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Dave Nelson

David Earl Nelson

Positions: Second Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: June 20, 1944 in Fort Sill, OK
High School: Junipero Serra HS (Gardena, CA)
Schools: Compton Community College (Compton, CA), California State University Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Signed
by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1964. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 11, 1968 (Age 23.296)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1968 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Rangers/Indians/Senators/Royals 1968-1977

Final Game: September 27, 1977 (Age 33.099)
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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
1968 24 CLE AL 88 216 189 26 44 4 5 0 19 23 7 17 35 .233 .295 .307 .602 84 58 1 1 6 3 0 46
1969 25 CLE AL 52 137 123 11 25 0 0 0 6 4 3 9 26 .203 .259 .203 .463 30 25 2 1 2 2 1 4/79
1970 26 WSA AL 47 116 107 5 17 1 0 0 4 2 1 7 24 .159 .207 .168 .375 7 18 2 0 0 2 0 4
1971 27 WSA AL 85 358 329 47 92 11 3 5 33 17 8 23 29 .280 .328 .377 .705 106 124 9 1 4 1 2 5/4
1972 28 TEX AL 145 579 499 68 113 16 3 2 28 51 17 67 81 .226 .324 .283 .607 85 141 4 5 9 0 3 *58/7
1973 ★ 29 TEX AL 142 624 576 71 165 24 4 7 48 43 16 34 78 .286 .325 .378 .703 102 218 11 0 11 3 3 *4/D AS,MVP-33
1974 30 TEX AL 121 526 474 71 112 13 1 3 42 25 13 34 72 .236 .291 .287 .578 70 136 17 4 11 3 0 *4/D
1975 31 TEX AL 28 92 80 9 17 1 0 2 10 6 0 8 10 .213 .289 .300 .589 68 24 3 1 2 1 1 4/D
1976 32 KCR AL 78 171 153 24 36 4 2 1 17 15 5 14 26 .235 .298 .307 .605 77 47 1 0 3 1 0 4D/3
1977 33 KCR AL 27 55 48 8 9 3 1 0 4 1 3 7 11 .188 .291 .292 .583 59 14 1 0 0 0 0 4/D
10 Yrs 813 2874 2578 340 630 77 19 20 211 187 73 220 392 .244 .305 .312 .618 81 805 51 13 48 16 10
162 Game Avg. 162 573 514 68 126 15 4 4 42 37 15 44 78 .244 .305 .312 .618 81 160 10 3 10 3 2
TEX (6 yrs) 568 2295 2065 271 516 66 11 19 165 144 55 173 294 .250 .310 .320 .630 85 661 46 11 37 10 9
KCR (2 yrs) 105 226 201 32 45 7 3 1 21 16 8 21 37 .224 .296 .303 .599 72 61 2 0 3 1 0
CLE (2 yrs) 140 353 312 37 69 4 5 0 25 27 10 26 61 .221 .281 .266 .547 61 83 3 2 8 5 1

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
1968 24 CLE AL 88 216 -3 2 1 -1 2 1 0.0 7 8 0.8 .501 .501 0.9 0.1 9 46
1969 25 CLE AL 52 137 -10 -1 -0 0 1 -10 -1.1 5 -5 -0.7 .479 .493 -0.7 0.1 -5 $13,500 4/79
1970 26 WSA AL 47 116 -14 0 1 2 1 -10 -1.2 4 -6 -0.8 .475 .493 -0.9 0.2 -8 $13,500 4
1971 27 WSA AL 85 358 5 3 0 -6 2 4 0.4 12 16 1.7 .506 .503 2.4 -0.5 23 5/4
1972 28 TEX AL 145 579 -7 4 1 -11 2 -11 -1.5 21 10 0.8 .490 .491 2.2 -1.2 21 *58/7
1973 ★ 29 TEX AL 142 624 3 1 1 -1 4 8 1.0 22 30 3.1 .506 .505 3.2 0.4 31 *4/D AS,MVP-33
1974 30 TEX AL 121 526 -16 3 -1 -4 4 -14 -1.5 18 4 0.3 .487 .490 0.8 0.0 8 *4/D
1975 31 TEX AL 28 92 -1 2 -0 -4 1 -4 -0.4 3 -0 -0.1 .486 .497 0.4 -0.4 4 4/D
1976 32 KCR AL 78 171 -4 1 0 0 -1 -4 -0.4 6 2 0.2 .494 .497 0.2 -0.0 2 4D/3
1977 33 KCR AL 27 55 -3 -1 0 -0 -0 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.2 .484 .497 -0.2 -0.1 -2 4/D
10 Seasons 813 2874 -51 14 3 -25 15 -44 -5.0 100 56 5.1 .494 .497 8.4 -1.3 82 $27,000
TEX (6 yrs) 568 2295 -31 13 2 -25 13 -27 -3.1 80 53 5.1 .494 .497 8.1 -1.4 78 $13,500
KCR (2 yrs) 105 226 -7 -0 1 -0 -1 -8 -0.8 8 0 -0.0 .492 .497 -0.0 -0.1 0
CLE (2 yrs) 140 353 -13 1 0 -0 3 -9 -1.1 12 3 0.1 .493 .498 0.3 0.2 4 $13,500

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
1976 32 KCR AL ALCS NYY 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 ALCS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 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 Awards
1968 CLE AL 24 2B 59 53 39 452.0 232 115 114 3 26 .987 -1 -3 4.56 3.88 .977 5.11 5.08
1968 CLE AL 24 SS 14 1 1 30.0 23 9 13 1 1 .957 0 12 6.60 1.57 .962 4.80 4.77
1969 CLE AL 25 2B 33 30 26 279.1 178 78 94 6 28 .966 0 0 5.54 5.21 .976 5.21 5.21
1969 CLE AL 25 OF 2 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 180 4.50 0.50 .980 2.25 2.15
1969 CLE AL 25 LF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.00
1969 CLE AL 25 RF 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 360 9.00 1.00 .970 1.80 1.90
1970 WSA AL 26 2B 33 21 18 214.1 145 64 79 2 19 .986 2 11 6.00 4.33 .979 5.35 5.32
1971 WSA AL 27 3B 84 80 77 714.1 226 63 149 14 15 .938 -6 -10 2.67 2.52 .956 3.04 3.03
1971 WSA AL 27 2B 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -120 4.50 1.00 .980 5.40 5.30
1972 TEX AL 28 3B 119 113 108 1005.2 348 107 222 19 25 .945 -5 -6 2.94 2.76 .954 2.98 2.96
1972 TEX AL 28 OF 15 16 16 139.2 27 24 0 3 0 .889 -6 -49 1.55 1.60 .983 2.22 2.21
1972 TEX AL 28 CF 10 10 10 87.2 17 16 0 1 0 .941 -4 -48 1.64 1.60 .987 2.65 2.64
1972 TEX AL 28 LF 7 6 6 52.0 12 10 0 2 0 .833 -2 -51 1.73 1.43 .980 1.89 1.89
1973 TEX AL 29 2B 140 137 122 1175.0 702 327 364 11 98 .984 -1 -1 5.29 4.94 .980 5.44 5.41 AS,MVP-33
1973 TEX AL 29 DH 1 0 AS,MVP-33
1974 TEX AL 30 2B 120 119 112 1042.1 652 295 337 20 74 .969 -4 -4 5.46 5.27 .975 5.37 5.35
1974 TEX AL 30 DH 1 0
1975 TEX AL 31 2B 23 20 17 182.0 121 56 60 5 16 .959 -4 -28 5.74 5.04 .975 5.40 5.38
1975 TEX AL 31 DH 1 1
1976 KCR AL 32 2B 46 26 21 267.2 162 70 88 4 14 .975 -0 -0 5.31 3.43 .975 5.40 5.42
1976 KCR AL 32 DH 22 3
1976 KCR AL 32 1B 3 0 0 8.0 11 9 2 0 3 1.000 0 30 12.38 3.67 .992 9.90 9.90
1977 KCR AL 33 2B 11 5 1 51.0 27 11 14 2 3 .926 -0 -9 4.41 2.27 .978 5.42 5.38
1977 KCR AL 33 DH 7 4
9 Seasons 2B 466 411 356 3665.2 2220 1016 1151 53 278 .976 -9 -3 5.32 4.65 .977 5.35 5.33
2 Seasons 3B 203 193 185 1720.0 574 170 371 33 40 .943 -11 -8 2.83 2.67 .955 3.01 2.99
5 Seasons DH 32 8
2 Seasons OF 17 16 16 141.2 28 25 0 3 0 .893 -5 -46 1.59 1.47 .983 2.22 2.21
1 Season SS 14 1 1 30.0 23 9 13 1 1 .957 0 12 6.60 1.57 .962 4.80 4.77
1 Season CF 10 10 10 87.2 17 16 0 1 0 .941 -4 -48 1.64 1.60 .987 2.65 2.64
2 Seasons LF 8 6 6 53.0 12 10 0 2 0 .833 -2 -50 1.70 1.25 .980 1.88 1.90
1 Season 1B 3 0 0 8.0 11 9 2 0 3 1.000 0 30 12.38 3.67 .992 9.90 9.90
1 Season RF 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 360 9.00 1.00 .970 1.80 1.90
10 Seasons TOT 703 621 558 5565.1 2856 1229 1537 90 322 .968 -25 -5 4.47 3.93 .973 4.55 4.59
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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1973 AL (33, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1968 AL  23 (7th)
1971 AL  17 (8th)
1972 AL  51 (2nd)
1973 AL  43 (3rd)

Singles s c a p y
1973 AL  130 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1973 AL  11 (6th)
1974 AL  11 (7th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1974 AL  17 (7th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1972 AL  17 (1st)
1973 AL  16 (2nd)
1974 AL  13 (9th)

SB % s c a p y
1968 AL  76.67 (3rd)
1972 AL  75.00 (9th)
1973 AL  72.88 (7th)
1976 AL  75.00 (10th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1972 AL  22 (3rd)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1973 AL  140 (5th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1973 AL  327 (5th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1974 AL  20 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1973 AL  98 (5th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1972 AL  19 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1974 AL  5.27 (4th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1973 AL  .984 (4th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 8 (1569), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1827), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (257th), 5.1 career WAR/6.8 7yr-peak WAR/6.0 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 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
1969 25 Cleveland Indians $13,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1970 26 Washington Senators $13,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$27,000
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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