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Jim Essian

James Sarkis Essian

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: January 2, 1951 in Detroit, MI
High School: Troy HS (Troy, IL)
School: Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1969. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 15, 1973 (Age 22.256)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1976 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/WhiteSox/Mariners/Indians/Phillies 1973-1984
Agents: Jim Andary [*]
Final Game: September 30, 1984 (Age 33.272)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 17, 2014 11:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1727. Jason LaRue… #1728. Danny Hoffman… #1729. Eddie Lake… #1730. JIM ESSIAN… #1731. Jack Boyle… #1732. Jim Presley… #1733. Ray Powell… 

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
1973 22 PHI NL 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1974 23 PHI NL 17 22 20 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .100 .182 .100 .282 -21 2 1 0 0 0 0 2/35
1975 24 PHI NL 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 449 1 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1976 25 CHW AL 78 229 199 20 49 7 0 0 21 2 1 23 28 .246 .326 .281 .607 79 56 6 1 5 1 0 2/35
1977 26 CHW AL 114 381 322 50 88 18 2 10 44 1 4 52 35 .273 .374 .435 .809 121 140 9 1 4 2 1 *2/5
1978 27 OAK AL 126 340 278 21 62 9 1 3 26 2 1 44 22 .223 .326 .295 .621 81 82 12 0 15 3 1 *2/34D
1979 28 OAK AL 98 352 313 34 76 16 0 8 40 0 1 25 29 .243 .295 .371 .666 84 116 12 2 3 9 1 25/37D
1980 29 OAK AL 87 321 285 19 66 11 0 5 29 1 3 30 18 .232 .302 .323 .625 78 92 14 0 3 3 0 2D/3
1981 30 CHW AL 27 57 52 6 16 3 0 0 5 0 1 4 5 .308 .357 .365 .723 112 19 2 0 1 0 0 2/5
1982 31 SEA AL 48 165 153 14 42 8 0 3 20 2 0 11 7 .275 .327 .386 .713 93 59 3 1 0 0 0 2
1983 32 CLE AL 48 112 93 11 19 4 0 2 11 0 1 16 8 .204 .315 .312 .627 71 29 1 0 1 2 0 2/5
1984 33 OAK AL 63 162 136 17 32 9 0 2 10 1 1 23 17 .235 .348 .346 .693 100 47 3 1 1 1 0 2/5D
12 Yrs 710 2146 1855 194 453 85 3 33 207 9 13 231 171 .244 .327 .347 .673 90 643 63 6 33 21 3
162 Game Avg. 162 490 423 44 103 19 1 8 47 2 3 53 39 .244 .327 .347 .673 90 147 14 1 8 5 1
OAK (4 yrs) 374 1175 1012 91 236 45 1 18 105 4 6 122 86 .233 .313 .333 .646 84 337 41 3 22 16 2
PHI (3 yrs) 21 27 24 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 .125 .222 .125 .347 -2 3 1 0 0 0 0
CHW (3 yrs) 219 667 573 76 153 28 2 10 70 3 6 79 68 .267 .356 .375 .731 106 215 17 2 10 3 1
CLE (1 yr) 48 112 93 11 19 4 0 2 11 0 1 16 8 .204 .315 .312 .627 71 29 1 0 1 2 0
SEA (1 yr) 48 165 153 14 42 8 0 3 20 2 0 11 7 .275 .327 .386 .713 93 59 3 1 0 0 0
AL (9 yrs) 689 2119 1831 192 450 85 3 33 206 9 13 228 169 .246 .328 .350 .677 91 640 62 6 33 21 3
NL (3 yrs) 21 27 24 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 .125 .222 .125 .347 -2 3 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
1973 22 PHI NL 2 3 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .457 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
1974 23 PHI NL 17 22 -3 -1 0 -1 0 -3 -0.4 1 -2 -0.3 .479 .498 -0.2 -0.0 -2 2/35
1975 24 PHI NL 2 2 1 -0 0 1 0 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .594 .501 0.1 0.1 1 /2
1976 25 CHW AL 78 229 -2 -0 -0 5 4 7 0.8 8 15 1.6 .510 .505 1.1 1.0 10 2/35
1977 26 CHW AL 114 381 11 1 -0 1 7 20 2.1 14 33 3.4 .517 .512 3.2 0.9 32 *2/5
1978 27 OAK AL 126 340 -4 -0 -1 10 6 10 1.1 12 22 2.3 .509 .507 1.3 1.7 12 *2/34D
1979 28 OAK AL 98 352 -5 -2 -1 -1 4 -5 -0.4 13 8 0.7 .495 .497 0.9 0.3 9 $90,000 25/37D
1980 29 OAK AL 87 321 -8 -2 -2 9 3 1 0.2 11 12 1.2 .501 .500 0.2 1.4 3 $125,000 2D/3
1981 30 CHW AL 27 57 0 -1 -0 -3 1 -2 -0.2 2 0 -0.0 .493 .499 0.3 -0.2 3 $250,000 2/5
1982 31 SEA AL 48 165 -0 -1 0 -5 3 -4 -0.4 6 2 0.2 .492 .498 0.7 -0.2 7 $250,000 2
1983 32 CLE AL 48 112 -4 -0 -0 0 2 -3 -0.2 4 1 0.1 .494 .498 0.1 0.2 1 $250,000 2/5
1984 33 OAK AL 63 162 4 -1 -0 4 3 10 1.1 6 16 1.6 .517 .506 1.2 0.7 12 $250,000 2/5D
12 Seasons 710 2146 -11 -6 -5 20 34 32 3.7 75 107 10.9 .505 .504 8.8 6.0 88 $1,215,000
OAK (4 yrs) 374 1175 -13 -4 -5 21 16 16 1.9 41 57 5.8 .505 .503 3.6 4.1 36 $465,000
PHI (3 yrs) 21 27 -3 -1 0 0 1 -2 -0.3 1 -1 -0.2 .488 .498 -0.2 0.1 -2
CHW (3 yrs) 219 667 9 0 -1 3 12 25 2.7 24 48 5.0 .512 .508 4.6 1.7 45 $250,000
CLE (1 yr) 48 112 -4 -0 -0 0 2 -3 -0.2 4 1 0.1 .494 .498 0.1 0.2 1 $250,000
SEA (1 yr) 48 165 -0 -1 0 -5 3 -4 -0.4 6 2 0.2 .492 .498 0.7 -0.2 7 $250,000

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1973 PHI NL 22 C 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 6.30 6.30 0 0 0 0 0
1974 PHI NL 23 C 15 5 1 62.2 41 37 3 1 1 .976 -1 -19 5.74 2.67 .985 6.12 6.11 1 1 9 2 18% 33% 0
1974 PHI NL 23 1B 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 1.00 .990 9.90 9.90
1974 PHI NL 23 3B 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 1 1.000 0 360 9.00 1.00 .950 2.70 3.00
1975 PHI NL 24 C 2 0 0 4.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1 300 4.50 1.00 .985 6.08 6.00 0 0 0 1 100% 32% 0
1976 CHW AL 25 C 77 64 47 570.0 382 319 53 10 10 .974 5 11 5.87 4.83 .981 5.75 5.77 2 19 45 37 45% 34% 1
1976 CHW AL 25 1B 2 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 4.50 0.50 .990 9.90 9.90
1976 CHW AL 25 3B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.00
1977 CHW AL 26 C 111 104 92 924.1 663 592 62 9 8 .986 1 1 6.37 5.89 .986 6.01 5.97 6 40 71 53 43% 39% 1
1977 CHW AL 26 3B 2 0 0 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 3.00 0.50 .960 3.00 2.95
1978 OAK AL 27 C 119 84 68 778.1 519 431 78 10 12 .981 10 15 5.89 4.28 .983 5.53 5.48 3 14 60 51 46% 38% 1
1978 OAK AL 27 1B 3 3 1 23.0 21 20 1 0 2 1.000 -0 -10 8.22 7.00 .992 10.06 9.93
1978 OAK AL 27 2B 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -60 4.50 1.00 .980 5.40 5.40
1978 OAK AL 27 DH 1 1
1979 OAK AL 28 C 70 66 64 584.1 413 348 57 8 5 .981 0 0 6.24 5.79 .982 5.46 5.39 7 31 62 39 39% 36% 2
1979 OAK AL 28 3B 10 10 7 80.0 36 15 20 1 2 .972 0 5 3.94 3.50 .953 3.07 3.03
1979 OAK AL 28 1B 4 4 3 36.0 37 35 2 0 4 1.000 -1 -30 9.25 9.25 .992 10.07 9.95
1979 OAK AL 28 LF 4 3 2 23.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -37 0.78 0.50 .980 2.23 2.20
1979 OAK AL 28 OF 4 3 2 23.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -37 0.78 0.50 .980 2.47 2.42
1979 OAK AL 28 DH 3 3
1980 OAK AL 29 C 68 66 64 602.2 384 333 46 5 5 .987 9 18 5.66 5.57 .986 5.48 5.47 3 20 40 38 49% 35% 2
1980 OAK AL 29 DH 11 11
1980 OAK AL 29 1B 1 0 0 3.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 0 80 18.00 6.00 .992 9.90 10.00
1981 CHW AL 30 C 25 17 9 146.0 102 92 9 1 0 .990 -2 -16 6.23 4.04 .987 5.51 5.49 0 8 10 6 38% 38% 0
1981 CHW AL 30 3B 2 0 0 1.2 1 0 0 1 0 .000 -1 -432 0.00 0.00 .950 3.24 2.95
1982 SEA AL 31 C 48 43 32 381.0 310 282 26 2 1 .994 -5 -16 7.28 6.42 .988 5.69 5.66 1 8 51 9 15% 36% 2
1983 CLE AL 32 C 47 31 18 289.2 186 170 14 2 3 .989 0 0 5.72 3.91 .986 5.70 5.66 4 7 23 13 36% 33% 0
1983 CLE AL 32 3B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.00
1984 OAK AL 33 C 59 44 31 397.0 261 229 28 4 6 .985 4 12 5.83 4.36 .987 5.96 5.92 1 11 31 25 45% 36% 0
1984 OAK AL 33 3B 1 0 0 2.0 3 0 2 1 0 .667 -0 -180 9.00 2.00 .950 2.70 2.70
1984 OAK AL 33 DH 1 0
12 Seasons C 642 524 426 4742.0 3263 2834 377 52 51 .984 22 6 6.09 5.00 .985 5.70 5.67 28 159 402 274 41% 36% 9
7 Seasons 3B 18 10 7 89.2 42 16 23 3 3 .929 -0 -5 3.91 2.17 .953 3.05 2.99
4 Seasons DH 16 15
5 Seasons 1B 11 7 4 65.0 66 63 3 0 6 1.000 -1 -17 9.14 6.00 .992 10.05 9.94
1 Season LF 4 3 2 23.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -37 0.78 0.50 .980 2.23 2.20
1 Season OF 4 3 2 23.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -37 0.78 0.50 .980 2.47 2.42
1 Season 2B 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -60 4.50 1.00 .980 5.40 5.40
12 Seasons TOT 676 544 439 4921.2 3374 2916 403 55 60 .984 20 5 6.07 4.91 .984 5.70 5.65 28 159 402 274 41% 36% 9
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1978 AL  1.7 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1978 AL  15 (7th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1979 AL  9 (7th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1976 AL  53 (5th)
1978 AL  78 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1978 AL  10 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1976 AL  10 (2nd)
1978 AL  12 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1977 AL  6 (5th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1977 AL  53 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1976 AL  45.1 (2nd)
1978 AL  45.9 (4th)
1980 AL  48.7 (2nd)
1984 AL  44.6 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1976 AL  5 (3rd)
1978 AL  10 (2nd)
1980 AL  9 (2nd)
Career  22 (57th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1978 AL  5.89 (5th)
1979 AL  6.24 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1977 AL  5.89 (3rd)
1979 AL  5.79 (1st)
1980 AL  5.57 (3rd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2613), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (151st), 10.9 career WAR/11.0 7yr-peak WAR/10.9 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 ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1979 28 Oakland Athletics $90,000 ? 1980 TSN Guide Player win; offered $68,000
1980 29 Oakland Athletics $125,000 ? 1981 TSN Guide Player win; team offered $100K
1981 30 Chicago White Sox $250,000 ? 1981 TSN Guide Four years, $1 million
1982 31 Seattle Mariners $250,000 ? 1981 TSN Guide Four years, $1 million
1983 32 Cleveland Indians $250,000 ? 1981 TSN Guide Four years, $1 million
1984 33 Oakland Athletics $250,000 ? 1981 TSN Guide Four years, $1 million
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,215,000
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: James james Jim jimmie jimmy Sarkis Essian

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