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Willie Wilson

Willie James Wilson (twitter: @WWBB6)

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: July 9, 1955 in Montgomery, AL
High School: Summit HS (Summit, NJ)
Drafted
by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 1974 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 4, 1976 (Age 21.057)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1978 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Royals/Athletics/Cubs 1976-1994
Agents: Jack Sands,Steve Freyer [*]
Final Game: May 16, 1994 (Age 38.311)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 22, 2014 12:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #319. Rudy York… #320. Chuck Knoblauch… #321. Lee May… #322. WILLIE WILSON… #323. Elmer Flick… #324. Davey Lopes… #325. Carlos Lee… 

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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
1976 20 KCR AL 12 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333 -3 1 0 0 0 0 0 /8
1977 21 KCR AL 13 37 34 10 11 2 0 0 1 6 3 1 8 .324 .343 .382 .725 97 13 1 0 2 0 0 /8D
1978 22 KCR AL 127 223 198 43 43 8 2 0 16 46 12 16 33 .217 .280 .278 .558 57 55 2 2 5 2 0 *78/D
1979 23 KCR AL 154 640 588 113 185 18 13 6 49 83 12 28 92 .315 .351 .420 .771 106 247 1 7 13 4 3 *78/9D MVP-17
1980 24 KCR AL 161 745 705 133 230 28 15 3 49 79 10 28 81 .326 .357 .421 .778 113 297 4 6 5 1 3 *78 MVP-4,GG,SS
1981 25 KCR AL 102 465 439 54 133 10 7 1 32 34 8 18 42 .303 .335 .364 .700 104 160 5 4 3 1 3 *78
1982 ★ 26 KCR AL 136 621 585 87 194 19 15 3 46 37 11 26 81 .332 .365 .431 .796 118 252 4 6 2 2 2 *78 AS,MVP-15,SS
1983 ★ 27 KCR AL 137 611 576 90 159 22 8 2 33 59 8 33 75 .276 .316 .352 .669 85 203 4 1 1 0 2 *87 AS
1984 28 KCR AL 128 588 541 81 163 24 9 2 44 47 5 39 56 .301 .350 .390 .740 105 211 7 3 2 3 2 *8 MVP-10
1985 29 KCR AL 141 642 605 87 168 25 21 4 43 43 11 29 94 .278 .316 .408 .724 98 247 6 5 2 1 3 *8
1986 30 KCR AL 156 675 631 77 170 20 7 9 44 34 8 31 97 .269 .313 .366 .679 84 231 6 9 3 1 1 *8
1987 31 KCR AL 146 653 610 97 170 18 15 4 30 59 11 32 88 .279 .320 .377 .698 83 230 9 6 4 1 2 *8/D
1988 32 KCR AL 147 628 591 81 155 17 11 1 37 35 7 22 106 .262 .289 .333 .622 74 197 5 2 8 5 1 *8
1989 33 KCR AL 112 423 383 58 97 17 7 3 43 24 6 27 78 .253 .300 .358 .657 85 137 8 1 6 6 0 8/D
1990 34 KCR AL 115 345 307 49 89 13 3 2 42 24 6 30 57 .290 .354 .371 .725 106 114 4 2 3 3 1 78/9D
1991 35 OAK AL 113 318 294 38 70 14 4 0 28 20 5 18 43 .238 .290 .313 .603 72 92 11 4 1 1 1 789/D
1992 36 OAK AL 132 437 396 38 107 15 5 0 37 28 8 35 65 .270 .329 .333 .662 92 132 11 1 2 3 2 *8/D9
1993 37 CHC NL 105 237 221 29 57 11 3 1 11 7 2 11 40 .258 .301 .348 .649 76 77 2 3 1 1 1 8
1994 38 CHC NL 17 23 21 4 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 6 .238 .273 .429 .701 80 9 0 0 1 0 0 8
19 Yrs 2154 8317 7731 1169 2207 281 147 41 585 668 134 425 1144 .285 .326 .376 .702 94 2905 90 62 64 35 27
162 Game Avg. 162 626 581 88 166 21 11 3 44 50 10 32 86 .285 .326 .376 .702 94 218 7 5 5 3 2
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
KCR (15 yrs) 1787 7302 6799 1060 1968 241 133 40 509 612 119 360 990 .289 .329 .382 .711 95 2595 66 54 59 30 23
OAK (2 yrs) 245 755 690 76 177 29 9 0 65 48 13 53 108 .257 .313 .325 .637 83 224 22 5 3 4 3
CHC (2 yrs) 122 260 242 33 62 11 5 1 11 8 2 12 46 .256 .298 .355 .654 77 86 2 3 2 1 1
AL (17 yrs) 2032 8057 7489 1136 2145 270 142 40 574 660 132 413 1098 .286 .327 .376 .704 94 2819 88 59 62 34 26
NL (2 yrs) 122 260 242 33 62 11 5 1 11 8 2 12 46 .256 .298 .355 .654 77 86 2 3 2 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
1976 20 KCR AL 12 6 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .499 .500 -0.1 0.1 -0 /8
1977 21 KCR AL 13 37 0 1 -0 1 -0 2 0.2 1 3 0.3 .514 .501 0.2 0.1 2 /8D
1978 22 KCR AL 127 223 -11 6 1 10 -3 2 0.2 8 10 1.0 .502 .501 -0.1 0.7 -0 *78/D
1979 23 KCR AL 154 640 2 18 1 25 -6 40 4.1 23 63 6.3 .526 .525 3.8 1.9 38 *78/9D MVP-17
1980 24 KCR AL 161 745 19 17 4 24 -4 59 6.3 24 83 8.4 .538 .538 5.9 2.2 59 *78 MVP-4,GG,SS
1981 25 KCR AL 102 465 -0 6 2 20 -3 24 2.7 15 39 4.1 .527 .517 1.9 1.9 19 *78
1982 ★ 26 KCR AL 136 621 16 7 1 23 -5 42 4.5 20 62 6.3 .533 .527 4.0 1.9 39 *78 AS,MVP-15,SS
1983 ★ 27 KCR AL 137 611 -7 10 2 -7 -2 -4 -0.3 20 16 1.6 .497 .497 2.3 -0.9 22 *87 AS
1984 28 KCR AL 128 588 4 10 3 6 1 24 2.5 19 42 4.2 .519 .515 3.7 0.7 36 *8 MVP-10
1985 29 KCR AL 141 642 -3 4 2 -2 1 1 0.2 20 21 2.1 .501 .501 2.3 -0.1 24 $843,750 *8
1986 30 KCR AL 156 675 -17 3 4 5 1 -4 -0.2 23 19 1.9 .498 .498 1.3 0.7 14 $1,175,000 *8
1987 31 KCR AL 146 653 -18 11 2 1 1 -3 -0.2 21 18 1.8 .498 .498 1.7 0.2 18 $1,389,706 *8/D
1988 32 KCR AL 147 628 -23 7 2 -5 1 -17 -1.6 21 4 0.3 .488 .489 0.8 -0.3 9 $1,383,712 *8
1989 33 KCR AL 112 423 -8 5 1 3 1 3 0.4 15 18 1.8 .502 .502 1.5 0.5 15 $2,112,205 8/D
1990 34 KCR AL 115 345 7 6 1 -5 -2 7 0.7 12 19 1.9 .506 .504 2.5 -0.7 24 $800,000 78/9D
1991 35 OAK AL 113 318 -11 2 0 10 -3 -1 -0.1 11 10 1.0 .499 .499 -0.0 0.8 0 $1,000,000 789/D
1992 36 OAK AL 132 437 -3 5 -0 3 2 6 0.8 16 23 2.3 .505 .504 2.0 0.5 20 $1,100,000 *8/D9
1993 37 CHC NL 105 237 -2 2 0 -2 1 -0 -0.0 7 7 0.7 .500 .500 0.8 0.0 9 $700,000 8
1994 38 CHC NL 17 23 -1 -0 0 -2 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .483 .498 -0.0 -0.2 -0 $700,000 8
19 Seasons 2154 8317 -57 120 25 108 -19 178 19.9 278 456 46.0 .509 .507 34.6 10.0 347 $11,204,373
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
KCR (15 yrs) 1787 7302 -40 111 25 99 -19 176 19.5 242 419 42.2 .510 .509 31.9 8.9 319 $7,704,373
OAK (2 yrs) 245 755 -14 7 0 13 -1 5 0.7 28 33 3.3 .502 .502 1.9 1.3 20 $2,100,000
CHC (2 yrs) 122 260 -3 2 0 -4 1 -3 -0.3 8 5 0.5 .497 .500 0.7 -0.2 8 $1,400,000

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1978 22 KCR AL ALCS NYY L 3 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 1 0 0 0 0 0
1980 24 KCR AL ALCS NYY W 3 14 13 2 4 2 1 0 4 0 0 1 2 .308 .357 .615 .973 8 0 0 0 0 0
1980 24 KCR AL WS PHI L 6 30 26 3 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 12 .154 .267 .192 .459 5 0 0 0 0 0
1981 25 KCR AL ALDS OAK L 3 13 13 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .308 .308 .308 .615 4 0 0 0 0 0
1984 28 KCR AL ALCS DET L 3 14 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 .154 .214 .154 .368 2 0 0 0 0 0
1985 29 KCR AL ALCS TOR W 7 31 29 5 9 0 0 1 2 1 1 1 5 .310 .333 .414 .747 12 1 0 1 0 0
1985 ❍ 29 KCR AL WS STL W 7 31 30 2 11 0 1 0 3 3 0 1 4 .367 .387 .433 .820 13 1 0 0 0 0
1992 36 OAK AL ALCS TOR L 6 23 22 0 5 1 0 0 0 7 0 1 5 .227 .261 .273 .534 6 0 0 0 0 0
6 Yrs (8 Series) 38 160 150 12 40 4 2 1 10 13 3 9 32 .267 .308 .340 .648 51 2 0 1 0 0
1 ALDS 3 13 13 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .308 .308 .308 .615 4 0 0 0 0 0
5 ALCS 22 86 81 7 21 3 1 1 6 8 3 4 16 .259 .294 .358 .652 29 1 0 1 0 0
2 WS 13 61 56 5 15 1 1 0 3 5 0 5 16 .268 .328 .321 .649 18 1 0 0 0 0

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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
1976 KCR AL 20 CF 6 1 1 18.0 8 6 1 1 0 .875 0 33 3.50 1.17 .984 3.00 2.98
1976 KCR AL 20 OF 6 1 1 18.0 8 6 1 1 0 .875 0 33 3.50 1.17 .981 2.45 2.48
1977 KCR AL 21 CF 9 6 5 73.1 26 25 0 1 0 .962 1 15 3.07 2.78 .983 2.82 2.81
1977 KCR AL 21 OF 9 6 5 73.1 25 24 0 1 0 .960 1 15 2.95 2.67 .978 2.34 2.32
1977 KCR AL 21 DH 2 0
1978 KCR AL 22 OF 112 45 32 541.1 181 171 6 4 2 .978 10 22 2.94 1.58 .979 2.47 2.45
1978 KCR AL 22 LF 82 29 22 364.2 102 95 5 2 2 .980 6 20 2.47 1.22 .974 2.21 2.19
1978 KCR AL 22 CF 35 16 10 176.2 78 76 0 2 0 .974 4 26 3.87 2.17 .984 2.97 2.94
1978 KCR AL 22 DH 6 0
1979 KCR AL 23 OF 152 135 122 1251.1 402 384 12 6 0 .985 25 24 2.85 2.61 .981 2.46 2.43 MVP-17
1979 KCR AL 23 LF 131 112 105 1037.1 322 308 10 4 0 .988 21 24 2.76 2.43 .980 2.22 2.20 MVP-17
1979 KCR AL 23 CF 24 19 15 180.0 74 70 2 2 0 .973 4 24 3.60 3.00 .983 2.92 2.88 MVP-17
1979 KCR AL 23 RF 5 4 2 34.0 10 10 0 0 0 1.000 0 7 2.65 2.00 .980 2.25 2.22 MVP-17
1979 KCR AL 23 DH 2 1 MVP-17
1980 KCR AL 24 OF 159 157 144 1401.0 497 482 9 6 1 .988 24 20 3.15 3.09 .979 2.47 2.46 MVP-4,GG,SS
1980 KCR AL 24 LF 102 101 91 877.0 301 288 8 5 1 .983 18 24 3.04 2.90 .980 2.35 2.35 MVP-4,GG,SS
1980 KCR AL 24 CF 63 56 53 524.0 195 193 1 1 0 .995 6 15 3.33 3.08 .983 2.92 2.91 MVP-4,GG,SS
1981 KCR AL 25 OF 101 99 95 884.1 317 299 14 4 3 .987 20 27 3.19 3.10 .983 2.48 2.47
1981 KCR AL 25 LF 84 82 79 736.1 259 244 11 4 2 .985 16 27 3.12 3.04 .979 2.38 2.38
1981 KCR AL 25 CF 18 17 16 148.0 58 55 3 0 1 1.000 4 29 3.53 3.22 .988 2.90 2.89
1982 KCR AL 26 OF 135 135 119 1162.0 385 376 4 5 0 .987 23 24 2.94 2.81 .982 2.47 2.46 AS,MVP-15,SS
1982 KCR AL 26 LF 118 117 103 1002.2 315 307 3 5 0 .984 16 19 2.78 2.63 .981 2.29 2.28 AS,MVP-15,SS
1982 KCR AL 26 CF 20 18 16 159.1 71 70 1 0 0 1.000 7 52 4.01 3.55 .985 2.84 2.83 AS,MVP-15,SS
1983 KCR AL 27 OF 136 132 117 1150.0 366 354 3 9 0 .975 -7 -7 2.79 2.63 .981 2.50 2.48 AS
1983 KCR AL 27 CF 75 69 57 599.0 219 214 0 5 0 .977 -4 -8 3.22 2.85 .987 2.93 2.91 AS
1983 KCR AL 27 LF 64 63 60 551.0 145 137 3 5 0 .966 -3 -6 2.29 2.19 .977 2.32 2.30 AS
1984 KCR AL 28 CF 128 128 119 1129.0 388 378 6 4 2 .990 6 6 3.06 3.00 .986 3.01 2.99 MVP-10
1984 KCR AL 28 OF 128 128 119 1129.0 393 383 6 4 2 .990 6 6 3.10 3.04 .983 2.51 2.49 MVP-10
1985 KCR AL 29 CF 140 140 132 1244.2 386 380 4 2 1 .995 -2 -2 2.78 2.74 .988 2.91 2.88
1985 KCR AL 29 OF 140 140 132 1244.2 384 378 4 2 1 .995 -2 -2 2.76 2.73 .982 2.44 2.42
1986 KCR AL 30 CF 155 149 137 1305.2 421 413 5 3 3 .993 5 5 2.88 2.70 .986 2.83 2.80
1986 KCR AL 30 OF 155 149 137 1305.2 415 408 4 3 2 .993 5 5 2.84 2.66 .980 2.39 2.37
1987 KCR AL 31 CF 143 142 133 1221.1 346 342 3 1 1 .997 1 1 2.54 2.41 .986 2.70 2.68
1987 KCR AL 31 OF 143 142 133 1221.1 346 342 3 1 1 .997 1 1 2.54 2.41 .980 2.31 2.29
1987 KCR AL 31 DH 2 2
1988 KCR AL 32 CF 142 140 122 1194.0 370 364 2 4 0 .989 -5 -5 2.76 2.58 .985 2.91 2.89
1988 KCR AL 32 OF 142 140 122 1194.0 370 365 1 4 0 .989 -5 -5 2.76 2.58 .979 2.47 2.45
1989 KCR AL 33 CF 108 95 81 831.2 260 252 2 6 0 .977 3 4 2.75 2.35 .984 2.78 2.75
1989 KCR AL 33 OF 108 95 81 831.2 260 252 2 6 0 .977 3 4 2.75 2.35 .980 2.42 2.39
1989 KCR AL 33 DH 1 0
1990 KCR AL 34 OF 106 81 73 724.2 189 187 2 0 1 1.000 -5 -8 2.35 1.78 .981 2.39 2.36
1990 KCR AL 34 LF 54 39 36 359.1 93 92 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -6 2.33 1.72 .978 2.19 2.16
1990 KCR AL 34 CF 48 41 36 350.0 91 91 0 0 1 1.000 -4 -13 2.34 1.90 .985 2.74 2.71
1990 KCR AL 34 RF 4 1 1 15.1 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 0 39 3.52 1.50 .978 2.23 2.20
1990 KCR AL 34 DH 1 1
1991 OAK AL 35 OF 87 63 55 597.0 181 176 2 3 0 .983 10 20 2.68 2.05 .983 2.37 2.37
1991 OAK AL 35 LF 41 26 25 258.1 84 81 1 2 0 .976 6 26 2.86 2.00 .978 2.17 2.16
1991 OAK AL 35 CF 33 23 21 212.0 67 66 0 1 0 .985 3 18 2.80 2.00 .989 2.76 2.76
1991 OAK AL 35 RF 19 14 9 126.2 30 29 1 0 0 1.000 1 10 2.13 1.58 .980 2.19 2.19
1991 OAK AL 35 DH 9 1
1992 OAK AL 36 OF 120 100 94 925.0 364 355 2 7 2 .981 3 4 3.47 2.98 .983 2.47 2.46
1992 OAK AL 36 CF 118 98 92 903.0 360 351 2 7 2 .981 4 5 3.52 2.99 .986 2.90 2.89
1992 OAK AL 36 DH 5 0
1992 OAK AL 36 RF 3 2 2 22.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -16 2.05 1.67 .982 2.25 2.23
1993 CHC NL 37 CF 82 39 33 411.2 112 110 1 1 0 .991 -2 -5 2.43 1.35 .985 2.75 2.73
1993 CHC NL 37 OF 82 39 33 411.2 111 109 1 1 0 .991 -2 -5 2.40 1.34 .979 2.34 2.33
1994 CHC NL 38 CF 10 3 3 39.2 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -57 2.04 0.90 .982 2.63 2.61
1994 CHC NL 38 OF 10 3 3 39.2 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 -2 -57 2.04 0.90 .980 2.25 2.23
19 Seasons OF 2031 1790 1617 16105.2 5203 5060 76 67 15 .987 108 8 2.87 2.53 .981 2.44 2.42
19 Seasons CF 1357 1200 1082 10721.0 3539 3465 33 41 11 .988 29 3 2.94 2.58 .986 2.86 2.84
8 Seasons LF 676 569 521 5186.2 1621 1552 42 27 5 .983 78 18 2.77 2.36 .979 2.28 2.26
4 Seasons RF 31 21 14 198.0 51 50 1 0 0 1.000 2 9 2.32 1.65 .980 2.21 2.20
8 Seasons DH 28 5
19 Seasons TOT 2031 1790 1617 16105.2 5203 5060 76 67 15 .987 108 8 2.87 2.53 .981 2.44 2.42
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

Hall of Fame
2000 BBWAA ( 2.0%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1979 AL (17, 4%)
1980 AL (4, 43%)
1982 AL (15, 4%)
1984 AL (10, 16%)
0.67 Career Shares (365th)

Gold Gloves
1980 AL (OF)

Silver Sluggers
1980 AL (OF)
1982 AL (OF)
All multiple winners

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1981 September AL Player of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1979 Aug 26th AL Player of the Week

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1979 AL  6.3 (9th)
1980 AL  8.5 (3rd)
1982 AL  6.3 (7th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1979 AL  6.3 (6th)
1980 AL  8.5 (3rd)
1982 AL  6.3 (6th)
Career  46.0 (224th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1980 AL  5.9 (7th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1979 AL  1.9 (10th)
1980 AL  2.2 (4th)
1981 AL  1.9 (6th)
1982 AL  1.9 (3rd)
Career  10.0 (213th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1980 AL  .326 (7th)
1982 AL  .332 (1st)

Games Played s c a p y
1980 AL  161 (4th)
Career  2,154 (165th)

At Bats s c a p y
1980 AL  705 (1st)
1981 AL  439 (3rd)
1986 AL  631 (6th)
1987 AL  610 (9th)
Career  7,731 (173rd)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1980 AL  745 (1st)
1981 AL  465 (6th)
Career  8,317 (216th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1979 AL  113 (6th)
1980 AL  133 (1st)
Career  1,169 (202nd)

Hits s c a p y
1979 AL  185 (7th)
1980 AL  230 (1st)
1981 AL  133 (3rd)
1982 AL  194 (4th)
Career  2,207 (182nd)

Total Bases s c a p y
1980 AL  297 (9th)

Triples s c a p y
1979 AL  13 (3rd)
1980 AL  15 (1st)
1981 AL  7 (2nd)
1982 AL  15 (1st)
1983 AL  8 (5th)
1984 AL  9 (5th)
1985 AL  21 (1st)
1986 AL  7 (5th)
1987 AL  15 (1st)
1988 AL  11 (1st)
1989 AL  7 (10th)
Career  147 (56th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
Career  1,144 (187th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1978 AL  46 (5th)
1979 AL  83 (1st)
1980 AL  79 (2nd)
1981 AL  34 (4th)
1982 AL  37 (5th)
1983 AL  59 (3rd)
1984 AL  47 (5th)
1985 AL  43 (4th)
1986 AL  34 (4th)
1987 AL  59 (2nd)
1988 AL  35 (5th)
Career  668 (12th)

Singles s c a p y
1979 AL  148 (1st)
1980 AL  184 (1st)
1981 AL  115 (1st)
1982 AL  157 (1st)
1983 AL  127 (10th)
1986 AL  134 (8th)
1987 AL  133 (7th)
Career  1,738 (102nd)

Runs Created s c a p y
1980 AL  117 (7th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1980 AL  264 (6th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1979 AL  7 (8th)
1981 AL  4 (9th)
1982 AL  6 (10th)
1986 AL  9 (4th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1979 AL  13 (8th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1978 AL  12 (9th)
1979 AL  12 (7th)
1982 AL  11 (10th)
1985 AL  11 (7th)
1987 AL  11 (9th)
Career  134 (43rd)

SB % s c a p y
1978 AL  79.31 (10th)
1979 AL  87.37 (1st)
1980 AL  88.76 (4th)
1981 AL  80.95 (8th)
1983 AL  88.06 (2nd)
1984 AL  90.39 (1st)
1985 AL  79.63 (9th)
1986 AL  80.95 (8th)
1987 AL  84.29 (6th)
1988 AL  83.33 (7th)
1989 AL  80.00 (9th)
1991 AL  80.00 (7th)
1992 AL  77.78 (10th)
Career  83.29 (20th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1980 AL  495 (4th)
1981 AL  323 (6th)
1986 AL  479 (9th)
1987 AL  465 (8th)
1988 AL  461 (9th)
Career  5,847 (173rd)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1979 AL  25 (2nd)
1980 AL  24 (1st)
1981 AL  20 (3rd)
1982 AL  23 (1st)
Career  108 (41st)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1979 AL  131 (1st)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1979 AL  308 (1st)
1980 AL  288 (3rd)
1981 AL  244 (2nd)
1982 AL  307 (5th)
Career  1,552 (90th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1979 AL  10 (2nd)
1981 AL  11 (1st)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1979 AL  4 (5th)
1980 AL  5 (5th)
1981 AL  4 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1978 AL  2 (3rd)
1981 AL  2 (1st)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1986 AL  155 (3rd)
1987 AL  143 (5th)
1988 AL  142 (5th)
Career  1,357 (40th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1986 AL  413 (4th)
1987 AL  342 (5th)
Career  3,465 (40th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1983 AL  5 (5th)
1989 AL  6 (3rd)
1992 AL  7 (3rd)
Career  41 (93rd)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1981 AL  1 (5th)
1986 AL  3 (2nd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1979 AL  152 (3rd)
1980 AL  159 (3rd)
1986 AL  155 (5th)
Career  2,031 (52nd)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1980 AL  482 (3rd)
1981 AL  299 (4th)
1986 AL  408 (5th)
Career  5,060 (16th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1981 AL  14 (1st)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1983 AL  9 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1981 AL  3 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1978 AL  6 (3rd)
1979 AL  21 (1st)
1980 AL  18 (2nd)
1981 AL  16 (2nd)
1982 AL  16 (1st)
1991 AL  6 (5th)
Career  78 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as LF (s.1954)s c a p y
1978 AL  2.47 (1st)
1979 AL  2.76 (1st)
1980 AL  3.04 (1st)
1981 AL  3.12 (2nd)
1982 AL  2.78 (1st)
Career  2.77 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1979 AL  2.43 (1st)
1980 AL  2.90 (1st)
1981 AL  3.04 (2nd)
1982 AL  2.63 (1st)
Career  2.36 (6th)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1979 AL  .988 (3rd)
1981 AL  .985 (3rd)
1982 AL  .984 (4th)
Career  .983 (54th)

Total Zone Runs as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1980 AL  6 (3rd)
1984 AL  6 (5th)
Career  29 (50th)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
1989 AL  2.75 (5th)
1992 AL  3.52 (1st)
Career  2.94 (14th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1984 AL  3.00 (5th)
1992 AL  2.99 (2nd)
Career  2.58 (76th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1985 AL  .995 (2nd)
1986 AL  .993 (3rd)
1987 AL  .997 (1st)
1988 AL  .989 (3rd)
Career  .988 (58th)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
1979 AL  25 (1st)
1980 AL  24 (1st)
1981 AL  20 (2nd)
1982 AL  23 (1st)
Career  108 (15th)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
1980 AL  3.15 (3rd)
1981 AL  3.19 (1st)
1982 AL  2.94 (5th)
1992 AL  3.47 (1st)
Career  2.87 (10th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1980 AL  3.09 (3rd)
1981 AL  3.10 (3rd)
1982 AL  2.81 (3rd)
1984 AL  3.04 (5th)
1992 AL  2.98 (2nd)
Career  2.53 (65th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1985 AL  .995 (2nd)
1986 AL  .993 (4th)
1987 AL  .997 (1st)

Salary s c a p y
1987 AL  $1,389,706 (10th)
1989 AL  $2,112,205 (9th)

Oldest s c a p y
1993 NL  born 1955-07-09 (8th)
1994 NL  born 1955-07-09 (4th)

Youngest s c a p y
1976 AL  born 1955-07-09 (9th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 18 (127), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 64 (398), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 61 (325), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 23 (590), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (32nd), 46.0 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/39.9 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

Transactions

  • June 5, 1974: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 1974 amateur draft.
  • November 13, 1989: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 7, 1989: Signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.
  • November 5, 1990: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 3, 1990: Signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics.
  • October 27, 1992: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 18, 1992: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.
  • May 16, 1994: Released by the Chicago Cubs.
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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 29 Kansas City Royals $843,750 ? 3/3/86 TSN
1986 30 Kansas City Royals $1,175,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 31 Kansas City Royals $1,389,706 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 32 Kansas City Royals $1,383,712 ? USA Today, 4/1/88
1989 33 Kansas City Royals $2,112,205* ?
1990 34 Kansas City Royals $800,000 ? USA Today
1991 35 Oakland Athletics $1,000,000 ? USA Today survey
1992 36 Oakland Athletics $1,100,000 ? 11/4/92 Toronto Sun Includes $100,000 earned bonus
1993 37 Chicago Cubs $700,000 ? USA Today
1994 38 Chicago Cubs $700,000 ? 4/5/94 USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$11,204,373
Disputed Salaries
*1989 - $2,149,705 - 11/1/89 NYT - 1989 USA Today survey: $1,380,885
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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