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Leo Cardenas

Leonardo Lazaro (Alfonso) Cardenas (Chico or Mr. Automatic)

Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 150 lb.

Born: December 17, 1938 in Matanzas, Matanzas, Cuba (All Transactions)
Debut: July 25, 1960 (Age 21.221, 9,359th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1960 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Twins/Angels/Rangers/Indians 1960-1975

Last Game: September 26, 1975 (Age 36.283)
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All-Time Rank (among batters): #722. Johnny Hopp… #723. Tony Taylor… #724. Hal Chase… #725. LEO CARDENAS… #726. Justin Upton… #727. Ival Goodman… #728. Aubrey Huff… 

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
1960 21 CIN NL 48 153 142 13 33 2 4 1 12 0 0 6 32 .232 .264 .324 .587 59 46 1 0 5 0 0 6
1961 22 CIN NL 74 216 198 23 61 18 1 5 24 1 0 15 39 .308 .353 .485 .838 119 96 5 0 1 2 1 6
1962 23 CIN NL 153 647 589 77 173 31 4 10 60 2 5 39 99 .294 .341 .411 .752 98 242 17 5 10 4 4 *6
1963 24 CIN NL 158 601 565 42 133 22 4 7 48 3 5 23 101 .235 .270 .326 .595 69 184 13 4 8 1 6 *6
1964 ★ 25 CIN NL 163 652 597 61 150 32 2 9 69 4 4 41 110 .251 .299 .357 .656 82 213 10 2 6 6 10 *6 AS
1965 ★ 26 CIN NL 156 626 557 65 160 25 11 11 57 1 4 60 100 .287 .355 .431 .786 115 240 17 1 4 4 25 *6 AS,MVP-21,GG
1966 ★ 27 CIN NL 160 624 568 59 145 25 4 20 81 9 4 45 87 .255 .309 .419 .728 93 238 19 1 6 4 18 *6 AS
1967 28 CIN NL 108 418 379 30 97 14 3 2 21 4 5 34 77 .256 .320 .325 .644 77 123 8 2 2 1 16 6
1968 ★ 29 CIN NL 137 499 452 45 106 13 2 7 41 2 1 36 83 .235 .292 .319 .611 79 144 16 2 6 3 18 *6 AS
1969 30 MIN AL 160 665 578 67 162 24 4 10 70 5 6 66 96 .280 .353 .388 .741 104 224 19 4 8 9 12 *6 MVP-12
1970 31 MIN AL 160 649 588 67 145 34 4 11 65 2 5 42 101 .247 .300 .374 .674 83 220 11 4 13 2 2 *6
1971 ★ 32 MIN AL 153 624 554 59 146 25 4 18 75 3 3 51 69 .264 .321 .421 .741 107 233 16 1 7 11 5 *6 AS,MVP-21
1972 33 CAL AL 150 602 551 25 123 11 2 6 42 1 2 35 73 .223 .272 .283 .555 70 156 15 2 13 1 4 *6
1973 34 CLE AL 72 212 195 9 42 4 0 0 12 1 4 13 42 .215 .264 .236 .500 41 46 5 0 4 0 0 6/5
1974 35 TEX AL 34 95 92 5 25 3 0 0 7 1 0 2 14 .272 .287 .304 .592 73 28 2 0 1 0 1 56/D
1975 36 TEX AL 55 119 102 15 24 2 0 1 5 0 0 14 12 .235 .328 .284 .612 76 29 0 0 3 0 0 5/64
16 Yrs 1941 7402 6707 662 1725 285 49 118 689 39 48 522 1135 .257 .311 .367 .679 88 2462 174 28 97 48 122
162 Game Avg. 162 618 560 55 144 24 4 10 58 3 4 44 95 .257 .311 .367 .679 88 205 15 2 8 4 10
CIN (9 yrs) 1157 4436 4047 415 1058 182 35 72 413 26 28 299 728 .261 .313 .377 .690 89 1526 106 17 48 25 98
MIN (3 yrs) 473 1938 1720 193 453 83 12 39 210 10 14 159 266 .263 .325 .394 .719 98 677 46 9 28 22 19
TEX (2 yrs) 89 214 194 20 49 5 0 1 12 1 0 16 26 .253 .310 .294 .603 75 57 2 0 4 0 1
CLE (1 yr) 72 212 195 9 42 4 0 0 12 1 4 13 42 .215 .264 .236 .500 41 46 5 0 4 0 0
CAL (1 yr) 150 602 551 25 123 11 2 6 42 1 2 35 73 .223 .272 .283 .555 70 156 15 2 13 1 4
NL (9 yrs) 1157 4436 4047 415 1058 182 35 72 413 26 28 299 728 .261 .313 .377 .690 89 1526 106 17 48 25 98
AL (7 yrs) 784 2966 2660 247 667 103 14 46 276 13 20 223 407 .251 .309 .352 .661 87 936 68 11 49 23 24

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
1960 21 CIN NL 48 153 -8 1 1 -4 3 -7 -0.8 6 -2 -0.2 .483 .495 0.2 -0.2 2 6
1961 22 CIN NL 74 216 3 -1 -1 -1 3 3 0.3 8 11 1.1 .504 .502 1.2 0.2 12 6
1962 23 CIN NL 153 647 -2 1 -2 11 9 17 1.8 24 41 4.2 .511 .511 3.0 2.2 30 *6
1963 24 CIN NL 158 601 -24 -1 -0 9 9 -8 -0.9 23 15 1.6 .494 .494 0.4 2.2 6 *6
1964 ★ 25 CIN NL 163 652 -15 -1 1 -3 10 -8 -0.8 25 16 1.7 .494 .494 1.9 0.9 19 *6 AS
1965 ★ 26 CIN NL 156 626 5 -2 -2 5 9 17 1.8 24 40 4.2 .512 .512 3.7 1.6 35 *6 AS,MVP-21,GG
1966 ★ 27 CIN NL 160 624 -12 -0 -1 -2 10 -4 -0.3 22 18 1.9 .497 .497 2.0 1.0 20 *6 AS
1967 28 CIN NL 108 418 -15 -1 -0 -2 7 -12 -1.3 15 3 0.2 .487 .491 0.3 0.6 5 6
1968 ★ 29 CIN NL 137 499 -12 0 -2 -10 8 -16 -1.8 17 1 -0.0 .485 .488 1.0 -0.1 11 $36,500 *6 AS
1969 30 MIN AL 160 665 4 -3 -2 17 10 26 2.8 23 49 5.1 .518 .518 3.3 2.9 32 $36,500 *6 MVP-12
1970 31 MIN AL 160 649 -11 -3 1 10 9 7 0.6 22 29 2.9 .505 .505 1.9 2.1 19 *6
1971 ★ 32 MIN AL 153 624 3 -2 -0 -1 9 9 0.9 21 30 3.1 .507 .506 3.3 0.9 32 $45,000 *6 AS,MVP-21
1972 33 CAL AL 150 602 -17 -2 -1 4 9 -8 -1.1 22 14 1.3 .494 .494 0.9 1.5 10 $50,000 *6
1973 34 CLE AL 72 212 -13 -1 -0 -8 4 -18 -1.9 8 -11 -1.2 .472 .488 -0.3 -0.4 -3 $46,000 6/5
1974 35 TEX AL 34 95 -1 0 -0 2 1 2 0.3 3 6 0.6 .508 .502 0.4 0.3 4 $37,000 56/D
1975 36 TEX AL 55 119 -2 -1 1 3 1 2 0.2 4 6 0.6 .504 .501 0.3 0.5 3 5/64
16 Seasons 1941 7402 -116 -16 -8 31 111 1 -0.2 267 268 27.3 .500 .501 23.6 16.3 237 $251,000
CIN (9 yrs) 1157 4436 -79 -5 -6 4 68 -19 -2.1 164 145 14.8 .498 .499 13.8 8.5 141 $36,500
MIN (3 yrs) 473 1938 -4 -7 -1 26 28 42 4.3 66 108 11.1 .510 .510 8.6 5.8 83 $81,500
TEX (2 yrs) 89 214 -3 -1 1 5 2 4 0.5 8 12 1.3 .506 .501 0.7 0.8 7 $37,000
CLE (1 yr) 72 212 -13 -1 -0 -8 4 -18 -1.9 8 -11 -1.2 .472 .488 -0.3 -0.4 -3 $46,000
CAL (1 yr) 150 602 -17 -2 -1 4 9 -8 -1.1 22 14 1.3 .494 .494 0.9 1.5 10 $50,000

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
1961 22 CIN NL WS NYY L 3 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000 2 0 0 0 0 0
1969 30 MIN AL ALCS BAL L 3 13 13 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 .154 .154 .308 .462 4 0 0 0 0 0
1970 31 MIN AL ALCS BAL L 3 13 11 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 .182 .250 .182 .432 2 1 0 1 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 9 29 27 1 5 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 9 .185 .214 .296 .511 8 1 0 1 0 0
2 ALCS 6 26 24 1 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 8 .167 .200 .250 .450 6 1 0 1 0 0
1 WS 3 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000 2 0 0 0 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
1960 CIN NL 21 SS 47 43 33 372.0 213 76 128 9 32 .958 -4 -13 4.94 4.34 .960 4.81 4.80
1961 CIN NL 22 SS 63 46 42 449.1 222 83 133 6 21 .973 -1 -2 4.33 3.43 .959 4.92 4.87
1962 CIN NL 23 SS 149 147 143 1332.1 737 273 443 21 84 .972 11 10 4.84 4.81 .963 5.05 5.01
1963 CIN NL 24 SS 157 152 147 1348.2 710 270 420 20 84 .972 9 8 4.60 4.39 .961 4.83 4.82
1964 CIN NL 25 SS 163 163 160 1456.0 804 336 436 32 87 .960 -3 -2 4.77 4.74 .963 5.03 5.00 AS
1965 CIN NL 26 SS 155 155 151 1384.1 751 292 440 19 92 .975 5 4 4.76 4.72 .964 4.92 4.93 AS,MVP-21,GG
1966 CIN NL 27 SS 160 160 154 1426.0 740 279 446 15 87 .980 -2 -1 4.58 4.53 .964 4.96 4.96 AS
1967 CIN NL 28 SS 108 108 107 989.0 521 190 316 15 57 .971 -2 -3 4.60 4.69 .963 4.99 4.99
1968 CIN NL 29 SS 136 129 119 1176.0 638 221 388 29 66 .955 -10 -10 4.66 4.48 .962 4.98 5.00 AS
1969 MIN AL 30 SS 160 159 155 1455.0 912 310 570 32 126 .965 17 14 5.44 5.50 .966 4.96 4.96 MVP-12
1970 MIN AL 31 SS 160 158 154 1400.1 784 280 487 17 91 .978 10 9 4.93 4.79 .967 4.93 4.91
1971 MIN AL 32 SS 153 152 149 1332.2 722 266 445 11 89 .985 -1 -1 4.80 4.65 .965 4.90 4.88 AS,MVP-21
1972 CAL AL 33 SS 150 149 145 1315.1 734 241 471 22 82 .970 4 4 4.87 4.75 .967 4.99 4.97
1973 CLE AL 34 SS 67 56 45 497.1 250 87 154 9 33 .964 -9 -21 4.36 3.60 .963 5.10 5.07
1973 CLE AL 34 3B 5 3 3 37.0 18 3 13 2 4 .889 1 19 3.89 3.20 .950 2.99 2.98
1974 TEX AL 35 3B 21 17 8 142.2 52 17 35 0 1 1.000 2 15 3.28 2.48 .954 3.12 3.10
1974 TEX AL 35 SS 10 4 3 51.0 30 9 19 2 2 .933 0 7 4.94 2.80 .965 4.98 4.96
1974 TEX AL 35 DH 4 3
1975 TEX AL 36 3B 43 28 16 256.2 113 32 76 5 9 .956 3 14 3.79 2.51 .954 3.16 3.15
1975 TEX AL 36 SS 5 2 1 20.0 12 5 7 0 3 1.000 0 0 5.40 2.40 .959 4.86 4.84
1975 TEX AL 36 2B 3 0 0 4.1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 0 83 6.23 1.00 .973 5.40 5.37
16 Seasons SS 1843 1783 1708 16005.1 8780 3218 5303 259 1036 .971 25 2 4.79 4.62 .964 4.96 4.94
3 Seasons 3B 69 48 27 436.1 183 52 124 7 14 .962 5 15 3.63 2.55 .954 3.13 3.12
1 Season DH 4 3
1 Season 2B 3 0 0 4.1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 0 83 6.23 1.00 .973 5.40 5.37
16 Seasons TOT 1915 1831 1735 16446.0 8966 3271 5429 266 1050 .970 31 2 4.76 4.54 .964 4.91 4.88
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
1981 BBWAA ( 0.2%)
1982 BBWAA ( 0.2%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1965 NL (21, 2%)
1969 AL (12, 8%)
1971 AL (21, 1%)
0.11 Career Shares (914th)

Gold Gloves
1965 NL (SS)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1962 NL  2.2 (1st)
1963 NL  2.2 (2nd)
1965 NL  1.6 (7th)
1969 AL  2.9 (3rd)
1970 AL  2.1 (8th)
Career  16.3 (81st)

Games Played s c a p y
1963 NL  158 (8th)
1964 NL  163 (1st)
1966 NL  160 (3rd)
1969 AL  160 (6th)
1970 AL  160 (6th)

Doubles s c a p y
1962 NL  31 (4th)
1964 NL  32 (10th)
1970 AL  34 (5th)

Triples s c a p y
1965 NL  11 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1962 NL  99 (5th)
1964 NL  110 (5th)
1970 AL  101 (10th)
Career  1,135 (195th)

Singles s c a p y
1969 AL  124 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1962 NL  10 (5th)
1970 AL  13 (4th)
1972 AL  13 (8th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1964 NL  6 (7th)
1969 AL  9 (3rd)
1971 AL  11 (2nd)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1965 NL  25 (1st)
1966 NL  18 (1st)
1968 NL  18 (6th)
1969 AL  12 (6th)
Career  122 (79th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1962 NL  17 (9th)
1965 NL  17 (5th)
1966 NL  19 (5th)
1969 AL  19 (6th)
Career  174 (174th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1964 NL  473 (9th)
1970 AL  474 (7th)
1972 AL  459 (5th)

Assistss c a p y
1964 NL  436 (4th)
1969 AL  570 (1st)
1970 AL  487 (2nd)
1972 AL  471 (4th)
Career  5,429 (69th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1964 NL  32 (3rd)
1968 NL  29 (3rd)
1969 AL  32 (2nd)
1972 AL  22 (3rd)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1969 AL  17 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1962 NL  149 (4th)
1963 NL  157 (2nd)
1964 NL  163 (1st)
1965 NL  155 (1st)
1966 NL  160 (1st)
1968 NL  136 (4th)
1969 AL  160 (1st)
1970 AL  160 (1st)
1971 AL  153 (2nd)
1972 AL  150 (3rd)
Career  1,843 (32nd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1962 NL  273 (4th)
1963 NL  270 (2nd)
1964 NL  336 (1st)
1965 NL  292 (1st)
1966 NL  279 (1st)
1968 NL  221 (5th)
1969 AL  310 (1st)
1970 AL  280 (2nd)
1971 AL  266 (3rd)
1972 AL  241 (4th)
Career  3,218 (33rd)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1962 NL  443 (4th)
1963 NL  420 (3rd)
1964 NL  436 (2nd)
1965 NL  440 (4th)
1969 AL  570 (1st)
1970 AL  487 (2nd)
1971 AL  445 (4th)
1972 AL  471 (4th)
Career  5,303 (41st)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1964 NL  32 (2nd)
1968 NL  29 (3rd)
1969 AL  32 (2nd)
1972 AL  22 (3rd)
Career  259 (93rd)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1962 NL  84 (5th)
1963 NL  84 (4th)
1964 NL  87 (2nd)
1965 NL  92 (1st)
1966 NL  87 (3rd)
1969 AL  126 (1st)
1970 AL  91 (5th)
1971 AL  89 (3rd)
1972 AL  82 (5th)
Career  1,036 (32nd)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1962 NL  11 (1st)
1963 NL  9 (3rd)
1969 AL  17 (2nd)
1970 AL  10 (3rd)
Career  25 (65th)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1969 AL  5.44 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1962 NL  4.81 (5th)
1965 NL  4.72 (5th)
1967 NL  4.69 (5th)
1969 AL  5.50 (1st)
1970 AL  4.79 (5th)
1972 AL  4.75 (5th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1962 NL  .972 (3rd)
1963 NL  .972 (1st)
1965 NL  .975 (2nd)
1966 NL  .980 (1st)
1970 AL  .978 (2nd)
1971 AL  .985 (1st)
Career  .971 (83rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 12 (1328), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 36 (529), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 19 (834), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (79th), 27.3 career WAR/23.3 7yr-peak WAR/25.3 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
1968 29 Cincinnati Reds $36,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1969 30 Minnesota Twins $36,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1971 32 Minnesota Twins $45,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1972 33 California Angels $50,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1973 34 Cleveland Indians $46,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database 3/2/74 TSN: $50,000
1974 35 Texas Rangers $37,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$251,000
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 + "Statistics" Translations



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Polish: Leo Cárdenas Statystyki

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