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Jason LaRue    \luh-ROO\

Michael Jason LaRue

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: March 19, 1974 in Houston, TX
High School: Smithson Valley HS (Spring Branch, TX)
Schools: Dallas Baptist University (Dallas, TX), Northeast Texas Community College (Mount Pleasant, TX)
Drafted
by the Cincinnati Reds in the 5th round of the 1995 amateur draft.
Signed June 1, 1995. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 15, 1999 (Age 25.088)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2000 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Reds/Cardinals/Royals 1999-2010

Final Game: August 3, 2010 (Age 36.137)
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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
1999 25 CIN NL 36 103 90 12 19 7 0 3 10 4 1 11 32 .211 .311 .389 .700 74 35 4 2 0 0 1 2
2000 26 CIN NL 31 107 98 12 23 3 0 5 12 0 0 5 19 .235 .299 .418 .717 78 41 1 4 0 0 2 2
2001 27 CIN NL 121 403 364 39 86 21 2 12 43 3 3 27 106 .236 .303 .404 .707 77 147 11 9 1 2 4 2/573
2002 28 CIN NL 113 397 353 42 88 17 1 12 52 1 2 27 117 .249 .324 .405 .729 88 143 13 13 2 2 6 *2
2003 29 CIN NL 118 437 379 52 87 23 1 16 50 3 3 33 111 .230 .321 .422 .743 96 160 9 20 1 4 4 *2/37
2004 30 CIN NL 114 445 390 46 98 24 2 14 55 0 2 26 108 .251 .334 .431 .765 99 168 7 24 2 3 5 *2/D9
2005 31 CIN NL 110 422 361 38 94 27 0 14 60 0 0 41 101 .260 .355 .452 .806 110 163 8 13 5 2 7 *2/9
2006 32 CIN NL 72 230 191 22 37 5 0 8 21 1 0 27 51 .194 .317 .346 .663 68 66 3 8 3 1 9 2
2007 33 KCR AL 66 195 169 14 25 9 0 4 13 1 0 17 66 .148 .240 .272 .512 35 46 6 4 3 2 0 2/5
2008 34 STL NL 61 189 164 17 35 8 1 4 21 0 0 15 20 .213 .296 .348 .643 70 57 6 5 3 2 1 2/3
2009 35 STL NL 51 112 104 10 25 3 0 2 6 1 0 3 22 .240 .288 .327 .615 64 34 3 4 1 0 0 2/3
2010 36 STL NL 29 63 56 3 11 1 0 2 5 0 0 5 7 .196 .274 .321 .596 63 18 3 1 1 0 0 2/3
12 Yrs 922 3103 2719 307 628 148 7 96 348 14 11 237 760 .231 .315 .396 .712 84 1078 74 107 22 18 39
162 Game Avg. 162 545 478 54 110 26 1 17 61 2 2 42 134 .231 .315 .396 .712 84 189 13 19 4 3 7
CIN (8 yrs) 715 2544 2226 263 532 127 6 84 303 12 11 197 645 .239 .325 .415 .740 90 923 56 93 14 14 38
STL (3 yrs) 141 364 324 30 71 12 1 8 32 1 0 23 49 .219 .290 .336 .626 67 109 12 10 5 2 1
KCR (1 yr) 66 195 169 14 25 9 0 4 13 1 0 17 66 .148 .240 .272 .512 35 46 6 4 3 2 0
NL (11 yrs) 856 2908 2550 293 603 139 7 92 335 13 11 220 694 .236 .321 .405 .725 87 1032 68 103 19 16 39
AL (1 yr) 66 195 169 14 25 9 0 4 13 1 0 17 66 .148 .240 .272 .512 35 46 6 4 3 2 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
1999 25 CIN NL 36 103 -4 -0 -1 1 2 -2 -0.3 3 1 0.1 .494 .499 -0.0 0.2 -0 $200,000 2
2000 26 CIN NL 31 107 -2 0 -0 -1 2 -2 -0.2 3 2 0.1 .495 .499 0.2 0.1 3 2
2001 27 CIN NL 121 403 -14 -1 -1 8 6 -1 -0.2 13 11 1.0 .499 .499 0.2 1.4 3 $235,000 2/573
2002 28 CIN NL 113 397 -7 -1 -2 1 6 -2 -0.3 12 10 0.9 .498 .498 0.8 0.7 9 $305,000 *2
2003 29 CIN NL 118 437 -3 -1 -1 3 7 5 0.4 14 18 1.8 .504 .503 1.4 0.9 16 $1,250,000 *2/37
2004 30 CIN NL 114 445 -1 -4 -1 11 7 12 1.2 14 26 2.5 .511 .508 1.4 1.7 15 $2,600,000 *2/D9
2005 31 CIN NL 110 422 6 -2 -1 6 7 15 1.5 13 28 2.8 .514 .510 2.2 1.2 22 $3,000,000 *2/9
2006 32 CIN NL 72 230 -12 -1 -0 1 4 -9 -0.9 7 -2 -0.2 .487 .494 -0.3 0.4 -3 $3,900,000 2
2007 33 KCR AL 66 195 -16 1 -1 4 4 -9 -0.9 7 -2 -0.2 .487 .495 -0.6 0.8 -5 $5,200,000 2/5
2008 34 STL NL 61 189 -8 -1 -0 0 3 -7 -0.8 6 -1 -0.2 .488 .496 -0.2 0.2 -1 $850,000 2/3
2009 35 STL NL 51 112 -5 0 -0 1 2 -2 -0.2 3 2 0.1 .496 .499 0.0 0.3 1 $950,000 2/3
2010 36 STL NL 29 63 -2 -0 -0 1 1 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .498 .500 0.0 0.2 0 $950,000 2/3
12 Seasons 922 3103 -69 -11 -8 36 49 -2 -0.7 98 96 8.8 .500 .501 5.2 8.2 59 $19,440,000
CIN (8 yrs) 715 2544 -37 -10 -7 30 40 16 1.2 79 95 8.9 .502 .502 5.9 6.7 65 $11,490,000
STL (3 yrs) 141 364 -15 -1 -1 2 6 -9 -1.0 11 2 0.0 .493 .498 -0.2 0.7 -0 $2,750,000
KCR (1 yr) 66 195 -16 1 -1 4 4 -9 -0.9 7 -2 -0.2 .487 .495 -0.6 0.8 -5 $5,200,000

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
2009 35 STL NL NLDS LAD L 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 NLDS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .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 Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1999 CIN NL 25 C 35 27 17 240.2 196 179 15 2 0 .990 1 5 7.25 5.54 .990 7.41 7.35 2 11 13 10 43% 29% 0
2000 CIN NL 26 C 31 31 23 257.0 214 190 22 2 3 .991 -1 -5 7.42 6.84 .990 7.45 7.38 1 12 12 5 29% 32% 0
2001 CIN NL 27 C 107 95 86 841.0 650 569 75 6 8 .991 8 11 6.89 6.02 .992 7.74 7.65 15 38 27 42 61% 33% 2
2001 CIN NL 27 3B 3 3 2 26.0 11 4 6 1 0 .909 0 18 3.46 3.33 .950 2.56 2.53
2001 CIN NL 27 LF 2 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 180 4.50 0.50 .980 1.80 1.90
2001 CIN NL 27 OF 2 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 180 4.50 0.50 .980 2.25 2.20
2001 CIN NL 27 1B 1 0 0 5.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -48 9.00 5.00 .992 9.18 9.20
2002 CIN NL 28 C 110 100 94 906.0 686 626 56 4 5 .994 1 1 6.77 6.20 .991 7.53 7.47 20 39 34 28 45% 32% 1
2003 CIN NL 29 C 114 109 100 954.1 706 649 46 11 8 .984 0 2 0 2 6.55 6.10 .992 7.33 7.26 6 27 47 17 27% 31% 2
2003 CIN NL 29 1B 1 1 1 9.0 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 1 1 80 147 8.00 8.00 .992 9.60 9.50
2003 CIN NL 29 LF 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.35 1.90
2003 CIN NL 29 OF 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.20
2004 CIN NL 30 C 111 106 95 930.0 715 648 59 8 8 .989 -5 11 -6 15 6.84 6.37 .993 7.45 7.40 15 41 38 16 30% 28% 1
2004 CIN NL 30 DH 1 1
2004 CIN NL 30 OF 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 60 0 4.50 1.00 .980 2.25 2.10
2004 CIN NL 30 RF 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 60 0 4.50 1.00 .980 2.25 2.10
2005 CIN NL 31 C 109 104 99 914.2 703 646 52 5 2 .993 -1 5 -1 7 6.87 6.40 .992 7.26 7.16 6 33 51 25 33% 29% 1
2005 CIN NL 31 OF 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 1 240 1200 9.00 1.00 .980 1.80 2.20
2005 CIN NL 31 RF 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 1 240 1080 9.00 1.00 .980 1.80 2.10
2006 CIN NL 32 C 63 57 48 512.1 414 374 38 2 9 .995 3 1 7 3 7.24 6.54 .992 7.37 7.32 3 12 23 13 36% 28% 0
2007 KCR AL 33 C 65 55 47 474.1 340 311 24 5 3 .985 1 4 3 11 6.36 5.15 .991 7.28 7.20 2 22 26 14 35% 27% 0
2007 KCR AL 33 3B 1 0 0 6.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 -0 0 -60 0 1.50 1.00 .960 2.70 2.60
2008 STL NL 34 C 57 44 35 412.0 307 289 16 2 1 .993 3 0 9 0 6.66 5.35 .993 7.65 7.60 2 12 13 8 38% 27% 0
2008 STL NL 34 1B 3 0 0 7.1 8 7 1 0 1 1.000 0 0 33 0 9.82 2.67 .992 9.33 9.27
2009 STL NL 35 C 43 26 20 254.0 188 174 13 1 0 .995 2 1 9 6 6.63 4.35 .993 7.77 7.70 1 7 10 5 33% 29% 2
2009 STL NL 35 1B 2 0 0 3.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 21.00 3.50 .993 9.30 9.20
2010 STL NL 36 C 28 14 10 150.1 102 96 6 0 2 1.000 1 1 8 10 6.11 3.64 .992 8.05 7.97 2 6 3 3 50% 29% 0
2010 STL NL 36 1B 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 9.00 1.00 .990 9.00 9.10
12 Seasons C 873 768 674 6846.2 5221 4751 422 48 49 .991 13 26 2 6 6.80 5.93 .992 7.47 7.41 75 260 297 186 39% 30% 9
5 Seasons 1B 8 1 1 25.1 29 27 2 0 1 1.000 1 1 28 59 10.30 3.63 .992 9.38 9.25
4 Seasons OF 5 0 0 5.2 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1 1 127 327 4.76 0.60 .980 2.22 2.18
2 Seasons 3B 4 3 2 32.0 12 4 7 1 0 .917 0 0 4 0 3.09 2.75 .951 2.59 2.55
2 Seasons LF 3 0 0 2.2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 135 0 3.38 0.33 .980 1.69 1.90
2 Seasons RF 2 0 0 3.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 1 120 400 6.00 1.00 .980 2.10 2.10
1 Season DH 1 1
12 Seasons TOT 890 772 677 6909.2 5265 4785 431 49 50 .991 14 28 2 7 6.79 5.86 .992 7.45 7.38 75 260 297 186 39% 30% 9
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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
2004 NL  1.7 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
2002 NL  13 (6th)
2003 NL  20 (3rd)
2004 NL  24 (2nd)
2005 NL  13 (7th)
Career  107 (66th)

Assists as C s c a p y
2001 NL  75 (2nd)
2002 NL  56 (5th)
2004 NL  59 (4th)
2005 NL  52 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
2003 NL  11 (2nd)
2004 NL  8 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
2003 NL  8 (5th)
2006 NL  9 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
2001 NL  15 (1st)
2002 NL  20 (1st)
2004 NL  15 (1st)
2005 NL  6 (5th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
2001 NL  42 (1st)
2005 NL  25 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
2001 NL  60.9 (1st)
2002 NL  45.2 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
2001 NL  8 (2nd)
Career  13 (89th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
Career  6.80 (89th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
2002 NL  .994 (5th)
Career  .991 (73rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2432), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (181st), 8.8 career WAR/9.3 7yr-peak WAR/9.1 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

  • June 1, 1995: Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 5th round of the 1995 amateur draft. Player signed June 1, 1995.
  • November 20, 2006: Purchased by the Kansas City Royals from the Cincinnati Reds.
  • October 29, 2007: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 19, 2007: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • October 30, 2008: Granted Free Agency.
  • October 31, 2008: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • November 5, 2009: Granted Free Agency.
  • November 30, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • November 1, 2010: Granted Free Agency.
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
1999 25 Cincinnati Reds $200,000 ? 11/19/99 USA Today
2001 27 Cincinnati Reds $235,000 ? 4/6/01 USA Today
2002 28 Cincinnati Reds $305,000 ? 4/3/02 AP
2003 29 Cincinnati Reds $1,250,000 ? 4/3/03 AP
2004 30 Cincinnati Reds $2,600,000* ?
2005 31 Cincinnati Reds $3,000,000 ?
2006 32 Cincinnati Reds $3,900,000 ?
2007 33 Kansas City Royals $5,200,000 ?
2008 34 St. Louis Cardinals $850,000 ?
2009 35 St. Louis Cardinals $950,000 ?
2010 36 St. Louis Cardinals $950,000 9.150
Career to date (may be incomplete)$19,440,000
Disputed Salaries
*2004 - $2,750,000 - 4/7/04 AP -
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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