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Mike Vail

Michael Lewis Vail

Positions: Outfielder and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: November 10, 1951 in San Francisco, CA
High School: Archbishop Mitty HS (San Jose, CA)
School: DeAnza College (Cupertino, CA)
Drafted
by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 4th round of the 1971 amateur draft (January Secondary). (All Transactions)
Debut: August 18, 1975 (Age 23.281, 11,283rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1975 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Mets/Reds/Expos/Giants/... 1975-1984

Last Game: July 30, 1984 (Age 32.263)
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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
1975 23 NYM NL 38 171 162 17 49 8 1 3 17 0 0 9 37 .302 .339 .420 .759 115 68 3 0 0 0 1 7/8
1976 24 NYM NL 53 152 143 8 31 5 1 0 9 0 1 6 19 .217 .243 .266 .509 49 38 4 0 0 3 0 9/7
1977 25 NYM NL 108 303 279 29 73 12 1 8 35 0 7 19 58 .262 .310 .398 .708 94 111 9 2 0 3 0 9/7
1978 26 TOT MLB 88 222 214 17 68 8 3 4 35 1 2 4 33 .318 .326 .439 .765 105 94 6 0 1 3 1 9/75D
1978 26 CLE AL 14 37 34 2 8 2 1 0 2 1 1 1 9 .235 .250 .353 .603 69 12 0 0 1 1 1 /97D
1978 26 CHC NL 74 185 180 15 60 6 2 4 33 0 1 3 24 .333 .341 .456 .796 112 82 6 0 0 2 0 9/75
1979 27 CHC NL 87 195 179 28 60 8 2 7 35 0 2 14 27 .335 .379 .520 .899 134 93 4 0 0 2 1 9/57
1980 28 CHC NL 114 328 312 30 93 17 2 6 47 2 5 14 77 .298 .330 .423 .753 104 132 8 1 1 0 1 97
1981 29 CIN NL 31 31 31 1 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 9 .161 .161 .161 .323 -9 5 1 0 0 0 0 /9
1982 30 CIN NL 78 197 189 9 48 10 1 4 29 0 0 6 33 .254 .274 .381 .655 81 72 7 0 0 2 1 7/9
1983 31 TOT NL 52 89 79 6 19 3 0 2 7 0 0 8 17 .241 .326 .354 .680 90 28 1 2 0 0 0 9/375
1983 31 SFG NL 18 27 26 1 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 .154 .185 .192 .377 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 /37
1983 31 MON NL 34 62 53 5 15 2 0 2 4 0 0 8 10 .283 .387 .434 .821 129 23 1 1 0 0 0 9/735
1984 32 LAD NL 16 17 16 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 .063 .118 .063 .180 -47 1 0 0 0 0 0 /7
10 Yrs 665 1705 1604 146 447 71 11 34 219 3 17 81 317 .279 .313 .400 .713 96 642 43 5 2 13 5
162 Game Avg. 162 415 391 36 109 17 3 8 53 1 4 20 77 .279 .313 .400 .713 96 156 10 1 0 3 1
NYM (3 yrs) 199 626 584 54 153 25 3 11 61 0 8 34 114 .262 .302 .372 .673 89 217 16 2 0 6 1
CHC (3 yrs) 275 708 671 73 213 31 6 17 115 2 8 31 128 .317 .347 .458 .804 114 307 18 1 1 4 2
CIN (2 yrs) 109 228 220 10 53 10 1 4 32 0 0 6 42 .241 .259 .350 .609 68 77 8 0 0 2 1
LAD (1 yr) 16 17 16 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 .063 .118 .063 .180 -47 1 0 0 0 0 0
MON (1 yr) 34 62 53 5 15 2 0 2 4 0 0 8 10 .283 .387 .434 .821 129 23 1 1 0 0 0
CLE (1 yr) 14 37 34 2 8 2 1 0 2 1 1 1 9 .235 .250 .353 .603 69 12 0 0 1 1 1
SFG (1 yr) 18 27 26 1 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 .154 .185 .192 .377 6 5 0 1 0 0 0
NL (10 yrs) 651 1668 1570 144 439 69 10 34 217 2 16 80 308 .280 .314 .401 .716 96 630 43 5 1 12 4
AL (1 yr) 14 37 34 2 8 2 1 0 2 1 1 1 9 .235 .250 .353 .603 69 12 0 0 1 1 1

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
1975 23 NYM NL 38 171 2 0 -0 6 -2 7 0.8 5 12 1.3 .521 .505 0.5 0.6 6 7/8
1976 24 NYM NL 53 152 -9 -1 -1 -2 -1 -14 -1.6 5 -9 -1.1 .470 .490 -0.9 -0.4 -6 9/7
1977 25 NYM NL 108 303 -2 -4 -1 3 -3 -7 -0.8 10 3 0.2 .493 .496 -0.1 -0.0 0 9/7
1978 26 CLE AL 14 37 -2 -0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -0 -0.1 .486 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /97D
1978 26 CHC NL 74 185 3 -1 -1 -5 -1 -5 -0.6 6 1 0.0 .492 .497 0.5 -0.7 6 9/75
1979 27 CHC NL 87 195 8 -1 -0 -2 -1 4 0.4 6 10 1.1 .505 .503 1.3 -0.4 13 9/57
1980 28 CHC NL 114 328 3 -2 -1 1 -3 -1 -0.2 11 10 0.9 .499 .499 0.8 -0.3 9 97
1981 29 CIN NL 31 31 -4 -0 0 0 0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.3 .486 .497 -0.4 0.1 -3 $175,000 /9
1982 30 CIN NL 78 197 -5 -0 -1 0 -1 -6 -0.7 7 0 -0.0 .491 .496 -0.1 -0.1 -0 7/9
1983 31 SFG NL 18 27 -2 -0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .485 .498 -0.2 -0.0 -2 /37
1983 31 MON NL 34 62 2 0 -0 2 -1 3 0.4 2 6 0.6 .511 .502 0.3 0.2 4 9/735
1984 32 LAD NL 16 17 -3 0 0 -0 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .481 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 /7
10 Seasons 665 1705 -8 -9 -4 4 -13 -30 -3.5 56 27 2.1 .495 .498 1.4 -1.2 23 $175,000
NYM (3 yrs) 199 626 -9 -4 -2 7 -5 -13 -1.6 20 7 0.4 .492 .496 -0.5 0.1 -0
CHC (3 yrs) 275 708 15 -4 -2 -6 -5 -2 -0.4 23 21 2.0 .499 .499 2.6 -1.4 27
CIN (2 yrs) 109 228 -9 -0 -1 1 -1 -10 -1.2 8 -2 -0.4 .489 .496 -0.5 -0.0 -3 $175,000
LAD (1 yr) 16 17 -3 0 0 -0 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .481 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2
MON (1 yr) 34 62 2 0 -0 2 -1 3 0.4 2 6 0.6 .511 .502 0.3 0.2 4
CLE (1 yr) 14 37 -2 -0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.2 1 -0 -0.1 .486 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1
SFG (1 yr) 18 27 -2 -0 0 0 -0 -2 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .485 .498 -0.2 -0.0 -2

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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
1975 NYM NL 23 OF 36 36 36 334.1 104 92 9 3 1 .971 6 23 2.72 2.81 .978 2.29 2.28
1975 NYM NL 23 LF 35 35 35 326.1 97 85 9 3 1 .969 7 25 2.59 2.69 .973 2.10 2.10
1975 NYM NL 23 CF 1 1 1 8.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -60 3.38 3.00 .983 2.70 2.70
1976 NYM NL 24 OF 35 34 25 283.2 68 63 1 4 0 .941 -2 -11 2.03 1.83 .979 2.34 2.33
1976 NYM NL 24 RF 33 32 24 269.2 62 57 1 4 0 .935 -3 -12 1.94 1.76 .974 2.15 2.15
1976 NYM NL 24 LF 2 2 1 14.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 26 2.57 2.00 .975 1.99 2.00
1977 NYM NL 25 OF 85 68 52 594.0 170 159 5 6 2 .965 3 5 2.48 1.93 .978 2.26 2.26
1977 NYM NL 25 RF 82 67 51 587.0 168 159 5 4 2 .976 3 6 2.51 2.00 .974 2.11 2.11
1977 NYM NL 25 LF 2 1 1 7.0 4 2 0 2 0 .500 -0 -51 2.57 1.00 .972 1.93 1.95
1978 TOT MLB 26 OF 54 41 26 353.0 70 68 1 1 0 .986 -5 -16 1.76 1.28 .980 2.33 2.31
1978 TOT MLB 26 RF 46 37 22 309.1 56 54 1 1 0 .982 -4 -16 1.60 1.20 .977 2.14 2.13
1978 TOT MLB 26 LF 9 4 4 43.2 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -11 2.68 1.44 .976 2.08 2.02
1978 CLE AL 26 OF 9 7 4 53.0 18 18 0 0 0 1.000 0 9 3.06 2.00 .979 2.46 2.44
1978 CLE AL 26 RF 7 5 2 36.0 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 1 23 2.75 1.57 .978 2.25 2.21
1978 CLE AL 26 LF 2 2 2 17.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -21 3.71 3.50 .974 2.22 2.20
1978 CLE AL 26 DH 1 1
1978 CHC NL 26 OF 45 34 22 300.0 52 50 1 1 0 .981 -5 -20 1.53 1.13 .980 2.31 2.29
1978 CHC NL 26 RF 39 32 20 273.1 45 43 1 1 0 .978 -5 -22 1.45 1.13 .977 2.13 2.11
1978 CHC NL 26 LF 7 2 2 26.2 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -5 2.02 0.86 .978 1.99 1.97
1978 CHC NL 26 3B 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.00
1979 CHC NL 27 OF 39 35 20 287.2 56 51 3 2 0 .964 -2 -10 1.69 1.38 .979 2.33 2.32
1979 CHC NL 27 RF 38 35 20 286.2 60 55 3 2 0 .967 -2 -9 1.82 1.53 .979 2.19 2.18
1979 CHC NL 27 3B 2 0 0 2.2 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 3.38 0.50 .950 3.04 2.90
1979 CHC NL 27 LF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -240 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.00
1980 CHC NL 28 OF 77 64 45 580.2 136 126 5 5 1 .963 1 2 2.03 1.70 .980 2.31 2.31
1980 CHC NL 28 RF 61 51 36 452.0 108 97 6 5 1 .954 -2 -6 2.05 1.69 .977 2.06 2.06
1980 CHC NL 28 LF 19 13 9 128.2 34 33 1 0 0 1.000 4 33 2.38 1.79 .976 2.06 2.06
1981 CIN NL 29 OF 3 0 0 11.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 55 2.45 1.00 .980 2.29 2.33
1981 CIN NL 29 RF 3 0 0 11.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 55 2.45 1.00 .977 2.05 2.07
1982 CIN NL 30 OF 52 45 21 344.0 80 72 7 1 0 .988 0 1 2.07 1.52 .978 2.25 2.26
1982 CIN NL 30 LF 50 43 21 331.0 82 75 6 1 0 .988 1 4 2.20 1.62 .973 2.08 2.08
1982 CIN NL 30 RF 2 2 0 13.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -65 0.69 0.50 .980 2.01 2.00
1983 TOT NL 31 OF 17 13 6 105.0 25 20 4 1 0 .960 2 21 2.06 1.41 .980 2.27 2.26
1983 TOT NL 31 1B 5 4 1 26.1 31 30 1 0 1 1.000 1 32 10.59 6.20 .992 9.95 9.92
1983 TOT NL 31 LF 5 3 2 25.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -53 0.36 0.20 .980 2.02 2.02
1983 SFG NL 31 1B 4 3 1 19.1 24 24 0 0 0 1.000 0 12 11.17 6.00 .992 9.96 9.93
1983 SFG NL 31 LF 2 1 0 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.02 2.00
1983 SFG NL 31 OF 2 1 0 8.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.12 0.50 .980 2.25 2.25
1983 MON NL 31 OF 15 12 6 97.0 24 19 4 1 0 .958 2 22 2.13 1.53 .980 2.27 2.26
1983 MON NL 31 RF 12 10 4 80.0 23 18 4 1 0 .957 3 44 2.48 1.83 .979 2.01 2.00
1983 MON NL 31 LF 3 2 2 17.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -78 0.53 0.33 .980 2.01 2.03
1983 MON NL 31 1B 1 1 0 7.0 7 6 1 0 1 1.000 0 86 9.00 7.00 .991 9.90 9.90
1983 MON NL 31 3B 1 0 0 2.1 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -154 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.70
1984 LAD NL 32 LF 1 1 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -30 0.00 0.00 2.02 2.00
1984 LAD NL 32 OF 1 1 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -30 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.30
10 Seasons OF 399 337 231 2897.1 712 654 35 23 4 .968 4 1 2.14 1.73 .979 2.30 2.29
8 Seasons RF 277 234 157 2008.2 481 443 21 17 3 .965 -6 -3 2.08 1.68 .976 2.12 2.11
9 Seasons LF 124 102 73 880.2 235 213 16 6 1 .974 10 13 2.34 1.85 .974 2.08 2.07
1 Season 1B 5 4 1 26.1 31 30 1 0 1 1.000 1 32 10.59 6.20 .992 9.95 9.92
3 Seasons 3B 4 0 0 5.1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -68 1.69 0.25 .950 2.87 2.88
1 Season DH 1 1
1 Season CF 1 1 1 8.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -60 3.38 3.00 .983 2.70 2.70
10 Seasons TOT 408 341 232 2929.0 744 684 37 23 5 .969 4 2 2.22 1.77 .979 2.37 2.39
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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  • 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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1975 NL  9 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1975 NL  1 (5th)

Errors Committed as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1980 NL  5 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1975 NL  7 (2nd)
1980 NL  4 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as RF (s.1954)s c a p y
1977 NL  2.51 (2nd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2261), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (337th), 2.1 career WAR/3.8 7yr-peak WAR/2.9 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 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
1981 29 Cincinnati Reds $175,000 ? 1982 TSN Guide Player loss; asked for $225K
Career to date (may be incomplete)$175,000
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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