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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 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
1980 25 KCR AL 3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /3
1981 26 KCR AL 21 23 22 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 13 .136 .174 .227 .401 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 /D3
1982 27 MON NL 10 9 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .333 .250 .583 65 2 0 1 0 0 0
1983 28 SEA AL 50 144 127 10 30 4 1 7 16 0 0 13 25 .236 .301 .449 .750 100 57 0 0 1 3 0 3D
1984 29 SEA AL 101 360 290 52 70 9 0 24 51 3 3 61 73 .241 .378 .521 .898 149 151 1 5 0 4 5 D/3
1985 30 SEA AL 61 140 116 18 24 3 0 9 24 2 0 24 33 .207 .343 .466 .808 120 54 1 0 0 0 2 D/3
1986 31 SEA AL 125 441 344 69 85 16 4 24 64 2 3 88 96 .247 .406 .526 .932 152 181 4 6 0 3 6 3D
1987 32 SEA AL 120 424 332 68 86 13 1 27 68 1 1 80 75 .259 .410 .548 .959 147 182 7 8 0 4 5 *D/3
1988 33 TOT AL 117 371 297 54 78 13 0 24 54 1 0 70 61 .263 .402 .549 .950 162 163 6 1 0 3 5 D/3
1988 33 SEA AL 72 244 190 37 54 8 0 14 32 1 0 51 35 .284 .434 .547 .982 170 104 3 1 0 2 2 D/3
1988 33 NYY AL 45 127 107 17 24 5 0 10 22 0 0 19 26 .224 .339 .551 .890 147 59 3 0 0 1 3 D/3
1989 34 TOT AL 97 228 194 26 47 4 0 7 29 0 0 31 47 .242 .342 .371 .713 103 72 2 0 0 3 2 D/39
1989 34 NYY AL 86 215 185 26 46 3 0 7 29 0 0 27 47 .249 .340 .378 .718 104 70 2 0 0 3 2 D/39
1989 34 OAK AL 11 13 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 .111 .385 .222 .607 78 2 0 0 0 0 0 /3D
1990 35 TOT AL 56 143 120 10 18 2 0 1 6 1 0 22 21 .150 .280 .192 .471 37 23 4 0 0 1 3 D3
1990 35 OAK AL 32 72 59 6 11 2 0 1 6 0 0 12 10 .186 .319 .271 .591 71 16 1 0 0 1 1 D/3
1990 35 CLE AL 24 71 61 4 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 10 11 .115 .239 .115 .354 3 7 3 0 0 0 2 3/D
11 Yrs 761 2287 1854 308 443 64 7 123 313 10 7 390 449 .239 .374 .480 .854 132 890 25 21 1 21 28
162 Game Avg. 162 487 395 66 94 14 1 26 67 2 1 83 96 .239 .374 .480 .854 132 189 5 4 0 4 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
SEA (6 yrs) 529 1753 1399 254 349 53 6 105 255 9 7 317 337 .249 .392 .521 .913 145 729 16 20 1 16 20
KCR (2 yrs) 24 27 26 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 15 .115 .148 .192 .340 -2 5 0 0 0 0 0
OAK (2 yrs) 43 85 68 6 12 3 0 1 6 0 0 16 10 .176 .329 .265 .594 73 18 1 0 0 1 1
NYY (2 yrs) 131 342 292 43 70 8 0 17 51 0 0 46 73 .240 .339 .442 .781 120 129 5 0 0 4 5
CLE (1 yr) 24 71 61 4 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 10 11 .115 .239 .115 .354 3 7 3 0 0 0 2
MON (1 yr) 10 9 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .333 .250 .583 65 2 0 1 0 0 0
AL (10 yrs) 751 2278 1846 308 441 64 7 123 313 10 7 390 446 .239 .374 .481 .855 133 888 25 20 1 21 28
NL (1 yr) 10 9 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .333 .250 .583 65 2 0 1 0 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
1980 25 KCR AL 3 4 -1 0 0 -0 -0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .453 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 /3
1981 26 KCR AL 21 23 -2 0 0 0 -0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .486 .498 -0.2 -0.0 -2 /D3
1982 27 MON NL 10 9 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .497 .500 0.0 0.0 0
1983 28 SEA AL 50 144 -0 -1 0 -0 -3 -4 -0.3 5 1 0.1 .492 .498 0.1 -0.3 1 3D
1984 29 SEA AL 101 360 18 -0 0 1 -8 10 1.1 12 22 2.2 .510 .506 2.2 -0.8 22 D/3
1985 30 SEA AL 61 140 3 1 0 -0 -3 1 0.2 5 6 0.6 .502 .501 0.6 -0.3 6 $180,000 D/3
1986 31 SEA AL 125 441 27 1 -0 -11 -8 9 0.9 15 24 2.3 .507 .505 3.4 -1.9 35 $235,000 3D
1987 32 SEA AL 120 424 22 -1 -0 0 -11 11 1.1 14 25 2.5 .509 .506 2.4 -1.0 25 $300,000 *D/3
1988 33 SEA AL 72 244 18 -2 -0 -0 -6 10 1.1 8 19 1.9 .515 .507 1.9 -0.6 19 $670,000 D/3
1988 33 NYY AL 45 127 5 -0 0 0 -3 2 0.3 4 7 0.7 .506 .502 0.7 -0.2 7 D/3
1989 34 NYY AL 86 215 1 1 0 0 -5 -3 -0.3 8 4 0.4 .496 .498 0.4 -0.5 4 $655,000 D/39
1989 34 OAK AL 11 13 -0 -0 0 0 -0 0 0.0 0 1 0.1 .502 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /3D
1990 35 OAK AL 32 72 -2 -0 0 -0 -2 -4 -0.4 3 -2 -0.2 .486 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1 $825,000 D/3
1990 35 CLE AL 24 71 -9 0 -0 1 -1 -9 -1.0 3 -7 -0.8 .457 .494 -0.9 -0.0 -8 3/D
11 Seasons 761 2287 79 -1 0 -9 -50 19 2.1 79 98 9.5 .502 .503 10.5 -5.9 107 $2,865,000
SEA (6 yrs) 529 1753 88 -2 0 -10 -38 37 4.0 60 97 9.6 .507 .505 10.8 -4.9 108 $1,385,000
KCR (2 yrs) 24 27 -4 0 0 0 -0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .482 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3
OAK (2 yrs) 43 85 -2 -0 0 -0 -2 -4 -0.4 3 -1 -0.1 .490 .498 -0.1 -0.2 -1 $825,000
NYY (2 yrs) 131 342 6 1 0 0 -8 -1 -0.0 12 11 1.1 .499 .499 1.1 -0.8 11 $655,000
CLE (1 yr) 24 71 -9 0 -0 1 -1 -9 -1.0 3 -7 -0.8 .457 .494 -0.9 -0.0 -8
MON (1 yr) 10 9 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .497 .500 0.0 0.0 0

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
1989 34 OAK AL ALCS TOR W 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000 2 0 0 0 0 0
1989 ❍ 34 OAK AL WS SFG W 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Yr (2 Series) 2 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 2 0 0 0 0 0
1 ALCS 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000 2 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 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

More Stats

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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1986 AL  88 (8th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1986 AL  29 (6th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1986 AL  2.8 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1987 AL  8 (8th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1984 AL  12.1 (9th)**
1986 AL  14.3 (6th)**
1987 AL  12.3 (7th)**
1988 AL  12.4 (5th)**

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1986 AL  31.10 (10th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1986 AL  2.9 (9th)

             
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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 (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 16 (1017), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (190th), 9.5 career WAR/10.8 7yr-peak WAR/10.1 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 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 30 Seattle Mariners $180,000 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 31 Seattle Mariners $235,000 ? Scully, Business of MLB, p. 163
1987 32 Seattle Mariners $300,000 ? G. Scully, Business of MLB, p. 163 Arbitration loss; $515,000 request
1988 33 Seattle Mariners $670,000* ?
1989 34 New York Yankees $655,000 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 35 Oakland Athletics $825,000 ? USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,865,000
Disputed Salaries
*1988 - $630,000 - 12/13/88 NYT - 4/1/88 USAT $670,000
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.

Name Translations

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Portuguese: Ken Phelps estatísticas

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Name and misspellings: Kenneth Allen Digger Ken kenny keny king Phelps

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