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John Russell

John William Russell

Positions: Catcher, Leftfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: January 5, 1961 in Oklahoma City, OK
High School: Norman HS (Norman, OK)
School: University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
Drafted
by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 1982 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 22, 1984 (Age 23.169)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1985 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Rangers/Braves 1984-1993

Final Game: October 2, 1993 (Age 32.270)
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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
1984 23 PHI NL 39 114 99 11 28 8 1 2 11 0 1 12 33 .283 .351 .444 .795 121 44 2 0 0 3 2 97/2
1985 24 PHI NL 81 234 216 22 47 12 0 9 23 2 0 18 72 .218 .278 .398 .676 85 86 5 0 0 0 0 73
1986 25 PHI NL 93 348 315 35 76 21 2 13 60 0 1 25 103 .241 .300 .444 .744 101 140 6 3 1 4 2 2
1987 26 PHI NL 24 65 62 5 9 1 0 3 8 0 1 3 17 .145 .185 .306 .491 26 19 4 0 0 0 0 7/2
1988 27 PHI NL 22 53 49 5 12 1 0 2 4 0 0 3 15 .245 .302 .388 .690 97 19 2 1 0 0 0 2
1989 28 ATL NL 74 169 159 14 29 2 0 2 9 0 0 8 53 .182 .225 .233 .458 30 37 4 1 0 1 1 29/3571
1990 29 TEX AL 68 140 128 16 35 4 0 2 8 1 0 11 41 .273 .331 .352 .682 92 45 3 0 1 0 2 2D/735
1991 30 TEX AL 22 29 27 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 .111 .138 .111 .249 -29 3 0 0 0 1 0 /72D9
1992 31 TEX AL 7 13 10 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 4 .100 .231 .100 .331 -3 1 0 1 0 1 0 /2D79
1993 32 TEX AL 18 24 22 1 5 1 0 1 3 0 0 2 10 .227 .292 .409 .701 90 9 0 0 0 0 0 2/357
10 Yrs 448 1189 1087 113 245 50 3 34 129 3 3 84 355 .225 .282 .371 .653 80 403 26 6 2 10 7
162 Game Avg. 162 430 393 41 89 18 1 12 47 1 1 30 128 .225 .282 .371 .653 80 146 9 2 1 4 3
PHI (5 yrs) 259 814 741 78 172 43 3 29 106 2 3 61 240 .232 .292 .416 .707 92 308 19 4 1 7 4
TEX (4 yrs) 115 206 187 21 44 5 0 3 14 1 0 15 62 .235 .293 .310 .603 69 58 3 1 1 2 2
ATL (1 yr) 74 169 159 14 29 2 0 2 9 0 0 8 53 .182 .225 .233 .458 30 37 4 1 0 1 1
NL (6 yrs) 333 983 900 92 201 45 3 31 115 2 3 69 293 .223 .280 .383 .663 82 345 23 5 1 8 5
AL (4 yrs) 115 206 187 21 44 5 0 3 14 1 0 15 62 .235 .293 .310 .603 69 58 3 1 1 2 2

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 23 PHI NL 39 114 3 -1 -0 -4 -1 -3 -0.3 4 1 0.0 .491 .498 0.4 -0.6 5 97/2
1985 24 PHI NL 81 234 -4 -0 0 -4 -3 -11 -1.3 8 -3 -0.5 .484 .492 -0.0 -0.8 1 73
1986 25 PHI NL 93 348 -0 -0 -0 -16 5 -12 -1.3 12 0 -0.1 .486 .492 1.6 -1.2 16 $100,000 2
1987 26 PHI NL 24 65 -7 -1 -1 -2 0 -10 -1.1 2 -8 -0.9 .454 .493 -0.7 -0.2 -6 7/2
1988 27 PHI NL 22 53 0 -1 -0 -3 1 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.1 .487 .498 0.2 -0.3 2 $150,000 2
1989 28 ATL NL 74 169 -13 0 -0 3 2 -8 -1.0 5 -3 -0.4 .487 .494 -0.8 0.5 -6 $145,000 29/3571
1990 29 TEX AL 68 140 -2 -0 -0 -8 -0 -11 -1.1 5 -6 -0.6 .483 .493 0.2 -0.9 2 $155,000 2D/735
1991 30 TEX AL 22 29 -5 0 0 0 -0 -5 -0.5 1 -4 -0.4 .478 .497 -0.4 -0.1 -4 /72D9
1992 31 TEX AL 7 13 -1 -0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .467 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 /2D79
1993 32 TEX AL 18 24 -0 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 1 1 0.1 .499 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $170,000 2/357
10 Seasons 448 1189 -31 -2 -1 -35 4 -65 -7.2 41 -24 -3.1 .484 .494 0.5 -3.4 10 $720,000
PHI (5 yrs) 259 814 -9 -2 -1 -29 2 -39 -4.3 28 -11 -1.5 .484 .494 1.6 -3.0 18 $250,000
TEX (4 yrs) 115 206 -9 -0 0 -8 -0 -18 -1.9 7 -10 -1.2 .484 .495 -0.2 -0.9 -2 $325,000
ATL (1 yr) 74 169 -13 0 -0 3 2 -8 -1.0 5 -3 -0.4 .487 .494 -0.8 0.5 -6 $145,000

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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
1989 28 ATL NL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2.76 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1 Yr 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2.76 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
162 Game Avg. 0 0 0.00 68 0 68 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 68 2.76 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
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
1989 28 ATL NL 0.1 1 0 0 0.00 4.08 0.11 -0.32 108.0 3.94 0 0.0 .0 -0.0 0.0 0 .517 .500 $145,000
1 Season 0.1 1 0 0 0.00 4.08 0.11 -0.32 108.0 3.94 0 0.0 .0 -0.0 0.0 0 .517 .500 $145,000

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1984 PHI NL 23 OF 29 25 19 226.2 51 50 1 0 0 1.000 -4 -20 2.02 1.76 .979 2.27 2.26
1984 PHI NL 23 RF 18 15 10 137.0 36 35 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -10 2.36 2.00 .979 2.07 2.06
1984 PHI NL 23 LF 14 10 9 89.2 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 -3 -36 1.30 0.93 .971 2.03 2.02
1984 PHI NL 23 C 2 0 0 5.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.80 0.50 .990 6.48 6.50 0 0 0 0 0
1985 PHI NL 24 LF 49 46 26 374.0 60 56 4 0 1 1.000 -4 -14 1.44 1.22 .977 1.92 1.92
1985 PHI NL 24 OF 49 46 26 374.0 60 56 4 0 1 1.000 -4 -14 1.44 1.22 .979 2.20 2.20
1985 PHI NL 24 1B 18 14 6 111.2 123 114 5 4 6 .967 -0 -1 9.59 6.61 .993 10.07 10.05
1986 PHI NL 25 C 89 82 71 754.0 550 498 39 13 10 .976 -16 -25 6.41 6.03 .985 6.93 6.94 17 34 118 37 24% 32% 1
1987 PHI NL 26 LF 10 10 7 80.1 23 22 0 1 0 .957 -1 -18 2.46 2.20 .981 2.04 2.03
1987 PHI NL 26 OF 10 10 7 80.1 22 20 1 1 0 .955 -1 -18 2.35 2.10 .981 2.18 2.18
1987 PHI NL 26 C 7 5 4 50.0 28 28 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -24 5.04 4.00 .987 6.95 6.90 1 1 9 0 0% 29% 0
1988 PHI NL 27 C 15 12 7 102.2 91 77 9 5 3 .945 -3 -35 7.54 5.73 .987 6.57 6.57 3 6 22 7 24% 29% 0
1989 ATL NL 28 C 45 29 26 286.0 204 178 24 2 1 .990 4 17 6.36 4.49 .986 6.67 6.68 2 14 21 18 46% 32% 0
1989 ATL NL 28 OF 14 7 5 69.2 15 12 1 2 0 .867 -1 -24 1.68 0.93 .981 2.33 2.32
1989 ATL NL 28 RF 14 7 5 66.2 14 12 1 1 0 .929 -1 -25 1.76 0.93 .978 2.12 2.12
1989 ATL NL 28 1B 2 1 0 9.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 6.00 3.00 .992 9.80 9.75
1989 ATL NL 28 3B 2 0 0 7.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 0 86 3.86 1.50 .943 2.70 2.70
1989 ATL NL 28 LF 1 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.10 2.20
1989 ATL NL 28 P 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 1.90 0 0 0
1990 TEX AL 29 C 31 16 10 171.1 149 135 11 3 0 .980 -8 -56 7.67 4.71 .991 6.42 6.35 4 13 26 2 7% 34% 0
1990 TEX AL 29 DH 18 11
1990 TEX AL 29 LF 6 1 1 22.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 16 2.05 0.83 .978 2.21 2.17
1990 TEX AL 29 OF 6 1 1 22.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 16 2.05 0.83 .980 2.37 2.37
1990 TEX AL 29 1B 3 2 0 12.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -10 6.00 2.67 .992 9.60 9.53
1990 TEX AL 29 3B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.70
1991 TEX AL 30 OF 8 3 0 25.2 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.40 0.50 .982 2.38 2.38
1991 TEX AL 30 LF 6 3 0 21.2 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.66 0.67 .978 2.16 2.17
1991 TEX AL 30 C 5 2 1 25.0 20 20 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 7.20 4.00 .990 6.48 6.48 1 1 1 0 0% 34% 0
1991 TEX AL 30 DH 5 0
1991 TEX AL 30 RF 2 0 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
1992 TEX AL 31 C 4 2 1 19.0 16 14 2 0 0 1.000 0 0 7.58 4.00 .989 6.21 6.18 0 1 3 2 40% 34% 0
1992 TEX AL 31 OF 2 0 0 4.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 -1 -210 0.00 0.00 .980 2.48 2.45
1992 TEX AL 31 DH 1 0
1992 TEX AL 31 LF 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 -0 -60 0.00 0.00 .980 2.25 2.30
1992 TEX AL 31 RF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -360 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
1993 TEX AL 32 C 11 2 2 33.0 21 21 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 5.73 1.91 .991 6.57 6.50 2 2 1 1 50% 36% 0
1993 TEX AL 32 1B 1 1 1 8.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 0 15 10.12 9.00 .993 9.56 9.50
1993 TEX AL 32 3B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.70
1993 TEX AL 32 LF 1 0 0 4.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 2.25 1.00 .980 2.25 2.20
1993 TEX AL 32 OF 1 0 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.48 2.40
9 Seasons C 209 150 122 1446.0 1080 972 85 23 14 .979 -24 -20 6.58 5.06 .987 6.77 6.72 30 72 201 67 25% 32% 1
8 Seasons OF 119 92 58 806.1 158 147 7 4 1 .975 -11 -17 1.72 1.29 .980 2.24 2.25
8 Seasons LF 88 70 43 596.2 107 101 4 2 1 .981 -8 -16 1.58 1.19 .977 1.98 1.99
4 Seasons RF 35 22 15 209.2 50 47 2 1 0 .980 -3 -18 2.10 1.40 .979 2.09 2.10
4 Seasons 1B 24 18 7 140.2 146 137 5 4 6 .973 -0 -1 9.09 5.92 .993 9.98 9.94
3 Seasons 3B 4 0 0 9.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 0 67 3.00 0.75 .943 2.70 2.70
1 Season P 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 1.90 0 0 0
10 Seasons TOT 357 260 187 2402.1 1387 1256 100 31 21 .978 -35 -17 5.08 3.80 .986 5.42 5.39 30 72 201 67 25% 32% 1
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO 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

Strikeouts s c a p y
1986 NL  103 (9th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1986 NL  13 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1986 NL  10 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1986 NL  17 (1st)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1986 NL  118 (2nd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1989 NL  46.2 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2608), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (1757th), -3.1 career WAR/-1.1 7yr-peak WAR/-2.1 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

  • June 5, 1979: Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 4th round of the 1979 amateur draft, but did not sign.
  • June 7, 1982: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 1982 amateur draft.
  • March 25, 1989: Purchased by the Atlanta Braves from the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • April 6, 1990: Released by the Atlanta Braves.
  • May 8, 1990: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • October 22, 1990: Granted Free Agency.
  • February 1, 1991: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • October 28, 1991: Granted Free Agency.
  • April 5, 1992: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • October 27, 1992: Granted Free Agency.
  • November 19, 1992: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • May 21, 1993: Granted Free Agency.
  • July 30, 1993: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • August 18, 1993: Granted Free Agency.
  • September 1, 1993: Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • October 4, 1993: Granted Free Agency.
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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
1986 25 Philadelphia Phillies $100,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1988 27 Philadelphia Phillies $150,000 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 28 Atlanta Braves $145,000 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 29 Texas Rangers $155,000 ? 11/21/90 NYT
1993 32 Texas Rangers $170,000 ? USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$720,000
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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