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Steve Balboni

Stephen Charles Balboni (Bye Bye)

Positions: First Baseman and Designated Hitter
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 225 lb.

Born: January 16, 1957 in Brockton, MA
High School: Memorial HS (Manchester, NH)
School: Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL)
Drafted
by the New York Yankees in the 2nd round of the 1978 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 22, 1981 (Age 24.096)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1983 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Royals/Yankees/Mariners/Rangers 1981-1993

Final Game: October 2, 1993 (Age 36.259)
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Standard Batting

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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
1981 24 NYY AL 4 8 7 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 4 .286 .375 .714 1.089 211 5 0 0 0 0 0 /3D
1982 25 NYY AL 33 114 107 8 20 2 1 2 4 0 0 6 34 .187 .228 .280 .508 40 30 1 0 0 1 0 3/D
1983 26 NYY AL 32 95 86 8 20 2 0 5 17 0 0 8 23 .233 .295 .430 .725 101 37 2 0 0 1 0 3/D
1984 27 KCR AL 126 488 438 58 107 23 2 28 77 0 0 45 139 .244 .320 .498 .817 123 218 9 4 0 1 5 *3/D MVP-19
1985 28 KCR AL 160 662 600 74 146 28 2 36 88 1 1 52 166 .243 .307 .477 .783 112 286 14 5 0 5 4 *3 MVP-19
1986 29 KCR AL 138 562 512 54 117 25 1 29 88 0 0 43 146 .229 .286 .451 .738 97 231 8 1 0 6 2 *3
1987 30 KCR AL 121 425 386 44 80 11 1 24 60 0 0 34 97 .207 .273 .427 .700 81 165 11 2 0 3 1 3D
1988 31 TOT AL 118 440 413 46 97 17 1 23 66 0 1 24 87 .235 .277 .448 .725 97 185 8 1 0 2 2 D3
1988 31 KCR AL 21 64 63 2 9 2 0 2 5 0 0 1 20 .143 .156 .270 .426 17 17 0 0 0 0 0 3/D
1988 31 SEA AL 97 376 350 44 88 15 1 21 61 0 1 23 67 .251 .298 .480 .778 111 168 8 1 0 2 2 D3
1989 32 NYY AL 110 334 300 33 71 12 2 17 59 0 0 25 67 .237 .296 .460 .756 112 138 10 3 0 6 5 D3
1990 33 NYY AL 116 307 266 24 51 6 0 17 34 0 0 35 91 .192 .291 .406 .697 94 108 4 3 1 2 2 D3
1993 36 TEX AL 2 5 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .600 .600 .600 1.200 231 3 0 0 0 0 0 /D
11 Yrs 960 3440 3120 351 714 127 11 181 495 1 2 273 856 .229 .293 .451 .743 101 1406 67 19 1 27 21
162 Game Avg. 162 581 527 59 120 21 2 31 84 0 0 46 144 .229 .293 .451 .743 101 237 11 3 0 5 4
KCR (5 yrs) 566 2201 1999 232 459 89 6 119 318 1 1 175 568 .230 .294 .459 .752 101 917 42 12 0 15 12
NYY (5 yrs) 295 858 766 75 164 23 4 41 116 0 0 75 219 .214 .286 .415 .701 95 318 17 6 1 10 7
TEX (1 yr) 2 5 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .600 .600 .600 1.200 231 3 0 0 0 0 0
SEA (1 yr) 97 376 350 44 88 15 1 21 61 0 1 23 67 .251 .298 .480 .778 111 168 8 1 0 2 2

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
1981 24 NYY AL 4 8 1 0 0 0 -0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .527 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 /3D
1982 25 NYY AL 33 114 -8 -0 -0 -4 -2 -14 -1.5 4 -11 -1.2 .454 .491 -0.8 -0.6 -7 3/D
1983 26 NYY AL 32 95 -0 -0 -0 2 -2 0 0.0 3 3 0.3 .500 .500 0.1 0.1 1 3/D
1984 27 KCR AL 126 488 9 -1 -1 4 -7 5 0.6 17 22 2.1 .504 .503 1.8 -0.3 18 *3/D MVP-19
1985 28 KCR AL 160 662 8 0 -2 -8 -9 -11 -1.0 23 12 1.1 .493 .493 1.9 -1.7 20 $205,000 *3 MVP-19
1986 29 KCR AL 138 562 -8 -1 0 -6 -8 -23 -2.2 19 -4 -0.5 .483 .485 0.2 -1.4 3 $525,000 *3
1987 30 KCR AL 121 425 -11 -2 -2 -2 -8 -24 -2.3 15 -9 -0.9 .481 .486 -0.7 -0.9 -7 $625,000 3D
1988 31 KCR AL 21 64 -7 -0 -0 -1 -1 -10 -1.1 2 -8 -0.9 .447 .493 -0.8 -0.2 -7 $350,000 3/D
1988 31 SEA AL 97 376 5 -1 -1 2 -8 -3 -0.2 13 10 1.0 .497 .498 0.8 -0.6 8 D3
1989 32 NYY AL 110 334 0 -1 -2 -1 -9 -12 -1.2 12 -0 -0.1 .488 .492 -0.0 -1.0 1 D3
1990 33 NYY AL 116 307 -3 -0 -1 -2 -8 -14 -1.5 11 -3 -0.5 .487 .491 -0.1 -1.2 -1 $900,000 D3
1993 36 TEX AL 2 5 1 -0 0 0 -0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .533 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 /D
11 Seasons 960 3440 -13 -6 -8 -16 -61 -104 -10.2 119 15 0.9 .489 .493 2.6 -7.8 31 $2,605,000
KCR (5 yrs) 566 2201 -9 -3 -5 -13 -32 -62 -6.0 75 13 1.0 .489 .492 2.4 -4.5 26 $1,705,000
NYY (5 yrs) 295 858 -10 -2 -2 -5 -21 -40 -4.1 30 -9 -1.2 .486 .492 -0.7 -2.7 -5 $900,000
TEX (1 yr) 2 5 1 -0 0 0 -0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .533 .500 0.1 -0.0 1
SEA (1 yr) 97 376 5 -1 -1 2 -8 -3 -0.2 13 10 1.0 .497 .498 0.8 -0.6 8

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
1984 27 KCR AL ALCS DET L 3 12 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .091 .167 .091 .258 1 0 0 0 0 0
1985 28 KCR AL ALCS TOR W 7 27 25 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 .120 .185 .120 .305 3 0 0 0 0 0
1985 ❍ 28 KCR AL WS STL W 7 30 25 2 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 4 .320 .433 .320 .753 8 0 0 0 0 1
2 Yrs (3 Series) 17 69 61 3 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 8 16 .197 .290 .197 .487 12 0 0 0 0 1
2 ALCS 10 39 36 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 12 .111 .179 .111 .291 4 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 7 30 25 2 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 4 .320 .433 .320 .753 8 0 0 0 0 1

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
1981 NYY AL 24 1B 3 2 1 17.0 15 14 1 0 2 1.000 0 14 7.94 5.00 .993 10.06 10.03
1981 NYY AL 24 DH 1 0
1982 NYY AL 25 1B 26 25 22 207.0 209 194 13 2 23 .990 -4 -22 9.00 7.96 .992 9.85 9.81
1982 NYY AL 25 DH 5 3
1983 NYY AL 26 1B 23 23 5 160.0 190 178 9 3 19 .984 2 15 10.52 8.13 .992 9.90 9.82
1983 NYY AL 26 DH 4 4
1984 KCR AL 27 1B 125 123 97 1035.0 1196 1102 79 15 102 .987 4 5 10.27 9.45 .991 9.75 9.68 MVP-19
1984 KCR AL 27 DH 1 1 MVP-19
1985 KCR AL 28 1B 160 159 153 1428.0 1686 1573 101 12 138 .993 -8 -7 10.55 10.46 .991 9.76 9.67 MVP-19
1986 KCR AL 29 1B 137 136 133 1204.0 1352 1236 98 18 115 .987 -6 -6 9.97 9.74 .991 9.42 9.33
1987 KCR AL 30 1B 55 54 49 468.0 568 521 41 6 39 .989 -2 -5 10.81 10.22 .992 9.58 9.48
1987 KCR AL 30 DH 52 50
1988 TOT AL 31 DH 62 56
1988 TOT AL 31 1B 53 49 46 439.2 462 428 30 4 45 .991 1 2 9.38 8.64 .992 9.57 9.49
1988 KCR AL 31 1B 13 10 8 93.0 101 94 5 2 11 .980 -1 -14 9.58 7.62 .992 9.57 9.49
1988 KCR AL 31 DH 6 6
1988 SEA AL 31 DH 56 50
1988 SEA AL 31 1B 40 39 38 346.2 361 334 25 2 34 .994 2 7 9.32 8.98 .992 9.57 9.49
1989 NYY AL 32 DH 82 62
1989 NYY AL 32 1B 20 15 11 137.0 158 150 7 1 15 .994 -1 -6 10.31 7.85 .993 9.79 9.69
1990 NYY AL 33 DH 72 44
1990 NYY AL 33 1B 28 20 17 186.0 193 183 7 3 23 .984 -2 -16 9.19 6.79 .992 9.63 9.53
1993 TEX AL 36 DH 2 1
10 Seasons 1B 630 606 534 5281.2 6029 5579 386 64 521 .989 -16 -4 10.16 9.47 .991 9.65 9.57
9 Seasons DH 281 221
11 Seasons TOT 630 606 534 5281.2 6029 5579 386 64 521 .989 -16 -4 10.16 9.47 .991 9.65 9.57
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1984 AL (19, 1%)
1985 AL (19, 2%)
0.03 Career Shares (1281st)

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1985 Apr 21st AL Player of the Week

Games Played s c a p y
1985 AL  160 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1985 AL  36 (3rd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1984 AL  139 (3rd)
1985 AL  166 (1st)
1986 AL  146 (6th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1985 AL  66 (7th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1984 AL  15.6 (4th)**
1985 AL  16.7 (5th)
1986 AL  17.7 (9th)
Career  17.2 (53rd)

Putoutss c a p y
1985 AL  1,573 (1st)
1986 AL  1,236 (3rd)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1985 AL  160 (2nd)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1985 AL  1,573 (1st)
1986 AL  1,236 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1984 AL  15 (1st)
1986 AL  18 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1985 AL  138 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1984 AL  10.27 (2nd)
1985 AL  10.55 (1st)
1986 AL  9.97 (1st)
Career  10.16 (13th)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1985 AL  10.46 (1st)
1986 AL  9.74 (1st)

                           
A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order. Requirements to qualify for rate stats.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 5 (1819), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1827), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 9 (1730), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (323rd), 0.8 career WAR/3.9 7yr-peak WAR/2.4 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 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
1985 28 Kansas City Royals $205,000 ? Scully, Business of MLB, p. 163
1986 29 Kansas City Royals $525,000 ? G. Scully, Business of MLB, p. 163 Arbitration win; $350,000 offer
1987 30 Kansas City Royals $625,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1988 31 Kansas City Royals $350,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 32 Seattle Mariners $800,000 ? 1990 TSN Guide 23 Arbitration win; $500,000 offer
1990 33 New York Yankees $900,000* ?
Career to date (may be incomplete)$3,405,000
Disputed Salaries
*1990 - $925,000 - 11/21/90 NYT -
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.

Name Translations

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Japanese: スティーブ・バルボニ 統計

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