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Billy Ripken

William Oliver Ripken

Positions: Second Baseman, Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: December 16, 1964 in Havre de Grace, MD
High School: Aberdeen HS (Aberdeen, MD)
Drafted
by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 1982 amateur draft.
Signed June 15, 1982. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 11, 1987 (Age 22.207)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1987 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Rangers/Tigers/Indians 1987-1998
Agents: Ron Shapiro [*]
Final Game: July 13, 1998 (Age 33.209)
Relatives: Brother of Cal Ripken and Son of Cal Ripken
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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
1987 22 BAL AL 58 257 234 27 72 9 0 2 20 4 1 21 23 .308 .363 .372 .735 99 87 3 0 1 1 0 4
1988 23 BAL AL 150 559 512 52 106 18 1 2 34 8 2 33 63 .207 .260 .258 .518 48 132 14 5 6 3 0 *4/5D
1989 24 BAL AL 115 364 318 31 76 11 2 2 26 1 2 22 53 .239 .284 .305 .589 70 97 12 0 19 5 0 *4/D
1990 25 BAL AL 129 456 406 48 118 28 1 3 38 5 2 28 43 .291 .342 .387 .728 107 157 7 4 17 1 2 *4
1991 26 BAL AL 104 315 287 24 62 11 1 0 14 0 1 15 31 .216 .253 .261 .515 46 75 14 0 11 2 0 4
1992 27 BAL AL 111 363 330 35 76 15 0 4 36 2 3 18 26 .230 .275 .312 .587 64 103 10 3 10 2 1 4/D
1993 28 TEX AL 50 153 132 12 25 4 0 0 11 0 2 11 19 .189 .270 .220 .490 36 29 6 4 5 1 0 46/5
1994 29 TEX AL 32 85 81 9 25 5 0 0 6 2 0 3 11 .309 .333 .370 .704 83 30 2 0 1 0 0 54/63
1995 30 CLE AL 8 17 17 4 7 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 3 .412 .412 .765 1.176 197 13 0 0 0 0 0 /45
1996 31 BAL AL 57 147 135 19 31 8 0 2 12 0 0 9 18 .230 .281 .333 .614 55 45 4 1 1 1 0 45/3
1997 32 TEX AL 71 218 203 18 56 9 1 3 24 0 1 9 32 .276 .300 .374 .674 72 76 7 0 1 5 0 645/3
1998 33 DET AL 27 81 74 8 20 3 0 0 5 3 2 5 10 .270 .321 .311 .632 66 23 2 1 0 1 0 6/345D
12 Yrs 912 3015 2729 287 674 121 6 20 229 25 16 174 332 .247 .294 .318 .612 69 867 81 18 72 22 3
162 Game Avg. 162 536 485 51 120 21 1 4 41 4 3 31 59 .247 .294 .318 .612 69 154 14 3 13 4 1
BAL (7 yrs) 724 2461 2222 236 541 100 5 15 180 20 11 146 257 .243 .292 .313 .605 70 696 64 13 65 15 3
TEX (3 yrs) 153 456 416 39 106 18 1 3 41 2 3 23 62 .255 .296 .325 .621 63 135 15 4 7 6 0
CLE (1 yr) 8 17 17 4 7 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 3 .412 .412 .765 1.176 197 13 0 0 0 0 0
DET (1 yr) 27 81 74 8 20 3 0 0 5 3 2 5 10 .270 .321 .311 .632 66 23 2 1 0 1 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
1987 22 BAL AL 58 257 -0 1 2 -1 2 3 0.3 8 11 1.1 .505 .502 1.2 0.1 12 $62,500 4
1988 23 BAL AL 150 559 -32 1 2 -8 5 -33 -3.3 19 -14 -1.6 .477 .479 -0.8 -0.3 -6 $80,000 *4/5D
1989 24 BAL AL 115 364 -9 -1 -1 8 3 1 0.2 13 14 1.4 .501 .500 0.5 1.3 5 $100,000 *4/D
1990 25 BAL AL 129 456 10 0 1 8 3 23 2.5 16 40 4.1 .519 .515 3.3 1.2 31 $215,000 *4
1991 26 BAL AL 104 315 -21 -0 -2 6 2 -15 -1.5 11 -4 -0.4 .485 .490 -1.0 0.9 -9 $700,000 4
1992 27 BAL AL 111 363 -15 -0 -0 8 2 -5 -0.5 14 9 0.8 .495 .497 -0.0 1.1 1 $730,000 4/D
1993 28 TEX AL 50 153 -11 -1 -1 3 2 -7 -0.7 6 -1 -0.2 .485 .495 -0.5 0.5 -5 $200,000 46/5
1994 29 TEX AL 32 85 -2 0 1 0 1 -0 0.0 3 3 0.3 .500 .500 0.3 0.1 3 $200,000 54/63
1995 30 CLE AL 8 17 2 -0 0 -1 0 2 0.1 1 2 0.2 .517 .501 0.3 -0.1 3 /45
1996 31 BAL AL 57 147 -9 0 -0 3 1 -5 -0.4 6 1 0.1 .492 .497 -0.2 0.4 -2 $250,000 45/3
1997 32 TEX AL 71 218 -8 -2 -1 2 2 -8 -0.7 8 0 0.1 .489 .495 -0.1 0.4 -1 $275,000 645/3
1998 33 DET AL 27 81 -3 -0 -0 1 1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .492 .499 0.0 0.2 0 $400,000 6/345D
12 Seasons 912 3015 -98 -1 -0 29 24 -46 -4.2 108 62 5.9 .495 .496 3.0 5.8 33 $3,212,500
BAL (7 yrs) 724 2461 -76 2 2 24 19 -30 -2.7 87 57 5.5 .496 .496 3.0 4.7 33 $2,137,500
TEX (3 yrs) 153 456 -21 -2 -2 5 5 -15 -1.4 17 2 0.2 .490 .496 -0.3 1.0 -3 $675,000
CLE (1 yr) 8 17 2 -0 0 -1 0 2 0.1 1 2 0.2 .517 .501 0.3 -0.1 3
DET (1 yr) 27 81 -3 -0 -0 1 1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .492 .499 0.0 0.2 0 $400,000

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
1987 BAL AL 22 2B 58 58 56 503.1 298 133 162 3 53 .990 -1 -2 5.27 5.09 .980 5.12 5.06
1988 BAL AL 23 2B 149 146 132 1264.1 761 309 440 12 110 .984 -8 -7 5.33 5.03 .982 5.12 5.08
1988 BAL AL 23 3B 2 0 0 5.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -24 1.80 0.50 .950 2.70 2.70
1988 BAL AL 23 DH 1 0
1989 BAL AL 24 2B 114 100 88 904.2 599 255 335 9 81 .985 8 11 5.87 5.18 .981 5.24 5.18
1989 BAL AL 24 DH 1 0
1990 BAL AL 25 2B 127 122 100 1048.0 624 250 366 8 84 .987 8 10 5.29 4.85 .984 5.23 5.18
1991 BAL AL 26 2B 103 98 69 827.0 492 201 284 7 75 .986 6 8 5.28 4.71 .981 5.19 5.18
1992 BAL AL 27 2B 108 108 80 893.2 538 217 317 4 66 .993 8 10 5.38 4.94 .983 5.25 5.23
1992 BAL AL 27 DH 2 0
1993 TEX AL 28 2B 34 32 19 247.0 126 52 73 1 16 .992 2 8 4.55 3.68 .981 5.15 5.11
1993 TEX AL 28 SS 18 14 10 127.1 76 27 49 0 12 1.000 2 20 5.37 4.22 .973 4.69 4.64
1993 TEX AL 28 3B 1 0 0 2.0 3 1 1 1 0 .667 -0 -240 9.00 2.00 .950 2.70 2.70
1994 TEX AL 29 3B 18 11 8 114.2 33 8 24 1 4 .970 2 21 2.51 1.78 .948 2.64 2.62
1994 TEX AL 29 2B 12 8 5 68.1 43 16 26 1 6 .977 -2 -40 5.53 3.50 .981 5.10 5.06
1994 TEX AL 29 SS 2 0 0 2.1 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -206 0.00 0.00 4.63 4.60
1994 TEX AL 29 1B 1 0 0 4.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1 210 11.25 5.00 .992 9.67 9.50
1995 CLE AL 30 2B 7 2 2 34.0 13 7 6 0 1 1.000 -1 -25 3.44 1.86 .981 5.11 5.06
1995 CLE AL 30 3B 1 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -80 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.60
1996 BAL AL 31 2B 30 15 10 167.0 94 34 57 3 15 .968 0 4 4.90 3.03 .980 5.05 5.02
1996 BAL AL 31 3B 25 15 13 148.2 41 3 38 0 1 1.000 2 19 2.48 1.64 .956 2.56 2.55
1996 BAL AL 31 1B 1 0 0 2.0 3 3 0 0 1 1.000 0 0 13.50 3.00 .993 9.45 9.20
1997 TEX AL 32 SS 31 24 19 213.1 105 38 64 3 15 .971 0 2 4.30 3.29 .974 4.55 4.51
1997 TEX AL 32 2B 25 23 13 195.0 120 40 78 2 18 .983 1 7 5.45 4.72 .980 4.93 4.89
1997 TEX AL 32 3B 13 7 6 72.0 16 4 12 0 2 1.000 -2 -25 2.00 1.23 .953 2.68 2.65
1997 TEX AL 32 1B 9 3 0 35.0 38 34 4 0 4 1.000 2 58 9.77 4.22 .992 9.31 9.23
1998 DET AL 33 SS 21 19 14 155.0 81 23 52 6 11 .926 -1 -9 4.35 3.57 .972 4.71 4.66
1998 DET AL 33 1B 2 0 0 2.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 22.50 2.50 .992 9.45 9.35
1998 DET AL 33 2B 2 2 2 17.0 4 2 2 0 1 1.000 0 35 2.12 2.00 .978 4.87 4.80
1998 DET AL 33 3B 2 2 1 15.0 7 2 5 0 1 1.000 1 104 4.20 3.50 .949 2.52 2.50
1998 DET AL 33 DH 1 1
12 Seasons 2B 769 714 576 6169.1 3712 1516 2146 50 526 .987 22 4 5.34 4.76 .982 5.18 5.14
4 Seasons SS 72 57 43 498.0 262 88 165 9 38 .966 1 2 4.57 3.51 .973 4.63 4.59
7 Seasons 3B 62 35 28 360.1 101 19 80 2 8 .980 4 12 2.47 1.60 .952 2.61 2.60
4 Seasons 1B 13 3 0 43.0 51 47 4 0 5 1.000 2 67 10.67 3.92 .992 9.36 9.27
4 Seasons DH 5 1
12 Seasons TOT 916 809 647 7070.2 4126 1670 2395 61 577 .985 29 5 5.17 4.44 .981 5.03 4.98
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

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1989 AL  19 (3rd)
1990 AL  17 (1st)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1988 AL  149 (5th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1988 AL  309 (4th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1988 AL  440 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1988 AL  12 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1988 AL  110 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as 2B s c a p y
1989 AL  8 (3rd)
1991 AL  6 (5th)
1992 AL  8 (3rd)
Career  22 (62nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1988 AL  5.33 (5th)
1989 AL  5.87 (1st)
1991 AL  5.28 (3rd)
Career  5.34 (21st)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1988 AL  5.03 (2nd)
1989 AL  5.18 (4th)
1992 AL  4.94 (5th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1989 AL  .985 (3rd)
1990 AL  .987 (5th)
Career  .987 (22nd)

                           

Transactions

  • June 7, 1982: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 1982 amateur draft. Player signed June 15, 1982.
  • December 11, 1992: Released by the Baltimore Orioles.
  • February 1, 1993: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • October 4, 1993: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 18, 1993: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • October 14, 1994: Granted Free Agency.
  • March 25, 1995: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.
  • November 2, 1995: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 23, 1995: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
  • October 29, 1996: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 10, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • October 30, 1997: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 16, 1997: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.
  • July 20, 1998: Released by the Detroit Tigers.
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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
1987 22 Baltimore Orioles $62,500 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 23 Baltimore Orioles $80,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 24 Baltimore Orioles $100,000 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 25 Baltimore Orioles $215,000 ? USA Today
1991 26 Baltimore Orioles $700,000 ? USA Today survey
1992 27 Baltimore Orioles $730,000 ? 11/4/92 Toronto Sun Includes $45,000 earned bonus
1993 28 Texas Rangers $200,000 ? USA Today
1994 29 Texas Rangers $200,000 ? 4/5/94 USA Today
1996 31 Baltimore Orioles $250,000 ? 1997 Joint Exhibit 1
1997 32 Texas Rangers $275,000 ? 1997 AP survey
1998 33 Detroit Tigers $400,000 ? 4/3/98 USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$3,212,500
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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