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Willie Upshaw

Willie Clay Upshaw

Positions: First Baseman and Leftfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: April 27, 1957 in Blanco, TX
High School: Blanco HS (Blanco, TX)
Drafted
by the New York Yankees in the 5th round of the 1975 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 9, 1978 (Age 20.347)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1978 season [*]
Teams (by GP): BlueJays/Indians 1978-1988
Agents: Tom Reich, previously: Steve Comte [*]
Final Game: September 28, 1988 (Age 31.154)
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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
1978 TOR AL 21 OF 52 43 38 390.0 88 81 2 5 1 .943 -6 -18 1.92 1.60 .979 2.47 2.45
1978 TOR AL 21 LF 46 39 35 345.0 74 67 2 5 1 .932 -6 -21 1.80 1.50 .974 2.21 2.19
1978 TOR AL 21 DH 18 8
1978 TOR AL 21 1B 10 5 4 58.0 54 50 2 2 4 .963 -0 -8 8.07 5.20 .992 10.06 9.95
1978 TOR AL 21 CF 6 4 3 39.0 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -6 2.54 1.83 .984 2.98 2.93
1978 TOR AL 21 RF 1 0 0 6.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 20 1.50 1.00 .980 2.25 2.20
1980 TOR AL 23 1B 14 4 3 54.2 59 51 7 1 11 .983 0 11 9.55 4.14 .992 10.03 10.00
1980 TOR AL 23 DH 12 8
1980 TOR AL 23 LF 1 1 0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -103 0.00 0.00 2.31 2.40
1980 TOR AL 23 OF 1 1 0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -103 0.00 0.00 2.44 2.50
1981 TOR AL 24 DH 16 11
1981 TOR AL 24 1B 14 3 3 56.0 63 58 5 0 7 1.000 1 28 10.12 4.50 .993 10.06 10.03
1981 TOR AL 24 OF 14 11 6 84.0 15 14 1 0 1 1.000 -2 -24 1.61 1.07 .983 2.48 2.47
1981 TOR AL 24 RF 8 7 5 55.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -22 1.47 1.13 .980 2.16 2.15
1981 TOR AL 24 LF 6 4 1 29.0 6 5 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -29 1.86 1.00 .978 2.39 2.38
1982 TOR AL 25 1B 155 155 154 1373.2 1556 1438 101 17 123 .989 3 3 10.08 9.93 .992 9.85 9.81
1982 TOR AL 25 DH 5 3
1983 TOR AL 26 1B 159 154 150 1374.1 1432 1294 117 21 131 .985 4 4 9.24 8.87 .992 9.90 9.82 MVP-11
1983 TOR AL 26 DH 1 0 MVP-11
1984 TOR AL 27 1B 151 151 141 1319.1 1363 1246 103 14 133 .990 2 1 9.20 8.93 .991 9.75 9.68 MVP-16
1984 TOR AL 27 DH 1 0 MVP-16
1985 TOR AL 28 1B 147 129 123 1180.0 1271 1157 104 10 111 .992 8 8 9.62 8.58 .991 9.76 9.67
1985 TOR AL 28 DH 1 1
1986 TOR AL 29 1B 154 151 147 1361.1 1457 1314 131 12 118 .992 7 6 9.55 9.38 .991 9.42 9.33
1986 TOR AL 29 DH 1 0
1987 TOR AL 30 1B 146 135 130 1234.0 1305 1169 127 9 114 .993 14 13 9.45 8.88 .992 9.58 9.48
1988 CLE AL 31 1B 144 129 126 1165.2 1276 1162 102 12 93 .991 -4 -4 9.76 8.78 .992 9.57 9.49
10 Seasons 1B 1094 1016 981 9177.0 9836 8939 799 98 845 .990 35 5 9.55 8.90 .992 9.70 9.63
3 Seasons OF 67 55 44 481.0 103 95 3 5 2 .951 -8 -21 1.83 1.46 .980 2.47 2.46
8 Seasons DH 55 31
3 Seasons LF 53 44 36 381.0 80 72 3 5 1 .938 -7 -23 1.77 1.42 .974 2.23 2.22
2 Seasons RF 9 7 5 61.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -18 1.48 1.11 .980 2.17 2.16
1 Season CF 6 4 3 39.0 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -6 2.54 1.83 .984 2.98 2.93
10 Seasons TOT 1161 1071 1025 9658.0 9939 9034 802 103 847 .990 26 3 9.17 8.47 .991 9.34 9.21
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
1978 TOR AL 21 LF -6 -21 -4 1 -5 -2
1978 TOR AL 21 1B -0 -8 -0 -1 0 0
1978 TOR AL 21 CF -0 -6 -0 1 -1 0
1978 TOR AL 21 RF 0 20 0 0 0 0
1980 TOR AL 23 1B 0 11 0 0 0 0
1980 TOR AL 23 LF -1 -103 -1 0 -1 0
1981 TOR AL 24 1B 1 28 1 0 1 0
1981 TOR AL 24 RF -1 -22 -1 -1 -0 0
1981 TOR AL 24 LF -1 -29 -1 0 -1 0
1982 TOR AL 25 1B 3 3 4 4 0 -1
1983 TOR AL 26 1B 4 4 4 2 3 0
1984 TOR AL 27 1B 2 1 2 2 1 -1
1985 TOR AL 28 1B 8 8 8 8 -0 0
1986 TOR AL 29 1B 7 6 7 1 6 0
1987 TOR AL 30 1B 14 13 14 11 2 0
1988 CLE AL 31 1B -4 -4 -4 -5 1 0
10 Seasons 1B 35 5 37 23 14 -2
3 Seasons LF -7 -23 -5 1 -7 -2
2 Seasons RF -1 -18 -1 -1 -0 0
1 Season CF -0 -6 -0 1 -1 0
10 Seasons TOT 26 3 30 24 6 -2 -2

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1978 TOR AL 21 95 56 95 61 0 0 10 0 0 0 46 6 1 53 18 13 22
1980 TOR AL 23 34 13 34 15 0 0 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 12 11 6
1981 TOR AL 24 61 25 61 27 0 0 16 0 0 0 6 0 8 14 16 20 14
1982 TOR AL 25 160 158 160 155 0 0 155 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0
1983 TOR AL 26 160 154 160 159 0 0 159 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
1984 TOR AL 27 152 151 152 151 0 0 151 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
1985 TOR AL 28 148 130 148 147 0 0 147 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7
1986 TOR AL 29 155 151 155 154 0 0 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
1987 TOR AL 30 150 135 150 146 0 0 146 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3
1988 CLE AL 31 149 129 149 144 0 0 144 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
10 Seasons 1264 1102 1264 1159 0 0 1096 0 0 0 53 6 9 68 55 74 54
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 -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1978 TOR AL 21 263 56% 86% 22% 14 79% 0 50 1 47 2 8 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1980 TOR AL 23 238 61% 79% 26% 16 100% 0 51 3 48 1 7 7 5 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 9 0 2 1 1 3 100%
1981 TOR AL 24 243 47% 79% 31% 17 100% 1 58 3 55 0 9 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 0
1982 TOR AL 25 5832 53% 82% 28% 358 94% 1 1436 77 1354 7 171 100 68 21 0 2 17 3 13 1 13 124 2 3 0 116 5 7 2 5 14 79%
1983 TOR AL 26 5866 54% 80% 26% 367 93% 0 1299 67 1220 11 162 118 92 17 0 5 22 2 19 1 17 130 5 1 1 112 7 18 8 10 10 90%
1984 TOR AL 27 5617 50% 80% 25% 315 96% 2 1250 45 1188 16 164 97 74 16 1 8 14 0 12 2 12 134 2 1 1 113 4 21 5 16 6 100%
1985 TOR AL 28 4895 54% 81% 27% 298 97% 0 1160 63 1087 10 136 100 77 11 0 6 10 0 9 1 8 109 1 0 0 97 3 12 4 8 10 100%
1986 TOR AL 29 5782 57% 79% 28% 367 96% 1 1318 65 1235 19 167 132 90 32 0 3 12 1 10 1 10 117 8 4 2 108 14 7 3 4 15 87%
1987 TOR AL 30 5151 61% 77% 27% 333 95% 1 1181 97 1070 14 108 125 86 23 3 4 9 3 5 1 3 112 5 2 1 104 8 8 3 5 17 94%
1988 CLE AL 31 5037 58% 83% 33% 309 94% 1 1172 80 1081 9 120 99 70 20 0 2 12 0 8 4 11 93 6 2 2 86 10 6 2 4 13 100%
10 Seasons 38924 55% 80% 28% 2394 95% 7 8975 501 8385 89 1052 785 566 142 5 30 99 10 78 11 76 842 29 13 7 757 52 81 28 53 89 92%
MLB Averages 59% 82% 28% 95% 88%

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%
1978 TOR AL 21 5 0 5 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 21 16 0 9 1 0 13 7 1 3 0 0 10 8 1 56 32 57.1% 22 2 3.6% 0 1532 63% 80% 25% 169 40%
1980 TOR AL 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 100.0% 0 0 0.0% 0 32 34% 94% 25% 3 0%
1981 TOR AL 24 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 1 25.0% 3 0 0.0% 1 124 56% 83% 27% 17 35%
3 Seasons 5 0 5 0 1 3 0 2 0 1 22 16 0 11 1 0 14 8 1 3 0 0 11 9 1 61 34 55.7% 25 2 3.3% 1 1688 62% 81% 25% 189 39%
MLB Averages 59.7% 2.9% 59% 82% 29% 53%

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%
1978 TOR AL 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 42% 85% 27% 2 50%
1981 TOR AL 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 9 5 55.6% 4 0 0.0% 0 240 40% 84% 27% 27 33%
2 Seasons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 9 5 55.6% 4 0 0.0% 0 266 40% 84% 27% 29 34%
MLB Averages 42.0% 3.0% 59% 82% 29% 56%

Advanced Fielding -- CF*

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%
1978 TOR AL 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 50.0% 3 0 0.0% 0 163 62% 81% 26% 23 48%
1 Season 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 50.0% 3 0 0.0% 0 163 62% 81% 26% 23 48%
MLB Averages 43.6% 2.3% 59% 82% 29% 62%



* - 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

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1983 AL (11, 10%)
1984 AL (16, 2%)
0.12 Career Shares (883rd)

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1985 Apr 28th AL Player of the Week

Putoutss c a p y
1982 AL  1,438 (1st)
1983 AL  1,294 (3rd)
1984 AL  1,246 (5th)
1986 AL  1,314 (2nd)

Def. Games as 1B s c a p y
1982 AL  155 (1st)
1983 AL  159 (1st)
1984 AL  151 (2nd)
1986 AL  154 (3rd)
1988 AL  144 (5th)

Putouts as 1B s c a p y
1982 AL  1,438 (1st)
1983 AL  1,294 (3rd)
1984 AL  1,246 (5th)
1986 AL  1,314 (2nd)

Assists as 1B s c a p y
1982 AL  101 (2nd)
1983 AL  117 (2nd)
1984 AL  103 (4th)
1985 AL  104 (5th)
1986 AL  131 (3rd)
1987 AL  127 (3rd)
1988 AL  102 (4th)
Career  799 (85th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1982 AL  17 (1st)
1983 AL  21 (1st)
1984 AL  14 (4th)
1988 AL  12 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 1B s c a p y
1982 AL  123 (3rd)
1983 AL  131 (3rd)
1984 AL  133 (3rd)
1986 AL  118 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1985 AL  8 (2nd)
1986 AL  7 (3rd)
1987 AL  14 (1st)
Career  35 (27th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 1Bs c a p y
1986 AL  9.55 (4th)
Career  9.55 (62nd)

Range Factor/Game as 1B s c a p y
1982 AL  9.93 (3rd)
1986 AL  9.38 (4th)

Fielding % as 1B s c a p y
1986 AL  .992 (4th)

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