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Ken Williams

Kenneth Royal Williams

Positions: Outfielder and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 187 lb.

Born: April 6, 1964 in Berkeley, CA
High Schools: Fort Pleasant HS (San Jose, CA), Mount Pleasant HS (San Jose, CA)
School: Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
Drafted
by the Chicago White Sox in the 3rd round of the 1982 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 2, 1986 (Age 22.149)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1987 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Tigers/BlueJays/Expos 1986-1991

Final Game: October 4, 1991 (Age 27.181)
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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
1986 22 CHW AL 15 33 31 2 4 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 11 .129 .182 .226 .408 9 7 1 1 0 0 0 /98D7
1987 23 CHW AL 116 414 391 48 110 18 2 11 50 21 10 10 83 .281 .314 .422 .736 92 165 5 9 3 1 0 *8/9
1988 24 CHW AL 73 243 220 18 35 4 2 8 28 6 5 10 64 .159 .221 .305 .525 46 67 2 8 3 2 0 598/D
1989 25 DET AL 94 285 258 29 53 5 1 6 23 9 4 18 63 .205 .269 .302 .571 63 78 6 5 2 2 0 879/3D
1990 26 TOT AL 106 169 155 23 25 8 1 0 13 9 4 10 42 .161 .219 .226 .445 23 35 1 2 0 2 0 798D
1990 26 DET AL 57 88 83 10 11 2 0 0 5 2 2 3 24 .133 .170 .157 .327 -8 13 0 1 0 1 0 978/D
1990 26 TOR AL 49 81 72 13 14 6 1 0 8 7 2 7 18 .194 .272 .306 .577 58 22 1 1 0 1 0 7/8D9
1991 27 TOT MLB 47 109 99 16 25 7 2 1 4 3 1 7 27 .253 .312 .394 .706 96 39 2 2 0 1 0 97/8D
1991 27 TOR AL 13 35 29 5 6 2 0 1 3 1 0 4 5 .207 .314 .379 .694 89 11 1 1 0 1 0 /9D87
1991 27 MON NL 34 74 70 11 19 5 2 0 1 2 1 3 22 .271 .311 .400 .711 100 28 1 1 0 0 0 9/78
6 Yrs 451 1253 1154 136 252 42 8 27 119 49 25 56 290 .218 .269 .339 .608 66 391 17 27 8 8 0
162 Game Avg. 162 450 415 49 91 15 3 10 43 18 9 20 104 .218 .269 .339 .608 66 140 6 10 3 3 0
CHW (3 yrs) 204 690 642 68 149 22 4 20 79 28 16 21 158 .232 .275 .372 .647 72 239 8 18 6 3 0
DET (2 yrs) 151 373 341 39 64 7 1 6 28 11 6 21 87 .188 .245 .267 .512 45 91 6 6 2 3 0
TOR (2 yrs) 62 116 101 18 20 8 1 1 11 8 2 11 23 .198 .284 .327 .611 67 33 2 2 0 2 0
MON (1 yr) 34 74 70 11 19 5 2 0 1 2 1 3 22 .271 .311 .400 .711 100 28 1 1 0 0 0
AL (6 yrs) 417 1179 1084 125 233 37 6 27 118 47 24 53 268 .215 .266 .335 .601 64 363 16 26 8 8 0
NL (1 yr) 34 74 70 11 19 5 2 0 1 2 1 3 22 .271 .311 .400 .711 100 28 1 1 0 0 0

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
1986 22 CHW AL 15 33 -4 -1 0 2 -0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .478 .498 -0.4 0.2 -4 /98D7
1987 23 CHW AL 116 414 -3 -1 2 8 1 7 0.8 14 21 2.1 .506 .504 1.2 0.9 13 $62,500 *8/9
1988 24 CHW AL 73 243 -14 -1 0 -0 -1 -16 -1.6 8 -7 -0.9 .477 .490 -0.8 -0.1 -7 $102,500 598/D
1989 25 DET AL 94 285 -13 -1 -0 -0 -2 -17 -1.7 10 -6 -0.8 .481 .489 -0.8 -0.2 -6 $117,500 879/3D
1990 26 DET AL 57 88 -11 -0 1 2 -2 -10 -1.1 3 -7 -0.8 .481 .493 -1.0 0.1 -9 $160,000 978/D
1990 26 TOR AL 49 81 -4 -1 0 2 -2 -4 -0.4 3 -1 -0.1 .492 .498 -0.3 0.1 -3 7/8D9
1991 27 TOR AL 13 35 -1 -1 -0 0 -1 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .485 .499 -0.1 -0.1 -1 $260,000 /9D87
1991 27 MON NL 34 74 -1 -0 -0 5 -1 3 0.4 2 6 0.6 .511 .502 0.1 0.5 1 9/78
6 Seasons 451 1253 -51 -6 3 20 -7 -40 -4.2 43 3 -0.1 .490 .496 -2.2 1.4 -17 $702,500
CHW (3 yrs) 204 690 -22 -3 3 10 -0 -12 -1.2 24 12 1.0 .494 .499 0.0 1.0 2 $165,000
DET (2 yrs) 151 373 -24 -1 0 2 -4 -27 -2.8 13 -13 -1.5 .481 .491 -1.8 -0.1 -15 $277,500
TOR (2 yrs) 62 116 -5 -1 0 2 -2 -5 -0.6 4 -1 -0.2 .490 .498 -0.4 0.0 -4 $260,000
MON (1 yr) 34 74 -1 -0 -0 5 -1 3 0.4 2 6 0.6 .511 .502 0.1 0.5 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
1986 CHW AL 22 OF 10 8 7 73.2 19 18 1 0 1 1.000 2 37 2.32 1.90 .980 2.39 2.37
1986 CHW AL 22 RF 5 4 4 41.1 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 1 17 2.40 2.20 .975 2.09 2.08
1986 CHW AL 22 CF 4 4 3 32.0 7 6 1 0 1 1.000 2 56 1.97 1.75 .986 2.84 2.80
1986 CHW AL 22 DH 1 0
1986 CHW AL 22 LF 1 0 0 0.1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 720 27.00 1.00 .980 2.70 2.20
1987 CHW AL 23 OF 115 108 98 956.2 314 303 5 6 2 .981 8 11 2.90 2.68 .980 2.31 2.29
1987 CHW AL 23 CF 111 105 95 928.2 309 297 6 6 3 .981 8 10 2.94 2.73 .986 2.70 2.68
1987 CHW AL 23 RF 4 3 3 28.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 1 34 2.57 2.00 .979 2.12 2.10
1988 CHW AL 24 OF 38 31 18 269.0 73 68 2 3 1 .959 -1 -4 2.34 1.84 .979 2.47 2.45
1988 CHW AL 24 3B 32 31 12 246.0 100 19 67 14 3 .860 0 2 3.15 2.69 .954 2.71 2.69
1988 CHW AL 24 RF 29 24 13 201.0 48 46 1 1 0 .979 -2 -13 2.10 1.62 .974 2.24 2.22
1988 CHW AL 24 CF 12 7 5 68.0 25 22 1 2 1 .920 1 23 3.04 1.92 .985 2.91 2.89
1988 CHW AL 24 DH 3 2
1989 DET AL 25 OF 87 71 53 605.2 195 180 11 4 3 .979 -0 -1 2.84 2.20 .980 2.42 2.39
1989 DET AL 25 CF 35 32 30 275.2 107 100 5 2 3 .981 -4 -17 3.43 3.00 .984 2.78 2.75
1989 DET AL 25 LF 28 23 11 179.0 43 37 5 1 0 .977 0 3 2.11 1.50 .977 2.16 2.14
1989 DET AL 25 RF 27 16 12 151.0 41 40 1 0 0 1.000 3 24 2.44 1.52 .979 2.33 2.30
1989 DET AL 25 1B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 9.90 9.70
1989 DET AL 25 DH 1 0
1990 TOT AL 26 OF 77 35 21 380.0 108 103 5 0 2 1.000 5 15 2.56 1.40 .981 2.39 2.36
1990 TOT AL 26 LF 32 5 3 82.0 19 19 0 0 0 1.000 1 13 2.09 0.59 .978 2.18 2.16
1990 TOT AL 26 RF 27 16 10 158.0 35 34 1 0 0 1.000 1 8 1.99 1.30 .978 2.23 2.21
1990 TOT AL 26 CF 22 14 8 140.0 55 51 4 0 2 1.000 3 24 3.54 2.50 .985 2.74 2.71
1990 TOT AL 26 DH 14 3
1990 DET AL 26 OF 47 22 12 233.0 72 67 5 0 2 1.000 2 13 2.78 1.53 .981 2.39 2.36
1990 DET AL 26 RF 19 9 5 99.0 20 19 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -7 1.82 1.05 .978 2.23 2.21
1990 DET AL 26 LF 17 1 0 33.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -40 1.64 0.35 .978 2.18 2.16
1990 DET AL 26 CF 13 12 7 101.0 47 43 4 0 2 1.000 4 50 4.19 3.62 .985 2.74 2.71
1990 DET AL 26 DH 5 0
1990 TOR AL 26 OF 30 13 9 147.0 36 36 0 0 0 1.000 2 19 2.20 1.20 .981 2.39 2.36
1990 TOR AL 26 LF 15 4 3 49.0 13 13 0 0 0 1.000 2 49 2.39 0.87 .978 2.19 2.16
1990 TOR AL 26 CF 9 2 1 39.0 8 8 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -43 1.85 0.89 .985 2.75 2.71
1990 TOR AL 26 DH 9 3
1990 TOR AL 26 RF 8 7 5 59.0 15 15 0 0 0 1.000 2 35 2.29 1.88 .978 2.23 2.21
1991 TOT MLB 27 OF 33 24 18 222.0 64 58 4 2 0 .969 5 27 2.51 1.88 .983 2.31 2.30
1991 TOT MLB 27 RF 20 16 11 139.1 35 31 3 1 0 .971 2 17 2.20 1.70 .980 2.12 2.10
1991 TOT MLB 27 LF 10 6 6 60.2 22 20 1 1 0 .955 2 40 3.12 2.10 .983 2.18 2.17
1991 TOT MLB 27 CF 5 2 1 22.0 7 7 0 0 0 1.000 1 55 2.86 1.40 .986 2.62 2.62
1991 TOR AL 27 OF 9 7 5 70.0 17 16 1 0 0 1.000 0 2 2.19 1.89 .983 2.37 2.37
1991 TOR AL 27 RF 8 7 5 63.0 15 14 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -2 2.14 1.88 .980 2.19 2.19
1991 TOR AL 27 DH 2 0
1991 TOR AL 27 CF 1 0 0 5.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 48 3.60 2.00 .990 2.70 2.80
1991 TOR AL 27 LF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.20
1991 MON NL 27 OF 24 17 13 152.0 47 42 3 2 0 .957 5 39 2.66 1.88 .983 2.28 2.27
1991 MON NL 27 RF 12 9 6 76.1 20 17 2 1 0 .950 2 33 2.24 1.58 .980 2.06 2.05
1991 MON NL 27 LF 9 6 6 58.2 22 20 1 1 0 .955 2 41 3.22 2.33 .983 2.18 2.17
1991 MON NL 27 CF 4 2 1 17.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 1 56 2.65 1.25 .984 2.59 2.58
6 Seasons OF 360 277 215 2507.0 773 730 28 15 9 .981 19 9 2.72 2.11 .980 2.37 2.35
6 Seasons CF 189 164 142 1466.1 510 483 17 10 10 .980 10 9 3.07 2.65 .985 2.73 2.71
6 Seasons RF 112 79 53 718.2 178 170 6 2 0 .989 5 9 2.20 1.57 .977 2.22 2.21
4 Seasons LF 71 34 20 322.0 85 77 6 2 0 .976 4 13 2.32 1.17 .979 2.17 2.15
1 Season 3B 32 31 12 246.0 100 19 67 14 3 .860 0 2 3.15 2.69 .954 2.71 2.69
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 9.90 9.70
6 Seasons TOT 393 308 227 2754.0 873 749 95 29 12 .967 20 9 2.76 2.15 .977 2.40 2.40
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

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1987 AL  9 (4th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1987 AL  6 (4th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1987 AL  6 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1987 AL  3 (1st)
1989 AL  3 (3rd)
1990 AL  2 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1987 AL  8 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
1987 AL  2.94 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1987 AL  2.73 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
1987 AL  2.90 (3rd)
1989 AL  2.84 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1987 AL  2.68 (3rd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 2 (2808), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (711th), -0.1 career WAR/-0.1 7yr-peak WAR/-0.1 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 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
1987 23 Chicago White Sox $62,500 ? Proofing corrections
1988 24 Chicago White Sox $102,500* ?
1989 25 Detroit Tigers $117,500 ? 1989 USA Today survey
1990 26 Detroit Tigers $160,000 ? USA Today
1991 27 Toronto Blue Jays $260,000 ? USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$702,500
Disputed Salaries
*1988 - $142,000 - 12/13/88 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.

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