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Ron Kittle

Ronald Dale Kittle

Positions: Designated Hitter, Leftfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: January 5, 1958 in Gary, IN
Signed
by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1977. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 2, 1982 (Age 24.240)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1983 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Yankees/Indians/Orioles 1982-1991
Agents: Bob Gilhooley,Jim Bronner [*]
Final Game: August 13, 1991 (Age 33.220)
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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
1982 24 CHW AL 20 32 29 3 7 2 0 1 7 0 0 3 12 .241 .313 .414 .726 98 12 0 0 0 0 0 /9D
1983 ★ 25 CHW AL 145 570 520 75 132 19 3 35 100 8 3 39 150 .254 .314 .504 .818 118 262 10 8 0 3 8 *7/D8 AS,RoY-1
1984 26 CHW AL 139 525 466 67 100 15 0 32 74 3 6 49 137 .215 .295 .453 .748 100 211 7 6 0 4 5 *7/D
1985 27 CHW AL 116 417 379 51 87 12 0 26 58 1 4 31 92 .230 .295 .467 .762 102 177 12 5 0 2 1 D7
1986 28 TOT AL 116 422 376 42 82 13 0 21 60 4 1 35 110 .218 .284 .420 .705 87 158 10 3 0 8 1 D7
1986 28 CHW AL 86 333 296 34 63 11 0 17 48 2 1 28 87 .213 .282 .422 .705 86 125 10 3 0 6 0 D7
1986 28 NYY AL 30 89 80 8 19 2 0 4 12 2 0 7 23 .238 .292 .413 .705 91 33 0 0 0 2 1 D/7
1987 29 NYY AL 59 173 159 21 44 5 0 12 28 0 1 10 36 .277 .318 .535 .853 122 85 4 1 0 3 1 D/7
1988 30 CLE AL 75 254 225 31 58 8 0 18 43 0 0 16 65 .258 .323 .533 .856 134 120 0 8 0 5 1 D
1989 31 CHW AL 51 196 169 26 51 10 0 11 37 0 1 22 42 .302 .378 .556 .934 164 94 2 1 0 4 1 3D/7
1990 32 TOT AL 105 369 338 33 78 16 0 18 46 0 0 26 91 .231 .293 .438 .731 104 148 6 4 0 1 2 D3
1990 32 CHW AL 83 305 277 29 68 14 0 16 43 0 0 24 77 .245 .311 .469 .781 118 130 3 3 0 1 2 D3
1990 32 BAL AL 22 64 61 4 10 2 0 2 3 0 0 2 14 .164 .203 .295 .498 40 18 3 1 0 0 0 D/3
1991 33 CHW AL 17 55 47 7 9 0 0 2 7 0 0 5 9 .191 .291 .319 .610 71 15 2 2 0 1 0 3
10 Yrs 843 3013 2708 356 648 100 3 176 460 16 16 236 744 .239 .306 .473 .779 110 1282 53 38 0 31 20
162 Game Avg. 162 579 520 68 125 19 1 34 88 3 3 45 143 .239 .306 .473 .779 110 246 10 7 0 6 4
CHW (8 yrs) 657 2433 2183 292 517 83 3 140 374 14 15 201 606 .237 .307 .470 .777 109 1026 46 28 0 21 17
NYY (2 yrs) 89 262 239 29 63 7 0 16 40 2 1 17 59 .264 .309 .494 .803 112 118 4 1 0 5 2
CLE (1 yr) 75 254 225 31 58 8 0 18 43 0 0 16 65 .258 .323 .533 .856 134 120 0 8 0 5 1
BAL (1 yr) 22 64 61 4 10 2 0 2 3 0 0 2 14 .164 .203 .295 .498 40 18 3 1 0 0 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
1982 24 CHW AL 20 32 -0 0 0 -1 -0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .493 .499 0.1 -0.2 1 /9D
1983 ★ 25 CHW AL 145 570 10 1 -1 -6 -5 -1 0.0 19 18 1.8 .499 .499 2.5 -1.1 24 *7/D8 AS,RoY-1
1984 26 CHW AL 139 525 2 -2 1 -6 -6 -11 -1.1 18 7 0.6 .492 .493 1.2 -1.2 13 $175,000 *7/D
1985 27 CHW AL 116 417 5 -1 -2 -4 -8 -10 -0.9 14 5 0.4 .492 .494 0.8 -1.1 8 $300,000 D7
1986 28 CHW AL 86 333 -8 -1 -1 -3 -7 -20 -2.0 11 -9 -1.0 .476 .487 -0.7 -0.9 -6 $400,000 D7
1986 28 NYY AL 30 89 -2 0 0 -0 -2 -3 -0.3 3 -0 -0.0 .489 .498 -0.0 -0.2 -0 D/7
1987 29 NYY AL 59 173 3 -2 -1 0 -5 -3 -0.3 6 2 0.2 .494 .498 0.2 -0.4 2 $425,000 D/7
1988 30 CLE AL 75 254 8 -0 0 0 -6 2 0.3 9 11 1.1 .503 .501 1.1 -0.6 11 $300,000 D
1989 31 CHW AL 51 196 14 -1 0 -2 -3 8 0.9 7 15 1.6 .517 .505 1.7 -0.5 17 $550,000 3D/7
1990 32 CHW AL 83 305 5 1 1 -3 -6 -3 -0.3 11 8 0.7 .496 .498 1.1 -1.0 11 $550,000 D3
1990 32 BAL AL 22 64 -4 0 -1 -1 -1 -8 -0.9 2 -6 -0.6 .461 .495 -0.5 -0.3 -4 D/3
1991 33 CHW AL 17 55 -2 1 -0 -0 -1 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.1 .484 .498 -0.0 -0.1 -0 3
10 Seasons 843 3013 30 -5 -3 -25 -50 -53 -5.0 104 51 4.7 .493 .496 7.4 -7.7 76 $2,700,000
CHW (8 yrs) 657 2433 25 -3 -3 -24 -36 -41 -3.8 84 43 4.0 .494 .496 6.6 -6.2 67 $1,975,000
NYY (2 yrs) 89 262 2 -1 -0 0 -7 -7 -0.6 9 2 0.2 .493 .498 0.2 -0.6 2 $425,000
CLE (1 yr) 75 254 8 -0 0 0 -6 2 0.3 9 11 1.1 .503 .501 1.1 -0.6 11 $300,000
BAL (1 yr) 22 64 -4 0 -1 -1 -1 -8 -0.9 2 -6 -0.6 .461 .495 -0.5 -0.3 -4

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
1983 25 CHW AL ALCS BAL L 3 9 7 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .286 .444 .429 .873 3 1 1 0 0 0
1 ALCS 3 9 7 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .286 .444 .429 .873 3 1 1 0 0 0

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
1982 CHW AL 24 OF 5 5 0 29.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -41 0.93 0.60 .983 2.48 2.46
1982 CHW AL 24 RF 5 5 0 29.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -41 0.93 0.60 .980 2.27 2.26
1982 CHW AL 24 DH 3 0
1983 CHW AL 25 OF 139 137 111 1163.1 250 234 7 9 0 .964 -6 -6 1.86 1.73 .981 2.50 2.48 AS,RoY-1
1983 CHW AL 25 LF 138 137 111 1163.0 252 237 7 8 0 .968 -6 -6 1.89 1.77 .977 2.32 2.30 AS,RoY-1
1983 CHW AL 25 DH 2 1 AS,RoY-1
1983 CHW AL 25 CF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -360 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.90 AS,RoY-1
1984 CHW AL 26 LF 124 118 106 1032.1 236 216 13 7 2 .970 -6 -7 2.00 1.85 .982 2.27 2.26
1984 CHW AL 26 OF 124 118 106 1032.1 247 226 14 7 2 .972 -6 -7 2.09 1.94 .983 2.51 2.49
1984 CHW AL 26 DH 8 7
1985 CHW AL 27 DH 58 51
1985 CHW AL 27 LF 57 55 22 418.2 94 90 3 1 1 .989 -4 -10 2.00 1.63 .977 2.25 2.23
1985 CHW AL 27 OF 57 55 22 418.2 91 88 2 1 1 .989 -4 -10 1.93 1.58 .982 2.44 2.42
1986 TOT AL 28 DH 86 81
1986 TOT AL 28 LF 21 21 16 169.0 43 39 4 0 0 1.000 -3 -23 2.29 2.05 .977 2.24 2.22
1986 TOT AL 28 OF 21 21 16 169.0 42 39 3 0 0 1.000 -3 -23 2.24 2.00 .980 2.39 2.37
1986 CHW AL 28 DH 62 61
1986 CHW AL 28 LF 20 20 15 161.0 41 37 4 0 0 1.000 -3 -22 2.29 2.05 .977 2.24 2.22
1986 CHW AL 28 OF 20 20 15 161.0 40 37 3 0 0 1.000 -3 -22 2.24 2.00 .980 2.39 2.37
1986 NYY AL 28 DH 24 20
1986 NYY AL 28 LF 1 1 1 8.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -30 2.25 2.00 .975 2.25 2.20
1986 NYY AL 28 OF 1 1 1 8.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -30 2.25 2.00 .980 2.36 2.40
1987 NYY AL 29 DH 49 39
1987 NYY AL 29 LF 2 1 0 9.0 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 0 67 5.00 2.50 .974 2.10 2.10
1987 NYY AL 29 OF 2 1 0 9.0 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 0 67 5.00 2.50 .980 2.30 2.30
1988 CLE AL 30 DH 63 58
1989 CHW AL 31 1B 27 27 17 205.0 223 208 11 4 28 .982 -2 -13 9.61 8.11 .993 9.79 9.69
1989 CHW AL 31 DH 17 17
1989 CHW AL 31 LF 5 3 1 25.0 9 8 1 0 0 1.000 1 34 3.24 1.80 .977 2.16 2.14
1989 CHW AL 31 OF 5 3 1 25.0 9 8 1 0 0 1.000 1 34 3.24 1.80 .980 2.41 2.40
1990 TOT AL 32 DH 67 61
1990 TOT AL 32 1B 30 27 8 192.2 184 176 6 2 19 .989 -4 -26 8.50 6.07 .992 9.63 9.53
1990 CHW AL 32 DH 54 51
1990 CHW AL 32 1B 25 24 6 164.2 157 150 5 2 18 .987 -3 -21 8.47 6.20 .992 9.63 9.53
1990 BAL AL 32 DH 13 10
1990 BAL AL 32 1B 5 3 2 28.0 27 26 1 0 1 1.000 -1 -51 8.68 5.40 .992 9.64 9.52
1991 CHW AL 33 1B 15 14 4 99.0 109 101 6 2 8 .982 -0 -4 9.73 7.13 .992 9.75 9.74
9 Seasons DH 353 315
7 Seasons OF 353 340 256 2846.1 647 602 28 17 3 .974 -18 -8 1.99 1.78 .982 2.49 2.46
6 Seasons LF 347 335 256 2817.0 639 594 29 16 3 .975 -17 -7 1.99 1.80 .979 2.28 2.27
3 Seasons 1B 72 68 29 496.2 516 485 23 8 55 .984 -7 -16 9.21 7.06 .992 9.72 9.63
1 Season RF 5 5 0 29.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -41 0.93 0.60 .980 2.27 2.26
1 Season CF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -360 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.90
10 Seasons TOT 425 408 285 3343.0 1163 1087 51 25 58 .979 -25 -9 3.06 2.68 .987 3.56 3.68
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

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1989 May AL Player of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1984 Apr 29th AL Player of the Week
1985 Sep 15th AL Player of the Week
1989 May 14th AL Player of the Week

Slugging % s c a p y
1983 AL  .504 (9th)
Career  .473 (230th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1983 AL  35 (3rd)
1984 AL  32 (6th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1983 AL  100 (10th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1983 AL  150 (1st)
1984 AL  137 (4th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1983 AL  8 (5th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1986 AL  8 (6th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1983 AL  14.9 (1st)
1984 AL  14.6 (1st)
1985 AL  14.6 (7th)**
Career  15.4 (22nd)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1983 AL  138 (4th)
1984 AL  124 (4th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  13 (1st)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1983 AL  8 (4th)
1984 AL  7 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  2 (3rd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1984 AL  14 (2nd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1983 AL  9 (3rd)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  .970 (5th)

                           
A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order. Requirements to qualify for rate stats.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 15 (1209), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 12 (1119), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 9 (1730), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (292nd), 4.7 career WAR/5.8 7yr-peak WAR/5.3 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
1984 26 Chicago White Sox $175,000 ? 3/19/84 TSN
1985 27 Chicago White Sox $300,000 ? Scully, Business of MLB, p. 163
1986 28 Chicago White Sox $400,000 ? G. Scully, Business of MLB, p. 163 Arbitration loss; $500,000 request
1987 29 New York Yankees $425,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 30 Cleveland Indians $300,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 31 Chicago White Sox $550,000 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 32 Chicago White Sox $550,000* ?
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,700,000
Disputed Salaries
*1990 - $575,000 - 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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