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Joe Yeager

Joseph Francis Yeager (Little Joe)

Positions: Third Baseman, Pitcher and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: August 28, 1875 in Philadelphia, PA (All Transactions)
Debut: April 22, 1898 (Age 22)
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Highlanders/Browns/Bridegrooms/Superbas 1898-1908

Final Game: September 29, 1908 (Age 33)
Died: July 2, 1937 in Detroit, MI
Buried: Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, MI
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 16, 2014 3:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1530. John Vander Wal… #1531. Daryl Spencer… #1532. Duke Sims… #1533. JOE YEAGER… #1534. Germany Schaefer… #1535. Jonathan Lucroy… #1536. Darrin Fletcher… 

Standard Batting

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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
1898 22 BRO NL 43 145 134 12 23 5 1 0 15 1 7 21 .172 .218 .224 .442 27 30 1 3 1/O64
1899 23 BRO NL 23 59 47 12 9 0 1 0 4 0 6 7 .191 .333 .234 .567 55 11 4 2 61/5O
1900 24 BRO NL 3 9 9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 80 3 0 0 /15
1901 25 DET AL 41 136 125 18 37 7 1 2 17 3 4 6 .296 .343 .416 .759 106 52 5 2 16/4
1902 26 DET AL 50 171 161 17 39 6 5 1 23 0 5 16 .242 .282 .360 .643 74 58 4 1 1O4/65
1903 27 DET AL 109 438 402 36 103 15 6 0 43 9 18 25 .256 .303 .323 .626 91 130 9 9 *5/16
1905 29 NYY AL 115 449 401 54 107 16 7 0 42 8 25 28 .267 .330 .342 .672 104 137 13 10 56
1906 30 NYY AL 57 152 123 20 37 6 1 0 12 3 13 13 .301 .407 .366 .773 133 45 9 7 64/5
1907 31 SLB AL 123 478 436 32 104 21 7 1 44 11 31 28 .239 .294 .326 .619 98 142 3 8 546
1908 32 SLB AL 10 20 15 3 5 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 .333 .474 .400 .874 184 6 3 1 /46
10 Yrs 574 2057 1853 204 467 77 29 4 201 37 110 146 .252 .312 .331 .643 93 614 51 43
162 Game Avg. 162 581 523 58 132 22 8 1 57 10 31 41 .252 .312 .331 .643 93 173 14 12
BRO (3 yrs) 69 213 190 24 35 5 2 0 19 1 13 29 .184 .255 .232 .486 37 44 5 5
DET (3 yrs) 200 745 688 71 179 28 12 3 83 12 27 47 .260 .306 .349 .654 90 240 18 12
NYY (2 yrs) 172 601 524 74 144 22 8 0 54 11 38 41 .275 .349 .347 .697 111 182 22 17
SLB (2 yrs) 133 498 451 35 109 22 7 1 45 13 32 29 .242 .301 .328 .629 101 148 6 9
AL (7 yrs) 505 1844 1663 180 432 72 27 4 182 36 97 117 .260 .318 .343 .661 100 570 46 38
NL (3 yrs) 69 213 190 24 35 5 2 0 19 1 13 29 .184 .255 .232 .486 37 44 5 5

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
1898 22 BRO NL 43 145 -14 0 0 0 9 -5 -0.5 0 -5 -0.5 .489 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -5 1/O64
1899 23 BRO NL 23 59 -3 0 0 1 1 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .497 .500 0.0 0.2 0 61/5O
1900 24 BRO NL 3 9 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .514 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /15
1901 25 DET AL 41 136 1 -0 0 2 11 13 1.2 0 13 1.2 .529 .507 1.0 0.3 11 16/4
1902 26 DET AL 50 171 -6 1 0 1 12 7 0.7 0 7 0.7 .513 .504 0.6 0.1 6 1O4/65
1903 27 DET AL 109 438 -2 -1 0 -5 4 -4 -0.6 16 12 1.1 .496 .497 1.8 -0.2 16 *5/16
1905 29 NYY AL 115 449 3 -1 0 2 4 8 0.9 16 24 2.7 .509 .506 2.5 0.7 22 56
1906 30 NYY AL 57 152 6 -0 0 -1 2 6 0.7 5 11 1.3 .512 .504 1.4 0.1 12 64/5
1907 31 SLB AL 123 478 -0 -0 0 2 4 5 0.6 17 22 2.4 .505 .504 2.1 0.7 20 546
1908 32 SLB AL 10 20 2 0 0 1 0 3 0.4 1 4 0.4 .536 .502 0.3 0.1 3 /46
10 Seasons 574 2057 -15 -1 0 3 46 33 3.3 57 90 9.5 .506 .503 9.2 1.9 87
BRO (3 yrs) 69 213 -17 0 0 1 10 -5 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .493 .498 -0.4 0.1 -4
DET (3 yrs) 200 745 -8 -0 0 -2 26 16 1.2 16 32 3.0 .507 .501 3.4 0.1 34
NYY (2 yrs) 172 601 8 -1 0 1 6 14 1.6 22 36 4.0 .510 .505 3.9 0.8 35
SLB (2 yrs) 133 498 2 -0 0 3 4 8 1.0 18 26 2.9 .507 .504 2.4 0.9 23

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
1898 22 BRO NL 12 22 .353 3.65 36 33 3 32 0 0 291.1 333 177 118 4 80 70 6 0 3 1255 99 1.418 10.3 0.1 2.5 2.2 0.88
1899 23 BRO NL 2 2 .500 4.72 10 4 6 2 1 1 47.2 56 29 25 1 16 6 2 1 0 210 83 1.510 10.6 0.2 3.0 1.1 0.38
1900 24 BRO NL 1 1 .500 6.88 2 2 0 2 0 0 17.0 21 13 13 1 5 2 0 0 0 74 57 1.529 11.1 0.5 2.6 1.1 0.40
1901 25 DET AL 12 11 .522 2.61 26 25 1 22 2 1 199.2 209 105 58 4 46 38 8 0 2 839 147 1.277 9.4 0.2 2.1 1.7 0.83
1902 26 DET AL 6 12 .333 4.82 19 15 4 14 0 0 140.0 171 90 75 5 41 28 5 0 2 614 77 1.514 11.0 0.3 2.6 1.8 0.68
1903 27 DET AL 0 1 .000 4.00 1 1 0 1 0 0 9.0 15 7 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 41 76 1.667 15.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
6 Yrs 33 49 .402 3.74 94 80 14 73 3 2 704.2 805 421 293 15 188 145 21 1 7 3033 99 1.409 10.3 0.2 2.4 1.9 0.77
162 Game Avg. 13 19 .402 3.74 37 31 5 29 1 1 275 315 165 115 6 73 57 8 0 3 1185 99 1.409 10.3 0.2 2.4 1.9 0.77
BRO (3 yrs) 15 25 .375 3.94 48 39 9 36 1 1 356.0 410 219 156 6 101 78 8 1 3 1539 93 1.435 10.4 0.2 2.6 2.0 0.77
DET (3 yrs) 18 24 .429 3.54 46 41 5 37 2 1 348.2 395 202 137 9 87 67 13 0 4 1494 107 1.382 10.2 0.2 2.2 1.7 0.77
AL (3 yrs) 18 24 .429 3.54 46 41 5 37 2 1 348.2 395 202 137 9 87 67 13 0 4 1494 107 1.382 10.2 0.2 2.2 1.7 0.77
NL (3 yrs) 15 25 .375 3.94 48 39 9 36 1 1 356.0 410 219 156 6 101 78 8 1 3 1539 93 1.435 10.4 0.2 2.6 2.0 0.77

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1898 22 BRO NL 291.1 36 33 177 5.47 5.02 0.10 0.00 99.0 4.87 -12 -1.1 1.0 -0.3 1.4 11 .468 .493
1899 23 BRO NL 47.2 10 4 29 5.48 5.18 0.24 0.00 102.0 5.04 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.3 3 .491 .499
1900 24 BRO NL 17.0 2 2 13 6.88 5.14 0.05 0.00 104.0 5.29 -3 -0.2 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .387 .499
1901 25 DET AL 199.2 26 25 105 4.73 5.33 0.11 0.00 105.0 5.49 20 1.9 1.0 -0.1 3.8 41 .575 .512
1902 26 DET AL 140.0 19 15 90 5.79 5.00 0.07 0.00 105.0 5.17 -9 -0.8 1.0 -0.2 0.4 6 .457 .495
1903 27 DET AL 9.0 1 1 7 7.00 4.09 0.08 0.00 97.0 3.90 -3 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .255 .498
6 Seasons 704.2 94 80 421 5.38 5.10 0.10 0.00 102.2 5.11 -7 -0.6 1.0 -0.6 5.7 57 .494 .499
BRO (3 yrs) 356.0 48 39 219 5.54 5.04 0.11 0.00 99.6 4.91 -16 -1.5 1.0 -0.3 1.6 13 .470 .495
DET (3 yrs) 348.2 46 41 202 5.21 5.17 0.09 0.00 104.8 5.32 9 0.9 1.0 -0.3 4.1 44 .519 .505

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1898 BRO NL 22 P 36 291.1 120 10 99 11 3 .908 3.37 3.03 .918 2.65 2.55
1898 BRO NL 22 OF 4 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 2.00 .938 2.08 2-1-1
1898 BRO NL 22 SS 2 11 4 7 0 0 1.000 5.50 .913 5.65
1898 BRO NL 22 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5.60
1899 BRO NL 23 SS 11 58 16 37 5 8 .914 4.82 .910 5.65
1899 BRO NL 23 P 10 47.2 16 3 13 0 2 1.000 3.02 1.60 .910 2.68 2.56
1899 BRO NL 23 3B 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .900 3.60
1899 BRO NL 23 OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .940 2.20 1-0-0
1900 BRO NL 24 P 2 17.0 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 1.59 1.50 .920 2.65 2.60
1900 BRO NL 24 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.80
1901 DET AL 25 P 26 199.2 86 13 66 7 4 .919 3.56 3.04 .930 2.99 2.90
1901 DET AL 25 SS 12 61 18 37 6 8 .902 4.58 .898 5.34
1901 DET AL 25 2B 1 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 3.00 .933 5.70
1902 DET AL 26 P 19 140.0 69 14 52 3 1 .957 4.24 3.47 .928 3.10 3.03
1902 DET AL 26 OF 13 25 23 1 1 0 .960 1.85 .944 2.07 7-0-6
1902 DET AL 26 2B 12 48 16 30 2 1 .958 3.83 .948 5.36
1902 DET AL 26 SS 3 16 4 10 2 1 .875 4.67 .928 5.73
1902 DET AL 26 3B 1 4 2 1 1 0 .750 3.00 .912 3.60
1903 DET AL 27 3B 107 328 126 176 26 9 .921 2.82 .922 3.15
1903 DET AL 27 P 1 9.0 6 3 3 0 0 1.000 6.00 6.00 .948 3.20 3.10
1903 DET AL 27 SS 1 9 1 7 1 1 .889 8.00 .913 5.30
1905 NYY AL 29 3B 91 299 103 173 23 6 .923 3.03 .923 3.14
1905 NYY AL 29 SS 21 122 45 69 8 8 .934 5.43 .931 5.26
1906 NYY AL 30 SS 22 84 31 45 8 6 .905 3.45 .934 5.58
1906 NYY AL 30 2B 13 73 35 36 2 3 .973 5.46 .954 5.31
1906 NYY AL 30 3B 3 8 3 5 0 0 1.000 2.67 .921 3.23
1907 SLB AL 31 3B 91 322 108 194 20 12 .938 3.32 .913 3.14
1907 SLB AL 31 2B 17 106 46 53 7 0 .934 5.82 .954 5.43
1907 SLB AL 31 SS 10 62 18 40 4 4 .935 5.80 .934 5.71
1908 SLB AL 32 2B 4 14 4 10 0 0 1.000 3.50 .951 5.22
1908 SLB AL 32 SS 1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 2.00 .925 5.50
7 Seasons 3B 295 962 343 549 70 27 .927 3.02 .919 3.15
6 Seasons P 94 704.2 300 43 236 21 10 .930 3.56 2.97 .924 2.84 2.75
9 Seasons SS 83 425 137 254 34 36 .920 4.71 .923 5.49
6 Seasons 2B 48 244 103 130 11 4 .955 4.85 .952 5.37
3 Seasons OF 18 34 31 2 1 0 .971 1.83 .942 2.08 10-1-7
10 Seasons TOT 538 704.2 1965 657 1171 137 77 .930 3.56 3.40 .925 2.84 3.60 10-1-7
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G 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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1901 AL  5.0 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1903 AL  9 (4th)
1905 AL  13 (5th)
1906 AL  9 (5th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1903 AL  16.1 (9th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1901 AL  3.9 (10th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1901 AL  2.61 (3rd)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1901 AL  1.277 (7th)

Saves s c a p y
1899 NL  1 (7th)
1901 AL  1 (2nd)

Shutouts s c a p y
1901 AL  2 (7th)

Losses s c a p y
1898 NL  22 (5th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1899 NL  6 (5th)
1902 AL  4 (8th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1901 AL  147 (2nd)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1901 AL  21 (5th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1901 AL  1.9 (5th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1907 AL  91 (5th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1907 AL  194 (5th)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1903 AL  26 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1907 AL  12 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1905 AL  3.03 (5th)
1907 AL  3.32 (2nd)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1903 AL  .921 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1901 AL  3.56 (4th)
1902 AL  4.24 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1898 NL  3.03 (5th)
1902 AL  3.47 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1902 AL  .957 (5th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 11 (1450), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 1 (2029), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2962), Average HOFer ≈ 50
Pitching - 6 (1276), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (196th), 9.5 career WAR/9.8 7yr-peak WAR/9.7 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

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