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Mark Belanger    \buh-LAN-jer\

Mark Henry Belanger (The Blade)

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: June 8, 1944 in Pittsfield, MA
High School: Pittsfield HS (Pittsfield, MA)
Signed
by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1962. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 7, 1965 (Age 21.060)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1967 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Dodgers 1965-1982
Agents: Ron Shapiro [*]
Final Game: October 2, 1982 (Age 38.116)
Died: October 6, 1998 in New York, NY
Buried: St. Joseph Cemetery, Pittsfield, MA
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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
1965 BAL AL 21 SS 4 0 0 5.0 2 1 1 0 2 1.000 0 96 3.60 0.50 .960 4.68 4.72
1966 BAL AL 22 SS 6 4 4 44.0 29 9 20 0 3 1.000 3 85 5.93 4.83 .960 4.79 4.78
1967 BAL AL 23 SS 38 33 30 310.2 167 65 94 8 17 .952 -3 -12 4.61 4.18 .963 4.62 4.63
1967 BAL AL 23 2B 26 10 7 118.1 74 33 40 1 6 .986 2 22 5.55 2.81 .979 4.95 4.96
1967 BAL AL 23 3B 2 0 0 7.0 6 2 4 0 1 1.000 1 103 7.71 3.00 .955 3.09 3.15
1968 BAL AL 24 SS 145 142 118 1234.0 714 248 444 22 73 .969 27 26 5.05 4.77 .962 4.79 4.77
1969 BAL AL 25 SS 148 144 138 1294.1 723 251 449 23 79 .968 12 11 4.87 4.73 .966 4.96 4.96 MVP-29,GG
1970 BAL AL 26 SS 143 125 109 1150.1 643 212 412 19 78 .970 9 10 4.88 4.36 .967 4.93 4.91
1971 BAL AL 27 SS 149 142 138 1278.1 739 280 443 16 77 .978 13 12 5.09 4.85 .965 4.90 4.88 GG
1972 BAL AL 28 SS 105 86 76 768.1 477 180 285 12 53 .975 8 12 5.45 4.43 .967 4.99 4.97
1973 BAL AL 29 SS 154 145 130 1308.2 794 241 530 23 100 .971 26 24 5.30 5.01 .963 5.10 5.07 MVP-21,GG
1974 BAL AL 30 SS 155 153 140 1375.0 808 243 552 13 100 .984 20 18 5.20 5.13 .965 4.98 4.96 MVP-26,GG
1975 BAL AL 31 SS 152 144 114 1262.1 784 259 508 17 105 .978 35 33 5.47 5.05 .959 4.85 4.84 GG
1976 BAL AL 32 SS 153 148 137 1328.2 798 239 545 14 97 .982 24 21 5.31 5.12 .967 4.99 5.01 AS,GG
1977 BAL AL 33 SS 142 122 100 1089.0 671 244 417 10 82 .985 24 26 5.46 4.65 .963 4.82 4.79 GG
1978 BAL AL 34 SS 134 109 86 985.1 602 184 409 9 76 .985 26 32 5.42 4.43 .964 4.92 4.87 GG
1979 BAL AL 35 SS 98 54 43 571.2 308 110 195 3 38 .990 8 17 4.80 3.11 .965 5.01 4.95
1980 BAL AL 36 SS 109 75 58 729.2 401 133 258 10 49 .975 5 8 4.82 3.59 .963 4.99 4.98
1981 BAL AL 37 SS 63 49 35 436.0 255 86 162 7 21 .973 1 4 5.12 3.94 .967 4.99 4.98
1982 LAD NL 38 SS 44 12 9 166.0 86 20 62 4 4 .953 -1 -5 4.45 1.86 .967 5.01 5.02
1982 LAD NL 38 2B 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -120 9.00 1.00 .980 5.40 5.40
18 Seasons SS 1942 1687 1465 15337.1 9001 3005 5786 210 1054 .977 238 19 5.16 4.53 .964 4.93 4.92
2 Seasons 2B 27 10 7 119.1 75 33 41 1 6 .987 2 21 5.58 2.74 .979 4.96 4.98
1 Season 3B 2 0 0 7.0 6 2 4 0 1 1.000 1 103 7.71 3.00 .955 3.09 3.15
18 Seasons TOT 1971 1697 1472 15463.2 9082 3040 5831 211 1061 .977 241 19 5.16 4.50 .964 4.93 4.92
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
1965 BAL AL 21 SS 0 96 0 -0 1 0
1966 BAL AL 22 SS 3 85 3 2 1 0
1967 BAL AL 23 SS -3 -12 -2 0 -2 -1
1967 BAL AL 23 2B 2 22 2 0 2 0
1967 BAL AL 23 3B 1 103 1 0 1 0
1968 BAL AL 24 SS 27 26 27 8 19 0
1969 BAL AL 25 SS 12 11 12 11 0 0
1970 BAL AL 26 SS 9 10 8 10 -2 1
1971 BAL AL 27 SS 13 12 14 10 4 -1
1972 BAL AL 28 SS 8 12 8 6 2 0
1973 BAL AL 29 SS 26 24 23 14 9 3
1974 BAL AL 30 SS 20 18 18 16 1 3
1975 BAL AL 31 SS 35 33 32 21 11 3
1976 BAL AL 32 SS 24 21 24 16 8 0
1977 BAL AL 33 SS 24 26 24 24 0 0
1978 BAL AL 34 SS 26 32 26 17 10 0
1979 BAL AL 35 SS 8 17 8 4 4 0
1980 BAL AL 36 SS 5 8 5 3 2 0
1981 BAL AL 37 SS 1 4 2 3 -1 -1
1982 LAD NL 38 SS -1 -5 1 2 -0 -2
1982 LAD NL 38 2B -0 -120 -0 -0 0
18 Seasons SS 238 19 233 167 66 5
2 Seasons 2B 2 21 2 0 2 0
1 Season 3B 1 103 1 0 1 0
18 Seasons TOT 241 19 236 167 68 5
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
1965 BAL AL 21 11 0 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
1966 BAL AL 22 8 4 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1967 BAL AL 23 69 43 69 63 0 0 0 26 2 38 0 0 0 0 0 3 7
1968 BAL AL 24 145 142 145 145 0 0 0 0 0 145 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 BAL AL 25 150 144 150 148 0 0 0 0 0 148 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1970 BAL AL 26 145 125 145 143 0 0 0 0 0 143 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
1971 BAL AL 27 150 142 150 149 0 0 0 0 0 149 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1972 BAL AL 28 113 86 113 105 0 0 0 0 0 105 0 0 0 0 0 1 15
1973 BAL AL 29 154 145 154 154 0 0 0 0 0 154 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1974 BAL AL 30 155 153 155 155 0 0 0 0 0 155 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 BAL AL 31 152 138 152 152 0 0 0 0 0 152 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
1976 BAL AL 32 153 148 153 153 0 0 0 0 0 153 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1977 BAL AL 33 144 122 144 142 0 0 0 0 0 142 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
1978 BAL AL 34 135 109 135 134 0 0 0 0 0 134 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
1979 BAL AL 35 101 54 101 98 0 0 0 0 0 98 0 0 0 0 0 1 8
1980 BAL AL 36 113 75 113 109 0 0 0 0 0 109 0 0 0 0 0 2 12
1981 BAL AL 37 64 49 64 63 0 0 0 0 0 63 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
1982 LAD NL 38 54 12 54 45 0 0 0 1 0 44 0 0 0 0 0 4 10
18 Seasons 2016 1691 2016 1968 0 0 0 27 2 1942 0 0 0 0 0 22 85
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
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 -- 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
1965 BAL AL 21 19 53% 79% 37% 2 100% 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
1966 BAL AL 22 179 57% 82% 36% 25 96% 0 8 4 2 2 21 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
1967 BAL AL 23 1285 59% 77% 26% 138 90% 1 70 37 23 10 96 70 22 0 2 8 0 7 1 7 18 6 2 2 4 0 15 9 6 1 0 1
1968 BAL AL 24 4947 59% 77% 27% 554 95% 4 247 128 89 31 446 346 84 0 7 22 3 17 2 16 72 28 5 19 7 3 64 34 29 3 3 0
1969 BAL AL 25 5242 66% 79% 26% 557 95% 5 241 125 89 27 451 347 88 0 5 23 1 17 5 17 80 31 8 19 10 4 77 40 34 3 1 1
1970 BAL AL 26 4734 68% 80% 25% 507 96% 5 224 119 87 18 406 285 106 1 3 19 1 13 5 14 80 34 4 21 9 3 72 38 33 7 4 3
1971 BAL AL 27 5243 64% 82% 27% 612 94% 4 280 151 93 36 456 328 113 1 3 16 0 15 1 16 78 37 6 21 5 1 71 43 27 4 0 4
1972 BAL AL 28 3090 66% 81% 27% 368 96% 1 181 99 70 12 279 218 56 0 0 12 2 9 1 7 53 19 5 17 5 1 49 24 24 1 1 0
1973 BAL AL 29 5336 67% 83% 29% 631 94% 3 246 116 102 28 533 398 119 0 8 23 1 20 2 21 104 43 5 27 6 5 92 49 38 10 5 5
1974 BAL AL 30 5694 72% 84% 28% 652 96% 3 241 129 91 21 553 399 132 1 5 13 0 12 1 12 102 48 3 30 3 7 92 51 40 7 6 1
1975 BAL AL 31 5178 62% 83% 29% 597 96% 5 255 109 112 33 505 374 121 2 6 17 1 14 2 11 106 52 9 26 4 4 103 62 34 2 1 0
1976 BAL AL 32 5549 66% 85% 28% 649 96% 4 237 110 89 38 546 387 138 2 8 14 0 14 0 12 97 44 8 14 8 0 78 52 22 15 8 7
1977 BAL AL 33 4529 64% 82% 29% 510 96% 6 245 102 103 40 417 312 88 4 5 10 3 6 1 5 82 29 6 22 5 4 69 35 32 4 2 2
1978 BAL AL 34 4107 60% 82% 30% 461 95% 1 180 72 75 33 405 312 83 1 5 9 1 7 1 6 76 30 5 17 11 7 71 35 35 2 2 0
1979 BAL AL 35 2336 63% 82% 29% 236 92% 2 111 45 50 16 196 153 39 0 0 3 0 3 0 3 42 16 1 14 3 2 36 17 19 3 2 1
1980 BAL AL 36 3084 63% 83% 27% 324 94% 0 134 70 51 13 258 182 67 0 1 10 0 10 0 7 49 27 1 14 1 1 44 28 16 4 3 1
1981 BAL AL 37 1869 65% 82% 26% 209 92% 0 85 41 33 11 162 128 31 0 2 7 1 5 1 3 20 8 2 5 1 0 17 10 7 1 1 0
1982 LAD NL 38 710 63% 79% 29% 75 87% 0 22 8 11 3 61 46 12 1 0 4 0 3 1 2 4 2 0 1 0 0 4 2 2 0 0 0
18 Seasons 63131 65% 82% 28% 7107 95% 44 3008 1465 1171 372 5793 4305 1302 13 60 210 14 172 24 159 1068 456 72 269 82 42 959 533 398 67 39 26
MLB Averages 62% 81% 28% 91%
Lg 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

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
1967 BAL AL 23 485 60% 78% 26% 50 96% 1 30 12 11 7 40 33 6 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 2 1 3 0 6 3 3 0 0 0
1982 LAD NL 38 6 33% 67% 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
2 Seasons 491 60% 78% 26% 50 96% 1 30 12 11 7 40 33 6 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 2 1 3 0 6 3 3 0 0 0
MLB Averages 62% 81% 28% 94%

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%
1967 BAL AL 23 25 48% 88% 44% 3 100% 1 1 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Season 25 48% 88% 44% 3 100% 1 1 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Averages 62% 81% 28% 89% 68%



* - 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

Hall of Fame
1988 BBWAA ( 3.7%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1969 AL (29, 1%)
1973 AL (21, 2%)
1974 AL (26, 2%)
0.05 Career Shares (1140th)

Gold Gloves
1969 AL (SS)
1971 AL (SS)
1973 AL (SS)
1974 AL (SS)
1975 AL (SS)
1976 AL (SS)
1977 AL (SS)
1978 AL (SS)
All multiple winners

Assistss c a p y
1968 AL  444 (4th)
1973 AL  530 (1st)
1974 AL  552 (1st)
1975 AL  508 (2nd)
1976 AL  545 (1st)
Career  5,831 (52nd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1969 AL  23 (5th)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1968 AL  27 (2nd)
1973 AL  26 (2nd)
1974 AL  21 (2nd)
1975 AL  35 (1st)
1976 AL  24 (2nd)
1977 AL  24 (1st)
1978 AL  26 (1st)
Career  241 (3rd)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1968 AL  145 (5th)
1970 AL  143 (5th)
1971 AL  149 (3rd)
1973 AL  154 (2nd)
1974 AL  155 (3rd)
1975 AL  152 (3rd)
1976 AL  153 (3rd)
Career  1,942 (24th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1968 AL  248 (5th)
1969 AL  251 (5th)
1971 AL  280 (2nd)
1973 AL  241 (4th)
1974 AL  243 (4th)
1975 AL  259 (4th)
1976 AL  239 (5th)
Career  3,005 (43rd)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1968 AL  444 (4th)
1971 AL  443 (5th)
1973 AL  530 (1st)
1974 AL  552 (1st)
1975 AL  508 (2nd)
1976 AL  545 (1st)
Career  5,786 (31st)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1968 AL  22 (5th)
1969 AL  23 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1968 AL  73 (4th)
1973 AL  100 (2nd)
1974 AL  100 (3rd)
1975 AL  105 (1st)
1976 AL  97 (2nd)
Career  1,054 (29th)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1968 AL  27 (1st)
1969 AL  12 (4th)
1970 AL  9 (5th)
1971 AL  13 (1st)
1972 AL  8 (4th)
1973 AL  26 (1st)
1974 AL  21 (1st)
1975 AL  35 (1st)
1976 AL  24 (1st)
1977 AL  24 (1st)
1978 AL  26 (1st)
1979 AL  8 (3rd)
1980 AL  5 (5th)
Career  238 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1968 AL  5.05 (4th)
1971 AL  5.09 (3rd)
1972 AL  5.45 (3rd)
1973 AL  5.30 (4th)
1974 AL  5.20 (1st)
1975 AL  5.47 (1st)
1976 AL  5.31 (2nd)
1977 AL  5.46 (1st)
1978 AL  5.42 (2nd)
Career  5.24 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1968 AL  4.77 (3rd)
1971 AL  4.85 (3rd)
1973 AL  5.01 (2nd)
1974 AL  5.13 (1st)
1975 AL  5.05 (2nd)
1976 AL  5.12 (2nd)
1977 AL  4.65 (4th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1968 AL  .969 (4th)
1971 AL  .978 (3rd)
1972 AL  .975 (4th)
1973 AL  .971 (3rd)
1974 AL  .984 (1st)
1975 AL  .978 (2nd)
1976 AL  .982 (3rd)
1977 AL  .985 (1st)
1978 AL  .985 (1st)
1980 AL  .975 (3rd)
Career  .977 (27th)

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Name and misspellings: Mark The Blade Henry mac manny Mark Belanger

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