Randy Velarde Stats

Randy Velarde was born on Saturday, November 24, 1962, in Midland, Texas. Velarde was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 20, 1987, with the New York Yankees. 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 Randy Velarde baseball stats page.

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"With runners on first and second and a full count on Shane Spencer in the sixth inning, Yankees manager Joe Torre sent the runners in motion, and Spencer hit a line drive to Velarde's right. 'He made his mark today on a losing team,' Torre said. 'It was good managing. Start the runners and get something exciting to happen.' That it did. Velarde caught the ball, tagged out Jorge Posada running from first base and stepped on second to complete the play on Tino Martinez , who had headed toward third. 'I had it played perfectly,' Velarde said. 'Both guys took off, it was a soft liner. I caught it. Tag, tag, that's it.'" - Associated Press Wire (The Miami Herald, 05/29/2000, 'Velarde turns unassisted triple play', Sports 4A)

Randy Velarde

Randy Velarde Autograph on a 1991 Score Baseball Card (#134 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991sco01' title='1991 Score Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Randy Velarde Autograph on a 1991 Score Baseball Card (#134 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Randy Lee Velarde
Nickname:
None
Born On:
11-24-1962  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Midland, Texas
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Robert E. Lee High School (Midland, TX)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
08-20-1987 (Age 24)
Last Game:
09-29-2002
Draft:
1985 : 19th Round (475th)

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Randy Velarde Pitching Stats

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Randy Velarde Hitting Stats

1987 25 Yankees 8 22 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 0 1 .182 .182 .182
1988 26 Yankees 48 115 18 20 6 0 5 0 12 8 0 24 0 0 2 3 .174 .240 .357
1989 27 Yankees 33 100 12 34 4 2 2 0 11 7 0 14 3 0 1 0 .340 .389 .480
1990 28 Yankees 95 229 21 48 6 2 5 0 19 20 0 53 2 1 1 6 .210 .275 .319
1991 29 Yankees 80 184 19 45 11 1 1 0 15 18 0 43 5 0 3 6 .245 .322 .332
1992 30 Yankees 121 412 57 112 24 1 7 0 46 38 1 78 4 5 2 13 .272 .333 .386
1993 31 Yankees 85 226 28 68 13 2 7 0 24 18 2 39 3 2 4 12 .301 .360 .469
1994 32 Yankees 77 280 47 78 16 1 9 0 34 22 0 61 2 2 4 7 .279 .338 .439
1995 33 Yankees 111 367 60 102 19 1 7 0 46 55 0 64 3 3 4 9 .278 .375 .392
1996 34 Angels 136 530 82 151 27 3 14 1 54 70 0 118 4 2 5 7 .285 .372 .426
1997 35 Angels 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1998 36 Angels 51 188 29 49 13 1 4 0 26 34 0 42 0 1 1 8 .261 .375 .404
1999 37 Angels 95 376 57 115 15 4 9 0 48 43 1 56 2 0 4 8 .306 .383 .439
1999 37 Athletics 61 255 48 85 10 3 7 0 28 27 1 42 2 0 2 11 .333 .401 .478
2000 38 Athletics 122 485 82 135 23 0 12 0 41 54 0 95 3 1 3 15 .278 .354 .400
2001 39 Rangers 78 296 46 88 16 2 9 0 31 29 0 73 3 1 5 8 .297 .369 .456
2001 39 Yankees 15 46 4 7 3 0 0 0 1 5 0 13 1 0 3 0 .152 .278 .217
2002 40 Athletics 56 133 22 30 8 0 2 0 8 15 1 32 1 1 5 4 .226 .325 .331
16 Years 1,273 4,244 633 1,171 214 23 100 1 445 463 6 853 38 19 49 118 .276 .352 .408

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Randy Velarde Fielding Stats

1987 Yankees SS 8 6 174 30 3.8 28 8 20 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .933 4.34
1988 Yankees 2B 24 21 552 123 5.1 119 54 65 4 24 n/a n/a n/a .967 5.82
1988 Yankees 3B 11 8 216 25 2.3 22 4 18 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .880 2.75
1988 Yankees SS 14 4 156 30 2.1 29 14 15 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .967 5.02
1989 Yankees 3B 27 25 657 65 2.4 62 18 44 3 7 n/a n/a n/a .954 2.55
1989 Yankees SS 9 4 123 26 2.9 25 8 17 1 9 n/a n/a n/a .962 5.49
1990 Yankees 2B 3 1 30 6 2.0 5 0 5 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .833 4.50
1990 Yankees 3B 74 53 1,473 181 2.4 171 43 128 10 11 n/a n/a n/a .945 3.13
1990 Yankees LF 5 3 60 8 1.6 8 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
1990 Yankees SS 15 8 219 48 3.2 47 21 26 1 6 n/a n/a n/a .979 5.79
1991 Yankees 3B 50 33 963 124 2.5 116 31 85 8 8 n/a n/a n/a .935 3.25
1991 Yankees LF 2 0 18 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1991 Yankees SS 31 17 492 102 3.3 95 32 63 7 16 n/a n/a n/a .931 5.21
1992 Yankees 2B 3 2 54 13 4.3 12 3 9 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .923 6.00
1992 Yankees 3B 26 23 657 54 2.1 49 14 35 5 7 n/a n/a n/a .907 2.01
1992 Yankees CF 2 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1992 Yankees LF 14 11 279 23 1.6 23 22 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.23
1992 Yankees RF 7 5 114 11 1.6 11 11 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.61
1992 Yankees SS 75 68 1,818 350 4.7 341 129 212 9 42 n/a n/a n/a .974 5.06
1993 Yankees 3B 16 5 174 22 1.4 21 5 16 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .955 3.26
1993 Yankees CF 2 2 24 4 2.0 3 3 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 3.38
1993 Yankees LF 48 30 804 69 1.4 65 63 2 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .942 2.18
1993 Yankees SS 26 24 606 108 4.2 105 31 74 3 18 n/a n/a n/a .972 4.68
1994 Yankees 2B 5 5 123 34 6.8 32 14 18 2 8 n/a n/a n/a .941 7.02
1994 Yankees 3B 27 22 585 61 2.3 55 12 43 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .902 2.54
1994 Yankees LF 6 6 138 10 1.7 10 9 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.96
1994 Yankees RF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1994 Yankees SS 49 36 1,005 195 4.0 184 58 126 11 27 n/a n/a n/a .944 4.94
1995 Yankees 2B 62 53 1,416 248 4.0 242 102 140 6 25 n/a n/a n/a .976 4.61
1995 Yankees 3B 19 13 366 36 1.9 36 6 30 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.66
1995 Yankees LF 20 14 324 26 1.3 25 24 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 2.08
1995 Yankees RF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1995 Yankees SS 28 24 651 127 4.5 124 37 87 3 21 n/a n/a n/a .976 5.14
1996 Angels 2B 114 109 2,904 497 4.4 488 236 252 9 80 n/a n/a n/a .982 4.54
1996 Angels 3B 28 20 558 64 2.3 58 13 45 6 4 n/a n/a n/a .906 2.81
1996 Angels SS 7 3 93 16 2.3 15 6 9 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .938 4.35
1998 Angels 2B 51 50 1,308 224 4.4 220 88 132 4 25 n/a n/a n/a .982 4.54
1999 Angels 2B 95 95 2,484 505 5.3 498 191 307 7 61 n/a n/a n/a .986 5.41
1999 Athletics 2B 61 61 1,587 300 4.9 293 107 186 7 43 n/a n/a n/a .977 4.98
2000 Athletics 2B 122 119 3,096 655 5.4 643 243 400 12 94 n/a n/a n/a .982 5.61
2001 Rangers 1B 9 8 219 72 8.0 72 70 2 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.88
2001 Rangers 2B 52 49 1,302 248 4.8 245 110 135 3 38 n/a n/a n/a .988 5.08
2001 Rangers 3B 7 5 144 15 2.1 14 5 9 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .933 2.63
2001 Rangers RF 2 1 27 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
2001 Yankees 1B 1 1 18 11 11.0 11 9 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 16.50
2001 Yankees 3B 7 6 156 21 3.0 20 4 16 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .952 3.46
2001 Yankees LF 2 2 51 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.12
2001 Yankees RF 1 1 24 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
2002 Athletics 1B 5 3 78 26 5.2 25 25 0 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .962 8.65
2002 Athletics 2B 38 28 780 161 4.2 158 70 88 3 22 n/a n/a n/a .981 5.47
2002 Athletics 3B 1 1 27 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
2B Totals 630 593 15,636 3,014 4.8 2,955 1,218 1,737 59 422 n/a n/a n/a .980 5.10
3B Totals 293 214 5,976 669 2.3 625 155 470 44 48 n/a n/a n/a .934 2.82
SS Totals 262 194 5,337 1,032 3.9 993 344 649 39 145 n/a n/a n/a .962 5.02
LF Totals 97 66 1,674 141 1.5 136 131 5 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .965 2.19
1B Totals 15 12 315 109 7.3 108 104 4 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .991 9.26
RF Totals 12 7 171 14 1.2 14 14 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.21
CF Totals 4 2 27 4 1.0 3 3 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 3.00
15 Years 1,313 1,088 29,136 4,983 3.8 4,834 1,969 2,865 149 622 n/a n/a n/a .970 4.48

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Randy Velarde Miscellaneous Stats

1987 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 3.7 22.0 - - -
1988 Yankees 1 1 .500 0 3 0 23.0 4.8 9.6 - - -
1989 Yankees 0 3 .000 3 1 0 50.0 7.1 9.1 - - -
1990 Yankees 0 3 .000 8 3 3 45.8 4.3 12.1 - - -
1991 Yankees 3 1 .750 8 3 0 184.0 4.3 12.3 - - -
1992 Yankees 7 2 .778 3 2 0 58.9 5.3 9.0 - - -
1993 Yankees 2 2 .500 15 3 1 32.3 5.8 9.4 - - -
1994 Yankees 4 2 .667 0 2 0 31.1 4.6 8.2 - - -
1995 Yankees 5 1 .833 3 1 0 52.4 5.7 8.0 - - -
1996 Angels 7 7 .500 3 0 0 37.9 4.5 9.8 - - -
1997 Angels 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1998 Angels 7 2 .778 1 0 0 47.0 4.5 7.2 - - -
1999 Angels 13 4 .765 0 0 0 41.8 6.7 7.8 - - -
1999 Athletics 11 4 .733 0 0 0 36.4 6.1 9.1 - - -
2000 Athletics 9 3 .750 0 1 0 40.4 5.1 11.8 - - -
2001 Rangers 4 2 .667 6 0 6 32.9 4.1 9.5 - - -
2001 Yankees 2 0 1.000 3 0 4 0.0 3.5 46.0 - - -
2002 Athletics 3 0 1.000 10 10 4 66.5 4.2 16.6 - - -
16 Years 78 37 .678 63 30 18 42.4 5.0 9.5 - - -

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Randy Velarde Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1987 New York Yankees 29 $62,500.00 - -
1988 New York Yankees 29 , 46 $64,600.00 - -
1989 New York Yankees 18 $72,500.00 - -
1990 New York Yankees 18 $136,500.00 - -
1991 New York Yankees 18 $145,000.00 - -
1992 New York Yankees 18 $360,000.00 - -
1993 New York Yankees 18 $1,050,000.00 - -
1994 New York Yankees 18 $1,125,000.00 - n/a
1995 New York Yankees 18 $500,000.00 - -
1996 California Angels 18 $800,000.00 - -
1997 Anaheim Angels 18 $800,000.00 - -
1998 Anaheim Angels 18 $850,000.00 - -
1999 Anaheim Angels 18 $1,600,000.00 - -
1999 Oakland Athletics 8 "     " - -
2000 Oakland Athletics 8 $3,050,000.00 - -
2001 Texas Rangers 18 $3,150,000.00 - -
2001 New York Yankees 25 "     " - Stats
2002 Oakland Athletics 8 $1,000,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Randy Velarde was only the second American League second-baseman in baseball history to turn an unassisted triple play , accomplishing the fielding feat on May 29, 2000 ? Bill Wambsganss , on October 10, 1920 , was the first, turning it with the Cleveland Indians, and Mickey Morandini was the first second-bagger in senior circuit history, turning his unassisted triple play with the Philadelphia Phillies on September 20, 1992 .
Randy Velarde Unassisted Triple Play Ticket
Randy Velarde | Unassisted Triple Play Ticket | May 29, 2000 | Baseball Almanac Collection

Did you know that Randy Velarde ( California ) and Joey Cora (Seattle) each hit a leadoff home run in the same game on September 25, 1996 ? It was only the sixteenth time in baseball history where each team had a leadoff home run in the same game, and the first time where the teams were the Angels versus the Mariners.

Did you know that Randy Velarde and Terrance Long each led off the game with back-to-back home runs on May 16, 2000 ? The duo were the first two batters of the game and entered the Oakland Athletics record book with their feat, joining Rickey Henderson & Mike Davis ( September 9, 1983 ) and Rickey Henderson & Craig Paquette ( June 12, 1993 ).

Did you know that Randy Velarde is included in The Mitchell Report (aka the Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball) on page 137 which says in full, "Randy Velarde admitted to us, through his lawyer, that he had used performance enhancing substances he obtained from Greg Anderson. According to his lawyer, if interviewed Velarde would have told us he received the 'cream' and the 'clear' from Anderson in a transaction that occurred in a parking lot during spring training in 2003. Velarde was playing for the Oakland Athletics at the time, was near the end of his career and was attempting to play for another year to support his family."

Randy Velarde was a free agent at the end of the 1993 season, the second-longest tenured player on the New York Yankees behind Don Mattingly , and chose to stay with the Yankees even though he was offered high contracts from other teams. New York Yankees Manager (1992-1995) Buck Showalter described Velarde saying, "he's the epitome of a team player." When Velarde was released, New York Daily News Staff Writer John Harper wrote:

ANOTHER DAY AND ANOTHER tough, loyal, classy Yankee has departed. Yesterday it was Randy Velarde following Don Mattingly and Mike Stanley out the door, taking with him the qualities that George Steinbrenner doesn't seem to understand made the Yankees special under Buck Showalter. Velarde didn't get the Stanley treatment. He wasn't completely ignored. But when the Yankees refused to give the 32-year-old a three-year contract, he also walked away reluctantly, signing a three-year deal with the Angels worth $2.45 million.

"It's hard to leave," said Velarde yesterday. "It's like something has been ripped away from me. I was always a Yankee. "You figure you give them everything you have, and then some, they'd be willing to give you something in return. It's too bad. I really wanted to come back."

What a week. Maybe Steinbrenner's new National League regime will put a contender on the field; maybe it won't. But it's hard to believe the Yankees will put together the kind of chemistry that made the Showalter Yankees so admirable. They weren't colorful. Often the mood seemed a little too grim. But they cared about all the right things, they put the team first, and they played the game the way fans expect major leaguers to play.

Mattingly and Stanley and Velarde were a big part of it, setting a tone of professionalism. They played hurt, they played hard, they yearned to win. Now all three are gone, along with Showalter, and as Velarde said, "I still think the Yankees are going to be very competitive, but I've gotta believe the chemistry will be a question mark.

Source: New York Daily News. John Harper. November 23, 1995. 'RANDY LEAVES WITH LAST OF YANK CLASS OF '95. Link .

Moose Solters
Moose Solters | 1934 Diamond Stads (#85) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Why is there a Moose Solters baseball card on Randy Velarde's page? Solters had 201 hits in 1935, while playing with two different teams that same season - the first time any American League player split time between two teams and still managed a 200+ hit season. Sixty-four years later, in 1999, Randy Velarde had 115 hits with the Angels and 85 hits with the Athletics, the second 200-hit season by a player who split time between teams.

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