Brian Downing

Left Field

1973—1992

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Left Field RANK
#38

Player Detail

Brian Jay
GIVEN NAME
Downing
SURNAME
October 9, 1950, in Los Angeles, CA
BORN
STILL LIVING
DIED
1973—1992
Playing Career
Played from 22-41
PLAYING AGE
Chicago White Sox
California Angels
Texas Rangers
Teams Played For
Left Field
PRIMARY POSITION
California Angels
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
The Incredible Hulk
NICKNAME
5
UNIFORM NUMBER
#1 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-10 / 170
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
May 31, 1973
Major League Debut
October 4, 1992
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Brian Downing?

Looked like Clark Kent; played catcher, left and finally DH, All-Star at all three. One of the first players to embraces weightlifting.

60

HITTING

60

POWER

40

RUNNING

50

FIELDING

50

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
On the first pitch of his first inning in his first Major League game, Downing severely damaged his knee making a diving catch on the dugout steps, ending up on the 60-day disabled list.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
2344
2099
275
1073
.267
1 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1982 Angels

31 Years Old

.281
AVG
28
HR
84
RBI
109
RUNS
.368
OBP
175
HITS
37
2B
2
3B
.482
SLG
86
BB
2
SB
5.6
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.267
.370
.425

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.796
.739
108.0

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
40.2
55.9

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Brian Downing Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Downing
506
135
77
23
2
18
69
77
73
3
215
221
.267
.370
.425
796
AVG LF
537
144
73
24
4
14
78
51
82
15
219
198
.268
.332
.407
.739

Brian Downing Rankings

AT Left Field BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
38
5 (DH)
4 (DH)
34
58
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Left Field BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
22
48
78
56
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Brian Downing PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
51.5
29.0
17.0
15.5
3.55
68.6
43.2
31.4
22.4
4.81
BLUE = Brian Downing
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME LF

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
297.8
152.6
104.3
71.6
20.5
368.7
208.0
151.6
101.2
26.4
BLUE = Brian Downing
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME LF

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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