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Kelly Gruber

Kelly Wayne Gruber

Positions: Third Baseman and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: February 26, 1962 in Houston, TX
High School: Westlake HS (Austin, TX)
Drafted
by the Cleveland Indians in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1980 amateur draft.
Signed June 8, 1980. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 20, 1984 (Age 22.054)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1986 season [*]
Teams (by GP): BlueJays/Angels 1984-1993
Agents: Randy Hendricks,Alan Hendricks [*]
Final Game: June 29, 1993 (Age 31.123)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 29, 2014 12:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1025. John Romano… #1026. Roy Johnson… #1027. Babe Phelps… #1028. KELLY GRUBER… #1029. Al Lopez… #1030. Kevin Bass… #1031. George Case… 

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
1984 22 TOR AL 15 16 16 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 5 .063 .063 .250 .313 -19 4 1 0 0 0 0 5/96
1985 23 TOR AL 5 13 13 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 .231 .231 .231 .462 25 3 0 0 0 0 0 /54
1986 24 TOR AL 87 152 143 20 28 4 1 5 15 2 5 5 27 .196 .220 .343 .563 49 49 4 0 2 2 0 54D/6798
1987 25 TOR AL 138 368 341 50 80 14 3 12 36 12 2 17 70 .235 .283 .399 .682 77 136 11 7 1 2 2 *56/48D
1988 26 TOR AL 158 623 569 75 158 33 5 16 81 23 5 38 92 .278 .328 .438 .766 113 249 20 7 5 4 1 *5/48D6
1989 ★ 27 TOR AL 135 583 545 83 158 24 4 18 73 10 5 30 60 .290 .328 .448 .775 122 244 13 3 0 5 0 *59/7D6 AS
1990 ★ 28 TOR AL 150 662 592 92 162 36 6 31 118 14 2 48 94 .274 .330 .512 .842 127 303 14 8 1 13 2 *5/9D AS,MVP-4,GG,SS
1991 29 TOR AL 113 474 429 58 108 18 2 20 65 12 7 31 70 .252 .308 .443 .751 102 190 7 6 3 5 5 *5/D
1992 30 TOR AL 120 481 446 42 102 16 3 11 43 7 7 26 72 .229 .275 .352 .627 72 157 14 4 1 4 3 *5
1993 31 CAL AL 18 70 65 10 18 3 0 3 9 0 0 2 11 .277 .309 .462 .770 103 30 2 1 2 0 0 5/D7
1994 Did not play in major leagues (Out of Baseball)
1995 Did not play in major leagues (Out of Baseball)
1996 Did not play in major leagues (Out of Baseball)
10 Yrs 939 3442 3159 431 818 148 24 117 443 80 33 197 504 .259 .307 .432 .739 102 1365 86 36 15 35 13
162 Game Avg. 162 594 545 74 141 26 4 20 76 14 6 34 87 .259 .307 .432 .739 102 235 15 6 3 6 2
TOR (9 yrs) 921 3372 3094 421 800 145 24 114 434 80 33 195 493 .259 .307 .431 .738 102 1335 84 35 13 35 13
CAL (1 yr) 18 70 65 10 18 3 0 3 9 0 0 2 11 .277 .309 .462 .770 103 30 2 1 2 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
1984 22 TOR AL 15 16 -3 0 -0 1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .489 .499 -0.2 0.2 -2 5/96
1985 23 TOR AL 5 13 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .478 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /54
1986 24 TOR AL 87 152 -12 -1 0 -1 -0 -15 -1.5 5 -9 -1.0 .483 .491 -0.9 -0.1 -9 $88,000 54D/6798
1987 25 TOR AL 138 368 -9 3 -1 2 3 -3 -0.2 13 10 1.0 .498 .498 0.8 0.5 8 $96,000 *56/48D
1988 26 TOR AL 158 623 9 2 -2 16 2 29 3.2 21 50 5.1 .519 .519 3.4 2.0 34 $130,000 *5/48D6
1989 ★ 27 TOR AL 135 583 17 2 0 7 1 27 3.0 20 48 5.0 .521 .518 4.2 0.9 41 $462,500 *59/7D6 AS
1990 ★ 28 TOR AL 150 662 19 6 -1 -6 2 19 2.0 23 41 4.2 .513 .512 5.0 -0.6 48 $1,150,000 *5/9D AS,MVP-4,GG,SS
1991 29 TOR AL 113 474 4 -1 0 -2 1 2 0.3 17 19 1.9 .502 .501 2.2 -0.1 21 $3,033,333 *5/D
1992 30 TOR AL 120 481 -16 -1 -1 -0 1 -16 -1.6 18 2 0.1 .486 .489 0.1 0.2 2 $3,633,333 *5
1993 31 CAL AL 18 70 1 0 -0 -1 0 1 0.1 3 3 0.3 .503 .500 0.4 -0.1 4 $4,333,334 5/D7
10 Seasons 939 3442 9 10 -3 16 10 41 5.0 121 162 16.4 .505 .505 14.8 3.0 146 $12,926,500
TOR (9 yrs) 921 3372 8 9 -3 17 10 41 4.9 118 159 16.1 .505 .505 14.4 3.0 142 $8,593,166
CAL (1 yr) 18 70 1 0 -0 -1 0 1 0.1 3 3 0.3 .503 .500 0.4 -0.1 4 $4,333,334

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
1989 27 TOR AL ALCS OAK L 5 21 17 2 5 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 2 .294 .381 .353 .734 6 1 0 0 1 1
1991 29 TOR AL ALCS MIN L 5 21 21 1 6 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 4 .286 .286 .333 .619 7 0 0 0 0 0
1992 30 TOR AL ALCS OAK W 6 25 22 3 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 3 .091 .167 .273 .439 6 1 0 1 0 0
1992 ❍ 30 TOR AL WS ATL W 6 22 19 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 5 .105 .190 .263 .454 5 1 0 1 0 0
3 Yrs (4 Series) 22 89 79 8 15 3 0 2 8 3 0 7 14 .190 .253 .304 .557 24 3 0 2 1 1
3 ALCS 16 67 60 6 13 3 0 1 7 2 0 5 9 .217 .273 .317 .589 19 2 0 1 1 1
1 WS 6 22 19 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 5 .105 .190 .263 .454 5 1 0 1 0 0

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
1984 TOR AL 22 3B 12 1 0 28.0 15 4 10 1 0 .933 1 43 4.50 1.17 .950 2.76 2.73
1984 TOR AL 22 OF 2 0 0 4.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 90 4.50 1.00 .985 2.48 2.50
1984 TOR AL 22 RF 2 0 0 4.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 90 4.50 1.00 .980 2.25 2.20
1984 TOR AL 22 SS 1 0 0 2.0 3 0 2 1 0 .667 0 0 9.00 2.00 .963 4.95 4.70
1985 TOR AL 23 3B 5 2 2 27.0 8 2 6 0 0 1.000 0 4 2.67 1.60 .952 2.87 2.82
1985 TOR AL 23 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.20
1986 TOR AL 24 3B 42 27 17 245.1 83 19 59 5 3 .940 1 4 2.86 1.86 .948 2.74 2.71
1986 TOR AL 24 2B 14 5 3 64.0 32 15 16 1 5 .969 -1 -24 4.36 2.21 .981 5.10 5.05
1986 TOR AL 24 DH 14 2
1986 TOR AL 24 OF 9 2 1 30.0 7 6 0 1 0 .857 -1 -24 1.80 0.67 .980 2.40 2.37
1986 TOR AL 24 SS 5 0 0 12.0 5 3 2 0 0 1.000 0 20 3.75 1.00 .968 4.50 4.50
1986 TOR AL 24 LF 4 0 0 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -93 0.00 0.00 2.20 2.22
1986 TOR AL 24 RF 3 2 1 16.0 6 5 0 1 0 .833 0 15 2.81 1.67 .975 2.08 2.07
1986 TOR AL 24 CF 2 0 0 5.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -24 3.60 1.00 .985 2.88 2.80
1987 TOR AL 25 3B 119 74 52 723.1 232 52 168 12 11 .948 0 0 2.74 1.85 .952 2.77 2.74
1987 TOR AL 25 SS 21 8 5 103.0 49 20 28 1 7 .980 2 27 4.19 2.29 .970 4.59 4.54
1987 TOR AL 25 2B 7 1 0 19.0 7 3 4 0 1 1.000 -0 -25 3.32 1.00 .980 5.12 5.06
1987 TOR AL 25 CF 2 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 60 4.50 0.50 .990 2.70 2.70
1987 TOR AL 25 OF 2 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 60 4.50 0.50 .980 2.25 2.30
1987 TOR AL 25 DH 1 0
1988 TOR AL 26 3B 156 148 133 1307.2 477 114 349 14 31 .971 14 13 3.19 2.97 .954 2.71 2.69
1988 TOR AL 26 2B 7 1 1 33.1 22 4 16 2 4 .909 2 58 5.40 2.86 .982 5.10 5.09
1988 TOR AL 26 CF 2 0 0 8.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 75 3.38 1.50 .987 2.92 2.90
1988 TOR AL 26 OF 2 0 0 8.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 75 3.38 1.50 .980 2.48 2.45
1988 TOR AL 26 DH 1 0
1988 TOR AL 26 SS 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 4.50 4.60
1989 TOR AL 27 3B 119 118 110 1045.1 399 86 291 22 15 .945 7 8 3.25 3.17 .943 2.73 2.70 AS
1989 TOR AL 27 OF 16 15 10 140.0 37 35 2 0 1 1.000 0 0 2.38 2.31 .980 2.42 2.39 AS
1989 TOR AL 27 RF 14 13 8 122.0 36 34 2 0 1 1.000 0 2 2.66 2.57 .979 2.33 2.30 AS
1989 TOR AL 27 LF 3 2 2 18.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -13 1.00 0.67 .975 2.15 2.13 AS
1989 TOR AL 27 DH 1 0 AS
1989 TOR AL 27 SS 1 0 0 2.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 0 60 9.00 2.00 .970 4.95 4.70 AS
1990 TOR AL 28 3B 145 143 136 1267.2 422 123 280 19 21 .955 -4 -4 2.86 2.78 .944 2.75 2.73 AS,MVP-4,GG,SS
1990 TOR AL 28 OF 6 5 2 41.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -64 1.32 1.00 .982 2.39 2.37 AS,MVP-4,GG,SS
1990 TOR AL 28 RF 6 5 2 41.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -64 1.54 1.17 .979 2.24 2.22 AS,MVP-4,GG,SS
1990 TOR AL 28 DH 1 0 AS,MVP-4,GG,SS
1991 TOR AL 29 3B 111 109 104 977.1 341 97 231 13 16 .962 -2 -3 3.02 2.95 .955 2.79 2.79
1991 TOR AL 29 DH 2 2
1992 TOR AL 30 3B 120 118 106 1021.2 336 104 215 17 10 .949 -0 -0 2.81 2.66 .950 2.78 2.77
1993 CAL AL 31 3B 17 17 15 139.0 64 18 42 4 3 .938 -1 -9 3.88 3.53 .951 2.69 2.66
1993 CAL AL 31 DH 1 1
1993 CAL AL 31 LF 1 0 0 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 80 9.00 3.00 .983 2.10 2.20
1993 CAL AL 31 OF 1 0 0 3.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 80 6.00 2.00 .985 2.40 2.40
10 Seasons 3B 846 757 675 6782.1 2377 619 1651 107 110 .955 15 3 3.01 2.68 .949 2.75 2.73
7 Seasons OF 38 22 13 228.0 58 55 2 1 1 .983 -2 -9 2.25 1.50 .981 2.41 2.38
5 Seasons SS 29 8 5 120.0 59 23 34 2 7 .966 3 26 4.28 1.97 .969 4.59 4.54
4 Seasons 2B 29 7 4 117.1 61 22 36 3 10 .951 -0 -1 4.45 2.00 .981 5.11 5.07
4 Seasons RF 25 20 11 183.0 51 48 2 1 1 .980 -2 -10 2.46 2.00 .978 2.29 2.24
3 Seasons LF 8 2 2 30.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -28 1.50 0.63 .980 2.16 2.19
3 Seasons CF 6 0 0 15.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 0 40 3.60 1.00 .987 2.88 2.80
10 Seasons TOT 942 794 697 7247.2 2555 719 1723 113 128 .956 16 3 3.03 2.59 .951 2.81 2.85
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1990 AL (4, 45%)
0.45 Career Shares (481st)

Gold Gloves
1990 AL (3B)

Silver Sluggers
1990 AL (3B)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1990 September AL Player of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1990 Apr 29th AL Player of the Week
1990 Sep 16th AL Player of the Week

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1989 AL  5.1 (10th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1990 AL  5.0 (8th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1988 AL  2.0 (4th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1990 AL  .512 (6th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1990 AL  .842 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1988 AL  158 (4th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1990 AL  92 (7th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1990 AL  303 (2nd)

Doubles s c a p y
1990 AL  36 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1990 AL  31 (5th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1990 AL  118 (2nd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1990 AL  101 (7th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1990 AL  73 (2nd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1990 AL  8 (3rd)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1990 AL  13 (2nd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1988 AL  20 (5th)

SB % s c a p y
1988 AL  82.14 (9th)
1990 AL  87.50 (2nd)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1988 AL  18.9 (7th)
1990 AL  19.3 (7th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1990 AL  19.1 (9th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1990 AL  35.25 (5th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1990 AL  3.1 (7th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1990 AL  3.1 (7th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1990 AL  3.4 (6th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1989 AL  22 (2nd)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1988 AL  16 (3rd)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  156 (1st)
1990 AL  145 (5th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  114 (2nd)
1990 AL  123 (1st)
1991 AL  97 (3rd)
1992 AL  104 (4th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  349 (1st)
1989 AL  291 (2nd)
1990 AL  280 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1989 AL  22 (1st)
1992 AL  17 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  31 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  14 (1st)
1989 AL  7 (3rd)
Career  15 (85th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1988 AL  3.19 (1st)
1989 AL  3.25 (1st)
1991 AL  3.02 (4th)
1992 AL  2.81 (3rd)
Career  3.01 (15th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  2.97 (1st)
1989 AL  3.17 (1st)
1990 AL  2.78 (3rd)
1991 AL  2.96 (2nd)
1992 AL  2.66 (4th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1988 AL  .971 (5th)
1990 AL  .955 (3rd)


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 - 17 (1135), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 18 (892), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 6 (2111), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (125th), 16.4 career WAR/17.6 7yr-peak WAR/17.0 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 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 Toronto Blue Jays $88,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 25 Toronto Blue Jays $96,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 26 Toronto Blue Jays $130,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 27 Toronto Blue Jays $462,500 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 28 Toronto Blue Jays $1,150,000* ?
1991 29 Toronto Blue Jays $3,033,333 ? USA Today survey
1992 30 Toronto Blue Jays $3,633,333 ? 4/2/92 USA Today
1993 31 California Angels $4,333,334 ? USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$12,926,500
Disputed Salaries
*1990 - $1,250,000 - 11/21/90 NYT -
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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