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Chris James

Donald Chris James

Positions: Outfielder and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: October 4, 1962 in Rusk, TX
School: Blinn College (Brenham, TX)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1981. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 23, 1986 (Age 23.201)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1987 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Indians/Giants/Padres/Astros/... 1986-1995
Agents: Randy Hendricks,Alan Hendricks [*]
Final Game: October 1, 1995 (Age 32.362)
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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
1986 23 PHI NL 16 48 46 5 13 3 0 1 5 0 0 1 13 .283 .298 .413 .711 92 19 1 0 1 0 0 /87
1987 24 PHI NL 115 391 358 48 105 20 6 17 54 3 1 27 67 .293 .344 .525 .869 124 188 4 2 1 3 0 78/9 RoY-6
1988 25 PHI NL 150 605 566 57 137 24 1 19 66 7 4 31 73 .242 .283 .389 .671 91 220 15 3 0 5 2 *958/7
1989 26 TOT NL 132 516 482 55 117 17 2 13 65 5 2 26 68 .243 .281 .367 .648 84 177 20 1 4 3 2 *795
1989 26 PHI NL 45 185 179 14 37 4 0 2 19 3 1 4 23 .207 .223 .263 .485 39 47 9 0 1 1 0 75
1989 26 SDP NL 87 331 303 41 80 13 2 11 46 2 1 22 45 .264 .314 .429 .743 110 130 11 1 3 2 2 79/5
1990 27 CLE AL 140 569 528 62 158 32 4 12 70 4 3 31 71 .299 .341 .443 .784 119 234 11 4 3 3 4 *D7/89
1991 28 CLE AL 115 463 437 31 104 16 2 5 41 3 4 18 61 .238 .273 .318 .591 63 139 9 4 2 2 2 D793
1992 29 SFG NL 111 267 248 25 60 10 4 5 32 2 3 14 45 .242 .285 .375 .660 90 93 2 2 0 3 2 7/9
1993 30 TOT MLB 73 182 160 24 44 11 1 9 26 2 0 18 40 .275 .348 .525 .873 136 84 2 1 1 2 2 97
1993 30 HOU NL 65 148 129 19 33 10 1 6 19 2 0 15 34 .256 .333 .488 .822 122 63 2 1 1 2 2 97
1993 30 TEX AL 8 34 31 5 11 1 0 3 7 0 0 3 6 .355 .412 .677 1.089 193 21 0 0 0 0 0 /79
1994 31 TEX AL 52 159 133 28 34 8 4 7 19 0 0 20 38 .256 .361 .534 .895 129 71 3 3 1 2 0 9/7
1995 32 TOT AL 42 94 82 8 22 4 0 2 8 1 0 7 14 .268 .326 .390 .716 85 32 2 1 2 2 0 D/79
1995 32 KCR AL 26 67 58 6 18 3 0 2 7 1 0 6 10 .310 .373 .466 .839 117 27 1 1 0 2 0 D/7
1995 32 BOS AL 16 27 24 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 .167 .200 .208 .408 6 5 1 0 2 0 0 /D79
10 Yrs 946 3294 3040 343 794 145 24 90 386 27 17 193 490 .261 .307 .413 .721 99 1257 69 21 15 25 14
162 Game Avg. 162 564 521 59 136 25 4 15 66 5 3 33 84 .261 .307 .413 .721 99 215 12 4 3 4 2
PHI (4 yrs) 326 1229 1149 124 292 51 7 39 144 13 6 63 176 .254 .294 .413 .706 94 474 29 5 3 9 2
TEX (2 yrs) 60 193 164 33 45 9 4 10 26 0 0 23 44 .274 .370 .561 .931 140 92 3 3 1 2 0
CLE (2 yrs) 255 1032 965 93 262 48 6 17 111 7 7 49 132 .272 .311 .387 .697 94 373 20 8 5 5 6
KCR (1 yr) 26 67 58 6 18 3 0 2 7 1 0 6 10 .310 .373 .466 .839 117 27 1 1 0 2 0
SFG (1 yr) 111 267 248 25 60 10 4 5 32 2 3 14 45 .242 .285 .375 .660 90 93 2 2 0 3 2
BOS (1 yr) 16 27 24 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 .167 .200 .208 .408 6 5 1 0 2 0 0
SDP (1 yr) 87 331 303 41 80 13 2 11 46 2 1 22 45 .264 .314 .429 .743 110 130 11 1 3 2 2
HOU (1 yr) 65 148 129 19 33 10 1 6 19 2 0 15 34 .256 .333 .488 .822 122 63 2 1 1 2 2
NL (6 yrs) 589 1975 1829 209 465 84 14 61 241 19 10 114 300 .254 .299 .416 .714 98 760 44 9 7 16 8
AL (5 yrs) 357 1319 1211 134 329 61 10 29 145 8 7 79 190 .272 .320 .410 .731 100 497 25 12 8 9 6

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
1986 23 PHI NL 16 48 1 0 -0 -1 -0 -0 0.0 2 2 0.2 .500 .500 0.2 -0.1 2 /87
1987 24 PHI NL 115 391 12 -0 1 6 -4 14 1.5 13 28 2.8 .513 .509 2.1 0.2 22 $65,000 78/9 RoY-6
1988 25 PHI NL 150 605 -5 -2 -1 -0 -4 -12 -1.4 21 9 0.7 .491 .492 0.6 -0.5 9 $138,000 *958/7
1989 26 PHI NL 45 185 -13 2 -1 -4 -1 -17 -2.0 6 -11 -1.5 .456 .488 -1.0 -0.6 -7 $230,000 75
1989 26 SDP NL 87 331 4 2 0 -19 -3 -16 -1.9 11 -5 -0.8 .480 .489 1.3 -2.5 14 79/5
1990 27 CLE AL 140 569 14 0 1 1 -12 4 0.4 20 24 2.4 .503 .502 2.4 -1.3 23 $560,000 *D7/89
1991 28 CLE AL 115 463 -20 -1 0 -4 -8 -33 -3.4 17 -16 -1.8 .470 .479 -1.4 -1.2 -12 $1,367,500 D793
1992 29 SFG NL 111 267 -2 -2 1 -3 -2 -8 -0.9 8 0 -0.1 .492 .494 0.2 -0.6 4 $650,000 7/9
1993 30 HOU NL 65 148 4 1 -0 3 -1 5 0.6 5 10 1.0 .508 .503 0.6 0.2 7 $500,000 97
1993 30 TEX AL 8 34 4 0 0 1 -0 6 0.6 1 7 0.7 .570 .503 0.6 0.1 6 /79
1994 31 TEX AL 52 159 6 -0 -0 2 -1 7 0.7 6 13 1.2 .512 .504 1.0 0.1 10 $500,000 9/7
1995 32 KCR AL 26 67 2 -0 0 1 -2 1 0.1 3 4 0.4 .505 .501 0.3 -0.1 3 $310,000 D/7
1995 32 BOS AL 16 27 -4 0 0 2 -1 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .486 .499 -0.3 0.1 -3 /D79
10 Seasons 946 3294 4 0 0 -14 -40 -50 -6.1 113 62 5.0 .494 .496 6.7 -6.2 77 $4,320,500
PHI (4 yrs) 326 1229 -6 0 -1 1 -9 -15 -2.0 42 27 2.2 .494 .498 2.0 -1.1 26 $433,000
TEX (2 yrs) 60 193 11 0 0 4 -2 13 1.2 7 20 1.9 .520 .504 1.6 0.2 16 $500,000
CLE (2 yrs) 255 1032 -5 -1 1 -3 -20 -29 -3.0 37 8 0.6 .488 .492 1.0 -2.5 11 $1,927,500
KCR (1 yr) 26 67 2 -0 0 1 -2 1 0.1 3 4 0.4 .505 .501 0.3 -0.1 3 $310,000
SFG (1 yr) 111 267 -2 -2 1 -3 -2 -8 -0.9 8 0 -0.1 .492 .494 0.2 -0.6 4 $650,000
BOS (1 yr) 16 27 -4 0 0 2 -1 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .486 .499 -0.3 0.1 -3
SDP (1 yr) 87 331 4 2 0 -19 -3 -16 -1.9 11 -5 -0.8 .480 .489 1.3 -2.5 14
HOU (1 yr) 65 148 4 1 -0 3 -1 5 0.6 5 10 1.0 .508 .503 0.6 0.2 7 $500,000

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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
1986 PHI NL 23 OF 11 10 4 80.2 19 19 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -12 2.12 1.73 .979 2.19 2.19
1986 PHI NL 23 CF 7 7 2 52.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -5 2.25 1.86 .984 2.60 2.59
1986 PHI NL 23 LF 4 3 2 28.2 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -25 2.20 1.75 .974 1.98 1.98
1987 PHI NL 24 OF 108 90 62 802.2 205 198 5 2 1 .990 6 9 2.28 1.88 .981 2.19 2.18 RoY-6
1987 PHI NL 24 LF 96 77 55 683.1 175 169 4 2 1 .989 9 15 2.28 1.80 .981 2.04 2.03 RoY-6
1987 PHI NL 24 CF 16 10 6 89.1 25 24 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -28 2.52 1.56 .984 2.53 2.52 RoY-6
1987 PHI NL 24 RF 5 3 1 30.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -24 0.60 0.40 .975 2.01 2.00 RoY-6
1988 PHI NL 25 OF 116 114 83 1005.0 266 256 7 3 3 .989 5 6 2.36 2.27 .982 2.28 2.29
1988 PHI NL 25 RF 101 97 72 823.1 219 211 6 2 3 .991 6 8 2.37 2.15 .979 2.05 2.06
1988 PHI NL 25 3B 31 31 31 270.1 76 26 44 6 3 .921 -5 -24 2.33 2.26 .947 2.77 2.78
1988 PHI NL 25 CF 27 13 8 142.0 35 35 0 0 0 1.000 -3 -24 2.22 1.30 .986 2.66 2.67
1988 PHI NL 25 LF 8 4 3 39.2 19 18 0 1 0 .947 2 67 4.08 2.25 .980 2.13 2.12
1989 TOT NL 26 OF 116 111 68 923.0 215 206 6 3 0 .986 -21 -28 2.07 1.83 .981 2.32 2.32
1989 TOT NL 26 LF 89 85 51 705.1 161 154 4 3 0 .981 -19 -32 2.02 1.78 .981 2.15 2.15
1989 TOT NL 26 3B 17 11 7 97.1 34 9 21 4 4 .882 -2 -21 2.77 1.76 .943 2.71 2.71
1989 PHI NL 26 LF 37 37 27 301.2 64 61 2 1 0 .984 -2 -10 1.88 1.70 .981 2.15 2.15
1989 PHI NL 26 OF 37 37 27 301.2 65 61 3 1 0 .985 -2 -10 1.91 1.73 .981 2.32 2.32
1989 PHI NL 26 3B 11 7 7 72.1 20 5 13 2 2 .900 -2 -30 2.24 1.64 .943 2.71 2.71
1989 SDP NL 26 OF 79 74 41 621.1 150 145 3 2 0 .987 -19 -37 2.14 1.87 .981 2.32 2.32
1989 SDP NL 26 LF 52 48 24 403.2 97 93 2 2 0 .979 -17 -49 2.12 1.83 .981 2.15 2.15
1989 SDP NL 26 RF 28 26 17 217.2 55 54 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -13 2.27 1.96 .978 2.12 2.12
1989 SDP NL 26 3B 6 4 0 25.0 14 4 8 2 2 .857 0 5 4.32 2.00 .943 2.70 2.72
1990 CLE AL 27 DH 124 121
1990 CLE AL 27 OF 14 12 8 109.0 26 25 1 0 0 1.000 1 9 2.15 1.86 .981 2.39 2.36
1990 CLE AL 27 LF 12 11 8 96.0 21 20 1 0 0 1.000 1 11 1.97 1.75 .978 2.19 2.16
1990 CLE AL 27 CF 1 0 0 6.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -60 4.50 3.00 .987 2.70 2.70
1990 CLE AL 27 RF 1 1 0 7.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 34 2.57 2.00 .980 2.19 2.20
1991 CLE AL 28 DH 60 58
1991 CLE AL 28 OF 39 37 29 319.0 80 78 2 0 1 1.000 -4 -15 2.26 2.05 .983 2.37 2.37
1991 CLE AL 28 LF 26 20 19 184.0 49 48 1 0 0 1.000 0 3 2.40 1.88 .978 2.17 2.16
1991 CLE AL 28 RF 18 17 10 135.0 31 30 1 0 1 1.000 -4 -39 2.07 1.72 .980 2.19 2.19
1991 CLE AL 28 1B 15 13 8 110.0 103 95 8 0 7 1.000 0 2 8.43 6.87 .992 9.75 9.74
1992 SFG NL 29 OF 62 57 25 441.0 117 112 2 3 2 .974 -3 -9 2.33 1.84 .983 2.34 2.34
1992 SFG NL 29 LF 60 55 25 430.0 111 106 2 3 2 .973 -3 -9 2.26 1.80 .979 2.16 2.16
1992 SFG NL 29 RF 2 2 0 11.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 0 11 4.91 3.00 .978 2.05 2.10
1993 TOT MLB 30 OF 41 39 14 298.1 86 79 4 3 1 .965 4 16 2.50 2.02 .980 2.35 2.34
1993 TOT MLB 30 RF 22 20 6 153.2 42 37 4 1 0 .976 4 28 2.40 1.86 .976 2.18 2.16
1993 TOT MLB 30 LF 20 19 8 144.2 46 43 1 2 1 .957 0 3 2.74 2.20 .976 2.13 2.12
1993 HOU NL 30 OF 34 32 9 241.2 72 65 4 3 1 .958 3 14 2.57 2.03 .979 2.34 2.33
1993 HOU NL 30 RF 18 17 3 124.2 33 29 3 1 0 .970 2 21 2.31 1.78 .976 2.17 2.15
1993 HOU NL 30 LF 16 15 6 117.0 39 36 1 2 1 .949 1 6 2.85 2.31 .975 2.11 2.10
1993 TEX AL 30 OF 7 7 5 56.2 14 14 0 0 0 1.000 1 25 2.22 2.00 .983 2.41 2.39
1993 TEX AL 30 LF 4 4 2 27.2 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -9 2.28 1.75 .984 2.24 2.20
1993 TEX AL 30 RF 4 3 3 29.0 9 8 1 0 0 1.000 1 58 2.79 2.25 .978 2.23 2.20
1994 TEX AL 31 OF 48 33 23 309.1 65 63 2 0 0 1.000 2 10 1.89 1.35 .982 2.37 2.35
1994 TEX AL 31 RF 47 33 23 308.1 65 63 2 0 0 1.000 2 10 1.90 1.38 .980 2.20 2.18
1994 TEX AL 31 LF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.10
1995 TOT AL 32 DH 20 14
1995 TOT AL 32 OF 13 8 3 71.0 23 23 0 0 0 1.000 3 52 2.92 1.77 .983 2.32 2.32
1995 TOT AL 32 LF 9 5 3 48.0 16 16 0 0 0 1.000 2 50 3.00 1.78 .982 2.21 2.20
1995 KCR AL 32 DH 14 13
1995 KCR AL 32 LF 5 3 1 28.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 1 43 2.89 1.80 .982 2.22 2.20
1995 KCR AL 32 OF 5 3 1 28.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 1 43 2.89 1.80 .983 2.31 2.32
1995 BOS AL 32 OF 8 5 2 43.0 14 14 0 0 0 1.000 2 59 2.93 1.75 .983 2.32 2.31
1995 BOS AL 32 DH 6 1
1995 BOS AL 32 LF 4 2 2 20.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1 60 3.15 1.75 .981 2.20 2.20
1995 BOS AL 32 RF 4 3 0 23.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1 57 2.74 1.75 .979 2.03 2.02
10 Seasons OF 568 511 319 4359.0 1102 1059 29 14 8 .987 -8 -2 2.25 1.92 .982 2.30 2.29
10 Seasons LF 325 279 174 2360.2 605 581 13 11 4 .982 -8 -4 2.26 1.83 .980 2.12 2.11
9 Seasons RF 228 202 129 1709.0 429 412 14 3 4 .993 6 4 2.24 1.87 .979 2.11 2.11
4 Seasons CF 51 30 16 289.1 76 75 1 0 0 1.000 -5 -22 2.36 1.49 .985 2.61 2.61
2 Seasons 3B 48 42 38 367.2 110 35 65 10 7 .909 -7 -23 2.45 2.08 .946 2.75 2.76
1 Season 1B 15 13 8 110.0 103 95 8 0 7 1.000 0 2 8.43 6.87 .992 9.75 9.74
10 Seasons TOT 631 566 365 4836.2 1315 1189 102 24 22 .982 -14 -4 2.40 2.05 .979 2.50 2.51
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.
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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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Batting Average s c a p y
1990 AL  .299 (9th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1989 NL  20 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1987 NL  1 (5th)
1992 NL  2 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1988 NL  3 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1988 NL  3 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1987 NL  9 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as LF (s.1954)s c a p y
1987 NL  2.28 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1988 NL  6 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1988 NL  2.37 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1988 NL  2.15 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 4 (1902), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2257), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (255th), 5.0 career WAR/9.1 7yr-peak WAR/7.1 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
1987 24 Philadelphia Phillies $65,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 25 Philadelphia Phillies $138,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 26 Philadelphia Phillies $230,000 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 27 Cleveland Indians $560,000* ?
1991 28 Cleveland Indians $1,367,500 ? USA Today survey
1992 29 San Francisco Giants $650,000 ? 11/4/92 Toronto Sun Includes $150,000 incentives
1993 30 Houston Astros $500,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1
1994 31 Texas Rangers $500,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1
1995 32 Kansas City Royals $310,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1
Career to date (may be incomplete)$4,320,500
Disputed Salaries
*1990 - $620,000 - 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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