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Lou Whitaker

Louis Rodman Whitaker (Sweet Lou)

Position: Second Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: May 12, 1957 in Brooklyn, NY
High School: Martinsville HS (Martinsville, VA)
Drafted
by the Detroit Tigers in the 5th round of the 1975 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 9, 1977 (Age 20.120)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1978 season [*]
Team: Tigers 1977-1995
Agents: Rick Brode [*]
Final Game: October 1, 1995 (Age 38.142)
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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
1977 DET AL 20 2B 9 9 7 74.0 35 17 18 0 2 1.000 -3 -42 4.26 3.89 .978 5.42 5.38
1978 DET AL 21 2B 136 123 119 1122.1 776 301 458 17 95 .978 10 11 6.09 5.58 .980 5.47 5.42 RoY-1
1978 DET AL 21 DH 2 0 RoY-1
1979 DET AL 22 2B 126 114 106 1017.1 658 280 369 9 103 .986 9 10 5.74 5.15 .978 5.50 5.43
1980 DET AL 23 2B 143 130 121 1200.0 780 340 428 12 93 .985 6 6 5.76 5.37 .981 5.60 5.58
1981 DET AL 24 2B 108 104 97 918.1 590 227 354 9 77 .985 14 19 5.69 5.38 .982 5.54 5.52
1982 DET AL 25 2B 149 143 135 1283.0 811 331 470 10 120 .988 13 12 5.62 5.38 .981 5.35 5.33
1982 DET AL 25 DH 1 0
1983 DET AL 26 2B 160 151 140 1358.0 759 299 447 13 92 .983 4 3 4.94 4.66 .981 5.36 5.32 AS,MVP-8,GG,SS
1984 DET AL 27 2B 142 131 119 1195.0 710 290 405 15 83 .979 2 2 5.23 4.89 .980 5.24 5.21 AS,GG,SS
1985 DET AL 28 2B 150 146 133 1307.2 739 314 414 11 101 .985 -3 -3 5.01 4.85 .982 5.29 5.24 AS,GG,SS
1986 DET AL 29 2B 141 136 129 1207.1 708 276 421 11 98 .984 10 10 5.20 4.94 .981 5.10 5.05 AS
1987 DET AL 30 2B 148 145 126 1266.2 708 275 416 17 99 .976 -1 -1 4.91 4.67 .980 5.12 5.06 AS,SS
1988 DET AL 31 2B 110 103 94 903.2 510 218 284 8 53 .984 -1 -1 5.00 4.56 .982 5.12 5.08
1989 DET AL 32 2B 146 137 119 1178.0 731 327 393 11 99 .985 2 2 5.50 4.93 .981 5.24 5.18
1989 DET AL 32 DH 2 1
1990 DET AL 33 2B 130 116 111 1037.1 664 286 372 6 98 .991 10 12 5.71 5.06 .984 5.23 5.18
1990 DET AL 33 DH 1 0
1991 DET AL 34 2B 135 119 110 1063.2 620 255 361 4 91 .994 11 12 5.21 4.56 .981 5.19 5.18
1991 DET AL 34 DH 3 3
1992 DET AL 35 2B 119 112 102 978.1 577 256 312 9 72 .984 1 2 5.23 4.77 .983 5.25 5.23
1992 DET AL 35 DH 10 5
1993 DET AL 36 2B 110 97 91 864.0 569 236 322 11 75 .981 -1 -2 5.81 5.07 .981 5.15 5.11
1994 DET AL 37 2B 83 73 67 641.2 394 136 246 12 44 .970 -2 -3 5.36 4.60 .981 5.10 5.06
1994 DET AL 37 DH 5 5
1995 DET AL 38 2B 63 53 39 452.2 274 107 163 4 32 .985 -6 -15 5.37 4.29 .981 5.11 5.06
1995 DET AL 38 DH 8 8
19 Seasons 2B 2308 2142 1965 19069.0 11613 4771 6653 189 1527 .984 77 5 5.39 4.95 .981 5.29 5.25
19 Seasons TOT 2308 2142 1965 19069.0 11613 4771 6653 189 1527 .984 77 5 5.39 4.95 .981 5.29 5.25
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
1977 DET AL 20 2B -3 -42 -2 0 -2 -1
1978 DET AL 21 2B 10 11 8 7 1 2
1979 DET AL 22 2B 9 10 6 7 -2 3
1980 DET AL 23 2B 6 6 4 -0 5 2
1981 DET AL 24 2B 14 19 14 10 4 1
1982 DET AL 25 2B 13 12 12 10 2 1
1983 DET AL 26 2B 4 3 3 4 -1 1
1984 DET AL 27 2B 2 2 1 2 -1 1
1985 DET AL 28 2B -3 -3 -3 2 -5 0
1986 DET AL 29 2B 10 10 10 5 5 0
1987 DET AL 30 2B -1 -1 -0 3 -3 -1
1988 DET AL 31 2B -1 -1 1 2 -0 -2
1989 DET AL 32 2B 2 2 2 2 -0 0
1990 DET AL 33 2B 10 12 8 8 0 2
1991 DET AL 34 2B 11 12 7 6 1 4
1992 DET AL 35 2B 1 2 2 1 1 -1
1993 DET AL 36 2B -1 -2 1 -4 4 -2
1994 DET AL 37 2B -2 -3 0 -0 1 -2
1995 DET AL 38 2B -6 -15 -5 2 -7 -1
19 Seasons 2B 77 5 70 65 5 7
19 Seasons TOT 77 5 70 65 5 7
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1977 DET AL 20 11 9 11 9 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1978 DET AL 21 139 124 139 136 0 0 0 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 4
1979 DET AL 22 127 114 127 126 0 0 0 126 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
1980 DET AL 23 145 130 145 143 0 0 0 143 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
1981 DET AL 24 109 104 109 108 0 0 0 108 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1982 DET AL 25 152 144 152 148 0 0 0 148 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
1983 DET AL 26 161 151 161 160 0 0 0 160 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1984 DET AL 27 143 131 143 142 0 0 0 142 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1985 DET AL 28 152 146 152 150 0 0 0 150 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1986 DET AL 29 144 136 144 141 0 0 0 141 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1987 DET AL 30 149 146 149 148 0 0 0 148 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1988 DET AL 31 115 103 115 110 0 0 0 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
1989 DET AL 32 148 138 148 145 0 0 0 145 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
1990 DET AL 33 132 117 132 130 0 0 0 130 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 0
1991 DET AL 34 138 122 138 135 0 0 0 135 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 14 0
1992 DET AL 35 130 117 130 119 0 0 0 119 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 12 0
1993 DET AL 36 119 97 119 110 0 0 0 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
1994 DET AL 37 92 78 92 83 0 0 0 83 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 13 0
1995 DET AL 38 84 61 84 63 0 0 0 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 23 0
19 Seasons 2390 2168 2390 2306 0 0 0 2306 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 171 10
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
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 -- 2B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 543 463 43 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1977 DET AL 20 350 60% 77% 19% 24 100% 0 17 7 6 4 18 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
1978 DET AL 21 4746 54% 84% 29% 522 96% 0 302 110 138 54 459 396 50 0 3 17 3 11 3 11 95 31 20 26 4 86 31 54 8 6 2
1979 DET AL 22 4343 57% 82% 27% 404 97% 2 279 88 129 62 371 319 46 0 2 9 0 9 0 8 103 33 20 29 6 97 35 60 3 3 0
1980 DET AL 23 5171 55% 83% 26% 525 96% 0 340 135 154 51 435 367 57 0 8 11 0 9 2 7 95 28 24 29 2 88 31 56 6 2 4
1981 DET AL 24 3825 53% 82% 30% 415 96% 4 229 83 119 27 358 309 38 4 4 9 2 6 1 6 77 18 17 26 4 69 30 39 4 2 2
1982 DET AL 25 5400 55% 82% 29% 521 97% 1 324 105 175 44 469 390 66 0 9 9 1 8 0 7 114 33 21 35 4 97 39 57 16 8 7
1983 DET AL 26 5678 52% 80% 27% 521 96% 2 299 117 138 44 451 390 48 0 3 13 1 11 1 11 93 27 28 21 3 84 24 59 6 4 0
1984 DET AL 27 4954 49% 79% 26% 465 97% 1 292 102 162 28 402 365 33 0 4 15 0 14 1 13 82 30 19 19 5 76 24 52 5 4 1
1985 DET AL 28 5517 52% 79% 25% 466 98% 1 311 116 151 44 411 349 48 2 9 11 1 8 2 8 102 27 19 28 2 89 30 57 11 4 4
1986 DET AL 29 5124 59% 79% 30% 465 94% 3 276 90 143 43 418 358 48 2 3 11 1 10 0 9 98 27 17 33 7 87 39 48 9 5 4
1987 DET AL 30 5424 54% 78% 29% 468 94% 1 281 88 158 35 414 358 47 1 12 17 0 15 2 14 101 36 14 34 4 94 38 55 4 1 2
1988 DET AL 31 3832 55% 81% 31% 353 94% 1 212 82 99 32 284 246 29 0 5 8 0 5 3 6 51 15 9 17 3 46 20 26 3 1 2
1989 DET AL 32 5225 61% 80% 31% 459 94% 0 331 106 164 61 391 334 45 0 9 11 0 10 1 11 101 34 17 24 6 88 31 55 10 5 5
1990 DET AL 33 4588 64% 80% 32% 409 98% 0 281 91 142 49 373 327 40 0 7 6 1 4 1 4 97 39 16 27 2 87 31 56 8 2 5
1991 DET AL 34 4602 62% 82% 31% 450 87% 0 254 87 107 60 362 305 50 0 3 4 0 3 1 3 91 32 15 27 2 79 30 49 10 6 4
1992 DET AL 35 4281 61% 83% 33% 419 85% 0 256 93 109 54 312 270 32 0 8 9 0 7 2 7 72 24 10 22 1 62 24 37 8 2 4
1993 DET AL 36 3797 60% 81% 33% 382 95% 0 236 84 118 34 321 281 35 0 5 11 1 9 1 8 74 25 12 23 1 67 26 41 3 2 1
1994 DET AL 37 2878 55% 82% 32% 291 95% 0 134 57 59 18 246 208 32 0 1 12 0 7 5 9 44 14 2 16 2 39 19 19 4 3 1
1995 DET AL 38 2043 52% 82% 35% 197 94% 1 106 40 54 12 162 142 18 0 2 4 1 1 2 1 32 13 4 12 0 31 12 17 1 1 0
19 Seasons 81778 56% 81% 29% 7756 95% 17 4760 1681 2325 756 6657 5729 765 9 97 187 12 147 28 143 1524 487 284 449 58 1368 515 838 119 61 48
MLB Averages 59% 81% 30% 93%
Lg PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 543 463 43 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf



* - 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

Hall of Fame
2001 BBWAA ( 2.9%)

All-Star Games
1983 *
1984 (2B)
1985 (2B)
1986 (2B)
1987

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1983 AL (8, 21%)
0.21 Career Shares (741st)

Gold Gloves
1983 AL (2B)
1984 AL (2B)
1985 AL (2B)
All multiple winners

Silver Sluggers
1983 AL (2B)
1984 AL (2B)
1985 AL (2B)
1987 AL (2B)
All multiple winners

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1983 June AL Player of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1983 Jun 12th AL Player of the Week

Assistss c a p y
1981 AL  354 (3rd)
1982 AL  470 (3rd)
1983 AL  447 (5th)
Career  6,653 (21st)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
Career  77 (88th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1980 AL  143 (5th)
1981 AL  108 (1st)
1982 AL  149 (3rd)
1983 AL  160 (1st)
1984 AL  142 (5th)
1985 AL  150 (2nd)
1986 AL  141 (5th)
1987 AL  148 (3rd)
1989 AL  146 (4th)
Career  2,308 (4th)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1980 AL  340 (4th)
1982 AL  331 (5th)
1983 AL  299 (5th)
1985 AL  314 (3rd)
1989 AL  327 (1st)
1990 AL  286 (5th)
Career  4,771 (11th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1978 AL  458 (3rd)
1981 AL  354 (1st)
1982 AL  470 (1st)
1983 AL  447 (3rd)
1985 AL  414 (4th)
1986 AL  421 (4th)
1987 AL  416 (4th)
1989 AL  393 (5th)
Career  6,653 (6th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1978 AL  17 (2nd)
1984 AL  15 (3rd)
1986 AL  11 (5th)
1987 AL  17 (2nd)
1994 AL  12 (2nd)
Career  189 (71st)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1978 AL  95 (5th)
1979 AL  103 (3rd)
1981 AL  77 (3rd)
1982 AL  120 (1st)
1985 AL  101 (3rd)
1986 AL  98 (4th)
1987 AL  99 (3rd)
1989 AL  99 (3rd)
1990 AL  98 (5th)
Career  1,527 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as 2B s c a p y
1978 AL  10 (4th)
1979 AL  9 (3rd)
1980 AL  7 (2nd)
1981 AL  15 (1st)
1982 AL  13 (1st)
1983 AL  4 (5th)
1986 AL  10 (3rd)
1991 AL  11 (2nd)
Career  77 (7th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1978 AL  6.09 (1st)
1979 AL  5.74 (4th)
1981 AL  5.69 (5th)
1982 AL  5.62 (4th)
1986 AL  5.20 (5th)
1989 AL  5.50 (4th)
1990 AL  5.71 (1st)
1991 AL  5.21 (4th)
1993 AL  5.81 (1st)
1994 AL  5.36 (3rd)
Career  5.39 (18th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1978 AL  5.58 (2nd)
1981 AL  5.38 (5th)
1982 AL  5.38 (4th)
1989 AL  4.93 (5th)
1990 AL  5.06 (3rd)
1993 AL  5.07 (3rd)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1979 AL  .986 (2nd)
1980 AL  .985 (5th)
1981 AL  .985 (4th)
1982 AL  .988 (1st)
1986 AL  .984 (4th)
1989 AL  .985 (4th)
1990 AL  .991 (2nd)
1991 AL  .994 (1st)
1992 AL  .984 (3rd)
Career  .984 (51st)

Youngest s c a p y
1977 AL  born 1957-05-12 (6th)

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Name and misspellings: Sweet Louis lew Rodman lue lu Lou loe Whitaker whittaker

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