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Dion James

Dion James

Positions: Outfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: November 9, 1962 in Philadelphia, PA
High School: McClatchy HS (Sacramento, CA)
Drafted
by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 1980 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 16, 1983 (Age 20.311)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1984 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Braves/Yankees/Indians/Brewers 1983-1996

Final Game: April 21, 1996 (Age 33.164)
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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
1983 20 MIL AL 11 22 20 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 .100 .182 .100 .282 -17 2 0 0 0 0 0 /87D9
1984 21 MIL AL 128 431 387 52 114 19 5 1 30 10 10 32 41 .295 .351 .377 .728 106 146 7 3 6 3 1 *98/7
1985 22 MIL AL 18 55 49 5 11 1 0 0 3 0 0 6 6 .224 .309 .245 .554 56 12 0 0 0 0 0 8/D
1987 24 ATL NL 134 574 494 80 154 37 6 10 61 10 8 70 63 .312 .397 .472 .869 126 233 8 2 5 3 2 *87
1988 25 ATL NL 132 449 386 46 99 17 5 3 30 9 9 58 59 .256 .353 .350 .703 100 135 12 1 2 2 5 *78/9
1989 26 TOT MLB 134 471 415 41 119 18 0 5 40 2 7 49 49 .287 .363 .366 .729 107 152 9 1 5 1 6 7D983
1989 26 ATL NL 63 200 170 15 44 7 0 1 11 1 3 25 23 .259 .355 .318 .673 93 54 4 1 3 1 2 79/38
1989 26 CLE AL 71 271 245 26 75 11 0 4 29 1 4 24 26 .306 .368 .400 .768 116 98 5 0 2 0 4 D78/3
1990 27 CLE AL 87 280 248 28 68 15 2 1 22 5 3 27 23 .274 .347 .363 .709 100 90 6 1 3 1 3 37D/8
1992 29 NYY AL 67 170 145 24 38 8 0 3 17 1 0 22 15 .262 .359 .379 .738 109 55 3 1 0 2 0 98/7D
1993 30 NYY AL 115 378 343 62 114 21 2 7 36 0 0 31 31 .332 .390 .466 .856 133 160 5 2 1 1 1 78/3D9
1995 32 NYY AL 85 231 209 22 60 6 1 2 26 4 1 20 16 .287 .346 .354 .700 84 74 5 0 0 2 2 D7/39
1996 33 NYY AL 6 13 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 .167 .231 .167 .397 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 /7D9
11 Yrs 917 3074 2708 362 781 142 21 32 266 43 38 318 307 .288 .364 .392 .755 108 1061 56 11 22 15 20
162 Game Avg. 162 543 478 64 138 25 4 6 47 8 7 56 54 .288 .364 .392 .755 108 187 10 2 4 3 4
NYY (4 yrs) 273 792 709 109 214 35 3 12 79 6 1 74 64 .302 .368 .410 .778 111 291 14 3 1 5 3
ATL (3 yrs) 329 1223 1050 141 297 61 11 14 102 20 20 153 145 .283 .374 .402 .776 112 422 24 4 10 6 9
MIL (3 yrs) 157 508 456 58 127 20 5 1 34 11 10 40 49 .279 .339 .351 .690 95 160 7 3 6 3 1
CLE (2 yrs) 158 551 493 54 143 26 2 5 51 6 7 51 49 .290 .357 .381 .738 108 188 11 1 5 1 7
AL (9 yrs) 588 1851 1658 221 484 81 10 18 164 23 18 165 162 .292 .357 .385 .742 106 639 32 7 12 9 11
NL (3 yrs) 329 1223 1050 141 297 61 11 14 102 20 20 153 145 .283 .374 .402 .776 112 422 24 4 10 6 9

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
1983 20 MIL AL 11 22 -2 0 0 -2 -0 -5 -0.5 1 -4 -0.4 .453 .497 -0.2 -0.3 -2 /87D9
1984 21 MIL AL 128 431 5 -6 1 3 -4 0 0.1 15 15 1.5 .500 .500 1.1 -0.0 12 *98/7
1985 22 MIL AL 18 55 -3 1 1 -3 -0 -5 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .471 .497 -0.0 -0.3 -0 8/D
1987 24 ATL NL 134 574 25 -3 0 -12 -0 10 1.0 20 30 3.0 .508 .506 4.1 -1.2 41 $120,000 *87
1988 25 ATL NL 132 449 2 -1 -1 -14 -3 -16 -1.9 15 -1 -0.3 .486 .489 1.2 -2.0 13 $360,000 *78/9
1989 26 ATL NL 63 200 -0 -2 0 4 -2 -1 -0.2 6 5 0.5 .498 .499 0.1 0.1 2 $400,000 79/38
1989 26 CLE AL 71 271 4 -3 0 0 -4 -2 -0.2 10 7 0.7 .496 .498 0.7 -0.3 7 D78/3
1990 27 CLE AL 87 280 1 -0 0 -4 -4 -7 -0.8 10 3 0.2 .491 .495 0.7 -0.9 7 $650,000 37D/8
1992 29 NYY AL 67 170 3 1 0 -4 -2 -2 -0.2 6 4 0.4 .497 .499 0.9 -0.6 9 $387,500 98/7D
1993 30 NYY AL 115 378 17 -2 2 -13 -3 1 0.1 14 15 1.5 .501 .501 2.8 -1.6 28 $0 78/3D9
1995 32 NYY AL 85 231 -5 1 2 -5 -4 -11 -1.0 9 -2 -0.2 .488 .493 0.3 -0.9 3 $350,000 D7/39
1996 33 NYY AL 6 13 -2 0 0 -1 -0 -3 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .461 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /7D9
11 Seasons 917 3074 45 -14 6 -51 -26 -41 -4.3 108 67 6.2 .495 .498 11.5 -8.2 118 $2,267,500
NYY (4 yrs) 273 792 13 0 4 -23 -9 -15 -1.3 30 15 1.5 .495 .498 3.8 -3.2 38 $737,500
ATL (3 yrs) 329 1223 27 -6 0 -22 -6 -7 -1.1 41 34 3.1 .497 .498 5.4 -3.2 56 $880,000
MIL (3 yrs) 157 508 -0 -5 2 -2 -4 -10 -1.0 17 8 0.7 .494 .500 0.9 -0.6 10
CLE (2 yrs) 158 551 5 -3 1 -4 -7 -10 -0.9 20 10 0.9 .493 .497 1.4 -1.2 14 $650,000

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
1995 32 NYY AL ALDS SEA L 4 13 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .083 .154 .083 .237 1 0 0 0 0 1
1 ALDS 4 13 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .083 .154 .083 .237 1 0 0 0 0 1

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
1983 MIL AL 20 OF 9 5 2 53.0 13 12 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -52 2.21 1.44 .981 2.50 2.48
1983 MIL AL 20 CF 8 3 1 24.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -30 2.25 0.75 .987 2.92 2.91
1983 MIL AL 20 LF 4 2 1 25.0 7 6 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -77 2.52 1.75 .977 2.30 2.30
1983 MIL AL 20 DH 2 0
1983 MIL AL 20 RF 1 0 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -30 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
1984 MIL AL 21 OF 118 101 88 915.0 262 252 7 3 1 .989 3 4 2.55 2.19 .983 2.51 2.49
1984 MIL AL 21 RF 93 74 65 667.2 177 172 4 1 1 .994 5 9 2.37 1.89 .979 2.23 2.21
1984 MIL AL 21 CF 30 27 23 242.1 83 79 2 2 0 .976 -2 -9 3.01 2.70 .986 3.01 2.99
1984 MIL AL 21 LF 2 0 0 5.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -24 1.80 0.50 .980 2.34 2.25
1985 MIL AL 22 CF 11 11 10 93.0 20 20 0 0 0 1.000 -3 -39 1.94 1.82 .988 2.91 2.88
1985 MIL AL 22 OF 11 11 10 93.0 20 20 0 0 0 1.000 -3 -39 1.94 1.82 .982 2.44 2.42
1985 MIL AL 22 DH 3 1
1987 ATL NL 24 OF 126 118 112 1060.0 267 262 4 1 1 .996 -12 -13 2.26 2.11 .981 2.19 2.18
1987 ATL NL 24 CF 99 96 92 858.0 217 213 3 1 1 .995 -13 -18 2.27 2.18 .984 2.53 2.52
1987 ATL NL 24 LF 29 22 20 202.0 50 48 2 0 0 1.000 1 5 2.23 1.72 .981 2.04 2.03
1988 ATL NL 25 OF 120 101 71 925.2 230 222 5 3 0 .987 -14 -18 2.21 1.89 .982 2.28 2.29
1988 ATL NL 25 LF 86 64 46 570.1 135 128 5 2 1 .985 -5 -10 2.10 1.55 .980 2.13 2.13
1988 ATL NL 25 CF 49 35 23 336.1 91 90 0 1 0 .989 -9 -32 2.41 1.84 .986 2.66 2.67
1988 ATL NL 25 RF 3 2 2 19.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -19 1.89 1.33 .980 2.04 2.07
1989 TOT MLB 26 OF 83 73 50 638.2 172 169 1 2 0 .988 4 7 2.40 2.05 .981 2.36 2.35
1989 TOT MLB 26 LF 51 45 29 403.1 81 78 1 2 0 .975 2 5 1.76 1.55 .979 2.16 2.15
1989 TOT MLB 26 CF 11 8 8 78.1 37 37 0 0 0 1.000 2 38 4.25 3.36 .984 2.77 2.75
1989 TOT MLB 26 1B 10 5 5 49.0 50 42 7 1 5 .980 -0 -5 9.00 4.90 .992 9.75 9.75
1989 ATL NL 26 OF 46 41 29 357.0 87 87 0 0 0 1.000 4 12 2.19 1.89 .981 2.32 2.32
1989 ATL NL 26 LF 25 20 15 191.0 37 37 0 0 0 1.000 3 18 1.74 1.48 .981 2.15 2.15
1989 ATL NL 26 RF 23 20 13 157.0 46 46 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -3 2.64 2.00 .978 2.12 2.12
1989 ATL NL 26 1B 8 5 5 47.0 46 39 7 0 5 1.000 -0 -5 8.81 5.75 .992 9.75 9.76
1989 ATL NL 26 CF 1 1 1 9.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 1 173 4.00 4.00 .985 2.70 2.70
1989 CLE AL 26 OF 37 32 21 281.2 85 82 1 2 0 .976 0 0 2.65 2.24 .980 2.42 2.39
1989 CLE AL 26 DH 28 27
1989 CLE AL 26 LF 26 25 14 212.1 44 41 1 2 0 .955 -1 -7 1.78 1.62 .977 2.16 2.14
1989 CLE AL 26 CF 10 7 7 69.1 33 33 0 0 0 1.000 1 21 4.28 3.30 .984 2.78 2.75
1989 CLE AL 26 1B 2 0 0 2.0 4 3 0 1 0 .750 0 0 13.50 1.50 .992 9.90 9.70
1990 CLE AL 27 1B 35 30 18 250.0 246 228 17 1 21 .996 -0 -2 8.82 7.00 .992 9.63 9.53
1990 CLE AL 27 OF 33 28 17 237.1 57 54 0 3 0 .947 -4 -19 2.05 1.64 .981 2.39 2.36
1990 CLE AL 27 LF 25 20 11 174.1 42 40 0 2 0 .952 -4 -26 2.07 1.60 .978 2.19 2.16
1990 CLE AL 27 DH 10 9
1990 CLE AL 27 CF 8 8 6 63.0 15 14 0 1 0 .933 0 2 2.00 1.75 .985 2.74 2.71
1992 NYY AL 29 OF 46 32 24 301.2 63 62 1 0 0 1.000 -4 -16 1.88 1.37 .983 2.47 2.46
1992 NYY AL 29 RF 27 18 13 166.0 41 40 1 0 0 1.000 1 9 2.22 1.52 .982 2.23 2.22
1992 NYY AL 29 CF 12 9 8 88.2 16 16 0 0 0 1.000 -3 -43 1.62 1.33 .986 2.90 2.89
1992 NYY AL 29 LF 8 5 3 47.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -56 1.15 0.75 .982 2.30 2.28
1992 NYY AL 29 DH 5 2
1993 NYY AL 30 OF 103 83 43 705.0 149 140 4 5 1 .966 -13 -22 1.84 1.40 .983 2.41 2.39
1993 NYY AL 30 LF 91 71 39 609.0 133 126 4 3 1 .977 -9 -18 1.92 1.43 .984 2.23 2.21
1993 NYY AL 30 CF 14 12 4 95.0 17 15 0 2 0 .882 -4 -45 1.42 1.07 .986 2.76 2.73
1993 NYY AL 30 1B 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 1.00 .990 9.90 9.50
1993 NYY AL 30 DH 1 0
1993 NYY AL 30 RF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.20
1995 NYY AL 32 OF 29 23 4 169.2 31 30 0 1 0 .968 -6 -45 1.59 1.03 .983 2.33 2.31
1995 NYY AL 32 DH 27 26
1995 NYY AL 32 LF 23 20 3 140.2 27 26 0 1 0 .963 -4 -37 1.66 1.13 .982 2.22 2.19
1995 NYY AL 32 1B 6 3 2 28.0 35 31 4 0 1 1.000 1 56 11.25 5.83 .993 9.61 9.50
1995 NYY AL 32 RF 6 3 1 29.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -87 1.24 0.67 .980 2.05 2.03
1996 NYY AL 33 OF 4 3 2 24.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -45 1.12 0.75 .983 2.36 2.35
1996 NYY AL 33 LF 3 3 2 22.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -49 1.23 1.00 .980 2.17 2.17
1996 NYY AL 33 DH 1 1
1996 NYY AL 33 RF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
11 Seasons OF 682 578 423 5123.0 1267 1226 23 18 3 .986 -52 -12 2.19 1.83 .982 2.35 2.35
10 Seasons LF 322 252 154 2198.2 485 462 13 10 2 .979 -24 -13 1.94 1.48 .981 2.17 2.16
9 Seasons CF 242 209 175 1878.2 502 490 5 7 1 .986 -31 -20 2.37 2.05 .985 2.69 2.69
8 Seasons RF 155 117 94 1045.2 272 266 5 1 1 .996 4 4 2.33 1.75 .979 2.20 2.19
4 Seasons 1B 52 38 25 328.0 332 302 28 2 27 .994 1 3 9.05 6.35 .992 9.65 9.57
11 Seasons TOT 734 616 448 5451.0 1599 1528 51 20 30 .987 -51 -11 2.61 2.15 .984 2.79 2.86
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
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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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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1987 Aug 2nd NL Player of the Week

Batting Average s c a p y
1987 NL  .312 (5th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1987 NL  .397 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1987 NL  37 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1993 AL  1 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1987 NL  1 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  5 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1984 AL  2.37 (3rd)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1987 NL  .996 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1983 AL  born 1962-11-09 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 6 (1733), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1447), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 11 (1536), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (279th), 6.2 career WAR/7.5 7yr-peak WAR/6.9 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
1987 24 Atlanta Braves $120,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 25 Atlanta Braves $360,000* ?
1989 26 Atlanta Braves $400,000 ? 1990 TSN Guide 23 Arbitration loss; $540,000 request
1990 27 Cleveland Indians $650,000 ? USA Today
1992 29 New York Yankees $387,500 ? 1994 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $22,500 signing bonus, $112,500 incentive
1993 30 New York Yankees $0* ?
1995 32 New York Yankees $350,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $50K earned bonus
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,267,500
Disputed Salaries
*1988 - $400,000 - 12/13/88 NYT -
*1993 - $475,000 - 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 - Includes $150K earned bonus
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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