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William James Spiers

Positions: Shortstop, Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: June 5, 1966 in Orangeburg, SC
High School: Wade Hampton Academy (Orangeburg, SC)
School: Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
Drafted
by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 1987 amateur draft.
Signed June 10, 1987. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 7, 1989 (Age 22.306)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1989 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Astros/Brewers/Mets 1989-2001

Final Game: April 8, 2001 (Age 34.307)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 30, 2014 8:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1486. Billy Cox… #1487. Mark Reynolds… #1488. Tommy Helms… #1489. BILL SPIERS… #1490. Rocco Baldelli… #1491. Jerry Browne… #1492. Levi Meyerle… 

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
1989 23 MIL AL 114 373 345 44 88 9 3 4 33 10 2 21 63 .255 .298 .333 .631 79 115 2 1 4 2 1 65/4D3
1990 24 MIL AL 112 389 363 44 88 15 3 2 36 11 6 16 45 .242 .274 .317 .591 66 115 12 1 6 3 0 *6
1991 25 MIL AL 133 464 414 71 117 13 6 8 54 14 8 34 55 .283 .337 .401 .738 106 166 9 2 10 4 0 *6/D8
1992 26 MIL AL 12 18 16 2 5 2 0 0 2 1 1 1 4 .313 .353 .438 .790 123 7 0 0 1 0 0 /645D
1993 27 MIL AL 113 386 340 43 81 8 4 2 36 9 8 29 51 .238 .302 .303 .605 65 103 11 4 9 4 2 4/9687
1994 28 MIL AL 73 237 214 27 54 10 1 0 17 7 1 19 42 .252 .316 .308 .625 60 66 5 1 3 0 1 56/D93
1995 29 NYM NL 63 87 72 5 15 2 1 0 11 0 1 12 15 .208 .314 .264 .578 58 19 0 0 1 2 1 5/4
1996 30 HOU NL 122 242 218 27 55 10 1 6 26 7 0 20 34 .252 .320 .390 .709 93 85 3 2 1 1 4 5/43689
1997 31 HOU NL 132 355 291 51 93 27 4 4 48 10 5 61 42 .320 .438 .481 .919 145 140 4 1 1 1 6 56/34
1998 32 HOU NL 123 437 384 66 105 27 4 4 43 11 2 45 62 .273 .356 .396 .751 100 152 9 5 1 2 0 5/436
1999 33 HOU NL 127 444 393 56 113 18 5 4 39 10 5 47 45 .288 .363 .389 .752 92 153 10 0 3 1 2 576/9843
2000 34 HOU NL 124 409 355 41 107 17 3 3 43 7 4 49 38 .301 .386 .392 .777 92 139 8 1 2 2 3 564/79
2001 35 HOU NL 4 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .500 .333 .833 118 1 0 0 0 0 1
13 Yrs 1252 3845 3408 477 922 158 35 37 388 97 43 355 496 .271 .341 .370 .711 90 1261 73 18 42 22 21
162 Game Avg. 162 498 441 62 119 20 5 5 50 13 6 46 64 .271 .341 .370 .711 90 163 9 2 5 3 3
HOU (6 yrs) 632 1891 1644 241 474 99 17 21 199 45 16 223 221 .288 .375 .408 .782 103 670 34 9 8 7 16
MIL (6 yrs) 557 1867 1692 231 433 57 17 16 178 52 26 120 260 .256 .306 .338 .644 78 572 39 9 33 13 4
NYM (1 yr) 63 87 72 5 15 2 1 0 11 0 1 12 15 .208 .314 .264 .578 58 19 0 0 1 2 1
NL (7 yrs) 695 1978 1716 246 489 101 18 21 210 45 17 235 236 .285 .372 .402 .774 102 689 34 9 9 9 17
AL (6 yrs) 557 1867 1692 231 433 57 17 16 178 52 26 120 260 .256 .306 .338 .644 78 572 39 9 33 13 4

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
1989 23 MIL AL 114 373 -9 2 1 -6 5 -7 -0.7 13 6 0.6 .493 .495 1.3 -0.1 12 $68,000 65/4D3
1990 24 MIL AL 112 389 -17 3 0 0 7 -6 -0.7 14 8 0.7 .494 .496 0.7 0.7 7 $135,000 *6
1991 25 MIL AL 133 464 6 -0 1 -3 8 11 1.2 17 27 2.8 .508 .507 3.1 0.5 30 $250,000 *6/D8
1992 26 MIL AL 12 18 0 -0 0 0 0 1 0.1 1 1 0.1 .506 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $750,000 /645D
1993 27 MIL AL 113 386 -16 -1 -0 -13 2 -29 -2.9 14 -14 -1.5 .475 .482 -0.1 -1.1 -1 $750,000 4/9687
1994 28 MIL AL 73 237 -15 1 -0 2 2 -9 -0.8 9 0 -0.0 .488 .495 -0.2 0.4 -2 $450,000 56/D93
1995 29 NYM NL 63 87 -5 -0 0 -4 1 -9 -0.9 3 -6 -0.6 .486 .495 -0.2 -0.4 -2 $425,000 5/4
1996 30 HOU NL 122 242 -2 1 0 -3 1 -3 -0.4 7 4 0.3 .498 .498 0.7 -0.3 7 $400,000 5/43689
1997 31 HOU NL 132 355 20 1 1 10 3 34 3.3 11 45 4.4 .526 .521 3.5 1.1 36 $600,000 56/34
1998 32 HOU NL 123 437 4 5 -0 -10 1 0 -0.1 14 14 1.2 .500 .500 2.3 -1.0 24 $1,600,000 5/436
1999 33 HOU NL 127 444 -4 1 -0 2 1 -1 -0.2 14 13 1.1 .499 .499 0.9 0.2 11 $1,600,000 576/9843
2000 34 HOU NL 124 409 -4 0 1 1 3 0 -0.1 13 13 1.2 .500 .500 1.1 0.3 12 $1,700,000 564/79
2001 35 HOU NL 4 4 -0 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .495 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $1,700,000
13 Seasons 1252 3845 -42 12 3 -24 34 -17 -2.1 129 112 10.3 .499 .500 13.1 0.5 136 $10,428,000
HOU (6 yrs) 632 1891 13 7 2 -0 9 31 2.5 59 90 8.2 .505 .504 8.5 0.3 90 $7,600,000
MIL (6 yrs) 557 1867 -50 5 1 -20 24 -40 -3.7 68 28 2.7 .493 .496 4.9 0.5 48 $2,403,000
NYM (1 yr) 63 87 -5 -0 0 -4 1 -9 -0.9 3 -6 -0.6 .486 .495 -0.2 -0.4 -2 $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
1997 31 HOU NL NLDS ATL L 3 12 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .083 .000 .083 0 1 0 0 0 0
1998 32 HOU NL NLDS SDP L 4 15 14 2 4 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 .286 .333 .500 .833 7 1 0 0 0 0
1999 33 HOU NL NLDS ATL L 4 11 11 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 .273 .273 .273 .545 3 0 0 0 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 11 38 36 3 7 3 0 0 2 1 0 2 6 .194 .237 .278 .515 10 2 0 0 0 0
3 NLDS 11 38 36 3 7 3 0 0 2 1 0 2 6 .194 .237 .278 .515 10 2 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 Awards
1989 MIL AL 23 SS 89 78 74 705.2 418 138 264 16 57 .962 -6 -11 5.13 4.52 .971 4.79 4.74
1989 MIL AL 23 3B 12 10 8 87.1 34 10 20 4 1 .882 1 8 3.09 2.50 .943 2.73 2.70
1989 MIL AL 23 2B 4 1 1 15.0 17 6 11 0 1 1.000 0 40 10.20 4.25 .981 5.22 5.18
1989 MIL AL 23 DH 4 4
1989 MIL AL 23 1B 2 1 1 10.0 11 10 0 1 3 .909 -1 -144 9.00 5.00 .993 9.81 9.70
1990 MIL AL 24 SS 111 104 95 929.2 497 159 326 12 72 .976 0 1 4.70 4.37 .973 4.74 4.69
1991 MIL AL 25 SS 128 125 111 1104.0 563 201 345 17 93 .970 -3 -3 4.45 4.27 .971 4.67 4.66
1991 MIL AL 25 DH 2 0
1991 MIL AL 25 CF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.80
1991 MIL AL 25 OF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.40
1992 MIL AL 26 SS 5 1 1 16.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0 8 1.12 0.40 .970 4.73 4.68
1992 MIL AL 26 2B 4 1 1 21.0 10 5 5 0 0 1.000 -0 -6 4.29 2.50 .983 5.23 5.22
1992 MIL AL 26 3B 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.80
1992 MIL AL 26 DH 1 1
1993 MIL AL 27 2B 104 92 73 804.0 448 209 226 13 53 .971 -13 -19 4.87 4.18 .981 5.15 5.11
1993 MIL AL 27 OF 7 1 0 17.0 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -28 2.12 0.57 .982 2.44 2.39
1993 MIL AL 27 RF 4 0 0 8.0 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -15 3.38 0.75 .977 2.25 2.20
1993 MIL AL 27 SS 4 1 1 13.0 5 1 4 0 2 1.000 -0 -9 3.46 1.25 .972 4.71 4.65
1993 MIL AL 27 CF 2 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -40 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.75
1993 MIL AL 27 LF 2 1 0 6.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -40 1.50 0.50 .980 2.25 2.20
1994 MIL AL 28 3B 35 24 18 230.2 76 22 50 4 4 .947 3 14 2.81 2.06 .948 2.64 2.62
1994 MIL AL 28 SS 35 22 17 213.2 131 48 79 4 23 .969 0 0 5.35 3.63 .969 4.64 4.60
1994 MIL AL 28 DH 3 2
1994 MIL AL 28 OF 2 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -160 0.00 0.00 2.40 2.35
1994 MIL AL 28 RF 2 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -160 0.00 0.00 2.10 2.20
1994 MIL AL 28 1B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 9.90 9.50
1995 NYM NL 29 3B 11 6 3 61.2 34 9 18 7 2 .794 -5 -90 3.94 2.45 .946 2.77 2.76
1995 NYM NL 29 2B 6 1 0 20.1 16 4 12 0 1 1.000 1 35 7.08 2.67 .984 5.22 5.23
1996 HOU NL 30 3B 77 38 31 386.0 121 22 94 5 9 .959 -2 -7 2.70 1.51 .948 2.71 2.69
1996 HOU NL 30 2B 7 2 0 22.2 11 7 4 0 2 1.000 -0 -5 4.37 1.57 .981 5.08 5.06
1996 HOU NL 30 1B 4 0 0 7.0 10 9 1 0 2 1.000 0 86 12.86 2.50 .992 9.64 9.55
1996 HOU NL 30 SS 4 4 4 41.0 12 3 9 0 1 1.000 -2 -44 2.63 3.00 .967 4.61 4.58
1996 HOU NL 30 OF 2 0 0 8.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 1 90 3.38 1.50 .977 2.14 2.10
1996 HOU NL 30 CF 1 0 0 2.1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 154 3.86 1.00 .980 2.31 2.50
1996 HOU NL 30 RF 1 0 0 5.2 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 64 3.18 2.00 .975 2.06 2.00
1997 HOU NL 31 3B 84 48 43 496.0 185 44 129 12 12 .935 8 19 3.14 2.06 .946 2.66 2.64
1997 HOU NL 31 SS 28 13 4 122.1 88 25 57 6 12 .932 -0 -2 6.03 2.93 .973 4.58 4.54
1997 HOU NL 31 1B 8 4 1 41.0 33 32 1 0 5 1.000 0 9 7.24 4.13 .993 9.53 9.45
1997 HOU NL 31 2B 4 2 0 16.2 16 3 13 0 3 1.000 2 122 8.64 4.00 .980 5.08 5.03
1998 HOU NL 32 3B 99 81 69 742.1 235 57 170 8 9 .966 -7 -11 2.75 2.29 .957 2.73 2.72
1998 HOU NL 32 2B 9 5 1 49.0 24 10 13 1 2 .958 -2 -56 4.22 2.56 .982 5.09 5.06
1998 HOU NL 32 1B 7 3 1 30.2 35 34 1 0 1 1.000 -1 -27 10.27 5.00 .993 9.48 9.41
1998 HOU NL 32 SS 2 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 4.50 4.50
1999 HOU NL 33 3B 71 55 46 517.0 191 40 143 8 11 .958 4 9 3.19 2.58 .953 2.69 2.66
1999 HOU NL 33 OF 31 25 9 209.0 41 40 0 1 0 .976 -1 -7 1.72 1.29 .981 2.26 2.24
1999 HOU NL 33 LF 25 14 7 124.1 22 21 0 1 0 .955 -2 -16 1.52 0.84 .977 2.00 1.98
1999 HOU NL 33 SS 13 9 5 87.1 45 22 23 0 7 1.000 -0 -5 4.64 3.46 .967 4.42 4.39
1999 HOU NL 33 RF 9 7 2 51.0 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -2 1.94 1.22 .981 2.15 2.14
1999 HOU NL 33 CF 7 4 0 33.2 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 1 21 2.14 1.14 .984 2.62 2.61
1999 HOU NL 33 2B 4 2 1 19.0 15 5 10 0 0 1.000 0 6 7.11 3.75 .981 5.07 5.00
1999 HOU NL 33 1B 1 0 0 2.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 13.50 3.00 .993 9.00 9.10
2000 HOU NL 34 3B 51 36 27 340.0 123 33 85 5 8 .959 5 17 3.12 2.31 .950 2.63 2.61
2000 HOU NL 34 SS 27 23 13 184.1 98 40 57 1 18 .990 -1 -8 4.74 3.59 .967 4.51 4.47
2000 HOU NL 34 2B 26 19 17 175.1 95 40 53 2 13 .979 -2 -16 4.77 3.58 .982 4.96 4.91
2000 HOU NL 34 OF 10 1 0 24.0 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -10 2.25 0.60 .982 2.25 2.22
2000 HOU NL 34 LF 6 1 0 14.1 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -59 1.88 0.50 .977 1.95 1.90
2000 HOU NL 34 RF 4 0 0 9.2 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 62 2.79 0.75 .980 2.23 2.15
11 Seasons SS 446 380 325 3420.0 1859 638 1165 56 285 .970 -12 -4 4.74 4.04 .971 4.69 4.65
9 Seasons 3B 441 298 245 2863.0 999 237 709 53 56 .947 5 2 2.97 2.15 .951 2.69 2.67
9 Seasons 2B 168 125 94 1143.0 652 289 347 16 75 .975 -15 -15 5.01 3.79 .981 5.12 5.08
6 Seasons OF 53 27 9 263.0 54 51 2 1 0 .981 -2 -7 1.81 1.00 .981 2.27 2.26
3 Seasons LF 33 16 7 144.2 26 24 1 1 0 .962 -3 -22 1.56 0.76 .977 2.00 1.98
6 Seasons 1B 23 8 3 91.2 92 88 3 1 11 .989 -1 -14 8.93 3.96 .993 9.54 9.47
5 Seasons RF 20 7 2 77.1 19 18 1 0 0 1.000 0 3 2.21 0.95 .979 2.16 2.16
4 Seasons CF 11 4 0 41.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 1 23 1.98 0.82 .983 2.61 2.65
13 Seasons TOT 1131 838 676 7780.2 3656 1303 2226 127 427 .965 -24 -4 4.08 3.12 .968 3.99 3.93
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.
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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

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1991 AL  93 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1997 NL  8 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1997 NL  3.14 (1st)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 7 (1387), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 15 (1170), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (185th), 10.3 career WAR/12.0 7yr-peak WAR/11.1 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

Transactions

  • June 2, 1987: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed June 10, 1987.
  • December 20, 1993: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 21, 1993: Signed as a Free Agent with the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • October 25, 1994: Selected off waivers by the New York Mets from the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • November 3, 1995: Granted Free Agency.
  • January 10, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.
  • November 14, 1996: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 2, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.
  • November 3, 1997: Granted Free Agency.
  • November 25, 1997: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.
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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
1989 23 Milwaukee Brewers $68,000 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 24 Milwaukee Brewers $135,000 ? USA Today
1991 25 Milwaukee Brewers $250,000 ? USA Today survey
1992 26 Milwaukee Brewers $750,000 ? 4/2/92 USA Today
1993 27 Milwaukee Brewers $750,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1
1994 28 Milwaukee Brewers $450,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $100,000 earned bonus
1995 29 New York Mets $425,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1
1996 30 Houston Astros $400,000 ? 1997 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $75,000 earned bonus
1997 31 Houston Astros $600,000 ? 1997 AP survey
1998 32 Houston Astros $1,600,000 ? 11/23/98 USA Today Includes $200,000 earned bonus
1999 33 Houston Astros $1,600,000 ? 11/19/99 USA Today Includes $100,000 earned bonus
2000 34 Houston Astros $1,700,000 ? 4/5/00 AP
2001 35 Houston Astros $1,700,000 ? 4/6/01 USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$10,428,000
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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