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John Kerins

John Nelson Kerins

Positions: First Baseman, Catcher and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 177 lb.

Born: July 15, 1858 in Indianapolis, IN (All Transactions)
Debut: May 1, 1884 (Age 25.291, 735th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1884 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Colonels/Hoosiers/Browns/Orioles 1884-1890

Last Game: June 15, 1890 (Age 31.335)
Died: September 8, 1919 in Louisville, KY
Buried: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY
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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
1884 25 IND AA 94 371 364 58 78 10 3 6 6 .214 .229 .308 .537 76 112 1 *3/2O5
1885 26 LOU AA 112 480 456 65 111 9 16 3 51 20 .243 .281 .353 .634 98 161 4 *32/O5
1886 27 LOU AA 120 556 487 113 131 19 9 4 50 26 66 .269 .360 .370 .729 125 180 3 23/O6
1887 28 LOU AA 112 516 476 101 140 18 19 5 57 49 38 26 .294 .349 .443 .792 117 211 2 32/O
1888 29 LOU AA 83 347 319 38 75 11 4 2 41 16 25 34 .235 .297 .313 .610 99 100 3 O2/354
1889 30 TOT AA 18 65 62 9 18 3 0 0 15 2 2 5 .290 .323 .339 .662 87 21 1 /32O6
1889 30 LOU AA 2 9 9 2 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 .333 .333 .444 .778 124 4 0 /O2
1889 30 BAL AA 16 56 53 7 15 2 0 0 12 2 2 4 .283 .321 .321 .642 81 17 1 /32O6
1890 31 STL AA 18 71 63 8 8 2 0 0 3 2 8 .127 .225 .159 .384 6 10 0 3/2
7 Yrs 557 2406 2227 392 561 72 51 20 217 95 165 65 .252 .308 .357 .665 102 795 14
162 Game Avg. 162 700 648 114 163 21 15 6 63 48 .252 .308 .357 .665 102 231 4
LOU (5 yrs) 429 1908 1747 319 460 58 48 14 202 91 149 61 .263 .325 .376 .701 112 656 12
IND (1 yr) 94 371 364 58 78 10 3 6 6 .214 .229 .308 .537 76 112 1
STL (1 yr) 18 71 63 8 8 2 0 0 3 2 8 .127 .225 .159 .384 6 10 0
BAL (1 yr) 16 56 53 7 15 2 0 0 12 2 2 4 .283 .321 .321 .642 81 17 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
1884 25 IND AA 94 371 -9 0 0 4 0 -5 -0.7 8 3 0.2 .495 .497 0.0 0.2 -1 *3/2O5
1885 26 LOU AA 112 480 -2 0 0 -7 1 -8 -0.7 10 2 0.4 .494 .496 1.0 -0.5 9 *32/O5
1886 27 LOU AA 120 556 16 -1 0 8 4 26 2.2 11 37 3.4 .519 .514 2.7 1.0 29 $1,500 23/O6
1887 28 LOU AA 112 516 8 2 0 3 2 15 1.3 11 26 2.4 .510 .507 2.0 0.5 23 32/O
1888 29 LOU AA 83 347 0 -1 0 -6 -1 -8 -0.7 7 -0 0.0 .491 .495 0.6 -0.6 6 O2/354
1889 30 LOU AA 2 9 0 0 0 0 -0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .506 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /O2
1889 30 BAL AA 16 56 -1 -0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .488 .499 0.0 -0.1 -0 /32O6
1890 31 STL AA 18 71 -9 -0 0 2 0 -7 -0.6 2 -5 -0.5 .466 .496 -0.6 0.2 -7 3/2
7 Seasons 557 2406 4 -2 0 3 6 12 0.5 51 62 5.9 .501 .502 5.7 0.7 59 $1,500
LOU (5 yrs) 429 1908 23 -1 0 -2 6 26 2.0 40 65 6.3 .505 .504 6.3 0.4 67 $1,500
IND (1 yr) 94 371 -9 0 0 4 0 -5 -0.7 8 3 0.2 .495 .497 0.0 0.2 -1
STL (1 yr) 18 71 -9 -0 0 2 0 -7 -0.6 2 -5 -0.5 .466 .496 -0.6 0.2 -7
BAL (1 yr) 16 56 -1 -0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .488 .499 0.0 -0.1 -0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1884 IND AA 25 1B 87 955 887 41 27 20 .972 10.67 .958 10.64
1884 IND AA 25 C 5 4 3 0 1 0 .750 0.60 .912 7.44 7 0 0
1884 IND AA 25 OF 5 8 5 2 1 0 .875 1.40 .848 1.64 0-2-3
1884 IND AA 25 3B 1 3 1 0 2 0 .333 1.00 .847 3.00
1885 LOU AA 26 1B 96 1050 966 28 56 47 .947 10.35 .966 10.63
1885 LOU AA 26 C 19 157 104 44 9 5 .943 7.79 .908 6.94 25 0 0
1885 LOU AA 26 OF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.87 0-0-3
1885 LOU AA 26 3B 1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 3.00 .860 3.00
1886 LOU AA 27 C 65 690 487 157 46 12 .933 9.91 .910 7.19 83 0 0
1886 LOU AA 27 1B 47 530 495 19 16 25 .970 10.94 .968 10.27
1886 LOU AA 27 OF 7 15 8 2 5 0 .667 1.43 .877 1.79 2-2-3
1886 LOU AA 27 SS 1 6 1 5 0 0 1.000 6.00 .853 4.60
1887 LOU AA 28 1B 74 735 695 18 22 26 .970 9.64 .971 9.88
1887 LOU AA 28 C 35 386 261 93 32 7 .917 10.11 .893 6.26 30 0 0
1887 LOU AA 28 OF 5 9 8 0 1 0 .889 1.60 .898 2.04 1-1-3
1888 LOU AA 29 OF 47 77 63 2 12 1 .844 1.38 .907 1.83 10-2-35
1888 LOU AA 29 C 33 343 245 63 35 4 .898 9.33 .914 7.13 32 0 0
1888 LOU AA 29 1B 4 35 31 0 4 0 .886 7.75 .976 10.65
1888 LOU AA 29 3B 2 7 3 3 1 1 .857 3.00 .867 3.45
1888 LOU AA 29 2B 1 7 2 2 3 0 .571 4.00 .916 5.60
1889 TOT AA 30 C 5 28 18 6 4 0 .857 4.80 .917 6.26 3 0 0
1889 TOT AA 30 OF 4 5 4 0 1 0 .800 1.00 .904 2.00 0-2-2
1889 LOU AA 30 OF 2 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.50 .905 2.00 0-0-2
1889 LOU AA 30 C 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .920 6.30 0 0 0
1889 BAL AA 30 1B 9 54 50 3 1 1 .981 5.89 .972 10.09
1889 BAL AA 30 C 4 27 18 5 4 0 .852 5.75 .917 6.25 3 0 0
1889 BAL AA 30 OF 2 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.50 .903 2.00 0-2-0
1889 BAL AA 30 SS 1 4 2 2 0 0 1.000 4.00 .872 5.10
1890 STL AA 31 1B 17 186 170 10 6 12 .968 10.59 .973 10.30
1890 STL AA 31 C 1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.00 .925 6.50 0 1 0 0% 38%
7 Seasons 1B 334 3545 3294 119 132 131 .963 10.22 .966 10.38
7 Seasons C 163 1610 1120 363 127 28 .921 9.10 .907 6.92 180 1 0 0% 38%
6 Seasons OF 71 114 88 6 20 1 .825 1.32 .898 1.84 13-9-49
3 Seasons 3B 4 13 5 5 3 1 .769 2.50 .861 3.22
2 Seasons SS 2 10 3 7 0 0 1.000 5.00 .861 4.85
1 Season 2B 1 7 2 2 3 0 .571 4.00 .916 5.60
7 Seasons TOT 575 5299 4512 502 285 161 .946 8.72 .946 8.27 13-9-49 180 1 0 0% 38%
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1886 AA  1.0 (8th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1887 AA  .443 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1885 AA  112 (1st)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1886 AA  113 (8th)

Triples s c a p y
1885 AA  16 (6th)
1887 AA  19 (1st)

Home Runs s c a p y
1884 AA  6 (6th)
1887 AA  5 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1886 AA  66 (4th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1886 AA  6.9 (9th)
1887 AA  9.1 (10th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1884 AA  60.7 (6th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1885 AA  345 (4th)

Putoutss c a p y
1885 AA  1,071 (3rd)
1887 AA  964 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1886 AA  487 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1886 AA  157 (1st)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1886 AA  46 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1886 AA  12 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1886 AA  83 (4th)
Career  180 (53rd)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1885 AA  96 (4th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1885 AA  966 (5th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1884 AA  41 (2nd)
1885 AA  28 (1st)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1885 AA  56 (1st)
Career  132 (73rd)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1885 AA  47 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1886 AA  9.91 (1st)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1884 AA  .972 (1st)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 2 (619), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 19 (1068), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 7 (1396), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2434), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (251st), 5.9 career WAR/5.9 7yr-peak WAR/5.9 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 JAWS

Transactions

  • October, 1884: Signed as a Free Agent with the Louisville Eclipse.
  • May 17, 1890: Released by the Baltimore Orioles. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
  • May 18, 1890: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Browns. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
  • June 21, 1890: Released by the St. Louis Browns.
The transaction information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. We attempt to update transactions throughout the season.

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
1886 27 Louisville Colonels $1,500 ? 11/13/86 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,500
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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