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Larry Herndon

Larry Darnell Herndon

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: November 3, 1953 in Sunflower, MS
High School: Douglas HS (Memphis, TN)
School: Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN)
Drafted
by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 3rd round of the 1971 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 4, 1974 (Age 20.305)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1976 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Giants/Cardinals 1974-1988

Final Game: October 2, 1988 (Age 34.334)
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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
1974 20 STL NL 12 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 463 1 0 0 0 0 0 /8
1976 22 SFG NL 115 365 337 42 97 11 3 2 23 12 10 23 45 .288 .337 .356 .693 96 120 4 2 3 0 0 *8
1977 23 SFG NL 49 118 109 13 26 4 3 1 5 4 2 5 20 .239 .278 .358 .636 70 39 4 1 2 0 1 8
1978 24 SFG NL 151 521 471 52 122 15 9 1 32 13 8 35 71 .259 .311 .335 .646 84 158 12 1 13 1 2 *8
1979 25 SFG NL 132 389 354 35 91 14 5 7 36 8 6 29 70 .257 .313 .384 .698 96 136 3 1 3 2 5 *879
1980 26 SFG NL 139 521 493 54 127 17 11 8 49 8 8 19 91 .258 .284 .385 .670 88 190 10 1 4 4 1 *879
1981 27 SFG NL 96 391 364 48 105 15 8 5 41 15 6 20 55 .288 .325 .415 .740 111 151 12 1 3 3 2 *79/8
1982 28 DET AL 157 659 614 92 179 21 13 23 88 12 9 38 92 .292 .332 .480 .812 121 295 20 1 2 4 3 *7/D
1983 29 DET AL 153 658 603 88 182 28 9 20 92 9 3 46 95 .302 .351 .478 .829 129 288 20 3 0 6 6 *7D/9
1984 30 DET AL 125 446 407 52 114 18 5 7 43 6 2 32 63 .280 .333 .400 .734 104 163 8 2 1 3 1 *7/D
1985 31 DET AL 137 479 442 45 108 12 7 12 37 2 1 33 79 .244 .298 .385 .682 87 170 9 1 1 1 1 *7
1986 32 DET AL 106 316 283 33 70 13 1 8 37 2 1 27 40 .247 .310 .385 .695 89 109 3 1 0 5 2 7D
1987 33 DET AL 89 254 225 32 73 13 2 9 47 1 0 23 35 .324 .378 .520 .898 140 117 12 0 0 6 0 79D
1988 34 DET AL 76 201 174 16 39 5 0 4 20 0 1 23 37 .224 .313 .322 .635 82 56 8 1 0 3 0 D7
14 Yrs 1537 5319 4877 605 1334 186 76 107 550 92 57 353 793 .274 .322 .409 .731 103 1993 125 16 32 38 24
162 Game Avg. 162 561 514 64 141 20 8 11 58 10 6 37 84 .274 .322 .409 .731 103 210 13 2 3 4 3
DET (7 yrs) 843 3013 2748 358 765 110 37 83 364 32 17 222 441 .278 .331 .436 .767 110 1198 80 9 4 28 13
SFG (6 yrs) 682 2305 2128 244 568 76 39 24 186 60 40 131 352 .267 .310 .373 .683 93 794 45 7 28 10 11
STL (1 yr) 12 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 463 1 0 0 0 0 0
AL (7 yrs) 843 3013 2748 358 765 110 37 83 364 32 17 222 441 .278 .331 .436 .767 110 1198 80 9 4 28 13
NL (7 yrs) 694 2306 2129 247 569 76 39 24 186 60 40 131 352 .267 .310 .373 .684 93 795 45 7 28 10 11

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
1974 20 STL NL 12 1 0 0 0 -0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .503 .500 0.1 -0.0 1 /8
1976 22 SFG NL 115 365 -3 -1 -0 0 0 -4 -0.5 12 8 0.6 .496 .497 0.6 0.0 7 *8
1977 23 SFG NL 49 118 -6 -1 0 0 0 -6 -0.7 4 -2 -0.3 .487 .496 -0.4 0.0 -3 $35,000 8
1978 24 SFG NL 151 521 -10 -0 -1 4 0 -8 -0.9 17 9 0.8 .494 .495 0.3 0.4 6 *8
1979 25 SFG NL 132 389 -3 -0 1 -2 -2 -7 -0.8 13 6 0.5 .494 .495 0.6 -0.4 7 *879
1980 26 SFG NL 139 521 -7 -1 -0 -2 -3 -13 -1.6 18 4 0.2 .489 .491 0.4 -0.6 6 *879
1981 27 SFG NL 96 391 5 1 -1 4 -4 5 0.7 13 19 2.0 .506 .504 1.4 0.0 15 *79/8
1982 28 DET AL 157 659 13 -1 -2 11 -6 14 1.5 23 37 3.6 .510 .509 2.6 0.5 26 *7/D
1983 29 DET AL 153 658 22 2 -2 1 -7 16 1.8 22 38 3.9 .511 .510 3.8 -0.6 38 *7D/9
1984 30 DET AL 125 446 3 0 -1 -4 -4 -6 -0.6 15 10 0.9 .495 .496 1.3 -0.8 13 *7/D
1985 31 DET AL 137 479 -9 -2 -1 11 -5 -5 -0.4 16 12 1.1 .496 .497 -0.1 0.7 0 $675,000 *7
1986 32 DET AL 106 316 -6 -1 1 9 -5 -2 -0.1 11 9 0.9 .498 .499 -0.0 0.4 0 $687,500 7D
1987 33 DET AL 89 254 13 -1 -2 0 -4 6 0.6 9 15 1.4 .507 .504 1.4 -0.4 14 $225,000 79D
1988 34 DET AL 76 201 -4 -1 -1 0 -6 -11 -1.1 7 -4 -0.5 .484 .493 -0.5 -0.5 -4 $375,000 D7
14 Seasons 1537 5319 8 -6 -8 33 -46 -20 -2.0 179 159 15.2 .498 .499 11.5 -1.4 126 $1,997,500
DET (7 yrs) 843 3013 32 -3 -7 29 -37 13 1.7 103 115 11.3 .501 .502 8.4 -0.7 87 $1,962,500
SFG (6 yrs) 682 2305 -24 -3 -1 4 -9 -33 -3.7 76 43 3.9 .495 .496 3.0 -0.6 39 $35,000
STL (1 yr) 12 1 0 0 0 -0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .503 .500 0.1 -0.0 1

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
1984 30 DET AL ALCS KCR W 2 6 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 .200 .333 .800 1.133 4 0 0 0 0 0
1984 ❍ 30 DET AL WS SDP W 5 18 15 1 5 0 0 1 3 0 1 3 2 .333 .444 .533 .978 8 0 0 0 0 0
1987 33 DET AL ALCS MIN L 3 10 9 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 .333 .400 .444 .844 4 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (3 Series) 10 34 29 3 9 1 0 2 6 0 1 5 5 .310 .412 .552 .963 16 0 0 0 0 0
2 ALCS 5 16 14 2 4 1 0 1 3 0 0 2 3 .286 .375 .571 .946 8 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 5 18 15 1 5 0 0 1 3 0 1 3 2 .333 .444 .533 .978 8 0 0 0 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
1974 STL NL 20 CF 1 0 0 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -160 3.00 1.00 .980 2.70 2.80
1974 STL NL 20 OF 1 0 0 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -160 3.00 1.00 .980 2.40 2.30
1976 SFG NL 22 CF 110 77 72 746.2 240 224 8 8 4 .967 0 0 2.80 2.11 .984 2.85 2.84
1976 SFG NL 22 OF 110 77 72 746.2 242 226 8 8 4 .967 0 0 2.82 2.13 .979 2.34 2.33
1977 SFG NL 23 CF 44 25 23 250.1 94 88 2 4 0 .957 0 2 3.24 2.05 .986 2.73 2.74
1977 SFG NL 23 OF 44 25 23 250.1 93 87 2 4 0 .957 0 2 3.20 2.02 .978 2.26 2.26
1978 SFG NL 24 CF 149 121 115 1148.1 376 363 3 10 0 .973 4 4 2.87 2.46 .983 2.80 2.77
1978 SFG NL 24 OF 149 121 115 1148.1 382 369 3 10 0 .974 4 4 2.92 2.50 .980 2.31 2.29
1979 SFG NL 25 OF 122 81 62 804.0 214 196 10 8 2 .963 -2 -3 2.31 1.69 .979 2.33 2.32
1979 SFG NL 25 CF 82 36 33 428.2 130 120 5 5 2 .962 -3 -7 2.62 1.52 .986 2.82 2.81
1979 SFG NL 25 LF 39 34 24 291.1 71 63 5 3 1 .958 1 6 2.10 1.74 .970 2.01 2.00
1979 SFG NL 25 RF 13 11 5 84.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -7 1.39 1.00 .979 2.19 2.18
1980 SFG NL 26 OF 122 114 89 1031.1 266 247 8 11 1 .959 -2 -2 2.23 2.09 .980 2.31 2.31
1980 SFG NL 26 CF 58 42 38 425.0 139 133 1 5 0 .964 -6 -18 2.84 2.31 .984 2.83 2.83
1980 SFG NL 26 LF 53 50 32 406.1 104 93 6 5 1 .952 3 8 2.19 1.87 .976 2.06 2.06
1980 SFG NL 26 RF 24 22 19 200.0 41 40 1 0 0 1.000 2 9 1.84 1.71 .977 2.06 2.06
1981 SFG NL 27 OF 93 90 82 816.2 220 207 8 5 1 .977 4 6 2.37 2.31 .980 2.33 2.34
1981 SFG NL 27 LF 83 78 72 709.1 194 182 7 5 0 .974 4 7 2.40 2.28 .975 2.12 2.13
1981 SFG NL 27 RF 11 8 7 68.0 15 14 1 0 1 1.000 0 4 1.99 1.36 .978 2.08 2.08
1981 SFG NL 27 CF 7 4 3 39.1 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -9 2.52 1.57 .987 2.79 2.81
1982 DET AL 28 LF 156 151 146 1348.0 348 331 11 6 2 .983 11 10 2.28 2.19 .981 2.29 2.28
1982 DET AL 28 OF 155 151 146 1348.0 345 328 11 6 3 .983 11 10 2.26 2.19 .982 2.47 2.46
1982 DET AL 28 DH 2 1
1983 DET AL 29 OF 133 129 124 1156.0 304 283 6 15 1 .951 1 1 2.25 2.17 .981 2.50 2.48
1983 DET AL 29 LF 132 128 123 1147.0 306 285 6 15 1 .951 1 1 2.28 2.20 .977 2.32 2.30
1983 DET AL 29 DH 19 19
1983 DET AL 29 RF 1 1 1 9.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 13 1.00 1.00 .980 2.20 2.20
1984 DET AL 30 LF 118 98 75 896.1 209 200 6 3 0 .986 -4 -5 2.07 1.75 .982 2.27 2.26
1984 DET AL 30 OF 117 98 75 896.1 209 199 7 3 0 .986 -4 -5 2.07 1.76 .983 2.51 2.49
1984 DET AL 30 DH 4 0
1985 DET AL 31 LF 136 111 108 1076.0 289 275 7 7 4 .976 11 13 2.36 2.07 .977 2.25 2.23
1985 DET AL 31 OF 136 111 108 1076.0 287 273 7 7 4 .976 11 13 2.34 2.06 .982 2.44 2.42
1986 DET AL 32 LF 83 71 58 630.2 162 158 2 2 0 .988 9 16 2.28 1.93 .977 2.24 2.22
1986 DET AL 32 OF 83 71 58 630.2 160 156 2 2 0 .988 9 16 2.25 1.90 .980 2.39 2.37
1986 DET AL 32 DH 18 0
1987 DET AL 33 OF 57 39 19 352.1 87 82 4 1 1 .989 0 1 2.20 1.51 .980 2.31 2.29
1987 DET AL 33 LF 32 17 14 189.1 46 41 4 1 1 .978 1 4 2.14 1.41 .974 2.11 2.08
1987 DET AL 33 RF 26 22 5 163.0 41 41 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -2 2.26 1.58 .979 2.12 2.10
1987 DET AL 33 DH 23 18
1988 DET AL 34 DH 53 46
1988 DET AL 34 LF 15 10 2 80.0 21 21 0 0 0 1.000 0 3 2.36 1.40 .977 2.26 2.24
1988 DET AL 34 OF 15 10 2 80.0 21 21 0 0 0 1.000 0 3 2.36 1.40 .979 2.48 2.45
14 Seasons OF 1337 1117 975 10339.2 2831 2675 76 80 17 .972 33 4 2.39 2.06 .981 2.39 2.38
10 Seasons LF 847 748 654 6774.1 1750 1649 54 47 10 .973 37 7 2.26 2.01 .978 2.23 2.22
7 Seasons CF 451 305 284 3041.1 991 940 19 32 6 .968 -5 -2 2.84 2.13 .984 2.81 2.80
6 Seasons DH 119 84
5 Seasons RF 75 64 37 524.0 111 109 2 0 1 1.000 1 2 1.91 1.48 .978 2.10 2.10
14 Seasons TOT 1337 1117 975 10339.2 2831 2675 76 80 17 .972 33 4 2.39 2.06 .981 2.39 2.38
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

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1982 May 23rd AL Player of the Week

At Bats s c a p y
1982 AL  614 (6th)
1983 AL  603 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1982 AL  179 (8th)
1983 AL  182 (8th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1983 AL  288 (10th)

Triples s c a p y
1978 NL  9 (4th)
1980 NL  11 (3rd)
1981 NL  8 (4th)
1982 AL  13 (2nd)
1983 AL  9 (2nd)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1978 NL  13 (8th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1981 NL  12 (5th)
1982 AL  20 (7th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1982 AL  15.8 (9th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1982 AL  470 (5th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1982 AL  156 (3rd)
1984 AL  118 (5th)
1985 AL  136 (3rd)
Career  847 (88th)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1981 NL  182 (4th)
1982 AL  331 (3rd)
1983 AL  285 (5th)
1985 AL  275 (2nd)
Career  1,649 (75th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1982 AL  11 (4th)
Career  54 (93rd)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1981 NL  5 (4th)
1983 AL  15 (1st)
1985 AL  7 (5th)
Career  47 (68th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1980 NL  1 (3rd)
1982 AL  2 (2nd)
1983 AL  1 (4th)
1985 AL  4 (1st)
Career  10 (84th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1976 NL  110 (5th)
1978 NL  149 (4th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1978 NL  363 (5th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1976 NL  8 (4th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1976 NL  8 (1st)
1977 NL  4 (5th)
1978 NL  10 (1st)
1979 NL  5 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1976 NL  4 (2nd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1976 NL  8 (5th)
1978 NL  10 (4th)
1980 NL  11 (1st)
1983 AL  15 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1976 NL  4 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1981 NL  4 (2nd)
1982 AL  11 (4th)
1985 AL  11 (1st)
1986 AL  9 (3rd)
Career  37 (24th)

Range Factor/9Inn as LF (s.1954)s c a p y
1981 NL  2.40 (3rd)
1985 AL  2.36 (5th)
Career  2.26 (16th)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1981 NL  2.28 (2nd)
1985 AL  2.07 (5th)
Career  2.01 (73rd)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1982 AL  .983 (5th)
1984 AL  .986 (3rd)
1985 AL  .976 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
1978 NL  2.87 (5th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1976 NL  .967 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
1985 AL  11 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
1978 NL  2.92 (3rd)

Youngest s c a p y
1974 NL  born 1953-11-03 (9th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 13 (1291), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 4 (1691), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 10 (1702), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (159th), 15.2 career WAR/13.8 7yr-peak WAR/14.5 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 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
1977 23 San Francisco Giants $35,000 ? TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
1985 31 Detroit Tigers $675,000 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 32 Detroit Tigers $687,500 ? 2/9/87 TSN
1987 33 Detroit Tigers $225,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey 2/9/87 TSN $220,000
1988 34 Detroit Tigers $375,000* ?
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,997,500
Disputed Salaries
*1988 - $400,000 - 12/13/88 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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