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Paul Molitor

Paul Leo Molitor (The Ignitor)

Positions: Designated Hitter, Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: August 22, 1956 in St. Paul, MN
High Schools: Cretin HS (St. Paul, MN), Cretin-Derham Hall HS (St. Paul, MN)
School: University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Drafted
by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1977 amateur draft.
Signed June 24, 1977. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 7, 1978 (Age 21.228)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1978 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Brewers/Twins/BlueJays 1978-1998
Agents: Ron Simon [*]
Final Game: September 27, 1998 (Age 42.036)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 2004 (431/506 ballots).
   View Paul Molitor Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

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Fine Details  · Last updated Aug 30, 2014 11:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #34. Ed Delahanty… #35. Johnny Mize… #36. Harry Heilmann… #37. PAUL MOLITOR… #38. Frankie Frisch… #39. Robin Yount… #40. Hank Greenberg… 

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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
1978 21 MIL AL 125 556 521 73 142 26 4 6 45 30 12 19 54 .273 .301 .372 .673 89 194 6 4 7 5 2 46/D5 RoY-2
1979 22 MIL AL 140 645 584 88 188 27 16 9 62 33 13 48 48 .322 .372 .469 .842 126 274 9 2 6 5 5 *46/D MVP-20
1980 ★ 23 MIL AL 111 512 450 81 137 29 2 9 37 34 7 48 48 .304 .372 .438 .809 125 197 9 3 6 5 4 46/D5 AS
1981 24 MIL AL 64 284 251 45 67 11 0 2 19 10 6 25 29 .267 .341 .335 .675 100 84 3 3 5 0 1 8D/9
1982 25 MIL AL 160 751 666 136 201 26 8 19 71 41 9 69 93 .302 .366 .450 .816 129 300 9 1 10 5 1 *5/D6 MVP-12
1983 26 MIL AL 152 682 608 95 164 28 6 15 47 41 8 59 74 .270 .333 .410 .743 110 249 12 2 7 6 4 *5/D
1984 27 MIL AL 13 49 46 3 10 1 0 0 6 1 0 2 8 .217 .245 .239 .484 37 11 0 0 0 1 0 /5D
1985 ★ 28 MIL AL 140 642 576 93 171 28 3 10 48 21 7 54 80 .297 .356 .408 .764 110 235 12 1 7 4 6 *5/D AS
1986 29 MIL AL 105 482 437 62 123 24 6 9 55 20 5 40 81 .281 .340 .426 .765 105 186 9 0 2 3 0 5D/7
1987 30 MIL AL 118 542 465 114 164 41 5 16 75 45 10 69 67 .353 .438 .566 1.003 161 263 4 2 5 1 2 D54 MVP-5,SS
1988 ★ 31 MIL AL 154 691 609 115 190 34 6 13 60 41 10 71 54 .312 .384 .452 .836 133 275 10 2 5 3 8 5D/4 AS,MVP-8,SS
1989 32 MIL AL 155 696 615 84 194 35 4 11 56 27 11 64 67 .315 .379 .439 .818 132 270 11 4 4 9 4 *5D4
1990 33 MIL AL 103 458 418 64 119 27 6 12 45 18 3 37 51 .285 .343 .464 .807 125 194 7 1 0 2 4 43/D5
1991 ★ 34 MIL AL 158 752 665 133 216 32 13 17 75 19 8 77 62 .325 .399 .489 .888 147 325 11 6 0 1 16 *D3 AS,MVP-11
1992 ★ 35 MIL AL 158 701 609 89 195 36 7 12 89 31 6 73 66 .320 .389 .461 .851 140 281 13 3 4 11 12 D3 AS,MVP-10
1993 ★ 36 TOR AL 160 725 636 121 211 37 5 22 111 22 4 77 71 .332 .402 .509 .911 143 324 13 3 1 8 3 *D3 AS,MVP-2,SS
1994 ★ 37 TOR AL 115 516 454 86 155 30 4 14 75 20 0 55 48 .341 .410 .518 .927 138 235 13 1 0 5 4 *D/3 AS,MVP-18
1995 38 TOR AL 130 598 525 63 142 31 2 15 60 12 0 61 57 .270 .350 .423 .772 101 222 10 5 3 4 1 *D
1996 39 MIN AL 161 729 660 99 225 41 8 9 113 18 6 56 72 .341 .390 .468 .858 116 309 21 3 0 9 10 *D3 MVP-13,SS
1997 40 MIN AL 135 597 538 63 164 32 4 10 89 11 4 45 73 .305 .351 .435 .786 104 234 8 0 2 12 8 *D3
1998 41 MIN AL 126 559 502 75 141 29 5 4 69 9 2 45 41 .281 .335 .382 .718 86 192 19 1 1 10 5 *D/3
21 Yrs 2683 12167 10835 1782 3319 605 114 234 1307 504 131 1094 1244 .306 .369 .448 .817 122 4854 209 47 75 109 100
162 Game Avg. 162 735 654 108 200 37 7 14 79 30 8 66 75 .306 .369 .448 .817 122 293 13 3 5 7 6
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
MIL (15 yrs) 1856 8443 7520 1275 2281 405 86 160 790 412 115 755 882 .303 .367 .444 .811 125 3338 125 34 68 61 69
MIN (3 yrs) 422 1885 1700 237 530 102 17 23 271 38 12 146 186 .312 .362 .432 .794 104 735 48 4 3 31 23
TOR (3 yrs) 405 1839 1615 270 508 98 11 51 246 54 4 193 176 .315 .387 .484 .871 128 781 36 9 4 17 8

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
1978 21 MIL AL 125 556 -6 3 0 5 5 8 0.9 19 27 2.7 .507 .505 2.2 1.1 21 $21,000 46/D5 RoY-2
1979 22 MIL AL 140 645 22 4 2 4 4 36 3.6 21 57 5.6 .525 .522 5.3 0.8 53 $65,000 *46/D MVP-20
1980 ★ 23 MIL AL 111 512 17 5 0 -4 3 21 2.3 16 37 3.8 .519 .513 4.1 -0.0 41 $210,000 46/D5 AS
1981 24 MIL AL 64 284 1 1 1 -1 -1 1 0.1 9 10 1.0 .502 .501 1.1 -0.2 11 $320,000 8D/9
1982 25 MIL AL 160 751 33 6 2 -4 2 39 4.0 23 62 6.2 .525 .525 6.7 -0.2 66 $435,000 *5/D6 MVP-12
1983 26 MIL AL 152 682 9 4 0 8 2 22 2.5 22 44 4.5 .515 .514 3.7 1.0 36 *5/D
1984 27 MIL AL 13 49 -4 0 1 1 -0 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.1 .477 .498 -0.2 0.1 -2 /5D
1985 ★ 28 MIL AL 140 642 10 3 -1 3 1 16 1.8 20 37 3.7 .512 .510 3.4 0.5 34 $950,000 *5/D AS
1986 29 MIL AL 105 482 3 5 0 -1 0 8 0.9 15 23 2.3 .507 .505 2.4 -0.1 24 $1,160,000 5D/7
1987 30 MIL AL 118 542 44 6 0 -0 -4 46 4.4 17 63 6.0 .536 .527 6.0 -0.4 63 $1,260,000 D54 MVP-5,SS
1988 ★ 31 MIL AL 154 691 25 7 -1 1 -3 29 3.2 22 51 5.2 .520 .519 5.1 -0.2 50 $1,400,000 5D/4 AS,MVP-8,SS
1989 32 MIL AL 155 696 30 -1 0 2 -1 31 3.5 23 54 5.7 .521 .520 5.4 0.2 52 $2,100,000 *5D4
1990 33 MIL AL 103 458 14 4 0 -2 -1 16 1.7 16 31 3.2 .516 .510 3.4 -0.3 33 $2,600,000 43/D5
1991 ★ 34 MIL AL 158 752 39 2 -1 0 -13 28 3.0 24 52 5.3 .518 .518 5.3 -1.3 52 $3,243,333 *D3 AS,MVP-11
1992 ★ 35 MIL AL 158 701 31 4 1 -1 -13 21 2.4 25 46 4.7 .514 .514 4.9 -1.5 48 $3,453,333 D3 AS,MVP-10
1993 ★ 36 TOR AL 160 725 43 6 -0 -1 -15 33 3.2 26 58 5.7 .520 .520 5.9 -1.7 59 $3,650,000 *D3 AS,MVP-2,SS
1994 ★ 37 TOR AL 115 516 28 6 -1 -1 -11 20 1.9 19 39 3.6 .516 .511 3.8 -1.1 40 $4,025,000 *D/3 AS,MVP-18
1995 38 TOR AL 130 598 3 2 -0 0 -12 -8 -0.7 21 13 1.3 .494 .495 1.3 -1.1 13 $4,500,000 *D
1996 39 MIN AL 161 729 20 5 1 0 -15 11 1.3 27 37 3.7 .506 .506 3.5 -1.3 37 $2,025,000 *D3 MVP-13,SS
1997 40 MIN AL 135 597 -0 3 2 0 -12 -8 -0.6 22 14 1.5 .495 .495 1.4 -1.1 14 $3,500,000 *D3
1998 41 MIN AL 126 559 -10 5 -1 -2 -11 -20 -1.9 20 0 0.1 .484 .488 0.2 -1.3 2 $4,250,000 *D/3
21 Seasons 2683 12167 351 78 5 8 -97 346 37.1 411 756 75.4 .513 .512 74.8 -8.0 749 $39,167,666
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
MIL (15 yrs) 1856 8443 269 52 5 12 -20 318 33.8 276 594 59.6 .517 .515 58.6 -0.4 582 $17,217,666
MIN (3 yrs) 422 1885 10 13 2 -2 -39 -17 -1.1 69 52 5.2 .496 .497 5.2 -3.6 54 $9,775,000
TOR (3 yrs) 405 1839 73 14 -1 -2 -38 45 4.4 66 111 10.6 .511 .510 11.0 -4.0 113 $12,175,000

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
1981 24 MIL AL ALDS NYY L 5 23 20 2 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 .250 .318 .400 .718 8 0 0 1 0 0
1982 25 MIL AL ALCS CAL W 5 21 19 4 6 1 0 2 5 1 1 2 3 .316 .381 .684 1.065 13 1 0 0 0 0
1982 25 MIL AL WS STL L 7 33 31 5 11 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 4 .355 .394 .355 .749 11 1 0 0 0 0
1993 36 TOR AL ALCS CHW W 6 27 23 7 9 2 1 1 5 0 0 3 3 .391 .481 .696 1.177 16 0 1 0 0 1
1993 ❍ MVP 36 TOR AL WS PHI W 6 28 24 10 12 2 2 2 8 1 0 3 0 .500 .571 1.000 1.571 24 0 1 0 0 0
3 Yrs (5 Series) 29 132 117 28 43 5 3 6 22 3 2 12 15 .368 .435 .615 1.050 72 2 2 1 0 1
1 ALDS 5 23 20 2 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 .250 .318 .400 .718 8 0 0 1 0 0
2 ALCS 11 48 42 11 15 3 1 3 10 1 1 5 6 .357 .438 .690 1.128 29 1 1 0 0 1
2 WS 13 61 55 15 23 2 2 2 11 2 1 5 4 .418 .475 .636 1.112 35 1 1 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 Awards
1978 MIL AL 21 2B 91 87 86 784.1 492 197 283 12 57 .976 4 5 5.51 5.27 .980 5.47 5.42 RoY-2
1978 MIL AL 21 SS 31 31 30 271.0 182 54 118 10 17 .945 2 10 5.71 5.55 .964 4.92 4.87 RoY-2
1978 MIL AL 21 DH 2 1 RoY-2
1978 MIL AL 21 3B 1 1 0 7.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -86 2.57 2.00 .955 2.96 3.00 RoY-2
1979 MIL AL 22 2B 122 121 119 1075.2 717 289 413 15 81 .979 5 6 5.87 5.75 .978 5.50 5.43 MVP-20
1979 MIL AL 22 SS 10 9 9 89.0 48 20 27 1 3 .979 -2 -20 4.75 4.70 .965 5.01 4.95 MVP-20
1979 MIL AL 22 DH 8 8 MVP-20
1980 MIL AL 23 2B 91 90 86 798.1 550 240 294 16 80 .971 -3 -4 6.02 5.87 .981 5.60 5.58 AS
1980 MIL AL 23 SS 12 11 11 99.0 64 19 41 4 10 .938 -1 -12 5.45 5.00 .963 4.99 4.98 AS
1980 MIL AL 23 DH 7 7 AS
1980 MIL AL 23 3B 1 1 1 9.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -13 2.00 2.00 .950 3.00 3.00 AS
1981 MIL AL 24 OF 46 47 45 421.2 126 119 4 3 1 .976 -1 -2 2.63 2.67 .983 2.48 2.47
1981 MIL AL 24 CF 43 43 41 385.2 119 113 4 2 1 .983 -2 -5 2.73 2.72 .988 2.90 2.89
1981 MIL AL 24 DH 15 15
1981 MIL AL 24 RF 4 4 4 36.0 9 8 0 1 0 .889 1 27 2.00 2.00 .980 2.15 2.15
1982 MIL AL 25 3B 150 150 145 1338.1 497 128 340 29 48 .942 -1 -1 3.15 3.12 .954 3.07 3.05 MVP-12
1982 MIL AL 25 DH 6 6 MVP-12
1982 MIL AL 25 SS 4 3 3 27.0 19 6 10 3 0 .842 -2 -98 5.33 4.00 .965 4.87 4.85 MVP-12
1983 MIL AL 26 3B 146 145 144 1297.1 464 105 343 16 37 .966 8 7 3.11 3.07 .955 3.07 3.05
1983 MIL AL 26 DH 2 0
1984 MIL AL 27 3B 7 7 7 63.0 30 7 21 2 3 .933 1 23 4.00 4.00 .950 2.74 2.73
1984 MIL AL 27 DH 4 3
1985 MIL AL 28 3B 135 133 129 1168.0 408 126 263 19 30 .953 3 3 3.00 2.88 .953 2.85 2.82 AS
1985 MIL AL 28 DH 4 4 AS
1986 MIL AL 29 3B 91 91 89 804.0 267 82 170 15 25 .944 0 0 2.82 2.77 .948 2.74 2.71
1986 MIL AL 29 DH 10 10
1986 MIL AL 29 LF 4 4 3 34.0 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -49 1.32 1.25 .976 2.25 2.22
1986 MIL AL 29 OF 4 4 3 34.0 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -49 1.32 1.25 .980 2.38 2.38
1987 MIL AL 30 DH 58 58 MVP-5,SS
1987 MIL AL 30 3B 41 40 30 329.0 94 25 64 5 8 .947 -4 -16 2.43 2.17 .952 2.77 2.74 MVP-5,SS
1987 MIL AL 30 2B 19 18 16 165.0 84 35 49 0 16 1.000 4 31 4.58 4.42 .980 5.12 5.06 MVP-5,SS
1988 MIL AL 31 3B 105 104 88 896.0 290 86 187 17 15 .941 1 2 2.74 2.60 .954 2.71 2.69 AS,MVP-8,SS
1988 MIL AL 31 DH 49 49 AS,MVP-8,SS
1988 MIL AL 31 2B 1 1 0 8.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 2.25 2.00 .980 5.18 5.10 AS,MVP-8,SS
1989 MIL AL 32 3B 112 112 98 968.1 338 78 243 17 18 .950 1 2 2.98 2.87 .943 2.73 2.70
1989 MIL AL 32 DH 28 28
1989 MIL AL 32 2B 16 15 12 123.0 73 28 44 1 9 .986 1 7 5.27 4.50 .981 5.24 5.18
1990 MIL AL 33 2B 60 60 49 503.1 330 136 190 4 36 .988 -1 -3 5.83 5.43 .984 5.23 5.18
1990 MIL AL 33 1B 37 36 32 311.0 355 325 25 5 28 .986 -1 -4 10.13 9.46 .992 9.63 9.53
1990 MIL AL 33 DH 4 4
1990 MIL AL 33 3B 2 2 2 18.0 10 2 7 1 1 .900 0 33 4.50 4.50 .944 2.75 2.75
1991 MIL AL 34 DH 112 112 AS,MVP-11
1991 MIL AL 34 1B 46 46 40 406.2 427 389 32 6 52 .986 0 1 9.32 9.15 .992 9.75 9.74 AS,MVP-11
1992 MIL AL 35 DH 108 108 AS,MVP-10
1992 MIL AL 35 1B 48 48 44 425.2 489 461 26 2 44 .996 -1 -3 10.30 10.15 .993 9.68 9.64 AS,MVP-10
1993 TOR AL 36 DH 137 137 AS,MVP-2,SS
1993 TOR AL 36 1B 23 23 22 206.0 195 178 14 3 16 .985 -1 -6 8.39 8.35 .993 9.57 9.48 AS,MVP-2,SS
1994 TOR AL 37 DH 110 110 AS,MVP-18
1994 TOR AL 37 1B 5 5 5 44.0 50 47 3 0 6 1.000 -1 -35 10.23 10.00 .992 9.57 9.48 AS,MVP-18
1995 TOR AL 38 DH 129 129
1996 MIN AL 39 DH 143 143 MVP-13,SS
1996 MIN AL 39 1B 17 17 16 145.2 152 138 13 1 13 .993 0 0 9.33 8.88 .992 9.24 9.18 MVP-13,SS
1997 MIN AL 40 DH 122 121
1997 MIN AL 40 1B 12 12 9 97.1 107 99 7 1 6 .991 0 1 9.80 8.83 .992 9.31 9.23
1998 MIN AL 41 DH 115 115
1998 MIN AL 41 1B 9 9 8 74.0 86 79 7 0 4 1.000 -2 -31 10.46 9.56 .992 9.43 9.33
21 Seasons DH 1173 1168
11 Seasons 3B 791 786 733 6898.0 2402 642 1639 121 185 .950 9 2 2.98 2.88 .952 2.88 2.85
7 Seasons 2B 400 392 368 3457.2 2248 926 1274 48 279 .979 10 3 5.73 5.50 .980 5.45 5.40
8 Seasons 1B 197 196 176 1710.1 1861 1716 127 18 169 .990 -6 -4 9.70 9.36 .992 9.60 9.54
4 Seasons SS 57 54 53 486.0 313 99 196 18 30 .942 -2 -6 5.46 5.18 .964 4.95 4.91
2 Seasons OF 50 51 48 455.2 131 123 5 3 1 .977 -2 -6 2.53 2.56 .983 2.47 2.46
1 Season CF 43 43 41 385.2 119 113 4 2 1 .983 -2 -5 2.73 2.72 .988 2.90 2.89
1 Season RF 4 4 4 36.0 9 8 0 1 0 .889 1 27 2.00 2.00 .980 2.15 2.15
1 Season LF 4 4 3 34.0 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -49 1.32 1.25 .976 2.25 2.22
21 Seasons TOT 1495 1479 1378 13007.2 6955 3506 3241 208 664 .970 8 1 4.67 4.51 .973 4.51 4.48
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
2004 BBWAA (85.2%)
Selected to HOF in 2004 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1979 AL (20, 2%)
1982 AL (12, 7%)
1987 AL (5, 32%)
1988 AL (8, 13%)
1991 AL (11, 13%)
1992 AL (10, 16%)
1993 AL (2, 53%)
1994 AL (18, 2%)
1996 AL (13, 5%)
1.43 Career Shares (157th)

Silver Sluggers
1987 AL (DH)
1988 AL (DH)
1993 AL (DH)
1996 AL (DH)
All multiple winners

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1989 September AL Player of the Month
1993 May AL Player of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1982 Sep 19th AL Player of the Week
1987 Aug 16th AL Player of the Week
1987 Aug 23rd AL Player of the Week
1992 Aug 30th AL Player of the Week
1994 Jul 24th AL Player of the Week

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1982 AL  6.2 (8th)
1987 AL  6.0 (9th)
Career  75.4 (73rd)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1979 AL  5.6 (9th)
1982 AL  6.2 (7th)
1987 AL  6.0 (3rd)
1989 AL  5.6 (7th)
Career  75.4 (44th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1979 AL  5.3 (10th)
1982 AL  6.7 (3rd)
1987 AL  6.0 (3rd)
1989 AL  5.4 (6th)
1992 AL  4.8 (10th)
1993 AL  5.9 (9th)
1994 AL  3.8 (8th)
Career  74.8 (47th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1979 AL  .322 (6th)
1982 AL  .302 (10th)
1985 AL  .297 (9th)
1987 AL  .353 (2nd)
1988 AL  .312 (5th)
1989 AL  .315 (6th)
1991 AL  .325 (5th)
1992 AL  .320 (4th)
1993 AL  .332 (2nd)
1994 AL  .341 (6th)
1996 AL  .341 (3rd)
Career  .306 (141st)

On-Base% s c a p y
1987 AL  .438 (2nd)
1988 AL  .384 (10th)
1991 AL  .399 (7th)
1992 AL  .389 (7th)
1993 AL  .402 (9th)
1994 AL  .410 (10th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1987 AL  .566 (5th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1987 AL  1.003 (2nd)
1991 AL  .888 (8th)
1992 AL  .851 (10th)
1993 AL  .911 (10th)

Games Played s c a p y
1982 AL  160 (6th)
1991 AL  158 (10th)
1992 AL  158 (9th)
1993 AL  160 (2nd)
1994 AL  115 (1st)
1996 AL  161 (3rd)
Career  2,683 (31st)

At Bats s c a p y
1982 AL  666 (1st)
1983 AL  608 (8th)
1988 AL  609 (10th)
1989 AL  615 (10th)
1991 AL  665 (1st)
1993 AL  636 (2nd)
1994 AL  454 (3rd)
1996 AL  660 (2nd)
Career  10,835 (14th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1982 AL  751 (1st)
1983 AL  682 (6th)
1988 AL  691 (6th)
1989 AL  696 (6th)
1991 AL  752 (1st)
1992 AL  701 (9th)
1993 AL  725 (1st)
1994 AL  516 (6th)
1996 AL  729 (4th)
Career  12,167 (15th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1982 AL  136 (1st)
1983 AL  95 (10th)
1987 AL  114 (1st)
1988 AL  115 (4th)
1991 AL  133 (1st)
1993 AL  121 (2nd)
1994 AL  86 (7th)
Career  1,782 (20th)

Hits s c a p y
1979 AL  188 (4th)
1982 AL  201 (3rd)
1988 AL  190 (4th)
1989 AL  194 (5th)
1991 AL  216 (1st)
1992 AL  195 (3rd)
1993 AL  211 (1st)
1994 AL  155 (2nd)
1996 AL  225 (1st)
Career  3,319 (10th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1982 AL  300 (8th)
1991 AL  325 (4th)
1992 AL  281 (10th)
1993 AL  324 (7th)
1994 AL  235 (8th)
Career  4,854 (24th)

Doubles s c a p y
1987 AL  41 (1st)
1989 AL  35 (8th)
1992 AL  36 (8th)
1993 AL  37 (9th)
1994 AL  30 (9th)
1996 AL  41 (8th)
Career  605 (11th)

Triples s c a p y
1979 AL  16 (2nd)
1982 AL  8 (8th)
1988 AL  6 (9th)
1991 AL  13 (1st)
1992 AL  7 (7th)
1996 AL  8 (3rd)
Career  114 (111th)

Home Runs s c a p y
Career  234 (241st)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1993 AL  111 (8th)
Career  1,307 (108th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
Career  1,094 (79th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
Career  1,244 (139th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1979 AL  33 (7th)
1980 AL  34 (6th)
1982 AL  41 (4th)
1983 AL  41 (6th)
1987 AL  45 (4th)
1988 AL  41 (3rd)
1989 AL  27 (9th)
Career  504 (37th)

Singles s c a p y
1979 AL  136 (5th)
1982 AL  148 (3rd)
1985 AL  130 (9th)
1988 AL  137 (5th)
1989 AL  144 (6th)
1991 AL  154 (2nd)
1992 AL  140 (6th)
1993 AL  147 (2nd)
1994 AL  107 (1st)
1996 AL  167 (1st)
Career  2,366 (11th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1987 AL  161 (3rd)
1991 AL  147 (7th)
1992 AL  140 (6th)
1993 AL  143 (9th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1982 AL  117 (6th)
1987 AL  125 (5th)
1988 AL  112 (8th)
1989 AL  106 (8th)
1991 AL  132 (3rd)
1992 AL  116 (3rd)
1993 AL  136 (4th)
1994 AL  101 (5th)
Career  1,873 (30th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1987 AL  45 (5th)
1991 AL  43 (7th)
1992 AL  36 (4th)
1993 AL  41 (6th)
1994 AL  28 (9th)
Career  351 (96th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1987 AL  4.2 (5th)
1991 AL  4.2 (7th)
1992 AL  3.6 (4th)
1993 AL  3.9 (6th)
1994 AL  2.5 (9th)
Career  33.9 (99th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
Career  953 (48th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1982 AL  271 (4th)
1988 AL  263 (5th)
1989 AL  262 (6th)
1991 AL  299 (2nd)
1992 AL  271 (4th)
1993 AL  291 (3rd)
1994 AL  211 (4th)
1996 AL  284 (8th)
Career  4,460 (19th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1987 AL  .794 (2nd)
1991 AL  .718 (7th)
1992 AL  .698 (6th)
1993 AL  .720 (7th)
1994 AL  .701 (9th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1989 AL  9 (9th)
1992 AL  11 (4th)
1993 AL  8 (10th)
1996 AL  9 (8th)
1997 AL  12 (2nd)
1998 AL  10 (6th)
Career  109 (14th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1991 AL  16 (4th)
1992 AL  12 (8th)
Career  100 (123rd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1996 AL  21 (4th)
1998 AL  19 (5th)
Career  209 (79th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1978 AL  12 (9th)
1979 AL  13 (6th)
1988 AL  10 (6th)
Career  131 (46th)

SB % s c a p y
1980 AL  82.93 (8th)
1982 AL  82.00 (8th)
1983 AL  83.67 (8th)
1986 AL  80.00 (10th)
1990 AL  85.71 (5th)
1992 AL  83.78 (7th)
1993 AL  84.62 (4th)
1994 AL  100.00 (1st)
Career  79.37 (66th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1982 AL  26.0 (2nd)
1983 AL  22.0 (1st)
1987 AL  23.6 (7th)
1988 AL  19.7 (6th)
1989 AL  15.6 (9th)
1991 AL  17.9 (9th)
1992 AL  17.3 (8th)
1993 AL  22.0 (7th)
1994 AL  16.5 (5th)
Career  319.6 (16th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1996 AL  9.2 (9th)
1998 AL  12.2 (2nd)

Outs Made s c a p y
1982 AL  498 (2nd)
1983 AL  477 (8th)
1996 AL  471 (7th)
Career  8,040 (15th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1987 AL  49.26 (2nd)
1988 AL  40.57 (8th)
1991 AL  44.19 (5th)
1992 AL  38.03 (10th)
1993 AL  53.74 (3rd)
1994 AL  32.12 (9th)
Career  417.81 (58th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1987 AL  4.2 (2nd)
1988 AL  3.3 (9th)
1992 AL  3.6 (8th)
1993 AL  5.2 (3rd)
Career  37.2 (67th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1987 AL  3.3 (7th)
1989 AL  3.0 (8th)
1991 AL  4.1 (6th)
1992 AL  3.2 (8th)
1993 AL  4.7 (4th)
Career  34.7 (74th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1987 AL  4.5 (2nd)
1988 AL  4.0 (8th)
1991 AL  4.4 (5th)
1992 AL  3.8 (10th)
1993 AL  5.1 (3rd)
1994 AL  2.9 (9th)
Career  40.1 (63rd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1982 AL  32 (1st)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1979 AL  413 (4th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1979 AL  15 (3rd)
1980 AL  16 (3rd)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1982 AL  150 (3rd)
1983 AL  146 (4th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1982 AL  128 (2nd)
1983 AL  105 (4th)
1985 AL  126 (3rd)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1982 AL  340 (3rd)
1983 AL  343 (4th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1982 AL  29 (1st)
1985 AL  19 (3rd)
1988 AL  17 (5th)
1989 AL  17 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1982 AL  48 (1st)
1983 AL  37 (3rd)
1985 AL  30 (3rd)
1986 AL  25 (4th)
Career  185 (81st)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1981 AL  1 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1979 AL  5.87 (3rd)
1980 AL  6.02 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1978 AL  5.27 (5th)
1979 AL  5.75 (2nd)
1980 AL  5.87 (1st)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1983 AL  8 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1985 AL  3.00 (3rd)
1986 AL  2.82 (5th)
1988 AL  2.74 (4th)
1989 AL  2.98 (4th)
Career  2.98 (17th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1982 AL  3.12 (3rd)
1983 AL  3.07 (5th)
1985 AL  2.88 (5th)
1986 AL  2.77 (2nd)
1988 AL  2.60 (5th)
1989 AL  2.87 (3rd)

Salary s c a p y
1989 AL  $2,100,000 (10th)
1990 AL  $2,600,000 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1995 AL  born 1956-08-22 (9th)
1996 AL  born 1956-08-22 (4th)
1997 AL  born 1956-08-22 (4th)
1998 AL  born 1956-08-22 (2nd)

             

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Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 24 (81), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 145 (99), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 166 (70), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 59 (36), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (9th), 75.4 career WAR/39.6 7yr-peak WAR/57.5 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

Transactions

  • June 5, 1974: Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 28th round of the 1974 amateur draft, but did not sign.
  • June 7, 1977: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1977 amateur draft. Player signed June 24, 1977.
  • November 9, 1987: Granted Free Agency.
  • January 5, 1988: Signed as a Free Agent with the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • October 30, 1992: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 7, 1992: Signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • November 3, 1995: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 5, 1995: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins.
  • October 28, 1997: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 6, 1997: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins.
  • October 26, 1998: 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
1978 21 Milwaukee Brewers $21,000 ? R. Simon, The Name of the Game 178
1979 22 Milwaukee Brewers $65,000 ? R. Simon, The Name of the Game 178
1980 23 Milwaukee Brewers $210,000 ? R. Simon, The Name of the Game 178
1981 24 Milwaukee Brewers $320,000 ? R. Simon, The Name of the Game 178
1982 25 Milwaukee Brewers $435,000 ? R. Simon, The Name of the Game 178 Includes $75,000 performance bonuses
1985 28 Milwaukee Brewers $950,000 ? R. Simon, The Name of the Game 179 Includes $50,000 performance bonuses
1986 29 Milwaukee Brewers $1,160,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 30 Milwaukee Brewers $1,260,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 31 Milwaukee Brewers $1,400,000* ?
1989 32 Milwaukee Brewers $2,100,000* ?
1990 33 Milwaukee Brewers $2,600,000 ? USA Today
1991 34 Milwaukee Brewers $3,243,333 ? 1994 Joint Exhibit 1 Incl $333,333 signing bonus, $20,000 earned bonus
1992 35 Milwaukee Brewers $3,453,333 ? 1994 Joint Exhibit 1 Incl $333,333 signing bonus, $20,000 earned bonus
1993 36 Toronto Blue Jays $3,650,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $500,000 signing bonus, $150K earned
1994 37 Toronto Blue Jays $4,025,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $500,000 signing bonus, $25K earned bonus
1995 38 Toronto Blue Jays $4,500,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $500,000 signing bonus, $25K earned bonus
1996 39 Minnesota Twins $2,025,000 ? 1997 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $25,000 earned bonus
39 Toronto Blue Jays $1,000,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Buyout of option year
1997 40 Minnesota Twins $3,500,000 ? 1997 Joint Exhibit 1
1998 41 Minnesota Twins $4,250,000 ? 4/3/98 USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$40,167,666
Disputed Salaries
*1988 - $1,775,000 - 12/13/88 NYT -
*1989 - $1,750,000 - 11/1/89 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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