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Mike Griffin

Michael Joseph Griffin

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: March 20, 1865 in Utica, NY (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1887 (Age 22.027)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1887 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Grooms/Orioles/Bridegrooms/Athletics 1887-1898

Final Game: October 15, 1898 (Age 33.209)
Died: April 10, 1908 in Utica, NY
Buried: St. Agnes Cemetery, Utica, NY
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All-Time Rank (among batters): #461. Wally Moses… #462. Riggs Stephenson… #463. Wally Pipp… #464. MIKE GRIFFIN… #465. Justin Morneau… #466. Andy Pafko… #467. Ruben Sierra… 

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
1887 22 BAL AA 136 595 532 142 160 32 13 3 94 94 55 17 .301 .375 .427 .801 128 227 8 *O
1888 23 BAL AA 137 602 542 103 139 21 11 0 46 46 55 34 .256 .331 .336 .666 119 182 5 *O
1889 24 BAL AA 137 625 531 152 148 21 14 4 48 39 91 29 .279 .387 .394 .781 119 209 3 *O6/4
1890 25 PHQ PL 115 560 489 127 140 29 6 6 54 30 64 19 .286 .377 .407 .784 106 199 7 *O
1891 26 BRO NL 134 579 521 106 139 36 9 3 65 65 57 31 .267 .340 .388 .728 114 202 1 *O
1892 27 BRO NL 129 524 452 103 125 17 11 3 66 49 68 36 .277 .376 .383 .759 132 173 4 *O/6
1893 28 BRO NL 95 429 362 85 103 21 7 6 59 30 59 23 .285 .396 .431 .827 124 156 8 *O/4
1894 29 BRO NL 108 494 406 123 145 29 4 5 76 39 78 14 .357 .466 .485 .951 137 197 5 5 *O
1895 30 BRO NL 132 637 524 140 174 38 7 4 65 27 93 30 .332 .442 .454 .896 139 238 10 10 *O/6
1896 31 BRO NL 122 556 493 101 152 27 9 4 51 23 48 25 .308 .380 .424 .804 117 209 9 6 *O
1897 32 BRO NL 134 637 534 136 169 25 11 2 56 16 81 13 .316 .416 .416 .832 125 222 10 12 *O
1898 33 BRO NL 134 610 537 88 161 18 6 2 40 15 60 13 .300 .379 .367 .745 113 197 8 5 *O
12 Yrs 1513 6848 5923 1406 1755 314 108 42 720 473 809 284 .296 .388 .407 .795 123 2411 78 38
162 Game Avg. 162 733 634 151 188 34 12 4 77 51 87 30 .296 .388 .407 .795 123 258 8
BRO (8 yrs) 988 4466 3829 882 1168 211 64 29 478 264 544 185 .305 .399 .416 .815 125 1594 55 38
BAL (3 yrs) 410 1822 1605 397 447 74 38 7 188 179 201 80 .279 .364 .385 .749 122 618 16
PHQ (1 yr) 115 560 489 127 140 29 6 6 54 30 64 19 .286 .377 .407 .784 106 199 7
NL (8 yrs) 988 4466 3829 882 1168 211 64 29 478 264 544 185 .305 .399 .416 .815 125 1594 55 38
AA (3 yrs) 410 1822 1605 397 447 74 38 7 188 179 201 80 .279 .364 .385 .749 122 618 16
PL (1 yr) 115 560 489 127 140 29 6 6 54 30 64 19 .286 .377 .407 .784 106 199 7

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
1887 22 BAL AA 136 595 25 3 0 -4 -7 17 1.4 13 30 2.7 .510 .508 2.9 -0.7 34 *O
1888 23 BAL AA 137 602 15 1 0 0 -7 8 0.8 12 21 2.1 .506 .505 2.0 -0.7 21 *O
1889 24 BAL AA 137 625 21 -2 0 -3 -4 12 1.0 13 25 2.3 .507 .506 2.5 -0.5 28 *O6/4
1890 25 PHQ PL 115 560 8 -1 0 8 -6 9 0.8 13 22 2.0 .506 .504 1.2 0.3 14 *O
1891 26 BRO NL 134 579 11 5 0 10 -7 19 1.4 20 39 3.4 .512 .510 2.7 0.1 29 *O
1892 27 BRO NL 129 524 21 4 0 9 -7 27 2.5 18 45 4.3 .520 .516 3.5 0.2 36 *O/6
1893 28 BRO NL 95 429 16 1 0 6 -5 18 1.4 15 33 2.8 .515 .509 2.4 0.1 27 *O/4
1894 29 BRO NL 108 494 39 0 0 7 -6 41 2.8 17 58 4.5 .527 .518 4.0 0.1 51 *O
1895 30 BRO NL 132 637 45 -2 0 12 -7 47 3.6 20 67 5.6 .527 .522 4.7 0.4 55 *O/6
1896 31 BRO NL 122 556 15 -2 0 8 -7 15 1.2 19 33 3.1 .510 .508 2.4 0.1 25 *O
1897 32 BRO NL 134 637 30 -2 0 7 -7 28 2.3 20 49 4.3 .517 .514 3.8 0.0 42 *O
1898 33 BRO NL 134 610 14 -1 0 6 -6 12 1.1 20 32 3.2 .509 .507 2.7 -0.0 26 *O
12 Seasons 1513 6848 260 5 0 66 -77 254 20.2 199 453 40.4 .514 .511 34.9 -0.8 388
BRO (8 yrs) 988 4466 191 3 0 65 -52 208 16.3 148 356 31.2 .517 .513 26.2 0.9 291
BAL (3 yrs) 410 1822 61 3 0 -7 -19 38 3.2 38 76 7.1 .507 .506 7.4 -2.0 83
PHQ (1 yr) 115 560 8 -1 0 8 -6 9 0.8 13 22 2.0 .506 .504 1.2 0.3 14

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1887 BAL AA 22 OF 136 291 256 13 22 1 .924 1.98 .898 2.04 1-135-0
1888 BAL AA 23 OF 137 321 274 27 20 6 .938 2.20 .907 1.83 0-137-0
1889 BAL AA 24 OF 109 289 246 17 26 5 .910 2.41 .903 2.00 0-109-0
1889 BAL AA 24 SS 25 128 38 68 22 7 .828 4.24 .873 5.13
1889 BAL AA 24 2B 5 24 14 6 4 0 .833 4.00 .917 5.64
1890 PHQ PL 25 OF 115 326 278 33 15 10 .954 2.70 .904 2.11 4-100-13
1891 BRO NL 26 OF 134 400 353 31 16 7 .960 2.87 .912 1.92 2-132-0
1892 BRO NL 27 OF 127 296 267 25 4 7 .986 2.30 .912 1.89 0-126-1
1892 BRO NL 27 SS 2 13 1 9 3 1 .769 5.00 .897 5.35
1893 BRO NL 28 OF 93 260 232 19 9 8 .965 2.70 .915 2.18 0-93-0
1893 BRO NL 28 2B 2 9 2 6 1 0 .889 4.00 .933 5.95
1894 BRO NL 29 OF 107 322 297 14 11 5 .966 2.91 .915 2.28 0-107-0
1895 BRO NL 30 OF 132 392 357 23 12 12 .969 2.88 .917 2.18 0-132-0
1895 BRO NL 30 SS 1 8 0 6 2 0 .750 6.00 .899 5.60
1896 BRO NL 31 OF 122 337 316 8 13 1 .961 2.66 .933 2.16 0-122-0
1897 BRO NL 32 OF 134 383 353 13 17 6 .956 2.73 .936 2.09 0-134-0
1898 BRO NL 33 OF 134 343 314 20 9 7 .974 2.49 .937 2.08 0-134-0
12 Seasons OF 1480 3960 3543 243 174 75 .956 2.56 .916 2.06 7-1461-14
3 Seasons SS 28 149 39 83 27 8 .819 4.36 .876 5.16
2 Seasons 2B 7 33 16 12 5 0 .848 4.00 .922 5.73
12 Seasons TOT 1515 4142 3598 338 206 83 .950 2.60 .915 2.13 7-1461-14
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1895 NL  5.6 (6th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1887 AA  3.0 (10th)
1895 NL  4.7 (10th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1894 NL  .466 (7th)
1895 NL  .442 (10th)
Career  .388 (113th)

Games Played s c a p y
1887 AA  136 (7th)
1888 AA  137 (3rd)
1895 NL  132 (8th)
1897 NL  134 (4th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1888 AA  602 (5th)
1889 AA  625 (9th)
1895 NL  637 (2nd)
1897 NL  637 (2nd)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1887 AA  142 (3rd)
1889 AA  152 (1st)
1890 PL  127 (8th)
1895 NL  140 (7th)
1897 NL  136 (3rd)
Career  1,406 (90th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1887 AA  227 (9th)

Doubles s c a p y
1887 AA  32 (8th)
1890 PL  29 (10th)
1891 NL  36 (1st)
1895 NL  38 (4th)
1896 NL  27 (8th)

Triples s c a p y
1889 AA  14 (2nd)
Career  108 (133rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1888 AA  55 (8th)
1889 AA  91 (3rd)
1895 NL  93 (3rd)
1897 NL  81 (3rd)
Career  809 (242nd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1887 AA  94 (6th)
1891 NL  65 (3rd)
Career  473 (43rd)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1887 AA  128 (9th)
1894 NL  137 (10th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1887 AA  83 (9th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1887 AA  21 (9th)
1894 NL  33 (8th)
1895 NL  39 (9th)
Career  225 (224th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1887 AA  2.1 (9th)
1894 NL  2.7 (8th)
1895 NL  3.5 (9th)
Career  21.7 (239th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1887 AA  48 (7th)
1891 NL  48 (5th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1889 AA  242 (10th)
1895 NL  277 (4th)
1897 NL  260 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1895 NL  10 (10th)
Career  78 (169th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1887 AA  31.3 (7th)
1889 AA  18.3 (10th)
1897 NL  41.1 (4th)
1898 NL  41.3 (6th)
Career  20.9 (101st)

Outs Made s c a p y
1888 AA  403 (8th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1887 AA  136 (2nd)
1888 AA  137 (1st)
1891 NL  134 (2nd)
1895 NL  132 (2nd)
1897 NL  134 (4th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1888 AA  274 (2nd)
1890 PL  278 (3rd)
1891 NL  353 (1st)
1895 NL  357 (1st)
1896 NL  316 (2nd)
1897 NL  353 (2nd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1888 AA  27 (3rd)
1890 PL  33 (3rd)
1891 NL  31 (2nd)
Career  243 (23rd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
Career  174 (49th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1888 AA  6 (4th)
1890 PL  10 (1st)
1891 NL  7 (2nd)
1892 NL  7 (3rd)
1893 NL  8 (3rd)
1895 NL  12 (1st)
1897 NL  6 (3rd)
1898 NL  7 (2nd)
Career  75 (7th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1888 AA  2.20 (5th)
1889 AA  2.41 (5th)
1890 PL  2.70 (2nd)
1891 NL  2.87 (1st)
1892 NL  2.30 (5th)
1893 NL  2.70 (5th)
1894 NL  2.91 (2nd)
1895 NL  2.88 (1st)
1896 NL  2.66 (4th)
1897 NL  2.73 (2nd)
1898 NL  2.49 (4th)
Career  2.56 (58th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1887 AA  .924 (5th)
1888 AA  .938 (5th)
1890 PL  .954 (2nd)
1891 NL  .960 (1st)
1892 NL  .986 (1st)
1893 NL  .965 (1st)
1894 NL  .966 (2nd)
1895 NL  .969 (1st)
1896 NL  .961 (5th)
1898 NL  .974 (1st)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 5 (392), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 42 (606), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 54 (372), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 34 (233), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (53rd), 40.4 career WAR/28.4 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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
1899 34 Brooklyn Superbas $3,500 ? Judicial opinion Record in Griffin v. Brooklyn Ball Club, 68 AD 566
Career to date (may be incomplete)$3,500
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 Joseph mark michael Mike griffen Griffin

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