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Syd O'Brien

Sydney Lloyd O'Brien

Positions: Third Baseman, Shortstop and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: February 18, 1944 in Compton, CA
High School: Millikan HS (Long Beach, CA)
School: Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1964. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 15, 1969 (Age 25.056, 10,412th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1969 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Angels/WhiteSox/RedSox/Brewers 1969-1972

Last Game: October 1, 1972 (Age 28.226)
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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1969 25 BOS AL 100 283 263 47 64 10 5 9 29 2 3 15 37 .243 .287 .422 .709 92 111 3 1 4 0 0 564
1970 26 CHW AL 121 467 441 48 109 13 2 8 44 3 3 22 62 .247 .285 .340 .625 71 150 10 2 0 2 1 54/6
1971 27 CAL AL 90 271 251 25 50 8 1 5 21 0 2 15 33 .199 .247 .299 .546 60 75 10 1 4 0 4 6/4539
1972 28 TOT AL 67 109 97 15 19 4 0 2 6 0 1 8 23 .196 .255 .299 .554 68 29 3 0 3 1 0 54/63
1972 28 CAL AL 36 45 39 10 7 2 0 1 1 0 0 6 10 .179 .289 .308 .597 83 12 1 0 0 0 0 /5643
1972 28 MIL AL 31 64 58 5 12 2 0 1 5 0 1 2 13 .207 .230 .293 .523 57 17 2 0 3 1 0 /54
4 Yrs 378 1130 1052 135 242 35 8 24 100 5 9 60 155 .230 .273 .347 .620 74 365 26 4 11 3 5
162 Game Avg. 162 484 451 58 104 15 3 10 43 2 4 26 66 .230 .273 .347 .620 74 156 11 2 5 1 2
CAL (2 yrs) 126 316 290 35 57 10 1 6 22 0 2 21 43 .197 .253 .300 .553 63 87 11 1 4 0 4
BOS (1 yr) 100 283 263 47 64 10 5 9 29 2 3 15 37 .243 .287 .422 .709 92 111 3 1 4 0 0
MIL (1 yr) 31 64 58 5 12 2 0 1 5 0 1 2 13 .207 .230 .293 .523 57 17 2 0 3 1 0
CHW (1 yr) 121 467 441 48 109 13 2 8 44 3 3 22 62 .247 .285 .340 .625 71 150 10 2 0 2 1

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1969 25 BOS AL 100 283 -1 -0 0 -5 2 -3 -0.4 10 7 0.6 .497 .498 1.2 -0.3 12 564
1970 26 CHW AL 121 467 -17 -1 -0 -6 3 -21 -2.4 16 -5 -0.7 .481 .486 0.0 -0.4 1 $18,000 54/6
1971 27 CAL AL 90 271 -11 -1 -1 -8 3 -17 -2.1 9 -8 -1.1 .477 .487 -0.2 -0.5 -1 $21,500 6/4539
1972 28 CAL AL 36 45 -0 -0 -0 0 0 0 0.1 2 2 0.2 .502 .500 0.2 0.1 2 $25,000 /5643
1972 28 MIL AL 31 64 -3 -0 0 -3 0 -5 -0.7 2 -3 -0.4 .479 .496 -0.0 -0.3 0 /54
4 Seasons 378 1130 -31 -2 -1 -21 10 -46 -5.4 39 -7 -1.4 .486 .492 1.1 -1.5 14 $64,500
CAL (2 yrs) 126 316 -11 -1 -1 -7 4 -17 -2.0 11 -6 -0.9 .484 .491 -0.0 -0.4 1 $46,500
BOS (1 yr) 100 283 -1 -0 0 -5 2 -3 -0.4 10 7 0.6 .497 .498 1.2 -0.3 12
MIL (1 yr) 31 64 -3 -0 0 -3 0 -5 -0.7 2 -3 -0.4 .479 .496 -0.0 -0.3 0
CHW (1 yr) 121 467 -17 -1 -0 -6 3 -21 -2.4 16 -5 -0.7 .481 .486 0.0 -0.4 1 $18,000

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1969 BOS AL 25 3B 53 43 38 405.2 148 34 105 9 12 .939 2 6 3.08 2.62 .955 3.16 3.15
1969 BOS AL 25 SS 15 5 5 66.0 34 13 17 4 6 .882 -4 -80 4.09 2.00 .966 4.96 4.96
1969 BOS AL 25 2B 12 6 5 69.0 41 18 21 2 12 .951 -2 -42 5.09 3.25 .976 5.20 5.21
1970 CHW AL 26 3B 68 65 57 555.2 209 59 137 13 18 .938 -1 -1 3.17 2.88 .949 3.07 3.06
1970 CHW AL 26 2B 43 38 30 328.2 233 96 127 10 31 .957 -4 -16 6.11 5.19 .979 5.35 5.32
1970 CHW AL 26 SS 5 2 2 25.0 12 3 7 2 1 .833 -1 -53 3.60 2.00 .967 4.93 4.92
1971 CAL AL 27 SS 52 46 44 450.1 232 87 136 9 30 .961 -6 -15 4.46 4.29 .965 4.90 4.88
1971 CAL AL 27 2B 7 7 7 66.1 41 14 25 2 7 .951 -1 -13 5.29 5.57 .980 5.31 5.29
1971 CAL AL 27 3B 6 5 3 42.0 17 5 12 0 0 1.000 1 26 3.64 2.83 .956 3.04 3.03
1971 CAL AL 27 1B 1 1 1 9.0 8 8 0 0 1 1.000 0 27 8.00 8.00 .992 9.60 9.50
1971 CAL AL 27 OF 1 1 1 8.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -330 1.12 1.00 .980 2.25 2.20
1971 CAL AL 27 RF 1 1 1 8.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -330 1.12 1.00 .980 2.02 2.00
1972 TOT AL 28 3B 17 10 9 99.1 36 6 25 5 4 .861 -1 -17 2.81 1.82 .954 2.98 2.96
1972 TOT AL 28 2B 10 5 4 58.2 29 13 14 2 4 .931 -0 -10 4.14 2.70 .977 5.19 5.14
1972 CAL AL 28 3B 8 2 2 32.0 9 0 8 1 1 .889 1 52 2.25 1.00 .954 2.98 2.96
1972 CAL AL 28 SS 4 3 3 28.0 11 1 9 1 0 .909 -1 -30 3.21 2.50 .967 4.98 4.97
1972 CAL AL 28 2B 3 0 0 13.0 6 3 3 0 1 1.000 -0 -18 4.15 2.00 .977 5.19 5.13
1972 CAL AL 28 1B 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 1.00 .990 9.90 9.70
1972 MIL AL 28 3B 9 8 7 67.1 27 6 17 4 3 .852 -3 -50 3.07 2.56 .954 2.98 2.96
1972 MIL AL 28 2B 7 5 4 45.2 23 10 11 2 3 .913 -0 -8 4.14 3.00 .977 5.18 5.14
4 Seasons 3B 144 123 107 1102.2 410 104 279 27 34 .934 1 1 3.13 2.66 .952 3.09 3.08
4 Seasons SS 76 56 54 569.1 289 104 169 16 37 .945 -12 -25 4.32 3.59 .965 4.91 4.90
4 Seasons 2B 72 56 46 522.2 344 141 187 16 54 .953 -8 -18 5.65 4.56 .979 5.31 5.27
2 Seasons 1B 2 1 1 10.0 9 9 0 0 1 1.000 0 24 8.10 4.50 .992 9.63 9.60
1 Season OF 1 1 1 8.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -330 1.12 1.00 .980 2.25 2.20
1 Season RF 1 1 1 8.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -330 1.12 1.00 .980 2.02 2.00
4 Seasons TOT 295 237 209 2212.2 1053 359 635 59 126 .944 -21 -11 4.04 3.37 .965 4.11 4.13
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Triples s c a p y
1969 AL  5 (9th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1970 AL  25 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 1 (2441), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (1063rd), -1.4 career WAR/-1.4 7yr-peak WAR/-1.4 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1970 26 Chicago White Sox $18,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1971 27 California Angels $21,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1972 28 California Angels $25,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$64,500
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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