Around the Majors: Padres sign Piazza

1) The Padres signed free agent C Mike Piazza to a 1 year, $2 million contract, with a mutual option for 2007.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   34    7  .377  .483  .860  .583   6.12  .286  11   34    0   68  Mets         
2004   35    4  .362  .444  .806  .529   5.54  .266  20   54    0  129  Mets         
2005   36    2  .326  .452  .778  .515   5.13  .251  19   62    0  113  Mets         
CAR        439  .382  .555  .936  .684   7.49  .311 397 1223   17 1703 
LG AVG       0  .342  .429  .770  .500   5.17  .270 183  780  121 
POS AVG    -99  .329  .409  .738  .441   4.59  .259 179  772   33 

2) Today’s birthdays–

JORGE CANTU, AGE: 24
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2004   22    3  .341  .462  .803  .552   5.53  .301   2   17    0   50  Devil Rays   
2005   23    1  .311  .497  .808  .504   4.89  .286  28  117    1  150  Devil Rays   
CAR          4  .318  .489  .807  .515   5.03  .289  30  134    1  200 
LG AVG       0  .333  .427  .760  .500   4.95  .269  24  100   12 
POS AVG     -7  .324  .411  .735  .470   4.63  .267  18   89   16 

WALT DROPO, AGE: 83
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1951   28  -19  .312  .369  .681  .326   3.63  .239  11   57    0   99  Red Sox      
1953   30  -30  .289  .371  .660  .325   3.42  .248  13   96    2  152  Tigers       
1956   33  -12  .334  .374  .708  .388   4.08  .266   8   52    1  125  White Sox    
CAR        -58  .326  .432  .757  .451   4.61  .270 152  704    5 1288 
LG AVG       0  .346  .399  .744  .500   4.90  .267  98  528   37 
POS AVG     55  .352  .429  .781  .538   5.37  .273 132  636   23 

JEREMY HERMIDA, AGE: 22
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2005   21    5  .383  .634 1.017  .760   9.00  .293   4   11    2   23  Marlins      
CAR          5  .383  .634 1.017  .760   9.00  .293   4   11    2   23 
LG AVG       0  .339  .428  .767  .500   5.07  .268   1    5    1 
POS AVG      0  .346  .453  .799  .535   5.53  .268   1    5    1 

DAVEY JOHNSON, AGE: 63
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1971   28   16  .351  .443  .794  .596   5.40  .282  18   72    3  142  Orioles      
1973   30   33  .370  .546  .916  .645   7.38  .270  43   99    5  157  Braves       
1977   34   14  .408  .545  .952  .716   8.08  .321   8   36    1   78  Phillies     
CAR         70  .340  .404  .744  .542   4.76  .261 136  609   33 1435 
LG AVG       0  .324  .378  .701  .500   4.21  .253 114  530   76 
POS AVG    -56  .318  .347  .666  .447   3.82  .250  74  449   71 

JOHN PATTERSON, AGE: 28
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25   -8   6.05   16   8   55     43  7.04 15.22   1   4   1   2   3  Diamondbacks 
2004 26  -10   5.03   19  19   98.1   99  9.06 14.09   4   7   0   4   7  Expos        
2005 27   18   3.13   31  31  198.1  185  8.39 10.98   9   7   0  10   6  Nationals    
CAREER     4   4.05   73  63  382.1  358  8.43 12.33  16  18   1  17  17 
LG AVG     0   4.25           382.1  282  6.64 12.78  21  22 

The 2006 edition of the sabermetric baseball encyclopedia is available and is now shipping. Also, for the first time, there will be a subscription package available to get the encyclopedia updated every day during the 2006 season. The encyclopedia can be ordered at http://www.baseball-encyclopedia.com

“Lee Sinins’ Sabermetric Encyclopedia is best reason yet developed to own a computer. I think I must own a copy of every baseball encyclopedia there is or ever was, and occasionally I find that I still need to pull out one of the others, but not very often; the Sabermetric Encyclopedia covers 97% of my needs. Whether I’m working or playing, calculating or daydreaming, the Sabermetric Encyclopedia pops up to help out. I turn it on in the morning; I turn it off when the house is on fire. Otherwise, I’m using it.”–Bill James

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