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Joe NiekroHigh Level: MLB Stat Years: 1966-1988 MLB Years: 1967-1988
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PositionsP-702Position when DraftedPPlayer Listed UnderMajor Leaguers
Proper NameJoseph Franklin Niekro
Height6-1Weight190BatsRightThrowsRight
Born DateNovember 7,1944PlaceMartins Ferry,Ohio
Death DateOctober 27,2006 [61.354]
High SchoolBridgeport (Bridgeport,OH)
CollegeWest Liberty University (West Liberty,WV)

DraftedSelected by the Cleveland Indians in the 7th round (84th overall) of the 1966 Amateur Entry Draft ... Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 3rd round (43rd overall) of the 1966 Amateur Entry Draft [Signed]
MLB DebutApril 16,1967 [22.160]
OrganizationsHOU [11] CHN [4] DET [3] NYA [3] ATL [2] MIN [2] SDN [1] Awards1Awards Voting4-155
TBC Player ID15980Retrosheet IDniekj001MLBAM ID119785
RelationshipsBrother of Phil Niekro, Father of Lance Niekro
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Career Talent RatingsPitchingStrikeouts36Walks55Hittable53SO/BB45vsPower53Hitting47Durability69Team.513Ratings Explained

Pitching Statistics

TopStats GlossaryPitching DetailsStatistical FeatsRemove Filters
YearTeamLeagueLvlOrgUnifPosAgeWLERAGGSGRCGSHGFSVIPHRERHRBBSOWPBKHBWHIPH9HR9BB9SO9K-BBWpctFIP
1966nullRk--Rel21000.0010100004.04000170001.259.00--2.2515.757.00--
1966nullA--Rel21121.08404000025.0177306140000.926.12--2.165.042.33.333-
1966nullAA--Rel21542.5112012000079.0712822015500001.098.09--1.715.703.33.556-
1966Minor Totals (3 teams)MinorMLB--Rel0662.08170170000108.0923525022710001.067.67--1.835.923.23.5001.85
1967Chicago CubsNLMLBchn48S/R221073.343622147290169.217168631532771021.209.070.801.704.082.41.5883.38
1968Chicago CubsNLMLBchn48ST2314104.32342952142177.020493851859653031.4910.370.923.003.311.10.5834.02
1969Chicago CubsNLMLBchn48S/R24013.72431000019.024983670001.5511.171.402.793.261.17.0004.73
1969San Diego PadresNLMLBsdn37ST248173.70373168360202.021391831545554001.289.490.672.002.451.22.3203.60
1970Detroit TigersALMLBdet19ST2512134.06383446220213.02211079628721011031.389.341.183.044.271.40.4804.45
1971Detroit TigersALMLBdet19S/R26674.493115160051122.013662611349432021.5110.010.963.603.160.88.4624.38
1972nullAAA--Rel27200.64202000014.061103110000.643.86--1.937.073.671.000-
1972Detroit TigersALMLBdet19S/R27323.8318711104147.062202038242011.4911.870.571.534.603.00.6002.78
1973Atlanta BravesNLMLBatl36Rel28244.13200200011324.0231111211123001.428.630.754.134.501.09.3334.02
1974nullAAA--Rel29812.0830030000052.0441412018500001.197.62--3.128.652.78.889-
1974Atlanta BravesNLMLBatl32Rel29323.5627225009043.0361917518313021.267.531.053.776.491.72.6004.04
1975nullAAA--Rel30105.0070700009.07650790001.567.00--7.009.001.291.000-
1975Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36Rel30643.07404361121488.0793230339542021.348.080.313.995.521.38.6003.20
1976Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36S/R31483.363613230050118.01076044856778011.388.160.614.275.871.38.3333.66
1977Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36S/R321383.0444143092125180.2155666114641015111.217.720.703.195.031.58.6193.71
1978Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36ST3314143.863529610120202.219097871373979091.308.440.583.244.311.33.5003.68
1979Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36ST3421113.003838011500263.2221102881710711919071.247.540.583.654.061.11.6563.96
1980Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36ST3520123.553736111210256.0268119101127912712041.369.420.422.784.461.61.6253.34
1981Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36ST36992.82242405200166.01506052847777001.198.130.432.554.171.64.5003.15
1982Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36ST3717122.473535016500270.02247974126413019051.077.470.402.134.332.03.5863.10
1983Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36ST3815143.48383809100263.22381151021510115214131.298.120.513.455.191.50.5173.52
1984Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36ST3916123.04383806100248.022310484168912712141.268.080.583.234.601.43.5713.71
1985Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36ST409123.72323204100213.019710088219911721151.398.320.894.184.941.18.4294.33
1985New York YankeesALMLBnya31ST40215.84330000012.014883840001.7810.222.195.842.920.50.6677.14
1986New York YankeesALMLBnya39,47ST419104.87252500000125.2139846815635910111.619.951.074.514.230.94.4744.91
1987New York YankeesALMLBnya39ST42343.55880100050.2402520419300001.167.110.713.375.331.58.4293.84
1987Minnesota TwinsALMLBmin36ST42496.2619181000096.0115766711455413061.6610.741.034.205.041.20.3084.82
1988Minnesota TwinsALMLBmin36S/R431110.03523002011.21613132972302.1412.341.546.945.400.78.5006.11
MLB Totals - 22 Season(s)Filter2212043.597025002021072993163579.0346616201431276126217471728611.328.700.693.174.391.38.5201.13
Minor League Totals - 4 Season(s)Filter1772.11560560000183.014956430501410001.097.33--2.466.932.82.708-
AAA Totals - 3 Season(s)Filter1112.1639039000075.0572118028700001.136.84--3.368.402.50.917-
AA Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter542.5112012000079.0712822015500001.098.09--1.715.703.33.556-
A Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter121.08404000025.0177306140000.926.12--2.165.042.33.333-
Rk Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter000.0010100004.04000170001.259.00--2.2515.757.00--
Houston Astros Totals - 11 Season(s)Filter1441163.223973019682214192267.0205293481113981811781284411.268.140.553.244.671.44.554-
Detroit Tigers Totals - 3 Season(s)Filter21224.1787563172112382.0419189177441291685061.439.861.043.043.951.30.488-
Chicago Cubs Totals - 3 Season(s)Filter24183.8474542093132365.139917015636971494051.369.810.892.393.661.54.571-
Atlanta Braves Totals - 2 Season(s)Filter563.76472450020367.0593028729436021.317.930.943.905.781.48.455-
San Diego Padres Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter8173.70373168360202.021391831545554001.289.490.672.002.451.22.320-
New York Yankees Totals - 3 Season(s)Filter14154.58363601000187.21931179622909310111.509.211.054.294.441.03.483-
Minnesota Twins Totals - 2 Season(s)Filter5106.67242040020107.1131898013546115361.7110.921.084.505.081.13.333-
Average MLB - Per ~220 innings14133.594331127261220.02139988177710711041.328.700.693.174.391.38.5191.13
Average Minor - Per ~220 innings2082.11670670000220.017967520601700001.097.33--2.466.932.82.714-

Batting Statistics

TopStats GlossaryBatting DetailsStatistical FeatsRemove Filters
YearTeamLeagueLvlOrgUnifPosAgeGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOHBPSHSFIBBDPAVGOBPSLGOPSTBXBHPAbabipISOSecAwOBABB%SO%K-BBHR%AB/HRXBH%
1967Chicago CubsNLMLBchn48p22364659200111011309201.196.204.239.44311258.257.043.087.1971.7222.4113.000.000.0022.22
1968Chicago CubsNLMLBchn48p2334602600000042309001.100.156.100.2566073.162.000.067.1285.4831.515.750.000.000.00
1969Chicago CubsNLMLBchn48p2445011002000101000.200.200.400.600216.250.200.200.2630.0016.670.000.000.00100.00
1969San Diego PadresNLMLBsdn37p2438511610020061705103.118.207.137.3447163.171.019.137.1749.5226.982.830.000.0016.67
1969Totals for NL-NL         42561720040061806103.125.206.161.3679269.179.036.143.1818.7026.093.000.000.0028.57
1970Detroit TigersALMLBdet19p253966813310700717015000.197.274.273.54718488.265.076.182.2567.9519.322.430.000.0030.77
1971Detroit TigersALMLBdet19p263230541002002906000.133.188.167.3555138.190.034.100.1715.2623.684.500.000.0025.00
1972Detroit TigersALMLBdet19p271812231001001401000.250.308.333.6414114.375.083.167.2977.1428.574.000.000.0033.33
1973Atlanta BravesNLMLBatl36p28203010000000100000.333.333.333.666103.500.000.000.3050.0033.330.000.000.000.00
1974Atlanta BravesNLMLBatl32p29275000000000101000.000.000.000.000006.000.000.000.0000.0016.670.000.000.000.00
1975Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p304014130000002202000.214.313.214.5273018.250.000.143.26211.1111.111.000.000.000.00
1976Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p313627152011001804000.185.214.370.58410332.222.185.222.2683.1325.008.003.1327.0060.00
1977Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p3244502700020021303002.140.173.140.3137055.189.000.040.1493.6423.646.500.000.000.00
1978Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p3336656920050001809002.138.138.169.30711274.191.031.031.1390.0024.320.000.000.0022.22
1979Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p343883110200400221013100.120.140.145.28512299.159.025.048.1312.0221.2110.500.000.0020.00
1980Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p3537807225001000415018002.275.310.338.648275102.338.063.113.2953.9214.713.750.000.0022.73
1981Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p36245119100600210011000.176.208.196.40410164.220.020.059.1903.1315.635.000.000.0011.11
1982Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p3735892820050013007101.090.099.112.21110298.133.022.034.0961.0230.6130.000.000.0025.00
1983Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p38388518200200022112001.094.105.118.22310298.127.024.024.1020.0022.450.000.000.0025.00
1984Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p393883411000600221011000.133.153.133.28611096.177.000.024.1342.0821.8810.500.000.000.00
1985Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36p403268617100600116010104.250.257.265.52218180.321.015.029.2341.2520.0016.000.000.005.88
MLB Totals - 19 Season(s)Filter64697355152261172103826211476017.156.188.188.376183281165.211.032.072.0003.2622.496.890.09973.0018.42
Houston Astros Totals - 11 Season(s)Filter39869532109170147001717611003012.157.177.186.36312918816.207.029.053.0002.0821.5710.350.12695.0016.51
Chicago Cubs Totals - 3 Season(s)Filter741117163001310537019202.144.178.171.349193137.211.027.081.0003.6527.017.400.000.0018.75
Detroit Tigers Totals - 3 Season(s)Filter89108152051010001030022000.185.254.250.504276140.256.065.157.0007.1421.433.000.000.0030.00
San Diego Padres Totals - 1 Season(s)Filter38511610020061705103.118.207.137.3447163.171.019.137.0009.5226.982.830.000.0016.67
Atlanta Braves Totals - 2 Season(s)Filter478010000000201000.125.125.125.250109.167.000.000.0000.0022.220.000.000.000.00
Average MLB - Per 162 games162244143870018001066037204.156.188.188.376467292.211.032.072.0003.2622.496.890.09973.0018.42

Fielding Statistics

TopPositions by DayStats GlossaryAbout Fielding Data
YearTeam NameLgLevelOrgAgePosGGSInnPOAEDPTCTSCFPctRFgRFiSBCSSB%PBGPPos-ShareTm-Share
1967Chicago CubsNLMLBchn22P36-1691026-136361.0001.000.21-----36100.022.4
1968Chicago CubsNLMLBchn23P34-177933-242421.0001.240.24-----34100.021.0
1969San Diego PadresNLMLBsdn24P37-2021929515348.9061.300.24-----3897.422.8
1969Chicago CubsNLMLBchn24P4-1925-1771.0001.750.37-----4100.02.5
1970Detroit TigersALMLBdet25P38-2131735115352.9811.370.24-----3997.423.5
1971Detroit TigersALMLBdet26P31-122925113534.9711.100.28-----3296.919.1
1972Detroit TigersALMLBdet27P18-4754-1991.0000.500.192166.7-18100.011.5
1973Atlanta BravesNLMLBatl28P20-2425-2771.0000.350.293260.0-20100.012.4
1974Atlanta BravesNLMLBatl29P27-4348-112121.0000.440.28-----27100.016.7
1975Houston AstrosNLMLBhou30P40-88713--20201.0000.500.23-----40100.024.8
1976Houston AstrosNLMLBhou31P36-118913312522.8800.610.19-----36100.022.2
1977Houston AstrosNLMLBhou32P44-1801131-742421.0000.950.23-----44100.027.2
1978Houston AstrosNLMLBhou33P35-2021821-339391.0001.110.19-----3697.221.6
1979Houston AstrosNLMLBhou34P38-2631439-453531.0001.390.20-----38100.023.5
1980Houston AstrosNLMLBhou35P37-2561737225654.9641.460.21-----37100.022.7
1981Houston AstrosNLMLBhou36P24-1661123-134341.0001.420.20-----24100.021.8
1982Houston AstrosNLMLBhou37P35-2702242326764.9551.830.24-----35100.021.6
1983Houston AstrosNLMLBhou38P38-2639364-4945.9181.180.17-----38100.023.5
1984Houston AstrosNLMLBhou39P38-2481939256058.9671.530.23-----38100.023.5
1985New York YankeesALMLBnya40P3-1232--551.0001.670.42-----3100.01.9
1985Houston AstrosNLMLBhou40P32-2131434114948.9801.500.23-----32100.019.8
1986New York YankeesALMLBnya41P25-125913122322.9570.880.18-----25100.015.4
1987Minnesota TwinsALMLBmin42P19-96611111817.9440.890.18-----19100.011.7
1987New York YankeesALMLBnya42P8-50551-1110.9091.250.20-----8100.04.9
1988Minnesota TwinsALMLBmin43P5-1123-1551.0001.000.45-----5100.03.1
MLB Totals for P - 22 season(s)-   P702-35772535322541810785.9691.120.225362.5-7020.00.0

Fielding Statistics - Position Grid

TopPositions by DayStats GlossaryAbout Fielding Data
YearTeam NameLeagueLevelOrgAgePC1B2BSS3BLFCFRFOFDH
1967Chicago CubsNLMLBchn2236----------
1968Chicago CubsNLMLBchn2334----------
1969San Diego PadresNLMLBsdn2437----------
1969Chicago CubsNLMLBchn244----------
1970Detroit TigersALMLBdet2538----------
1971Detroit TigersALMLBdet2631----------
1972Detroit TigersALMLBdet2718----------
1973Atlanta BravesNLMLBatl2820----------
1974Atlanta BravesNLMLBatl2927----------
1975Houston AstrosNLMLBhou3040----------
1976Houston AstrosNLMLBhou3136----------
1977Houston AstrosNLMLBhou3244----------
1978Houston AstrosNLMLBhou3335----------
1979Houston AstrosNLMLBhou3438----------
1980Houston AstrosNLMLBhou3537----------
1981Houston AstrosNLMLBhou3624----------
1982Houston AstrosNLMLBhou3735----------
1983Houston AstrosNLMLBhou3838----------
1984Houston AstrosNLMLBhou3938----------
1985New York YankeesALMLBnya403----------
1985Houston AstrosNLMLBhou4032----------
1986New York YankeesALMLBnya4125----------
1987Minnesota TwinsALMLBmin4219----------
1987New York YankeesALMLBnya428----------
1988Minnesota TwinsALMLBmin435----------

Other Pitching Statistics

TopRegular Season PitchingAbout 'Other' Stats
YearTeamLeagueCategoryAgeWLERAGGSGRCGSHOGFSVIPHRERHRBBSOWPBKHBWHIPH9HR9BB9SO9K-BBRA9WPct
1980Houston AstrosChamp. SeriesMLB35000.0010010.0601200.705.400.000.901.802.000.00.000
1981Houston AstrosDiv SeriesMLB36000.001008.0703401.257.880.003.384.501.330.00.000
1987Minnesota TwinsWorld SeriesMLB42000.001002.0101101.004.500.004.504.501.000.00.000
MLB Playoffs - Divisional Series Totals - 1 yrs000.0010100008.0700034001.257.880.003.384.501.330.00.000
MLB Playoffs - Championship Series Totals - 1 yrs000.00101000010.0600012000.705.400.000.901.802.000.00.000
MLB Playoffs - World Series Totals - 1 yrs000.0010100002.0100011001.004.500.004.504.501.000.00.000

Other Batting Statistics

TopRegular Season BattingStats GlossaryAbout 'Other' Stats
YearTeamLeagueCategoryAgeGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOHBPSHSFIBBDPAVGOBPSLGOPSTBXBHPAbabipISOSecABB%SO%K-BBHR%AB/HRXBH%
1980Houston AstrosChamp. SeriesMLB3513000000000100000.000.000.000.000003.000.000.0000.0033.330.000.000.000.00
1981Houston AstrosDiv SeriesMLB3612000000000000000.000.000.000.000002.000.000.0000.000.000.000.000.000.00
MLB Playoffs - Divisional Series Totals - 1 yrs12000000000000000.000.000.000.000002.000.000.0000.000.000.000.000.000.00
MLB Playoffs - Championship Series Totals - 1 yrs13000000000100000.000.000.000.000003.000.000.0000.0033.330.000.000.000.00

Jobs in Baseball

TopAbout Jobs
YearTeamLgLevelCategoryOrgAgeJobGWLPctGBLRankManager/HCPlayoffs
1987Portland BeaversPCLAAAMinormin42Pitching Coach1414596.31939.05Charlie Manuel
1988Portland BeaversPCLAAAMinormin43Pitching Coach1427666.5359.02Jim Shellenback,Jim MahoneyLost in Semi-Finals
* The team record above is related to the full season for that team. It is possible that the job was only held for part of the season.
* MLB in Bold
* Highlighted rows indicate league champions

Awards [1]

TopAwards SectionAbout Awards
YearAwards (Notes)# Awards
1979NL Pitcher of the Month (May)1

Roster Transactions

Top Change of Organization Injuries/DL Contracts
Tranx DatePosOrganizationAssignment40mStatusTypeTransaction DescriptionRoster for Current Team
1988-05-04Released by Twins. 
1988-02-09ContractSigned as Free Agent by Twins. 
1988-01-22Free AgentGranted Free Agency. 
1987-06-07TradeTraded by Yankees to Twins for Mark Salas. 
1986-01-08ContractSigned as Free Agent by Yankees. 
1985-11-12Free AgentGranted Free Agency. 
1985-09-15TradeTraded by Astros to Yankees for Dody Rather, Neder Horta and Jim Deshaies. 
1975-04-06Purchased by Astros from Braves. 
1973-08-07Claimed on waivers by Braves from Tigers. 
1969-12-04TradeTraded by Padres to Tigers for Dave Campbell and Pat Dobson. 
1969-04-25TradeTraded by Cubs with Frankie Libran and Gary Ross to Padres for Dick Selma. 
* Transactions data can be divided into 2 eras. 2012-2018 includes all MLB/Minor roster movement whereas 1903-2012 contains only MLB change of organization with some DL-related data since 2000s.

Salaries

TopAbout Salary DataPayroll SectionAll $ are USD
YearTeam NamePayrollAgeSalaryServMLB RkTm RkCentileAboveLeague AvgLeague MinCareer*Contracts
1985Houston AstrosTeam Payroll40825,000-76388++370,78060,000825,000
1985New York YankeesTeam Payroll40825,000-76488++370,78060,000825,000
1986New York YankeesTeam Payroll41750,000-132882++386,34760,0001,575,000
1987Minnesota TwinsTeam Payroll4260,000-59526-344,90660,0001,635,000
1987New York YankeesTeam Payroll4260,000-59546-344,90660,0001,635,000
1988Minnesota TwinsTeam Payroll43800,000-136981++392,10762,5002,435,000
* Career earnings are a simple calculation of available yearly salaries listed here. They include only base salary and draft signing bonus. Minor league salaries are excluded. The value is not meant to reflect a player's actual career earnings.
* League minimum salaries are displayed in red