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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, 12,832nd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1988 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Mets/Rangers/Dodgers/Pirates/Phillies/... 1986-2000
Agents: Patrick Elster, previously: Dennis Gilbert [*]
Last Game: October 1, 2000 (Age 36.059)
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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
1986 21 NYM NL 19 33 30 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 .167 .242 .200 .442 25 6 0 0 0 0 1 6
1987 22 NYM NL 5 10 10 1 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .600 1.000 167 6 1 0 0 0 0 /6
1988 23 NYM NL 149 450 406 41 87 11 1 9 37 2 0 35 47 .214 .282 .313 .594 75 127 5 3 6 0 12 *6
1989 24 NYM NL 151 508 458 52 106 25 2 10 55 4 3 34 77 .231 .283 .360 .643 87 165 13 2 6 8 11 *6
1990 25 NYM NL 92 352 314 36 65 20 1 9 45 2 0 30 54 .207 .274 .363 .637 74 114 4 1 1 6 2 6
1991 26 NYM NL 115 394 348 33 84 16 2 6 36 2 3 40 53 .241 .318 .351 .669 89 122 4 1 1 4 6 6
1992 27 NYM NL 6 18 18 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .222 .222 .222 .444 27 4 1 0 0 0 0 /6
1994 29 NYY AL 7 22 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 .000 .048 .000 .048 -86 0 0 0 1 0 0 /6
1995 30 TOT MLB 36 83 70 11 13 5 1 1 9 0 0 8 19 .186 .272 .329 .600 58 23 1 1 2 2 1 6/354
1995 30 NYY AL 10 18 17 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 .118 .167 .176 .343 -10 3 0 0 0 0 0 6/4
1995 30 PHI NL 26 65 53 10 11 4 1 1 9 0 0 7 14 .208 .302 .377 .679 79 20 1 1 2 2 1 6/35
1996 31 TEX AL 157 596 515 79 130 32 2 24 99 4 1 52 138 .252 .317 .462 .779 90 238 8 2 16 11 1 *6
1997 32 PIT NL 39 164 138 14 31 6 2 7 25 0 2 21 39 .225 .327 .449 .776 99 62 1 1 2 2 0 6
1998 33 TEX AL 84 336 297 33 69 10 1 8 37 0 2 33 66 .232 .311 .354 .665 70 105 7 2 2 2 0 6
1999 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Did Not Play)
2000 35 LAD NL 80 259 220 29 50 8 0 14 32 0 0 38 52 .227 .341 .455 .796 104 100 0 0 1 0 5 6/53
13 Yrs 940 3225 2844 332 648 136 12 88 376 14 11 295 562 .228 .300 .377 .677 83 1072 45 13 38 35 39
162 Game Avg. 162 556 490 57 112 23 2 15 65 2 2 51 97 .228 .300 .377 .677 83 185 8 2 7 6 7
NYM (7 yrs) 537 1765 1584 166 355 75 6 34 174 10 6 142 242 .224 .288 .343 .631 81 544 28 7 14 18 32
TEX (2 yrs) 241 932 812 112 199 42 3 32 136 4 3 85 204 .245 .315 .422 .738 83 343 15 4 18 13 1
NYY (2 yrs) 17 40 37 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 .054 .103 .081 .184 -51 3 0 0 1 0 0
LAD (1 yr) 80 259 220 29 50 8 0 14 32 0 0 38 52 .227 .341 .455 .796 104 100 0 0 1 0 5
PIT (1 yr) 39 164 138 14 31 6 2 7 25 0 2 21 39 .225 .327 .449 .776 99 62 1 1 2 2 0
PHI (1 yr) 26 65 53 10 11 4 1 1 9 0 0 7 14 .208 .302 .377 .679 79 20 1 1 2 2 1
NL (10 yrs) 682 2253 1995 219 447 93 9 56 240 10 8 208 347 .224 .297 .364 .661 85 726 30 9 19 22 38
AL (4 yrs) 258 972 849 113 201 43 3 32 136 4 3 87 215 .237 .306 .408 .714 78 346 15 4 19 13 1

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
1986 21 NYM NL 19 33 -3 -0 0 2 1 -0 -0.0 1 1 0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.3 -1 $60,000 6
1987 22 NYM NL 5 10 1 -0 -0 -0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0.1 .508 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /6
1988 23 NYM NL 149 450 -13 1 1 1 8 -2 -0.3 15 13 1.3 .498 .498 1.1 0.9 12 $69,000 *6
1989 24 NYM NL 151 508 -8 -1 -1 9 9 7 0.7 16 23 2.3 .505 .505 1.3 1.9 15 $140,000 *6
1990 25 NYM NL 92 352 -11 -1 0 -6 6 -13 -1.3 11 -1 -0.2 .485 .492 0.3 -0.1 5 $260,000 6
1991 26 NYM NL 115 394 -8 -1 1 2 6 -0 -0.1 13 12 1.2 .500 .500 0.9 0.9 10 $625,000 6
1992 27 NYM NL 6 18 -2 -0 -0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 -1 -0.1 .476 .499 -0.2 0.1 -1 $760,000 /6
1994 29 NYY AL 7 22 -6 0 0 -1 0 -6 -0.6 1 -5 -0.5 .414 .496 -0.5 -0.0 -5 $200,000 /6
1995 30 NYY AL 10 18 -3 -0 0 -0 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .470 .498 -0.2 -0.0 -2 $300,000 6/4
1995 30 PHI NL 26 65 -2 0 -0 0 1 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .497 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $109,000 6/35
1996 31 TEX AL 157 596 -15 1 1 -6 9 -10 -0.6 22 13 1.5 .495 .495 1.8 0.5 19 $270,000 *6
1997 32 PIT NL 39 164 1 -1 0 -6 2 -4 -0.5 5 1 0.0 .489 .497 0.6 -0.4 7 $1,650,000 6
1998 33 TEX AL 84 336 -12 -2 -1 -0 5 -10 -0.9 13 3 0.3 .488 .494 0.3 0.4 3 $1,500,000 6
2000 35 LAD NL 80 259 -1 1 0 -7 3 -2 -0.3 8 6 0.5 .498 .499 1.2 -0.4 13 $300,000 6/53
13 Seasons 940 3225 -81 -3 1 -12 51 -45 -4.4 109 64 6.2 .495 .498 6.8 4.3 76 $6,243,000
NYM (7 yrs) 537 1765 -43 -3 0 7 29 -9 -1.2 58 48 4.6 .498 .499 3.4 4.0 41 $1,914,000
TEX (2 yrs) 241 932 -27 -1 0 -6 14 -20 -1.5 35 15 1.7 .492 .494 2.1 0.9 22 $1,770,000
NYY (2 yrs) 17 40 -9 -0 0 -1 1 -9 -0.9 2 -8 -0.8 .447 .497 -0.7 -0.0 -7 $500,000
LAD (1 yr) 80 259 -1 1 0 -7 3 -2 -0.3 8 6 0.5 .498 .499 1.2 -0.4 13 $300,000
PIT (1 yr) 39 164 1 -1 0 -6 2 -4 -0.5 5 1 0.0 .489 .497 0.6 -0.4 7 $1,650,000
PHI (1 yr) 26 65 -2 0 -0 0 1 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .497 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $109,000

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
1986 21 NYM NL NLCS HOU W 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 ❍ 21 NYM NL WS BOS W 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 23 NYM NL NLCS LAD L 5 11 8 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 .250 .455 .375 .830 3 0 0 0 0 1
1996 31 TEX AL ALDS NYY L 4 15 12 2 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 .333 .467 .500 .967 6 0 0 0 0 0
3 Yrs (4 Series) 14 30 24 3 6 3 0 0 1 1 0 6 3 .250 .400 .375 .775 9 0 0 0 0 1
1 ALDS 4 15 12 2 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 .333 .467 .500 .967 6 0 0 0 0 0
2 NLCS 9 14 11 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 .182 .357 .273 .630 3 0 0 0 0 1
1 WS 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 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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Defensive WARs c a p y
1989 NL  1.9 (9th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1996 AL  138 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1996 AL  16 (3rd)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1989 NL  8 (3rd)
1996 AL  11 (3rd)

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 (86th)

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 (42nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1456), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2434), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (229th), 6.2 career WAR/7.1 7yr-peak WAR/6.7 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
1986 21 New York Mets $60,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1988 23 New York Mets $69,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 24 New York Mets $140,000 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 25 New York Mets $260,000 ? USA Today
1991 26 New York Mets $625,000 ? 3/2/92 TSN
1992 27 New York Mets $760,000 ? 4/2/92 USA Today Arbitration loss; $1,350,000 request
1994 29 New York Yankees $200,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1
1995 30 New York Yankees $300,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Released midseason
30 Philadelphia Phillies $109,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Released midseason by Yankees
1996 31 Texas Rangers $270,000 ? 1997 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $90,000 earned bonus
1997 32 Pittsburgh Pirates $1,650,000 ? 1997 AP survey
1998 33 Texas Rangers $1,500,000 ? 4/3/98 USA Today
2000 35 Los Angeles Dodgers $300,000 ? 4/5/00 AP
Career to date (may be incomplete)$6,243,000
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.

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