John Vander Wal #35

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John Vander Wal MLB Career Stats

.261 97 430 38 .792

John Vander Wal Bio

  • Full Name: John Henry Vander Wal
  • Born: 4/29/1966 in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Draft: 1987, Montreal Expos, 3rd rd. (70th overall)
  • College: Western Michigan
  • Debut: September 6, 1991
  • Ret., Final Game: 9/27/2004
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MLB Career Stats 2751 374 717 97 430 38 .261 .351 .792


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Season BB Rank
2001 68 25th in NL


Season 3B Rank
2001 4 24th in NL


Season SO Rank
2001 122 18th in NL

John Henry Vander Wal Bio Info

Lettered in baseball, basketball and football at Hudsonville (MI) High School...attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo...contributes to Garth Brooks' Touch 'Em All Foundation, a charitable collaboration among Major League Baseball players, entertainers and corporate sponsors through which players pledge to make a donation based on performance in statistical categories such as base hits, home runs, stolen bases, wins, strikeouts and saves...the money is distributed to children's charities across the country. 2004 Retired following the 2004 season. 2003 Made the Brewers' Opening Day club as a non-roster invitee to spring training...made 87 starts in the outfield...led the Major Leagues with 3 grand slams...on 4/25 at Atl had 2 homers, tying his career high, and a career-best that game hit a grand slam off Trey Hodges...also had grand slams on 7/4 vs Col (off Aaron Cook) and 7/17 vs Pit (off Kris Benson)...with the bases loaded hit .462 (6-13) with a double and 3hr...hit .357 with runners on third base and less than 2 outs...all 14 homers were against RHP...on 7/20 at Pit collected his 124th career pinch hit, moving him past Jose Morales and into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time list...the last 6 weeks of the season was hampered by groin and elbow injuries.

Career highlights: Is one of the premier pinch hitters in baseball...ranks among the all-time pinch-hit leaders with 125 hits (5th), 17 homers (3rd) and 506 at bats (4th) 1995, despite a strike-shortened 144-game schedule established a Major League record with 28 pinch hits (Jose Morales, 25h, 1976) 1991 was an American Association All-Star and the league's Player of the Month for July...was named Southern League Player of the Week for 5/14-5/20, 1990...earned the Star of Stars Award as the Most Valuable Player of the 1988 Florida State League All-Star Game. 2002 Spent the season with the New York Yankees where he hit .260 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 84 games ... began the season batting .325 (13-for-40) with two RBI in 15 April games ... posted a .316 average (12-for-38) with three home runs and four RBI in August (15 games) ... had multiple hits in 15 games including a season-high three-hit game April 24 at Oakland ... enters the 2003 season ranked third among career pinch hit home run leaders and seventh among career pinch hit leaders ... owns a career .249 average in the pinch (119-for-477) with 17 homers and 93 runs batted in. 2001 Split the season between Pittsburgh and San Francisco, batting .270 (122-for-452) with 14 home runs and 70 RBI in 146 games ... began the season with Pittsburgh, batting .356 (26-for-73) with four home runs and 16 RBI in 23 games during the month of April ... hit first-ever home run at PNC Park on April 11 vs Cincinnati ... tied career-high with four hits on April 18 vs Houston ... homered for the final time with the Pirates on July 16 vs Los Angeles ... traded to San Francisco along with pitcher Jason Schmidt on July 30 in exchange for outfielder Armando Rios and pitcher Ryan Vogelsong ... connected for first homer in a Giants uniform on August 9 at Cincinnati ... hit 17th career pinch hit homer on August 19 vs Atlanta ... acquired by the Yankees in exchange for RHP Jay Witasick on December 13. 2000 Spent first season with Pittsburgh and established career highs in nearly every offensive category, batting .299 (115-for-384) with 24 home runs and 94 RBI in 134 games ... led club with three pinch-hit home runs and 10 pinch-hit RBI ... was one of 13 players in the National League to hit two grand slams ... made 65 appearances (60 starts) in right field, 33 appearances (25 starts) at first base and 13 appearances (11 starts) in left field ... also made three starts as the designated hitter ... went 104-for-344 (.302) with 20 home runs and 84 RBI in his 99 starts and 8-for-23 (.348) as a pinch hitter ... homered as a pinch hitter on Opening Day, April 4 vs Houston, was the 14th of his career, tying him with George Crowe for sixth place on the all-time list ... made first start of season at first base on April 7 at Arizona ... hit 15th career pinch hit homer - moving him solely into sixth place all-time on April 12 vs Montreal ... started in right field for first time at Atlanta on April 22 ... hit first career grand slam on April 27 vs San Diego off Matt Clement ... left game in the seventh inning on June 5 vs Detroit with a mild concussion after sliding into Damion Easley at second base ... served as the clubbs designated hitter for the first of three times on June 9 at Kansas City ...had a career day, June 21 at Montreal going deep twice, including his second career grand slam (Tony Armas) ... also hit first career homer off a left-handed pitcher when he connected off Scott Forster ... committed two errors (one fielding/one throwing) while playing right field at Milwaukee on July 19 ... tallied career-high four hits on July 30 vs San Diego ... signed a two-year contract extension (thru 2002) on July 31 ... hit a solo homer as a pinch hitter on August 31 vs San Francisco, snapping an 0-for-8 slump coming off the bench; homer was second of his career against a lefty (Kirk Reuter) ... compiled career-best 16-game hitting streak between August 29 and September 16, going 23-for-60 (.383) with five homers, seven doubles and 18 runs batted in ... went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI in final game ever at Three Rivers Stadium on October 1 vs Chicago ... reached base safely in 32 of last 33 starts. 1999 Spent entire season with San Diego, batting .272 (67-for-246) with six home runs and 41 RBI in 132 games ... made 45 appearances (38 starts) in left field, 28 appearances (19 starts) at first base, three appearances (one start) in right field and one appearance in centerfield ... also made one start as the designated hitter and went 12-for-52 (.231) with 10 walks and 12 runs batted in as a pinch hitter ... his 52 at bats as a pinch hitter ranked fourth in the National League and his 12 runs batted in ranked second behind Coloradobs Angel Echevarria (14) ... batted .324 (55-for-170) with six homers and 29 RBI in his 61 starts ... went 6-for-13 in his first six games and hit .300 (12-for-40) with a homer and six RBI in 20 games during the month of April ... collected 100th career pinch hit on May 24 at Arizona, a two-run single off Andy Benes ... hit .307 with five home runs and 34 RBI in 76 games prior to the All-Star break and just .215 with one homer and seven RBI in 56 games following the break. 1998 Began season with Colorado, batting .288 in 89 games ... homered as a pinch hitter off Atlantabs Greg Maddux at Coors Field on April 20 ... hit a three-run, pinch-hit homer off Houston's Scott Elarton on June 25 at Coors Field ... hit safely in eight straight games between August 19-28, going 9-for-21 (.429) with a homer and four runs batted in ... traded to San Diego on August 31 ... made four starts with the Padres, two at first base and two in left field ... batted a combined .212 (14-for-66) as a pinch hitter with three home runs and 14 runs batted in ... hit .400 (6-for-15) with a double, triple, homer and four RBI in 10 post-season games with San Diego ... went 1-3 with a two-run triple in the Division Series vs Houston; his triple in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game Four broke open a 2-1 game ... went 3-for-7 with a Game Five home run off John Smoltz and two RBI in the National League Championship Series in left field in place of the injured Greg Vaughn ... went 2-for-5 with a double in the World Series vs New York. 1997 Made 76 appearances, but only eight starts with Colorado, batting .174 (16-for-92) ... went 10-for-54 (.185) with a homer and seven runs batted in as a pinch hitter ... was mired in a 2-for-20 slump when he was optioned to Triple A Colorado Springs on August 1 ... hit .408 (42-for-103) with three home runs and 19 RBI in 25 games at Colorado Springs ... recalled by Colorado on September 1 ... hit lone home run as a pinch hitter on September 14, a three-run shot off Atlantabs John Smoltz. 1996 Spent third straight full season with Colorado, batting .252 (38-for-151) with five homers and 31 RBI in 104 games ... made 21 starts in the outfield, 20 in left field and one in right field, mostly while Larry Walker was on the disabled list with a broken collarbone ... also made four starts at first base ... went 16-for-56 (.286) with three doubles, a triple, three home runs and 11 runs batted in as a pinch hitter ... his three-run homer as a pinch hitter off Dennis Eckersley capped a five-run, ninth inning rally as Colorado beat St. Louis, 9-8, on May 18 ... also homered off the bench on June 30 and September 16 against the Dodgers. 1995 Batted .347 (35-for-101) with five home runs and 21 RBI in 105 games with Colorado ... established a Major League record by collecting 28 pinch hits in the strike-shortened 144-game schedule ... the 28 pinch hits were three more than the previous record of 25, set by Montreal's Jose Morales in 1976 ... matched Morales' record with a seventh-inning double off Tim Worrell at San Diego on September 20 ... broke the record the next night in San Francisco with a seventh-inning home run off Sergio Valdez ... hit a total of four pinch-hit homers, matching Howard Johnson's 1994 club record ... also set club records with 17 runs batted in as a pinch hitter and four consecutive pinch hits between May 3 and May 10. 1994 In his first season with Colorado, batted .245 (27-for-110) with five home runs and 15 RBI in 91 games ... led the big leagues in pinch hits (14) and pinch at bats (58) in his first season with the Rockies ... acquired from Montreal on March 31 ... hit safely in six straight games between July 29 and August 3 (8-for-14, .571) ... snapped Doug Drabek's no-hit bid on August 2 with an eighth-inning solo home run at The Astrodome. 1993 Batted .233 (50-for-215) with five homers and 30 RBI in 106 games for Montreal ... was Montrealbs starting left fielder in Coloradobs first-ever game at Mile High Stadium on April 9 and scored the first run by an opponent in Denver in the ninth inning ... homered in back-to-back games on April 30 and May 1 and again on July 16-17 ... his home run on July 17 was a game-tying three-run blast with two outs in the ninth-inning at Dodger Stadium ... also collected four runs batted in on July 17. 1992 Spent first full season in the majors with Montreal, batting .239 (51-for-213) with four homers and 20 RBI in 105 games ... went 6-for-35 (.239) with one home run and six runs batted in as a pinch hitter ... made 55 appearances (40 starts) in left field, seven appearances (four starts) at first base and four appearances (one start) in right field ... went 3-5 at Los Angeles on July 7 (game two) and collected three hits on July 8 at Los Angeles (game two). 1991 Spent full season with Triple A Indianapolis and batted .293 (140-for-478) with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 133 games ... was named to the American Association All-Star team ... batted .339 with four homers and 25 RBI in 27 games during the month of July to earn Player of the Month honors ... compiled a 16-game hitting streak between July 6-25 ... recalled by Montreal on September 6 and singled that night off Cincinnatibs Scott Scudder on the first big-league pitch he saw ... connected off Shawn Boskie for his first Major League home run on September 14 at Wrigley Field ... went 1-4 as a pinch hitter. 1990 Began season with Double A Jacksonville ... named Southern League Player of the Week, May 14-20 ... promoted to Triple A Indianapolis on June 30 ... batted a combined .301 (124-for-412) with 10 dingers and 54 RBI in 128 games ... also played 10 winter ball games with Navojoa of the Mexican Pacific League. 1989 Played in only 71 games for Double A Jacksonville due to a broken right hand suffered when he was hit by pitch on May 8 ... returned to action and hit .333 (23-for-69) during the month of August. 1988 Split season between Class A West Palm Beach and Double A Jacksonville ... led West Palm Beach in home runs despite being promoted to Jacksonville on June 23 ... earned Star of Star award as the Most Valuable Player of the Florida State League All-Star Game ... batted .269 with 13 homers and 47 RBI in 120 games. 1987 Began professional career with rookie Jamestown after being selected by Montreal in the third round of the June draft ... hit .478 in 18 New York-Penn League games and was promoted to West Palm Beach on Jul y 10 ... hit .337 in 68 games with the two clubs ... played in the Florida Instructional League following the season.