Ken Phelps Stats

Ken Phelps was born on Friday, August 6, 1954, in Seattle, Washington. Phelps was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 20, 1980, with the Kansas City Royals. 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 Ken Phelps baseball stats page.

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"What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for? He had thirty home runs and over one-hundred RBIs last year. He's got a rocket for an arm. You don't know what the hell you're doing," said Frank Costanza to which George Steinbrenner replied, " Buhner was a good prospect, no question about it. But my baseball people loved Ken Phelps' bat. They kept saying Ken Phelps. Ken Phelps." - Seinfeld (The Caddy, 01/25/1996)

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Ken 'Digger' Phelps Autograph on a 1986 Topps Baseball Card (#34 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1986top07' title='1986 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Ken 'Digger' Phelps Autograph on a 1986 Topps Baseball Card (#34 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Kenneth Allen Phelps
Nickname:
Digger, Ken
Born On:
08-06-1954  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Seattle, Washington
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Ingraham High School (Seattle, WA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
209
First Game:
09-20-1980 (Age 26)
Last Game:
09-08-1990
Draft:
1976 : 15th Round (354th)

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Ken Phelps Pitching Stats

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Ken Phelps Hitting Stats

1980 26 Royals 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1981 27 Royals 21 22 1 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 13 0 0 0 0 .136 .174 .227
1982 28 Expos 10 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 .250 .333 .250
1983 29 Mariners 50 127 10 30 4 1 7 0 16 13 0 25 1 3 0 0 .236 .301 .449
1984 30 Mariners 101 290 52 70 9 0 24 0 51 61 5 73 0 4 5 1 .241 .378 .521
1985 31 Mariners 61 116 18 24 3 0 9 1 24 24 2 33 0 0 0 1 .207 .343 .466
1986 32 Mariners 125 344 69 85 16 4 24 0 64 88 6 96 0 3 6 4 .247 .406 .526
1987 33 Mariners 120 332 68 86 13 1 27 0 68 80 5 75 0 4 8 7 .259 .410 .548
1988 34 Mariners 72 190 37 54 8 0 14 0 32 51 2 35 0 2 1 3 .284 .434 .547
1988 34 Yankees 45 107 17 24 5 0 10 0 22 19 3 26 0 1 0 3 .224 .339 .551
1989 35 Yankees 86 185 26 46 3 0 7 0 29 27 2 47 0 3 0 2 .249 .340 .378
1989 35 Athletics 11 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111 .385 .222
1990 36 Athletics 32 59 6 11 2 0 1 0 6 12 1 10 0 1 0 1 .186 .319 .271
1990 36 Indians 24 61 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 10 2 11 0 0 0 3 .115 .239 .115
11 Years 761 1,854 308 443 64 7 123 1 313 390 28 449 1 21 21 25 .239 .374 .480

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Ken Phelps Fielding Stats

1980 Royals 1B 2 1 24 14 7.0 14 14 0 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 15.75
1981 Royals 1B 2 0 9 5 2.5 5 4 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 15.00
1983 Mariners 1B 22 20 525 180 8.2 180 164 16 0 11 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.26
1984 Mariners 1B 9 9 237 77 8.6 76 72 4 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .987 8.66
1985 Mariners 1B 8 4 123 33 4.1 33 31 2 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.24
1986 Mariners 1B 55 53 1,392 530 9.6 521 487 34 9 58 n/a n/a n/a .983 10.11
1987 Mariners 1B 1 1 21 8 8.0 8 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.29
1988 Mariners 1B 3 3 69 21 7.0 20 18 2 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .952 7.83
1988 Yankees 1B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1989 Yankees 1B 8 4 114 49 6.1 48 47 1 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .980 11.37
1989 Yankees RF 1 1 27 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
1989 Athletics 1B 1 1 27 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1990 Athletics 1B 5 3 60 28 5.6 27 24 3 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .964 12.15
1990 Indians 1B 14 11 291 94 6.7 94 87 7 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.72
1B Totals 131 110 2,895 1,039 7.9 1,026 956 70 13 96 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.57
RF Totals 1 1 27 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
10 Years 132 111 2,922 1,041 7.9 1,028 958 70 13 96 n/a n/a n/a .988 9.50

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Ken Phelps Miscellaneous Stats

1980 Royals 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0.0 2.0 0.0 - - -
1981 Royals 0 0 .000 17 0 4 0.0 1.7 22.0 - - -
1982 Expos 0 0 .000 10 0 n/a 0.0 2.7 0.0 - - -
1983 Mariners 0 0 .000 15 1 19 18.1 5.1 7.9 - - -
1984 Mariners 3 3 .500 17 0 84 12.1 4.0 5.7 - - -
1985 Mariners 2 0 1.000 35 0 25 12.9 3.5 4.8 - - -
1986 Mariners 2 3 .400 22 0 52 14.3 3.6 5.4 - - -
1987 Mariners 1 1 .500 15 0 114 12.3 4.4 4.9 - - -
1988 Mariners 1 0 1.000 14 0 68 13.6 5.4 5.9 - - -
1988 Yankees 0 0 .000 17 0 24 10.7 4.1 4.9 - - -
1989 Yankees 0 0 .000 38 0 55 26.4 3.9 6.4 - - -
1989 Athletics 0 0 .000 10 0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1990 Athletics 0 0 .000 14 0 15 59.0 5.9 9.8 - - -
1990 Indians 1 0 1.000 5 0 6 0.0 5.5 0.0 - - -
11 Years 10 7 .588 230 1 467 15.1 4.1 5.9 - - -

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Ken Phelps Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1980 Kansas City Royals 52 $30,000.00 - -
1981 Kansas City Royals 52 , 16 $32,500.00 - -
1982 Montreal Expos 42 $33,500.00 - -
1983 Seattle Mariners 44 $130,000.00 - -
1984 Seattle Mariners 44 $150,000.00 - -
1985 Seattle Mariners 44 $180,000.00 - -
1986 Seattle Mariners 44 $235,000.00 - -
1987 Seattle Mariners 44 $300,000.00 - -
1988 Seattle Mariners 44 $670,000.00 - -
1988 New York Yankees 21 "     " - -
1989 New York Yankees 21 $655,000.00 - Stats
1989 Oakland Athletics 44 "     " - Stats
1990 Oakland Athletics 44 $825,000.00 - -
1990 Cleveland Indians 44 "     " - -
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Kenneth Allan Phelps was a Major League Baseball player with the Kansas City Royals (1980-1981), Montreal Expos (1982), Seattle Mariners (1983-1988), New York Yankees (1988-1989), Oakland Athletics (1989-1990), and Cleveland Indians (1990). Ken, his nickname, was drafted four times before signing a professional contract!

Phelps was first drafted out of Ingraham High School in the 1972 Baseball Draft , in the 8th round, by the Atlanta Braves . He was drafted the next two times out of Mesa Community College, in January 1974 , by the New York Yankees , in the first round, and in the June 1974 Draft , by the Philadelphia Phillies , in the first round again! When the Kansas City Royals selected him in the 15th round of the 1976 Baseball Draft (during his senior year at Arizona State ), Phelps (finally) signed his first contract.

On April 20, 1990 , Brian Holman of the Seattle Mariners had retired the first twenty-six batters in succession, one out shy of a perfect game in front of 44,911 fans in Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Why mention this here? Because Ken Phelps was sent into the game to pinch hit for Mike Gallego , and homered on the first pitch to end the no-hitter . It was the last home run ever hit by Phelps!

Ken Phelps vs Brian Holman | April 20, 1990| MLB Advanced Media

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