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Álvaro Espinoza

Alvaro Alberto (Ramirez) Espinoza

Positions: Shortstop, Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: February 19, 1962 in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
High School: Valencia (Valencia, VE)
Signed
by the Houston Astros as an amateur free agent in 1978. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 14, 1984 (Age 22.208)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1989 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Indians/Twins/Mets/Mariners 1984-1997
Agents: Pat Gibbons [*]
Final Game: July 12, 1997 (Age 35.143)
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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
1984 22 MIN AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /6
1985 23 MIN AL 32 62 57 5 15 2 0 0 9 0 1 1 9 .263 .288 .298 .586 58 17 2 1 3 0 0 6
1986 24 MIN AL 37 45 42 4 9 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 10 .214 .233 .238 .471 28 10 0 0 2 0 0 46
1988 26 NYY AL 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /46
1989 27 NYY AL 146 544 503 51 142 23 1 0 41 3 3 14 60 .282 .301 .332 .633 80 167 14 1 23 3 1 *6
1990 28 NYY AL 150 472 438 31 98 12 2 2 20 1 2 16 54 .224 .258 .274 .532 50 120 13 5 11 2 0 *6
1991 29 NYY AL 148 509 480 51 123 23 2 5 33 4 1 16 57 .256 .282 .344 .626 73 165 10 2 9 2 0 *6/51
1993 31 CLE AL 129 283 263 34 73 15 0 4 27 2 2 8 36 .278 .298 .380 .678 82 100 7 1 8 3 0 56/4
1994 32 CLE AL 90 244 231 27 55 13 0 1 19 1 3 6 33 .238 .258 .307 .566 47 71 7 1 4 2 0 564/3
1995 33 CLE AL 66 150 143 15 36 4 0 2 17 0 2 2 16 .252 .264 .322 .585 51 46 3 1 2 2 0 456/D3
1996 34 TOT MLB 107 269 246 31 66 11 4 8 27 1 3 10 37 .268 .303 .443 .746 93 109 8 3 8 2 0 563/4D
1996 34 CLE AL 59 125 112 12 25 4 2 4 11 1 1 6 18 .223 .279 .402 .680 71 45 4 3 3 1 0 536/4D
1996 34 NYM NL 48 144 134 19 41 7 2 4 16 0 2 4 19 .306 .324 .478 .801 113 64 4 0 5 1 0 5/643
1997 35 SEA AL 33 78 72 3 13 1 0 0 7 1 1 2 12 .181 .213 .194 .408 9 14 2 1 3 0 0 64/5
12 Yrs 942 2659 2478 252 630 105 9 22 201 13 19 76 324 .254 .279 .331 .610 66 819 66 16 73 16 1
162 Game Avg. 162 457 426 43 108 18 2 4 35 2 3 13 56 .254 .279 .331 .610 66 141 11 3 13 3 0
CLE (4 yrs) 344 802 749 88 189 36 2 11 74 4 8 22 103 .252 .276 .350 .626 63 262 21 6 17 8 0
NYY (4 yrs) 447 1528 1424 133 363 58 5 7 94 8 6 46 171 .255 .281 .317 .598 68 452 37 8 43 7 1
MIN (3 yrs) 70 107 99 9 24 3 0 0 10 0 2 2 19 .242 .265 .273 .537 46 27 2 1 5 0 0
NYM (1 yr) 48 144 134 19 41 7 2 4 16 0 2 4 19 .306 .324 .478 .801 113 64 4 0 5 1 0
SEA (1 yr) 33 78 72 3 13 1 0 0 7 1 1 2 12 .181 .213 .194 .408 9 14 2 1 3 0 0
AL (12 yrs) 894 2515 2344 233 589 98 7 18 185 13 17 72 305 .251 .277 .322 .599 63 755 62 16 68 15 1
NL (1 yr) 48 144 134 19 41 7 2 4 16 0 2 4 19 .306 .324 .478 .801 113 64 4 0 5 1 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
1984 22 MIN AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .523 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /6
1985 23 MIN AL 32 62 -4 -0 -0 1 1 -2 -0.2 2 0 0.0 .493 .499 -0.1 0.2 -1 6
1986 24 MIN AL 37 45 -5 -0 0 -2 2 -5 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .487 .497 -0.2 0.0 -2 $60,000 46
1988 26 NYY AL 3 3 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -1 -0.1 .448 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /46
1989 27 NYY AL 146 544 -16 3 -0 -0 9 -5 -0.4 19 15 1.5 .496 .497 1.5 1.0 15 $68,000 *6
1990 28 NYY AL 150 472 -31 0 1 10 9 -11 -1.2 17 6 0.4 .492 .493 -0.5 1.9 -4 $256,000 *6
1991 29 NYY AL 148 509 -18 0 1 6 9 -1 -0.1 18 17 1.7 .499 .499 1.0 1.6 10 $650,000 *6/51
1993 31 CLE AL 129 283 -8 0 -1 4 3 -2 -0.2 11 9 0.8 .498 .499 0.5 0.6 5 $500,000 56/4
1994 32 CLE AL 90 244 -19 -1 -1 10 3 -9 -0.8 9 -0 -0.0 .490 .495 -0.9 1.2 -10 $475,000 564/3
1995 33 CLE AL 66 150 -9 -1 0 0 2 -8 -0.8 6 -3 -0.3 .488 .495 -0.3 0.2 -3 $450,000 456/D3
1996 34 CLE AL 59 125 -7 -0 -1 3 0 -5 -0.4 5 -0 0.0 .492 .497 -0.2 0.3 -3 $400,000 536/4D
1996 34 NYM NL 48 144 4 0 -0 -0 1 5 0.4 4 9 0.8 .510 .503 0.9 0.0 10 5/643
1997 35 SEA AL 33 78 -10 -1 0 0 1 -9 -0.8 3 -6 -0.6 .474 .495 -0.6 0.2 -6 64/5
12 Seasons 942 2659 -123 -0 -1 31 39 -54 -5.1 96 42 4.0 .494 .497 1.0 7.2 11 $2,859,000
CLE (4 yrs) 344 802 -43 -2 -3 16 8 -24 -2.2 30 6 0.6 .493 .497 -1.0 2.4 -11 $1,825,000
NYY (4 yrs) 447 1528 -65 3 2 15 26 -19 -1.8 55 36 3.4 .495 .496 1.9 4.4 21 $974,000
MIN (3 yrs) 70 107 -8 -0 -0 -1 3 -6 -0.7 4 -3 -0.3 .490 .498 -0.2 0.3 -2 $60,000
NYM (1 yr) 48 144 4 0 -0 -0 1 5 0.4 4 9 0.8 .510 .503 0.9 0.0 10
SEA (1 yr) 33 78 -10 -1 0 0 1 -9 -0.8 3 -6 -0.6 .474 .495 -0.6 0.2 -6

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
1995 33 CLE AL ALDS 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
1995 33 CLE AL ALCS SEA W 4 8 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .125 .125 .125 .250 1 0 0 0 0 0
1995 33 CLE AL WS ATL L 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 1 0 0 0 0 0
1 Yr (3 Series) 7 11 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364 2 0 0 0 0 0
1 ALDS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 ALCS 4 8 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .125 .125 .125 .250 1 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 1 0 0 0 0 0

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1991 29 NYY AL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2.86 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1 Yr 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2.86 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
162 Game Avg. 0 0 0.00 68 0 68 0 0 0 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 2.86 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1991 29 NYY AL 0.2 1 0 0 0.00 4.72 -0.20 -0.36 94.0 4.29 0 0.0 .0 -0.0 0.0 0 .534 .500 $650,000
1 Season 0.2 1 0 0 0.00 4.72 -0.20 -0.36 94.0 4.29 0 0.0 .0 -0.0 0.0 0 .534 .500 $650,000

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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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1984 MIN AL 22 SS 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 120 0.00 0.00 4.95 4.70
1985 MIN AL 23 SS 31 21 12 188.0 99 25 69 5 15 .949 1 6 4.50 3.03 .964 4.64 4.60
1986 MIN AL 24 2B 19 11 1 85.0 51 12 36 3 7 .941 1 11 5.08 2.53 .981 5.10 5.05
1986 MIN AL 24 SS 18 5 2 64.1 28 11 16 1 4 .964 -2 -45 3.78 1.50 .967 4.53 4.49
1988 NYY AL 26 2B 2 1 1 10.0 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -84 4.50 2.50 .982 5.13 5.10
1988 NYY AL 26 SS 1 0 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 1 1.000 -0 -60 9.00 2.00 .970 4.50 4.60
1989 NYY AL 27 SS 146 144 116 1223.1 730 237 471 22 114 .970 -0 -0 5.21 4.85 .971 4.79 4.74
1990 NYY AL 28 SS 150 141 107 1208.1 732 268 447 17 100 .977 10 10 5.33 4.77 .973 4.74 4.69
1991 NYY AL 29 SS 147 136 121 1197.0 682 223 438 21 113 .969 6 6 4.97 4.50 .971 4.67 4.66
1991 NYY AL 29 3B 2 2 1 17.0 5 2 3 0 0 1.000 0 0 2.65 2.50 .956 2.81 2.80
1991 NYY AL 29 P 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.35 1.80 0 0 0
1993 CLE AL 31 3B 99 50 40 519.0 159 42 107 10 9 .937 4 9 2.58 1.51 .951 2.69 2.66
1993 CLE AL 31 SS 35 13 10 147.1 66 18 47 1 13 .985 -1 -5 3.97 1.86 .973 4.69 4.64
1993 CLE AL 31 2B 2 2 0 13.2 10 6 3 1 2 .900 0 26 5.93 4.50 .981 5.14 5.10
1994 CLE AL 32 3B 37 12 10 154.1 47 12 31 4 2 .915 2 13 2.51 1.16 .948 2.64 2.62
1994 CLE AL 32 SS 36 34 27 290.0 175 53 117 5 27 .971 6 24 5.28 4.72 .969 4.64 4.60
1994 CLE AL 32 2B 20 11 10 122.0 89 26 62 1 15 .989 2 21 6.49 4.40 .981 5.10 5.06
1994 CLE AL 32 1B 3 0 0 6.0 2 2 0 0 1 1.000 0 0 3.00 0.67 .990 9.60 9.50
1995 CLE AL 33 2B 22 9 7 102.0 59 18 39 2 7 .966 2 21 5.03 2.59 .981 5.11 5.06
1995 CLE AL 33 3B 22 16 9 142.1 38 10 27 1 1 .974 -1 -12 2.34 1.68 .952 2.61 2.58
1995 CLE AL 33 SS 19 9 8 114.0 50 13 35 2 8 .960 0 5 3.79 2.53 .974 4.71 4.65
1995 CLE AL 33 DH 3 0
1995 CLE AL 33 1B 2 0 0 7.0 9 9 0 0 1 1.000 -0 -69 11.57 4.50 .993 9.64 9.50
1996 TOT MLB 34 3B 58 37 27 335.1 99 27 63 9 3 .909 -1 -4 2.42 1.55 .949 2.68 2.64
1996 TOT MLB 34 SS 23 11 9 126.1 63 20 42 1 15 .984 0 2 4.42 2.70 .970 4.64 4.62
1996 TOT MLB 34 1B 19 8 7 105.1 105 97 8 0 10 1.000 1 13 8.97 5.53 .992 9.24 9.20
1996 TOT MLB 34 2B 7 2 1 25.1 18 5 12 1 5 .944 2 95 6.04 2.43 .980 5.04 5.03
1996 CLE AL 34 3B 20 7 3 72.0 19 7 11 1 1 .947 0 3 2.25 0.90 .956 2.56 2.55
1996 CLE AL 34 1B 18 8 7 104.1 105 97 8 0 10 1.000 1 13 9.06 5.83 .992 9.24 9.18
1996 CLE AL 34 SS 16 8 7 96.0 46 16 29 1 12 .978 -0 -4 4.22 2.81 .971 4.66 4.64
1996 CLE AL 34 2B 5 2 1 20.1 17 5 11 1 5 .941 2 100 7.08 3.20 .980 5.05 5.02
1996 CLE AL 34 DH 1 0
1996 NYM NL 34 3B 38 30 24 263.1 80 20 52 8 2 .900 -1 -5 2.46 1.89 .948 2.71 2.69
1996 NYM NL 34 SS 7 3 2 30.1 17 4 13 0 3 1.000 0 20 5.04 2.43 .967 4.60 4.57
1996 NYM NL 34 2B 2 0 0 5.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 72 1.80 0.50 .980 5.04 5.05
1996 NYM NL 34 1B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 9.90 9.60
1997 SEA AL 35 SS 17 13 10 118.2 57 21 34 2 5 .965 0 0 4.17 3.24 .974 4.55 4.51
1997 SEA AL 35 2B 14 7 1 60.0 45 21 23 1 9 .978 0 10 6.60 3.14 .980 4.93 4.89
1997 SEA AL 35 3B 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.60
12 Seasons SS 624 527 422 4681.1 2684 890 1717 77 415 .971 20 5 5.01 4.18 .971 4.71 4.67
6 Seasons 3B 219 117 87 1170.0 348 93 231 24 15 .931 3 3 2.49 1.48 .950 2.67 2.64
7 Seasons 2B 86 43 21 418.0 277 92 176 9 45 .968 7 20 5.77 3.12 .981 5.08 5.03
3 Seasons 1B 24 8 7 118.1 116 108 8 0 12 1.000 1 7 8.82 4.83 .992 9.29 9.26
2 Seasons DH 4 0
1 Season P 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.35 1.80 0 0 0
12 Seasons TOT 954 695 537 6388.1 3425 1183 2132 110 487 .968 31 6 4.67 3.47 .971 4.45 4.35 0 0 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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.
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  • 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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Defensive WARs c a p y
1990 AL  1.9 (9th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1989 AL  23 (2nd)
1990 AL  11 (9th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1989 AL  22 (2nd)
1991 AL  21 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1989 AL  146 (4th)
1990 AL  150 (4th)
1991 AL  147 (3rd)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1989 AL  237 (5th)
1990 AL  268 (2nd)
1991 AL  223 (4th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1989 AL  471 (5th)
1990 AL  447 (3rd)
1991 AL  438 (3rd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1989 AL  22 (2nd)
1990 AL  17 (3rd)
1991 AL  21 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1989 AL  114 (2nd)
1990 AL  100 (2nd)
1991 AL  113 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1993 AL  2.58 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
Career  21 (78th)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1989 AL  5.21 (4th)
1990 AL  5.33 (1st)
1991 AL  4.97 (4th)
Career  5.01 (11th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1990 AL  4.77 (3rd)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
Career  .971 (68th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2989), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (259th), 4.0 career WAR/5.3 7yr-peak WAR/4.6 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 24 Minnesota Twins $60,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1989 27 New York Yankees $68,000 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 28 New York Yankees $256,000* ?
1991 29 New York Yankees $650,000 ? 1994 Joint Exhibit 1
1992 30 New York Yankees $1,000,000 ? 1994 Joint Exhibit 1 Did not play in majors this season
1993 31 Cleveland Indians $500,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $100,000 earned bonus
1994 32 Cleveland Indians $475,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $25,000 earned bonus
1995 33 Cleveland Indians $450,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1
1996 34 Cleveland Indians $400,000* ?
Career to date (may be incomplete)$3,859,000
Disputed Salaries
*1990 - $285,000 - 11/21/90 NYT -
*1996 - $450,000 - 1997 Joint Exhibit 1 - Includes $50,000 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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Name and misspellings: Alvaro Alberto (Ramirez) Alvaro espinosa Espinoza

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