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Rafael Santana

Rafael Francisco (De La Cruz) Santana

Position: Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: January 31, 1958 in La Romana, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1976. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 5, 1983 (Age 25)
Teams (by GP): Mets/Yankees/Cardinals/Indians 1983-1990

Final Game: April 23, 1990 (Age 32)
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Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1983 25 STL NL 30 17 14 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 2 .214 .353 .214 .567 61 3 0 1 0 0 0 /465
1984 26 NYM NL 51 162 152 14 42 11 1 1 12 0 3 9 17 .276 .317 .382 .698 97 58 3 0 1 0 0 6
1985 27 NYM NL 154 564 529 41 136 19 1 1 29 1 0 29 54 .257 .295 .302 .597 69 160 14 0 4 2 12 *6
1986 28 NYM NL 139 436 394 38 86 11 0 1 28 0 0 36 43 .218 .285 .254 .539 52 100 15 2 1 3 12 *6/4
1987 29 NYM NL 139 470 439 41 112 21 2 5 44 1 1 29 57 .255 .302 .346 .648 76 152 11 1 0 1 10 *6
1988 30 NYY AL 148 521 480 50 115 12 1 4 38 1 2 33 61 .240 .289 .294 .583 65 141 17 1 5 2 0 *6
1990 32 CLE AL 7 13 13 3 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 .231 .231 .462 .692 90 6 1 0 0 0 0 /6
7 Yrs 668 2183 2021 188 497 74 5 13 156 3 7 138 234 .246 .295 .307 .601 68 620 61 5 11 8 34
162 Game Avg. 162 529 490 46 121 18 1 3 38 1 2 33 57 .246 .295 .307 .601 68 150 15 1 3 2 8
NYM (4 yrs) 483 1632 1514 134 376 62 4 8 113 2 4 103 171 .248 .296 .310 .607 69 470 43 3 6 6 34
STL (1 yr) 30 17 14 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 2 .214 .353 .214 .567 61 3 0 1 0 0 0
CLE (1 yr) 7 13 13 3 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 .231 .231 .462 .692 90 6 1 0 0 0 0
NYY (1 yr) 148 521 480 50 115 12 1 4 38 1 2 33 61 .240 .289 .294 .583 65 141 17 1 5 2 0
NL (5 yrs) 513 1649 1528 135 379 62 4 8 115 2 5 105 173 .248 .297 .310 .607 69 473 43 4 6 6 34
AL (2 yrs) 155 534 493 53 118 12 1 5 41 1 2 33 61 .239 .287 .298 .586 66 147 18 1 5 2 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
1983 25 STL NL 30 17 -1 -0 0 -3 1 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .487 .498 0.0 -0.3 0 /465
1984 26 NYM NL 51 162 0 -1 0 -6 3 -4 -0.4 6 2 0.2 .492 .497 0.8 -0.4 8 $40,000 6
1985 27 NYM NL 154 564 -19 -0 0 -5 9 -14 -1.6 19 5 0.3 .489 .490 0.8 0.5 10 $125,000 *6
1986 28 NYM NL 139 436 -24 -0 0 9 8 -8 -0.9 15 7 0.6 .494 .495 -0.4 1.7 -2 $235,000 *6/4
1987 29 NYM NL 139 470 -18 -2 -0 1 8 -11 -1.1 16 5 0.5 .492 .493 0.2 0.9 4 $250,000 *6
1988 30 NYY AL 148 521 -21 -0 -2 -9 9 -22 -2.3 18 -5 -0.6 .484 .485 0.3 0.1 4 $425,000 *6
1990 32 CLE AL 7 13 -0 0 -0 -1 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .481 .499 0.0 -0.1 0 $250,000 /6
7 Seasons 668 2183 -82 -4 -1 -14 37 -64 -6.9 75 10 0.5 .490 .492 1.7 2.4 25 $1,325,000
NYM (4 yrs) 483 1632 -61 -4 1 -1 28 -37 -4.1 56 19 1.5 .492 .493 1.4 2.8 20 $650,000
STL (1 yr) 30 17 -1 -0 0 -3 1 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .487 .498 0.0 -0.3 0
CLE (1 yr) 7 13 -0 0 -0 -1 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .481 .499 0.0 -0.1 0 $250,000
NYY (1 yr) 148 521 -21 -0 -2 -9 9 -22 -2.3 18 -5 -0.6 .484 .485 0.3 0.1 4 $425,000

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
1986 28 NYM NL NLCS HOU W 6 17 17 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .176 .176 .176 .353 3 1 0 0 0 0
1986 28 NYM NL WS BOS W 7 24 20 3 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 .250 .318 .250 .568 5 0 0 2 0 1
1 Yr (2 Series) 13 41 37 3 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 8 .216 .256 .216 .473 8 1 0 2 0 1
1 NLCS 6 17 17 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .176 .176 .176 .353 3 1 0 0 0 0
1 WS 7 24 20 3 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 .250 .318 .250 .568 5 0 0 2 0 1

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
1983 STL NL 25 2B 9 1 0 18.2 7 2 4 1 1 .857 -1 -51 2.89 0.67 .979 5.35 5.31
1983 STL NL 25 SS 6 0 0 9.1 4 1 2 1 1 .750 -1 -180 2.89 0.50 .968 4.82 4.83
1983 STL NL 25 3B 4 0 0 6.0 4 0 2 2 1 .500 -1 -200 3.00 0.50 .950 2.70 2.70
1984 NYM NL 26 SS 50 42 36 377.2 202 92 104 6 34 .970 -6 -19 4.67 3.92 .965 4.87 4.86
1985 NYM NL 27 SS 153 145 132 1338.0 722 301 396 25 81 .965 -5 -4 4.69 4.56 .963 4.88 4.88
1986 NYM NL 28 SS 137 111 88 1044.1 588 203 369 16 68 .973 9 10 4.93 4.18 .963 4.75 4.76
1986 NYM NL 28 2B 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.20
1987 NYM NL 29 SS 138 129 102 1125.1 626 213 396 17 82 .973 1 1 4.87 4.41 .965 4.72 4.69
1988 NYY AL 30 SS 148 147 116 1255.2 645 202 421 22 96 .966 -9 -9 4.47 4.21 .971 4.69 4.65
1990 CLE AL 32 SS 7 4 1 34.0 11 2 9 0 2 1.000 -1 -39 2.91 1.57 .973 4.74 4.69
7 Seasons SS 639 578 475 5184.1 2798 1014 1697 87 364 .969 -13 -3 4.71 4.24 .965 4.77 4.76
2 Seasons 2B 10 1 0 19.1 7 2 4 1 1 .857 -1 -50 2.79 0.60 .979 5.35 5.30
1 Season 3B 4 0 0 6.0 4 0 2 2 1 .500 -1 -200 3.00 0.50 .950 2.70 2.70
7 Seasons TOT 653 579 475 5209.2 2809 1016 1703 90 366 .968 -14 -3 4.70 4.16 .965 4.77 4.75
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.
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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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1986 NL  1.7 (6th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1986 NL  12 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1988 AL  17 (10th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1985 NL  25 (5th)
1988 AL  22 (5th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1985 NL  153 (3rd)
1987 NL  138 (3rd)
1988 AL  148 (5th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1985 NL  301 (1st)
1987 NL  213 (3rd)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1986 NL  369 (5th)
1987 NL  396 (3rd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1985 NL  25 (5th)
1988 AL  22 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1985 NL  81 (4th)
1986 NL  68 (5th)
1987 NL  82 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1986 NL  9 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1986 NL  4.93 (5th)
Career  4.71 (54th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1985 NL  .965 (3rd)
1986 NL  .973 (3rd)
1987 NL  .973 (2nd)
Career  .969 (97th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 6 (1440), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Shortstop (417th), 0.5 career WAR/0.5 7yr-peak WAR/0.5 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
198426New York Mets$40,0001/4/85 TSN
198527New York Mets$125,0001985 USA Today survey
198628New York Mets$235,0001986 USA Today survey
198729New York Mets$250,0001987 USA Today survey
198830New York Yankees$425,000USA Today, 4/1/88
198931New York Yankees$500,0001989 USA Today surveyMissed entire season with injury
199032Cleveland Indians$250,000USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,825,000
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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