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John Vander Wal

John Henry Vander Wal

Positions: Pinch Hitter, Outfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: April 29, 1966 in Grand Rapids, MI
High School: Hudsonville HS (Hudsonville, MI)
School: Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI)
Drafted
by the Montreal Expos in the 3rd round of the 1987 amateur draft.
Signed June 6, 1987. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 6, 1991 (Age 25.130)   vs. CIN 1 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1992 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Rockies/Expos/Pirates/Padres/Brewers/... 1991-2004
Agents: Tommy Tanzer [*]
Final Game: September 27, 2004 (Age 38.151)   vs. CHC 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
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Career Home Runs

John Vander Wal: 97 Career Home Runs

0 leading off, 2 walk-off, 7 tying, 34 go ahead
8 Tms
PIT35
COL21
MIL14
MON10
SDP6
NYY6
SFG3
CIN2
 
vs RHP95
vs LHP2
 
Away52
Home45
 
Leverage
High Lev15
Medium Lev43
Low Lev39
24 Opps
LAD10
CIN8
ATL8
SFG7
HOU7
COL6
STL6
SDP6
MON6
PHI5
MIN3
CHC3
NYM3
FLA3
MIL3
ARI2
TBD2
KCR2
PIT2
OAK1
80 Pitchers
Shane Reynolds3
Greg Maddux3
Steve Trachsel2
Eric Gagne2
Orel Hershiser2
Aaron Cook2
Paul Rigdon2
Pedro Astacio2
Mike Williams2
Tony McKnight2
Miguel Batista2
Matt Clement2
Kyle Lohse2
Jeff Suppan2
Elmer Dessens2
Trey Hodges1
Todd Stottlemyre1
Mike Oquist1
Kirk Rueter1
Shawn Boskie1
29 Parks
Coors Fld14
3 Rivers Std13
Miller Pk9
Stade Olymp.7
PNC Pk6
Dodger Stad5
Cinergy Fld5
Candlestick4
Turner Fld3
Wrigley Fld3
Qualcomm St3
Chase Field2
Yankee Stad2
VeteransStad2
Shea Stad2
GreatAmer BP2
KauffmanStad2
MinuteMaidPk2
Metrodome1
US Cellular1
Where Hit
944
819
8915
712
787
General field locations when available.
 
 
Pitches
224
322
116
512
410
67
7+5
Unk1
Pitches in PA when available.
Game Totals
1·HR gms93
2·HR gms2
Gms w/ this # = 0 are not shown.
 
OrderPos
5th25
6th17
9th15
4th13
3rd13
8th6
7th4
2nd4
Outs
036
132
229
 
DefPos
RF42
LF19
PH17
1B16
Unk3
Bases
---52
1--16
-2-8
12-6
1235
1-35
--33
-232
 
165 RBI
RISP29
0 on52
1 on27
2 on13
3 on5
Any on45
Inning
110
217
316
413
54
611
711
87
98
 
1-343
4-628
7-end26
RelScore
+4..8
+33
+212
+18
Tied26
-19
-27
-39
-4..15
 
Ahead31
Tied26
Behind40
Before event, for batter
Count
0-016
1-014
1-113
0-110
2-19
3-19
2-26
3-25
1-25
2-05
0-24
Unk1

Play By Play

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1991 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
11111991-09-14MON@CHCShawn Boskietied 0-0t 30---2,(0-1) 1770.11862%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Vander Wal Scores
1992 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
22111992-05-05MONSDPGreg Harrisahead 2-0b 30---1,(0-0) 1370.07686%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF Line); Vander Wal Scores
33211992-06-30MON@PHIMike Williamstied 0-0t 111--3,(2-0) 2370.18869%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF Line); Grissom Scores; Vander Wal Scores
44311992-07-06 (2)MON@LADOrel Hershisertied 0-0t 40---1,(0-0) 1570.14064%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Vander Wal Scores
55411992-08-16MONSTLMike Perezbehind 1-5b 80---2,(0-1) 18PH0.0367%Home Run (Fly Ball); Vander Wal Scores
1993 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
66111993-04-30MON@SFGBill Swiftbehind 0-5t 61---1,(0-0) 1270.0276%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
77211993-05-01MON@SFGJeff Brantleybehind 1-6t 62-2-2,(0-1) 2670.0589%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Bolick Scores
88311993-06-28MONPITBob Walktied 1-1b 32---2,(1-0) 1230.12063%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF)
99411993-07-16MON@LADOrel Hershisertied 0-0t 42---3,(1-1) 1430.13959%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF)
1010511993-07-17MON@LADJim Gottbehind 3-6t 9212-6,(1-2) 3230.36940%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Frazier Scores; DeShields Scores
1994 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
1111111994-05-25COLCINJose Rijobehind 0-2b 511--2,(1-0) 29PH0.22154%Home Run (Line Drive to Deep LF); Girardi Scores
1212211994-05-30COL@NYMMauro Gozzobehind 0-1t 42-2-4,(2-1) 2590.22958%Home Run (Line Drive to Deep RF Line); Johnson Scores
1313311994-06-10COL@CINJohn Roperbehind 2-6t 81---1,(0-0) 1570.0255%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF Line)
1414411994-06-11COL@CINKevin Jarvisahead 2-1t 321--1,(0-0) 2530.18577%Home Run (Line Drive to Deep CF-RF); Bichette Scores
1515511994-08-02COL@HOUDoug Drabekbehind 0-3t 80---1,(0-0) 1630.06413%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
1995 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
1616111995-05-06COLLADTodd Williamsbehind 4-14b 6212-1,(0-0) 39PH0.0122%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Bichette Scores; Brito Scores
1717211995-05-21COL@CINPete Smithahead 4-2t 92---2,(1-0) 19PH0.04996%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
1818311995-07-09COLMONGreg Harrisahead 3-0b 72---3,(1-1) 19PH0.04195%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
1919411995-07-24COL@PHIOmar Olivaresahead 9-3t 921--4,(2-1) 2570.002100%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF); Walker Scores
2020511995-09-21COL@SFGSergio Valdezbehind 2-5t 71---3,(1-1) 19PH0.06714%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF)
1996 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
2121111996-05-18COLSTLDennis Eckersleybehind 6-8b 911-32,(1-0) 36PH0.752100%Walk-OffHome Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF); Bichette Scores; Galarraga Scores
2222211996-06-13COLPHICurt Schillingtied 0-0b 12-2-4,(2-1) 2430.15168%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Bichette Scores; Vander Wal Scores
2323311996-06-14COLPHIMike Williamsahead 2-0b 12---1,(0-0) 1530.07376%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF-CF); Vander Wal Scores
2424411996-06-30COLLADAntonio Osunatied 12-12b 82--35,(3-1) 29PH0.31291%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Owens Scores/unER; Vander Wal Scores/unER
2525511996-09-16COLLADTodd Worrellbehind 2-6b 921--2,(1-0) 28PH0.0142%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Reed Scores
1997 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
2626111997-09-14COL@ATLJohn Smoltzahead 1-0t 9112-39PH0.12598%Home Run; Castilla Scores; McCracken Scores
1998 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
2727111998-04-20COLATLGreg Madduxbehind 2-7b 711-31,(0-0) 39PH0.12521%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF-CF); Helton Scores/unER; Reed Scores
2828211998-06-25COLHOUScott Elartonbehind 2-3b 61-233,(1-1) 39PH0.25081%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Helton Scores; Lansing Scores
2929311998-06-26COLOAKMike Oquistbehind 1-4b 201--4,(2-1) 2770.14046%Home Run (Fly Ball); Reed Scores
3030411998-07-05COL@SDPAndy Ashbybehind 1-7t 90---1,(0-0) 19PH0.0031%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF Line)
3131511998-08-20COL@MONMike Thurmanbehind 0-2t 21-2-4,(2-1) 2690.16048%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF Line); Castilla Scores
1999 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
3232111999-04-10SDP@SFGMark Gardnerahead 2-0t 321-32,(1-0) 3570.18289%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Sanders Scores; Gwynn Scores
3333211999-05-09SDPATLGreg Madduxahead 2-0b 611-33,(2-0) 3570.08697%Home Run (Fly Ball); Sanders Scores; Joyner Scores
3434311999-06-01SDP@CHCSteve Trachseltied 0-0t 40---5,(3-1) 1430.12062%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
3535411999-06-28SDPCOLPedro Astaciotied 1-1b 32---1,(0-0) 1470.12263%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF Line)
3636511999-07-02SDP@COLPedro Astacioahead 2-0t 11---3,(1-1) 1470.07271%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF)
3737611999-07-18SDP@ANAMike Fyhrieahead 3-1t 60---1,(0-0) 14DH0.08585%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF)
2000 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
3838112000-04-04PITHOUShane Reynoldsbehind 0-5b 721--6,(2-2) 29PH0.0609%Home Run (Fly Ball); Benjamin Scores
3939212000-04-12PITMONMiguel Batistabehind 3-4b 6212-2,(0-1) 39PH0.41981%Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF); Ramirez Scores; Hermansen Scores
4040312000-04-27PITSDPMatt Clementbehind 0-6b 521233,(0-2) 4330.18125%Home Run (Fly Ball); Osik Scores; Clontz Scores; Morris Scores
4141412000-05-24PIT@ARITodd Stottlemyretied 0-0t 2012-2,(0-1) 3690.17176%Home Run (Fly Ball); Giles Scores; Young Scores
4242512000-06-14PITATLGreg Madduxbehind 1-2b 201--1,(0-0) 2690.16365%Home Run (Fly Ball); Young Scores
4343612000-06-19PIT@MONCarl Pavanotied 0-0t 70---3,(1-1) 1690.17868%Home Run (Fly Ball)
4444712000-06-21PIT@MONTony Armastied 0-0t 311235,(3-1) 4390.22983%Home Run (Fly Ball); Meares Scores; Morris Scores; Kendall Scores
4545822000-06-21PIT@MONScott Forsterahead 7-2t 71---3,(1-1) 1390.01998%Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF)
4646912000-06-24PIT@NYMRick Reedtied 0-0t 111--9,(2-2) 2390.16266%Home Run (Fly Ball); Kendall Scores
47471012000-07-07PITMINHector Carrascoahead 7-6b 81---7,(3-2) 1690.08293%Home Run (Fly Ball)
48481112000-07-15PIT@CLEJim Browerbehind 1-6t 42---5,(3-1) 1690.03911%Home Run (Fly Ball)
49491212000-07-16PIT@LADEric Gagneahead 1-0t 41---5,(2-2) 1690.11071%Home Run (Fly Ball)
50501312000-07-21PITPHIPaul Byrdahead 5-0b 30---1,(0-0) 1630.02795%Home Run (Fly Ball)
51511412000-07-28PITSDPMatt Clementahead 5-2b 211-32,(1-0) 3370.08994%Home Run (Fly Ball); Arroyo Scores; Kendall Scores
52521512000-07-30PITSDPBrian Meadowsahead 5-3b 611--3,(1-1) 2330.10394%Home Run (Fly Ball); Meares Scores
53531612000-08-01 (2)PITLADIsmael Valdeztied 0-0b 11-2-3,(0-2) 2330.14471%Home Run (Fly Ball); Morris Scores
54541712000-08-22PIT@STLDarryl Kileahead 4-2t 72--33,(0-2) 2590.12892%Home Run (Fly Ball); Young Scores
55551812000-08-29PITSFGLivan Hernandezahead 5-0b 30-2-7,(2-2) 2430.02997%Home Run (Fly Ball to CF-RF); Giles Scores
56561912000-08-31PITSFGKirk Rueterbehind 1-10b 71---7,(3-2) 19PH0.0020%Home Run (Fly Ball to CF-RF)
57572012000-09-11PITSTLGarrett Stephensonbehind 1-4b 5012-4,(2-1) 3490.24857%Home Run (Fly Ball); Kendall Scores; Giles Scores
58582112000-09-14PIT@HOUChris Holtbehind 0-3t 401--5,(2-2) 2490.14439%Home Run (Fly Ball); Giles Scores
59592212000-09-15PIT@HOUTony McKnighttied 0-0t 20---5,(3-1) 1490.09459%Home Run (Fly Ball)
60602312000-09-21PIT@MILPaul Rigdonbehind 1-9t 60---4,(1-2) 1430.0072%Home Run (Fly Ball)
61612412000-09-27PITHOUTony McKnightbehind 0-2b 20---5,(3-1) 1490.09845%Home Run (Fly Ball)
2001 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
6262112001-04-11PITCINElmer Dessensbehind 2-4b 30---2,(1-0) 1390.10644%Home Run (Fly Ball)
6363212001-04-14PIT@CHCJon Lieberahead 1-0t 31---2,(1-0) 1370.10670%Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF)
6464312001-04-18PITHOUShane Reynoldstied 0-0b 12---3,(0-2) 1390.09961%Home Run (Fly Ball)
6565412001-04-24PIT@LADChan Ho Parktied 0-0t 32-234,(2-1) 3370.27078%Home Run (Fly Ball to CF-RF); Olivares Scores; Kendall Scores
6666512001-05-12PIT@MILPaul Rigdontied 0-0t 21---2,(0-1) 1590.10758%Home Run (Fly Ball)
6767612001-05-14PIT@MILJamey Wrighttied 0-0t 10-2-3,(1-1) 2270.12869%Home Run (Fly Ball to CF-RF); Kendall Scores
6868712001-05-28PITFLAChuck Smithtied 0-0b 20---5,(3-1) 1590.10165%Home Run (Fly Ball to CF-RF)
6969812001-06-01PITATLJohn Burkettbehind 0-5b 71---6,(1-2) 1590.0276%Home Run (Fly Ball)
7070912001-07-03PIT@CINElmer Dessenstied 0-0t 20---5,(1-2) 1670.09960%Home Run (Fly Ball)
71711012001-07-06PIT@CHWRocky Biddlebehind 0-1t 211--7,(2-2) 26DH0.17057%Home Run (Fly Ball); Ramirez Scores
72721112001-07-16PITLADEric Gagnebehind 0-1b 20---1,(0-0) 1690.10555%Home Run (Fly Ball)
73731212001-08-09SFG@CINScott Winchesterbehind 0-2t 21---2,(0-1) 1690.09038%Home Run (Fly Ball)
74741312001-08-19SFGATLJose Cabreraahead 3-1b 82---6,(3-2) 19PH0.03897%Home Run (Fly Ball)
75751412001-08-30SFG@ARIMiguel Batistaahead 3-1t 40---2,(1-0) 1690.08380%Home Run (Fly Ball to CF-RF)
2002 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
7676112002-05-08NYY@TBDDelvin Jamesahead 6-0t 41---3,(1-1) 1890.02197%Home Run (Fly Ball)
7777212002-05-14NYYTBDTravis Harpertied 0-0b 301--2,(0-1) 2890.16476%Home Run (Fly Ball); White Scores
7878312002-06-30NYYNYMSteve Trachseltied 0-0b 32---6,(3-2) 1990.11763%Home Run (Fly Ball)
7979412002-08-13NYY@KCRJeff Suppanahead 5-4t 60---2,(1-0) 18DH0.11576%Home Run (Fly Ball)
8080512002-08-15NYY@KCRMiguel Asenciobehind 1-2t 40---2,(1-0) 1730.11250%Home Run (Fly Ball)
8181612002-08-17NYY@SEARyan Franklinahead 3-0t 41---3,(1-1) 1830.06786%Home Run (Fly Ball to CF-RF)
2003 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
8282112003-04-04MILSFGRyan Jensenbehind 0-1b 20---4,(2-1) 1470.10955%Home Run (Fly Ball to CF-RF)
8383212003-04-16MILSTLCal Eldredbehind 1-15b 82---3,(1-1) 1590.0000%Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF)
8484312003-04-25MIL@ATLShane Reynoldsahead 5-0t 311--2,(1-0) 2590.05396%Home Run (Fly Ball); Jenkins Scores
8585422003-04-25MIL@ATLTrey Hodgesahead 7-0t 411232,(1-0) 4590.017100%Home Run (Fly Ball); Young Scores; Sexson Scores; Jenkins Scores
8686512003-05-09MIL@CINChris Reitsmabehind 0-3t 201--3,(2-0) 2590.14439%Home Run (Fly Ball); Jenkins Scores
8787612003-05-20MILSDPMatt Hergestied 7-7b 92---5,(3-1) 1590.464100%Walk-OffHome Run (Fly Ball)
8888712003-06-21MILMINKyle Lohseahead 2-1b 40---5,(3-1) 1590.10179%Home Run (Fly Ball)
8989812003-06-27MIL@MINKyle Lohseahead 4-0t 52--36,(3-2) 2590.06795%Home Run (Fly Ball); Podsednik Scores
9090912003-07-04MILCOLAaron Cookbehind 0-3b 111236,(1-2) 4590.26363%Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF); Young Scores; Jenkins Scores; Sexson Scores
91911012003-07-17MIL@PITKris Bensonahead 1-0t 101232,(0-1) 4590.13987%Home Run (Fly Ball); Podsednik Scores; Jenkins Scores; Sexson Scores/unER
92921112003-07-25MIL@COLChin-hui Tsaobehind 2-4t 60---4,(2-1) 1590.11536%Home Run (Fly Ball)
93931212003-07-26MIL@COLDenny Starkahead 4-2t 30---3,(1-1) 1590.08077%Home Run (Fly Ball)
94941312003-08-08MILFLANate Bumpbehind 2-5b 70---2,(0-1) 1590.09222%Home Run (Fly Ball)
95951412003-08-10MILFLABrad Pennytied 3-3b 70---1,(0-0) 1590.20279%Home Run (Fly Ball)
2004 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
9696112004-07-18CINSTLJeff Suppanbehind 0-1b 22-2-3,(2-0) 2790.20162%Home Run (Fly Ball); Dunn Scores
9797212004-08-07CIN@COLAaron Cooktied 0-0t 211--3,(2-0) 2690.16366%Home Run (Fly Ball); Pena Scores

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

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