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Mike Epstein    \EP-stein\

Michael Peter Epstein (Superjew)

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 230 lb.

Born: April 4, 1943 in Bronx, NY
High School: Fairfax HS (Los Angeles, CA)
School: University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Signed
by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1964. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 16, 1966 (Age 23.165)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1967 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Senators/Athletics/Angels/Rangers/Orioles 1966-1974

Final Game: April 28, 1974 (Age 31.024)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 17, 2014 7:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1343. Scott Hatteberg… #1344. Andy High… #1345. Bill Hallman… #1346. MIKE EPSTEIN… #1347. Alex Gonzalez… #1348. Frank Isbell… #1349. Mark Whiten… 

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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
1966 23 BAL AL 6 12 11 1 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 3 .182 .250 .364 .614 75 4 0 0 0 0 0 /3
1967 24 TOT AL 105 345 297 32 67 7 4 9 29 1 4 41 79 .226 .330 .367 .697 110 109 4 6 0 1 5 3
1967 24 BAL AL 9 16 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 .154 .313 .154 .466 42 2 1 0 0 0 0 /3
1967 24 WSA AL 96 329 284 32 65 7 4 9 29 1 4 38 74 .229 .331 .377 .708 113 107 3 6 0 1 5 3
1968 25 WSA AL 123 448 385 40 90 8 2 13 33 1 1 48 91 .234 .338 .366 .704 118 141 13 13 1 1 5 *3
1969 26 WSA AL 131 500 403 73 112 18 1 30 85 2 5 85 99 .278 .414 .551 .965 176 222 8 10 0 2 10 *3 MVP-25
1970 27 WSA AL 140 517 430 55 110 15 3 20 56 2 3 73 117 .256 .371 .444 .815 129 191 7 9 0 6 6 *3
1971 28 TOT AL 128 502 414 49 98 14 1 19 60 1 3 74 102 .237 .367 .413 .780 124 171 3 12 2 1 6 *3
1971 28 WSA AL 24 101 85 6 21 1 1 1 9 1 0 12 31 .247 .366 .318 .684 102 27 0 4 0 0 1 3
1971 28 OAK AL 104 401 329 43 77 13 0 18 51 0 3 62 71 .234 .368 .438 .805 130 144 3 8 2 1 5 3
1972 29 OAK AL 138 537 455 63 123 18 2 26 70 0 1 68 68 .270 .376 .490 .866 163 223 7 11 0 3 9 *3 MVP-16
1973 30 TOT AL 118 457 397 39 83 11 2 9 38 0 0 48 73 .209 .304 .315 .619 82 125 11 8 0 4 2 *3
1973 30 TEX AL 27 104 85 9 16 3 0 1 6 0 0 14 19 .188 .317 .259 .576 68 22 2 3 0 2 0 3
1973 30 CAL AL 91 353 312 30 67 8 2 8 32 0 0 34 54 .215 .300 .330 .630 85 103 9 5 0 2 2 3
1974 31 CAL AL 18 73 62 10 10 2 0 4 6 0 0 10 13 .161 .288 .387 .675 98 24 0 1 0 0 0 3
9 Yrs 907 3391 2854 362 695 93 16 130 380 7 17 448 645 .244 .358 .424 .782 130 1210 53 70 3 18 43
162 Game Avg. 162 606 510 65 124 17 3 23 68 1 3 80 115 .244 .358 .424 .782 130 216 9 13 1 3 8
TEX (6 yrs) 541 1999 1672 215 414 52 11 74 218 7 13 270 431 .248 .365 .425 .789 131 710 33 45 1 12 27
OAK (2 yrs) 242 938 784 106 200 31 2 44 121 0 4 130 139 .255 .372 .468 .841 148 367 10 19 2 4 14
CAL (2 yrs) 109 426 374 40 77 10 2 12 38 0 0 44 67 .206 .298 .340 .638 87 127 9 6 0 2 2
BAL (2 yrs) 15 28 24 1 4 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 8 .167 .286 .250 .536 58 6 1 0 0 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
1966 23 BAL AL 6 12 -0 -0 0 -0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .483 .499 -0.0 -0.1 -0 /3
1967 24 BAL AL 9 16 -1 -0 -0 -0 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .480 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /3
1967 24 WSA AL 96 329 3 -0 1 -4 -4 -4 -0.6 11 7 0.5 .495 .497 1.0 -1.1 10 $8,000 3
1968 25 WSA AL 123 448 7 -2 -1 -11 -6 -13 -1.9 15 2 -0.2 .487 .490 1.3 -2.3 13 *3
1969 26 WSA AL 131 500 39 -3 0 -6 -6 24 2.5 17 41 4.2 .520 .516 5.1 -1.5 47 *3 MVP-25
1970 27 WSA AL 140 517 17 -1 0 -7 -7 3 0.2 18 20 2.0 .502 .502 2.9 -1.6 27 *3
1971 28 WSA AL 24 101 1 -1 0 -6 -1 -7 -0.8 3 -3 -0.4 .467 .495 0.2 -0.8 2 3
1971 28 OAK AL 104 401 13 -4 1 -4 -5 1 0.0 14 14 1.4 .501 .501 1.9 -1.1 18 $40,000 3
1972 29 OAK AL 138 537 32 1 0 1 -7 27 3.2 19 46 5.2 .524 .520 5.3 -0.9 45 $40,000 *3 MVP-16
1973 30 TEX AL 27 104 -4 1 -0 0 -1 -4 -0.4 4 -0 -0.1 .483 .497 -0.1 -0.1 -1 $65,000 3
1973 30 CAL AL 91 353 -5 -0 -1 -1 -4 -10 -1.0 13 2 0.2 .488 .493 0.2 -0.5 3 3
1974 31 CAL AL 18 73 -0 -0 0 0 -1 -1 -0.1 3 1 0.1 .492 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 $65,000 3
9 Seasons 907 3391 103 -10 1 -38 -44 12 0.7 117 129 12.7 .501 .503 17.8 -10.1 167 $218,000
TEX (6 yrs) 541 1999 64 -6 0 -33 -26 -1 -1.0 68 67 5.9 .499 .501 10.4 -7.4 100 $73,000
OAK (2 yrs) 242 938 45 -3 1 -3 -12 27 3.2 33 60 6.7 .514 .512 7.2 -2.0 64 $80,000
CAL (2 yrs) 109 426 -5 -0 -0 -1 -5 -12 -1.1 15 4 0.3 .488 .494 0.3 -0.6 4 $65,000
BAL (2 yrs) 15 28 -1 -0 -0 -1 -0 -2 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .481 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1

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
1971 28 OAK AL ALCS BAL L 2 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400 1 0 0 0 0 0
1972 29 OAK AL ALCS DET W 5 21 16 1 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 5 .188 .381 .375 .756 6 0 1 0 0 0
1972 ❍ 29 OAK AL WS CIN W 6 21 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 .000 .238 .000 .238 0 0 0 0 0 1
2 Yrs (3 Series) 13 47 37 2 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 9 11 .108 .298 .189 .487 7 0 1 0 0 1
2 ALCS 7 26 21 1 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 8 .190 .346 .333 .679 7 0 1 0 0 0
1 WS 6 21 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 .000 .238 .000 .238 0 0 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
1966 BAL AL 23 1B 4 2 2 25.0 38 36 2 0 3 1.000 -0 -19 13.68 9.50 .991 9.58 9.57
1967 TOT AL 24 1B 83 79 73 707.0 808 743 55 10 74 .988 -4 -7 10.16 9.61 .991 9.53 9.55
1967 BAL AL 24 1B 3 2 2 23.0 26 25 1 0 2 1.000 -0 -10 10.17 8.67 .991 9.55 9.53
1967 WSA AL 24 1B 80 77 71 684.0 782 718 54 10 72 .987 -4 -6 10.16 9.65 .991 9.53 9.55
1968 WSA AL 25 1B 110 107 84 926.0 1030 947 70 13 83 .987 -11 -14 9.88 9.25 .989 9.59 9.54
1969 WSA AL 26 1B 118 115 86 984.0 1115 1035 69 11 99 .990 -6 -8 10.10 9.36 .992 9.63 9.62 MVP-25
1970 WSA AL 27 1B 122 118 113 1044.1 1180 1100 70 10 104 .992 -7 -8 10.08 9.59 .991 9.59 9.56
1971 TOT AL 28 1B 120 119 83 995.0 1008 938 64 6 123 .994 -9 -11 9.06 8.35 .992 9.59 9.53
1971 WSA AL 28 1B 24 24 21 208.0 238 224 12 2 30 .992 -6 -32 10.21 9.83 .992 9.59 9.53
1971 OAK AL 28 1B 96 95 62 787.0 770 714 52 4 93 .995 -4 -6 8.76 7.98 .992 9.59 9.53
1972 OAK AL 29 1B 137 137 76 1101.2 1196 1111 73 12 101 .990 1 1 9.67 8.64 .991 9.75 9.71 MVP-16
1973 TOT AL 30 1B 111 109 105 946.2 979 910 62 7 80 .993 -0 -1 9.24 8.76 .992 9.86 9.80
1973 TEX AL 30 1B 25 25 24 211.0 214 200 12 2 19 .991 0 1 9.04 8.48 .992 9.86 9.80
1973 CAL AL 30 1B 86 84 81 735.2 765 710 50 5 61 .993 -1 -1 9.30 8.84 .992 9.86 9.80
1974 CAL AL 31 1B 18 18 11 145.2 150 137 12 1 14 .993 0 0 9.21 8.28 .992 9.70 9.66
9 Seasons 1B 823 804 633 6875.1 7504 6957 477 70 681 .991 -38 -7 9.73 9.03 .991 9.65 9.62
9 Seasons TOT 823 804 633 6875.1 7504 6957 477 70 681 .991 -38 -7 9.73 9.03 .991 9.65 9.62
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1969 AL (25, 1%)
1972 AL (16, 3%)
0.04 Career Shares (1203rd)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1969 AL  5.1 (9th)
1972 AL  5.3 (8th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1969 AL  .414 (3rd)**
1972 AL  .376 (6th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1969 AL  .551 (6th)**
1972 AL  .490 (5th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1969 AL  .965 (5th)**
1972 AL  .866 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1969 AL  30 (9th)
1972 AL  26 (3rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1972 AL  68 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1969 AL  99 (10th)
1970 AL  117 (5th)
1971 AL  102 (5th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1972 AL  163 (4th)
Career  130 (173rd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1972 AL  88 (7th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1969 AL  44 (7th)
1972 AL  37 (4th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1969 AL  4.5 (7th)
1972 AL  4.0 (4th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1972 AL  .764 (5th)
Career  .647 (227th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1968 AL  13 (4th)
1969 AL  10 (4th)
1970 AL  9 (2nd)
1971 AL  12 (1st)
1972 AL  11 (2nd)
1973 AL  8 (7th)
Career  70 (222nd)

AB per HR s c a p y
1969 AL  13.4 (5th)**
1972 AL  17.5 (3rd)
Career  22.0 (189th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1969 AL  45.77 (8th)
1972 AL  33.66 (7th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1969 AL  6.7 (4th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1969 AL  4.7 (8th)
1972 AL  3.9 (7th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1969 AL  4.8 (7th)
1972 AL  3.8 (7th)

Putoutss c a p y
1969 AL  1,035 (5th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1972 AL  137 (4th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1969 AL  1,035 (5th)
1970 AL  1,100 (5th)
1972 AL  1,111 (5th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1968 AL  70 (5th)
1972 AL  73 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1968 AL  13 (4th)
1969 AL  11 (2nd)
1970 AL  10 (2nd)
1972 AL  12 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1969 AL  99 (5th)
1970 AL  104 (5th)
1971 AL  123 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1967 AL  10.16 (2nd)
1968 AL  9.88 (4th)
1969 AL  10.10 (4th)
1970 AL  10.08 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1967 AL  9.61 (2nd)
1968 AL  9.25 (3rd)
1969 AL  9.36 (3rd)
1970 AL  9.59 (1st)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1971 AL  .994 (3rd)
1973 AL  .993 (4th)

A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order. Requirements to qualify for rate stats.
Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 16 (1177), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1825), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 9 (1729), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (163rd), 12.7 career WAR/13.0 7yr-peak WAR/12.9 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 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
1967 24 Washington Senators $8,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1968 25 New York Yankees $12,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1971 28 Oakland Athletics $40,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1972 29 Oakland Athletics $40,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1973 30 Texas Rangers $65,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1974 31 California Angels $65,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$230,000
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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Name and misspellings: Michael mark michael Mike Peter Superjew Epstein

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