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Steve Buechele    \boo-SHEL\

Steven Bernard Buechele

Positions: Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: September 26, 1961 in Lancaster, CA
High School: Servite HS (Anaheim, CA)
School: Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
Drafted
by the Texas Rangers in the 5th round of the 1982 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 19, 1985 (Age 23.296, 12,662nd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1985 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Rangers/Cubs/Pirates 1985-1995
Agents: Alan Meersand [*]
Last Game: July 29, 1995 (Age 33.306)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 29, 2014 1:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1078. Frank Fennelly… #1079. Bucky Harris… #1080. Jimmy Callahan… #1081. STEVE BUECHELE… #1082. Orator Shafer… #1083. David Bell… #1084. Johnny Edwards… 

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
1985 23 TEX AL 69 236 219 22 48 6 3 6 21 3 2 14 38 .219 .271 .356 .627 70 78 11 2 0 1 2 5/4
1986 24 TEX AL 153 513 461 54 112 19 2 18 54 5 8 35 98 .243 .302 .410 .712 90 189 10 5 9 3 1 *54/7
1987 25 TEX AL 136 400 363 45 86 20 0 13 50 2 2 28 66 .237 .290 .399 .690 81 145 7 1 4 4 3 *54/7
1988 26 TEX AL 155 579 503 68 126 21 4 16 58 2 4 65 79 .250 .342 .404 .746 107 203 8 5 6 0 6 *5/4
1989 27 TEX AL 155 530 486 60 114 22 2 16 59 1 3 36 107 .235 .294 .387 .680 89 188 21 5 2 1 0 *54/D6
1990 28 TEX AL 91 289 251 30 54 10 0 7 30 1 0 27 63 .215 .294 .339 .633 77 85 5 2 7 2 1 5/4
1991 29 TOT MLB 152 600 530 74 139 22 3 22 85 0 5 49 97 .262 .331 .440 .771 114 233 14 7 11 3 4 *54/6
1991 29 TEX AL 121 472 416 58 111 17 2 18 66 0 4 39 69 .267 .335 .447 .783 117 186 11 5 10 2 4 *54/6
1991 29 PIT NL 31 128 114 16 28 5 1 4 19 0 1 10 28 .246 .315 .412 .727 104 47 3 2 1 1 0 5
1992 30 TOT NL 145 590 524 52 137 23 4 9 64 1 3 52 105 .261 .334 .372 .707 99 195 10 7 4 3 6 *5/4
1992 30 PIT NL 80 325 285 27 71 14 1 8 43 0 2 34 61 .249 .331 .389 .721 104 111 5 2 2 2 4 5
1992 30 CHC NL 65 265 239 25 66 9 3 1 21 1 1 18 44 .276 .338 .351 .690 94 84 5 5 2 1 2 5/4
1993 31 CHC NL 133 520 460 53 125 27 2 15 65 1 1 48 87 .272 .345 .437 .782 111 201 12 5 4 3 5 *5/3
1994 32 CHC NL 104 387 339 33 82 11 1 14 52 1 0 39 80 .242 .325 .404 .729 90 137 8 4 2 3 2 *5/34
1995 33 TOT MLB 41 146 130 10 23 2 0 1 9 0 0 15 22 .177 .262 .215 .477 29 28 1 0 1 0 1 5
1995 33 CHC NL 32 118 106 10 20 2 0 1 9 0 0 11 19 .189 .265 .236 .501 36 25 1 0 1 0 0 5
1995 33 TEX AL 9 28 24 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 .125 .250 .125 .375 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 /5
11 Yrs 1334 4790 4266 501 1046 183 21 137 547 17 28 408 842 .245 .316 .394 .710 94 1682 107 43 50 23 31
162 Game Avg. 162 582 518 61 127 22 3 17 66 2 3 50 102 .245 .316 .394 .710 94 204 13 5 6 3 4
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
TEX (8 yrs) 889 3047 2723 337 654 115 13 94 338 14 23 248 523 .240 .308 .396 .704 92 1077 73 25 38 13 18
CHC (4 yrs) 334 1290 1144 121 293 49 6 31 147 3 2 116 230 .256 .330 .391 .721 94 447 26 14 9 7 9
PIT (2 yrs) 111 453 399 43 99 19 2 12 62 0 3 44 89 .248 .327 .396 .723 104 158 8 4 3 3 4
AL (8 yrs) 889 3047 2723 337 654 115 13 94 338 14 23 248 523 .240 .308 .396 .704 92 1077 73 25 38 13 18
NL (5 yrs) 445 1743 1543 164 392 68 8 43 209 3 5 160 319 .254 .329 .392 .721 97 605 34 18 12 10 13

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
1985 23 TEX AL 69 236 -9 0 -1 2 1 -7 -0.7 8 1 0.1 .490 .496 -0.1 0.3 -1 5/4
1986 24 TEX AL 153 513 -6 -3 0 7 3 0 0.2 18 18 1.8 .500 .500 1.1 1.0 11 $85,000 *54/7
1987 25 TEX AL 136 400 -10 -0 0 -1 2 -9 -0.8 14 5 0.4 .493 .495 0.5 0.2 5 $135,000 *54/7
1988 26 TEX AL 155 579 9 -2 2 11 2 22 2.4 20 42 4.2 .515 .514 3.1 1.4 31 $180,000 *5/4
1989 27 TEX AL 155 530 -6 -2 -3 0 2 -9 -0.8 19 10 1.0 .494 .494 1.0 0.3 10 $430,000 *54/D6
1990 28 TEX AL 91 289 -5 -0 -0 0 1 -4 -0.4 10 6 0.6 .495 .497 0.6 0.1 6 $550,000 5/4
1991 29 TEX AL 121 472 8 -1 -2 7 2 15 1.6 17 32 3.2 .513 .509 2.5 1.0 24 $775,000 *54/6
1991 29 PIT NL 31 128 1 -1 0 0 0 1 0.1 4 5 0.5 .503 .501 0.5 0.0 5 5
1992 30 PIT NL 80 325 5 -1 0 2 1 7 0.9 10 17 1.8 .511 .505 1.5 0.4 15 $2,600,000 5
1992 30 CHC NL 65 265 -1 -1 0 -3 1 -4 -0.5 8 4 0.3 .492 .497 0.6 -0.3 7 5/4
1993 31 CHC NL 133 520 8 -2 -0 11 1 18 1.9 16 34 3.5 .514 .512 2.1 1.4 23 $2,900,000 *5/3
1994 32 CHC NL 104 387 -6 0 0 -11 1 -15 -1.6 12 -4 -0.4 .485 .490 0.6 -1.0 7 $2,550,000 *5/34
1995 33 CHC NL 32 118 -9 -1 1 3 0 -6 -0.6 4 -2 -0.2 .482 .496 -0.6 0.3 -5 5
1995 33 TEX AL 9 28 -4 0 0 -1 0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .454 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -3 /5
11 Seasons 1334 4790 -25 -14 -2 28 18 5 1.2 160 165 16.5 .501 .501 13.1 5.1 136 $10,205,000
TEX (8 yrs) 889 3047 -24 -8 -3 26 13 4 1.1 106 110 11.0 .501 .501 8.3 4.3 84 $2,155,000
CHC (4 yrs) 334 1290 -8 -4 1 0 3 -7 -0.8 40 32 3.1 .498 .501 2.8 0.4 32 $5,450,000
PIT (2 yrs) 111 453 7 -2 0 2 1 8 0.9 14 22 2.3 .509 .504 2.0 0.4 20 $2,600,000

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
1991 29 PIT NL NLCS ATL L 7 28 23 2 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 .304 .407 .391 .799 9 0 0 1 0 0
1 NLCS 7 28 23 2 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 .304 .407 .391 .799 9 0 0 1 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
1985 TEX AL 23 3B 69 68 56 581.0 195 52 137 6 17 .969 2 4 2.93 2.74 .953 2.85 2.82
1985 TEX AL 23 2B 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 240 9.00 1.00 .980 5.40 5.20
1986 TEX AL 24 3B 137 109 80 988.0 348 111 226 11 17 .968 7 8 3.07 2.46 .948 2.74 2.71
1986 TEX AL 24 2B 33 30 11 225.2 126 59 66 1 25 .992 -1 -5 4.99 3.79 .981 5.10 5.05
1986 TEX AL 24 OF 2 1 0 8.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1 150 4.50 2.00 .980 2.36 2.35
1986 TEX AL 24 LF 1 1 0 8.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1 150 4.50 4.00 .978 2.25 2.20
1987 TEX AL 25 3B 123 94 65 850.1 252 68 175 9 13 .964 0 0 2.57 1.98 .952 2.77 2.74
1987 TEX AL 25 2B 18 16 7 127.2 56 20 36 0 7 1.000 -1 -9 3.95 3.11 .980 5.12 5.06
1987 TEX AL 25 LF 2 0 0 4.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 30 2.25 0.50 .970 2.02 2.10
1987 TEX AL 25 OF 2 0 0 4.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 30 2.25 0.50 .980 2.25 2.30
1988 TEX AL 26 3B 153 149 135 1305.1 423 110 297 16 25 .962 11 10 2.81 2.66 .954 2.71 2.69
1988 TEX AL 26 2B 2 2 1 16.0 7 4 3 0 0 1.000 0 8 3.94 3.50 .981 5.12 5.10
1989 TEX AL 27 3B 145 131 115 1154.1 382 106 264 12 22 .969 -1 -1 2.88 2.55 .943 2.73 2.70
1989 TEX AL 27 2B 18 7 5 81.0 44 21 23 0 6 1.000 1 15 4.89 2.44 .981 5.24 5.18
1989 TEX AL 27 DH 1 1
1989 TEX AL 27 SS 1 0 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 1 1.000 0 0 9.00 2.00 .970 4.95 4.70
1990 TEX AL 28 3B 88 79 55 687.2 235 70 157 8 7 .966 1 2 2.97 2.58 .944 2.75 2.73
1990 TEX AL 28 2B 4 1 0 12.2 5 2 3 0 0 1.000 -0 -47 3.55 1.25 .984 5.26 5.18
1991 TOT MLB 29 3B 142 132 114 1195.0 419 109 303 7 25 .983 7 7 3.10 2.90 .954 2.78 2.78
1991 TEX AL 29 3B 111 101 86 926.0 329 87 239 3 20 .991 7 9 3.17 2.94 .955 2.79 2.79
1991 TEX AL 29 2B 13 12 7 93.0 47 12 35 0 3 1.000 0 3 4.55 3.62 .981 5.19 5.18
1991 TEX AL 29 SS 4 0 0 4.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 30 2.25 0.25 .970 4.73 4.65
1991 PIT NL 29 3B 31 31 28 269.0 90 22 64 4 5 .956 0 0 2.88 2.77 .950 2.74 2.73
1992 TOT NL 30 3B 143 140 122 1240.1 407 102 288 17 16 .958 -2 -1 2.83 2.73 .952 2.67 2.67
1992 PIT NL 30 3B 80 79 70 693.0 231 52 169 10 10 .957 2 4 2.87 2.76 .952 2.67 2.67
1992 CHC NL 30 3B 63 61 52 547.1 176 50 119 7 6 .960 -4 -9 2.78 2.68 .952 2.67 2.67
1992 CHC NL 30 2B 2 0 0 4.1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1 166 4.15 1.00 .980 5.19 5.20
1993 CHC NL 31 3B 129 126 106 1083.0 319 79 232 8 24 .975 12 13 2.58 2.41 .945 2.70 2.68
1993 CHC NL 31 1B 6 2 1 22.1 18 18 0 0 3 1.000 -1 -43 7.25 3.00 .992 9.67 9.62
1994 CHC NL 32 3B 99 95 64 787.1 196 55 136 5 13 .974 -12 -18 2.18 1.93 .951 2.65 2.63
1994 CHC NL 32 1B 6 5 3 43.2 51 44 7 0 1 1.000 1 19 10.51 8.50 .992 9.73 9.67
1994 CHC NL 32 2B 1 0 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0 240 9.00 2.00 .980 5.40 5.20
1995 TOT MLB 33 3B 41 36 31 330.2 104 33 66 5 5 .952 2 9 2.69 2.41 .947 2.74 2.72
1995 CHC NL 33 3B 32 30 26 268.2 86 26 55 5 3 .942 3 14 2.71 2.53 .946 2.77 2.76
1995 TEX AL 33 3B 9 6 5 62.0 18 7 11 0 2 1.000 -1 -12 2.61 2.00 .952 2.61 2.58
11 Seasons 3B 1269 1159 943 10203.0 3280 895 2281 104 184 .968 27 3 2.80 2.50 .950 2.73 2.71
9 Seasons 2B 92 68 31 563.1 290 120 169 1 41 .997 0 0 4.62 3.14 .981 5.15 5.11
2 Seasons 1B 12 7 4 66.0 69 62 7 0 4 1.000 -0 -2 9.41 5.75 .992 9.71 9.64
2 Seasons SS 5 0 0 6.0 3 1 2 0 1 1.000 0 20 4.50 0.60 .970 4.80 4.66
2 Seasons OF 4 1 0 12.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1 110 3.75 1.25 .980 2.33 2.33
2 Seasons LF 3 1 0 12.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1 110 3.75 1.67 .976 2.17 2.13
1 Season DH 1 1
11 Seasons TOT 1382 1235 978 10850.1 3647 1083 2459 105 230 .971 28 3 2.94 2.56 .953 2.90 2.94
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

Strikeouts s c a p y
1992 NL  105 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1991 ML  7 (10th)
1992 NL  7 (8th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1989 AL  21 (4th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  153 (2nd)
1989 AL  145 (3rd)
1992 NL  143 (5th)
Career  1,269 (66th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1986 AL  111 (4th)
1988 AL  110 (5th)
1989 AL  106 (4th)
1991 AL  87 (5th)
1992 NL  102 (4th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  297 (3rd)
1992 NL  288 (4th)
Career  2,281 (74th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1992 NL  17 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  25 (4th)
1989 AL  22 (5th)
1993 NL  24 (5th)
Career  184 (82nd)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1986 AL  7 (3rd)
1988 AL  11 (2nd)
1991 AL  7 (5th)
1993 NL  12 (1st)
Career  27 (52nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1986 AL  3.07 (1st)
1988 AL  2.81 (3rd)
1989 AL  2.88 (5th)
1990 AL  2.97 (2nd)
1991 AL  3.17 (1st)
1992 NL  2.83 (5th)
Career  2.80 (40th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  2.66 (2nd)
1991 AL  2.94 (3rd)
1992 NL  2.73 (5th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1986 AL  .968 (2nd)
1987 AL  .964 (4th)
1989 AL  .969 (3rd)
1991 AL  .991 (1st)
1992 NL  .958 (5th)
1993 NL  .975 (1st)
1994 NL  .974 (2nd)
Career  .968 (10th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1401), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (128th), 16.5 career WAR/16.9 7yr-peak WAR/16.7 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 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
1986 24 Texas Rangers $85,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 25 Texas Rangers $135,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 26 Texas Rangers $180,000* ?
1989 27 Texas Rangers $430,000* ?
1990 28 Texas Rangers $550,000 ? USA Today
1991 29 Texas Rangers $775,000 ? 1991 USA Today
1992 30 Pittsburgh Pirates $2,600,000 ? 4/2/92 USA Today
1993 31 Chicago Cubs $2,900,000 ? USA Today
1994 32 Chicago Cubs $2,550,000 ? 4/5/94 USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$10,205,000
Disputed Salaries
*1988 - $185,000 - 12/13/88 NYT -
*1989 - $420,000 - 11/1/89 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.

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