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Chet Lemon

Chester Earl Lemon (The Jet)

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: February 12, 1955 in Jackson, MS
High School: Fremont HS (Los Angeles, CA)
School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
Drafted
by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round (22nd pick) of the 1972 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 9, 1975 (Age 20)
Rookie Status: Lost 1976 [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/WhiteSox 1975-1990

Final Game: October 3, 1990 (Age 35)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 24, 2014 6:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #367. Willie McGee… #368. Jackie Jensen… #369. Roger Bresnahan… #370. CHET LEMON… #371. Darrell Porter… #372. Ken Griffey… #373. Roy Sievers… 

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
1975 20 CHW AL 9 38 35 2 9 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 .257 .297 .314 .612 72 11 0 0 1 0 0 /5D8
1976 21 CHW AL 132 498 451 46 111 15 5 4 38 13 7 28 65 .246 .298 .328 .626 83 148 9 7 7 4 0 *8/7
1977 22 CHW AL 150 627 553 99 151 38 4 19 67 8 7 52 88 .273 .343 .459 .803 117 254 7 11 4 7 1 *8
1978 23 CHW AL 105 416 357 51 107 24 6 13 55 5 9 39 46 .300 .377 .510 .887 147 182 11 8 8 4 2 89D AS
1979 24 CHW AL 148 632 556 79 177 44 2 17 86 7 11 56 68 .318 .391 .496 .887 139 276 15 13 3 4 6 *8/D AS
1980 25 CHW AL 147 604 514 76 150 32 6 11 51 6 6 71 56 .292 .388 .442 .830 129 227 12 12 4 3 6 *8/D4
1981 26 CHW AL 94 383 328 50 99 23 6 9 50 5 8 33 48 .302 .384 .491 .874 155 161 10 13 5 4 0 *8
1982 27 DET AL 125 512 436 75 116 20 1 19 52 1 4 56 69 .266 .368 .447 .815 123 195 13 15 4 1 2 *98/D
1983 28 DET AL 145 573 491 78 125 21 5 24 69 0 7 54 70 .255 .350 .464 .814 126 228 11 20 4 4 1 *8/9
1984 29 DET AL 141 574 509 77 146 34 6 20 76 5 5 51 83 .287 .357 .495 .852 135 252 16 7 2 4 9 *8/D AS
1985 30 DET AL 145 575 517 69 137 28 4 18 68 0 2 45 93 .265 .334 .439 .773 111 227 5 10 0 3 3 *8
1986 31 DET AL 126 457 403 45 101 21 3 12 53 2 1 39 53 .251 .326 .407 .733 99 164 15 8 3 4 3 *8
1987 32 DET AL 146 553 470 75 130 30 3 20 75 0 0 70 82 .277 .376 .481 .857 130 226 17 8 0 5 1 *8
1988 33 DET AL 144 582 512 67 135 29 4 17 64 1 2 59 65 .264 .346 .436 .782 122 223 18 7 1 3 6 *9
1989 34 DET AL 127 472 414 45 98 19 2 7 47 1 5 46 71 .237 .323 .343 .666 90 142 7 8 2 2 3 *9D
1990 35 DET AL 104 378 322 39 83 16 4 5 32 3 2 48 61 .258 .359 .379 .738 107 122 8 4 2 2 3 9/D8
16 Yrs 1988 7874 6868 973 1875 396 61 215 884 58 76 749 1024 .273 .355 .442 .797 121 3038 174 151 50 54 46
162 Game Avg. 162 642 560 79 153 32 5 18 72 5 6 61 83 .273 .355 .442 .797 121 248 14 12 4 4 4
DET (9 yrs) 1203 4676 4074 570 1071 218 32 142 536 13 28 468 647 .263 .349 .437 .786 117 1779 110 87 18 28 31
CHW (7 yrs) 785 3198 2794 403 804 178 29 73 348 45 48 281 377 .288 .363 .451 .814 126 1259 64 64 32 26 15

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
1975 20 CHW AL 9 38 -1 1 0 -3 -0 -4 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .460 .498 0.1 -0.3 1 /5D8
1976 21 CHW AL 132 498 -7 -1 1 -6 -0 -13 -1.4 18 5 0.4 .489 .491 1.1 -0.7 11 *8/7
1977 22 CHW AL 150 627 13 2 1 18 -0 34 3.7 22 57 5.8 .524 .522 3.9 2.0 39 $35,000 *8
1978 23 CHW AL 105 416 24 -3 -2 13 -1 31 3.4 15 46 4.9 .532 .521 3.5 1.3 33 89D AS
1979 24 CHW AL 148 632 30 -3 -1 10 -0 36 3.7 23 59 5.8 .524 .522 4.8 1.0 49 *8/D AS
1980 25 CHW AL 147 604 23 1 0 -3 -1 20 2.2 21 41 4.2 .514 .513 4.5 -0.3 44 *8/D4
1981 26 CHW AL 94 383 24 -3 0 4 0 26 2.8 13 39 4.0 .530 .517 3.7 0.4 35 *8
1982 27 DET AL 125 512 15 -0 -1 3 -4 13 1.3 17 30 3.0 .511 .508 2.7 -0.1 27 *98/D
1983 28 DET AL 145 573 20 -1 1 21 1 41 4.4 20 60 6.2 .529 .526 4.0 2.3 40 *8/9
1984 29 DET AL 141 574 22 -1 -1 20 1 41 4.3 20 61 6.2 .530 .527 4.1 2.2 41 *8/D AS
1985 30 DET AL 145 575 8 0 1 9 1 20 2.1 20 40 4.0 .514 .513 3.0 1.1 30 $670,000 *8
1986 31 DET AL 126 457 0 -2 -0 14 1 13 1.4 16 28 2.8 .510 .508 1.4 1.5 15 $698,571 *8
1987 32 DET AL 146 553 21 2 -2 -1 1 21 2.1 19 40 3.8 .514 .512 4.0 0.0 41 $698,571 *8
1988 33 DET AL 144 582 15 -0 -1 -2 -6 6 0.8 20 26 2.6 .504 .504 2.8 -0.8 28 $828,571 *9
1989 34 DET AL 127 472 -1 -0 -1 -13 -6 -20 -2.0 17 -3 -0.4 .483 .487 0.9 -1.9 10 $828,571 *9D
1990 35 DET AL 104 378 2 1 1 10 -4 10 1.1 14 23 2.4 .510 .506 1.4 0.6 14 $828,571 9/D8
16 Seasons 1988 7874 210 -7 -4 93 -17 275 29.6 274 549 55.5 .514 .512 46.0 8.4 456 $4,587,855
DET (9 yrs) 1203 4676 104 -2 -4 60 -15 144 15.5 161 305 30.6 .512 .511 24.5 5.0 245 $4,552,855
CHW (7 yrs) 785 3198 106 -5 -0 33 -2 131 14.1 113 244 24.9 .517 .514 21.5 3.4 211 $35,000

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
1984 29 DET AL ALCS KCR W 3 13 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0
1984 29 DET AL WS SDP W 5 19 17 1 5 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 2 .294 .368 .294 .663 5 1 0 0 0 0
1987 32 DET AL ALCS MIN L 5 20 18 4 5 0 0 2 4 0 0 1 4 .278 .300 .611 .911 11 0 0 0 1 0
2 Yrs (3 Series) 13 52 48 6 10 0 0 2 5 2 1 3 7 .208 .250 .333 .583 16 2 0 0 1 0
2 ALCS 8 33 31 5 5 0 0 2 4 0 0 1 5 .161 .182 .355 .537 11 1 0 0 1 0
1 WS 5 19 17 1 5 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 2 .294 .368 .294 .663 5 1 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 Awards
1975 CHW AL 20 3B 6 5 4 43.0 13 5 7 1 0 .923 -3 -73 2.51 2.00 .954 3.16 3.15
1975 CHW AL 20 DH 2 2
1975 CHW AL 20 CF 1 1 0 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -75 0.00 0.00 2.81 2.80
1975 CHW AL 20 OF 1 1 0 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -75 0.00 0.00 2.36 2.40
1976 CHW AL 21 OF 131 118 106 1043.0 368 353 12 3 1 .992 -6 -7 3.15 2.79 .981 2.47 2.48
1976 CHW AL 21 CF 130 118 106 1042.0 373 358 12 3 1 .992 -6 -7 3.20 2.85 .984 2.98 2.99
1976 CHW AL 21 LF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.20
1977 CHW AL 22 CF 149 149 136 1301.2 533 509 12 12 2 .977 18 17 3.60 3.50 .983 2.83 2.81
1977 CHW AL 22 OF 149 149 136 1301.2 536 512 12 12 2 .978 18 17 3.62 3.52 .978 2.34 2.32
1978 CHW AL 23 OF 95 94 80 778.2 297 284 8 5 2 .983 13 20 3.38 3.07 .979 2.47 2.45 AS
1978 CHW AL 23 CF 84 83 72 690.1 254 245 6 3 2 .988 9 16 3.27 2.99 .984 2.97 2.94 AS
1978 CHW AL 23 RF 11 11 8 88.1 40 37 1 2 0 .950 4 52 3.87 3.45 .978 2.24 2.22 AS
1978 CHW AL 23 DH 10 8 AS
1979 CHW AL 24 CF 147 147 140 1281.1 432 411 11 10 2 .977 10 9 2.96 2.87 .983 2.92 2.88 AS
1979 CHW AL 24 OF 147 147 140 1281.1 431 411 10 10 2 .977 10 9 2.96 2.86 .981 2.46 2.43 AS
1979 CHW AL 24 DH 1 1 AS
1980 CHW AL 25 CF 139 135 126 1185.1 361 343 11 7 2 .981 -3 -3 2.69 2.55 .983 2.92 2.91
1980 CHW AL 25 OF 139 135 126 1185.1 365 347 11 7 2 .981 -3 -3 2.72 2.58 .979 2.47 2.46
1980 CHW AL 25 DH 6 6
1980 CHW AL 25 2B 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.60
1981 CHW AL 26 CF 93 93 81 781.0 247 241 2 4 1 .984 4 6 2.80 2.61 .988 2.90 2.89
1981 CHW AL 26 OF 93 93 81 781.0 246 240 2 4 1 .984 4 6 2.79 2.60 .983 2.48 2.47
1982 DET AL 27 OF 121 117 107 1027.0 257 242 11 4 2 .984 3 4 2.22 2.09 .982 2.47 2.46
1982 DET AL 27 RF 96 92 83 809.2 191 177 10 4 2 .979 2 2 2.08 1.95 .981 2.27 2.26
1982 DET AL 27 CF 27 25 24 217.1 65 63 2 0 0 1.000 2 8 2.69 2.41 .985 2.84 2.83
1982 DET AL 27 DH 1 1
1983 DET AL 28 OF 145 140 134 1258.1 417 406 6 5 3 .988 21 20 2.95 2.84 .981 2.50 2.48
1983 DET AL 28 CF 144 139 133 1247.1 417 403 9 5 3 .988 22 21 2.97 2.86 .987 2.93 2.91
1983 DET AL 28 RF 2 1 1 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -76 0.00 0.00 2.29 2.25
1984 DET AL 29 CF 140 135 120 1207.2 438 430 6 2 1 .995 20 20 3.25 3.11 .986 3.01 2.99 AS
1984 DET AL 29 OF 140 135 120 1207.2 435 427 6 2 1 .995 20 20 3.23 3.09 .983 2.51 2.49 AS
1984 DET AL 29 DH 1 0 AS
1985 DET AL 30 CF 144 143 135 1272.1 420 412 4 4 3 .990 9 9 2.94 2.89 .988 2.91 2.88
1985 DET AL 30 OF 144 143 135 1272.1 421 411 6 4 3 .990 9 9 2.95 2.90 .982 2.44 2.42
1986 DET AL 31 CF 124 111 103 1001.2 325 314 6 5 1 .985 14 16 2.88 2.58 .986 2.83 2.80
1986 DET AL 31 OF 124 111 103 1001.2 327 316 6 5 1 .985 14 16 2.89 2.60 .980 2.39 2.37
1987 DET AL 32 CF 145 130 116 1171.1 355 348 4 3 1 .992 -1 -1 2.70 2.43 .986 2.70 2.68
1987 DET AL 32 OF 145 130 116 1171.1 357 350 4 3 1 .992 -1 -1 2.72 2.44 .980 2.31 2.29
1988 DET AL 33 OF 144 141 127 1240.0 312 296 8 8 3 .974 -2 -2 2.21 2.11 .979 2.47 2.45
1988 DET AL 33 RF 144 141 127 1240.0 312 295 9 8 3 .974 -2 -2 2.21 2.11 .974 2.24 2.22
1989 DET AL 34 OF 111 103 93 896.1 198 189 6 3 0 .985 -13 -17 1.96 1.76 .980 2.42 2.39
1989 DET AL 34 RF 111 103 93 896.1 199 190 6 3 0 .985 -13 -17 1.97 1.77 .979 2.33 2.30
1989 DET AL 34 DH 14 10
1990 DET AL 35 OF 96 88 77 783.0 222 209 7 6 1 .973 10 15 2.48 2.25 .981 2.39 2.36
1990 DET AL 35 RF 94 86 75 765.0 216 203 7 6 1 .972 10 16 2.47 2.23 .978 2.23 2.21
1990 DET AL 35 DH 6 2
1990 DET AL 35 CF 3 2 2 18.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -40 2.00 1.33 .985 2.75 2.70
16 Seasons OF 1925 1845 1681 16236.2 5189 4993 115 81 25 .984 96 7 2.83 2.65 .981 2.44 2.42
14 Seasons CF 1470 1411 1294 12425.1 4224 4081 85 58 19 .986 96 9 3.02 2.83 .985 2.90 2.88
6 Seasons RF 458 434 387 3810.1 958 902 33 23 6 .976 -0 -0 2.21 2.04 .978 2.27 2.25
1 Season 3B 6 5 4 43.0 13 5 7 1 0 .923 -3 -73 2.51 2.00 .954 3.16 3.15
1 Season LF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.20
1 Season 2B 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.60
16 Seasons TOT 1932 1850 1685 16281.2 5202 4998 122 82 25 .984 93 7 2.83 2.65 .980 2.44 2.42
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

Hall of Fame
1996 BBWAA ( 0.2%)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1977 AL  5.8 (9th)
1983 AL  6.2 (8th)
1984 AL  6.2 (9th)
Career  55.5 (225th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1977 AL  5.8 (6th)
1979 AL  5.8 (8th)
1983 AL  6.2 (7th)
1984 AL  6.2 (7th)
Career  55.5 (142nd)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1981 AL  3.7 (6th)
Career  46.0 (202nd)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1977 AL  2.0 (7th)
1983 AL  2.3 (2nd)
1984 AL  2.2 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1979 AL  .318 (9th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1979 AL  .391 (9th)
1980 AL  .388 (10th)
1981 AL  .384 (6th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1981 AL  .491 (7th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1981 AL  .874 (5th)

Games Played s c a p y
Career  1,988 (247th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1977 AL  99 (10th)

Doubles s c a p y
1977 AL  38 (3rd)
1979 AL  44 (1st)
1981 AL  23 (8th)
1984 AL  34 (8th)
Career  396 (182nd)

Triples s c a p y
1981 AL  6 (6th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
Career  1,024 (245th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1981 AL  155 (4th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1981 AL  24 (7th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1981 AL  2.5 (7th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1979 AL  63 (9th)
1981 AL  38 (9th)
Career  672 (203rd)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1981 AL  .688 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1976 AL  7 (7th)
1977 AL  11 (3rd)
1978 AL  8 (4th)
1979 AL  13 (1st)
1980 AL  12 (2nd)
1981 AL  13 (1st)
1982 AL  15 (1st)
1983 AL  20 (1st)
1984 AL  7 (8th)
1985 AL  10 (5th)
1986 AL  8 (5th)
1987 AL  8 (8th)
1989 AL  8 (5th)
Career  151 (22nd)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1984 AL  9 (7th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1988 AL  18 (8th)
Career  174 (171st)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
Career  76 (246th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1981 AL  20.61 (10th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1981 AL  2.2 (10th)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1977 AL  18 (2nd)
1983 AL  21 (1st)
1984 AL  20 (5th)
Career  93 (60th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 AL  149 (3rd)
1979 AL  147 (4th)
1980 AL  139 (5th)
1983 AL  144 (5th)
1984 AL  140 (4th)
1985 AL  144 (5th)
1987 AL  145 (4th)
Career  1,470 (35th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 AL  509 (1st)
1979 AL  411 (5th)
1981 AL  241 (5th)
1983 AL  403 (4th)
1984 AL  430 (5th)
1985 AL  412 (5th)
1987 AL  348 (3rd)
Career  4,081 (26th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1976 AL  12 (4th)
1977 AL  12 (1st)
1979 AL  11 (3rd)
1980 AL  11 (2nd)
1983 AL  9 (3rd)
Career  85 (52nd)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 AL  12 (1st)
1979 AL  10 (2nd)
1980 AL  7 (4th)
1981 AL  4 (4th)
1983 AL  5 (5th)
Career  58 (46th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 AL  2 (3rd)
1980 AL  2 (4th)
1981 AL  1 (5th)
1983 AL  3 (2nd)
1985 AL  3 (5th)
Career  19 (65th)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1988 AL  144 (3rd)
1989 AL  111 (5th)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1988 AL  295 (5th)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1988 AL  9 (5th)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1988 AL  8 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1988 AL  3 (2nd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1977 AL  149 (5th)
Career  1,925 (60th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1977 AL  512 (1st)
1979 AL  411 (5th)
1983 AL  406 (4th)
1984 AL  427 (5th)
1985 AL  411 (5th)
1987 AL  350 (4th)
Career  4,993 (19th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1977 AL  12 (4th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1977 AL  12 (3rd)
1979 AL  10 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1988 AL  3 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 AL  18 (1st)
1978 AL  9 (5th)
1979 AL  10 (1st)
1983 AL  22 (1st)
1984 AL  20 (2nd)
1985 AL  9 (4th)
1986 AL  14 (3rd)
Career  96 (10th)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
1976 AL  3.20 (2nd)
1977 AL  3.60 (1st)
1978 AL  3.27 (1st)
1979 AL  2.96 (5th)
1984 AL  3.25 (4th)
1987 AL  2.70 (4th)
Career  3.02 (7th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1977 AL  3.50 (1st)
1978 AL  2.99 (3rd)
1983 AL  2.86 (5th)
1984 AL  3.11 (3rd)
Career  2.83 (17th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1976 AL  .992 (2nd)
1983 AL  .988 (4th)
1984 AL  .995 (1st)
1985 AL  .990 (4th)
1987 AL  .992 (2nd)
Career  .986 (87th)

Total Zone Runs as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1978 AL  4 (5th)
1990 AL  10 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1990 AL  2.47 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1988 AL  2.11 (4th)
1990 AL  2.23 (2nd)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1989 AL  .985 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
1977 AL  18 (1st)
1978 AL  13 (3rd)
1979 AL  10 (5th)
1983 AL  21 (1st)
1984 AL  20 (2nd)
1986 AL  14 (4th)
Career  96 (22nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
1976 AL  3.15 (5th)
1977 AL  3.62 (1st)
1978 AL  3.38 (1st)
1984 AL  3.23 (4th)
1986 AL  2.89 (5th)
1987 AL  2.72 (5th)
Career  2.83 (16th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1977 AL  3.52 (1st)
1978 AL  3.07 (3rd)
1984 AL  3.09 (3rd)
Career  2.65 (28th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1976 AL  .992 (3rd)
1984 AL  .995 (2nd)
1987 AL  .992 (4th)

Youngest s c a p y
1975 AL  born 1955-02-12 (4th)

             

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 2 (621), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 19 (1073), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 23 (744), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 20 (734), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (19th), 55.5 career WAR/37.1 7yr-peak WAR/46.3 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

Transactions

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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
197722Chicago White Sox$35,000TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
198530Detroit Tigers$670,0001985 USA Today survey
198631Detroit Tigers$698,5711986 USA Today survey
198732Detroit Tigers$698,5711987 USA Today survey
198833Detroit Tigers$828,571USA Today, 4/1/88
198934Detroit Tigers$828,5711989 USA Today survey
199035Detroit Tigers$828,571USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$4,587,855
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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Summation of season totals only works for the initial case when the table is in year order. On a sorted table the results may get a bit goofy.

HIGHLIGHTING: Adding a range or series of player's career seasons or career game numbers (like '#1972:batting_standard', '#1970-1980-sum:batting_standard', or '#1998,1999,2001,2002,sum:pitching_standard') onto the end of a player page url causes the seasons to the highlighted and summed. After changing address bar, reload the page to see highlighting. This will work even in links e-mailed to others. Note that for tables with multiple pages the first table is the default. If you want to create a sum for a table other than the first one, select the rows and after the summation window appears click on "permanent link" link.

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