Lou Whitaker

Second Base

1977—1995

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Player LeveL
Superstar
All-time rank
#88
Second Base RANK
#12

Player Detail

Louis Rodman
GIVEN NAME
Whitaker
SURNAME
May 12, 1957, in Brooklyn, NY
BORN
STILL LIVING
DIED
1977—1995
Playing Career
Played from 20-38
PLAYING AGE
Detroit Tigers
Teams Played For
Second Base
PRIMARY POSITION
Detroit Tigers
PRIMARY TEAM
1984
World Series titles
Sweet Lou
NICKNAME
1
UNIFORM NUMBER
#1 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-11 / 160
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Left / Right
BATTED / THREW
September 9, 1977
Major League Debut
October 1, 1995
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Lou Whitaker?

Smooth second baseman who paired with Alan Trammell for 19 years in baseball’s greatest double play combination. Leadoff man for 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers.

60

HITTING

60

POWER

60

RUNNING

70

FIELDING

80

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell played more games together than any other Detroit teammates, and they hold the big league record for most double plays turned in tandem.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
2390
2369
244
1084
.276
5 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

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

BEST SEASON

1991 Tigers

34 Years Old

.279
AVG
23
HR
78
RBI
94
RUNS
.391
OBP
131
HITS
26
2B
2
3B
.489
SLG
90
BB
4
SB
6.8
WAR
Rarely faced left-handed pitchers by this point of his career.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.276
.363
.426

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.789
.685
115.7

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
56.5
58.2

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

Lou Whitaker 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
Whitaker
516
143
83
25
4
15
65
72
66
9
220
216
.276
.363
.426
789
AVG 2B
534
140
70
24
4
7
57
49
68
14
192
192
.262
.325
.360
.685

Lou Whitaker Rankings

AT Second Base BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
12
6
14
13
12
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Second Base BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
7
21
28
26
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Lou Whitaker PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
75.1
37.9
25.4
18.9
5.09
70.8
45.6
33.2
22.8
5.19
BLUE = Lou Whitaker
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 2B

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
346.2
166.5
116.1
79.1
23.4
352.5
203.1
147.5
97.5
26.2
BLUE = Lou Whitaker
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 2B

— 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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