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  Tale of the Tape
  Cowens Grote
Pos RF C
Height 6-1 5-10
Weight 197 185
Yrs 1974-86 1963-81
Years 13 16
HoF No No
All-Star 0 2
MVP Shares 0.6 0.0
Gold Gloves 1 0
HOFm 9.0 27.0
HOFs 10.0 21.7
Black Ink 1 0
Gray Ink 23 0
  per-162 Games
  Cowens Grote
Yrs 9.8 8.8
AB 566 495
R 72 40
H 153 124
2B 28 18
3B 7 3
HR 11 4
RBI 73 46
SB 12 2
BB 40 45
SO 67 68
OPS .722 .642
OPS+ 99 83

For pitchers, seasons is (G+GS)/68.0.
For batters, seasons is G/162.0.

  Career Stats
  Cowens Grote
G 1584 1421
PA 6038 4844
AB 5534 4339
R 704 352
H 1494 1092
2B 276 160
3B 68 22
HR 108 39
RBI 717 404
SB 120 15
CS 74 23
BB 389 399
SO 659 600
BA .270 .252
OBP .319 .316
SLG .403 .326
OPS .722 .642
OPS+ 99 83
TB 2230 1413
GDP 141 131
HBP 34 26
SH 28 47
SF 53 33
IBB 28 77
Seasonal WAR
(Best → Worst)
Rk Cowens Grote
1 5.3 3.2
2 2.8 2.8
3 1.9 2.5
4 1.9 1.9
5 1.8 1.6
6 1.5 1.1
7 0.6 1.0
8 0.5 0.7
9 0.5 0.7
10 0.3 0.4
11 -0.2 0.4
12 -0.8 -0.0
13 -1.0 0.0
14 -0.1
15 -0.3
16 -0.7
Total 15.1 15.2
Wt Sum** 14.2 13.5
Wa MVP 0.0 0.0
WaE 2.3 0.2

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