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Mike Difelice    \DEE-fah-lease\

Michael William Difelice

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: May 28, 1969 in Philadelphia, PA
High School: Bearden HS (Knoxville, TN)
School: University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)
Drafted
by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round of the 1991 amateur draft.
Signed June 6, 1991. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 1, 1996 (Age 27)
Teams (by GP): DevilRays/Cardinals/Royals/Mets/Tigers/... 1996-2008

Final Game: April 18, 2008 (Age 38)
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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
1996 27 STL NL 4 7 7 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 .286 .286 .429 .714 87 3 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1997 28 STL NL 93 289 260 16 62 10 1 4 30 1 1 19 61 .238 .297 .331 .628 65 86 11 3 6 1 0 2/3
1998 29 TBD AL 84 270 248 17 57 12 3 3 23 0 0 15 56 .230 .274 .339 .613 58 84 12 1 3 2 0 2
1999 30 TBD AL 51 191 179 21 55 11 0 6 27 0 0 8 23 .307 .346 .469 .815 106 84 1 3 0 1 0 2
2000 31 TBD AL 60 223 204 23 49 13 1 6 19 0 0 12 40 .240 .280 .402 .682 72 82 8 0 5 2 0 2
2001 32 TOT MLB 60 187 170 14 32 5 1 2 10 1 1 8 49 .188 .239 .265 .504 34 45 3 4 3 2 0 2
2001 32 TBD AL 48 164 149 13 31 5 1 2 9 1 1 8 39 .208 .259 .295 .555 48 44 3 3 2 2 0 2
2001 32 ARI NL 12 23 21 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 .048 .091 .048 .139 -64 1 0 1 1 0 0 2
2002 33 STL NL 70 197 174 17 40 11 0 4 19 0 0 17 42 .230 .297 .362 .660 75 63 4 1 2 3 3 2
2003 34 KCR AL 62 205 189 29 48 16 1 3 25 1 0 9 30 .254 .299 .397 .696 77 75 6 4 1 2 0 2/D
2004 35 TOT MLB 17 28 25 3 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 4 .120 .214 .200 .414 12 5 3 0 0 0 0 2/D
2004 35 DET AL 13 25 22 3 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 3 .136 .240 .227 .467 26 5 3 0 0 0 0 2/D
2004 35 CHC NL 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
2005 36 NYM NL 11 19 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 .118 .211 .118 .328 -9 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
2006 37 NYM NL 15 30 25 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 10 .080 .233 .120 .353 -4 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
2007 38 NYM NL 16 47 40 1 10 2 1 0 5 0 0 2 12 .250 .311 .350 .661 73 14 2 2 2 1 0 2
2008 39 TBR AL 7 22 20 1 6 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 .300 .364 .350 .714 91 7 0 1 0 0 0 /2
13 Yrs 550 1715 1558 145 368 83 9 28 167 3 2 101 334 .236 .288 .355 .643 67 553 51 19 22 14 3
162 Game Avg. 162 505 459 43 108 24 3 8 49 1 1 30 98 .236 .288 .355 .643 67 163 15 6 6 4 1
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
TBR (5 yrs) 250 870 800 75 198 42 5 17 82 1 1 44 159 .248 .291 .376 .667 72 301 24 8 10 7 0
NYM (3 yrs) 42 96 82 4 14 3 1 0 6 0 0 9 27 .171 .266 .232 .498 32 19 3 2 2 1 0
STL (3 yrs) 167 493 441 33 104 22 1 8 51 1 1 36 104 .236 .297 .345 .642 69 152 15 4 8 4 3
KCR (1 yr) 62 205 189 29 48 16 1 3 25 1 0 9 30 .254 .299 .397 .696 77 75 6 4 1 2 0
ARI (1 yr) 12 23 21 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 .048 .091 .048 .139 -64 1 0 1 1 0 0
CHC (1 yr) 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
DET (1 yr) 13 25 22 3 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 3 .136 .240 .227 .467 26 5 3 0 0 0 0
NL (8 yrs) 225 615 547 38 119 25 2 8 58 1 1 45 142 .218 .283 .314 .598 57 172 18 7 11 5 3
AL (7 yrs) 325 1100 1011 107 249 58 7 20 109 2 1 56 192 .246 .291 .377 .668 72 381 33 12 11 9 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
1996 27 STL NL 4 7 -0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 .508 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /2
1997 28 STL NL 93 289 -12 -2 -1 1 5 -10 -1.1 9 -1 -0.2 .489 .494 -0.3 0.5 -2 $152,500 2/3
1998 29 TBD AL 84 270 -17 -1 -1 5 5 -10 -0.9 10 0 0.0 .488 .494 -0.5 0.9 -5 $210,000 2
1999 30 TBD AL 51 191 2 0 1 2 3 7 0.7 7 15 1.4 .513 .504 1.2 0.5 13 $267,500 2
2000 31 TBD AL 60 223 -9 -2 -1 -1 3 -10 -0.9 8 -1 -0.1 .485 .495 0.0 0.2 -0 $525,000 2
2001 32 TBD AL 48 164 -11 -0 -0 2 3 -6 -0.6 6 -0 -0.0 .487 .496 -0.2 0.5 -2 $775,000 2
2001 32 ARI NL 12 23 -6 -0 0 1 0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .465 .497 -0.4 0.1 -4 2
2002 33 STL NL 70 197 -6 0 -0 -2 3 -5 -0.5 6 1 0.1 .493 .497 0.3 0.1 3 $750,000 2
2003 34 KCR AL 62 205 -5 1 -1 -1 3 -2 -0.1 8 6 0.6 .497 .499 0.7 0.2 7 $625,000 2/D
2004 35 DET AL 13 25 -3 -0 -1 -1 0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .470 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2 2/D
2004 35 CHC NL 4 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .479 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
2005 36 NYM NL 11 19 -3 -0 -0 0 0 -2 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .476 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 2
2006 37 NYM NL 15 30 -4 -0 0 -1 1 -4 -0.4 1 -4 -0.4 .470 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -3 2
2007 38 NYM NL 16 47 -2 0 -0 0 1 -2 -0.2 1 0 -0.0 .491 .499 -0.0 0.1 -0 2
2008 39 TBR AL 7 22 -0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .500 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /2
13 Seasons 550 1715 -76 -4 -5 5 28 -52 -5.2 60 8 0.6 .490 .497 0.1 3.2 3 $3,305,000
TBR (5 yrs) 250 870 -36 -3 -2 8 14 -19 -1.7 33 14 1.4 .493 .497 0.6 2.2 6 $1,777,500
NYM (3 yrs) 42 96 -9 -0 -1 -1 2 -8 -0.9 3 -5 -0.6 .480 .498 -0.5 0.0 -5
STL (3 yrs) 167 493 -18 -2 -1 -1 8 -14 -1.6 15 1 -0.1 .491 .495 0.0 0.6 2 $902,500
KCR (1 yr) 62 205 -5 1 -1 -1 3 -2 -0.1 8 6 0.6 .497 .499 0.7 0.2 7 $625,000
ARI (1 yr) 12 23 -6 -0 0 1 0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .465 .497 -0.4 0.1 -4
CHC (1 yr) 4 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .479 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1
DET (1 yr) 13 25 -3 -0 -1 -1 0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .470 .498 -0.2 -0.1 -2

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
2002 33 STL NL NLCS SFG L 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 NLCS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 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 Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1996 STL NL 27 C 4 2 1 18.0 16 15 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 8.00 4.00 .989 7.50 7.45 0 2 3 1 25% 28% 0
1997 STL NL 28 C 91 81 54 688.2 656 586 64 6 10 .991 1 2 8.49 7.14 .990 7.68 7.62 12 24 62 34 35% 32% 1
1997 STL NL 28 1B 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 9.00 1.00 .990 9.90 9.40
1998 TBD AL 29 C 84 75 69 671.0 539 483 52 4 8 .993 5 9 7.18 6.37 .990 7.13 7.05 13 21 49 32 40% 31% 2
1999 TBD AL 30 C 51 50 47 442.1 377 344 28 5 5 .987 2 5 7.57 7.29 .991 6.98 6.87 8 13 23 17 43% 33% 2
2000 TBD AL 31 C 59 57 53 496.2 394 351 35 8 6 .980 -1 -2 6.99 6.54 .991 6.93 6.85 10 16 35 17 33% 30% 0
2001 TOT MLB 32 C 60 53 42 446.0 385 346 32 7 5 .982 3 8 7.63 6.30 .990 7.25 7.22 3 19 29 19 40% 30% 2
2001 TBD AL 32 C 48 46 37 386.1 328 293 29 6 4 .982 2 6 7.50 6.71 .990 7.17 7.11 2 17 28 16 36% 29% 2
2001 ARI NL 32 C 12 7 5 59.2 57 53 3 1 1 .982 1 20 8.45 4.67 .992 7.74 7.65 1 2 1 3 75% 33% 0
2002 STL NL 33 C 61 51 32 435.1 348 313 32 3 5 .991 -2 -6 7.13 5.66 .991 7.53 7.47 2 22 23 9 28% 32% 1
2003 KCR AL 34 C 58 54 48 469.2 341 304 35 2 1 .994 -2 -1 -5 -3 6.50 5.84 .991 6.79 6.72 2 27 37 16 30% 30% 0
2003 KCR AL 34 DH 2 0
2004 TOT MLB 35 C 16 5 4 65.1 52 46 6 0 1 1.000 0 -1 0 -18 7.16 3.25 .992 7.15 7.15 0 5 1 1 50% 32% 0
2004 DET AL 35 C 12 5 4 59.0 46 40 6 0 1 1.000 0 -1 0 -14 7.02 3.83 .992 7.12 7.07 0 5 1 1 50% 32% 0
2004 DET AL 35 DH 1 0
2004 CHC NL 35 C 4 0 0 6.1 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 8.53 1.50 .993 7.39 7.40 0 0 0 0 0
2005 NYM NL 36 C 11 5 4 50.0 42 39 2 1 1 .976 0 0 0 0 7.38 3.73 .992 7.25 7.16 0 1 1 1 50% 29% 0
2006 NYM NL 37 C 15 9 6 84.0 76 71 3 2 0 .974 0 -1 0 -10 7.93 4.93 .992 7.37 7.32 0 0 7 1 13% 28% 0
2007 NYM NL 38 C 16 11 10 106.2 92 83 7 2 0 .978 0 0 0 0 7.59 5.63 .991 7.39 7.36 2 2 6 1 14% 25% 2
2008 TBR AL 39 C 7 6 6 54.0 45 42 3 0 1 1.000 0 0 0 0 7.50 6.43 .991 7.27 7.19 0 3 4 2 33% 27% 0
13 Seasons C 533 459 376 4027.2 3363 3023 300 40 43 .988 6 -3 2 -4 7.43 6.23 .991 7.22 7.17 52 155 280 151 35% 31% 10
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 9.00 1.00 .990 9.90 9.40
13 Seasons TOT 534 459 376 4028.2 3364 3024 300 40 43 .988 6 -3 2 -4 7.43 6.22 .991 7.22 7.17 52 155 280 151 35% 31% 10
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Assists as C s c a p y
1998 AL  52 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
2000 AL  8 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1997 NL  10 (5th)
1998 AL  8 (1st)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1997 NL  12 (1st)
1998 AL  13 (4th)
2000 AL  10 (4th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1998 AL  39.5 (4th)
1999 AL  42.5 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1998 AL  5 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1997 NL  8.49 (2nd)
Career  7.43 (34th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
Career  6.23 (75th)

Oldest s c a p y
2008 AL  born 1969-05-28 (10th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 2 (2787), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (499th), 0.6 career WAR/2.2 7yr-peak WAR/1.4 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
199728St. Louis Cardinals$152,5001997 postseason AP survey
199829Tampa Bay Devil Rays$210,00011/23/98 USA TodayIncludes $5,000 earned bonus
199930Tampa Bay Devil Rays$267,5004/6/99 USA Today
200031Tampa Bay Devil Rays$525,000*
200132St. Louis Cardinals$835,0002003 Joint Exhibit 1Includes $60,000 earned bonus
32Tampa Bay Devil Rays$775,0004/6/01 USA Today
200233St. Louis Cardinals$750,0004/3/02 AP
200334Kansas City Royals$625,0004/3/03 AP
Career to date (may be incomplete)$4,140,000
Disputed Salaries
*2000 - $585,000 - 2003 Joint Exhibit 1 - Includes $60,000 earned bonus
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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