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Al Nipper

Albert Samuel Nipper

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 188 lb.

Born: April 2, 1959 in San Diego, CA
High School: Hazelwood West HS (Hazelwood, MO)
Schools: Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO), Truman State University (Kirksville, MO)
Drafted
by the Boston Red Sox in the 8th round of the 1980 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 6, 1983 (Age 24.157, 12,428th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1984 season [*]
Teams (by GP): RedSox/Cubs/Indians 1983-1990
Agents: Steve Comte [*]
Last Game: July 16, 1990 (Age 31.105)
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1983 24 BOS AL 1 1 .500 2.25 3 2 1 1 0 0 16.0 17 4 4 0 7 0 5 1 0 0 67 198 3.63 1.500 9.6 0.0 3.9 2.8 0.71
1984 25 BOS AL 11 6 .647 3.89 29 24 3 6 0 0 182.2 183 86 79 18 52 1 84 7 1 7 777 107 4.10 1.286 9.0 0.9 2.6 4.1 1.62 RoY-7
1985 26 BOS AL 9 12 .429 4.06 25 25 0 5 0 0 162.0 157 83 73 14 82 3 85 9 1 3 713 106 4.44 1.475 8.7 0.8 4.6 4.7 1.04
1986 27 BOS AL 10 12 .455 5.38 26 26 0 3 0 0 159.0 186 108 95 24 47 2 79 4 1 1 702 78 4.70 1.465 10.5 1.4 2.7 4.5 1.68
1987 28 BOS AL 11 12 .478 5.43 30 30 0 6 0 0 174.0 196 115 105 30 62 1 89 7 0 5 777 84 5.28 1.483 10.1 1.6 3.2 4.6 1.44
1988 29 CHC NL 2 4 .333 3.04 22 12 3 0 0 1 80.0 72 37 27 9 34 2 27 3 1 1 341 120 4.94 1.325 8.1 1.0 3.8 3.0 0.79
1990 31 CLE AL 2 3 .400 6.75 9 5 1 0 0 0 24.0 35 19 18 2 19 0 12 2 0 6 125 59 5.52 2.250 13.1 0.8 7.1 4.5 0.63
7 Yrs 46 50 .479 4.52 144 124 8 21 0 1 797.2 846 452 401 97 303 9 381 33 4 23 3502 94 4.66 1.440 9.5 1.1 3.4 4.3 1.26
162 Game Avg. 12 13 .479 4.52 37 31 2 5 0 0 202 215 115 102 25 77 2 97 8 1 6 889 94 4.66 1.440 9.5 1.1 3.4 4.3 1.26
BOS (5 yrs) 42 43 .494 4.62 113 107 4 21 0 0 693.2 739 396 356 86 250 7 342 28 3 16 3036 93 4.60 1.426 9.6 1.1 3.2 4.4 1.37
CLE (1 yr) 2 3 .400 6.75 9 5 1 0 0 0 24.0 35 19 18 2 19 0 12 2 0 6 125 59 5.52 2.250 13.1 0.8 7.1 4.5 0.63
CHC (1 yr) 2 4 .333 3.04 22 12 3 0 0 1 80.0 72 37 27 9 34 2 27 3 1 1 341 120 4.94 1.325 8.1 1.0 3.8 3.0 0.79
AL (6 yrs) 44 46 .489 4.69 122 112 5 21 0 0 717.2 774 415 374 88 269 7 354 30 3 22 3161 92 4.63 1.453 9.7 1.1 3.4 4.4 1.32
NL (1 yr) 2 4 .333 3.04 22 12 3 0 0 1 80.0 72 37 27 9 34 2 27 3 1 1 341 120 4.94 1.325 8.1 1.0 3.8 3.0 0.79
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1983 24 BOS AL 16.0 3 2 4 2.25 4.60 -0.08 0.12 112.9 5.41 6 0.7 .0 -0.0 0.8 7 .718 .504
1984 25 BOS AL 182.2 29 24 86 4.24 4.31 -0.16 0.09 104.9 4.78 12 1.2 .9 -0.1 2.8 28 .543 .508 RoY-7
1985 26 BOS AL 162.0 25 25 83 4.61 4.58 -0.05 0.16 104.9 5.02 7 0.8 -0.1 2.2 23 .530 .505 $165,000
1986 27 BOS AL 159.0 26 26 108 6.11 4.60 -0.01 0.16 100.0 4.77 -24 -2.3 -0.1 -0.9 -8 .413 .486 $265,000
1987 28 BOS AL 174.0 30 30 115 5.95 4.99 -0.09 0.17 102.1 5.35 -12 -1.1 -0.1 0.4 6 .463 .493 $325,000
1988 29 CHC NL 80.0 22 12 37 4.16 3.91 -0.21 0.07 104.5 4.37 1 0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.9 8 .507 .501 $397,000
1990 31 CLE AL 24.0 9 5 19 7.13 4.43 0.12 0.06 97.1 4.25 -8 -0.8 .7 -0.0 -0.5 -5 .417 .495
7 Seasons 797.2 144 124 452 5.10 4.54 -0.09 0.13 103.2 4.91 -18 -1.3 .9 -0.5 5.7 59 .491 .498 $1,152,000
BOS (5 yrs) 693.2 113 107 396 5.14 4.62 -0.08 0.14 103.2 4.99 -11 -0.7 .7 -0.4 5.3 56 .494 .498 $755,000
CLE (1 yr) 24.0 9 5 19 7.13 4.43 0.12 0.06 97.1 4.25 -8 -0.8 .7 -0.0 -0.5 -5 .417 .495
CHC (1 yr) 80.0 22 12 37 4.16 3.91 -0.21 0.07 104.5 4.37 1 0.2 1.0 -0.0 0.9 8 .507 .501 $397,000

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1986 27 BOS AL WS L NYM 0 1 .000 7.11 2 1 0 0 0 0 6.1 10 5 5 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 29 1.895 14.2 2.8 2.8 2.8 1.00
1 WS 0 1 .000 7.11 2 1 0 0 0 0 6.1 10 5 5 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 29 1.895 14.2 2.8 2.8 2.8 1.00

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
1983 24 BOS AL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1984 25 BOS AL 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 RoY-7
1985 26 BOS AL 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1986 27 BOS AL 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1987 28 BOS AL 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1988 29 CHC NL 22 25 23 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .087 .087 .130 .217 -39 3 1 0 2 0 0 1
1990 31 CLE AL 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
7 Yrs 144 25 23 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .087 .087 .130 .217 -39 3 1 0 2 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 28 26 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .087 .087 .130 .217 -39 3 1 0 2 0 0
BOS (5 yrs) 113 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CLE (1 yr) 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CHC (1 yr) 22 25 23 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .087 .087 .130 .217 -39 3 1 0 2 0 0
AL (6 yrs) 122 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (1 yr) 22 25 23 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .087 .087 .130 .217 -39 3 1 0 2 0 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
1983 24 BOS AL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1984 25 BOS AL 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1 RoY-7
1985 26 BOS AL 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $165,000 1
1986 27 BOS AL 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $265,000 1
1987 28 BOS AL 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $325,000 1
1988 29 CHC NL 22 25 -4 -0 -0 0 3 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .493 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 $397,000 1
1990 31 CLE AL 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
7 Seasons 144 25 -4 -0 -0 0 4 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .499 .500 -0.1 0.1 -0 $1,152,000
BOS (5 yrs) 113 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $755,000
CLE (1 yr) 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0
CHC (1 yr) 22 25 -4 -0 -0 0 3 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .493 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 $397,000

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
1986 27 BOS AL WS NYM L 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1983 BOS AL 24 P 3 2 1 16.0 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 1.69 1.00 .957 1.80 1.77 3 3 50% 33% 0
1984 BOS AL 25 P 29 24 6 182.2 60 28 31 1 0 .983 2.91 2.03 .958 1.79 1.78 11 7 39% 36% 2 RoY-7
1985 BOS AL 26 P 25 25 5 162.0 57 24 28 5 4 .912 2.89 2.08 .953 1.86 1.84 6 5 45% 33% 2
1986 BOS AL 27 P 26 26 3 159.0 57 28 28 1 4 .982 3.17 2.15 .957 1.83 1.81 3 6 67% 34% 0
1987 BOS AL 28 P 30 30 6 174.0 49 20 27 2 2 .959 2.43 1.57 .955 1.84 1.82 22 5 19% 31% 0
1988 CHC NL 29 P 22 12 0 80.0 12 4 7 1 1 .917 1.24 0.50 .955 1.96 1.96 5 4 44% 29% 1
1990 CLE AL 31 P 9 5 0 24.0 2 1 1 0 1 1.000 0.75 0.22 .955 1.76 1.76 3 1 25% 34% 0
7 Seasons P 144 124 21 797.2 240 106 124 10 12 .958 2.60 1.60 .956 1.84 1.83 53 31 37% 33% 5
7 Seasons TOT 144 124 21 797.2 240 106 124 10 12 .958 2.60 1.60 .956 1.84 1.83 53 31 37% 33% 5
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

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1984 Sep 9th AL Player of the Week

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1984 AL  .647 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1984 AL  7 (9th)
1985 AL  9 (2nd)
1987 AL  7 (8th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1984 AL  28 (4th)
1986 AL  28 (3rd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1985 AL  5 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1984 AL  2.91 (2nd)
1985 AL  2.89 (3rd)
1987 AL  2.43 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1984 AL  2.03 (3rd)
1985 AL  2.08 (5th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 3 (2178), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 3 (1638), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 2 (1930), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1182nd), 5.6 career WAR/5.6 7yr-peak WAR/5.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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
1985 26 Boston Red Sox $165,000 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 27 Boston Red Sox $265,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 28 Boston Red Sox $325,000 ? Proofing corrections
1988 29 Chicago Cubs $397,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,152,000
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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Name and misspellings: Albert Al alan alberto allan allen alphonse Samuel Nipper

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