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Kevin Elster

Kevin Daniel Elster

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: August 3, 1964 in San Pedro, CA
High School: Marina HS (Huntington Beach, CA)
School: Golden West College (Huntington Beach, CA)
Drafted
by the New York Mets in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur draft (January). Player signed May 21, 1984. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 2, 1986 (Age 22.030)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1988 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Mets/Rangers/Dodgers/Pirates/Phillies/... 1986-2000
Agents: Patrick Elster, previously: Dennis Gilbert [*]
Final Game: October 1, 2000 (Age 36.059)
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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
1986 NYM NL 21 SS 19 9 6 91.1 53 16 35 2 6 .962 2 22 5.03 2.68 .963 4.75 4.76
1987 NYM NL 22 SS 3 2 2 18.0 11 4 6 1 0 .909 -0 -7 5.00 3.33 .965 4.70 4.70
1988 NYM NL 23 SS 148 122 100 1100.2 554 196 345 13 61 .977 1 1 4.42 3.66 .967 4.63 4.64
1989 NYM NL 24 SS 150 134 119 1207.1 624 235 374 15 63 .976 9 9 4.54 4.06 .966 4.51 4.52
1990 NYM NL 25 SS 92 91 80 795.2 427 159 251 17 42 .960 -6 -10 4.64 4.46 .967 4.59 4.56
1991 NYM NL 26 SS 107 98 85 865.0 462 149 299 14 39 .970 2 3 4.66 4.19 .966 4.67 4.65
1992 NYM NL 27 SS 5 5 3 40.0 18 8 10 0 3 1.000 0 15 4.05 3.60 .969 4.59 4.60
1994 NYY AL 29 SS 7 7 5 59.0 32 5 27 0 7 1.000 -1 -12 4.88 4.57 .969 4.64 4.60
1995 TOT MLB 30 SS 29 19 13 164.2 79 28 50 1 13 .987 1 8 4.26 2.69 .970 4.57 4.54
1995 NYY AL 30 SS 10 5 4 47.0 24 10 14 0 2 1.000 -0 -13 4.60 2.40 .974 4.71 4.65
1995 NYY AL 30 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.10
1995 PHI NL 30 SS 19 14 9 117.2 55 18 36 1 11 .982 2 16 4.13 2.84 .968 4.51 4.49
1995 PHI NL 30 1B 4 1 1 17.1 17 17 0 0 1 1.000 -0 -7 8.83 4.25 .993 9.66 9.65
1995 PHI NL 30 3B 2 1 1 12.1 4 2 2 0 0 1.000 -1 -107 2.92 2.00 .945 2.77 2.75
1996 TEX AL 31 SS 157 155 142 1355.0 740 285 441 14 103 .981 -6 -5 4.82 4.62 .971 4.66 4.64
1997 PIT NL 32 SS 39 39 36 336.1 178 54 123 1 22 .994 -6 -21 4.74 4.54 .973 4.58 4.54
1998 TEX AL 33 SS 84 84 78 734.2 373 107 257 9 49 .976 -0 -1 4.46 4.33 .972 4.71 4.66
2000 LAD NL 35 SS 55 52 43 456.0 204 60 133 11 25 .946 -8 -20 3.81 3.51 .967 4.51 4.47
2000 LAD NL 35 3B 8 7 7 64.2 24 6 16 2 0 .917 1 24 3.06 2.75 .950 2.63 2.61
2000 LAD NL 35 1B 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 -0 -600 0.00 0.00 .990 9.00 9.20
13 Seasons SS 895 817 712 7223.2 3755 1306 2351 98 433 .974 -12 -2 4.56 4.09 .968 4.61 4.60
2 Seasons 3B 10 8 8 77.0 28 8 18 2 0 .929 0 3 3.04 2.60 .949 2.65 2.64
2 Seasons 1B 5 1 1 18.1 18 17 0 1 1 .944 -1 -39 8.35 3.40 .993 9.62 9.56
1 Season 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.10
13 Seasons TOT 911 826 721 7320.0 3801 1331 2369 101 434 .973 -12 -2 4.55 4.06 .968 4.61 4.61
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
1986 NYM NL 21 SS 2 22 2 2 -0 0
1987 NYM NL 22 SS -0 -7 -0 -0 0 0
1988 NYM NL 23 SS 1 1 3 11 -8 -2
1989 NYM NL 24 SS 9 9 10 2 8 -1
1990 NYM NL 25 SS -6 -10 -4 -1 -4 -2
1991 NYM NL 26 SS 2 3 4 1 3 -2
1992 NYM NL 27 SS 0 15 0 0 0 0
1994 NYY AL 29 SS -1 -12 -1 -1 0 0
1995 NYY AL 30 SS -0 -13 -0 -0 -0 0
1995 NYY AL 30 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 PHI NL 30 SS 2 16 1 -0 1 1
1995 PHI NL 30 1B -0 -7 -0 0 -0 0
1995 PHI NL 30 3B -1 -107 -1 0 -1 0
1996 TEX AL 31 SS -6 -5 -5 6 -11 -1
1997 PIT NL 32 SS -6 -21 -5 -2 -3 -1
1998 TEX AL 33 SS -0 -1 -2 2 -4 1
2000 LAD NL 35 SS -8 -20 -6 -8 1 -1
2000 LAD NL 35 3B 1 24 1 0 1 0
2000 LAD NL 35 1B -0 -600 -0 -0 0 0
13 Seasons SS -12 -2 -4 12 -16 -8
2 Seasons 3B 0 3 0 0 -0 0
2 Seasons 1B -1 -39 -1 -0 -0 0
1 Season 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Seasons TOT -12 -2 -4 12 -16 -8
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
1986 NYM NL 21 19 9 19 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 NYM NL 22 5 2 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1988 NYM NL 23 149 123 149 148 0 0 0 0 0 148 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
1989 NYM NL 24 151 134 151 150 0 0 0 0 0 150 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1990 NYM NL 25 92 91 92 92 0 0 0 0 0 92 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1991 NYM NL 26 115 98 115 107 0 0 0 0 0 107 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
1992 NYM NL 27 6 5 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1994 NYY AL 29 7 7 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 PHI NL 30 26 16 26 24 0 0 4 0 2 19 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1995 NYY AL 30 10 5 10 10 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 TEX AL 31 157 155 157 157 0 0 0 0 0 157 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 PIT NL 32 39 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 TEX AL 33 84 84 84 84 0 0 0 0 0 84 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 LAD NL 35 80 59 80 64 0 0 1 0 8 55 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
13 Seasons 940 827 940 909 0 0 5 1 10 895 0 0 0 0 0 39 9
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
1986 NYM NL 21 376 63% 80% 33% 43 88% 1 17 6 8 3 34 23 10 0 1 2 0 2 0 2 6 4 0 1 0 1 6 4 2 0 0 0
1987 NYM NL 22 72 49% 85% 43% 9 89% 0 4 2 2 0 6 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 NYM NL 23 4474 61% 80% 32% 470 87% 6 196 100 67 29 347 286 48 0 1 13 1 10 2 12 60 19 4 17 5 3 52 23 25 7 2 5
1989 NYM NL 24 5079 61% 78% 29% 530 90% 4 237 140 67 30 372 289 65 0 2 15 0 11 4 13 61 21 3 12 7 6 52 24 28 8 6 2
1990 NYM NL 25 3305 61% 78% 32% 356 88% 2 159 88 48 23 252 190 51 1 1 17 0 7 10 13 42 14 3 13 2 2 37 17 20 3 1 2
1991 NYM NL 26 3654 57% 81% 34% 436 79% 2 151 70 54 27 299 239 48 0 5 14 1 7 6 11 39 13 2 12 3 3 34 15 19 5 4 1
1992 NYM NL 27 156 50% 78% 35% 15 80% 0 8 3 2 3 10 6 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 0
1994 NYY AL 29 268 76% 81% 39% 33 91% 0 5 4 1 0 27 15 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 0 0 0
1995 PHI NL 30 542 59% 74% 28% 40 90% 0 18 6 8 4 36 27 8 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 11 6 0 3 1 0 10 6 4 1 1 0
1995 NYY AL 30 194 61% 73% 29% 17 94% 0 10 6 4 0 14 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
1996 TEX AL 31 5946 54% 78% 31% 589 90% 1 286 147 112 28 443 329 102 0 4 14 1 5 8 7 103 45 1 34 6 4 95 46 45 4 1 3
1997 PIT NL 32 1470 52% 77% 37% 145 97% 2 53 22 23 8 122 96 23 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 22 11 3 4 1 0 20 14 5 1 0 1
1998 TEX AL 33 3213 55% 79% 32% 336 83% 3 105 55 39 12 254 193 49 1 3 9 1 7 1 6 49 19 6 16 1 0 46 25 18 2 2 0
2000 LAD NL 35 1989 60% 77% 32% 157 94% 3 56 26 26 4 133 101 25 1 2 11 0 5 6 10 25 14 0 7 0 3 24 14 10 1 1 0
13 Seasons 30738 58% 79% 32% 3176 88% 24 1305 675 461 171 2349 1812 444 4 24 98 4 56 38 77 430 175 22 122 26 22 388 197 179 32 18 14
MLB Averages 58% 79% 32% 88%

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%
1995 PHI NL 30 51 61% 76% 37% 3 67% 0 2 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 LAD NL 35 288 43% 69% 27% 24 92% 0 6 6 0 0 16 15 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Seasons 339 46% 70% 28% 27 89% 0 8 7 0 1 18 16 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Averages 58% 79% 32% 87% 65%

Advanced Fielding -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1995 PHI NL 30 69 61% 64% 25% 3 100% 0 17 2 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2000 LAD NL 35 3 67% 100% 33% 1 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Seasons 72 61% 65% 25% 4 75% 0 17 2 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
MLB Averages 58% 79% 32% 93% 85%

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
1995 NYY AL 30 5 100% 80% 20% 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
1 Season 5 100% 80% 20% 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
MLB Averages 58% 79% 32% 91%



* - 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

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1988 NL  148 (5th)
1989 NL  150 (2nd)
1996 AL  157 (2nd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1989 NL  235 (1st)
1996 AL  285 (1st)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1989 NL  9 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1996 AL  4.82 (5th)
Career  4.56 (85th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1990 NL  4.46 (5th)
1996 AL  4.62 (4th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1988 NL  .977 (2nd)
1989 NL  .976 (3rd)
1996 AL  .981 (2nd)
Career  .974 (41st)

                           

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