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Joe Sommer

Joseph John Sommer

Positions: Leftfielder, Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: November 20, 1858 in Covington, KY(All Transactions)
Debut: July 8, 1880 (Age 21.231, 475th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1882 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Orioles/RedStockings/Reds/Spiders 1880-1890

Last Game: October 15, 1890 (Age 31.329)
Died: January 16, 1938 in Cincinnati, OH
Buried: Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, KY
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Standard Batting

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
1880 21 CIN NL 24 88 88 10 16 1 0 0 6 0 2 .182 .182 .193 .375 29 17 O/526
1882 23 CIN AA 80 378 354 82 102 12 6 1 29 24 .288 .333 .364 .698 129 129 *O
1883 24 CIN AA 97 433 413 79 115 5 7 3 52 20 .278 .312 .346 .658 107 143 *O/51
1884 25 BAL AA 107 495 479 96 129 11 10 4 8 .269 .293 .359 .652 108 172 8 *5/O4
1885 26 BAL AA 110 498 471 84 118 23 6 1 44 24 .251 .291 .331 .622 97 156 3 *O/5163
1886 27 BAL AA 139 587 560 79 117 18 4 1 52 31 24 .209 .245 .261 .506 61 146 3 *O45/61
1887 28 BAL AA 131 530 463 88 123 11 5 0 65 29 63 36 .266 .358 .311 .670 91 144 4 *O45/61
1888 29 BAL AA 79 316 297 31 65 10 0 0 35 13 18 29 .219 .266 .253 .518 71 75 1 O6/43
1889 30 BAL AA 106 429 386 51 85 13 2 1 36 18 42 49 .220 .298 .272 .570 61 105 1 *O/6
1890 31 TOT MLB 47 179 164 17 41 5 2 0 23 10 15 .250 .313 .305 .618 78 50 0 O/1
1890 31 CLV NL 9 37 35 4 8 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 .229 .270 .257 .527 57 9 0 /O1
1890 31 BAL AA 38 142 129 13 33 4 2 0 23 10 13 .256 .324 .318 .642 83 41 0 O
10 Yrs 920 3933 3675 617 911 109 42 11 342 101 238 118 .248 .297 .309 .607 88 1137 20
162 Game Avg. 162 693 647 109 160 19 7 2 60 42 .248 .297 .309 .607 88 200
BAL (7 yrs) 710 2997 2785 442 670 90 29 7 255 101 192 114 .241 .294 .301 .596 82 839 20
CIN (2 yrs) 177 811 767 161 217 17 13 4 81 44 .283 .322 .355 .676 117 272
CIN (1 yr) 24 88 88 10 16 1 0 0 6 0 2 .182 .182 .193 .375 29 17
CLV (1 yr) 9 37 35 4 8 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 .229 .270 .257 .527 57 9 0
AA (9 yrs) 887 3808 3552 603 887 107 42 11 336 101 236 114 .250 .300 .313 .613 89 1111 20
NL (2 yrs) 33 125 123 14 24 2 0 0 6 0 2 4 .195 .208 .211 .419 38 26 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
1880 21 CIN NL 24 88 -5 0 0 0 -1 -6 -0.7 3 -4 -0.4 .472 .496 -0.3 -0.1 -3 O/526
1882 23 CIN AA 80 378 11 0 0 10 -5 16 1.5 7 23 2.3 .519 .509 1.4 0.5 13 *O
1883 24 CIN AA 97 433 3 0 0 7 -6 4 0.3 9 13 1.3 .503 .502 0.7 0.1 6 $1,200 *O/51
1884 25 BAL AA 107 495 3 0 0 2 3 8 0.4 10 17 1.5 .507 .504 1.6 0.2 15 $1,800 *5/O4
1885 26 BAL AA 110 498 -1 0 0 9 -7 1 0.1 10 11 1.2 .501 .501 0.4 0.2 2 *O/5163
1886 27 BAL AA 139 587 -26 1 0 4 -5 -26 -2.3 13 -13 -0.9 .484 .486 -1.3 -0.1 -17 *O45/61
1887 28 BAL AA 131 530 2 -4 0 1 -6 -7 -0.5 11 4 0.7 .496 .496 0.5 -0.3 3 *O45/61
1888 29 BAL AA 79 316 -9 -2 0 -4 -0 -15 -1.4 7 -8 -0.7 .483 .492 -0.3 -0.4 -4 O6/43
1889 30 BAL AA 106 429 -22 -2 0 4 -6 -26 -2.2 9 -17 -1.2 .479 .487 -1.6 -0.2 -21 *O/6
1890 31 CLV NL 9 37 -2 -0 0 -1 -1 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .466 .498 -0.1 -0.2 -1 /O1
1890 31 BAL AA 38 142 -3 0 0 0 -2 -6 -0.5 3 -2 -0.2 .487 .497 -0.2 -0.2 -2 O
10 Seasons 920 3933 -50 -5 0 32 -37 -61 -5.5 83 23 3.4 .494 .496 0.7 -0.3 -9 $3,000
BAL (7 yrs) 710 2997 -57 -5 0 16 -24 -70 -6.3 63 -7 0.4 .491 .494 -1.0 -0.7 -23 $1,800
CIN (2 yrs) 177 811 14 0 0 17 -11 20 1.8 16 36 3.6 .510 .505 2.1 0.6 19 $1,200
CIN (1 yr) 24 88 -5 0 0 0 -1 -6 -0.7 3 -4 -0.4 .472 .496 -0.3 -0.1 -3
CLV (1 yr) 9 37 -2 -0 0 -1 -1 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .466 .498 -0.1 -0.2 -1

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
1880 21 CIN NL 88 72 3 1.1 60 .186 .182 .243 .182 .266 .193 .321 .375 .587 29 .128 -6.4 -0.8 .011
1882 23 CIN AA 378 252 43 4.5 67 .286 .288 .255 .333 .283 .364 .329 .698 .612 129 .655 11.5 1.3 .076
1883 24 CIN AA 433 298 45 4.0 74 .273 .278 .263 .312 .293 .346 .345 .658 .638 107 .558 2.7 0.3 .068
1884 25 BAL AA 495 350 48 3.6 71 .263 .269 .249 .293 .288 .359 .339 .652 .626 108 .548 3.0 0.4 .090
1885 26 BAL AA 498 353 45 3.4 72 .249 .251 .250 .291 .296 .331 .336 .622 .632 97 .496 -1.1 -0.1 .081
1886 27 BAL AA 587 443 35 2.1 72 .208 .209 .242 .245 .305 .261 .323 .506 .628 61 .280 -25.6 -2.9 .460 .150 .052 1.9
1887 28 BAL AA 530 340 51 3.9 92 .288 .266 .272 .358 .336 .311 .367 .670 .703 91 .442 -1.8 -0.2 .706 .244 .045 .0
1888 29 BAL AA 316 232 20 2.3 66 .243 .219 .238 .266 .295 .253 .314 .518 .609 71 .346 -9.2 -1.1 .461 .138 .034 .0
1889 30 BAL AA 429 301 31 2.7 95 .250 .220 .271 .298 .344 .272 .368 .570 .712 61 .312 -19.7 -2.0 .551 .207 .052 1.9
1890 31 TOT MLB 179 123 15 3.2 90 .250 .250 .265 .313 .344 .305 .350 .618 .694 78 .416 -4.8 -0.5 .610 .207 .055 .0
1890 31 CLV NL 37 27 2 2.0 84 .242 .229 .253 .270 .329 .257 .343 .527 .672 57 .217 -1.9 -0.2 .407 .086 .029
1890 31 BAL AA 142 96 13 3.5 92 .256 .256 .268 .324 .348 .318 .352 .642 .700 83 .465 -2.9 -0.3 .667 .240 .062 .0
10 Yrs 3933 2764 336 3.2 77 .254 .248 .255 .297 .307 .309 .341 .607 .647 88 .445 -51.4 -5.6 .541 .154 .061 19.8
162 Game Avg. 693 487 59 3.2 77 .254 .248 .255 .297 .307 .309 .341 .607 .647 88 .445 -51.4 -5.6 .541 .154 .061 3
BAL (7 yrs) 2997 2115 243 3.0 79 .249 .241 .254 .294 .313 .301 .342 .596 .654 82 .410 -57.2 -6.3 .369 .125 .061 13.7
CIN (2 yrs) 811 550 88 4.2 70 .279 .283 .259 .322 .288 .355 .338 .676 .626 117 .604 14.2 1.6 .072
CIN (1 yr) 88 72 3 1.1 60 .186 .182 .243 .182 .266 .193 .321 .375 .587 29 .128 -6.4 -0.8 .011
CLV (1 yr) 37 27 2 2.0 84 .242 .229 .253 .270 .329 .257 .343 .527 .672 57 .217 -1.9 -0.2 .407 .086 .029
AA (9 yrs) 3808 2665 331 3.3 77 .256 .250 .255 .300 .307 .313 .341 .613 .648 89 .454 -43.0 -4.7 .293 .098 .063 21.6
NL (2 yrs) 125 99 5 1.3 67 .202 .195 .246 .208 .285 .211 .327 .419 .612 38 .155 -8.4 -1.0 .111 .024 .016

Ratio Batting*

Year Age Tm Lg PA HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% SO/W AB/SO AB/HR AB/RBI GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB
1880 21 CIN NL 88 0.0% 2.3% 0.0% 1.1% 6% 44.0 14.7 98%
1882 23 CIN AA 378 0.3% 6.4% 5.0% 19% 354.0 12.2 93%
1883 24 CIN AA 433 0.7% 4.6% 3.5% 13% 137.7 7.9 95%
1884 25 BAL AA 495 0.8% 1.6% 5.1% 19% 119.8 96%
1885 26 BAL AA 498 0.2% 4.8% 6.0% 25% 471.0 10.7 94%
1886 27 BAL AA 587 0.2% 4.1% 3.9% 20% 560.0 10.8 95%
1887 28 BAL AA 530 0.0% 6.8% 11.9% 3.0% 13% 0.57 12.9 7.1 81%
1888 29 BAL AA 316 0.0% 9.2% 5.7% 3.2% 15% 1.61 10.2 8.5 85%
1889 30 BAL AA 429 0.2% 11.4% 9.8% 3.7% 19% 1.17 7.9 386.0 10.7 78%
1890 31 TOT MLB 179 0.0% 1.1% 8.4% 3.9% 17% 0.13 82.0 7.1 91%
1890 31 CLV NL 37 0.0% 5.4% 5.4% 2.7% 13% 1.00 17.5 89%
1890 31 BAL AA 142 0.0% 9.2% 4.2% 18% 5.6 91%
10 Yrs 3933 0.3% 3.0% 6.1% 4.1% 18% 0.50 10.8 334.1 10.7 90%
MLB Averages 0.6% 6.2% 6.3% 5.5% 24% 0.99 14.9 161.6 9.7 86%

Cumulative Batting

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1880 21 24 88 88 10 16 1 0 0 6 0 2 .182 .182 .193 .375 29 17
1881 22 24 88 88 10 16 1 0 0 6 0 2 .182 .182 .193 .375 29 17
1882 23 104 466 442 92 118 13 6 1 35 24 2 .267 .305 .330 .635 110 146
1883 24 201 899 855 171 233 18 13 4 87 44 2 .273 .308 .338 .646 108 289
1884 25 308 1394 1334 267 362 29 23 8 87 52 2 .271 .303 .346 .648 108 461 8
1885 26 418 1892 1805 351 480 52 29 9 131 76 2 .266 .300 .342 .642 105 617 11
1886 27 557 2479 2365 430 597 70 33 10 183 31 100 2 .252 .287 .323 .609 95 763 14
1887 28 688 3009 2828 518 720 81 38 10 248 60 163 38 .255 .299 .321 .620 94 907 18
1888 29 767 3325 3125 549 785 91 38 10 283 73 181 67 .251 .296 .314 .610 92 982 19
1889 30 873 3754 3511 600 870 104 40 11 319 91 223 116 .248 .296 .310 .606 88 1087 20
1890 31 920 3933 3675 617 911 109 42 11 342 101 238 118 .248 .297 .309 .607 88 1137 20

Neutralized Batting

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 688 total runs (4.25 R/G)
How this works
Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS RC Gact
1880 21 46 167 167 18 30 2 0 0 11 0 0 4 .180 .180 .192 .371 6 24
1882 23 166 747 704 131 181 21 11 2 46 0 43 0 .257 .300 .327 .627 69 80
1883 24 160 677 650 94 157 7 10 4 62 0 27 0 .242 .272 .302 .573 53 97
1884 25 172 763 741 121 180 15 14 6 0 0 11 0 .243 .265 .325 .590 61 107
1885 26 161 698 664 96 149 29 8 1 50 0 30 0 .224 .262 .297 .559 51 110
1886 27 162 660 633 71 117 18 4 1 46 31 24 0 .185 .218 .231 .449 31 139
1887 28 154 577 514 71 115 10 5 0 52 27 59 42 .224 .308 .263 .571 41 131
1888 29 93 366 345 32 71 11 0 0 36 14 20 34 .206 .251 .238 .489 20 79
1889 30 123 466 426 40 78 12 2 1 28 17 39 57 .183 .253 .228 .481 24 106
1890 31 62 222 206 16 44 5 2 0 21 11 16 3 .214 .270 .257 .528 14 47
10 Yrs 1299 5343 5050 690 1122 130 56 15 352 100 269 140 .222 .265 .279 .544 370 920
162 Game Avg. 162 666 630 86 140 16 7 2 44 34 .222 .265 .279 .544 46 920

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1882 AA  2.3 (7th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1882 AA  .288 (9th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1882 AA  .333 (5th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1882 AA  .364 (10th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1882 AA  .698 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1882 AA  80 (1st)
1883 AA  97 (6th)
1886 AA  139 (5th)

At Bats s c a p y
1882 AA  354 (1st)
1883 AA  413 (10th)
1884 AA  479 (4th)
1885 AA  471 (9th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1882 AA  378 (1st)
1884 AA  495 (7th)
1885 AA  498 (7th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1882 AA  82 (2nd)
1885 AA  84 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1882 AA  102 (4th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1882 AA  129 (6th)

Doubles s c a p y
1885 AA  23 (5th)

Triples s c a p y
1882 AA  6 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1883 AA  3 (8th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1882 AA  29 (8th)
1883 AA  52 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1882 AA  24 (3rd)
1887 AA  63 (9th)

Singles s c a p y
1882 AA  83 (4th)
1883 AA  100 (5th)
1884 AA  104 (9th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1882 AA  129 (8th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1882 AA  43 (4th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1882 AA  12 (8th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1882 AA  1.3 (8th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1882 AA  19 (10th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1882 AA  126 (4th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1882 AA  .655 (8th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1882 AA  252 (2nd)
1884 AA  350 (5th)
1885 AA  353 (2nd)
1886 AA  443 (1st)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 2 (622), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 42 (608), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2644), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (304th), 3.5 career WAR/6.3 7yr-peak WAR/4.9 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 JAWS

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