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Butch Hobson

Clell Lavern Hobson

Position: Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 193 lb.

Born: August 17, 1951 in Tuscaloosa, AL
High School: Bessemer HS (Bessemer, AL)
School: University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Drafted
by the Boston Red Sox in the 8th round of the 1973 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 7, 1975 (Age 24.021)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1976 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Angels/Yankees 1975-1982

Final Game: August 3, 1982 (Age 30.351)
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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
1975 23 BOS AL 2 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 37 1 0 0 0 0 0 /5
1976 24 BOS AL 76 292 269 34 63 7 5 8 34 0 1 15 62 .234 .272 .387 .658 82 104 8 0 5 3 1 5
1977 25 BOS AL 159 637 593 77 157 33 5 30 112 5 4 27 162 .265 .300 .489 .789 101 290 17 4 10 3 4 *5 MVP-23
1978 26 BOS AL 147 574 512 65 128 26 2 17 80 1 0 50 122 .250 .312 .408 .720 92 209 15 0 4 8 3 *5D
1979 27 BOS AL 146 570 528 74 138 26 7 28 93 3 2 30 78 .261 .298 .496 .794 106 262 23 0 6 6 2 *5/4
1980 28 BOS AL 93 352 324 35 74 6 0 11 39 1 1 25 69 .228 .281 .349 .630 68 113 10 0 0 3 2 5D
1981 29 CAL AL 85 310 268 27 63 7 4 4 36 1 1 35 60 .235 .321 .336 .657 91 90 4 1 2 4 0 *5/D
1982 30 NYY AL 30 60 58 2 10 2 0 0 3 0 0 1 14 .172 .183 .207 .390 8 12 2 0 0 1 0 D3
8 Yrs 738 2799 2556 314 634 107 23 98 397 11 9 183 569 .248 .297 .423 .719 91 1081 79 5 27 28 12
162 Game Avg. 162 614 561 69 139 23 5 22 87 2 2 40 125 .248 .297 .423 .719 91 237 17 1 6 6 3
BOS (6 yrs) 623 2429 2230 285 561 98 19 94 358 10 8 147 495 .252 .296 .439 .735 93 979 73 4 25 23 12
CAL (1 yr) 85 310 268 27 63 7 4 4 36 1 1 35 60 .235 .321 .336 .657 91 90 4 1 2 4 0
NYY (1 yr) 30 60 58 2 10 2 0 0 3 0 0 1 14 .172 .183 .207 .390 8 12 2 0 0 1 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
1975 23 BOS AL 2 4 -0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .508 .500 -0.0 0.1 -0 /5
1976 24 BOS AL 76 292 -9 1 -1 -3 2 -11 -1.2 10 -0 -0.2 .484 .492 0.2 -0.2 3 5
1977 25 BOS AL 159 637 -3 -1 -2 -12 4 -14 -1.3 23 9 0.9 .491 .491 2.1 -0.8 21 $40,000 *5 MVP-23
1978 26 BOS AL 147 574 -4 -0 -2 -12 2 -17 -1.8 21 4 0.2 .488 .489 1.5 -1.0 16 *5D
1979 27 BOS AL 146 570 3 0 -3 -6 3 -3 -0.2 20 18 1.7 .498 .498 2.4 -0.3 24 *5/4
1980 28 BOS AL 93 352 -16 -1 -1 -2 -2 -22 -2.2 12 -10 -1.1 .475 .486 -0.9 -0.3 -8 5D
1981 29 CAL AL 85 310 -1 -2 -0 -17 1 -18 -2.0 11 -7 -0.9 .477 .488 0.9 -1.7 9 *5/D
1982 30 NYY AL 30 60 -5 -1 -0 -1 -2 -9 -1.0 2 -7 -0.8 .467 .494 -0.7 -0.3 -6 D3
8 Seasons 738 2799 -36 -3 -10 -53 8 -94 -9.6 99 6 -0.1 .486 .491 5.5 -4.5 58 $40,000
BOS (6 yrs) 623 2429 -29 -1 -10 -35 9 -66 -6.7 86 20 1.6 .489 .492 5.3 -2.5 55 $40,000
CAL (1 yr) 85 310 -1 -2 -0 -17 1 -18 -2.0 11 -7 -0.9 .477 .488 0.9 -1.7 9
NYY (1 yr) 30 60 -5 -1 -0 -1 -2 -9 -1.0 2 -7 -0.8 .467 .494 -0.7 -0.3 -6

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
1975 BOS AL 23 3B 1 1 1 9.0 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 0 67 4.00 4.00 .955 3.20 3.20
1976 BOS AL 24 3B 76 76 73 675.0 220 60 146 14 11 .936 -3 -6 2.75 2.71 .953 2.94 2.95
1977 BOS AL 25 3B 159 159 159 1410.0 423 128 272 23 27 .946 -12 -11 2.55 2.52 .957 2.97 2.96 MVP-23
1978 BOS AL 26 3B 133 133 116 1159.1 426 122 261 43 25 .899 -12 -12 2.97 2.88 .954 3.00 2.98
1978 BOS AL 26 DH 14 14
1979 BOS AL 27 3B 142 142 128 1218.0 386 110 251 25 17 .935 -6 -6 2.67 2.54 .953 3.07 3.03
1979 BOS AL 27 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -240 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.40
1980 BOS AL 28 3B 57 55 37 451.1 177 52 109 16 5 .910 -2 -4 3.21 2.82 .951 3.01 3.00
1980 BOS AL 28 DH 36 35
1981 CAL AL 29 3B 83 83 56 678.2 241 85 139 17 13 .929 -17 -29 2.97 2.70 .950 2.95 2.94
1981 CAL AL 29 DH 2 2
1982 NYY AL 30 DH 15 12
1982 NYY AL 30 1B 11 3 2 40.0 41 37 2 2 3 .951 -1 -33 8.78 3.55 .992 9.85 9.81
7 Seasons 3B 651 649 570 5601.1 1877 558 1181 138 98 .926 -52 -11 2.79 2.67 .954 3.00 2.98
4 Seasons DH 67 63
1 Season 1B 11 3 2 40.0 41 37 2 2 3 .951 -1 -33 8.78 3.55 .992 9.85 9.81
1 Season 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -240 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.40
8 Seasons TOT 663 652 572 5642.1 1918 595 1183 140 101 .927 -53 -11 2.84 2.68 .954 3.04 3.10
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))
1977 AL (23, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1977 Jul 17th AL Player of the Week
1978 Apr 23rd AL Player of the Week

Games Played s c a p y
1977 AL  159 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1977 AL  33 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1977 AL  30 (8th)
1979 AL  28 (10th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1977 AL  112 (4th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1977 AL  162 (1st)
1978 AL  122 (5th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1977 AL  68 (6th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1978 AL  8 (9th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1979 AL  23 (3rd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1978 AL  43 (1st)
1981 AL  17 (2nd)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1977 AL  159 (1st)
1978 AL  133 (4th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1977 AL  128 (3rd)
1978 AL  122 (3rd)
1979 AL  110 (5th)
1981 AL  85 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1977 AL  23 (2nd)
1978 AL  43 (1st)
1979 AL  25 (2nd)
1981 AL  17 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1978 AL  25 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
Career  2.79 (43rd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 15 (1209), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 5 (1580), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 6 (2119), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (488th), -0.1 career WAR/0.9 7yr-peak WAR/0.4 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
1977 25 Boston Red Sox $40,000 ? TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
Career to date (may be incomplete)$40,000
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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