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Joe NiekroTrack this Player High 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 [Team Picks] in the 7th round (84th overall) of the 1966 Amateur Entry Draft ... Selected by the Chicago Cubs [Team Picks] 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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Player Notes:   Opening Day Starter for Chicago Cubs in 1968 and Houston Astros in 1981,1983-1984
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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-
SELECT * FROM batting WHERE playerid = 15980 and pa > 0 ORDER BY Seq,statType

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
1985Houston AstrosNLMLBhou40P32-2131434114948.9801.500.23-----32100.019.8
1985New York YankeesALMLBnya40P3-1232--551.0001.670.42-----3100.01.9
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----------
1985Houston AstrosNLMLBhou4032----------
1985New York YankeesALMLBnya403----------
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 DescriptionAgeRoster 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
1985New York YankeesTeam Payroll40825,000-76488++370,78060,000825,000
1985Houston AstrosTeam Payroll40825,000-76388++370,78060,000825,000
1986New York YankeesTeam Payroll41750,000-132882++386,34760,0001,575,000
1987New York YankeesTeam Payroll4260,000-59546-344,90660,0001,635,000
1987Minnesota TwinsTeam Payroll4260,000-59526-344,90660,0001,635,000
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