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Rick Burleson

Richard Paul Burleson (Rooster)

Positions: Shortstop and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: April 29, 1951 in Lynwood, CA
High Schools: Warren HS (South Gate, CA), Warren HS (Downey, CA)
Drafted
by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 1970 amateur draft (January Secondary). (All Transactions)
Debut: May 4, 1974 (Age 23.005)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1974 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Angels/Orioles 1974-1987
Agents: Jack Sands [*]
Final Game: July 8, 1987 (Age 36.070)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 18, 2014 3:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #797. Mark Loretta… #798. Jason Heyward… #799. Yasiel Puig… #800. RICK BURLESON… #801. Tony Taylor… #802. Norm Siebern… #803. Buck Herzog… 

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
1974 23 BOS AL 114 415 384 36 109 22 0 4 44 3 3 21 34 .284 .320 .372 .693 93 143 13 2 3 5 0 64/5 RoY-4
1975 24 BOS AL 158 654 580 66 146 25 1 6 62 8 5 45 44 .252 .305 .329 .634 73 191 18 3 17 9 1 *6 MVP-13
1976 25 BOS AL 152 616 540 75 157 27 1 7 42 14 9 60 37 .291 .365 .383 .748 109 207 15 5 8 3 2 *6
1977 ★ 26 BOS AL 154 721 663 80 194 36 7 3 52 13 12 47 69 .293 .338 .382 .720 87 253 15 2 3 6 1 *6 AS,MVP-22
1978 ★ 27 BOS AL 145 685 626 75 155 32 5 5 49 8 8 40 71 .248 .295 .339 .633 70 212 16 4 10 5 2 *6 AS,MVP-36
1979 ★ 28 BOS AL 153 682 627 93 174 32 5 5 60 9 5 35 54 .278 .315 .368 .683 80 231 13 3 9 8 0 *6 AS,MVP-21,GG
1980 29 BOS AL 155 718 644 89 179 29 2 8 51 12 13 62 51 .278 .341 .366 .708 90 236 24 2 6 4 0 *6
1981 ★ 30 CAL AL 109 490 430 53 126 17 1 5 33 4 6 42 38 .293 .357 .372 .729 112 160 8 3 11 4 2 *6 AS,SS
1982 31 CAL AL 11 53 45 4 7 1 0 0 2 0 0 6 3 .156 .255 .178 .433 22 8 2 0 2 0 2 6
1983 32 CAL AL 33 134 119 22 34 7 0 0 11 0 2 12 12 .286 .348 .345 .693 93 41 5 0 2 1 0 6
1984 33 CAL AL 7 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 1 0 0
1986 35 CAL AL 93 312 271 35 77 14 0 5 29 1 3 33 32 .284 .363 .391 .754 107 106 2 1 6 1 1 D6/45
1987 36 BAL AL 62 232 206 26 43 14 1 2 14 0 2 17 30 .209 .279 .316 .594 60 65 7 3 6 0 0 4/D
13 Yrs 1346 5717 5139 656 1401 256 23 50 449 72 68 420 477 .273 .328 .361 .689 87 1853 138 28 84 46 11
162 Game Avg. 162 688 619 79 169 31 3 6 54 9 8 51 57 .273 .328 .361 .689 87 223 17 3 10 6 1
BOS (7 yrs) 1031 4491 4064 514 1114 203 21 38 360 67 55 310 360 .274 .326 .362 .688 85 1473 114 21 56 40 6
CAL (5 yrs) 253 994 869 116 244 39 1 10 75 5 11 93 87 .281 .351 .362 .713 102 315 17 4 22 6 5
BAL (1 yr) 62 232 206 26 43 14 1 2 14 0 2 17 30 .209 .279 .316 .594 60 65 7 3 6 0 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 BOS AL 114 415 -4 -1 -1 10 7 10 1.2 15 25 2.7 .510 .507 1.6 1.9 16 64/5 RoY-4
1975 24 BOS AL 158 654 -20 -1 -1 8 10 -3 -0.2 23 20 2.0 .498 .498 1.2 2.0 12 $32,000 *6 MVP-13
1976 25 BOS AL 152 616 9 1 -1 -6 10 12 1.4 22 34 3.6 .509 .508 4.3 0.4 40 *6
1977 ★ 26 BOS AL 154 721 -15 1 0 1 10 -2 -0.1 23 21 2.2 .498 .499 2.0 1.2 20 $125,000 *6 AS,MVP-22
1978 ★ 27 BOS AL 145 685 -24 -1 -0 10 10 -6 -0.5 22 16 1.5 .496 .496 0.5 2.2 6 *6 AS,MVP-36
1979 ★ 28 BOS AL 153 682 -17 3 -1 19 10 14 1.6 23 38 3.8 .510 .509 1.8 3.0 19 $125,000 *6 AS,MVP-21,GG
1980 29 BOS AL 155 718 -6 -2 -2 2 10 2 0.3 23 24 2.4 .501 .501 2.2 1.4 22 *6
1981 ★ 30 CAL AL 109 490 9 0 2 10 7 27 3.0 16 43 4.5 .527 .519 3.5 1.8 33 *6 AS,SS
1982 31 CAL AL 11 53 -6 -1 -1 6 1 -1 -0.1 2 0 0.0 .487 .499 -0.6 0.7 -5 6
1983 32 CAL AL 33 134 -2 -1 -0 -6 2 -7 -0.7 5 -3 -0.3 .477 .495 0.3 -0.4 3 6
1984 33 CAL AL 7 5 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .483 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1
1986 35 CAL AL 93 312 2 1 0 -4 -1 -2 -0.1 11 9 0.9 .498 .499 1.2 -0.4 13 $856,667 D6/45
1987 36 BAL AL 62 232 -10 -1 -1 -2 1 -13 -1.3 8 -6 -0.5 .479 .492 -0.3 -0.1 -3 $200,000 4/D
13 Seasons 1346 5717 -86 -2 -5 47 75 30 4.4 192 222 22.6 .503 .503 17.7 13.5 175 $1,338,667
BOS (7 yrs) 1031 4491 -77 -0 -5 44 66 27 3.7 152 179 18.2 .503 .502 13.6 12.0 135 $282,000
CAL (5 yrs) 253 994 2 -1 1 5 8 16 1.9 33 48 5.0 .507 .507 4.4 1.6 43 $856,667
BAL (1 yr) 62 232 -10 -1 -1 -2 1 -13 -1.3 8 -6 -0.5 .479 .492 -0.3 -0.1 -3 $200,000

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
1975 24 BOS AL ALCS OAK W 3 11 9 2 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .444 .500 .667 1.167 6 0 0 1 0 0
1975 24 BOS AL WS CIN L 7 28 24 1 7 1 0 0 2 0 1 4 2 .292 .393 .333 .726 8 2 0 0 0 1
1986 35 CAL AL ALCS BOS L 4 12 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .273 .273 .545 3 0 0 1 0 0
2 Yrs (3 Series) 14 51 44 3 14 3 0 0 3 0 1 5 2 .318 .388 .386 .774 17 2 0 2 0 1
2 ALCS 7 23 20 2 7 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .350 .381 .450 .831 9 0 0 2 0 0
1 WS 7 28 24 1 7 1 0 0 2 0 1 4 2 .292 .393 .333 .726 8 2 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
1974 BOS AL 23 SS 88 81 69 711.0 417 143 256 18 42 .957 7 11 5.05 4.53 .965 4.98 4.96 RoY-4
1974 BOS AL 23 2B 31 27 23 245.0 147 65 79 3 24 .980 3 13 5.29 4.65 .975 5.37 5.35 RoY-4
1974 BOS AL 23 3B 2 0 0 1.0 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 0 360 27.00 1.50 .953 2.70 3.10 RoY-4
1975 BOS AL 24 SS 158 157 153 1398.0 794 267 498 29 102 .963 8 7 4.92 4.84 .959 4.85 4.84 MVP-13
1976 BOS AL 25 SS 152 145 141 1304.1 786 274 478 34 88 .957 -6 -6 5.19 4.95 .967 4.99 5.01
1977 BOS AL 26 SS 154 154 152 1360.0 791 285 482 24 111 .970 1 1 5.08 4.98 .963 4.82 4.79 AS,MVP-22
1978 BOS AL 27 SS 144 143 142 1298.0 782 285 482 15 100 .981 10 9 5.32 5.33 .964 4.92 4.87 AS,MVP-36
1979 BOS AL 28 SS 153 151 138 1313.0 811 272 523 16 109 .980 19 18 5.45 5.20 .965 5.01 4.95 AS,MVP-21,GG
1980 BOS AL 29 SS 155 155 149 1364.1 851 301 528 22 147 .974 2 2 5.47 5.35 .963 4.99 4.98
1981 CAL AL 30 SS 109 108 105 948.1 615 208 394 13 88 .979 10 12 5.71 5.52 .967 4.99 4.98 AS,SS
1982 CAL AL 31 SS 11 11 10 114.2 71 19 51 1 12 .986 6 59 5.49 6.36 .965 4.87 4.84
1983 CAL AL 32 SS 31 29 27 263.2 161 54 102 5 16 .969 -6 -29 5.32 5.03 .963 4.75 4.72
1986 CAL AL 35 DH 38 35
1986 CAL AL 35 SS 37 29 25 257.2 122 43 77 2 12 .984 -1 -4 4.19 3.24 .967 4.53 4.49
1986 CAL AL 35 2B 6 5 3 42.0 26 15 11 0 3 1.000 -2 -46 5.57 4.33 .981 5.10 5.05
1986 CAL AL 35 3B 4 3 2 27.2 7 4 2 1 0 .857 -1 -48 1.95 1.50 .949 2.73 2.70
1987 BAL AL 36 2B 55 53 49 470.0 263 112 145 6 39 .977 -2 -6 4.92 4.67 .980 5.12 5.06
1987 BAL AL 36 DH 7 4
11 Seasons SS 1192 1163 1111 10333.0 6201 2151 3871 179 827 .971 49 6 5.25 5.05 .964 4.92 4.90
3 Seasons 2B 92 85 75 757.0 436 192 235 9 66 .979 -1 -2 5.08 4.64 .978 5.20 5.16
2 Seasons DH 45 39
2 Seasons 3B 6 3 2 28.2 10 6 3 1 0 .900 -1 -33 2.83 1.50 .950 2.73 2.83
13 Seasons TOT 1290 1251 1188 11118.2 6647 2349 4109 189 893 .972 47 5 5.23 5.01 .965 4.94 4.91
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

Hall of Fame
1993 BBWAA ()

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1975 AL (13, 8%)
1977 AL (22, 1%)
1978 AL (36, 0%)
1979 AL (21, 2%)
0.11 Career Shares (905th)

Gold Gloves
1979 AL (SS)

Silver Sluggers
1981 AL (SS)

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1976 Aug 22nd AL Player of the Week

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1981 AL  4.5 (9th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1981 AL  4.5 (6th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1981 AL  3.5 (9th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1974 AL  1.9 (9th)
1975 AL  2.0 (8th)
1978 AL  2.2 (4th)
1979 AL  3.0 (3rd)
1981 AL  1.8 (7th)
Career  13.5 (129th)

Games Played s c a p y
1975 AL  158 (5th)
1981 AL  109 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1977 AL  663 (1st)
1978 AL  626 (4th)
1979 AL  627 (6th)
1980 AL  644 (5th)
1981 AL  430 (4th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1977 AL  721 (1st)
1978 AL  685 (8th)
1980 AL  718 (5th)
1981 AL  490 (4th)

Hits s c a p y
1977 AL  194 (5th)
1980 AL  179 (9th)
1981 AL  126 (8th)

Doubles s c a p y
1977 AL  36 (5th)
1978 AL  32 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1977 AL  148 (5th)
1979 AL  132 (7th)
1980 AL  140 (9th)
1981 AL  103 (4th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1977 AL  243 (10th)
1981 AL  171 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1975 AL  17 (4th)
1981 AL  11 (5th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1975 AL  9 (5th)
1979 AL  8 (9th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1975 AL  18 (8th)
1980 AL  24 (2nd)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1980 AL  13 (6th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1975 AL  13.2 (5th)
1976 AL  14.6 (3rd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1975 AL  483 (2nd)
1977 AL  505 (1st)
1978 AL  510 (1st)
1979 AL  488 (8th)
1980 AL  512 (2nd)
1981 AL  333 (3rd)

Assistss c a p y
1975 AL  498 (3rd)
1977 AL  482 (4th)
1978 AL  482 (3rd)
1979 AL  523 (2nd)
1980 AL  528 (1st)
1981 AL  394 (1st)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1975 AL  29 (2nd)
1976 AL  34 (2nd)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1979 AL  19 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1975 AL  158 (1st)
1976 AL  152 (4th)
1977 AL  154 (2nd)
1978 AL  144 (4th)
1979 AL  153 (2nd)
1980 AL  155 (1st)
1981 AL  109 (1st)
Career  1,192 (98th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1975 AL  267 (3rd)
1976 AL  274 (4th)
1977 AL  285 (1st)
1978 AL  285 (2nd)
1979 AL  272 (2nd)
1980 AL  301 (1st)
1981 AL  208 (1st)
Career  2,151 (90th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1975 AL  498 (3rd)
1976 AL  478 (4th)
1977 AL  482 (3rd)
1978 AL  482 (2nd)
1979 AL  523 (2nd)
1980 AL  528 (1st)
1981 AL  394 (1st)
Career  3,871 (84th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1975 AL  29 (2nd)
1976 AL  34 (2nd)
1980 AL  22 (5th)
1981 AL  13 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1975 AL  102 (3rd)
1976 AL  88 (4th)
1977 AL  111 (2nd)
1978 AL  100 (3rd)
1979 AL  109 (3rd)
1980 AL  147 (1st)
1981 AL  88 (1st)
Career  827 (67th)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1974 AL  7 (4th)
1975 AL  8 (3rd)
1978 AL  10 (3rd)
1979 AL  19 (2nd)
1981 AL  10 (3rd)
1982 AL  6 (4th)
Career  49 (39th)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1974 AL  5.05 (4th)
1975 AL  4.92 (5th)
1976 AL  5.19 (4th)
1977 AL  5.08 (5th)
1978 AL  5.32 (3rd)
1979 AL  5.45 (3rd)
1980 AL  5.47 (2nd)
1981 AL  5.71 (2nd)
Career  5.25 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1975 AL  4.84 (4th)
1976 AL  4.95 (5th)
1977 AL  4.98 (3rd)
1978 AL  5.33 (2nd)
1979 AL  5.20 (3rd)
1980 AL  5.35 (1st)
1981 AL  5.52 (2nd)
Career  5.05 (60th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1975 AL  .963 (4th)
1977 AL  .970 (3rd)
1978 AL  .981 (3rd)
1979 AL  .980 (1st)
1980 AL  .974 (5th)
1981 AL  .979 (4th)
Career  .971 (74th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 2 (617), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 20 (1046), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 20 (819), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 17 (922), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (99th), 22.6 career WAR/21.1 7yr-peak WAR/21.9 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 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
1975 24 Boston Red Sox $32,000 ? P. Gammons, Beyond the Sixth Game, p 281
1977 26 Boston Red Sox $125,000 ? TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
1979 28 Boston Red Sox $125,000 ? P. Gammons, Beyond..., p.281 5/$625K
1985 34 California Angels $856,667 ? USA Today; 1/21/85 TSN Includes $166,667 incentives. 3/3/86 TSN: $876,667
1986 35 California Angels $856,667 ? 1986 USA Today survey; 1/21/85 TSN
1987 36 Baltimore Orioles $200,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,195,334
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: Richard Paul Rick rickey ricky Rooster Burleson

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