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John Stearns

John Hardin Stearns (Bad Dude)

Positions: Catcher, First Baseman and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: August 21, 1951 in Denver, CO
High School: Thomas Jefferson HS (Denver, CO)
School: University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)
Drafted
by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 1973 amateur draft.
Signed June 15, 1973. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 22, 1974 (Age 23.032)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1975 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Mets/Phillies 1974-1984

Final Game: September 30, 1984 (Age 33.040)
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All-Time Rank (among batters): #1156. Gary Matthews… #1157. Tony Kubek… #1158. Chief Wilson… #1159. JOHN STEARNS… #1160. Chris Young… #1161. Lyman Bostock… #1162. Vic Davalillo… 

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
1974 22 PHI NL 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 177 1 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1975 23 NYM NL 59 193 169 25 32 5 1 3 10 4 1 17 15 .189 .268 .284 .552 57 48 6 2 3 2 4 2
1976 24 NYM NL 32 121 103 13 27 6 0 2 10 1 2 16 11 .262 .364 .379 .742 118 39 4 1 0 1 0 2
1977 ★ 25 NYM NL 139 521 431 52 108 25 1 12 55 9 8 77 76 .251 .370 .397 .767 112 171 15 7 1 4 7 *2/3 AS
1978 26 NYM NL 143 563 477 65 126 24 1 15 73 25 13 70 57 .264 .364 .413 .777 121 197 11 8 2 6 4 *2/5
1979 ★ 27 NYM NL 155 602 538 58 131 29 2 9 66 15 15 52 57 .243 .312 .355 .667 86 191 21 4 3 5 5 *235/7 AS
1980 ★ 28 NYM NL 91 363 319 42 91 25 1 0 45 7 3 33 24 .285 .346 .370 .716 103 118 5 1 2 8 1 23/5 AS
1981 29 NYM NL 80 305 273 25 74 12 1 1 24 12 2 24 17 .271 .329 .333 .662 91 91 10 0 7 1 2 2/35
1982 ★ 30 NYM NL 98 392 352 46 103 25 3 4 28 17 7 30 35 .293 .349 .415 .764 115 146 8 2 5 3 2 25 AS
1983 31 NYM NL 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 32 NYM NL 8 21 17 6 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 2 .176 .333 .235 .569 64 4 0 0 0 0 0 /23
11 Yrs 810 3083 2681 334 696 152 10 46 312 91 51 323 294 .260 .341 .375 .717 102 1006 80 25 23 30 25
162 Game Avg. 162 617 536 67 139 30 2 9 62 18 10 65 59 .260 .341 .375 .717 102 201 16 5 5 6 5
NYM (10 yrs) 809 3081 2679 334 695 152 10 46 312 91 51 323 294 .259 .341 .375 .716 102 1005 80 25 23 30 25
PHI (1 yr) 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 177 1 0 0 0 0 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
1974 22 PHI NL 1 2 1 -0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .591 .501 0.1 0.0 1 /2
1975 23 NYM NL 59 193 -9 1 -0 2 3 -3 -0.4 6 3 0.2 .494 .498 -0.0 0.6 1 2
1976 24 NYM NL 32 121 2 -0 -0 5 2 8 1.0 4 12 1.3 .530 .506 0.7 0.8 7 2
1977 ★ 25 NYM NL 139 521 10 -3 -2 5 8 17 1.7 17 34 3.4 .513 .511 2.8 1.2 29 $45,000 *2/3 AS
1978 26 NYM NL 143 563 14 -2 -0 10 9 31 3.4 18 49 5.2 .524 .521 4.0 2.1 39 *2/5
1979 ★ 27 NYM NL 155 602 -7 -3 -2 -0 7 -5 -0.5 19 15 1.5 .497 .497 1.4 0.7 15 $300,000 *235/7 AS
1980 ★ 28 NYM NL 91 363 2 1 1 1 4 10 1.0 12 22 2.3 .512 .507 2.1 0.6 21 23/5 AS
1981 29 NYM NL 80 305 -0 3 -1 2 4 7 0.9 10 18 1.9 .510 .505 1.6 0.7 15 $400,000 2/35
1982 ★ 30 NYM NL 98 392 8 1 1 6 6 22 2.4 13 35 3.8 .524 .515 3.0 1.3 29 $400,000 25 AS
1983 31 NYM NL 4 0 0 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .490 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $400,000
1984 32 NYM NL 8 21 -1 1 0 -1 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.1 .486 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 $400,000 /23
11 Seasons 810 3083 21 -3 -4 29 42 86 9.5 101 188 19.6 .512 .508 15.8 7.9 158 $1,945,000
NYM (10 yrs) 809 3081 20 -3 -4 29 42 85 9.4 101 187 19.5 .512 .508 15.7 7.9 157 $1,945,000
PHI (1 yr) 1 2 1 -0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .591 .501 0.1 0.0 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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1974 PHI NL 22 C 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 1.00 .980 6.30 6.10 0 0 0 0 0
1975 NYM NL 23 C 54 46 45 432.2 339 297 40 2 9 .994 2 6 7.01 6.24 .985 6.03 6.02 2 20 41 24 37% 32% 1
1976 NYM NL 24 C 30 28 28 256.1 223 200 20 3 2 .987 5 23 7.72 7.33 .986 5.96 5.94 1 5 15 17 53% 33% 0
1977 NYM NL 25 C 127 116 111 1045.0 833 742 76 15 12 .982 6 7 7.04 6.44 .985 6.49 6.49 8 18 81 51 39% 35% 4 AS
1977 NYM NL 25 1B 6 5 2 41.1 35 30 3 2 3 .943 -1 -41 7.19 5.50 .991 9.89 9.88 AS
1978 NYM NL 26 C 141 134 127 1202.1 807 711 84 12 7 .985 10 10 5.95 5.64 .985 6.17 6.12 8 27 86 52 38% 32% 6
1978 NYM NL 26 3B 1 0 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -90 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.00
1979 NYM NL 27 C 121 113 107 1029.2 725 628 85 12 11 .983 3 3 6.23 5.89 .985 6.13 6.11 7 26 100 52 34% 34% 6 AS
1979 NYM NL 27 1B 16 14 10 130.1 122 114 8 0 16 1.000 -0 -1 8.42 7.63 .992 9.89 9.86 AS
1979 NYM NL 27 3B 11 7 4 66.0 21 5 14 2 2 .905 -1 -25 2.59 1.73 .951 2.89 2.88 AS
1979 NYM NL 27 LF 6 6 1 40.2 9 7 0 2 0 .778 -2 -56 1.55 1.17 .970 2.01 2.00 AS
1979 NYM NL 27 OF 6 6 1 40.2 9 7 0 2 0 .778 -2 -56 1.55 1.17 .979 2.32 2.32 AS
1980 NYM NL 28 C 74 70 67 618.0 480 432 41 7 6 .985 -1 -2 6.89 6.39 .983 6.09 6.10 1 20 60 26 30% 31% 0 AS
1980 NYM NL 28 1B 16 15 11 128.0 139 120 18 1 10 .993 2 17 9.70 8.63 .992 10.16 10.17 AS
1980 NYM NL 28 3B 1 0 0 3.0 3 0 3 0 1 1.000 0 200 9.00 3.00 .947 3.00 2.90 AS
1981 NYM NL 29 C 66 63 57 551.2 346 302 38 6 7 .983 3 7 5.55 5.15 .983 5.93 5.95 2 14 42 24 36% 33% 3
1981 NYM NL 29 1B 9 7 5 61.0 66 58 8 0 4 1.000 -0 -10 9.74 7.33 .992 10.22 10.24
1981 NYM NL 29 3B 4 3 2 28.0 7 0 6 1 0 .857 -0 -17 1.93 1.50 .949 2.83 2.85
1982 NYM NL 30 C 81 79 77 705.1 446 379 61 6 9 .987 9 15 5.61 5.43 .985 6.29 6.30 2 16 72 49 40% 32% 1 AS
1982 NYM NL 30 3B 12 10 9 91.0 22 5 13 4 0 .818 -3 -41 1.78 1.50 .951 2.77 2.78 AS
1984 NYM NL 32 C 4 2 2 27.1 21 20 1 0 1 1.000 -1 -44 6.91 5.25 .986 6.52 6.50 0 2 3 0 0% 31% 0
1984 NYM NL 32 1B 2 1 1 12.0 9 8 1 0 3 1.000 -0 -10 6.75 4.50 .992 9.82 9.85
10 Seasons C 699 651 621 5869.1 4221 3712 446 63 64 .985 36 7 6.38 5.95 .985 6.19 6.17 31 148 500 295 37% 33% 21
5 Seasons 1B 49 42 29 372.2 371 330 38 3 36 .992 -0 -1 8.89 7.51 .992 10.03 10.03
5 Seasons 3B 29 20 15 189.1 53 10 36 7 3 .868 -4 -29 2.19 1.59 .950 2.82 2.84
1 Season LF 6 6 1 40.2 9 7 0 2 0 .778 -2 -56 1.55 1.17 .970 2.01 2.00
1 Season OF 6 6 1 40.2 9 7 0 2 0 .778 -2 -56 1.55 1.17 .979 2.32 2.32
11 Seasons TOT 783 719 666 6472.0 4654 4059 520 75 103 .984 29 5 6.37 5.85 .985 6.28 6.26 31 148 500 295 37% 33% 21
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

Hall of Fame
1990 BBWAA ()

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1978 NL  5.3 (9th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1978 NL  2.1 (4th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1977 NL  7 (4th)
1978 NL  8 (5th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1980 NL  8 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1979 NL  21 (3rd)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1978 NL  13 (8th)
1979 NL  15 (8th)

SB % s c a p y
1981 NL  85.71 (7th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1978 NL  18.8 (7th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1977 NL  127 (5th)
1978 NL  141 (2nd)
1979 NL  121 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1977 NL  742 (2nd)
1978 NL  711 (2nd)
1979 NL  628 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1978 NL  84 (2nd)
1979 NL  85 (2nd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1977 NL  15 (2nd)
1978 NL  12 (2nd)
1979 NL  12 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1975 NL  9 (3rd)
1977 NL  12 (3rd)
1978 NL  7 (2nd)
1979 NL  11 (2nd)
1981 NL  7 (4th)
1982 NL  9 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1977 NL  81 (5th)
1978 NL  86 (2nd)
1979 NL  100 (1st)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1978 NL  52 (3rd)
1979 NL  52 (2nd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1982 NL  40.5 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1977 NL  6 (2nd)
1978 NL  10 (3rd)
1981 NL  3 (5th)
1982 NL  9 (2nd)
Career  36 (33rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1977 NL  7.05 (1st)
1980 NL  6.89 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1977 NL  6.44 (1st)
1979 NL  5.89 (4th)
1980 NL  6.39 (2nd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 12 (1092), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 6 (2111), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (75th), 19.6 career WAR/19.4 7yr-peak WAR/19.5 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1977 25 New York Mets $45,000 ? 1977 TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
1979 27 New York Mets $300,000 ? 8/20/81 NYT
1981 29 New York Mets $400,000 ? 8/20/81 NYT
1982 30 New York Mets $400,000 ? 8/20/81 NYT
1983 31 New York Mets $400,000 ? 8/20/81 NYT
1984 32 New York Mets $400,000 ? 1/4/85 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,945,000
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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