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Steve Kemp

Steven F. Kemp

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: August 7, 1954 in San Angelo, TX
School: University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Drafted
by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1976 amateur draft (January). (All Transactions)
Debut: April 7, 1977 (Age 22.243, 11,448th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1977 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Yankees/WhiteSox/Pirates/Rangers 1977-1988
Agents: Dick Moss [*]
Last Game: May 24, 1988 (Age 33.291)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 21, 2014 9:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #806. Frankie Crosetti… #807. Rondell White… #808. Bug Holliday… #809. STEVE KEMP… #810. Alexei Ramirez… #811. Whitey Lockman… #812. Duke Farrell… 

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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
1977 22 DET AL 151 636 552 75 142 29 4 18 88 3 3 71 93 .257 .343 .422 .765 104 233 11 5 1 7 0 *7
1978 23 DET AL 159 686 582 75 161 18 4 15 79 2 3 97 87 .277 .379 .399 .778 117 232 9 1 3 3 3 *7
1979 ★ 24 DET AL 134 570 490 88 156 26 3 26 105 5 6 68 70 .318 .398 .543 .941 149 266 13 2 2 8 2 *7D/9 AS,MVP-17
1980 25 DET AL 135 591 508 88 149 23 3 21 101 5 1 69 64 .293 .376 .474 .851 130 241 24 4 1 9 3 7D
1981 26 DET AL 105 447 372 52 103 18 4 9 49 9 3 70 48 .277 .389 .419 .809 131 156 13 1 0 4 5 *7D MVP-23
1982 27 CHW AL 160 679 580 91 166 23 1 19 98 7 7 89 83 .286 .381 .428 .808 122 248 8 3 1 6 8 *7/D
1983 28 NYY AL 109 419 373 53 90 17 3 12 49 1 0 41 37 .241 .318 .399 .718 100 149 17 2 1 2 3 97/D
1984 29 NYY AL 94 361 313 37 91 12 1 7 41 4 1 40 54 .291 .369 .403 .771 118 126 12 1 3 4 0 7D
1985 30 PIT NL 92 266 236 19 59 13 2 2 21 1 0 25 54 .250 .317 .347 .664 87 82 5 0 1 4 1 7
1986 31 PIT NL 13 20 16 1 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 6 .188 .350 .375 .725 99 6 1 0 0 0 0 /7
1988 33 TEX AL 16 39 36 2 8 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 9 .222 .256 .222 .479 35 8 1 0 0 1 0 /D739
11 Yrs 1168 4714 4058 581 1128 179 25 130 634 39 24 576 605 .278 .367 .431 .797 119 1747 114 19 13 48 25
162 Game Avg. 162 654 563 81 156 25 3 18 88 5 3 80 84 .278 .367 .431 .797 119 242 16 3 2 7 3
DET (5 yrs) 684 2930 2504 378 711 114 18 89 422 24 16 375 362 .284 .376 .450 .826 125 1128 70 13 7 31 13
PIT (2 yrs) 105 286 252 20 62 13 2 3 22 2 0 29 60 .246 .319 .349 .669 88 88 6 0 1 4 1
NYY (2 yrs) 203 780 686 90 181 29 4 19 90 5 1 81 91 .264 .341 .401 .742 108 275 29 3 4 6 3
TEX (1 yr) 16 39 36 2 8 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 9 .222 .256 .222 .479 35 8 1 0 0 1 0
CHW (1 yr) 160 679 580 91 166 23 1 19 98 7 7 89 83 .286 .381 .428 .808 122 248 8 3 1 6 8
AL (9 yrs) 1063 4428 3806 561 1066 166 23 127 612 37 24 547 545 .280 .370 .436 .805 121 1659 108 19 12 44 24
NL (2 yrs) 105 286 252 20 62 13 2 3 22 2 0 29 60 .246 .319 .349 .669 88 88 6 0 1 4 1

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
1977 22 DET AL 151 636 4 -3 0 -6 -6 -11 -1.0 23 12 1.2 .493 .493 1.9 -1.3 18 $28,500 *7
1978 23 DET AL 159 686 20 -2 2 -5 -7 8 1.0 24 32 3.3 .506 .505 3.9 -1.3 37 $55,000 *7
1979 ★ 24 DET AL 134 570 32 -1 0 -3 -6 22 2.2 20 42 4.2 .516 .513 4.5 -0.9 45 $75,000 *7D/9 AS,MVP-17
1980 25 DET AL 135 591 21 2 -2 2 -8 15 1.6 20 34 3.5 .511 .509 3.3 -0.6 33 $210,000 7D
1981 26 DET AL 105 447 16 3 1 6 -5 21 2.3 15 36 3.8 .522 .514 3.2 0.1 30 $600,000 *7D MVP-23
1982 27 CHW AL 160 679 19 -4 3 -14 -6 -2 -0.2 23 21 2.0 .499 .499 3.6 -2.1 36 *7/D
1983 28 NYY AL 109 419 3 -1 -1 -1 -5 -4 -0.4 14 10 1.0 .496 .497 1.1 -0.6 11 $878,000 97/D
1984 29 NYY AL 94 361 10 1 -1 -10 -4 -5 -0.5 12 7 0.7 .495 .497 1.8 -1.5 18 $870,000 7D
1985 30 PIT NL 92 266 -6 -0 -1 1 -2 -8 -0.9 9 1 0.1 .490 .495 -0.1 -0.1 0 7
1986 31 PIT NL 13 20 0 0 -0 1 -0 1 0.1 1 1 0.1 .505 .500 0.1 0.1 1 /7
1988 33 TEX AL 16 39 -3 0 -0 -0 -1 -4 -0.5 1 -3 -0.3 .470 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -3 $227,500 /D739
11 Seasons 1168 4714 116 -5 3 -31 -50 32 3.9 163 195 19.4 .503 .503 22.8 -8.2 226 $2,944,000
DET (5 yrs) 684 2930 93 -1 2 -7 -32 55 6.2 102 157 15.9 .508 .506 16.7 -3.9 164 $968,500
PIT (2 yrs) 105 286 -6 -0 -1 2 -2 -7 -0.8 10 2 0.2 .492 .495 -0.1 -0.0 1
NYY (2 yrs) 203 780 13 -0 -2 -11 -9 -9 -0.8 27 17 1.7 .495 .497 2.9 -2.1 29 $1,748,000
TEX (1 yr) 16 39 -3 0 -0 -0 -1 -4 -0.5 1 -3 -0.3 .470 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -3 $227,500
CHW (1 yr) 160 679 19 -4 3 -14 -6 -2 -0.2 23 21 2.0 .499 .499 3.6 -2.1 36

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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
1977 DET AL 22 LF 148 147 146 1316.0 267 252 10 5 1 .981 -6 -6 1.79 1.77 .976 2.11 2.09
1977 DET AL 22 OF 148 147 146 1316.0 267 252 10 5 1 .981 -6 -6 1.79 1.77 .978 2.34 2.32
1978 DET AL 23 LF 157 156 154 1395.0 344 325 11 8 2 .977 -5 -4 2.17 2.14 .974 2.21 2.19
1978 DET AL 23 OF 157 156 154 1395.0 344 325 11 8 2 .977 -5 -4 2.17 2.14 .979 2.47 2.45
1979 DET AL 24 OF 120 117 110 1044.1 247 229 12 6 2 .976 -3 -3 2.08 2.01 .981 2.46 2.43 AS,MVP-17
1979 DET AL 24 LF 117 114 108 1020.1 243 225 12 6 2 .975 -1 -2 2.09 2.03 .980 2.22 2.20 AS,MVP-17
1979 DET AL 24 DH 11 11 AS,MVP-17
1979 DET AL 24 RF 3 3 2 24.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -80 1.88 1.67 .980 2.25 2.23 AS,MVP-17
1980 DET AL 25 LF 85 84 76 737.0 203 198 4 1 3 .995 2 3 2.47 2.38 .980 2.35 2.35
1980 DET AL 25 OF 85 84 76 737.0 202 197 4 1 3 .995 2 3 2.45 2.36 .979 2.47 2.46
1980 DET AL 25 DH 46 44
1981 DET AL 26 LF 92 92 86 806.1 219 210 6 3 0 .986 6 9 2.41 2.35 .979 2.38 2.38 MVP-23
1981 DET AL 26 OF 92 92 86 806.1 214 207 4 3 0 .986 6 9 2.36 2.29 .983 2.48 2.47 MVP-23
1981 DET AL 26 DH 12 10 MVP-23
1982 CHW AL 27 LF 154 154 129 1315.2 291 278 6 7 1 .976 -14 -13 1.94 1.84 .981 2.29 2.28
1982 CHW AL 27 OF 154 154 129 1315.2 293 280 6 7 1 .976 -14 -13 1.96 1.86 .982 2.47 2.46
1982 CHW AL 27 DH 2 2
1983 NYY AL 28 OF 101 92 75 832.1 223 215 5 3 3 .987 -1 -2 2.38 2.18 .981 2.50 2.48
1983 NYY AL 28 RF 85 72 62 652.0 182 175 4 3 4 .984 -2 -3 2.47 2.11 .978 2.25 2.23
1983 NYY AL 28 LF 25 20 13 180.1 43 42 1 0 0 1.000 0 3 2.15 1.72 .977 2.32 2.30
1983 NYY AL 28 DH 2 2
1984 NYY AL 29 LF 75 70 54 628.2 141 135 2 4 0 .972 -10 -20 1.96 1.83 .982 2.27 2.26
1984 NYY AL 29 OF 75 70 54 628.2 144 138 2 4 0 .972 -10 -20 2.00 1.87 .983 2.51 2.49
1984 NYY AL 29 DH 12 12
1985 PIT NL 30 LF 63 61 36 476.1 110 108 2 0 0 1.000 1 3 2.08 1.75 .977 1.92 1.92
1985 PIT NL 30 OF 63 61 36 476.1 106 105 1 0 0 1.000 1 3 2.00 1.68 .979 2.20 2.20
1986 PIT NL 31 LF 4 3 1 22.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 1 33 3.27 2.00 .975 1.96 1.98
1986 PIT NL 31 OF 4 3 1 22.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 1 33 3.68 2.25 .979 2.21 2.20
1988 TEX AL 33 DH 7 6
1988 TEX AL 33 LF 5 2 1 22.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -5 2.05 1.00 .976 2.25 2.24
1988 TEX AL 33 OF 5 2 1 23.1 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -15 1.93 1.00 .980 2.47 2.44
1988 TEX AL 33 1B 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -60 4.50 1.00 .990 9.45 9.50
1988 TEX AL 33 RF 1 0 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -180 0.00 0.00 2.02 2.20
11 Seasons OF 1004 978 868 8597.0 2054 1962 55 37 12 .982 -31 -4 2.11 2.01 .980 2.44 2.42
11 Seasons LF 925 903 804 7919.2 1874 1786 54 34 9 .982 -28 -4 2.09 1.99 .978 2.23 2.21
7 Seasons DH 92 87
3 Seasons RF 89 75 64 677.1 187 180 4 3 4 .984 -3 -6 2.44 2.07 .978 2.25 2.23
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -60 4.50 1.00 .990 9.45 9.50
11 Seasons TOT 1005 978 868 8599.0 2055 1963 55 37 12 .982 -31 -4 2.11 2.01 .980 2.44 2.43
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))
1979 AL (17, 4%)
1981 AL (23, 1%)
0.05 Career Shares (1151st)

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1980 Sep 21st AL Player of the Week
1984 Jun 3rd AL Player of the Week

Batting Average s c a p y
1979 AL  .318 (8th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1978 AL  .379 (7th)
1979 AL  .398 (7th)
1981 AL  .389 (4th)
1982 AL  .381 (8th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1979 AL  .543 (6th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1979 AL  .941 (4th)
1980 AL  .851 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1978 AL  159 (5th)
1982 AL  160 (6th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1978 AL  686 (7th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1979 AL  105 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1978 AL  97 (3rd)
1981 AL  70 (3rd)
1982 AL  89 (6th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1979 AL  149 (6th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1981 AL  64 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1979 AL  36 (9th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1979 AL  3.4 (8th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1978 AL  259 (4th)
1981 AL  174 (3rd)
1982 AL  258 (10th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1979 AL  .715 (6th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1979 AL  8 (9th)
1980 AL  9 (5th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1982 AL  8 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1980 AL  24 (2nd)
1981 AL  13 (9th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1981 AL  9.0 (8th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1979 AL  40.70 (7th)
1980 AL  33.90 (9th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1979 AL  4.1 (6th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1979 AL  3.0 (9th)
1981 AL  2.3 (5th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1979 AL  3.8 (7th)
1980 AL  3.3 (10th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 AL  148 (1st)
1978 AL  157 (1st)
1979 AL  117 (4th)
1981 AL  92 (4th)
1982 AL  154 (4th)
Career  925 (72nd)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 AL  252 (4th)
1978 AL  325 (1st)
1979 AL  225 (4th)
1981 AL  210 (4th)
Career  1,786 (66th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 AL  10 (4th)
1978 AL  11 (3rd)
1979 AL  12 (1st)
Career  54 (93rd)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1978 AL  8 (3rd)
1979 AL  6 (2nd)
1982 AL  7 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1978 AL  2 (3rd)
1979 AL  2 (1st)
1980 AL  3 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1983 AL  4 (2nd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1978 AL  157 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as LF (s.1954)s c a p y
Career  2.09 (44th)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1978 AL  2.14 (2nd)
1979 AL  2.03 (4th)
1981 AL  2.35 (5th)
Career  1.99 (82nd)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 AL  .981 (3rd)
1978 AL  .977 (2nd)
1979 AL  .975 (4th)
1981 AL  .986 (2nd)
Career  .982 (71st)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1983 AL  2.47 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1983 AL  2.11 (4th)

Salary s c a p y
1985 AL  $1,420,000 (4th)
1986 AL  $1,220,000 (10th)

                           

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 - 19 (1068), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 12 (1124), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 17 (915), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (114th), 19.4 career WAR/18.9 7yr-peak WAR/19.2 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 22 Detroit Tigers $28,500 ? 3/25/78 TSN $21,000 + $7,500 bonus
1978 23 Detroit Tigers $55,000 ? 3/25/78 TSN
1979 24 Detroit Tigers $75,000 ? 3/7/81 TSN
1980 25 Detroit Tigers $210,000 ? 1981 TSN Guide Player win; team offered $150K
1981 26 Detroit Tigers $600,000 ? 1982 TSN Guide Player win; offer $360K
1983 28 New York Yankees $878,000 ? 2/7/83 (duration; 1/15/84 NYT ($) 5/$5.45MM, incl. bonuses; plus incentives
1984 29 New York Yankees $870,000 ? 2/7/83 TSN 5/$5.45MM, incl. bonuses; plus incentives
1985 30 New York Yankees $1,420,000 ? 3/3/86 TSN; 2/7/83 TSN for duration 5/$5.45MM, incl. bonuses; plus incentives
1986 31 New York Yankees $1,220,000 ? 2/7/83 TSN 5/$5.45MM, incl. bonuses; plus incentives
1987 32 New York Yankees $1,320,000* ?
1988 33 Texas Rangers $227,500 ? 12/13/88 NYT
Career to date (may be incomplete)$6,904,000
Disputed Salaries
*1987 - $1,570,000 - 2/7/83 TSN - 5/$5.45MM, incl. bonuses; plus incentives
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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