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Kirby Puckett

Kirby Puckett (Puck)

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 178 lb.

Born: March 14, 1960 in Chicago, IL
High School: Calumet City HS (Chicago, IL)
Schools: Triton College (River Grove, IL), Bradley University (Peoria, IL)
Drafted
by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1982 amateur draft (January). (All Transactions)
Debut: May 8, 1984 (Age 24)
Team: Twins 1984-1995
Agents: Ron Shapiro [*]
Final Game: September 28, 1995 (Age 35)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 2001 (423/515 ballots).
   View Kirby Puckett Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: March 6, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ
Cremated
View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 18, 2014 4:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #98. Sherry Magee… #99. Steve Garvey… #100. Bobby Grich… #101. KIRBY PUCKETT… #102. Fred Lynn… #103. Ralph Kiner… #104. Cap Anson… 

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
1984 24 MIN AL 128 583 557 63 165 12 5 0 31 14 7 16 69 .296 .320 .336 .655 79 187 11 4 4 2 1 *8 RoY-3
1985 25 MIN AL 161 744 691 80 199 29 13 4 74 21 12 41 87 .288 .330 .385 .715 92 266 9 4 5 3 0 *8 MVP-21
1986 26 MIN AL 161 723 680 119 223 37 6 31 96 20 12 34 99 .328 .366 .537 .903 142 365 14 7 2 0 4 *8 AS,MVP-6,GG,SS
1987 27 MIN AL 157 668 624 96 207 32 5 28 99 12 7 32 91 .332 .367 .534 .900 132 333 16 6 0 6 7 *8/D AS,MVP-3,GG,SS
1988 28 MIN AL 158 691 657 109 234 42 5 24 121 6 7 23 83 .356 .375 .545 .920 153 358 17 2 0 9 4 *8 AS,MVP-3,GG,SS
1989 29 MIN AL 159 684 635 75 215 45 4 9 85 11 4 41 59 .339 .379 .465 .843 131 295 21 3 0 5 9 *8/D AS,MVP-7,GG,SS
1990 30 MIN AL 146 615 551 82 164 40 3 12 80 5 4 57 73 .298 .365 .446 .811 121 246 15 3 1 3 11 *8/79D456 AS
1991 31 MIN AL 152 661 611 92 195 29 6 15 89 11 5 31 78 .319 .352 .460 .812 119 281 27 4 8 7 4 *89 AS,MVP-7,GG
1992 32 MIN AL 160 696 639 104 210 38 4 19 110 17 7 44 97 .329 .374 .490 .864 139 313 17 6 1 6 13 *8/D456 AS,MVP-2,GG,SS
1993 33 MIN AL 156 682 622 89 184 39 3 22 89 8 6 47 93 .296 .349 .474 .824 120 295 15 7 1 5 7 *89D/7 AS
1994 34 MIN AL 108 482 439 79 139 32 3 20 112 6 3 28 47 .317 .362 .540 .902 129 237 11 7 1 7 7 *9D/8 AS,MVP-7,SS
1995 35 MIN AL 137 602 538 83 169 39 0 23 99 3 2 56 89 .314 .379 .515 .894 130 277 15 3 0 5 18 *9D/8456 AS,MVP-21
12 Yrs 1783 7831 7244 1071 2304 414 57 207 1085 134 76 450 965 .318 .360 .477 .837 124 3453 188 56 23 58 85
162 Game Avg. 162 712 658 97 209 38 5 19 99 12 7 41 88 .318 .360 .477 .837 124 314 17 5 2 5 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
1984 24 MIN AL 128 583 -16 -0 -0 30 1 14 1.6 19 33 3.3 .512 .509 0.2 3.2 3 *8 RoY-3
1985 25 MIN AL 161 744 -9 1 3 10 1 6 0.7 23 29 2.9 .504 .504 1.9 1.1 19 $130,000 *8 MVP-21
1986 26 MIN AL 161 723 40 -1 1 -7 1 34 3.5 23 58 5.7 .521 .521 6.4 -0.6 64 $255,000 *8 AS,MVP-6,GG,SS
1987 27 MIN AL 157 668 27 -0 1 -8 1 20 2.0 23 43 4.2 .512 .512 5.0 -0.7 51 $465,000 *8/D AS,MVP-3,GG,SS
1988 28 MIN AL 158 691 43 1 1 6 1 53 5.6 23 76 7.7 .535 .534 7.1 0.9 69 $1,090,000 *8 AS,MVP-3,GG,SS
1989 29 MIN AL 159 684 23 1 1 -4 2 23 2.6 24 47 4.9 .515 .515 5.3 -0.2 51 $2,000,000 *8/D AS,MVP-7,GG,SS
1990 30 MIN AL 146 615 16 -0 -0 -11 1 6 0.7 22 28 2.8 .504 .504 4.1 -1.1 39 $2,816,667 *8/79D456 AS
1991 31 MIN AL 152 661 19 2 -2 -1 1 19 2.1 23 42 4.3 .513 .512 4.4 0.1 44 $3,166,667 *89 AS,MVP-7,GG
1992 32 MIN AL 160 696 33 3 3 3 2 44 4.7 26 69 7.1 .529 .528 6.8 0.5 66 $2,966,667 *8/D456 AS,MVP-2,GG,SS
1993 33 MIN AL 156 682 16 3 1 -29 -2 -11 -1.0 25 14 1.3 .493 .493 4.4 -3.1 44 $5,300,000 *89D/7 AS
1994 34 MIN AL 108 482 19 1 0 6 -5 21 2.0 18 39 3.6 .518 .512 3.0 0.1 33 $5,300,000 *9D/8 AS,MVP-7,SS
1995 35 MIN AL 137 602 22 3 -0 -8 -7 10 1.0 22 32 3.1 .507 .506 3.9 -1.4 41 $6,300,000 *9D/8456 AS,MVP-21
12 Seasons 1783 7831 234 13 8 -14 -2 239 25.5 271 510 50.9 .514 .513 52.4 -1.0 524 $29,790,001

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
1987 27 MIN AL ALCS DET W 5 24 24 3 5 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 5 .208 .208 .375 .583 9 0 0 0 0 0
1987 27 MIN AL WS STL W 7 31 28 5 10 1 1 0 3 1 1 2 1 .357 .419 .464 .884 13 0 1 0 0 0
1991 31 MIN AL ALCS TOR W 5 23 21 4 9 1 0 2 5 0 0 1 4 .429 .435 .762 1.197 16 0 0 0 1 0
1991 31 MIN AL WS ATL W 7 31 24 4 6 0 1 2 4 1 0 5 7 .250 .367 .583 .950 14 1 0 1 1 4
2 Yrs (4 Series) 24 109 97 16 30 3 2 5 15 3 1 8 17 .309 .361 .536 .897 52 1 1 1 2 4
2 ALCS 10 47 45 7 14 2 0 3 8 1 0 1 9 .311 .319 .556 .875 25 0 0 0 1 0
2 WS 14 62 52 9 16 1 2 2 7 2 1 7 8 .308 .393 .519 .913 27 1 1 1 1 4

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
1984 MIN AL 24 CF 128 128 125 1125.2 462 443 16 3 4 .994 30 31 3.67 3.59 .986 3.01 2.99 RoY-3
1984 MIN AL 24 OF 128 128 125 1125.2 457 438 16 3 4 .993 30 31 3.63 3.55 .983 2.51 2.49 RoY-3
1985 MIN AL 25 CF 161 160 158 1404.1 493 466 19 8 5 .984 10 8 3.11 3.01 .988 2.91 2.88 MVP-21
1985 MIN AL 25 OF 161 160 158 1404.1 492 465 19 8 5 .984 10 8 3.10 3.01 .982 2.44 2.42 MVP-21
1986 MIN AL 26 CF 160 157 151 1385.0 440 427 7 6 3 .986 -7 -6 2.82 2.71 .986 2.83 2.80 AS,MVP-6,GG,SS
1986 MIN AL 26 OF 160 157 151 1385.0 443 429 8 6 3 .986 -7 -6 2.84 2.73 .980 2.39 2.37 AS,MVP-6,GG,SS
1987 MIN AL 27 CF 147 147 134 1273.1 356 342 9 5 2 .986 -8 -8 2.48 2.39 .986 2.70 2.68 AS,MVP-3,GG,SS
1987 MIN AL 27 OF 147 147 134 1273.1 354 341 8 5 2 .986 -8 -8 2.47 2.37 .980 2.31 2.29 AS,MVP-3,GG,SS
1987 MIN AL 27 DH 8 8 AS,MVP-3,GG,SS
1988 MIN AL 28 CF 158 157 137 1349.2 465 453 9 3 4 .994 6 6 3.08 2.92 .985 2.91 2.89 AS,MVP-3,GG,SS
1988 MIN AL 28 OF 158 157 137 1349.2 465 450 12 3 4 .994 6 6 3.08 2.92 .979 2.47 2.45 AS,MVP-3,GG,SS
1989 MIN AL 29 CF 157 154 133 1328.1 455 438 13 4 3 .991 -4 -4 3.06 2.87 .984 2.78 2.75 AS,MVP-7,GG,SS
1989 MIN AL 29 OF 157 154 133 1328.1 455 438 13 4 3 .991 -4 -4 3.06 2.87 .980 2.42 2.39 AS,MVP-7,GG,SS
1989 MIN AL 29 DH 2 1 AS,MVP-7,GG,SS
1990 MIN AL 30 OF 141 140 113 1194.1 367 354 9 4 3 .989 -11 -11 2.74 2.57 .981 2.39 2.36 AS
1990 MIN AL 30 CF 125 122 100 1041.1 326 317 6 3 0 .991 -7 -8 2.79 2.58 .985 2.74 2.71 AS
1990 MIN AL 30 LF 9 9 7 77.0 21 20 0 1 0 .952 -2 -30 2.34 2.22 .978 2.19 2.16 AS
1990 MIN AL 30 RF 9 9 6 76.0 21 17 4 0 3 1.000 -2 -32 2.49 2.33 .978 2.23 2.21 AS
1990 MIN AL 30 DH 4 4 AS
1990 MIN AL 30 2B 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.20 AS
1990 MIN AL 30 3B 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.70 AS
1990 MIN AL 30 SS 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 4.70 AS
1991 MIN AL 31 OF 152 152 120 1306.0 392 373 13 6 5 .985 -1 -1 2.66 2.54 .983 2.37 2.37 AS,MVP-7,GG
1991 MIN AL 31 CF 144 143 113 1216.2 363 345 13 5 5 .986 -5 -5 2.65 2.49 .989 2.76 2.76 AS,MVP-7,GG
1991 MIN AL 31 RF 19 9 7 89.1 28 27 0 1 0 .964 4 54 2.72 1.42 .980 2.19 2.19 AS,MVP-7,GG
1992 MIN AL 32 CF 149 147 127 1274.2 407 395 9 3 3 .993 3 3 2.85 2.71 .986 2.90 2.89 AS,MVP-2,GG,SS
1992 MIN AL 32 OF 149 147 127 1274.2 406 394 9 3 3 .993 3 3 2.85 2.70 .983 2.47 2.46 AS,MVP-2,GG,SS
1992 MIN AL 32 DH 9 9 AS,MVP-2,GG,SS
1992 MIN AL 32 2B 2 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.25 AS,MVP-2,GG,SS
1992 MIN AL 32 3B 2 0 0 2.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.75 AS,MVP-2,GG,SS
1992 MIN AL 32 SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 4.70 AS,MVP-2,GG,SS
1993 MIN AL 33 OF 139 139 126 1222.1 327 312 13 2 2 .994 -29 -29 2.39 2.34 .983 2.41 2.39 AS
1993 MIN AL 33 CF 95 94 84 807.0 226 216 8 2 1 .991 -28 -42 2.50 2.36 .986 2.76 2.73 AS
1993 MIN AL 33 RF 47 44 42 408.1 101 97 4 0 1 1.000 -1 -3 2.23 2.15 .978 2.23 2.21 AS
1993 MIN AL 33 DH 17 17 AS
1993 MIN AL 33 LF 1 1 0 7.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 69 1.29 1.00 .980 2.19 2.20 AS
1994 MIN AL 34 OF 95 95 83 823.2 220 204 13 3 2 .986 6 9 2.37 2.28 .982 2.37 2.35 AS,MVP-7,SS
1994 MIN AL 34 RF 95 95 83 818.2 219 204 12 3 2 .986 6 9 2.37 2.27 .980 2.20 2.18 AS,MVP-7,SS
1994 MIN AL 34 DH 13 13 AS,MVP-7,SS
1994 MIN AL 34 CF 3 0 0 5.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0 48 3.60 0.67 .990 2.70 2.73 AS,MVP-7,SS
1995 MIN AL 35 OF 109 108 94 930.1 207 194 9 4 1 .981 -8 -11 1.96 1.86 .983 2.33 2.31 AS,MVP-21
1995 MIN AL 35 RF 106 104 91 896.1 196 183 9 4 1 .980 -8 -11 1.93 1.81 .979 2.05 2.03 AS,MVP-21
1995 MIN AL 35 DH 28 28 AS,MVP-21
1995 MIN AL 35 CF 5 4 3 34.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -18 2.65 2.00 .987 2.73 2.70 AS,MVP-21
1995 MIN AL 35 2B 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 360 9.00 1.00 .980 5.40 5.10 AS,MVP-21
1995 MIN AL 35 3B 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.60 AS,MVP-21
1995 MIN AL 35 SS 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 4.60 AS,MVP-21
12 Seasons OF 1696 1684 1501 14617.2 4585 4392 142 51 37 .989 -14 -1 2.79 2.67 .981 2.41 2.39
12 Seasons CF 1432 1413 1265 12245.0 4005 3853 110 42 30 .990 -12 -1 2.91 2.77 .986 2.83 2.81
5 Seasons RF 276 261 229 2288.2 565 528 29 8 7 .986 -1 -1 2.19 2.02 .979 2.15 2.13
2 Seasons LF 10 10 7 84.0 22 21 0 1 0 .955 -1 -21 2.25 2.10 .978 2.19 2.16
3 Seasons 2B 4 0 0 2.1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 154 3.86 0.25 .980 5.40 5.20
3 Seasons 3B 4 0 0 3.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.70
3 Seasons SS 3 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 4.67
12 Seasons TOT 1707 1684 1501 14623.2 4586 4392 143 51 37 .989 -14 -1 2.79 2.66 .981 2.41 2.40
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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
2001 BBWAA (82.1%)
Selected to HOF in 2001 by BBWAA

All-Star Games
1986 (CF)
1987 *
1988 *
1989 (CF)
1990 *
1991 *
1992 (LF)
1993 (LF)
1994 (RF)
1995 (RF)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1985 AL (21, 1%)
1986 AL (6, 27%)
1987 AL (3, 51%)
1988 AL (3, 56%)
1989 AL (7, 21%)
1991 AL (7, 20%)
1992 AL (2, 53%)
1994 AL (7, 26%)
1995 AL (21, 1%)
2.56 Career Shares (51st)

Gold Gloves
1986 AL (OF)
1987 AL (OF)
1988 AL (OF)
1989 AL (OF)
1991 AL (OF)
1992 AL (OF)
All multiple winners

Silver Sluggers
1986 AL (OF)
1987 AL (OF)
1988 AL (OF)
1989 AL (OF)
1992 AL (OF)
1994 AL (OF)
All multiple winners

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1988 AL  7.7 (4th)
1992 AL  7.1 (4th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1986 AL  5.6 (9th)
1988 AL  7.7 (2nd)
1992 AL  7.1 (1st)
Career  50.9 (177th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1986 AL  6.3 (3rd)
1987 AL  5.0 (7th)
1988 AL  7.0 (3rd)
1989 AL  5.3 (7th)
1992 AL  6.8 (3rd)
Career  52.4 (146th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1984 AL  3.2 (2nd)

Batting Average s c a p y
1986 AL  .328 (3rd)
1987 AL  .332 (4th)
1988 AL  .356 (2nd)
1989 AL  .339 (1st)
1990 AL  .298 (10th)
1991 AL  .319 (8th)
1992 AL  .329 (2nd)
Career  .318 (57th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1986 AL  .537 (3rd)
1988 AL  .545 (4th)
1992 AL  .490 (8th)
Career  .477 (209th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1986 AL  .903 (4th)
1988 AL  .920 (6th)
1992 AL  .864 (8th)
Career  .837 (218th)

Games Played s c a p y
1985 AL  161 (4th)
1986 AL  161 (6th)
1988 AL  158 (4th)
1989 AL  159 (8th)
1992 AL  160 (4th)

At Bats s c a p y
1985 AL  691 (1st)
1986 AL  680 (2nd)
1987 AL  624 (6th)
1988 AL  657 (1st)
1989 AL  635 (5th)
1992 AL  639 (6th)
1993 AL  622 (6th)
1994 AL  439 (9th)
Career  7,244 (236th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1985 AL  744 (2nd)
1986 AL  723 (3rd)
1988 AL  691 (6th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1986 AL  119 (2nd)
1988 AL  109 (5th)
1992 AL  104 (4th)

Hits s c a p y
1985 AL  199 (4th)
1986 AL  223 (2nd)
1987 AL  207 (1st)
1988 AL  234 (1st)
1989 AL  215 (1st)
1991 AL  195 (7th)
1992 AL  210 (1st)
1993 AL  184 (6th)
1994 AL  139 (7th)
1995 AL  169 (10th)
Career  2,304 (146th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1986 AL  365 (2nd)
1987 AL  333 (3rd)
1988 AL  358 (1st)
1989 AL  295 (5th)
1992 AL  313 (1st)
1993 AL  295 (9th)
1994 AL  237 (6th)
1995 AL  277 (9th)
Career  3,453 (173rd)

Doubles s c a p y
1986 AL  37 (7th)
1988 AL  42 (2nd)
1989 AL  45 (2nd)
1990 AL  40 (6th)
1992 AL  38 (6th)
1993 AL  39 (5th)
1994 AL  32 (5th)
1995 AL  39 (3rd)
Career  414 (154th)

Triples s c a p y
1985 AL  13 (3rd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1986 AL  31 (6th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1988 AL  121 (2nd)
1992 AL  110 (6th)
1994 AL  112 (1st)
Career  1,085 (212th)

Singles s c a p y
1984 AL  148 (4th)
1985 AL  153 (2nd)
1986 AL  149 (4th)
1987 AL  142 (4th)
1988 AL  163 (1st)
1989 AL  157 (2nd)
1991 AL  145 (4th)
1992 AL  149 (3rd)
Career  1,626 (140th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1986 AL  142 (4th)
1988 AL  153 (6th)
1992 AL  139 (7th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1986 AL  127 (3rd)
1988 AL  126 (4th)
1989 AL  107 (7th)
1992 AL  114 (5th)
Career  1,201 (197th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1986 AL  36 (4th)
1988 AL  44 (5th)
1992 AL  33 (9th)
Career  230 (216th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1986 AL  3.5 (4th)
1988 AL  4.4 (5th)
1992 AL  3.3 (9th)
Career  22.2 (232nd)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1986 AL  74 (4th)
1988 AL  71 (3rd)
1989 AL  58 (9th)
1990 AL  55 (10th)
1992 AL  61 (9th)
1994 AL  55 (5th)
Career  678 (197th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1986 AL  264 (4th)
1987 AL  245 (10th)
1988 AL  259 (6th)
1989 AL  259 (7th)
1992 AL  260 (8th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1986 AL  .677 (5th)
1988 AL  .721 (7th)
1989 AL  .668 (9th)
1992 AL  .681 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1986 AL  7 (9th)
1994 AL  7 (8th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1988 AL  9 (3rd)
1994 AL  7 (7th)
Career  58 (232nd)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1990 AL  11 (9th)
1992 AL  13 (7th)
1995 AL  18 (3rd)
Career  85 (160th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1988 AL  17 (10th)
1989 AL  21 (4th)
1991 AL  27 (1st)
Career  188 (126th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1985 AL  12 (5th)
1986 AL  12 (9th)
Career  76 (245th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1986 AL  24.3 (5th)
1992 AL  17.9 (6th)
Career  162.7 (146th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1985 AL  521 (1st)
1986 AL  485 (5th)
1993 AL  465 (10th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1986 AL  37.55 (4th)
1988 AL  46.76 (6th)
1990 AL  31.37 (9th)
1992 AL  39.74 (7th)
1994 AL  37.29 (6th)
Career  279.64 (141st)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1987 AL  3.3 (7th)
1989 AL  4.0 (6th)
1990 AL  2.7 (10th)
1994 AL  3.0 (10th)
Career  27.0 (123rd)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1986 AL  3.6 (4th)
1987 AL  3.5 (5th)
1988 AL  3.9 (8th)
1992 AL  3.5 (7th)
Career  23.6 (157th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1986 AL  3.6 (4th)
1988 AL  4.6 (6th)
1990 AL  3.0 (10th)
1992 AL  3.9 (7th)
1994 AL  3.4 (6th)
Career  26.6 (151st)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1984 AL  30 (1st)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1985 AL  161 (1st)
1986 AL  160 (1st)
1987 AL  147 (3rd)
1988 AL  158 (1st)
1989 AL  157 (1st)
1992 AL  149 (4th)
Career  1,432 (38th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  443 (4th)
1985 AL  466 (1st)
1986 AL  427 (3rd)
1987 AL  342 (5th)
1988 AL  453 (1st)
1989 AL  438 (1st)
Career  3,853 (30th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  16 (1st)
1985 AL  19 (1st)
1987 AL  9 (2nd)
1988 AL  9 (2nd)
1989 AL  13 (1st)
1991 AL  13 (2nd)
1992 AL  9 (3rd)
1993 AL  8 (3rd)
Career  110 (25th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1985 AL  8 (2nd)
1986 AL  6 (3rd)
1987 AL  5 (5th)
1991 AL  5 (4th)
Career  42 (87th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  4 (1st)
1985 AL  5 (1st)
1986 AL  3 (2nd)
1987 AL  2 (3rd)
1988 AL  4 (1st)
1989 AL  3 (3rd)
1991 AL  5 (1st)
1992 AL  3 (2nd)
Career  30 (18th)

Def. Games as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1994 AL  95 (5th)

Putouts as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1994 AL  204 (2nd)
1995 AL  183 (5th)

Assists as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1994 AL  12 (1st)
1995 AL  9 (1st)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1995 AL  4 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1990 AL  3 (2nd)
1994 AL  2 (2nd)
1995 AL  1 (5th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1985 AL  161 (1st)
1986 AL  160 (1st)
1988 AL  158 (1st)
1989 AL  157 (3rd)
1991 AL  152 (4th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1984 AL  438 (4th)
1985 AL  465 (1st)
1986 AL  429 (3rd)
1988 AL  450 (1st)
1989 AL  438 (1st)
1990 AL  354 (4th)
Career  4,392 (51st)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1984 AL  16 (1st)
1985 AL  19 (2nd)
1988 AL  12 (2nd)
1989 AL  13 (3rd)
1993 AL  13 (3rd)
1994 AL  13 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1985 AL  5 (2nd)
1988 AL  4 (3rd)
1991 AL  5 (2nd)
1992 AL  3 (5th)
Career  37 (96th)

Total Zone Runs as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  30 (1st)
1985 AL  10 (3rd)
1988 AL  6 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
1984 AL  3.67 (1st)
1985 AL  3.11 (5th)
1988 AL  3.08 (4th)
1989 AL  3.06 (1st)
1990 AL  2.79 (5th)
Career  2.91 (17th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  3.59 (1st)
1985 AL  3.01 (3rd)
1988 AL  2.92 (2nd)
1989 AL  2.87 (1st)
Career  2.77 (26th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  .994 (2nd)
1986 AL  .986 (5th)
1988 AL  .994 (2nd)
1989 AL  .991 (2nd)
1990 AL  .991 (4th)
1992 AL  .993 (4th)
Career  .990 (41st)

Total Zone Runs as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1991 AL  4 (5th)
1994 AL  6 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1994 AL  2.37 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1994 AL  2.27 (4th)

Fielding % as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1995 AL  .980 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
1984 AL  30 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
1984 AL  3.63 (1st)
1985 AL  3.10 (4th)
1988 AL  3.08 (3rd)
1989 AL  3.06 (1st)
Career  2.79 (23rd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1984 AL  3.55 (1st)
1985 AL  3.01 (4th)
1988 AL  2.92 (2nd)
1989 AL  2.87 (1st)
Career  2.67 (25th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1988 AL  .994 (3rd)
1989 AL  .991 (3rd)
1993 AL  .994 (3rd)
Career  .989 (74th)

Salary s c a p y
1990 AL  $2,816,667 (2nd)
1993 AL  $5,300,000 (4th)
1994 AL  $5,300,000 (6th)
1995 AL  $6,300,000 (8th)
1996 AL  $6,200,000 (9th)
1997 AL  $7,200,000 (6th)

                           

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Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 22 (94), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 122 (156), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 160 (75), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 39 (173), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (22nd), 50.9 career WAR/37.5 7yr-peak WAR/44.2 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

Transactions

  • January 12, 1982: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1982 amateur draft (January).
  • October 28, 1992: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 4, 1992: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins.
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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes/Other Sources
198525Minnesota Twins$130,0003/3/86 TSN
198626Minnesota Twins$255,0001986 USA Today survey
198727Minnesota Twins$465,000USA Today, 4/1/88
198828Minnesota Twins$1,090,000USA Today, 4/1/88
198929Minnesota Twins$2,000,000*
199030Minnesota Twins$2,816,667USA Today
199131Minnesota Twins$3,166,6676/28/90 USA Today
199232Minnesota Twins$2,966,6674/2/92 USA Today
199333Minnesota Twins$5,300,0001996 Joint Exhibit 1Incl $1,200,000 signing bonus, $100K earned bonus
199434Minnesota Twins$5,300,0001996 Joint Exhibit 1Incl $1,200,000 signing bonus, $100K earned bonus
199535Minnesota Twins$6,300,0001996 Joint Exhibit 1Incl $1,200,000 signing bonus, $100K earned bonus
199636Minnesota Twins$6,200,0001997 Joint Exhibit 1Incl $1.2MM signing bonus; career ending injury
199737Minnesota Twins$7,200,0001997 AP surveyRetired with eye injury prior to 1996 season
Career to date (may be incomplete)$43,190,001
Disputed Salaries
*1989 - $2,050,000 - 11/1/89 NYT - 1989 USA Today survey $2,075,000
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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