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Mike Laga

Michael Russell Laga

Positions: First Baseman and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: June 14, 1960 in Ridgewood, NJ
Schools: Bergen Community College (Paramus, NJ), Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus (Teaneck, NJ)
Drafted
by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 1980 amateur draft (January). (All Transactions)
Debut: September 1, 1982 (Age 22.079)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1985 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Tigers/Giants 1982-1990

Final Game: October 3, 1990 (Age 30.111)
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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 22 DET AL 27 92 88 6 23 9 0 3 11 1 0 4 23 .261 .293 .466 .759 105 41 1 0 0 0 0 3/D
1983 23 DET AL 12 22 21 2 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 9 .190 .227 .190 .418 18 4 1 0 0 0 0 /D3
1984 24 DET AL 9 12 11 1 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 .545 .583 .545 1.129 217 6 0 0 0 0 0 /3D
1985 25 DET AL 9 36 36 3 6 1 0 2 6 0 0 0 9 .167 .167 .361 .528 41 13 1 0 0 0 0 /D3
1986 26 TOT MLB 33 102 91 13 19 5 0 6 16 0 0 10 31 .209 .294 .462 .756 104 42 1 1 0 0 2 3/D
1986 26 DET AL 15 50 45 6 9 1 0 3 8 0 0 5 13 .200 .280 .422 .702 88 19 0 0 0 0 1 3/D
1986 26 STL NL 18 52 46 7 10 4 0 3 8 0 0 5 18 .217 .308 .500 .808 120 23 1 1 0 0 1 3
1987 27 STL NL 17 33 29 4 4 1 0 1 4 0 0 2 7 .138 .182 .276 .458 19 8 1 0 0 2 1 3
1988 28 STL NL 41 102 100 5 13 0 0 1 4 0 0 2 21 .130 .147 .160 .307 -12 16 0 0 0 0 0 3
1989 29 SFG NL 17 21 20 1 4 1 0 1 7 0 0 1 6 .200 .238 .400 .638 82 8 0 0 0 0 0 /3
1990 30 SFG NL 23 29 27 4 5 1 0 2 4 0 0 1 7 .185 .241 .444 .686 88 12 1 1 0 0 0 3
9 Yrs 188 449 423 39 84 18 0 16 55 1 0 22 115 .199 .241 .355 .595 63 150 6 2 0 2 3
162 Game Avg. 162 387 365 34 72 16 0 14 47 1 0 19 99 .199 .241 .355 .595 63 129 5 2 0 2 3
DET (5 yrs) 72 212 201 18 48 11 0 8 28 1 0 11 56 .239 .278 .413 .691 88 83 3 0 0 0 1
STL (3 yrs) 76 187 175 16 27 5 0 5 16 0 0 9 46 .154 .198 .269 .466 29 47 2 1 0 2 2
SFG (2 yrs) 40 50 47 5 9 2 0 3 11 0 0 2 13 .191 .240 .426 .666 86 20 1 1 0 0 0
NL (5 yrs) 116 237 222 21 36 7 0 8 27 0 0 11 59 .162 .207 .302 .509 41 67 3 2 0 2 2
AL (5 yrs) 72 212 201 18 48 11 0 8 28 1 0 11 56 .239 .278 .413 .691 88 83 3 0 0 0 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
1982 22 DET AL 27 92 0 -0 -0 -0 -2 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .493 .499 0.1 -0.2 1 3/D
1983 23 DET AL 12 22 -2 -0 -0 -0 -1 -3 -0.3 1 -3 -0.3 .470 .498 -0.3 -0.1 -3 /D3
1984 24 DET AL 9 12 2 0 0 0 -1 1 0.1 0 2 0.2 .515 .501 0.2 -0.1 2 /3D
1985 25 DET AL 9 36 -3 -0 -0 1 -1 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .465 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 /D3
1986 26 DET AL 15 50 -1 -0 0 1 -1 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .493 .499 -0.0 -0.0 -0 $72,500 3/D
1986 26 STL NL 18 52 1 0 -0 2 -1 2 0.3 2 4 0.5 .515 .502 0.2 0.2 2 3
1987 27 STL NL 17 33 -4 0 -0 -0 -0 -4 -0.5 1 -3 -0.4 .472 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -3 3
1988 28 STL NL 41 102 -13 0 0 1 -1 -12 -1.5 3 -9 -1.1 .464 .491 -1.3 -0.1 -10 $100,000 3
1989 29 SFG NL 17 21 -1 -0 0 1 -0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.0 0.1 0 /3
1990 30 SFG NL 23 29 -1 0 -0 1 -0 0 0.0 1 1 0.1 .501 .500 -0.0 0.1 0 $155,000 3
9 Seasons 188 449 -21 0 0 7 -7 -22 -2.4 15 -7 -1.0 .487 .498 -1.7 -0.1 -13 $327,500
DET (5 yrs) 72 212 -4 -0 -0 2 -5 -8 -0.8 7 -1 -0.1 .488 .499 -0.3 -0.3 -2 $72,500
STL (3 yrs) 76 187 -16 0 0 3 -2 -14 -1.7 6 -8 -1.0 .478 .495 -1.4 0.1 -11 $100,000
SFG (2 yrs) 40 50 -1 0 -0 2 -0 0 0.0 2 2 0.2 .501 .500 -0.0 0.2 0 $155,000

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 DET AL 22 1B 19 17 14 154.1 168 163 4 1 18 .994 -0 -1 9.74 8.79 .992 9.85 9.81
1982 DET AL 22 DH 8 5
1983 DET AL 23 DH 6 5
1983 DET AL 23 1B 5 1 0 12.0 10 9 1 0 2 1.000 -0 -10 7.50 2.00 .992 9.90 9.82
1984 DET AL 24 1B 4 1 0 11.0 13 12 1 0 1 1.000 0 0 10.64 3.25 .991 9.74 9.68
1984 DET AL 24 DH 4 2
1985 DET AL 25 DH 5 5
1985 DET AL 25 1B 4 4 2 35.0 39 33 5 1 4 .974 1 38 9.77 9.50 .991 9.77 9.68
1986 TOT MLB 26 1B 28 22 17 203.2 228 207 21 0 19 1.000 3 19 10.08 8.14 .992 9.69 9.69
1986 DET AL 26 1B 12 11 10 99.0 105 98 7 0 10 1.000 1 10 9.55 8.75 .991 9.42 9.33
1986 DET AL 26 DH 2 1
1986 STL NL 26 1B 16 11 7 104.2 123 109 14 0 9 1.000 2 29 10.58 7.69 .992 9.94 9.95
1987 STL NL 27 1B 12 7 6 65.0 75 66 7 2 10 .973 -0 -9 10.11 6.08 .991 9.89 9.83
1988 STL NL 28 1B 37 24 23 240.1 310 293 17 0 26 1.000 1 5 11.61 8.38 .991 9.96 9.98
1989 SFG NL 29 1B 4 1 1 20.0 17 16 1 0 0 1.000 1 36 7.65 4.25 .992 9.76 9.75
1990 SFG NL 30 1B 10 3 2 43.0 38 33 5 0 4 1.000 1 31 7.95 3.80 .992 9.59 9.53
9 Seasons 1B 123 80 65 784.1 898 832 62 4 84 .996 7 10 10.26 7.27 .991 9.82 9.80
9 Seasons TOT 123 80 65 784.1 898 832 62 4 84 .996 7 10 10.26 7.27 .991 9.82 9.80
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

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
1986 26 Detroit Tigers $72,500 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1988 28 St. Louis Cardinals $100,000* ?
1990 30 San Francisco Giants $155,000 ? USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$327,500
Disputed Salaries
*1988 - $82,500 - 12/13/88 NYT - 4/1/88 USAT: $100,000
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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