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Steve Sax

Stephen Louis Sax

Position: Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: January 29, 1960 in Sacramento, CA
High School: Marshall HS (West Sacramento, CA)
Drafted
by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 9th round of the 1978 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 18, 1981 (Age 21.201, 12,088th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1982 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Yankees/WhiteSox/Athletics 1981-1994
Agents: Tom Reich, previously: Jerry Kapstein [*]
Last Game: May 8, 1994 (Age 34.099)
Relatives: Brother of Dave Sax
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Standard Fielding

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
1981 LAD NL 21 2B 29 28 24 251.0 161 64 93 4 22 .975 -0 -1 5.63 5.41 .982 5.52 5.54
1982 LAD NL 22 2B 149 145 143 1334.0 818 347 452 19 83 .977 2 2 5.39 5.36 .978 5.42 5.43 AS,RoY-1
1983 LAD NL 23 2B 152 151 142 1336.1 760 331 399 30 74 .961 -9 -8 4.92 4.80 .978 5.33 5.31 AS
1984 LAD NL 24 2B 141 140 125 1226.1 789 318 450 21 99 .973 -1 -1 5.64 5.45 .979 5.41 5.39
1985 LAD NL 25 2B 135 132 120 1169.1 709 330 357 22 84 .969 -8 -9 5.29 5.09 .982 5.47 5.47
1985 LAD NL 25 3B 1 0 0 3.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 40 3.00 1.00 .950 3.00 2.90
1986 LAD NL 26 2B 154 154 148 1366.1 815 367 432 16 71 .980 -14 -13 5.26 5.19 .980 5.21 5.22 AS,MVP-13,SS
1987 LAD NL 27 2B 152 151 136 1309.1 776 342 420 14 92 .982 -17 -16 5.24 5.01 .982 5.19 5.16
1987 LAD NL 27 3B 1 0 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -30 0.00 0.00 2.92 2.80
1987 LAD NL 27 LF 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 1.00 .980 1.80 2.00
1987 LAD NL 27 OF 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 1.00 .980 1.80 2.20
1988 LAD NL 28 2B 158 156 131 1336.1 719 276 429 14 69 .981 -7 -6 4.75 4.46 .980 5.22 5.23 MVP-18
1989 NYY AL 29 2B 158 158 143 1351.2 782 312 460 10 117 .987 -2 -1 5.14 4.89 .981 5.24 5.18 AS,MVP-21
1990 NYY AL 30 2B 154 154 147 1355.2 759 292 457 10 102 .987 -2 -1 4.97 4.86 .984 5.23 5.18 AS
1991 NYY AL 31 2B 149 148 140 1305.1 724 274 443 7 107 .990 4 3 4.94 4.81 .981 5.19 5.18
1991 NYY AL 31 3B 5 5 5 43.0 17 3 11 3 0 .824 -3 -75 2.93 2.80 .955 2.78 2.80
1991 NYY AL 31 DH 4 4
1992 CHW AL 32 2B 141 141 134 1251.1 715 305 390 20 75 .972 -4 -4 5.00 4.93 .983 5.25 5.23
1992 CHW AL 32 DH 1 0
1993 CHW AL 33 OF 32 26 10 209.0 39 39 0 0 0 1.000 1 7 1.68 1.22 .983 2.41 2.39
1993 CHW AL 33 LF 26 22 8 174.0 32 32 0 0 0 1.000 2 12 1.66 1.23 .984 2.23 2.21
1993 CHW AL 33 DH 21 3
1993 CHW AL 33 RF 6 4 2 35.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -17 1.80 1.17 .979 2.24 2.22
1993 CHW AL 33 2B 1 0 0 1.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 0 600 27.00 3.00 .980 5.40 5.10
1994 OAK AL 34 2B 6 6 5 50.0 36 16 20 0 3 1.000 0 5 6.48 6.00 .981 5.09 5.07
14 Seasons 2B 1679 1664 1538 14644.0 8566 3574 4805 187 998 .978 -59 -5 5.15 4.99 .981 5.29 5.27
2 Seasons OF 33 26 10 210.0 40 40 0 0 0 1.000 1 7 1.71 1.21 .983 2.41 2.38
2 Seasons LF 27 22 8 175.0 33 33 0 0 0 1.000 2 12 1.70 1.22 .984 2.23 2.20
3 Seasons DH 26 7
3 Seasons 3B 7 5 5 50.0 18 3 12 3 0 .833 -3 -65 2.70 2.14 .955 2.81 2.81
1 Season RF 6 4 2 35.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -17 1.80 1.17 .979 2.24 2.22
14 Seasons TOT 1719 1695 1553 14904.0 8624 3617 4817 190 998 .978 -61 -5 5.09 4.91 .981 5.24 5.21
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1981 LAD NL 21 2B -0 -1 -1 -4 3 1
1982 LAD NL 22 2B 2 2 6 4 1 -4
1983 LAD NL 23 2B -9 -8 -5 -4 -1 -4
1984 LAD NL 24 2B -1 -1 0 -2 2 -1
1985 LAD NL 25 2B -8 -9 -6 -2 -3 -3
1985 LAD NL 25 3B 0 40 0 0 0 0
1986 LAD NL 26 2B -14 -13 -8 -5 -2 -7
1987 LAD NL 27 2B -17 -16 -12 -4 -8 -5
1987 LAD NL 27 3B -0 -30 -0 0 -0
1987 LAD NL 27 LF 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 LAD NL 28 2B -7 -6 -2 -7 4 -5
1989 NYY AL 29 2B -2 -1 -3 1 -4 1
1990 NYY AL 30 2B -2 -1 -4 -3 -0 2
1991 NYY AL 31 2B 4 3 1 -1 2 3
1991 NYY AL 31 3B -3 -75 -3 0 -3 0
1992 CHW AL 32 2B -4 -4 -0 -1 1 -4
1993 CHW AL 33 LF 2 12 1 0 0 1
1993 CHW AL 33 RF -0 -17 -0 0 -1 0
1993 CHW AL 33 2B 0 600 0 0 0 0
1994 OAK AL 34 2B 0 5 0 2 -1 0
14 Seasons 2B -59 -5 -33 -26 -7 -26
2 Seasons LF 2 12 1 0 0 1
3 Seasons 3B -3 -65 -3 0 -3 0
1 Season RF -0 -17 -0 0 -1 0
14 Seasons TOT -61 -5 -36 -26 -10 -26 1
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1981 LAD NL 21 31 28 31 29 0 0 0 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1982 LAD NL 22 150 145 150 149 0 0 0 149 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1983 LAD NL 23 155 151 155 152 0 0 0 152 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1984 LAD NL 24 145 140 145 141 0 0 0 141 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
1985 LAD NL 25 136 132 136 135 0 0 0 135 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1986 LAD NL 26 157 154 157 154 0 0 0 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1987 LAD NL 27 157 151 157 153 0 0 0 152 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 1
1988 LAD NL 28 160 156 160 158 0 0 0 158 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1989 NYY AL 29 158 158 158 158 0 0 0 158 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 NYY AL 30 155 154 155 154 0 0 0 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1991 NYY AL 31 158 157 158 154 0 0 0 149 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1
1992 CHW AL 32 143 141 143 141 0 0 0 141 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
1993 CHW AL 33 57 29 57 33 0 0 0 1 0 0 26 0 6 32 21 8 16
1994 OAK AL 34 7 6 7 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
14 Seasons 1769 1702 1769 1717 0 0 0 1679 7 0 27 0 6 33 26 32 22
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- 2B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 543 463 43 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1981 LAD NL 21 1011 63% 82% 30% 103 91% 1 66 20 33 13 90 74 13 0 2 4 0 3 1 3 22 7 5 6 1 19 7 12 3 2 1
1982 LAD NL 22 5544 66% 81% 30% 547 93% 0 348 103 167 78 456 400 50 1 4 21 0 19 2 14 84 32 13 18 8 74 26 46 8 2 5
1983 LAD NL 23 5585 63% 80% 28% 535 87% 2 324 110 133 81 397 345 42 1 6 30 1 27 2 24 73 24 15 17 1 60 18 40 9 5 3
1984 LAD NL 24 5143 64% 79% 29% 497 96% 1 312 100 145 67 443 363 67 1 10 21 0 20 1 18 97 28 20 33 4 89 37 50 5 3 2
1985 LAD NL 25 4856 69% 80% 29% 434 96% 0 327 113 162 52 367 305 53 0 3 22 1 17 4 16 83 29 21 21 2 77 23 52 4 1 3
1986 LAD NL 26 5830 62% 79% 33% 561 92% 2 370 123 156 91 444 365 66 1 9 16 1 13 2 11 73 28 9 24 3 65 27 37 7 3 4
1987 LAD NL 27 5616 58% 77% 31% 512 90% 3 342 99 160 83 428 351 61 3 7 14 0 13 1 12 94 34 18 25 4 86 29 54 6 4 2
1988 LAD NL 28 5522 53% 79% 35% 535 92% 3 269 100 112 57 429 358 60 1 6 14 0 10 4 10 66 27 3 22 1 59 23 31 6 4 2
1989 NYY AL 29 5899 63% 81% 34% 525 94% 0 308 101 170 37 459 388 63 0 3 11 1 7 3 5 114 45 14 41 4 105 45 60 7 3 3
1990 NYY AL 30 5827 62% 80% 34% 533 96% 2 292 115 128 49 456 381 68 1 6 10 1 6 3 6 101 42 10 36 3 92 39 52 6 2 4
1991 NYY AL 31 5630 57% 80% 33% 578 81% 0 275 85 149 41 443 375 61 0 8 7 2 3 2 3 107 33 19 39 2 96 41 54 8 2 6
1992 CHW AL 32 5307 61% 81% 32% 582 78% 0 305 111 157 37 391 336 52 1 4 20 0 12 8 13 75 30 12 19 3 71 23 46 3 0 3
1993 CHW AL 33 4 50% 75% 75% 3 100% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994 OAK AL 34 237 48% 73% 27% 23 100% 0 16 6 8 2 18 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 0 0
14 Seasons 62011 62% 80% 32% 5968 90% 14 3554 1186 1680 688 4824 4059 659 10 68 190 7 150 33 135 992 359 159 301 37 896 339 535 72 31 38
MLB Averages 59% 80% 30% 92%

Advanced Fielding -- LF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1987 LAD NL 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 50.0% 1 0 0.0% 0 8 63% 88% 63% 3 33%
1993 CHW AL 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 7 3 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 19 14 73.7% 5 0 0.0% 0 722 62% 81% 39% 74 43%
2 Seasons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 7 3 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 21 15 71.4% 6 0 0.0% 0 730 62% 81% 39% 77 43%
MLB Averages 60.7% 2.8% 59% 80% 34% 54%

Advanced Fielding -- 3B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 543 53 GB LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1985 LAD NL 25 13 69% 77% 38% 1 100% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 LAD NL 27 15 47% 80% 27% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 NYY AL 31 175 73% 83% 37% 17 76% 1 3 2 0 1 11 10 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Seasons 203 71% 83% 36% 18 78% 1 3 2 0 1 12 11 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Averages 59% 80% 30% 88% 71%

Advanced Fielding -- RF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1993 CHW AL 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 10 5 50.0% 5 0 0.0% 0 156 61% 80% 37% 20 35%
1 Season 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 10 5 50.0% 5 0 0.0% 0 156 61% 80% 37% 20 35%
MLB Averages 42.4% 2.8% 59% 80% 34% 57%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
2000 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

All-Star Games
1982 *
1983 (2B)
1986 *
1989 *
1990 (2B)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1986 NL (13, 4%)
1988 NL (18, 0%)
1989 AL (21, 1%)
0.05 Career Shares (1151st)

Silver Sluggers
1986 NL (2B)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1986 September NL Player of the Month

Assistss c a p y
1984 NL  450 (4th)
1990 AL  457 (5th)
1991 AL  454 (4th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1983 NL  30 (3rd)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1982 NL  149 (2nd)
1983 NL  152 (4th)
1986 NL  154 (1st)
1987 NL  152 (3rd)
1988 NL  158 (1st)
1989 AL  158 (1st)
1990 AL  154 (2nd)
1991 AL  149 (4th)
1992 AL  141 (5th)
Career  1,679 (26th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1982 NL  347 (2nd)
1983 NL  331 (3rd)
1986 NL  367 (1st)
1987 NL  342 (2nd)
1989 AL  312 (2nd)
1990 AL  292 (4th)
1991 AL  274 (5th)
1992 AL  305 (3rd)
Career  3,574 (29th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1982 NL  452 (3rd)
1984 NL  450 (3rd)
1987 NL  420 (4th)
1988 NL  429 (4th)
1989 AL  460 (2nd)
1990 AL  457 (2nd)
1991 AL  443 (5th)
1992 AL  390 (4th)
Career  4,805 (26th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1982 NL  19 (2nd)
1983 NL  30 (1st)
1984 NL  21 (3rd)
1985 NL  22 (1st)
1987 NL  14 (3rd)
1988 NL  14 (4th)
1990 AL  10 (4th)
1992 AL  20 (1st)
Career  187 (74th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1984 NL  99 (3rd)
1987 NL  92 (5th)
1989 AL  117 (1st)
1990 AL  102 (3rd)
1991 AL  107 (3rd)
1992 AL  75 (5th)
Career  998 (26th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1984 NL  5.64 (3rd)
1987 NL  5.24 (4th)
Career  5.15 (58th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1982 NL  5.36 (4th)
1984 NL  5.45 (3rd)
1986 NL  5.19 (4th)
1987 NL  5.01 (5th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1986 NL  .980 (4th)
1987 NL  .982 (5th)
1988 NL  .981 (4th)
1989 AL  .987 (1st)
1991 AL  .990 (2nd)

Youngest s c a p y
1981 NL  born 1960-01-29 (10th)

                                         

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