Kelly Gruber Stats

Kelly Gruber was born on Monday, February 26, 1962, in Houston, Texas. Gruber was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 20, 1984, with the Toronto Blue Jays. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Kelly Gruber baseball stats page.

Kelly Gruber

Kelly Gruber Autograph on a 1988 Topps Baseball Card (#113 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1988top08' title='1988 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Kelly Gruber Autograph on a 1988 Topps Baseball Card (#113 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Kelly Wayne Gruber
Nickname:
Xanthos (blonde)
Born On:
02-26-1962  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Houston, Texas
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Westlake High School (Austin, TX)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
04-20-1984 (Age 22)
Last Game:
06-29-1993
Draft:
1980 : 1st Round (10th)
Kelly Gruber

Kelly Gruber Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Kelly Gruber

Kelly Gruber Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1984 22 Blue Jays 15 16 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 .063 .063 .250
1985 23 Blue Jays 5 13 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .231 .231 .231
1986 24 Blue Jays 87 143 20 28 4 1 5 0 15 5 0 27 2 2 0 4 .196 .220 .343
1987 25 Blue Jays 138 341 50 80 14 3 12 0 36 17 2 70 1 2 7 11 .235 .283 .399
1988 26 Blue Jays 158 569 75 158 33 5 16 0 81 38 1 92 5 4 7 20 .278 .328 .438
1989 27 Blue Jays 135 545 83 158 24 4 18 0 73 30 0 60 0 5 3 13 .290 .328 .448
1990 28 Blue Jays 150 592 92 162 36 6 31 1 118 48 2 94 1 13 8 14 .274 .330 .512
1991 29 Blue Jays 113 429 58 108 18 2 20 0 65 31 5 70 3 5 6 7 .252 .308 .443
1992 30 Blue Jays 120 446 42 102 16 3 11 1 43 26 3 72 1 4 4 14 .229 .275 .352
1993 31 Angels 18 65 10 18 3 0 3 0 9 2 0 11 2 0 1 2 .277 .309 .462
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
10 Years 939 3,159 431 818 148 24 117 2 443 197 13 504 15 35 36 86 .259 .307 .432
Kelly Gruber

Kelly Gruber Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1984 Blue Jays 3B 12 1 84 15 1.3 14 4 10 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .933 4.50
1984 Blue Jays RF 2 0 12 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1984 Blue Jays SS 1 0 6 3 3.0 2 0 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 9.00
1985 Blue Jays 2B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1985 Blue Jays 3B 5 2 81 8 1.6 8 2 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.67
1986 Blue Jays 2B 14 5 192 32 2.3 31 15 16 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .969 4.36
1986 Blue Jays 3B 42 27 735 83 2.0 78 19 59 5 3 n/a n/a n/a .940 2.87
1986 Blue Jays CF 2 0 15 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
1986 Blue Jays LF 4 0 27 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1986 Blue Jays RF 3 2 48 6 2.0 5 5 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 2.81
1986 Blue Jays SS 5 0 36 5 1.0 5 3 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.75
1987 Blue Jays 2B 7 1 57 7 1.0 7 3 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.32
1987 Blue Jays 3B 119 74 2,169 232 1.9 220 52 168 12 11 n/a n/a n/a .948 2.74
1987 Blue Jays CF 2 0 6 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1987 Blue Jays SS 21 8 309 49 2.3 48 20 28 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .980 4.19
1988 Blue Jays 2B 7 2 87 22 3.1 20 4 16 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .909 6.21
1988 Blue Jays 3B 156 147 9,390 477 3.1 463 114 349 14 31 n/a n/a n/a .971 1.33
1988 Blue Jays CF 2 0 24 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.38
1988 Blue Jays SS 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1989 Blue Jays 3B 119 118 3,135 399 3.4 377 86 291 22 15 n/a n/a n/a .945 3.25
1989 Blue Jays LF 3 2 54 2 0.7 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1989 Blue Jays RF 14 13 366 36 2.6 36 34 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.66
1989 Blue Jays SS 1 0 6 2 2.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1990 Blue Jays 3B 145 143 3,801 422 2.9 403 123 280 19 21 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.86
1990 Blue Jays RF 6 5 123 7 1.2 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.54
1991 Blue Jays 3B 111 109 2,931 341 3.1 328 97 231 13 16 n/a n/a n/a .962 3.02
1992 Blue Jays 3B 120 118 3,063 336 2.8 319 104 215 17 10 n/a n/a n/a .949 2.81
1993 Angels 3B 17 17 417 64 3.8 60 18 42 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .938 3.88
1993 Angels LF 1 0 9 3 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
3B Totals 846 756 25,806 2,377 2.8 2,270 619 1,651 107 110 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.38
2B Totals 29 8 339 61 2.1 58 22 36 3 10 n/a n/a n/a .951 4.62
SS Totals 29 8 360 59 2.0 57 23 34 2 7 n/a n/a n/a .966 4.28
RF Totals 25 20 549 51 2.0 50 48 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.46
LF Totals 8 2 90 5 0.6 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
CF Totals 6 0 45 6 1.0 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
10 Years 943 794 27,189 2,559 2.7 2,446 723 1,723 113 128 n/a n/a n/a .956 2.43
Kelly Gruber

Kelly Gruber Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1984 Blue Jays 0 0 .000 4 0 0 16.0 3.2 8.0 - - -
1985 Blue Jays 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0.0 4.3 13.0 - - -
1986 Blue Jays 2 5 .286 10 23 14 28.6 5.3 9.5 - - -
1987 Blue Jays 12 2 .857 18 16 1 28.4 4.9 9.5 - - -
1988 Blue Jays 23 5 .821 3 1 1 35.6 6.2 7.0 - - -
1989 Blue Jays 10 5 .667 1 0 1 30.3 9.1 7.5 - - -
1990 Blue Jays 14 2 .875 2 0 1 19.1 6.3 5.0 - - -
1991 Blue Jays 12 7 .632 1 0 2 21.5 6.1 6.6 - - -
1992 Blue Jays 7 7 .500 1 1 0 40.5 6.2 10.4 - - -
1993 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 1 21.7 5.9 7.2 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
10 Years 80 33 .708 41 41 21 27.0 6.3 7.1 - - -
Kelly Gruber

Kelly Gruber Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1984 Toronto Blue Jays 17 $40,000.00 - -
1985 Toronto Blue Jays 17 $60,000.00 - -
1986 Toronto Blue Jays 17 $88,000.00 - -
1987 Toronto Blue Jays 17 $96,000.00 - -
1988 Toronto Blue Jays 17 $130,000.00 - -
1989 Toronto Blue Jays 17 $462,500.00 Stats -
1990 Toronto Blue Jays 17 $1,150,000.00 Stats -
1991 Toronto Blue Jays 17 $3,033,333.00 - -
1992 Toronto Blue Jays 17 $3,633,333.00 - Stats
1993 California Angels 17 $4,333,334.00 - -


Did you know that when Kelly Gruber won a Gold Glove Award at third base in 1990, he was the first Toronto Blue Jays recipient of a Gold Glove at the hot corner?

Kelly Gruber Cycle
Kelly Gruber Cycle | Photo by Getty Images (Photographer Undetermined) | 1990
Photoshop by Baseball Almanac

On April 16, 1989 , Kelly Gruber hit a bases-empty home run in the bottom of the first inning off Floyd Bannister . An inning later, Gruber doubled to left field, driving in two runs ( Manuel Lee & Tom Lawless ). In the fourth inning, Gruber grounded out. In the fifth inning, Gruber lined out to center. A cycle was probably not on his mind. But then, in the seventh inning, Gruber hit the often-elusive triple leaving him a single shy of history:

Lefty Jerry Gleaton was brought in by the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning, down 15-7, Tom Gordon had given up three runs in inning earlier in his inning of work. Gruber wasn't phased and hit a sharp single which easily dropped well in-front of center fielder Jim Eisenreich , leaving him on first base with a single, completing the cycle , and making him the first Toronto Blue Jays cycle hitter.

Kelly Gruber said, "I didn’t know what the cycle was" in an interview with SportsNet (Kristina Rutherford, 06-26-2014, Source ), then continued, "And thank goodness I didn't because I'd a probably choked it. But I found out I hit for the cycle after my last hit, when I was on first. Everybody's standing up and is giving me a standing ovation. I'm like, ok, it's the worst hit of the afternoon. What are these people thinking! I'm not gonna be able to hang here, man, these people are whacked. Before that, I'm on deck, I'm gettin' loose, and I hear, 'Ok Kelly boy, all we need is a single!' And I'm thinkin' to myself, Really? Did I just hear that? Is he serious? I might ask for a trade! If I can't please them with a home run, double and a triple, I'm not gonna please them! But seriously, it was good that I didn't know. I wasn't concentrating on, all I need is a single."

Kelly Gruber Cycle
Kelly Gruber Cycle Box Score | The Des Moines Register | April 17, 1989 | Page 2S
There were 968 Major League games played in Exhibition Stadium, the Toronto Blue Jays won 492, lost 476, and every American League team visited at some point during the stadium's existence (1977 through 1989), but only Kelly Gruber ever completed a cycle in the ballpark.
Exhibition Stadium Postcard
Exhibition Stadium Postcard | Blank Back | Baseball Almanac Collection

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