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Max Venable

William McKinley Venable

Positions: Outfielder and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: June 6, 1957 in Phoenix, AZ
High School: Cordova HS (Rancho Cordova, CA)
Drafted
by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 3rd round of the 1976 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 8, 1979 (Age 21.306)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1980 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Angels/Reds/Expos 1979-1991

Final Game: October 6, 1991 (Age 34.122)
Relatives: Father of Will Venable
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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
1979 22 SFG NL 55 97 85 12 14 1 1 0 3 3 3 10 18 .165 .260 .200 .460 32 17 0 1 1 0 1 9/78
1980 23 SFG NL 64 157 138 13 37 5 0 0 10 8 2 15 22 .268 .333 .304 .638 82 42 3 0 1 3 0 798
1981 24 SFG NL 18 36 32 2 6 0 2 0 1 3 1 4 3 .188 .278 .313 .590 69 10 0 0 0 0 0 /98
1982 25 SFG NL 71 132 125 17 28 2 1 1 7 9 3 7 16 .224 .265 .280 .545 54 35 2 0 0 0 0 78/9
1983 26 SFG NL 94 257 228 28 50 7 4 6 27 15 2 22 34 .219 .295 .364 .659 85 83 3 3 2 1 1 789
1984 27 MON NL 38 76 71 7 17 2 0 2 7 1 0 3 7 .239 .276 .352 .628 79 25 0 1 0 1 1 7/89
1985 28 CIN NL 77 146 135 21 39 12 3 0 10 11 3 6 17 .289 .315 .422 .737 102 57 2 0 3 2 0 7/89
1986 29 CIN NL 108 168 147 17 31 7 1 2 15 7 2 17 24 .211 .289 .313 .602 64 46 0 0 2 2 2 7/89
1987 30 CIN NL 7 7 7 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286 -25 1 0 0 0 0 0 /8
1989 32 CAL AL 20 57 53 7 19 4 0 0 4 0 0 1 16 .358 .370 .434 .804 129 23 0 0 3 0 0 /987
1990 33 CAL AL 93 222 189 26 49 9 3 4 21 5 1 24 31 .259 .340 .402 .742 110 76 3 0 7 2 2 789/D
1991 34 CAL AL 82 206 187 24 46 8 2 3 21 2 1 11 30 .246 .292 .358 .650 80 67 5 2 4 2 2 987/D
12 Yrs 727 1561 1397 176 337 57 17 18 128 64 18 120 218 .241 .302 .345 .647 81 482 18 7 23 13 9
162 Game Avg. 162 348 311 39 75 13 4 4 29 14 4 27 49 .241 .302 .345 .647 81 107 4 2 5 3 2
SFG (5 yrs) 302 679 608 72 135 15 8 7 48 38 11 58 93 .222 .292 .308 .600 70 187 8 4 4 4 2
CAL (3 yrs) 195 485 429 57 114 21 5 7 46 7 2 36 77 .266 .323 .387 .710 99 166 8 2 14 4 4
CIN (3 yrs) 192 321 289 40 71 19 4 2 27 18 5 23 41 .246 .297 .360 .657 79 104 2 0 5 4 2
MON (1 yr) 38 76 71 7 17 2 0 2 7 1 0 3 7 .239 .276 .352 .628 79 25 0 1 0 1 1
NL (9 yrs) 532 1076 968 119 223 36 12 11 82 57 16 84 141 .230 .293 .326 .619 73 316 10 5 9 9 5
AL (3 yrs) 195 485 429 57 114 21 5 7 46 7 2 36 77 .266 .323 .387 .710 99 166 8 2 14 4 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
1979 22 SFG NL 55 97 -6 -1 0 -4 -1 -11 -1.2 3 -8 -0.9 .477 .492 -0.5 -0.5 -4 9/78
1980 23 SFG NL 64 157 -3 0 -0 -6 -1 -10 -1.2 5 -5 -0.6 .482 .493 0.0 -0.8 1 798
1981 24 SFG NL 18 36 -1 0 0 0 -0 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .494 .499 0.0 -0.0 0 /98
1982 25 SFG NL 71 132 -7 0 0 1 -1 -7 -0.8 5 -3 -0.3 .489 .495 -0.5 -0.0 -4 78/9
1983 26 SFG NL 94 257 -4 3 1 2 -2 0 0.0 9 9 0.9 .501 .500 0.6 0.0 7 789
1984 27 MON NL 38 76 -3 0 0 2 -1 -1 -0.1 3 1 0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.2 -1 7/89
1985 28 CIN NL 77 146 2 1 1 1 -1 4 0.4 5 9 0.9 .505 .502 0.8 0.0 7 $155,000 7/89
1986 29 CIN NL 108 168 -8 1 1 2 -1 -5 -0.6 6 1 0.0 .495 .497 -0.2 0.1 -1 $225,000 7/89
1987 30 CIN NL 7 7 -1 -0 0 -0 0 -2 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .475 .499 -0.1 -0.0 -1 /8
1989 32 CAL AL 20 57 3 -0 0 2 -0 4 0.5 2 7 0.7 .524 .503 0.5 0.2 5 /987
1990 33 CAL AL 93 222 1 1 0 1 -2 2 0.2 8 10 1.0 .503 .501 1.0 -0.1 10 $200,000 789/D
1991 34 CAL AL 82 206 -5 -1 -0 -5 -2 -13 -1.3 7 -5 -0.6 .484 .492 -0.0 -0.7 0 $425,000 987/D
12 Seasons 727 1561 -33 6 4 -5 -11 -39 -4.3 54 15 1.0 .494 .497 1.4 -1.8 20 $1,005,000
SFG (5 yrs) 302 679 -22 3 2 -7 -5 -29 -3.3 23 -7 -1.0 .489 .496 -0.4 -1.4 1
CAL (3 yrs) 195 485 -0 1 0 -3 -3 -6 -0.5 17 12 1.1 .497 .498 1.5 -0.7 14 $625,000
CIN (3 yrs) 192 321 -8 2 1 3 -2 -3 -0.3 11 8 0.8 .498 .499 0.4 0.1 5 $380,000
MON (1 yr) 38 76 -3 0 0 2 -1 -1 -0.1 3 1 0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.2 -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 Awards
1979 SFG NL 22 OF 25 17 13 170.0 35 30 2 3 0 .914 -4 -28 1.69 1.28 .979 2.33 2.32
1979 SFG NL 22 RF 21 16 13 150.0 31 27 1 3 0 .903 -4 -34 1.68 1.33 .979 2.19 2.18
1979 SFG NL 22 LF 6 1 0 17.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.59 0.50 .970 2.01 2.00
1979 SFG NL 22 CF 2 0 0 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 80 3.00 0.50 .990 2.70 2.80
1980 SFG NL 23 OF 40 29 22 265.2 61 61 0 0 0 1.000 -6 -28 2.07 1.53 .980 2.31 2.31
1980 SFG NL 23 LF 16 7 5 75.2 16 16 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -5 1.90 1.00 .976 2.06 2.06
1980 SFG NL 23 RF 16 13 11 114.0 20 20 0 0 0 1.000 -3 -34 1.58 1.25 .977 2.06 2.06
1980 SFG NL 23 CF 10 9 6 76.0 18 18 0 0 0 1.000 -3 -41 2.13 1.80 .984 2.83 2.83
1981 SFG NL 24 OF 5 5 4 47.0 12 12 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 2.30 2.40 .980 2.34 2.34
1981 SFG NL 24 RF 3 3 3 31.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -27 1.16 1.33 .978 2.09 2.07
1981 SFG NL 24 CF 2 2 1 16.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1 52 3.94 3.50 .987 2.81 2.80
1982 SFG NL 25 OF 53 22 17 265.0 73 66 6 1 2 .986 1 5 2.45 1.36 .978 2.25 2.26
1982 SFG NL 25 LF 33 14 11 170.1 40 33 6 1 2 .975 1 6 2.06 1.18 .973 2.08 2.08
1982 SFG NL 25 CF 11 6 4 67.0 21 21 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -18 2.82 1.91 .983 2.66 2.67
1982 SFG NL 25 RF 8 2 2 27.2 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 1 52 4.23 1.63 .978 2.02 2.02
1983 SFG NL 26 OF 66 50 40 482.1 147 141 5 1 0 .993 2 5 2.72 2.21 .980 2.27 2.26
1983 SFG NL 26 LF 33 22 19 227.1 55 54 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -10 2.18 1.67 .977 2.03 2.02
1983 SFG NL 26 CF 25 22 15 187.2 71 69 1 1 0 .986 3 19 3.36 2.80 .983 2.78 2.77
1983 SFG NL 26 RF 14 6 6 67.1 19 18 1 0 0 1.000 1 14 2.54 1.36 .979 2.00 2.00
1984 MON NL 27 OF 27 11 8 134.0 33 33 0 0 0 1.000 2 18 2.22 1.22 .979 2.27 2.26
1984 MON NL 27 LF 23 8 6 104.0 20 20 0 0 0 1.000 0 3 1.73 0.87 .971 2.03 2.02
1984 MON NL 27 CF 3 1 0 10.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 36 3.60 1.33 .988 2.70 2.70
1984 MON NL 27 RF 3 2 2 20.0 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 1 84 4.95 3.67 .979 2.07 2.07
1985 CIN NL 28 OF 39 26 15 238.0 63 60 3 0 0 1.000 1 6 2.38 1.62 .979 2.20 2.20
1985 CIN NL 28 LF 31 24 14 211.0 56 53 3 0 0 1.000 2 11 2.39 1.81 .977 1.92 1.92
1985 CIN NL 28 CF 7 2 1 22.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 2.86 1.00 .981 2.66 2.66
1985 CIN NL 28 RF 3 0 0 5.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -192 1.80 0.33 .980 1.98 2.00
1986 CIN NL 29 OF 57 19 17 249.0 65 63 0 2 0 .969 2 10 2.28 1.11 .979 2.19 2.19
1986 CIN NL 29 LF 49 17 16 214.2 54 52 0 2 0 .963 1 5 2.18 1.06 .975 1.97 1.98
1986 CIN NL 29 CF 8 2 1 27.1 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 1 31 2.96 1.13 .984 2.60 2.59
1986 CIN NL 29 RF 3 0 0 7.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 69 3.86 1.00 .977 1.93 2.00
1987 CIN NL 30 CF 4 1 1 15.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -32 1.80 0.75 .983 2.52 2.52
1987 CIN NL 30 OF 4 1 1 15.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -32 1.80 0.75 .980 2.16 2.17
1989 CAL AL 32 OF 13 11 8 97.1 21 21 0 0 0 1.000 2 22 1.94 1.62 .980 2.42 2.39
1989 CAL AL 32 RF 7 7 5 57.0 15 15 0 0 0 1.000 1 17 2.37 2.14 .979 2.34 2.30
1989 CAL AL 32 CF 4 1 0 14.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 43 2.57 1.00 .985 2.76 2.75
1989 CAL AL 32 LF 4 3 3 26.1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 23 0.68 0.50 .975 2.15 2.15
1990 CAL AL 33 OF 77 40 29 440.0 118 112 3 3 1 .975 1 2 2.35 1.49 .981 2.39 2.36
1990 CAL AL 33 LF 40 11 11 157.0 42 39 2 1 0 .976 4 29 2.35 1.03 .978 2.19 2.16
1990 CAL AL 33 CF 33 22 14 222.0 64 61 1 2 1 .969 -2 -10 2.51 1.88 .985 2.74 2.71
1990 CAL AL 33 RF 10 7 4 61.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -28 1.48 1.00 .978 2.23 2.21
1990 CAL AL 33 DH 1 0
1991 CAL AL 34 OF 65 44 34 437.2 92 86 3 3 0 .967 -5 -15 1.83 1.37 .983 2.37 2.37
1991 CAL AL 34 RF 30 16 13 171.2 36 34 0 2 0 .944 2 15 1.78 1.13 .980 2.19 2.19
1991 CAL AL 34 CF 27 23 16 211.0 37 34 3 0 0 1.000 -6 -35 1.58 1.37 .989 2.76 2.76
1991 CAL AL 34 LF 13 5 5 55.0 18 17 0 1 0 .944 -1 -26 2.78 1.31 .978 2.18 2.16
1991 CAL AL 34 DH 3 0
12 Seasons OF 471 275 208 2841.0 723 688 22 13 3 .982 -5 -2 2.25 1.51 .980 2.30 2.29
10 Seasons LF 248 112 90 1258.1 306 289 12 5 2 .984 5 5 2.15 1.21 .976 2.04 2.04
12 Seasons CF 136 91 59 871.0 246 238 5 3 1 .988 -7 -9 2.51 1.79 .985 2.75 2.72
11 Seasons RF 118 72 59 711.2 163 156 2 5 0 .969 -4 -6 2.00 1.34 .979 2.15 2.13
2 Seasons DH 4 0
12 Seasons TOT 471 275 208 2841.0 723 688 22 13 3 .982 -5 -2 2.25 1.51 .980 2.30 2.29
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

SB % s c a p y
1983 NL  88.24 (2nd)
Career  78.05 (85th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1982 NL  2 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (391st), 1.0 career WAR/3.7 7yr-peak WAR/2.4 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 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
1985 28 Cincinnati Reds $155,000 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 29 Cincinnati Reds $225,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1990 33 California Angels $200,000* ?
1991 34 California Angels $425,000 ? USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,005,000
Disputed Salaries
*1990 - $235,000 - 11/21/90 NYT -
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.

Name Translations

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Japanese: マックス・ベナブル 統計
Korean: 맥스 베너블 통계

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