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  Tale of the Tape
  Backman Peters
Pos 2B/3B SS/2B
Height 5-9 5-7
Weight 160 180
Yrs 1980-93 1874-84
Years 14 11
HoF No No
All-Star 0 0
MVP Shares 0.0 0.0
Gold Gloves 0 0
HOFm 8.5 0.0
HOFs 16.6 1.0
Black Ink 0 0
Gray Ink 0 46
  per-162 Games
  Backman Peters
Yrs 6.8 3.8
AB 477 709
R 71 98
H 131 197
2B 20 24
3B 3 3
HR 1 1
RBI 35 66
SB 17 4
BB 55 7
SO 71 20
OPS .687 .609
OPS+ 94 97

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

  Career Stats
  Backman Peters
G 1102 615
PA 3708 2718
AB 3245 2693
R 482 373
H 893 748
2B 138 92
3B 19 12
HR 10 3
RBI 240 249
SB 117 14
CS 52 8
BB 371 25
SO 480 77
BA .275 .278
OBP .349 .284
SLG .339 .324
OPS .687 .609
OPS+ 94 97
TB 1099 873
GDP 55 3
HBP 5 0
SH 68
SF 19
IBB 9
Seasonal WAR
(Best → Worst)
Rk Backman Peters
1 3.1 3.2
2 2.9 2.8
3 2.5 2.5
4 1.5 1.9
5 1.4 1.5
6 1.1 1.2
7 0.7 1.1
8 0.5 0.3
9 0.4 -0.1
10 0.2 -0.3
11 -0.0 -0.6
12 -0.0
13 -0.5
14 -0.7
Total 13.1 13.5
Wt Sum** 12.0 12.3
Wa MVP 0.0 0.0
WaE 0.1 0.2

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