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Lenn Sakata

Lenn Haruki Sakata

Positions: Second Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: June 8, 1954 in Honolulu, HI
High School: Kalani HS (Honolulu, HI)
Schools: Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA), Treasure Valley Community College (Ontario, OR)
Drafted
by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1975 amateur draft (January Secondary). (All Transactions)
Debut: July 21, 1977 (Age 23.043)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1977 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/Brewers/Yankees/Athletics 1977-1987

Final Game: June 28, 1987 (Age 33.020)
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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
1977 23 MIL AL 53 169 154 13 25 2 0 2 12 1 3 9 22 .162 .209 .214 .423 16 33 1 0 6 0 0 4
1978 24 MIL AL 30 86 78 8 15 4 0 0 3 1 0 8 11 .192 .267 .244 .511 45 19 3 0 0 0 1 4/D
1979 25 MIL AL 4 14 14 1 7 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .643 1.143 207 9 0 0 0 0 0 /4
1980 26 BAL AL 43 90 83 12 16 3 2 1 9 2 1 6 10 .193 .244 .313 .558 53 26 3 0 0 1 0 4/6D
1981 27 BAL AL 61 164 150 19 34 4 0 5 15 4 0 11 18 .227 .282 .353 .636 83 53 5 1 1 1 0 64/D
1982 28 BAL AL 136 389 343 40 89 18 1 6 31 7 4 30 39 .259 .323 .370 .693 90 127 7 4 8 4 2 46
1983 29 BAL AL 66 152 134 23 34 7 0 3 12 8 4 16 17 .254 .338 .373 .711 98 50 4 1 1 0 0 4/2D
1984 30 BAL AL 81 168 157 23 30 1 0 3 11 4 1 6 15 .191 .221 .255 .476 33 40 4 0 5 0 2 4/7
1985 31 BAL AL 55 105 97 15 22 3 0 3 6 3 2 6 15 .227 .279 .351 .629 74 34 3 1 1 0 0 4/D
1986 32 OAK AL 17 38 34 4 12 2 0 0 5 0 1 3 6 .353 .395 .412 .807 129 14 1 0 0 1 0 4/D
1987 33 NYY AL 19 48 45 5 12 0 1 2 4 0 1 2 4 .267 .313 .444 .757 99 20 2 1 0 0 0 5/4
11 Yrs 565 1423 1289 163 296 46 4 25 109 30 17 97 158 .230 .286 .330 .616 71 425 33 8 22 7 5
162 Game Avg. 162 408 370 47 85 13 1 7 31 9 5 28 45 .230 .286 .330 .616 71 122 9 2 6 2 1
BAL (6 yrs) 442 1068 964 132 225 36 3 21 84 28 12 75 114 .233 .292 .342 .634 76 330 26 7 16 6 4
MIL (3 yrs) 87 269 246 22 47 8 0 2 16 2 3 17 34 .191 .243 .248 .491 36 61 4 0 6 0 1
NYY (1 yr) 19 48 45 5 12 0 1 2 4 0 1 2 4 .267 .313 .444 .757 99 20 2 1 0 0 0
OAK (1 yr) 17 38 34 4 12 2 0 0 5 0 1 3 6 .353 .395 .412 .807 129 14 1 0 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
1977 23 MIL AL 53 169 -16 -2 1 6 2 -10 -1.0 6 -3 -0.4 .481 .494 -1.0 0.8 -9 4
1978 24 MIL AL 30 86 -6 0 -1 -2 1 -7 -0.8 3 -4 -0.5 .474 .495 -0.3 -0.1 -2 4/D
1979 25 MIL AL 4 14 2 -0 0 -1 0 1 0.1 0 2 0.2 .526 .501 0.2 -0.1 2 /4
1980 26 BAL AL 43 90 -6 -0 0 2 1 -2 -0.2 3 1 0.1 .494 .498 -0.2 0.3 -1 4/6D
1981 27 BAL AL 61 164 -0 -0 -0 0 3 3 0.3 6 8 0.8 .505 .502 0.8 0.4 8 64/D
1982 28 BAL AL 136 389 -3 1 0 4 6 8 0.8 13 21 2.1 .506 .505 1.7 1.0 17 46
1983 29 BAL AL 66 152 -0 -0 -0 2 2 3 0.3 5 8 0.8 .504 .502 0.6 0.3 6 4/2D
1984 30 BAL AL 81 168 -15 1 -0 11 2 -1 -0.1 6 5 0.4 .498 .499 -0.7 1.4 -7 4/7
1985 31 BAL AL 55 105 -1 -0 -0 -2 1 -3 -0.2 4 1 0.1 .495 .498 0.3 -0.1 3 4/D
1986 32 OAK AL 17 38 2 -1 0 1 0 2 0.2 1 4 0.4 .513 .501 0.3 0.1 3 $75,000 4/D
1987 33 NYY AL 19 48 -0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 2 0.2 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $125,000 5/4
11 Seasons 565 1423 -43 -2 0 21 18 -6 -0.5 49 43 4.1 .499 .500 1.9 4.2 21 $200,000
BAL (6 yrs) 442 1068 -25 1 -0 17 15 7 0.8 36 43 4.2 .502 .502 2.6 3.3 27
MIL (3 yrs) 87 269 -20 -2 0 4 2 -15 -1.6 10 -6 -0.7 .481 .495 -1.1 0.6 -9
NYY (1 yr) 19 48 -0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 2 0.2 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $125,000
OAK (1 yr) 17 38 2 -1 0 1 0 2 0.2 1 4 0.4 .513 .501 0.3 0.1 3 $75,000

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
1983 ❍ 29 BAL AL WS PHI 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 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

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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
1977 MIL AL 23 2B 53 50 35 420.1 265 102 159 4 43 .985 6 17 5.59 4.92 .978 5.42 5.38
1978 MIL AL 24 2B 29 24 18 208.2 119 50 66 3 12 .975 -2 -10 5.00 4.00 .980 5.47 5.42
1978 MIL AL 24 DH 1 0
1979 MIL AL 25 2B 4 4 4 35.0 23 10 13 0 5 1.000 -1 -21 5.91 5.75 .978 5.50 5.42
1980 BAL AL 26 2B 34 20 12 202.0 129 55 72 2 18 .984 2 11 5.66 3.74 .981 5.60 5.58
1980 BAL AL 26 SS 4 0 0 6.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 60 1.50 0.25 .960 4.95 4.97
1980 BAL AL 26 DH 3 0
1981 BAL AL 27 SS 42 32 23 285.0 164 52 106 6 23 .963 0 0 4.99 3.76 .967 4.99 4.98
1981 BAL AL 27 2B 20 10 7 101.1 73 30 42 1 10 .986 0 0 6.39 3.60 .982 5.54 5.52
1981 BAL AL 27 DH 1 0
1982 BAL AL 28 2B 83 45 40 476.1 257 106 145 6 34 .977 3 7 4.74 3.02 .981 5.35 5.33
1982 BAL AL 28 SS 56 50 35 426.1 240 76 154 10 27 .958 1 4 4.86 4.11 .965 4.87 4.84
1983 BAL AL 29 2B 60 36 29 364.2 203 84 117 2 36 .990 2 5 4.96 3.35 .981 5.36 5.32
1983 BAL AL 29 C 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.70 0 0 0 1 100% 33% 0
1983 BAL AL 29 DH 1 0
1984 BAL AL 30 2B 76 38 34 408.2 244 80 161 3 33 .988 11 33 5.31 3.17 .980 5.24 5.21
1984 BAL AL 30 LF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.30
1984 BAL AL 30 OF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.50
1985 BAL AL 31 2B 50 22 20 264.0 151 58 87 6 18 .960 -2 -11 4.94 2.90 .982 5.29 5.24
1985 BAL AL 31 DH 1 0
1986 OAK AL 32 2B 16 10 9 96.0 61 21 39 1 4 .984 1 10 5.62 3.75 .981 5.10 5.05
1986 OAK AL 32 DH 1 0
1987 NYY AL 33 3B 12 12 7 86.0 28 3 23 2 1 .929 0 7 2.72 2.17 .952 2.77 2.74
1987 NYY AL 33 2B 6 2 1 23.0 12 5 7 0 3 1.000 -0 -5 4.70 2.00 .980 5.13 5.07
11 Seasons 2B 431 261 209 2600.0 1537 601 908 28 216 .982 19 9 5.22 3.50 .980 5.37 5.32
3 Seasons SS 102 82 58 717.1 405 128 261 16 50 .960 2 3 4.88 3.81 .966 4.92 4.90
1 Season 3B 12 12 7 86.0 28 3 23 2 1 .929 0 7 2.72 2.17 .952 2.77 2.74
6 Seasons DH 8 0
1 Season C 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.70 0 0 0 1 100% 33% 0
1 Season LF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.30
1 Season OF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.50
11 Seasons TOT 547 355 274 3405.1 1970 732 1192 46 267 .977 21 7 5.08 3.52 .977 5.21 5.18 0 0 0 1 100% 33% 0
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
  • 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

Total Zone Runs as 2B s c a p y
1984 AL  11 (3rd)
Career  19 (76th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (295th), 4.1 career WAR/4.8 7yr-peak WAR/4.4 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 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
1986 32 Oakland Athletics $75,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 33 New York Yankees $125,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$200,000
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

Note this is done in a automated way, so we apologize for any errors, & please report any suggested corrections
Japanese: レン・サカタ 統計

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Name and misspellings: Lenn Haruki Lenn Sakata

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