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Steve Yeager

Stephen Wayne Yeager

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: November 24, 1948 in Huntington, WV
High School: Meadowdale HS (Dayton, OH)
Drafted
by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 4th round of the 1967 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 2, 1972 (Age 23.252)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1973 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Mariners 1972-1986

Final Game: August 29, 1986 (Age 37.278)
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All-Time Rank (among batters): #1172. Marcus Giles… #1173. Manny Trillo… #1174. Peanuts Lowrey… #1175. STEVE YEAGER… #1176. Hub Collins… #1177. David Segui… #1178. Billy Johnson… 

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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
1972 23 LAD NL 35 124 106 18 29 0 1 4 15 0 0 16 26 .274 .374 .406 .780 124 43 3 1 1 0 2 2
1973 24 LAD NL 54 154 134 18 34 5 0 2 10 1 0 15 33 .254 .340 .336 .676 92 45 4 3 1 1 1 2
1974 25 LAD NL 94 354 316 41 84 16 1 12 41 2 2 32 77 .266 .334 .437 .771 119 138 7 2 1 3 5 2
1975 26 LAD NL 135 515 452 34 103 16 1 12 54 2 5 40 75 .228 .298 .347 .646 83 157 15 8 9 6 7 *2
1976 27 LAD NL 117 399 359 42 77 11 3 11 35 3 1 30 84 .214 .286 .354 .640 83 127 5 7 1 2 3 *2
1977 28 LAD NL 125 438 387 53 99 21 2 16 55 1 3 43 84 .256 .334 .444 .779 108 172 7 4 1 3 11 *2
1978 29 LAD NL 94 266 228 19 44 7 0 4 23 0 0 36 41 .193 .301 .276 .577 64 63 3 0 0 2 11 2
1979 30 LAD NL 105 346 310 33 67 9 2 13 41 1 0 29 68 .216 .282 .384 .665 81 119 12 0 5 2 8 2
1980 31 LAD NL 96 248 227 20 48 8 0 2 20 2 3 20 54 .211 .274 .273 .547 54 62 7 0 0 1 6 2
1981 32 LAD NL 42 92 86 5 18 2 0 3 7 0 0 6 14 .209 .261 .337 .598 71 29 2 0 0 0 0 2
1982 33 LAD NL 82 215 196 13 48 5 2 2 18 0 0 13 28 .245 .294 .321 .615 74 63 3 1 4 1 3 2
1983 34 LAD NL 113 366 335 31 68 8 3 15 41 1 1 23 57 .203 .256 .379 .635 75 127 15 1 6 1 4 *2
1984 35 LAD NL 74 221 197 16 45 4 0 4 29 1 2 20 38 .228 .295 .310 .605 72 61 2 0 1 3 1 2
1985 36 LAD NL 53 131 121 4 25 4 1 0 9 0 1 7 24 .207 .246 .256 .502 44 31 3 0 1 2 2 2
1986 37 SEA AL 50 146 130 10 27 2 0 2 12 0 0 12 23 .208 .273 .269 .542 49 35 5 0 2 1 0 2
15 Yrs 1269 4015 3584 357 816 118 16 102 410 14 18 342 726 .228 .298 .355 .653 83 1272 93 27 33 28 64
162 Game Avg. 162 513 458 46 104 15 2 13 52 2 2 44 93 .228 .298 .355 .653 83 162 12 3 4 4 8
LAD (14 yrs) 1219 3869 3454 347 789 116 16 100 398 14 18 330 703 .228 .299 .358 .657 84 1237 88 27 31 27 64
SEA (1 yr) 50 146 130 10 27 2 0 2 12 0 0 12 23 .208 .273 .269 .542 49 35 5 0 2 1 0
NL (14 yrs) 1219 3869 3454 347 789 116 16 100 398 14 18 330 703 .228 .299 .358 .657 84 1237 88 27 31 27 64
AL (1 yr) 50 146 130 10 27 2 0 2 12 0 0 12 23 .208 .273 .269 .542 49 35 5 0 2 1 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
1972 23 LAD NL 35 124 3 0 -0 0 2 5 0.6 4 9 1.0 .517 .504 1.0 0.3 9 2
1973 24 LAD NL 54 154 1 -0 -1 -2 3 1 0.1 5 6 0.5 .502 .501 0.8 0.1 8 2
1974 25 LAD NL 94 354 6 -2 -1 6 6 15 1.6 12 27 2.7 .518 .510 2.0 1.3 21 2
1975 26 LAD NL 135 515 -6 -2 -0 6 9 6 0.6 17 23 2.3 .505 .504 1.5 1.6 17 *2
1976 27 LAD NL 117 399 -7 0 1 10 7 12 1.3 13 25 2.5 .511 .508 1.4 1.9 15 *2
1977 28 LAD NL 125 438 2 1 -0 6 7 15 1.6 14 29 2.9 .513 .510 2.2 1.4 23 $85,000 *2
1978 29 LAD NL 94 266 -10 -1 1 12 5 8 0.9 9 16 1.7 .509 .505 0.3 1.9 4 $145,000 2
1979 30 LAD NL 105 346 -10 1 -1 4 6 -0 -0.1 11 11 1.1 .500 .500 0.6 1.1 7 2
1980 31 LAD NL 96 248 -14 -1 -0 1 5 -9 -1.0 8 -0 -0.2 .490 .494 -0.3 0.6 -1 2
1981 32 LAD NL 42 92 -2 -1 0 2 2 1 0.1 3 4 0.4 .503 .501 0.2 0.4 2 2
1982 33 LAD NL 82 215 -7 -2 -0 7 4 2 0.2 7 9 1.0 .503 .501 0.1 1.2 2 2
1983 34 LAD NL 113 366 -11 -0 -2 11 6 3 0.3 12 16 1.5 .503 .502 0.3 1.9 5 *2
1984 35 LAD NL 74 221 -6 -1 1 -1 3 -5 -0.5 8 3 0.2 .493 .497 0.3 0.3 4 2
1985 36 LAD NL 53 131 -10 -1 -1 6 2 -3 -0.3 4 2 0.1 .494 .498 -0.6 0.9 -4 $500,000 2
1986 37 SEA AL 50 146 -10 1 -1 2 3 -5 -0.5 5 0 -0.0 .490 .497 -0.2 0.5 -2 $412,809 2
15 Seasons 1269 4015 -82 -7 -4 70 69 47 4.9 133 179 18.0 .504 .503 9.5 15.3 109 $1,142,809
LAD (14 yrs) 1219 3869 -72 -8 -4 68 67 51 5.3 128 179 18.0 .505 .503 9.7 14.8 111 $730,000
SEA (1 yr) 50 146 -10 1 -1 2 3 -5 -0.5 5 0 -0.0 .490 .497 -0.2 0.5 -2 $412,809

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
1974 25 LAD NL NLCS PIT W 3 12 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 .000 .250 .000 .250 0 0 0 0 0 1
1974 25 LAD NL WS OAK L 4 12 11 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 .364 .417 .455 .871 5 0 0 0 0 0
1977 28 LAD NL NLCS PHI W 4 14 13 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 .231 .286 .231 .516 3 0 0 0 0 1
1977 28 LAD NL WS NYY L 6 21 19 2 6 1 0 2 5 0 0 1 1 .316 .333 .684 1.018 13 0 0 0 1 0
1978 29 LAD NL NLCS PHI W 4 15 13 2 3 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 2 .231 .333 .462 .795 6 0 0 0 0 0
1978 29 LAD NL WS NYY L 5 14 13 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .231 .286 .308 .593 4 1 0 0 0 0
1981 32 LAD NL NLDS HOU W 2 5 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .600 1.000 3 0 0 0 0 0
1981 32 LAD NL NLCS MON W 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 1 0 0 0 0 0
1981 ❍ MVP 32 LAD NL WS NYY W 6 15 14 2 4 1 0 2 4 0 0 0 2 .286 .267 .786 1.052 11 0 0 0 1 0
1983 34 LAD NL NLCS PHI L 2 7 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .286 .333 .619 2 0 1 0 0 0
1985 36 LAD NL NLCS STL L 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Yrs (11 Series) 38 120 107 12 27 6 0 5 14 1 0 10 19 .252 .317 .449 .765 48 1 1 0 2 2
1 NLDS 2 5 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .600 1.000 3 0 0 0 0 0
6 NLCS 15 53 45 5 8 1 0 1 4 1 0 7 9 .178 .302 .267 .569 12 0 1 0 0 2
4 WS 21 62 57 6 17 4 0 4 10 0 0 3 9 .298 .323 .579 .902 33 1 0 0 2 0

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 PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1972 LAD NL 23 C 35 34 25 306.0 243 220 19 4 2 .984 0 0 7.03 6.83 .987 6.61 6.63 2 6 20 8 29% 37% 2
1973 LAD NL 24 C 50 40 27 361.1 259 230 24 5 2 .981 -2 -7 6.33 5.08 .987 6.34 6.34 5 9 20 8 29% 36% 1
1974 LAD NL 25 C 93 92 78 808.2 615 552 58 5 4 .992 6 9 6.79 6.56 .985 6.12 6.11 10 18 40 24 38% 33% 6
1975 LAD NL 26 C 135 130 120 1179.2 875 806 62 7 4 .992 6 6 6.62 6.43 .985 6.03 6.02 11 24 51 21 29% 32% 3
1976 LAD NL 27 C 115 108 93 948.0 608 522 77 9 9 .985 10 13 5.69 5.21 .986 5.96 5.94 6 16 53 36 40% 33% 4
1977 LAD NL 28 C 123 119 90 1014.1 797 690 89 18 12 .977 6 7 6.91 6.33 .985 6.49 6.49 6 19 56 36 39% 35% 10
1978 LAD NL 29 C 91 72 58 627.2 433 373 55 5 3 .988 12 23 6.14 4.70 .985 6.17 6.12 2 13 40 35 47% 32% 8
1979 LAD NL 30 C 103 88 79 803.0 578 513 56 9 7 .984 4 6 6.38 5.52 .985 6.13 6.11 9 27 55 38 41% 34% 3
1980 LAD NL 31 C 95 66 48 613.1 425 382 36 7 5 .984 1 2 6.13 4.40 .983 6.09 6.10 4 11 55 18 25% 31% 5
1981 LAD NL 32 C 40 23 19 230.1 156 142 13 1 1 .994 2 10 6.06 3.88 .983 5.93 5.95 2 5 15 9 38% 33% 0
1982 LAD NL 33 C 76 55 39 523.1 384 338 42 4 8 .990 7 16 6.54 5.00 .985 6.29 6.30 1 12 37 28 43% 32% 1
1983 LAD NL 34 C 112 96 79 867.1 652 579 63 10 10 .985 11 15 6.66 5.73 .984 6.57 6.54 6 19 63 49 44% 33% 1
1984 LAD NL 35 C 65 53 41 470.2 349 317 30 2 1 .994 -1 -3 6.64 5.34 .986 6.53 6.51 5 16 45 18 29% 31% 0
1985 LAD NL 36 C 48 31 22 302.0 242 212 28 2 2 .992 6 24 7.15 5.00 .987 6.42 6.42 2 9 21 23 52% 30% 0
1986 SEA AL 37 C 49 44 30 369.0 256 234 22 0 5 1.000 2 7 6.24 5.22 .989 6.62 6.56 7 9 24 14 37% 34% 0
15 Seasons C 1230 1051 848 9424.2 6872 6110 674 88 75 .987 70 9 6.48 5.52 .985 6.25 6.24 78 213 595 365 38% 33% 44
15 Seasons TOT 1230 1051 848 9424.2 6872 6110 674 88 75 .987 70 9 6.48 5.52 .985 6.25 6.24 78 213 595 365 38% 33% 44
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
1992 BBWAA ( 0.5%)

Awards (yr lg award)
1981 WS MVP

Defensive WARs c a p y
1975 NL  1.6 (10th)
1976 NL  1.9 (5th)
1978 NL  1.9 (6th)
1983 NL  1.9 (6th)
Career  15.3 (98th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1975 NL  8 (6th)
1976 NL  7 (4th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1975 NL  135 (2nd)
1976 NL  115 (3rd)
Career  1,230 (68th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1975 NL  806 (1st)
1977 NL  690 (4th)
Career  6,110 (70th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1975 NL  62 (3rd)
1976 NL  77 (1st)
1977 NL  89 (2nd)
1978 NL  55 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1976 NL  9 (3rd)
1977 NL  18 (1st)
1979 NL  9 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1976 NL  9 (3rd)
1977 NL  12 (3rd)
1983 NL  10 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1974 NL  10 (5th)
1979 NL  9 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1978 NL  46.7 (1st)
1982 NL  43.1 (1st)
1983 NL  43.8 (3rd)
1985 NL  52.3 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1974 NL  6 (2nd)
1975 NL  6 (3rd)
1976 NL  10 (2nd)
1977 NL  6 (2nd)
1978 NL  12 (1st)
1979 NL  4 (5th)
1982 NL  7 (4th)
1983 NL  11 (2nd)
1985 NL  6 (5th)
Career  70 (10th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1974 NL  6.79 (1st)
1975 NL  6.62 (3rd)
1977 NL  6.91 (4th)
1979 NL  6.38 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1974 NL  6.56 (1st)
1975 NL  6.43 (2nd)
1977 NL  6.33 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1974 NL  .992 (4th)
1975 NL  .992 (2nd)
1978 NL  .988 (5th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 32 (595), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 23 (592), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (92nd), 18.0 career WAR/14.8 7yr-peak WAR/16.4 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
1977 28 Los Angeles Dodgers $85,000 ? 1977 TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
1978 29 Los Angeles Dodgers $145,000 ? 2/10/79 TSN
1985 36 Los Angeles Dodgers $500,000 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 37 Seattle Mariners $412,809 ? 1986 USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,142,809
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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Name and misspellings: Stephen Steve Wayne Yeager

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