New Arrival: Bob Nieman, lf, Baltimore Orioles

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  • Bob Nieman was born in 1927, hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • He went to Kent State, and signed on with the Reds in 1948. He would be a two time MiLB batting champion before debuting in the majors in 1951.
  • He was a very good hitter throughout his 12 seasons in the big leagues. He got on base (career .373 OBP), hit for power (125 career HR) and played a good left field.
  • His best season was probably 1956 (split between the White Sox and Orioles). He hit .320/.436/.495 with 14 HR. Good for an OPS+ of 159 and 4 WAR. He would finish 7th in MVP voting.
  • He had a 21 HR season in 1959, good for a 146 OPS+.
  • For a player as good as the numbers suggested, its a little weird that he only got one season of at least 500 at bats (1953). The guy never seemed to have a bad season, and even in the later stages of his career he was still getting on base at a good clip. In fact, his last at bat the in the majors (in the 1962 World Series), resulted in an intentional walk.
  • One problem was that while he could hit, he might have also been a terrible base runner. He was 10 for 40 in stolen base attempts..not good. Also: in the last 53 times he got on base in his career…he never scored. Either he never made it around, or was pulled for a runner.
  • He would retire after the 1962 season from Major League Baseball. But Nieman would squeeze in one more season in the Japan Central League, playing for the Chunichi Dragons. The 36 year old would hit .301/.357/.487 with 13 HR.
  • Over 12 seasons in the Majors he amassed 18.1 WAR, hitting 125 HR and the owner of a .295/.373/.474 batting line. Not bad at all. I am a little surprised that he did not get at least one All-Star selection in his career.

Note: More about Joe Nieman can be found in this very fun blog post over at the The J.G. Preston Experience 

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1951 24 SLB AL 12 43 2 8 3 5 .372 .413 .628 1.041 175
1952 25 SLB AL 131 478 18 74 46 73 .289 .352 .456 .808 122
1953 26 DET AL 142 508 15 69 57 57 .281 .354 .453 .807 118
1954 27 DET AL 91 251 8 35 22 32 .263 .319 .422 .741 103
1955 28 CHW AL 99 272 11 53 36 37 .283 .366 .460 .826 120
1956 29 TOT AL 128 428 14 68 90 63 .320 .436 .495 .931 155 MVP-7
1956 29 CHW AL 14 40 2 4 4 4 .300 .364 .475 .839 120
1956 29 BAL AL 114 388 12 64 86 59 .322 .442 .497 .940 159
1957 30 BAL AL 129 445 13 70 63 86 .276 .363 .429 .792 123
1958 31 BAL AL 105 366 16 60 44 57 .325 .395 .522 .917 157
1959 32 BAL AL 118 360 21 60 42 55 .292 .367 .528 .895 146
1960 33 STL NL 81 188 4 31 24 31 .287 .372 .473 .845 123
1961 34 TOT MLB 45 82 2 12 7 6 .378 .427 .537 .964 157
1961 34 STL NL 6 17 0 2 0 2 .471 .471 .529 1.000 156
1961 34 CLE AL 39 65 2 10 7 4 .354 .417 .538 .955 157
1962 35 TOT MLB 32 31 1 4 1 10 .290 .303 .452 .755 101
1962 35 CLE AL 2 1 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
1962 35 SFG NL 30 30 1 3 1 9 .300 .323 .467 .789 110
12 Y 12 Y 12 Y 12 Y 1113 3452 125 544 435 512 .295 .373 .474 .847 132
162 162 162 162 162 502 18 79 63 75 .295 .373 .474 .847 132
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/29/2017.
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