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Benigno (Felix) Ayala

Positions: Pinch Hitter, Leftfielder and Designated Hitter
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: February 7, 1951 in Yauco, Puerto Rico
Signed
by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 1971. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 27, 1974 (Age 23.201)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1979 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Indians/Mets/Cardinals 1974-1985

Final Game: October 2, 1985 (Age 34.237)
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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
1974 23 NYM NL 23 78 68 9 16 1 0 2 8 0 0 7 17 .235 .308 .338 .646 82 23 3 1 0 2 0 7/9
1976 25 NYM NL 22 28 26 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 6 .115 .179 .231 .409 20 6 0 0 0 0 0 /97
1977 26 STL NL 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 81 1 0 0 0 0 0 /9
1979 28 BAL AL 42 94 86 15 22 5 0 6 13 0 0 6 9 .256 .298 .523 .821 120 45 2 0 0 2 1 7D/9
1980 29 BAL AL 76 191 170 28 45 8 1 10 33 0 0 19 21 .265 .335 .500 .835 127 85 4 0 0 2 3 D7/9
1981 30 BAL AL 44 100 86 12 24 2 0 3 13 0 1 11 9 .279 .364 .407 .771 123 35 2 1 1 1 0 D/7
1982 31 BAL AL 64 133 128 17 39 6 0 6 24 1 1 5 14 .305 .331 .492 .823 123 63 3 0 0 0 2 7D/3
1983 32 BAL AL 47 115 104 12 23 7 0 4 13 0 0 9 18 .221 .278 .404 .682 87 42 2 0 0 2 0 7D/9
1984 33 BAL AL 60 128 118 9 25 6 0 4 24 1 1 8 24 .212 .258 .364 .622 73 43 4 0 0 2 0 D7/9
1985 34 CLE AL 46 81 76 10 19 7 0 2 15 0 0 4 17 .250 .284 .421 .705 91 32 2 0 0 1 1 7/D
10 Yrs 425 951 865 114 217 42 1 38 145 2 4 71 136 .251 .305 .434 .739 104 375 22 2 1 12 7
162 Game Avg. 162 362 330 43 83 16 0 14 55 1 2 27 52 .251 .305 .434 .739 104 143 8 1 0 5 3
BAL (6 yrs) 333 761 692 93 178 34 1 33 120 2 3 58 95 .257 .312 .452 .764 110 313 17 1 1 9 6
NYM (2 yrs) 45 106 94 11 19 1 0 3 10 0 1 9 23 .202 .274 .309 .582 66 29 3 1 0 2 0
CLE (1 yr) 46 81 76 10 19 7 0 2 15 0 0 4 17 .250 .284 .421 .705 91 32 2 0 0 1 1
STL (1 yr) 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 81 1 0 0 0 0 0
AL (7 yrs) 379 842 768 103 197 41 1 35 135 2 3 62 112 .257 .309 .449 .758 108 345 19 1 1 10 7
NL (3 yrs) 46 109 97 11 20 1 0 3 10 0 1 9 24 .206 .275 .309 .585 66 30 3 1 0 2 0

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
1974 23 NYM NL 23 78 -2 0 -0 1 -1 -2 -0.3 3 0 -0.0 .489 .498 -0.2 0.0 -1 7/9
1976 25 NYM NL 22 28 -3 -0 0 -1 -0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.4 .479 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -2 /97
1977 26 STL NL 1 3 -0 0 0 1 -0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .590 .501 0.0 0.1 0 /9
1979 28 BAL AL 42 94 1 -0 0 3 -2 3 0.3 3 7 0.6 .508 .502 0.3 0.2 3 7D/9
1980 29 BAL AL 76 191 5 -1 -0 -1 -4 -2 -0.2 7 5 0.4 .498 .499 0.6 -0.6 6 D7/9
1981 30 BAL AL 44 100 4 -0 0 1 -3 3 0.3 3 6 0.6 .507 .502 0.5 -0.2 5 D/7
1982 31 BAL AL 64 133 4 -0 0 1 -3 3 0.3 5 7 0.7 .504 .502 0.6 -0.2 6 7D/3
1983 32 BAL AL 47 115 -3 -1 -0 0 -2 -6 -0.6 4 -2 -0.2 .487 .496 -0.2 -0.2 -2 7D/9
1984 33 BAL AL 60 128 -5 -1 -1 1 -4 -9 -1.0 4 -5 -0.6 .483 .494 -0.6 -0.3 -6 D7/9
1985 34 CLE AL 46 81 -1 -0 0 -3 -1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.2 .489 .497 0.1 -0.4 1 $303,333 7/D
10 Seasons 425 951 1 -3 -0 3 -19 -19 -1.9 32 14 1.1 .495 .499 0.8 -1.6 11 $303,333
BAL (6 yrs) 333 761 7 -3 -0 5 -17 -8 -0.8 26 18 1.6 .497 .499 1.2 -1.2 13
NYM (2 yrs) 45 106 -5 -0 -0 0 -1 -6 -0.7 3 -3 -0.4 .484 .498 -0.5 -0.1 -3
CLE (1 yr) 46 81 -1 -0 0 -3 -1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.2 .489 .497 0.1 -0.4 1 $303,333
STL (1 yr) 1 3 -0 0 0 1 -0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .590 .501 0.0 0.1 0

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1979 28 BAL AL WS PIT L 4 7 6 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 .333 .429 .833 1.262 5 0 0 0 0 0
1983 32 BAL AL ALCS CHW W 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0
1983 ❍ 32 BAL AL WS PHI W 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (3 Series) 6 9 7 2 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 .429 .444 .857 1.302 6 0 0 0 1 0
1 ALCS 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 WS 5 8 7 2 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 .429 .500 .857 1.357 6 0 0 0 0 0

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
1974 NYM NL 23 OF 20 18 17 163.2 41 37 1 3 1 .927 1 8 2.09 1.90 .979 2.27 2.27
1974 NYM NL 23 LF 18 16 16 146.2 36 32 1 3 0 .917 0 2 2.02 1.83 .976 1.99 1.99
1974 NYM NL 23 RF 2 2 1 17.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1 56 3.71 3.50 .974 2.01 2.05
1976 NYM NL 25 OF 7 4 0 30.1 9 7 1 1 0 .889 -1 -24 2.37 1.14 .979 2.34 2.33
1976 NYM NL 25 RF 4 1 0 13.1 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1 81 3.38 1.25 .974 2.16 2.15
1976 NYM NL 25 LF 3 3 0 17.0 5 3 1 1 0 .800 -2 -106 2.12 1.33 .976 2.01 2.00
1977 STL NL 26 OF 1 1 1 8.0 7 6 1 0 1 1.000 1 135 7.88 7.00 .979 2.25 2.30
1977 STL NL 26 RF 1 1 1 8.0 7 6 1 0 1 1.000 1 135 7.88 7.00 .974 2.14 2.10
1979 BAL AL 28 OF 24 21 3 138.0 39 38 0 1 0 .974 3 30 2.48 1.58 .981 2.46 2.43
1979 BAL AL 28 LF 23 21 3 134.0 39 38 0 1 0 .974 4 31 2.55 1.65 .980 2.22 2.20
1979 BAL AL 28 DH 11 3
1979 BAL AL 28 RF 1 0 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -30 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
1980 BAL AL 29 DH 39 26
1980 BAL AL 29 OF 19 15 5 104.1 22 20 2 0 1 1.000 -1 -16 1.90 1.16 .979 2.47 2.46
1980 BAL AL 29 LF 17 14 4 93.0 17 16 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -18 1.65 1.00 .980 2.35 2.35
1980 BAL AL 29 RF 2 1 1 11.1 4 3 1 0 1 1.000 0 0 3.18 2.00 .975 2.14 2.10
1981 BAL AL 30 DH 27 21
1981 BAL AL 30 LF 4 3 0 11.0 5 3 2 0 0 1.000 1 142 4.09 1.25 .980 2.37 2.38
1981 BAL AL 30 OF 4 3 0 11.0 5 3 2 0 0 1.000 1 142 4.09 1.25 .984 2.45 2.48
1982 BAL AL 31 OF 25 22 4 136.0 36 35 0 1 0 .972 1 8 2.32 1.40 .982 2.47 2.46
1982 BAL AL 31 LF 24 22 4 136.0 35 34 0 1 0 .971 1 8 2.25 1.42 .981 2.29 2.28
1982 BAL AL 31 DH 17 9
1982 BAL AL 31 1B 3 2 1 25.0 24 24 0 0 2 1.000 -0 -5 8.64 8.00 .992 9.86 9.80
1983 BAL AL 32 OF 24 21 4 162.0 43 41 0 2 0 .953 0 1 2.28 1.71 .981 2.50 2.48
1983 BAL AL 32 LF 19 18 4 134.0 39 38 0 1 0 .974 2 16 2.55 2.00 .977 2.32 2.30
1983 BAL AL 32 DH 11 9
1983 BAL AL 32 RF 5 3 0 28.0 4 3 0 1 0 .750 -2 -73 0.96 0.60 .978 2.25 2.24
1984 BAL AL 33 DH 35 23
1984 BAL AL 33 OF 13 7 0 53.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 1 16 1.70 0.77 .983 2.51 2.49
1984 BAL AL 33 LF 11 6 0 50.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 1 14 1.80 0.91 .982 2.27 2.26
1984 BAL AL 33 RF 2 1 0 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 40 3.00 0.50 .980 2.10 2.20
1985 CLE AL 34 LF 20 19 3 98.0 23 20 1 2 0 .913 -3 -40 1.93 1.05 .977 2.25 2.23
1985 CLE AL 34 OF 20 19 3 98.0 24 21 1 2 0 .917 -3 -40 2.02 1.10 .982 2.44 2.42
1985 CLE AL 34 DH 3 2
10 Seasons OF 157 131 37 904.1 236 218 8 10 3 .958 3 4 2.25 1.44 .981 2.43 2.42
7 Seasons DH 143 93
9 Seasons LF 139 122 34 819.2 209 194 6 9 0 .957 2 3 2.20 1.44 .979 2.23 2.23
7 Seasons RF 17 9 3 84.2 28 25 2 1 2 .964 1 13 2.87 1.59 .975 2.16 2.16
1 Season 1B 3 2 1 25.0 24 24 0 0 2 1.000 -0 -5 8.64 8.00 .992 9.86 9.80
10 Seasons TOT 160 133 38 929.1 260 242 8 10 5 .962 3 4 2.42 1.56 .982 2.63 2.56
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

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
1985 34 Cleveland Indians $303,333 ? 1985 USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$303,333
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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Name and misspellings: Benigno (Felix) Benny Ayala

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