Steve Sax Stats

Steve Sax was born on Friday, January 29, 1960, in Sacramento, California. Sax was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 18, 1981, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 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 Steve Sax baseball stats page.

"He was a machine, Saxy, in and out every day. I don't know how he did it. He gave 100 percent one day. The next day, he comes back and gives 110 percent. I thought, 'Where does this guy get all this energy?' It was unbelievable. He'd hit a grounder, and he's flying to first base. Doesn't matter if we're down one run or up 10 runs. This guy was the best." - Teammate Alfredo Griffin in Miracle Men: Hershiser, Gibson, and the Improbable 1988 Dodgers (Josh Suchon, Triumph Books, 05/01/2013, Page 141)
Steve Sax

Steve Sax Autograph on a 1987 Topps (#596)
Steve Sax Autograph on a 1987 Topps (#596)

Birth Name:
Stephen Louis Sax ( Twitter : @stevesaxspeaks )
Nickname:
Saxy or Steve
Born On:
01-29-1960  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Sacramento, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Marshall High School (West Sacramento, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
08-18-1981 (Age 21)
Last Game:
05-08-1994
Draft:
1978 : 9th Round (229th)
Steve Sax

Steve Sax 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
Steve Sax

Steve Sax Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1981 21 Dodgers 31 119 15 33 2 0 2 0 9 7 1 14 1 0 0 0 .277 .317 .345
1982 22 Dodgers 150 638 88 180 23 7 4 0 47 49 1 53 10 0 2 10 .282 .335 .359
1983 23 Dodgers 155 623 94 175 18 5 5 0 41 58 3 73 8 2 1 8 .281 .342 .350
1984 24 Dodgers 145 569 70 138 24 4 1 0 35 47 3 53 2 3 1 12 .243 .300 .304
1985 25 Dodgers 136 488 62 136 8 4 1 0 42 54 12 43 3 3 3 15 .279 .352 .318
1986 26 Dodgers 157 633 91 210 43 4 6 1 56 59 5 58 6 3 3 12 .332 .390 .441
1987 27 Dodgers 157 610 84 171 22 7 6 0 46 44 5 61 5 1 3 13 .280 .331 .369
1988 28 Dodgers 160 632 70 175 19 4 5 0 57 45 6 51 7 2 1 11 .277 .325 .343
1989 29 Yankees 158 651 88 205 26 3 5 0 63 52 2 44 8 5 1 19 .315 .364 .387
1990 30 Yankees 155 615 70 160 24 2 4 0 42 49 3 46 6 6 4 13 .260 .316 .325
1991 31 Yankees 158 652 85 198 38 2 10 0 56 41 2 38 5 6 3 15 .304 .345 .414
1992 32 White Sox 143 567 74 134 26 4 4 1 47 43 4 42 12 6 2 17 .236 .290 .317
1993 33 White Sox 57 119 20 28 5 0 1 0 8 8 0 6 2 0 0 1 .235 .283 .303
1994 34 Athletics 7 24 2 6 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .333
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
14 Years 1,769 6,940 913 1,949 278 47 54 2 550 556 47 584 75 37 24 146 .281 .335 .358
Steve Sax

Steve Sax Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1981 Dodgers 2B 29 28 753 161 5.6 157 64 93 4 22 n/a n/a n/a .975 5.63
1982 Dodgers 2B 149 145 4,002 818 5.5 799 347 452 19 83 n/a n/a n/a .977 5.39
1983 Dodgers 2B 152 151 4,008 760 5.0 730 331 399 30 74 n/a n/a n/a .961 4.92
1984 Dodgers 2B 141 140 3,678 789 5.6 768 318 450 21 99 n/a n/a n/a .973 5.64
1985 Dodgers 2B 135 132 3,507 709 5.3 687 330 357 22 84 n/a n/a n/a .969 5.29
1985 Dodgers 3B 1 0 9 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1986 Dodgers 2B 154 154 444 815 5.3 799 367 432 16 71 n/a n/a n/a .980 48.59
1987 Dodgers 2B 152 151 3,927 776 5.1 762 342 420 14 92 n/a n/a n/a .982 5.24
1987 Dodgers 3B 1 0 12 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1987 Dodgers LF 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1988 Dodgers 2B 158 156 3,933 719 4.6 705 276 429 14 69 n/a n/a n/a .981 4.84
1989 Yankees 2B 158 158 429 782 4.9 772 312 460 10 117 n/a n/a n/a .987 48.59
1990 Yankees 2B 154 154 4,065 759 4.9 749 292 457 10 102 n/a n/a n/a .987 4.97
1991 Yankees 2B 149 148 3,915 724 4.9 717 274 443 7 107 n/a n/a n/a .990 4.94
1991 Yankees 3B 5 5 129 17 3.4 14 3 11 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .824 2.93
1992 White Sox 2B 141 141 3,753 715 5.1 695 305 390 20 75 n/a n/a n/a .972 5.00
1993 White Sox 2B 1 0 3 3 3.0 3 0 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 27.00
1993 White Sox LF 26 22 522 32 1.2 32 32 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.66
1993 White Sox RF 6 4 105 7 1.2 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1994 Athletics 2B 6 6 150 36 6.0 36 16 20 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.48
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
2B Totals 1,679 1,664 36,567 8,566 5.1 8,379 3,574 4,805 187 998 n/a n/a n/a .978 6.19
LF Totals 27 22 525 33 1.2 33 33 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.70
3B Totals 7 5 150 18 2.6 15 3 12 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 2.70
RF Totals 6 4 105 7 1.2 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
14 Years 1,719 1,695 37,347 8,624 5.0 8,434 3,617 4,817 190 998 n/a n/a n/a .978 6.10
Steve Sax

Steve Sax Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1981 Dodgers 5 7 .417 2 0 n/a 59.5 8.5 13.2 - - -
1982 Dodgers 49 19 .721 1 1 n/a 159.5 12.0 13.6 - - -
1983 Dodgers 56 30 .651 4 0 n/a 124.6 8.5 15.2 - - -
1984 Dodgers 34 19 .642 4 1 n/a 569.0 10.7 16.3 - - -
1985 Dodgers 27 11 .711 1 0 n/a 488.0 11.3 11.6 - - -
1986 Dodgers 40 17 .702 3 0 n/a 105.5 10.9 11.3 - - -
1987 Dodgers 37 11 .771 5 1 n/a 101.7 10.0 13.3 - - -
1988 Dodgers 42 12 .778 2 0 n/a 126.4 12.4 11.1 - - -
1989 Yankees 43 17 .717 0 0 0 130.2 14.8 10.3 - - -
1990 Yankees 43 9 .827 0 1 0 153.8 13.4 14.6 - - -
1991 Yankees 31 11 .738 0 1 4 65.2 17.2 11.6 - - -
1992 White Sox 30 12 .714 1 1 1 141.8 13.5 12.1 - - -
1993 White Sox 7 3 .700 8 16 21 119.0 19.8 14.9 - - -
1994 Athletics 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0.0 12.0 24.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
14 Years 444 178 .714 32 22 26 128.5 11.9 12.6 - - -
Steve Sax

Steve Sax Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 52 $32,500.00 - Stats
1982 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 $33,500.00 Stats -
1983 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 $180,000.00 Stats -
1984 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 $225,000.00 - -
1985 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 $465,000.00 - -
1986 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 $584,624.00 Stats -
1987 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 $736,834.00 - -
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 $838,182.00 - Stats
1989 New York Yankees 6 $1,150,000.00 Stats -
1990 New York Yankees 6 $950,000.00 Stats -
1991 New York Yankees 6 $1,650,001.00 - -
1992 Chicago White Sox 7 $3,575,000.00 - -
1993 Chicago White Sox 7 $1,975,000.00 - -
1994 Oakland Athletics 6 $109,000.00 - n/a


Did you know that Steve Sax played in both the 1981 World Series with the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers and the 1988 World Series with the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers ? Why mention this? Only seven years had passed between the two Dodgers World Series appearances and Sax is one of only two players ( answer ) who played in both of those Fall Classics !

Steve Sax won Texas League Player of the Year (and a World Series ring) in 1981. In 1982, he was named to his first All-Star Game. In 1983, he received a significant contract raise and inexplicably became incapable of making routine throws to first base, committing a Major League leading 30 errors at second base. The media described it as Steve Sax Syndrome, compared it to " Steve Blass Disease" (named after the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher who suffered a similar breakdown of basic mechanics), and USA Today (Seth Livingstone, 02/08/2001, 'Baseball's head cases often proved baffling', Source ) described the syndrome with:

STEVE SAX : The NL Rookie of the Year in 1982, Sax suddenly lost his ability to make throws to first base on the easiest of plays in 1983. He said he felt like a "prisoner."

As Sax worried about his grip and his arm angle, his throwing became so bad that fans behind the first base dugout began donning batting helmets.

Sax, who committed 30 errors in 1983, battled his way back to defensive respectability and went on to lead AL second basemen in fielding percentage and double plays in 1989. His career already had rebounded in 1986, when he put together a 25-game hitting streak and finished the season at .332, missing the NL batting title by two points.

What hitting record do Willie Keeler and Steve Sax have in common? Keeler set the New York Yankees team record for most singles in a season (162 in 1904 ), then broke his own record two years later (167 in 1906 ). No Bronx Bomber surpassed that record until Steve Sax broke it 1989 , hitting 171 singles - a mark that still stands through today.

Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST

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