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Les Lancaster

Lester Wayne Lancaster

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: April 21, 1962 in Dallas, TX
High School: Nimitz HS (Irving, TX)
Schools: University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR), Dallas Baptist University (Dallas, TX)
Signed
by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1985. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 7, 1987 (Age 24.351)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1987 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Cardinals/Tigers 1987-1993

Final Game: October 3, 1993 (Age 31.165)
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1987 25 CHC NL 8 3 .727 4.90 27 18 4 0 0 0 132.1 138 76 72 14 51 5 78 1 8 7 578 87 4.25 1.428 9.4 1.0 3.5 5.3 1.53 RoY-6
1988 26 CHC NL 4 6 .400 3.78 44 3 15 1 0 5 85.2 89 42 36 4 34 7 36 1 3 3 371 96 3.76 1.436 9.4 0.4 3.6 3.8 1.06
1989 27 CHC NL 4 2 .667 1.36 42 0 15 0 0 8 72.2 60 12 11 2 15 1 56 0 1 2 288 279 2.20 1.032 7.4 0.2 1.9 6.9 3.73
1990 28 CHC NL 9 5 .643 4.62 55 6 26 1 1 6 109.0 121 57 56 11 40 8 65 1 0 7 479 89 4.06 1.477 10.0 0.9 3.3 5.4 1.63
1991 29 CHC NL 9 7 .563 3.52 64 11 21 1 0 3 156.0 150 68 61 13 49 7 102 4 2 2 653 110 3.65 1.276 8.7 0.8 2.8 5.9 2.08
1992 30 DET AL 3 4 .429 6.33 41 1 17 0 0 0 86.2 101 66 61 11 51 12 35 3 0 2 404 63 5.49 1.754 10.5 1.1 5.3 3.6 0.69
1993 31 STL NL 4 1 .800 2.93 50 0 12 0 0 0 61.1 56 24 20 5 21 5 36 1 0 5 259 135 3.95 1.255 8.2 0.7 3.1 5.3 1.71
7 Yrs 41 28 .594 4.05 323 39 110 3 1 22 703.2 715 345 317 60 261 45 408 11 14 28 3032 98 3.94 1.387 9.1 0.8 3.3 5.2 1.56
162 Game Avg. 8 5 .594 4.05 61 7 21 1 0 4 132 134 65 60 11 49 8 77 2 3 5 570 98 3.94 1.387 9.1 0.8 3.3 5.2 1.56
CHC (5 yrs) 34 23 .596 3.82 232 38 81 3 1 22 555.2 558 255 236 44 189 28 337 7 14 21 2369 104 3.70 1.344 9.0 0.7 3.1 5.5 1.78
STL (1 yr) 4 1 .800 2.93 50 0 12 0 0 0 61.1 56 24 20 5 21 5 36 1 0 5 259 135 3.95 1.255 8.2 0.7 3.1 5.3 1.71
DET (1 yr) 3 4 .429 6.33 41 1 17 0 0 0 86.2 101 66 61 11 51 12 35 3 0 2 404 63 5.49 1.754 10.5 1.1 5.3 3.6 0.69
NL (6 yrs) 38 24 .613 3.73 282 38 93 3 1 22 617.0 614 279 256 49 210 33 373 8 14 26 2628 106 3.72 1.335 9.0 0.7 3.1 5.4 1.78
AL (1 yr) 3 4 .429 6.33 41 1 17 0 0 0 86.2 101 66 61 11 51 12 35 3 0 2 404 63 5.49 1.754 10.5 1.1 5.3 3.6 0.69
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1987 25 CHC NL 132.1 27 18 76 5.17 4.64 -0.51 0.09 103.9 5.44 3 0.3 .7 -0.1 1.5 16 .511 .502 $62,500 RoY-6
1988 26 CHC NL 85.2 44 3 42 4.41 3.89 -0.21 -0.20 105.4 4.11 -3 -0.4 1.4 -0.2 0.3 4 .491 .498 $90,000
1989 27 CHC NL 72.2 42 0 12 1.49 3.99 -0.02 -0.31 107.3 3.97 20 2.4 1.9 0.9 3.9 26 .557 .515 $120,000
1990 28 CHC NL 109.0 55 6 57 4.71 4.23 -0.48 -0.18 108.0 4.89 0 0.0 1.6 -0.2 0.9 11 .501 .500 $300,000
1991 29 CHC NL 156.0 64 11 68 3.92 4.15 0.03 -0.10 105.3 4.23 4 0.5 1.2 -0.1 1.7 18 .507 .503 $550,000
1992 30 DET AL 86.2 41 1 66 6.85 4.37 0.17 -0.31 99.6 3.87 -29 -2.9 .9 -0.0 -2.0 -20 .429 .482
1993 31 STL NL 61.1 50 0 24 3.52 4.42 -0.10 -0.34 98.5 4.12 3 0.3 1.1 -0.1 0.7 9 .506 .502 $350,000
7 Seasons 703.2 323 39 345 4.41 4.26 -0.18 -0.16 104.4 4.47 -2 0.2 1.3 0.3 7.0 64 .501 .500 $1,472,500
CHC (5 yrs) 555.2 232 38 255 4.13 4.22 -0.24 -0.11 105.8 4.60 24 2.8 1.5 0.4 8.3 75 .512 .503 $1,122,500
STL (1 yr) 61.1 50 0 24 3.52 4.42 -0.10 -0.34 98.5 4.12 3 0.3 1.1 -0.1 0.7 9 .506 .502 $350,000
DET (1 yr) 86.2 41 1 66 6.85 4.37 0.17 -0.31 99.6 3.87 -29 -2.9 .9 -0.0 -2.0 -20 .429 .482

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1989 27 CHC NL NLCS L SFG 1 1 .500 6.00 3 0 3 0 0 0 6.0 6 4 4 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 25 1.167 9.0 4.5 1.5 4.5 3.00
1 NLCS 1 1 .500 6.00 3 0 3 0 0 0 6.0 6 4 4 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 25 1.167 9.0 4.5 1.5 4.5 3.00

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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
1987 25 CHC NL 27 51 49 2 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 19 .082 .100 .102 .202 -47 5 0 0 1 0 0 1 RoY-6
1988 26 CHC NL 44 23 20 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 .050 .050 .050 .100 -72 1 0 0 3 0 0 1
1989 27 CHC NL 42 11 11 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 .182 .182 .273 .455 25 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
1990 28 CHC NL 55 24 20 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 .050 .174 .050 .224 -37 1 0 0 1 0 0 1/7
1991 29 CHC NL 64 34 28 2 5 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 13 .179 .179 .250 .429 18 7 0 0 6 0 0 1
1992 30 DET AL 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1993 31 STL NL 50 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .200 .000 .200 -40 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
7 Yrs 323 148 132 6 13 4 0 0 5 0 0 5 64 .098 .131 .129 .260 -29 17 0 0 11 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 74 66 3 7 2 0 0 3 0 0 3 32 .098 .131 .129 .260 -29 9 0 0 6 0 0
CHC (5 yrs) 232 143 128 6 13 4 0 0 5 0 0 4 62 .102 .129 .133 .262 -29 17 0 0 11 0 0
STL (1 yr) 50 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .200 .000 .200 -40 0 0 0 0 0 0
DET (1 yr) 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (6 yrs) 282 148 132 6 13 4 0 0 5 0 0 5 64 .098 .131 .129 .260 -29 17 0 0 11 0 0
AL (1 yr) 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1987 25 CHC NL 27 51 -11 -0 0 0 7 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .487 .498 -0.4 0.0 -3 $62,500 1 RoY-6
1988 26 CHC NL 44 23 -5 0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .495 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $90,000 1
1989 27 CHC NL 42 11 -1 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $120,000 1
1990 28 CHC NL 55 24 -4 0 0 0 3 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 0.1 -0 $300,000 1/7
1991 29 CHC NL 64 34 -4 -0 0 0 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $550,000 1
1992 30 DET AL 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1993 31 STL NL 50 5 -1 -0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $350,000 1
7 Seasons 323 148 -25 0 0 0 21 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .499 .500 -0.5 0.2 -4 $1,472,500
CHC (5 yrs) 232 143 -24 0 0 0 20 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .498 .500 -0.5 0.1 -4 $1,122,500
STL (1 yr) 50 5 -1 -0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $350,000
DET (1 yr) 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0

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
1989 27 CHC NL NLCS SFG L 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 NLCS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

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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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1987 CHC NL 25 P 27 18 0 132.1 26 12 14 0 0 1.000 1.77 0.96 .955 1.91 1.90 11 6 35% 29% 1 RoY-6
1988 CHC NL 26 P 44 3 1 85.2 23 6 17 0 0 1.000 2.42 0.52 .955 1.96 1.96 3 4 57% 29% 3
1989 CHC NL 27 P 42 0 0 72.2 13 8 5 0 1 1.000 1.61 0.31 .947 1.87 1.87 5 1 17% 32% 0
1990 CHC NL 28 P 55 6 1 109.0 28 9 19 0 1 1.000 2.31 0.51 .957 1.80 1.79 4 3 43% 29% 1
1990 CHC NL 28 LF 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
1990 CHC NL 28 OF 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.40
1991 CHC NL 29 P 64 11 1 156.0 27 13 14 0 1 1.000 1.56 0.42 .955 1.86 1.85 14 14 50% 33% 1
1992 DET AL 30 P 41 1 0 86.2 13 3 9 1 4 .923 1.25 0.29 .953 1.72 1.71 3 3 50% 34% 0
1993 STL NL 31 P 50 0 0 61.1 9 3 6 0 0 1.000 1.32 0.18 .953 1.83 1.83 3 3 50% 32% 0
7 Seasons P 323 39 3 703.2 139 54 84 1 7 .993 1.77 0.43 .954 1.85 1.84 43 34 44% 31% 6
1 Season OF 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.40
1 Season LF 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
7 Seasons TOT 324 39 3 703.2 139 54 84 1 7 .993 0 0 1.77 0.43 .954 1.85 1.84 43 34 44% 31% 6
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

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1989 NL  18 (8th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1989 NL  2.0 (8th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 2 (1788), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 11 (773), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Relief Pitcher (455th), 6.6 career WAR/6.6 7yr-peak WAR/6.6 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

Transactions

  • June 8, 1981: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 24th round of the 1981 amateur draft, but did not sign.
  • June 6, 1983: Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 39th round of the 1983 amateur draft, but did not sign.
  • June 13, 1985: Signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent.
  • March 31, 1992: Released by the Chicago Cubs.
  • April 6, 1992: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.
  • October 26, 1992: Granted Free Agency.
  • January 13, 1993: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • October 29, 1993: Granted Free Agency.
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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 25 Chicago Cubs $62,500 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 26 Chicago Cubs $90,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 27 Chicago Cubs $120,000 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 28 Chicago Cubs $300,000 ? USA Today
1991 29 Chicago Cubs $550,000 ? USA Today survey
1993 31 St. Louis Cardinals $350,000 ? USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,472,500
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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Name and misspellings: Lester Les Wayne Lancaster

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