Ozzie Smith

Hall of Fame

Shortstop

1978—1996

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Player LeveL
Elite
All-time rank
#57
Shortstop RANK
#6

Player Detail

Osborne Earl
GIVEN NAME
Smith
SURNAME
December 26, 1954, in Mobile, AL
BORN
STILL LIVING
DIED
1978—1996
Playing Career
Played from 23-41
PLAYING AGE
San Diego Padres
St. Louis Cardinals
Teams Played For
Shortstop
PRIMARY POSITION
St. Louis Cardinals
PRIMARY TEAM
1982
World Series titles
The Wizard of Oz
NICKNAME
1
UNIFORM NUMBER
#2 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-11 / 150
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Both / Right
BATTED / THREW
April 7, 1978
Major League Debut
September 29, 1996
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Ozzie Smith?

Acrobatic shortstop extraordinaire.

30

HITTING

30

POWER

70

RUNNING

80

FIELDING

70

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
When he was a boy in Los Angeles, Ozzie Smith practiced defense by tossing a rubber ball onto the roof of his house, racing around to the other side, and catching it.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
2573
2460
28
793
.262
15 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

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

BEST SEASON

1989 Cardinals

34 Years Old

.273
AVG
2
HR
50
RBI
82
RUNS
.335
OBP
162
HITS
30
2B
8
3B
.361
SLG
55
BB
29
SB
7.3
WAR
Finally started to produce some extra-base hits.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.262
.337
.328

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.666
.661
101.0

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
59.6
55.4

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

Ozzie Smith 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
Smith
523
137
70
22
4
2
44
60
33
32
172
198
.262
.337
.328
666
AVG SS
540
137
64
22
4
7
54
45
78
15
188
185
.254
.313
.348
.661

Ozzie Smith Rankings

AT Shortstop BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
6
7
14
9
13
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Shortstop BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
7
14
9
16
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Ozzie Smith PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
76.9
42.3
32.3
20.3
4.84
67.7
43.1
30.3
21.6
4.89
BLUE = Ozzie Smith
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME SS

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
324.7
171.4
123.4
83.3
20.4
327.4
189.4
134.4
92.3
24.2
BLUE = Ozzie Smith
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME SS

— 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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