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Mike LaValliere    \luh-VALL-yer\

Michael Eugene LaValliere (Spanky)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: August 18, 1960 in Charlotte, NC
School: University of Massachusetts Lowell (Lowell, MA)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1981. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 9, 1984 (Age 24.022)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1986 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/WhiteSox/Cardinals/Phillies 1984-1995
Agents: Randy Hendricks,Alan Hendricks [*]
Final Game: September 22, 1995 (Age 35.035)
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All-Time Rank (among batters): #1506. Jim Fogarty… #1507. John Jaso… #1508. Wil Cordero… #1509. MIKE LAVALLIERE… #1510. Elliott Maddox… #1511. Jose Oquendo… #1512. Bob Ferguson… 

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
1984 23 PHI NL 6 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .222 .000 .222 -33 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1985 24 STL NL 12 44 34 2 5 1 0 0 6 0 0 7 3 .147 .273 .176 .449 29 6 2 0 0 3 0 2
1986 25 STL NL 110 350 303 18 71 10 2 3 30 0 1 36 37 .234 .318 .310 .628 75 94 7 1 10 0 5 2
1987 26 PIT NL 121 390 340 33 102 19 0 1 36 0 0 43 32 .300 .377 .365 .742 98 124 4 1 3 3 9 *2 GG
1988 27 PIT NL 120 409 352 24 92 18 0 2 47 3 2 50 34 .261 .353 .330 .682 100 116 8 2 1 4 10 *2
1989 28 PIT NL 68 223 190 15 60 10 0 2 23 0 2 29 24 .316 .406 .400 .806 136 76 4 0 4 0 7 2
1990 29 PIT NL 96 330 279 27 72 15 0 3 31 0 3 44 20 .258 .362 .344 .706 100 96 6 2 4 1 8 2
1991 30 PIT NL 108 377 336 25 97 11 2 3 41 2 1 33 27 .289 .351 .360 .711 102 121 10 2 1 5 4 2
1992 31 PIT NL 95 343 293 22 75 13 1 2 29 0 3 44 21 .256 .350 .328 .677 94 96 8 1 0 5 14 2/5
1993 32 TOT MLB 38 115 102 6 26 2 0 0 8 0 1 4 14 .255 .278 .275 .552 51 28 1 0 7 2 0 2
1993 32 PIT NL 1 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1993 32 CHW AL 37 110 97 6 25 2 0 0 8 0 1 4 14 .258 .282 .278 .560 53 27 1 0 7 2 0 2
1994 33 CHW AL 59 172 139 6 39 4 0 1 24 0 2 20 15 .281 .368 .331 .699 85 46 4 1 9 3 0 2
1995 34 CHW AL 46 109 98 7 24 6 0 1 19 0 0 9 15 .245 .303 .337 .639 70 33 3 0 0 2 0 2
12 Yrs 879 2871 2473 185 663 109 5 18 294 5 15 321 244 .268 .351 .338 .689 93 836 57 10 39 28 57
162 Game Avg. 162 529 456 34 122 20 1 3 54 1 3 59 45 .268 .351 .338 .689 93 154 11 2 7 5 11
PIT (7 yrs) 609 2077 1795 146 499 86 3 13 207 5 11 243 158 .278 .363 .351 .714 102 630 40 8 13 18 52
CHW (3 yrs) 142 391 334 19 88 12 0 2 51 0 3 33 44 .263 .325 .317 .643 72 106 8 1 16 7 0
STL (2 yrs) 122 394 337 20 76 11 2 3 36 0 1 43 40 .226 .313 .297 .609 70 100 9 1 10 3 5
PHI (1 yr) 6 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .222 .000 .222 -33 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (10 yrs) 737 2480 2139 166 575 97 5 16 243 5 12 288 200 .269 .355 .341 .696 97 730 49 9 23 21 57
AL (3 yrs) 142 391 334 19 88 12 0 2 51 0 3 33 44 .263 .325 .317 .643 72 106 8 1 16 7 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
1984 23 PHI NL 6 9 -1 -0 0 1 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .512 .500 -0.0 0.1 -0 /2
1985 24 STL NL 12 44 -2 -0 -0 1 1 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .491 .499 -0.1 0.2 -0 2
1986 25 STL NL 110 350 -8 -2 0 7 6 3 0.3 12 14 1.5 .503 .502 0.7 1.4 8 $70,000 2
1987 26 PIT NL 121 390 -4 -2 0 15 6 15 1.6 13 29 2.9 .513 .510 1.3 2.2 14 $120,000 *2 GG
1988 27 PIT NL 120 409 -2 -3 -0 6 7 7 0.8 14 21 2.2 .507 .505 1.5 1.4 15 $215,000 *2
1989 28 PIT NL 68 223 8 -3 -1 -7 4 1 0.1 7 8 0.8 .502 .501 1.6 -0.4 15 $482,500 2
1990 29 PIT NL 96 330 -1 -3 0 5 5 7 0.8 11 17 1.8 .508 .505 1.1 1.2 12 $575,000 2
1991 30 PIT NL 108 377 0 -1 -1 -1 6 3 0.2 12 15 1.5 .503 .502 1.5 0.5 16 $1,035,000 2
1992 31 PIT NL 95 343 -6 -1 -0 6 5 4 0.5 10 15 1.6 .506 .503 0.8 1.3 9 $1,850,000 2/5
1993 32 PIT NL 1 5 -1 -0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .341 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -0 $2,350,000 /2
1993 32 CHW AL 37 110 -7 -1 0 8 2 3 0.3 4 7 0.6 .507 .502 -0.1 1.0 -1 2
1994 33 CHW AL 59 172 -3 -2 -1 1 3 -2 -0.2 6 4 0.4 .496 .499 0.3 0.3 3 $109,000 2
1995 34 CHW AL 46 109 -4 -0 0 5 2 2 0.2 4 7 0.6 .505 .502 0.2 0.7 2 $750,000 2
12 Seasons 879 2871 -31 -18 -2 46 47 41 4.4 96 137 13.9 .505 .503 8.6 9.9 91 $7,556,500
PIT (7 yrs) 609 2077 -6 -13 -2 23 33 36 3.8 68 104 10.6 .507 .505 7.7 6.1 80 $6,627,500
CHW (3 yrs) 142 391 -14 -3 -0 14 6 3 0.3 15 18 1.7 .502 .500 0.3 2.0 4 $859,000
STL (2 yrs) 122 394 -10 -3 -0 8 7 2 0.2 13 15 1.5 .502 .502 0.6 1.6 7 $70,000
PHI (1 yr) 6 9 -1 -0 0 1 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .512 .500 -0.0 0.1 -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
1990 29 PIT NL NLCS CIN L 3 9 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 2 0 0 0 1
1991 30 PIT NL NLCS ATL L 3 8 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 .333 .500 .333 .833 2 0 0 0 0 0
1992 31 PIT NL NLCS ATL L 3 10 10 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400 2 0 0 0 0 0
1993 32 CHW AL ALCS TOR L 2 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .500 .333 .833 1 0 0 0 0 0
4 Yrs (4 Series) 11 31 25 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 4 .200 .355 .200 .555 5 2 0 0 0 1
3 NLCS 9 27 22 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 4 .182 .333 .182 .515 4 2 0 0 0 1
1 ALCS 2 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .500 .333 .833 1 0 0 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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1984 PHI NL 23 C 6 2 0 25.0 22 20 2 0 0 1.000 1 48 7.92 3.67 .986 6.52 6.52 0 0 0 1 100% 31% 0
1985 STL NL 24 C 12 11 10 96.0 53 48 5 0 3 1.000 1 12 4.97 4.42 .987 6.42 6.42 0 1 5 2 29% 30% 0
1986 STL NL 25 C 108 93 69 829.1 521 468 47 6 8 .988 7 10 5.59 4.77 .985 6.93 6.94 1 23 49 34 41% 32% 0
1987 PIT NL 26 C 112 99 78 864.1 659 584 70 5 11 .992 15 21 6.81 5.84 .987 6.94 6.90 2 29 68 56 45% 29% 1 GG
1988 PIT NL 27 C 114 105 90 937.2 628 565 55 8 6 .987 6 8 5.95 5.44 .987 6.56 6.57 4 35 88 48 35% 29% 1
1989 PIT NL 28 C 65 59 45 522.2 333 306 24 3 3 .991 -7 -16 5.68 5.08 .986 6.67 6.68 4 19 65 14 18% 32% 0
1990 PIT NL 29 C 95 87 64 751.0 519 478 36 5 6 .990 5 8 6.16 5.41 .987 6.65 6.61 3 21 68 36 35% 29% 0
1991 PIT NL 30 C 105 100 77 852.2 612 565 46 1 4 .998 -1 -1 6.45 5.82 .988 6.78 6.75 5 27 90 39 30% 33% 0
1992 PIT NL 31 C 92 87 67 767.0 486 421 62 3 6 .994 6 9 5.67 5.25 .991 6.67 6.67 4 26 71 44 38% 32% 2
1992 PIT NL 31 3B 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 120 9.00 1.00 .950 2.70 2.70
1993 TOT MLB 32 C 38 30 22 268.2 204 176 28 0 2 1.000 7 31 6.83 5.37 .991 6.57 6.51 5 15 9 24 73% 36% 2
1993 PIT NL 32 C 1 1 1 9.0 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -133 12.00 12.00 .989 6.70 6.70 1 1 1 0 0% 31% 0
1993 CHW AL 32 C 37 29 21 259.2 192 164 28 0 2 1.000 8 37 6.65 5.19 .991 6.56 6.50 4 14 8 24 75% 36% 2
1994 CHW AL 33 C 57 44 24 383.1 329 305 21 3 3 .991 1 3 7.65 5.72 .991 6.79 6.74 5 7 39 16 29% 31% 0
1995 CHW AL 34 C 46 30 18 268.0 223 202 20 1 1 .996 5 22 7.46 4.83 .990 6.74 6.67 1 13 14 16 53% 31% 1
12 Seasons C 850 747 564 6565.2 4589 4138 416 35 53 .992 46 8 6.24 5.36 .988 6.74 6.72 34 216 566 330 37% 31% 7
1 Season 3B 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 120 9.00 1.00 .950 2.70 2.70
12 Seasons TOT 851 747 564 6566.2 4590 4138 417 35 53 .992 46 8 6.24 5.35 .988 6.74 6.71 34 216 566 330 37% 31% 7
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

Gold Gloves
1987 NL (C)

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1988 Apr 24th NL Player of the Week

Defensive WARs c a p y
1986 NL  1.4 (9th)
1987 NL  2.2 (3rd)
1988 NL  1.4 (9th)
Career  9.9 (224th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1986 NL  10 (10th)
1994 AL  9 (6th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1992 NL  14 (6th)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1987 NL  15 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1987 NL  11 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1988 NL  88 (4th)
1991 NL  90 (4th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1987 NL  56 (2nd)
1988 NL  48 (3rd)
1991 NL  39 (5th)
1992 NL  44 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1986 NL  41.0 (3rd)
1987 NL  45.2 (1st)
1992 NL  38.3 (5th)
1995 AL  53.3 (1st)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1986 NL  7 (2nd)
1987 NL  15 (1st)
1988 NL  6 (4th)
1990 NL  5 (3rd)
1992 NL  6 (3rd)
1993 AL  8 (2nd)
1995 AL  5 (5th)
Career  46 (21st)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1994 AL  7.65 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1986 NL  .988 (5th)
1987 NL  .992 (2nd)
1990 NL  .990 (3rd)
1991 NL  .998 (1st)
1992 NL  .994 (5th)
Career  .992 (40th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 10 (1174), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 6 (2111), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (130th), 13.9 career WAR/12.2 7yr-peak WAR/13.1 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1986 25 St. Louis Cardinals $70,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 26 Pittsburgh Pirates $120,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 27 Pittsburgh Pirates $215,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 28 Pittsburgh Pirates $482,500 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 29 Pittsburgh Pirates $575,000* ?
1991 30 Pittsburgh Pirates $1,035,000 ? 1994 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $110,000 earned bonus
1992 31 Pittsburgh Pirates $1,850,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $200,000 signing bonus
1993 32 Pittsburgh Pirates $2,350,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Released midseason; includes pro-rated $600K sign.
1994 33 Pittsburgh Pirates $2,100,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Released in 1993; incl. pro-rated $600K signing
33 Chicago White Sox $109,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Released midseason by Pittsburgh
1995 34 Chicago White Sox $750,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Option year
Career to date (may be incomplete)$9,656,500
Disputed Salaries
*1990 - $655,000 - 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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Name and misspellings: Michael Eugene mark michael Mike Spanky LaValliere

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