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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
20 9234 .299 .372 .423 .277 59.2
Birth Date5-31-1967
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
Age51 years, 0 months, 18 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
1991 HOU 24 20 79 74 9 15 1 0 0 16 5 19 0 0 0 0 2 1 .203 .253 .216 .193 -2.1 -1.3 -0.4
1992 CLE 25 148 651 576 96 164 15 8 5 210 68 54 2 1 4 42 66 12 .285 .362 .365 .268 33.8 27.6 6.7
1993 CLE 26 148 657 569 116 185 28 8 1 232 81 83 1 4 2 42 70 14 .325 .408 .408 .288 56.3 1.8 5.9
1994 CLE 27 112 523 459 105 160 32 9 12 246 52 56 2 6 4 57 60 12 .349 .412 .536 .319 63.8 1.0 6.2
1995 CLE 28 118 529 481 93 149 22 13 7 218 40 49 1 3 4 53 54 15 .310 .362 .453 .283 40.3 -2.9 3.6
1996 CLE 29 154 736 662 132 210 35 4 14 295 61 82 0 6 7 67 75 17 .317 .372 .446 .281 47.1 7.0 5.1
1997 ATL 30 122 564 493 90 164 20 6 5 211 64 83 2 3 2 48 27 20 .333 .409 .428 .293 39.6 4.0 4.3
1998 CLE 31 154 698 600 101 169 31 6 12 248 87 80 2 6 3 64 54 10 .282 .371 .413 .271 37.7 -1.5 3.6
1999 CLE 32 120 560 465 110 140 28 6 7 201 79 84 6 5 5 39 25 6 .301 .405 .432 .290 42.9 -1.8 3.9
2000 CLE 33 137 640 543 107 151 23 5 15 229 79 72 4 8 6 73 30 7 .278 .369 .422 .262 29.8 5.4 3.3
2001 CLE 34 133 576 517 91 135 21 4 14 206 47 69 2 5 5 66 16 8 .261 .322 .398 .248 14.3 1.8 1.6
2002 CHA 35 93 406 352 68 91 20 6 8 147 49 51 0 1 4 42 22 8 .259 .348 .418 .271 17.8 0.5 1.8
2002 SFN 35 46 205 180 30 48 10 3 3 73 23 22 1 0 1 9 7 3 .267 .353 .406 .273 10.2 2.1 1.2
2003 CHN 36 56 236 208 39 68 13 4 3 98 18 22 2 3 5 20 12 4 .327 .381 .471 .288 14.1 4.0 1.8
2003 PIT 36 84 374 339 58 94 19 4 9 148 28 29 2 3 2 26 18 5 .277 .333 .437 .271 21.0 -1.6 1.9
2004 NYA 37 83 313 276 51 76 10 7 3 109 31 27 1 4 1 18 7 3 .275 .346 .395 .264 12.7 5.1 1.7
2005 PHI 38 110 406 367 67 123 15 5 2 154 32 41 2 0 5 36 22 3 .335 .392 .420 .290 28.7 5.0 3.4
2006 LAN 39 129 522 469 79 141 15 12 3 189 45 42 0 2 6 41 32 5 .301 .360 .403 .264 25.0 -13.7 1.1
2007 CLE 40 52 196 173 24 49 9 3 0 64 17 23 0 2 4 15 2 3 .283 .344 .370 .268 6.2 0.6 0.7
2007 TEX 40 84 363 317 62 96 16 3 7 139 39 28 2 3 2 23 21 4 .303 .380 .438 .287 22.2 -6.2 1.6
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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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1988 AUB A- 48 207 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .287 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 ASH A 22 97 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .356 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 AUB A- 34 129 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .358 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 OSC A+ 124 556 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .383 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 HOU MLB 20 79 .193 .241 .301 .358 .242 .273 98 -5.3 2.1 0.2 -1.3 0.8 -2.1 -0.4 -2.1 -0.4
1991 TUC AAA 130 607 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .364 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 CLE MLB 148 651 .268 .259 .325 .383 .264 .307 105 4.7 16.9 1.5 27.6 10.7 33.8 6.7 33.8 6.7
1993 CLE MLB 148 657 .288 .264 .333 .403 .261 .376 101 19.6 18.8 1.7 1.8 16.1 56.3 5.9 56.3 5.9
1994 CLE MLB 112 523 .319 .277 .347 .443 .270 .373 101 34.9 15.9 1.4 1.0 11.5 63.8 6.2 63.8 6.2
1995 CLE MLB 118 529 .283 .271 .343 .429 .266 .332 98 13.7 15.8 1.2 -2.9 9.5 40.3 3.6 40.3 3.6
1996 CLE MLB 154 736 .281 .279 .348 .449 .270 .343 100 17.9 22.8 2.1 7.0 4.3 47.1 5.1 47.1 5.1
1997 ATL MLB 122 564 .293 .262 .331 .406 .257 .390 99 20.6 15.0 1.5 4.0 2.4 39.6 4.3 39.6 4.3
1998 CLE MLB 154 698 .271 .269 .335 .429 .265 .305 103 8.6 19.0 1.9 -1.5 8.2 37.7 3.6 37.7 3.6
1999 CLE MLB 120 560 .290 .275 .344 .437 .263 .351 105 19.5 15.6 1.5 -1.8 6.3 42.9 3.9 42.9 3.9
2000 CLE MLB 137 640 .262 .273 .346 .442 .265 .293 99 1.5 18.1 1.7 5.4 8.4 29.8 3.3 29.8 3.3
2001 CLE MLB 133 576 .248 .270 .334 .438 .264 .276 102 -7.6 15.8 1.5 1.8 4.6 14.3 1.6 14.3 1.6
2002 CHA MLB 93 406 .271 .272 .338 .438 .271 .282 102 5 10.8 1.1 0.5 0.9 17.8 1.8 17.8 1.8
2002 SFN MLB 46 205 .273 .254 .322 .409 .256 .290 96 2.9 5.2 0.5 2.1 1.5 10.2 1.2 10.2 1.2
2003 CHN MLB 56 236 .288 .263 .326 .407 .256 .349 104 7.3 6.2 0.6 4.0 0.1 14.1 1.8 14.1 1.8
2003 PIT MLB 84 374 .271 .260 .329 .415 .258 .280 102 4.5 9.8 1 -1.6 5.6 21.0 1.9 21.0 1.9
2004 NYA MLB 83 313 .264 .264 .334 .418 .254 .292 105 1.4 9.3 0.2 5.1 1.7 12.7 1.7 12.7 1.7
2004 TRN AA 4 15 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .273 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PHI MLB 110 406 .290 .265 .330 .407 .260 .373 100 13.1 11.7 0.9 5.0 3.0 28.7 3.4 28.7 3.4
2006 LAN MLB 129 522 .264 .267 .332 .428 .264 .324 95 2.6 15.7 1.2 -13.7 5.5 25.0 1.1 25.0 1.1
2007 CLE MLB 52 196 .268 .261 .324 .415 .256 .322 99 1.8 5.8 -1.2 0.6 -0.2 6.2 0.7 6.2 0.7
2007 TEX MLB 84 363 .287 .268 .328 .419 .259 .312 102 10.9 10.8 0.9 -6.2 -0.4 22.2 1.6 22.2 1.6

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
1988 AUB A- 207 23 40 6 1 1 14 19 51 26 4 .214 .285 .273 .059 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 AUB A- 129 21 29 3 1 0 8 14 30 26 5 .264 .344 .309 .045 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 ASH A 97 14 27 2 0 1 9 12 10 14 6 .329 .412 .390 .061 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 OSC A+ 556 98 159 15 5 2 35 61 77 62 16 .331 .403 .395 .064 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 TUC AAA 607 93 168 19 17 2 50 52 95 40 23 .308 .364 .417 .108 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 HOU MLB 79 9 15 1 0 0 0 5 19 2 1 .203 .253 .216 .014 .193 -2.1 -1.3 -0.4
1992 CLE MLB 651 96 164 15 8 5 42 68 54 66 12 .285 .362 .365 .080 .268 33.8 27.6 6.7
1993 CLE MLB 657 116 185 28 8 1 42 81 83 70 14 .325 .408 .408 .083 .288 56.3 1.8 5.9
1994 CLE MLB 523 105 160 32 9 12 57 52 56 60 12 .349 .412 .536 .187 .319 63.8 1.0 6.2
1995 CLE MLB 529 93 149 22 13 7 53 40 49 54 15 .310 .362 .453 .143 .283 40.3 -2.9 3.6
1996 CLE MLB 736 132 210 35 4 14 67 61 82 75 17 .317 .372 .446 .128 .281 47.1 7.0 5.1
1997 ATL MLB 564 90 164 20 6 5 48 64 83 27 20 .333 .409 .428 .095 .293 39.6 4.0 4.3
1998 CLE MLB 698 101 169 31 6 12 64 87 80 54 10 .282 .371 .413 .132 .271 37.7 -1.5 3.6
1999 CLE MLB 560 110 140 28 6 7 39 79 84 25 6 .301 .405 .432 .131 .290 42.9 -1.8 3.9
2000 CLE MLB 640 107 151 23 5 15 73 79 72 30 7 .278 .369 .422 .144 .262 29.8 5.4 3.3
2001 CLE MLB 576 91 135 21 4 14 66 47 69 16 8 .261 .322 .398 .137 .248 14.3 1.8 1.6
2002 SFN MLB 205 30 48 10 3 3 9 23 22 7 3 .267 .353 .406 .139 .273 10.2 2.1 1.2
2002 CHA MLB 406 68 91 20 6 8 42 49 51 22 8 .259 .348 .418 .159 .271 17.8 0.5 1.8
2003 CHN MLB 236 39 68 13 4 3 20 18 22 12 4 .327 .381 .471 .144 .288 14.1 4.0 1.8
2003 PIT MLB 374 58 94 19 4 9 26 28 29 18 5 .277 .333 .437 .159 .271 21.0 -1.6 1.9
2004 TRN AA 15 0 3 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 .214 .267 .286 .071 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYA MLB 313 51 76 10 7 3 18 31 27 7 3 .275 .346 .395 .120 .264 12.7 5.1 1.7
2005 PHI MLB 406 67 123 15 5 2 36 32 41 22 3 .335 .392 .420 .084 .290 28.7 5.0 3.4
2006 LAN MLB 522 79 141 15 12 3 41 45 42 32 5 .301 .360 .403 .102 .264 25.0 -13.7 1.1
2007 CLE MLB 196 24 49 9 3 0 15 17 23 2 3 .283 .344 .370 .087 .268 6.2 0.6 0.7
2007 TEX MLB 363 62 96 16 3 7 23 39 28 21 4 .303 .380 .438 .136 .287 22.2 -6.2 1.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT

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
2006-03-29 2006-04-14 15-DL 16 10 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2005-04-30 2005-05-20 15-DL 20 19 Right Ankle Inflammation Achilles Tendinitis -
2004-05-28 2004-06-12 15-DL 15 13 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2004-04-17 2004-05-02 15-DL 15 14 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2001-05-16 2001-06-01 15-DL 16 14 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2001-04-05 2001-04-17 15-DL 12 9 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2000-06-28 2000-06-29 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Contusion Shin HBP - -
2000-04-27 2000-05-12 15-DL 15 14 Left Shoulder Strain Biceps - -
1999-12-15 1999-12-15 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Rotator Cuff 1999-12-15 -
1998-08-15 1998-09-01 15-DL 17 16 - Thigh Strain Hamstring -
1998-07-28 1998-08-14 15-DL 17 15 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1997-07-06 1997-07-28 15-DL 22 19 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1997-06-18 1997-07-05 15-DL 17 16 Left Groin Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 TEX $6,000,000
2006 LAN $3,850,000
2005 PHI $3,100,000
2004 NYA $3,100,000
2003 PIT $1,025,000
2002 CHA $1,025,000
2001 CLE $8,000,000
2000 CLE $7,500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$33,600,000
8 yrTotal$33,600,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
16 y 23 dCasey Close

Details
  • 1 year/$6M (2007). Signed as a free agent 12/06. Acquired in trade from Texas 7/27/07.
  • 1 year/$3.85M (2006). Signed as a free agent 12/05. $0.35M signing bonus, 06:$3.5M. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 350, 400, 450 plate appearances. Award bonuses: $25,000 each for Silver Slugger, Gold Glove. $0.1M assignment bonus.
  • 2 years/$6.2M (2004-05). Signed as a free agent 12/03. 04:$3.1M, 05:$3.1M. Acquired in trade from NY Yankees 12/04. (Yankees to pay $1.525M of $3.1M 2005 salary.)
  • 1 year/$1.025M (2003). Acquired in trade from Pittsburgh 7/03.
  • 1 year/$1.025M (2002). Acquired in trade from Chicago White Sox 7/02. $0.375M in performance bonuses. $1.4M in attendence bonuses.
  • Cleveland exercised 2001 option at $7.5M.

2018 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 TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2008 The fact that Lofton has played for ten teams in the past seven years, bookended by his second and third stints in Cleveland, became an unlikely gag in a shipping company commercial last summer. While Lofton may be moving around a lot, he's not being passed around by second division teams; he's made the playoffs in 11 of the last 13 years. Lofton may be turning 41 in May, but he still runs well, can still get on base, and has even developed a reputation as a clubhouse leader. A late bloomer, he didn't get a big-league job until he was 25, but as a career .299/.372/.423 hitter with 2,428 hits and 622 stolen bases (15th all-time), he just might have had an outside shot at the Hall of Fame had he gotten going a bit sooner.
2007 Joining his eighth team since 2001, Lofton functioned well as one of Ned Colletti`s short-term, contention-ready patches. Hitting out of the number-two spot, he acted as a second leadoff man, getting on base frequently and advancing himself liberally. Not only does he still have his speed, he`s developed that late-period Davey Lopes aura of the base thief emeritus, with an 87 percent success rate over the past two years. Alas, his power is going, going, gone, and his defense in centerfield is best termed `adventurous,` but, at 40, Lofton is a battle-tested vet who can advance the cause of a contender. The Rangers signed him to a one-year, $6-million deal; PECOTA thinks he`ll be within four runs of Gary Matthews`s VORP at the same 2007 price, but without the extra $44 million over four more years.
2006 After pouting his way through 2004 with the Yankees, Lofton was dealt to the Phillies so that GM Ed Wade could pat himself on the back for making another shrewd move and Joe Torre could manage in a tranquil, meditative state. Lofton made a nice comeback, a season that wasn`t a function of playing at The Bank, though it was overrated because of his gaudy batting average. At 39, Lofton`s limited power is completely gone. Signed by the frenetic Dodgers in January, WYSIWYG.
2005 There are things you can anticipate based on human nature and history rather than stats. Under the impression center field was his job to win, Lofton sat, sulked, had two DL tours, and blamed his injuries on not playing. For a while the Yankees were excited by the idea of Lofton batting ninth as a "second leadoff man," but inevitably he yielded his job back to Ruben Sierra. Despite both running and hitting less than he has in the past, Still, Lofton was more valuable than Sierra, especially batting ninth, where he hit .310./.393/.430. Next year he'll try to help the Phillies win as their oldest center fielder in about 80 years.
2004 Lofton has made a nice career for himself, and did exactly what management was hoping for when it acquired him, getting on base at a .381 clip whilst wearing Cubbie blue, and swiping a dozen bags. Still, there are warning signs aplenty: Lofton no longer maintains the walk rate he did during his Cleveland days, and 36-year-olds, even quick ones, aren't likely to thrive on batting average alone. Though Wrigley's small center field minimized the impact, he's lost a step or five on defense. All of this makes Lofton a problematic player, too good to rot on the bench, but not quite valuable enough to start for a contending team, and certainly not at a corner position. Chicago would make more sense than most places if he were willing to accept a reserve role, but he'll bump Bernie Williams out of center as a Yankee instead.
2003 A shrewd pickup by Brian Sabean. The Lofton deadline deal plugged two huge holes (center field and leadoff hitter) with one player, and Sabean did it without giving up any of the system’s top prospects. Lofton can still play a decent center field, although he isn’t as good as the 2002 defensive ratings above suggest.
2002 Injuries have reduced him to 60% of the player he was at his peak, but he can still push a team towards a championship. Lofton needs to find a team with enough outfield depth to allow him to play 120 games, with some at DH and lots in left field. His willingness to accept a role other than "starting center fielder and leadoff hitter" will determine the course of his career from this point.
2001 Shoulder surgery was supposed to keep him from playing in the first half, but Kenny Lofton came back in time for Opening Day and put together a good year. In the first half, he hit for more power; in the second, he started going with the pitch and hitting to the opposite field. His BA and OBP went up while his walk rate remained consistent. If he sticks to getting on base, he’ll justify the Tribe's decision to pick up his 2001 option.
2000 One of the time-honored sabermetric observations is that speed players age better than players with old players’ skills like power and patience. Lofton seems a good example of that, although he’s entering a phase of his career in which, like Rickey Henderson before him, his hamstrings seem to keep giving out. He may not be up to playing center field every day anymore. It’s doubtful that the Indians can afford to keep both Justice and Lofton if each is good for just 120 games a year. Lofton will miss at least the first three months of the 2000 season after shoulder surgery in December.
1998 The Base Stealer’s Quandary. If you’re an elite base stealer, people will attribute all of your value to your legs, irrespective of your other contributions. Lofton had his best year since 1994 with the bat, but because his stealing fell apart, it was seen as an off year. His perceived value is still much higher than his actual value, and the decline phase is here, so he’s a bad guy to sign at his market value. Like that’ll stop people.
1997 The overall trend has been consistently, incrementally downward, which isn’t surprising considering Lofton’s age. In the wake of what was considered a “story” in spring training (that the Indians defense was critically poor), Lofton came under some criticism for his play in center. Complaints about his defense usually focused on the number of errors he committed, but Lofton’s range is still excellent. He’s playing on an option for ’97, after which he’ll be a free agent. I’d expect his contract to make Marquis Grissom look like a piker.
1996  His walk rates have dropped alarmingly in the last two years, which may mean that he's getting away from his strength and trying to go for the long balls. Suffered from leg injuries in the early part of the season, which badly hurt his defense. Still a great all-around player.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)What missing tool concerns you the most as far as a player not reaching full development? It seems to me that the hit tool is something a player never learns. He either has it or he doesn't. Just my perception, no actual data to confirm it.
(ssauve25 from Here)
I think you hit the nail on the head. I think back to Michael Jordan trying to hit a baseball. Kenny Lofton quit baseball for awhile and started again in college. He said that if he had waited another year he doesn't think he could have done it (hit a baseball). The elites make it look so normal but it's next to impossible to do. (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jared Mitchell - small sample size illusion or toolsy player who is finally healthy and has finally figured it all out? Thanks.
(GrinnellSteve from Grinnell)
Mitchell isn't the player the White Sox drafted out of LSU. Way back then he was a freakish athlete that had tools galore and drew comps to Kenny Lofton. Today, he's more of a left fielder with some thump in his bat and a bench profile; still a useful player, but not the guy his AFL numbers may be suggesting. (Mark Anderson)
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)To me, the most overlooked thing regarding the results of the voting is Kenny Lofton's not receiving the requisite 5% of the vote to remain on the ballot. 1. Do you think in a regular year without a polarizing issue like steroids, would he have received the vote? 2. Now that he can only be inducted by the veterans committee, what do you think his chances are? 3. Do you think his bouncing around from team to team later in his career hurts the voter's perception of him? I think it's very unfortunate that he won't stay on the ballot. I'm one who, after reading your analysis and through my own observation of him when he was active, certainly would get my vote if I had one.
(Mike Shumka from Milton, Ontario)
I think Lofton suffers less because of the steroid protest than the size of the crowd on the ballot and the fact that a certain segment of the electorate dramatically undervalues walks and defense. Nearly all of the Hall's recent injustices fit into that pattern - think of Ron Santo, Bobby Grich and Tim Raines, for example.

Lofton will have a long wait ahead of him if his cause is taken up by the Veterans Committee. Among center field contemporaries, Jim Edmonds, Andruw Jones and Carlos Beltran will all have their cases taken up by the BBWAA, and they've got reasonable merits and similar JAWS scores too. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are both easily Top 15 players all-time at their position (and Bagwell maybe even Top 5); Schilling is one of the best RH pitchers of the last fifty years, both regular season and certainly post-season, couldn't even get 40%; Bernie Williams and Kenny Lofton, two of the best CF of the last 30 years, didn't even get enough to stay on the ballot. How broken is the system? Can it even be fixed? What would you say to someone that says that, considering there are mediocre guys that have been elected and excellent ones that have been snubbed, that the Hall of Fame has been rendered meaningless as an honor?
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
I don't think the system is as broken as you suggest, by any means - one year is a small sample size by which to judge the results you mention. Bagwell and Biggio will be in very soon. I have Bernie well below the standard, and Lofton slightly below, so I can't really get too up in arms over that portion of what you wrote.

The Hall is still a pretty great honor; even if some of the wrong guys are getting in, to me it's far more worth fighting for the right guys getting in than walking away in disgust. The presence of Jim Rice or even Jack Morris in Cooperstown shouldn't ruin it for anyone. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kenny Lofton goes on the ballot in 2012. How does he fare by JAWS? Also, do you think a case can be made in part based on his having been the best leadoff hitter in the game during the HR-happy '90s, with not much real competition? Sort of contextual/lineup value above replacement.
(Dan from Brooklyn)
Lofton (56.2/34.1/45.2) is a bit below Bernie Williams (54.0/40.3/47.2) with far less postseason mojo (.247/.315/.352 in 95 games). If Tim Raines isn't over the top thanks to credit for being the second-best leadoff hitter of the modern era, there's no way in hell Lofton deserves credit for doing so in the homer-happy Nineties. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Dexter Fowler turn into Kenny Lofton-esque player?
(Eli from Tucson)
Kenny Lofton was a Hall of Fame quality player. Fowler is still fighting to not get platooned. He strikes out so much that I don't see him hitting hitting above .280, while Lofton was a .300 career hitter. But Fowler's supposedly going to lead off this year and play center, so I think that he'll definitely have some fantasy and real-world value. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the best player out of the group - Kenny Lofton, Brian “The Beard” Wilson, Todd Zeile, Eddie Murray, and fellow professional escort fan, Lenny Dykstra - Charlie Sheen flew in to his Major League viewing party?
(ackley from pencey)
I don't know what this question means, but I like it. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2009-08-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will Nyjer Morgan keep up his Kenny Lofton impression next year?
(iorg34 from Buckland)
Not much of an impression even now. I love watching him play, actually, but he's really just a useful fourth outfielder. (Ken Funck)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on the future production of Dexter Fowler and Colby Rasmus? What is their upside as you see it and who gets there first? Thanks.
(tommybones from brooklyn)
Fowler's upside is Kenny Lofton, but maybe more of a Devon White type of player. Rasmus...Curtis Granderson? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How about Kenny Lofton's HOF chances?
(Jim from (Cleveland))
My guess is he's got a very small chance, especially when a legitimately superior leadoff man like Tim Raines can't get a fair shake. Nor do I think he should go... He started a bit late, so his peak came up quickly, and then that was followed by a long coda that had some good in it but also a lot of just decent performances. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wouldn't Kenny Lofton be a better solution to the Met's LF woes in Alou's absence than what they've come up with so far?
(Glenn from NJ)
Wrong park for that player. Still, I guess something is better than nothing. I'd like to see Evans given a little bit of a chance before they turn to yet another 2000-year-old ballpayer. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your writeup of the Indians seemed to indicate that the vanishing of Hafner magnified the problems on the corners. What can Shapiro do to break the stalemate, given that the minors are just a long line of mediocrity in the near future like Francisco? They don't have assets to move and they don't have much money.
(johnny from mpls)
My expectation is that they'll stall as long as they can to lower the price on their targets, which I anticipate will be guys who, like Kenny Lofton last year, are free agents-to-be. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Rays bringing Kenny Lofton or someone else to replace Rocco ?
(Tommy from OPS,FL)
I don't think they need to with Gomes around and the possibility that they could bring up someone like Justin Ruggiano or Fernando Perez. As good as Baldelli can be, I don't think this is a case where they have to react to strongly. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)I can't help but think that the Padres still have half a dozen better options for their outfield then the guys they have slated now. The Red Sox and Angels have extra outfielders to trade. Kenny Lofton or Corey Patterson seem like reasonable fits when you consider the salary they'll be paying out to Jim Edmonds. When did KT get all Pat Gillick-y?
(Wilson from Cambridge)
I would have liked to see them snag Patterson so that Edmonds could play left field. The man cannot cover the ground in that park. He'd be an upgrade in left for one year, though. Lofton isn't the answer to play next to him...honestly, it might be worth seeing how much of Gary Matthews' Jr.'s contract the Angels are willing to eat.

If the outfield is Hairston/Headley, Edmonds and Giles, I weep for that flyball pitching staff. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: the trivia question, is Kenny Lofton playing for the Giants or Patriots this year?
(Bird from Knoxville, TN)
I guess it's oddly refreshing that it appears nobody watched football yesterday. I'll give a hint: the player in question was a turnover machine in college and was a turnover machine yesterday as well. No, it's not Brett Favre. (Ken Pomeroy (Basketball))


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