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Wally Backman

Walter Wayne Backman

Positions: Second Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: September 22, 1959 in Hillsboro, OR
High School: Aloha HS (Aloha, OR)
Drafted
by the New York Mets in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 1977 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 2, 1980 (Age 20.346, 11,968th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1982 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Mets/Phillies/Pirates/Twins/Mariners 1980-1993
Agents: Terry Bross, previously: Dick Moss [*]
Last Game: May 14, 1993 (Age 33.234)
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Standard Fielding

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
1980 NYM NL 20 2B 20 18 17 165.0 91 48 43 0 7 1.000 -5 -34 4.96 4.55 .980 5.49 5.49
1980 NYM NL 20 SS 8 8 5 66.0 27 14 12 1 4 .963 -1 -15 3.55 3.25 .966 5.00 5.03
1981 NYM NL 21 2B 11 5 5 57.0 37 14 21 2 2 .946 -0 -11 5.53 3.18 .982 5.53 5.54
1981 NYM NL 21 3B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.80
1982 NYM NL 22 2B 88 69 39 586.0 385 169 202 14 30 .964 -5 -9 5.70 4.22 .978 5.42 5.43
1982 NYM NL 22 3B 6 4 2 32.0 13 4 7 2 0 .846 -2 -64 3.09 1.83 .951 2.76 2.78
1982 NYM NL 22 SS 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -60 0.00 0.00 4.95 5.00
1983 NYM NL 23 2B 14 3 3 44.2 23 11 12 0 2 1.000 -1 -24 4.63 1.64 .978 5.34 5.31
1983 NYM NL 23 3B 2 2 2 18.0 10 5 3 2 0 .800 -1 -60 4.00 4.00 .949 2.70 2.70
1984 NYM NL 24 2B 115 108 89 914.2 522 218 294 10 72 .981 -11 -14 5.04 4.45 .979 5.41 5.39
1984 NYM NL 24 SS 8 2 1 32.0 17 5 12 0 1 1.000 0 15 4.78 2.13 .965 4.87 4.86
1985 NYM NL 25 2B 140 122 104 1128.0 649 272 370 7 76 .989 -0 -0 5.12 4.59 .982 5.47 5.47
1985 NYM NL 25 SS 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -240 4.50 1.00 .960 4.95 4.90
1986 NYM NL 26 2B 113 92 78 848.0 493 186 290 17 56 .966 3 4 5.05 4.21 .980 5.21 5.22
1987 NYM NL 27 2B 87 76 55 654.2 347 131 210 6 44 .983 -0 -1 4.69 3.92 .982 5.19 5.16
1988 NYM NL 28 2B 92 84 58 707.2 351 128 219 4 36 .989 4 6 4.41 3.77 .980 5.22 5.23
1989 MIN AL 29 2B 84 79 56 655.2 339 146 187 6 37 .982 -7 -14 4.57 3.96 .981 5.24 5.18
1989 MIN AL 29 DH 1 0
1990 PIT NL 30 3B 71 68 32 519.1 150 34 104 12 5 .920 -8 -18 2.39 1.94 .947 2.73 2.71
1990 PIT NL 30 2B 15 14 6 106.0 54 22 32 0 5 1.000 -0 -2 4.58 3.60 .983 5.01 4.98
1991 PHI NL 31 2B 36 23 16 222.0 104 50 52 2 12 .981 -1 -8 4.14 2.83 .982 5.14 5.12
1991 PHI NL 31 3B 20 17 5 120.2 33 4 27 2 1 .939 1 10 2.31 1.55 .950 2.74 2.73
1992 PHI NL 32 2B 10 3 2 36.0 31 10 20 1 4 .968 1 37 7.50 3.00 .981 5.18 5.18
1992 PHI NL 32 3B 2 0 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.65
1993 SEA AL 33 3B 9 8 5 62.0 21 4 14 3 0 .857 1 21 2.61 2.00 .951 2.69 2.66
1993 SEA AL 33 2B 1 0 0 4.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 2.25 1.00 .980 5.18 5.10
14 Seasons 2B 826 696 528 6129.1 3427 1405 1953 69 383 .980 -23 -5 4.93 4.07 .980 5.32 5.30
7 Seasons 3B 111 99 46 754.1 227 51 155 21 6 .907 -8 -13 2.46 1.86 .948 2.73 2.71
4 Seasons SS 18 10 6 102.0 45 20 24 1 5 .978 -1 -11 3.88 2.44 .965 4.96 4.94
1 Season DH 1 0
14 Seasons TOT 955 805 580 6985.2 3699 1476 2132 91 394 .975 -33 -6 4.65 3.78 .978 5.03 4.99
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1980 NYM NL 20 2B -5 -34 -4 -1 -2 -1
1980 NYM NL 20 SS -1 -15 -1 0 -1 0
1981 NYM NL 21 2B -0 -11 -0 0 -1 0
1981 NYM NL 21 3B 0 0 0 0 0
1982 NYM NL 22 2B -5 -9 -3 1 -4 -2
1982 NYM NL 22 3B -2 -64 -2 -1 -0 0
1982 NYM NL 22 SS -0 -60 -0 -0 0 0
1983 NYM NL 23 2B -1 -24 -1 1 -2 0
1983 NYM NL 23 3B -1 -60 -1 -1 0 0
1984 NYM NL 24 2B -11 -14 -12 -7 -5 1
1984 NYM NL 24 SS 0 15 0 0 -0 0
1985 NYM NL 25 2B -0 -0 1 1 -0 -1
1985 NYM NL 25 SS -0 -240 -0 -0 0 0
1986 NYM NL 26 2B 3 4 5 7 -2 -2
1987 NYM NL 27 2B -0 -1 1 1 -0 -1
1988 NYM NL 28 2B 4 6 5 4 0 -1
1989 MIN AL 29 2B -7 -14 -6 -9 3 -1
1990 PIT NL 30 3B -8 -18 -8 -4 -4 0
1990 PIT NL 30 2B -0 -2 1 1 -0 -1
1991 PHI NL 31 2B -1 -8 -0 -0 0 -1
1991 PHI NL 31 3B 1 10 1 1 0 0
1992 PHI NL 32 2B 1 37 1 0 1 0
1992 PHI NL 32 3B 0 0 0 0 0
1993 SEA AL 33 3B 1 21 1 1 0 0
1993 SEA AL 33 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Seasons 2B -23 -5 -14 -2 -12 -10
7 Seasons 3B -8 -13 -8 -4 -4 0
4 Seasons SS -1 -11 -1 -0 -1 0
14 Seasons TOT -33 -6 -23 -5 -17 -10
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1980 NYM NL 20 27 26 27 27 0 0 0 20 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 NYM NL 21 26 5 26 12 0 0 0 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 3
1982 NYM NL 22 96 73 96 92 0 0 0 88 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 8
1983 NYM NL 23 26 5 26 16 0 0 0 13 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
1984 NYM NL 24 128 110 128 119 0 0 0 115 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 13 3
1985 NYM NL 25 145 122 145 140 0 0 0 140 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
1986 NYM NL 26 124 92 124 113 0 0 0 113 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 3
1987 NYM NL 27 94 77 94 88 0 0 0 88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
1988 NYM NL 28 99 84 99 92 0 0 0 92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6
1989 MIN AL 29 87 79 87 84 0 0 0 84 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
1990 PIT NL 30 104 82 104 85 0 0 0 15 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
1991 PHI NL 31 94 40 94 55 0 0 0 36 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 1
1992 PHI NL 32 42 3 42 12 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
1993 SEA AL 33 10 8 10 10 0 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
14 Seasons 1102 806 1102 945 0 0 0 826 110 19 0 0 0 0 1 214 28
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- 2B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 543 463 43 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1980 NYM NL 20 713 55% 84% 23% 59 95% 0 48 14 19 15 46 41 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 1 2 0 6 2 4 0 0 0
1981 NYM NL 21 237 57% 84% 28% 25 88% 0 14 4 6 4 21 16 3 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
1982 NYM NL 22 2538 57% 83% 26% 277 93% 0 166 68 62 36 204 172 27 0 5 14 0 14 0 9 30 6 6 13 1 27 15 12 2 0 2
1983 NYM NL 23 196 48% 78% 22% 18 89% 0 12 4 2 6 13 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
1984 NYM NL 24 3918 55% 79% 24% 327 96% 1 219 77 102 40 289 242 37 0 4 10 0 9 1 10 70 27 15 19 0 62 19 42 6 5 1
1985 NYM NL 25 4697 58% 79% 27% 442 99% 1 281 116 114 51 369 305 53 2 4 7 0 7 0 6 77 25 15 18 3 67 22 42 4 3 1
1986 NYM NL 26 3568 63% 77% 31% 334 92% 4 182 54 94 34 288 236 43 2 3 17 0 14 3 13 55 21 10 13 3 49 16 32 5 2 3
1987 NYM NL 27 2783 57% 78% 32% 236 94% 2 129 35 69 25 213 172 34 1 3 6 0 6 0 5 43 13 6 15 0 38 15 19 4 2 2
1988 NYM NL 28 2889 62% 79% 32% 274 91% 3 128 54 47 27 220 193 21 0 1 4 0 2 2 2 36 13 5 10 1 32 12 19 4 3 1
1989 MIN AL 29 2878 68% 81% 31% 236 89% 3 150 52 71 27 187 156 23 0 6 6 0 5 1 6 38 17 6 6 4 36 11 23 1 0 1
1990 PIT NL 30 433 81% 84% 35% 37 95% 0 20 7 8 5 32 25 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 2 1 0 4 1 3 0 0 0
1991 PHI NL 31 947 58% 79% 30% 77 82% 0 49 17 24 8 52 38 14 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 11 3 2 5 0 11 5 5 0 0 0
1992 PHI NL 32 150 54% 79% 35% 19 89% 0 10 0 5 5 20 18 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 1 1 2 0 4 2 2 0 0 0
1993 SEA AL 33 17 65% 82% 35% 2 50% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Seasons 25964 60% 79% 29% 2363 93% 14 1408 502 623 283 1955 1626 268 5 31 69 0 61 8 55 378 131 70 106 12 340 122 205 26 15 11
MLB Averages 59% 81% 30% 92%

Advanced Fielding -- 3B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 543 53 GB LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1981 NYM NL 21 4 25% 100% 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 NYM NL 22 138 59% 85% 25% 12 75% 0 5 4 0 1 6 5 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1983 NYM NL 23 77 47% 81% 34% 9 78% 0 5 4 1 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 PIT NL 30 2170 60% 82% 35% 155 81% 3 36 23 5 8 101 80 17 1 4 12 1 8 3 9 5 2 1 4 0 0 0 9 67%
1991 PHI NL 31 531 51% 82% 31% 36 86% 0 4 4 0 0 27 22 5 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 80%
1992 PHI NL 32 8 75% 75% 25% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 SEA AL 33 270 74% 77% 34% 18 83% 0 4 1 0 3 14 13 1 0 2 3 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Seasons 3198 59% 82% 33% 230 81% 3 54 36 6 12 151 123 23 1 7 21 1 15 5 18 6 3 1 5 0 0 0 15 73%
MLB Averages 59% 81% 30% 89% 71%

Advanced Fielding -- SS*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 63 463 163 363 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1980 NYM NL 20 274 48% 86% 28% 22 86% 0 12 4 4 4 15 12 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 4 3 0 1 0 0 4 3 1 0 0 0
1982 NYM NL 22 8 25% 100% 50% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 NYM NL 23 7 71% 71% 43% 1 100% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 NYM NL 24 142 72% 80% 27% 14 100% 0 5 2 2 1 12 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
1985 NYM NL 25 12 67% 75% 0% 1 100% 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Seasons 443 56% 84% 27% 38 92% 0 18 7 6 5 28 19 9 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 5 4 0 1 0 0 5 4 1 0 0 0
MLB Averages 59% 81% 30% 89%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1982 NL  14 (5th)
1986 NL  17 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1982 NL  5.70 (3rd)
Career  4.93 (84th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1985 NL  .989 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1980 NL  born 1959-09-22 (4th)

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Name and misspellings: Walter Wally walt walter Wayne bachman Backman

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