324 111 6.0 -0.6 0.0 1.2
1943 BRO 40 82 267 70 16 0 1 35 9 1 0 .311 .406 .396 126 8.9 -1.5 0.0 1.3
1944 BRO 41 83 164 39 4 1 0 27 7 0 0 .287 .405 .331 109 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.6
1944 NYA 41 9 9 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 .143 .333 .143 110 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.1
1945 NYA 42 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .000 96 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
1926 PIT MLB NL 144 618 .280 .328 .386 .000 100 43.4 17.5 -6.3 132 10 0.0 3.5 25.4 4.1
1927 PIT MLB NL 155 709 .286 .331 .394 .000 90 71.2 20.7 -8.1 145 13 0.0 -1.7 41.7 5.2
1928 PIT MLB NL 152 697 .279 .329 .388 .000 100 53.7 16.9 -7 145 13 0.0 2.6 37.2 5.0
1929 PIT MLB NL 151 703 .294 .345 .422 .000 104 32.1 18.9 -7.1 125 16 0.0 0.7 25.6 3.6
1930 PIT MLB NL 145 665 .303 .350 .448 .000 113 24.4 21.6 -7.6 128 9 0.0 -0.3 30.1 3.9
1931 PIT MLB NL 150 646 .278 .329 .388 .000 89 45.9 18.5 -7.1 117 9 0.0 1.5 17.9 3.0
1932 PIT MLB NL 154 697 .282 .324 .403 .000 96 45.3 15.8 -5.3 131 12 0.0 6.0 21.7 3.6
1933 PIT MLB NL 154 694 .268 .312 .362 .000 92 46.4 17.8 -6.6 122 11 0.0 -1.6 17.1 2.7
1934 PIT MLB NL 146 677 .277 .327 .385 .000 103 34.8 11.8 -4.4 135 12 0.0 -1.0 19.0 2.5
1935 PIT MLB NL 139 623 .275 .327 .387 .000 109 16 10.8 -4 121 13 0.0 -1.7 11.2 1.6
1936 PIT MLB NL 148 666 .279 .332 .390 .000 91 76.8 17.7 -6.5 152 12 0.0 -1.5 44.5 5.1
1937 PIT MLB NL 154 690 .268 .326 .378 .000 95 47.8 19.1 -7.1 127 8 0.0 1.7 25.0 3.8
1938 PIT MLB NL 148 680 .000 .000 .000 .000 98 -2.3 12.4 -4.6 88 10 0.0 -2.2 -4.7 0.1
1939 PIT MLB NL 125 506 .269 .324 .378 .000 111 3.2 13.8 -4.9 106 13 0.0 -2.7 5.0 1.1
1940 PIT MLB NL 89 261 .258 .319 .370 .000 103 -1.1 6.9 -2.4 85 11 0.0 0.8 -2.7 0.3
1941 BRO MLB NL 11 44 .285 .351 .390 .000 96 -2.5 1.2 -0.4 106 14 0.0 0.4 0.5 0.2
1941 BSN MLB NL 95 341 .260 .320 .364 .000 94 11.1 7.7 -2.6 104 14 0.0 -1.9 2.5 0.6
1942 BSN MLB NL 114 404 .244 .306 .335 .000 95 15.9 8.8 -3.1 111 17 0.0 -0.6 6.0 1.2
1943 BRO MLB NL 82 267 .263 .318 .355 .000 106 15 6.6 -2.2 126 16 0.0 -1.5 8.9 1.3
1944 BRO MLB NL 83 164 .254 .307 .350 .000 103 6.1 4.3 -1 109 14 0.0 0.0 2.5 0.6
1944 NYA MLB AL 9 9 .258 .336 .325 .000 105 -0.4 0.2 0 110 14 0.0 0.3 0.1 0.1
1945 NYA MLB AL 1 1 .000 .272 .000 .000 90 0.4 0.0 0 96 5 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
1926 PIT MLB NL 618 536 101 180 35 22 8 283 79 66 19 11 .336 .413 .528 .192 12
1927 PIT MLB NL 709 623 114 237 42 18 9 342 131 60 14 5 .380 .437 .549 .169 23
1928 PIT MLB NL 697 602 142 223 50 19 6 329 86 77 16 6 .370 .446 .547 .176 13
1929 PIT MLB NL 703 596 131 200 43 15 15 318 100 89 24 15 .336 .424 .534 .198 15
1930 PIT MLB NL 665 589 117 217 32 18 8 309 77 57 18 18 .368 .428 .525 .156 15
1931 PIT MLB NL 646 559 88 180 35 10 6 253 70 73 21 6 .322 .404 .453 .131 10
1932 PIT MLB NL 697 630 107 215 62 10 8 321 82 56 24 13 .341 .397 .510 .168 9
1933 PIT MLB NL 694 618 101 191 38 16 7 282 70 60 20 3 .309 .372 .456 .147 14
1934 PIT MLB NL 677 599 122 217 32 16 14 323 90 68 24 8 .362 .429 .539 .177 8
1935 PIT MLB NL 623 549 98 176 29 12 11 262 78 61 22 2 .321 .392 .477 .157 10
1936 PIT MLB NL 666 585 107 218 53 9 5 304 94 74 29 7 .373 .446 .520 .147 4
1937 PIT MLB NL 690 619 94 219 30 9 2 273 74 63 34 4 .354 .413 .441 .087 8
1938 PIT MLB NL 680 625 77 175 31 6 6 236 69 47 28 2 .280 .331 .378 .098 7
1939 PIT MLB NL 506 461 62 151 30 6 3 202 45 35 18 0 .328 .375 .438 .111 10
1940 PIT MLB NL 261 238 32 69 16 1 1 90 32 23 14 0 .290 .352 .378 .088 0
1941 BRO MLB NL 44 35 5 6 0 0 0 6 4 8 0 0 .171 .326 .171 .000 1
1941 BSN MLB NL 341 294 40 82 10 2 2 102 46 47 14 1 .279 .378 .347 .068 0
1942 BSN MLB NL 404 333 43 86 17 1 1 108 39 62 20 2 .258 .376 .324 .066 8
1943 BRO MLB NL 267 225 29 70 16 0 1 89 26 35 9 0 .311 .406 .396 .084 6
1944 NYA MLB AL 9 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 .143 .333 .143 .000 0
1944 BRO MLB NL 164 136 16 39 4 1 0 45 16 27 7 0 .287 .405 .331 .044 1
1945 NYA MLB AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .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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Compensation

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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
2011-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gardner on the basepaths looks like he's afraid to break the eggs in his pockets, while Carl Crawford seems to have forgotten he can steal bases....which condition will last longer???
(Youpi from Winnipeg)
Probably the latter, because the Red Sox have rarely cared much about steals in recent years, if ever. Until Jacoby Ellsbury came along, their single-season list was Tommy Harper '73 and a bunch of Deadball-era guys. Your comment on Gardner reminds me of Casey Stengel's explanation of why Paul Waner was so good at sliding--he had to be graceful to avoid breaking the flask in his hip pocket. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Fantastic essay on Paul Waner... how many players have you come across from the Pre-WW II era that could be considered highly-functioning alcoholics, using booze as a 'PAD' (performance altering drug)?
(BL from Bozeman)
Thanks! Alcoholism was epidemic in baseball at least into the early 1960s, and it almost certainly hurt far more players than it helped. Probably the most famous example of a career destroyed by demon rum is that of Hack Wilson, but there are dozens and dozens more. The weird dichotomy is, and I was a bit uncomfortable telling some of the Waner/drinking stories because of this, that even though guys were killing themselves, this was often a source of fun, at least for baseball writers. You read a lot of stories about Bugs Raymond, the 1910s pitcher for the Giants who used to trade balls from the bullpen for beers, but John McGraw found him too often soused to be usable, cut him, and he had his head stomped in in a bar fight the next year. There's more of that then the "fun and successful drunk," but we hear a lot more about the latter. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)"Someone give him some milk to calm him down from all of those Red Bulls" - Keith Hernandez last night referring to Jeff Francour
(brian from Brooklyn NY)
When I wrote about Paul Waner in today's YCLIU, I was writing about a guy whose physical tools might not have been the greatest, but his approach to hitting was very, very smart. Francoeur is the mirror image, a guy with all the tools but none of the brain cells.

...There are things Waner did that I've never seen done. Knowing a certain pitcher liked to pitch him inside, he would crowd the plate on the first pitch, and that pitch would be called a strike. Then he'd back off a bit, the pitcher would come inside again, but now that pitch was a ball, and the pitcher wouldn't even know why. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ummm... "Babe" Ruth?
(Swingingbunts from NY)
I've been waiting for someone to bring that up, actually. There have been several Babes - Herman, Phelps, Dahlgren, Adams - but there's really only one guy that it fit perfectly.

...Another great one, an organic one, is Paul Waner, "Big Poison." I've always wanted to ask a hitting coach why Waner's approach at the plate (shoot for the lines) wouldn't work today... (Steven Goldman)


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