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Ken Phelps

Kenneth Allen Phelps (Digger)

Positions: Designated Hitter, Pinch Hitter and First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 209 lb.

Born: August 6, 1954 in Seattle, WA
High School: Ingraham HS (Seattle, WA)
Schools: Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), Mesa Community College (Mesa, AZ), Washington State University (Pullman, WA)
Drafted
by the Kansas City Royals in the 15th round of the 1976 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 20, 1980 (Age 26.045)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1983 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Mariners/Yankees/Athletics/Royals/Indians/... 1980-1990

Final Game: September 8, 1990 (Age 36.033)
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Standard Fielding

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
1980 KCR AL 25 1B 2 1 0 8.0 14 14 0 0 2 1.000 -0 -30 15.75 7.00 .992 10.01 10.00
1981 KCR AL 26 DH 4 2
1981 KCR AL 26 1B 2 0 0 3.0 5 4 1 0 0 1.000 0 80 15.00 2.50 .992 10.20 10.05
1983 SEA AL 28 1B 22 20 18 175.0 180 164 16 0 11 1.000 -0 -1 9.26 8.18 .992 9.90 9.82
1983 SEA AL 28 DH 18 13
1984 SEA AL 29 DH 84 75
1984 SEA AL 29 1B 9 9 6 79.0 77 72 4 1 7 .987 1 9 8.66 8.44 .991 9.75 9.68
1985 SEA AL 30 DH 25 22
1985 SEA AL 30 1B 8 4 4 41.0 33 31 2 0 5 1.000 -0 -3 7.24 4.13 .991 9.77 9.68
1986 SEA AL 31 1B 55 53 50 464.2 530 487 34 9 58 .983 -11 -28 10.09 9.47 .991 9.42 9.33
1986 SEA AL 31 DH 52 50
1987 SEA AL 32 DH 114 104
1987 SEA AL 32 1B 1 1 0 7.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 0 51 10.29 8.00 .992 9.64 9.50
1988 TOT AL 33 DH 91 83
1988 TOT AL 33 1B 4 3 2 24.0 21 18 2 1 2 .952 -0 -10 7.50 5.00 .992 9.60 9.50
1988 SEA AL 33 DH 63 55
1988 SEA AL 33 1B 3 3 2 23.0 21 18 2 1 2 .952 -0 -10 7.83 6.67 .992 9.59 9.50
1988 NYY AL 33 DH 28 28
1988 NYY AL 33 1B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 9.90 9.50
1989 TOT AL 34 DH 56 41
1989 TOT AL 34 1B 9 5 2 47.0 49 47 1 1 4 .980 0 10 9.19 5.33 .993 9.79 9.69
1989 NYY AL 34 DH 55 41
1989 NYY AL 34 1B 8 4 1 38.0 49 47 1 1 4 .980 0 0 11.37 6.00 .993 9.78 9.69
1989 NYY AL 34 RF 1 1 1 9.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -80 2.00 2.00 .980 2.30 2.30
1989 OAK AL 34 1B 1 1 1 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 53 0.00 0.00 9.80 9.70
1989 OAK AL 34 DH 1 0
1990 TOT AL 35 DH 20 20
1990 TOT AL 35 1B 19 14 7 117.0 122 111 10 1 7 .992 1 6 9.31 6.37 .992 9.63 9.53
1990 OAK AL 35 DH 14 14
1990 OAK AL 35 1B 5 3 0 20.0 28 24 3 1 3 .964 -0 -30 12.15 5.40 .992 9.63 9.52
1990 CLE AL 35 1B 14 11 7 97.0 94 87 7 0 4 1.000 1 14 8.72 6.71 .992 9.63 9.53
1990 CLE AL 35 DH 6 6
9 Seasons DH 464 410
10 Seasons 1B 131 110 89 965.2 1039 956 70 13 96 .987 -9 -12 9.56 7.83 .991 9.61 9.54
1 Season RF 1 1 1 9.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -80 2.00 2.00 .980 2.30 2.30
11 Seasons TOT 131 110 89 965.2 1039 956 70 13 96 .987 -9 -12 9.56 7.83 .991 9.61 9.54
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1980 KCR AL 25 1B -0 -30 -0 -0 -0 0
1981 KCR AL 26 1B 0 80 0 0 0 0
1983 SEA AL 28 1B -0 -1 -0 1 -1 0
1984 SEA AL 29 1B 1 9 1 -0 1 0
1985 SEA AL 30 1B -0 -3 -0 0 -0 0
1986 SEA AL 31 1B -11 -28 -11 -4 -7 0
1987 SEA AL 32 1B 0 51 0 0 0 0
1988 SEA AL 33 1B -0 -10 -0 0 -0 0
1988 NYY AL 33 1B 0 0 0 0 0
1989 NYY AL 34 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 NYY AL 34 RF -1 -80 -1 -1 0 0
1989 OAK AL 34 1B 0 53 0 0 0 0
1990 OAK AL 35 1B -0 -30 -0 -1 0 0
1990 CLE AL 35 1B 1 14 1 1 0 0
10 Seasons 1B -9 -12 -9 -3 -7 0
1 Season RF -1 -80 -1 -1 0 0
11 Seasons TOT -9 -12 -9 -3 -7 0

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1980 KCR AL 25 3 1 3 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1981 KCR AL 26 21 2 21 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 17 0
1982 MON NL 27 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
1983 SEA AL 28 50 33 50 22 0 0 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 15 1
1984 SEA AL 29 101 84 101 9 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 84 17 0
1985 SEA AL 30 61 26 61 8 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 35 0
1986 SEA AL 31 125 103 125 55 0 0 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 22 0
1987 SEA AL 32 120 105 120 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 114 15 0
1988 SEA AL 33 72 58 72 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 63 14 0
1988 NYY AL 33 45 28 45 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 17 0
1989 NYY AL 34 86 46 86 8 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 55 38 0
1989 OAK AL 34 11 1 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 0
1990 OAK AL 35 32 17 32 5 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 14 0
1990 CLE AL 35 24 17 24 14 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 0
11 Seasons 761 521 761 131 0 0 130 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 464 230 1
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1980 KCR AL 25 35 80% 83% 37% 1 100% 0 14 1 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
1981 KCR AL 26 10 50% 100% 50% 1 100% 0 4 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 SEA AL 28 753 59% 79% 26% 40 95% 0 164 11 148 5 13 17 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 1 1 100%
1984 SEA AL 29 333 56% 76% 22% 20 95% 0 72 5 65 2 10 4 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 7 0 0 0 6 0 1 1 0 0
1985 SEA AL 30 183 59% 80% 22% 7 100% 0 31 1 29 1 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
1986 SEA AL 31 2065 58% 80% 30% 103 91% 0 489 23 457 8 43 30 21 4 1 3 9 1 6 2 6 57 1 0 0 56 1 1 1 0 10 60%
1987 SEA AL 32 25 36% 72% 32% 3 100% 0 8 1 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 SEA AL 33 104 35% 86% 28% 5 100% 0 18 1 17 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1988 NYY AL 33 4 50% 50% 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 NYY AL 34 165 76% 76% 32% 8 100% 0 34 3 32 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1989 OAK AL 34 36 58% 69% 36% 2 100% 0 9 0 8 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1990 CLE AL 35 437 63% 77% 27% 28 93% 0 86 10 76 0 9 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0
1990 OAK AL 35 73 59% 90% 48% 6 83% 0 23 1 22 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
10 Seasons 4223 59% 79% 28% 224 93% 0 952 57 878 17 91 68 49 8 2 4 13 2 9 2 8 95 1 1 0 90 2 5 3 2 12 67%
MLB Averages 59% 81% 29% 95% 88%

Advanced Fielding -- RF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1989 NYY AL 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 100.0% 0 0 0.0% 0 51 61% 92% 61% 4 50%
1 Season 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 100.0% 0 0 0.0% 0 51 61% 92% 61% 4 50%
MLB Averages 42.3% 2.9% 59% 81% 32% 56%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

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