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Andre Thornton

Andre Thornton

Positions: Designated Hitter and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: August 13, 1949 in Tuskegee, AL
High School: Phoenixville HS (Phoenixville, PA)
Schools: Capital University (Bexley, OH), Cheyney University (Cheyney, PA)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1967. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 28, 1973 (Age 23.349)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1974 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Cubs/Expos 1973-1987
Agents: Randy Hendricks,Alan Hendricks [*]
Final Game: August 31, 1987 (Age 38.018)
Relatives: Brother-In-Law of Pat Kelly
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 23, 2014 1:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #674. Leo Cardenas… #675. Melvin Mora… #676. Eric Karros… #677. ANDRE THORNTON… #678. Ross Barnes… #679. Jason Bay… #680. Amos Strunk… 

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
1973 23 CHC NL 17 42 35 3 7 3 0 0 2 0 0 7 9 .200 .333 .286 .619 69 10 1 0 0 0 0 /3
1974 24 CHC NL 107 357 303 41 79 16 4 10 46 2 1 48 50 .261 .368 .439 .807 123 133 6 4 1 1 4 3/5
1975 25 CHC NL 120 473 372 70 109 21 4 18 60 3 2 88 63 .293 .428 .516 .944 158 192 6 4 3 6 12 *3/5
1976 26 TOT NL 96 327 268 28 52 11 2 11 38 4 1 48 46 .194 .323 .373 .696 93 100 1 5 1 4 1 39
1976 26 CHC NL 27 108 85 8 17 6 0 2 14 2 0 20 14 .200 .361 .341 .702 95 29 0 2 0 1 1 3
1976 26 MON NL 69 219 183 20 35 5 2 9 24 2 1 28 32 .191 .304 .388 .692 92 71 1 3 1 3 0 39
1977 27 CLE AL 131 517 433 77 114 20 5 28 70 3 4 70 82 .263 .378 .527 .904 149 228 9 11 1 2 1 *3/D
1978 28 CLE AL 145 617 508 97 133 22 4 33 105 4 7 93 72 .262 .377 .516 .893 151 262 17 6 2 8 4 *3 MVP-20
1979 29 CLE AL 143 617 515 89 120 31 1 26 93 5 4 90 93 .233 .347 .449 .796 114 231 8 4 1 7 2 *3D
1981 31 CLE AL 69 256 226 22 54 12 0 6 30 3 1 23 37 .239 .303 .372 .675 95 84 15 0 2 5 1 D3
1982 ★ 32 CLE AL 161 708 589 90 161 26 1 32 116 6 7 109 81 .273 .386 .484 .870 138 285 21 2 3 5 18 *D/3 AS,MVP-23
1983 33 CLE AL 141 605 508 78 143 27 1 17 77 4 2 87 72 .281 .383 .439 .822 123 223 10 2 0 8 14 *D3
1984 ★ 34 CLE AL 155 690 587 91 159 26 0 33 99 6 5 91 79 .271 .366 .484 .850 132 284 9 2 0 9 11 *D3 AS,MVP-19,SS
1985 35 CLE AL 124 514 461 49 109 13 0 22 88 3 2 47 75 .236 .304 .408 .711 94 188 14 0 0 6 1 *D
1986 36 CLE AL 120 475 401 49 92 14 0 17 66 4 1 65 67 .229 .333 .392 .724 99 157 11 1 0 8 0 *D
1987 37 CLE AL 36 97 85 8 10 2 0 0 5 1 0 10 25 .118 .206 .141 .347 -5 12 1 0 0 2 0 D
14 Yrs 1565 6295 5291 792 1342 244 22 253 895 48 37 876 851 .254 .360 .452 .811 123 2389 129 41 14 71 69
162 Game Avg. 162 652 548 82 139 25 2 26 93 5 4 91 88 .254 .360 .452 .811 123 247 13 4 1 7 7
CLE (10 yrs) 1225 5096 4313 650 1095 193 12 214 749 39 33 685 683 .254 .355 .453 .809 122 1954 115 28 9 60 52
CHC (4 yrs) 271 980 795 122 212 46 8 30 122 7 3 163 136 .267 .394 .458 .852 134 364 13 10 4 8 17
MON (1 yr) 69 219 183 20 35 5 2 9 24 2 1 28 32 .191 .304 .388 .692 92 71 1 3 1 3 0
AL (10 yrs) 1225 5096 4313 650 1095 193 12 214 749 39 33 685 683 .254 .355 .453 .809 122 1954 115 28 9 60 52
NL (4 yrs) 340 1199 978 142 247 51 10 39 146 9 4 191 168 .253 .378 .445 .823 126 435 14 13 5 11 17

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
1973 23 CHC NL 17 42 -2 0 0 2 -0 0 -0.0 1 1 0.1 .500 .500 -0.1 0.1 -0 /3
1974 24 CHC NL 107 357 13 1 -0 1 -4 10 1.1 12 22 2.2 .510 .507 2.0 -0.4 21 3/5
1975 25 CHC NL 120 473 28 1 0 -9 -6 14 1.5 15 30 3.0 .513 .510 4.0 -1.7 39 *3/5
1976 26 CHC NL 27 108 -0 -1 0 -2 -1 -4 -0.5 4 -1 -0.1 .483 .497 0.1 -0.4 2 3
1976 26 MON NL 69 219 -2 0 1 -3 -3 -6 -0.7 7 1 -0.1 .489 .495 0.3 -0.7 4 39
1977 27 CLE AL 131 517 31 -1 -1 2 -8 24 2.5 19 42 4.3 .518 .515 4.1 -0.5 40 $35,000 *3/D
1978 28 CLE AL 145 617 35 1 -3 4 -8 29 3.2 22 51 5.3 .522 .519 5.0 -0.4 47 *3 MVP-20
1979 29 CLE AL 143 617 12 1 1 1 -9 5 0.6 22 27 2.7 .504 .503 2.6 -0.7 26 *3D
1981 31 CLE AL 69 256 -2 1 -3 -2 -6 -10 -1.2 9 -2 -0.3 .483 .493 -0.1 -0.8 0 D3
1982 ★ 32 CLE AL 161 708 27 -2 -3 -1 -16 6 0.7 23 30 2.9 .504 .504 3.0 -1.7 30 *D/3 AS,MVP-23
1983 33 CLE AL 141 605 14 -3 -0 -3 -12 -4 -0.3 20 16 1.7 .497 .497 1.9 -1.5 19 *D3
1984 ★ 34 CLE AL 155 690 23 1 -0 -1 -15 7 0.8 23 29 2.9 .504 .504 3.1 -1.8 31 *D3 AS,MVP-19,SS
1985 35 CLE AL 124 514 -4 0 -2 0 -11 -16 -1.6 18 1 0.0 .486 .490 0.0 -1.1 1 $1,100,000 *D
1986 36 CLE AL 120 475 2 0 -2 0 -10 -9 -0.8 16 7 0.7 .492 .494 0.7 -1.0 7 $1,100,000 *D
1987 37 CLE AL 36 97 -12 1 -0 0 -2 -14 -1.4 3 -10 -1.1 .462 .491 -1.1 -0.2 -10 $1,100,000 D
14 Seasons 1565 6295 164 -1 -10 -12 -110 31 3.9 213 245 24.1 .502 .503 25.5 -12.8 257 $3,335,000
CLE (10 yrs) 1225 5096 126 -1 -12 0 -96 17 2.5 175 192 19.0 .501 .503 19.2 -9.8 192 $3,335,000
CHC (4 yrs) 271 980 39 0 1 -9 -11 20 2.1 32 52 5.2 .508 .507 6.0 -2.3 61
MON (1 yr) 69 219 -2 0 1 -3 -3 -6 -0.7 7 1 -0.1 .489 .495 0.3 -0.7 4

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
1973 CHC NL 23 1B 9 8 7 72.0 92 81 10 1 3 .989 2 27 11.38 10.11 .992 9.82 9.83
1974 CHC NL 24 1B 90 76 73 706.0 837 760 70 7 61 .992 1 2 10.58 9.22 .991 9.94 9.93
1974 CHC NL 24 3B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.00
1975 CHC NL 25 1B 113 107 102 955.2 1072 982 77 13 88 .988 -10 -12 9.97 9.37 .990 9.97 9.96
1975 CHC NL 25 3B 2 0 0 6.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 100 3.00 1.00 .945 3.00 2.95
1976 TOT NL 26 1B 68 60 47 532.0 578 528 45 5 60 .991 -2 -5 9.69 8.43 .991 9.95 9.93
1976 CHC NL 26 1B 25 22 21 203.0 224 202 19 3 17 .987 -2 -12 9.80 8.84 .991 9.95 9.93
1976 MON NL 26 1B 43 38 26 329.0 354 326 26 2 43 .994 -0 -0 9.63 8.19 .991 9.95 9.93
1976 MON NL 26 OF 11 9 6 82.1 16 14 1 1 0 .938 -3 -45 1.64 1.36 .979 2.34 2.33
1976 MON NL 26 RF 11 9 6 82.1 15 13 1 1 0 .933 -3 -45 1.53 1.27 .974 2.15 2.15
1977 CLE AL 27 1B 117 114 107 1021.2 1103 1026 71 6 97 .995 2 2 9.66 9.38 .990 10.02 9.95
1977 CLE AL 27 DH 9 6
1978 CLE AL 28 1B 145 144 136 1248.1 1440 1327 106 7 106 .995 4 4 10.33 9.88 .992 10.05 9.95 MVP-20
1979 CLE AL 29 1B 130 130 125 1147.1 1178 1089 82 7 100 .994 1 1 9.19 9.01 .992 10.08 9.96
1979 CLE AL 29 DH 13 13
1981 CLE AL 31 DH 52 51
1981 CLE AL 31 1B 11 8 7 84.0 73 67 5 1 7 .986 -2 -26 7.71 6.55 .993 10.06 10.03
1982 CLE AL 32 DH 152 152 AS,MVP-23
1982 CLE AL 32 1B 8 8 8 80.1 81 76 5 0 5 1.000 -1 -9 9.07 10.13 .992 9.85 9.81 AS,MVP-23
1983 CLE AL 33 DH 114 113
1983 CLE AL 33 1B 27 26 22 225.0 224 201 21 2 20 .991 -3 -14 8.88 8.22 .992 9.90 9.82
1984 CLE AL 34 DH 144 144 AS,MVP-19,SS
1984 CLE AL 34 1B 11 11 9 96.0 97 86 9 2 11 .979 -1 -17 8.91 8.64 .991 9.75 9.68 AS,MVP-19,SS
1985 CLE AL 35 DH 122 121
1986 CLE AL 36 DH 110 108
1987 CLE AL 37 DH 21 19
11 Seasons 1B 729 692 643 6168.1 6775 6223 501 51 558 .992 -9 -2 9.81 9.22 .991 10.00 9.94
1 Season OF 11 9 6 82.1 16 14 1 1 0 .938 -3 -45 1.64 1.36 .979 2.34 2.33
1 Season RF 11 9 6 82.1 15 13 1 1 0 .933 -3 -45 1.53 1.27 .974 2.15 2.15
2 Seasons 3B 3 0 0 7.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 86 2.57 0.67 .945 2.96 2.97
14 Seasons TOT 743 701 649 6257.2 6793 6239 502 52 558 .992 -12 -2 9.70 9.07 .991 9.89 9.80
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

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1993 BBWAA ( 0.5%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1978 AL (20, 3%)
1982 AL (23, 2%)
1984 AL (19, 1%)
0.06 Career Shares (1081st)

Silver Sluggers
1984 AL (DH)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1975 September NL Player of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1977 Jul 24th AL Player of the Week
1978 Jun 4th AL Player of the Week
1982 Apr 18th AL Player of the Week
1982 Aug 1st AL Player of the Week
1983 Apr 10th AL Player of the Week

Offensive WARs c a p y
1978 AL  5.0 (10th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1975 NL  .428 (4th)**
1977 AL  .378 (8th)
1978 AL  .377 (9th)
1982 AL  .386 (7th)
1983 AL  .383 (10th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1977 AL  .527 (7th)
1978 AL  .516 (5th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1975 NL  .944 (7th)**
1977 AL  .904 (9th)
1978 AL  .893 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1982 AL  161 (4th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1982 AL  708 (5th)
1984 AL  690 (9th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1978 AL  97 (4th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1977 AL  28 (10th)
1978 AL  33 (4th)
1982 AL  32 (5th)
1984 AL  33 (3rd)
Career  253 (198th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1978 AL  105 (4th)
1982 AL  116 (3rd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1975 NL  88 (9th)
1978 AL  93 (4th)
1979 AL  90 (5th)
1982 AL  109 (3rd)
1983 AL  87 (4th)
1984 AL  91 (4th)
Career  876 (179th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1977 AL  149 (5th)
1978 AL  151 (4th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1982 AL  109 (10th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1975 NL  35 (3rd)
1978 AL  37 (3rd)
1982 AL  35 (9th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1975 NL  3.5 (3rd)
1978 AL  3.7 (3rd)
1982 AL  3.4 (9th)

Extra Base Hits s c a p y
1978 AL  59 (8th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1982 AL  272 (3rd)
1984 AL  252 (7th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1977 AL  .687 (9th)
1978 AL  .677 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1976 NL  5 (9th)
1977 AL  11 (3rd)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1978 AL  8 (9th)
1983 AL  8 (7th)
1984 AL  9 (6th)
1986 AL  8 (6th)
Career  71 (133rd)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1975 NL  12 (8th)
1982 AL  18 (1st)
1983 AL  14 (2nd)
1984 AL  11 (5th)
Career  69 (231st)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1978 AL  17 (10th)
1981 AL  15 (6th)
1982 AL  21 (6th)

AB per HR s c a p y
1975 NL  20.7 (8th)**
1977 AL  15.5 (2nd)
1978 AL  15.4 (4th)
1982 AL  18.4 (8th)
1984 AL  17.8 (8th)
Career  20.9 (150th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1978 AL  3.3 (9th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1975 NL  3.5 (9th)
1978 AL  3.2 (5th)
Career  19.0 (208th)

Putoutss c a p y
1978 AL  1,327 (5th)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1978 AL  145 (5th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1978 AL  1,327 (5th)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1975 NL  77 (3rd)
1978 AL  106 (4th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1975 NL  13 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1978 AL  4 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1974 NL  10.58 (2nd)
Career  9.79 (40th)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1974 NL  9.22 (4th)
1978 AL  9.88 (5th)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1977 AL  .995 (3rd)
1978 AL  .995 (3rd)
1979 AL  .994 (5th)
Career  .992 (96th)

Salary s c a p y
1985 AL  $1,100,000 (8th)

                                         
A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order. Requirements to qualify for rate stats.
Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 46 (550), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 18 (891), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 19 (834), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS First Base (96th), 24.1 career WAR/23.2 7yr-peak WAR/23.6 JAWS
Average HOF 1B (out of 19) = 65.9 career WAR/42.4 7yr-peak WAR/54.2 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 27 Cleveland Indians $35,000 ? TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
1985 35 Cleveland Indians $1,100,000 ? 3/25/85 TSN 4/$4.4
1986 36 Cleveland Indians $1,100,000 ? 3/25/85 TSN 4/$4.4
1987 37 Cleveland Indians $1,100,000 ? 3/25/85 TSN 4/$4.4
1988 38 Cleveland Indians $1,100,000 ? 3/25/85 TSN 4/$4.4
Career to date (may be incomplete)$4,435,000
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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Name and misspellings: Andre andrew andy Thornton thorton thronton

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