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Full Name: Kenneth Lofton Primary Position: OF
Height/Weight: 5'11"/190 First Game: September 14, 1991
Birthdate: May 31, 1967 MLB Experience: 18 years
Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana College: Arizona
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Kenny Lofton (Kenneth Lofton) was born on May 31, 1967 in East Chicago, Indiana. He made his Major League debut on September 14, 1991 for the Houston Astros. In 1992, his rookie year, he hit .285 with 5 home runs and 42 RBI. Lofton played for the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers over the course of his 17 year career.

Most people believe that Kenny Lofton's best season was 1996, when he stole 75 bases, hit for a .317 average and knocked in 67 runs.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1991 HOU 20 74 9 15 1 0 0 0 5 19 2 1 .203 .253 .216 .469
1992 CLE 148 576 96 164 15 8 5 42 68 54 66 12 .285 .362 .365 .726
1993 CLE 148 569 116 185 28 8 1 42 81 83 70 14 .325 .408 .408 .815
1994 CLE 112 459 105 160 32 9 12 57 52 56 60 12 .349 .412 .536 .948
1995 CLE 118 481 93 149 22 13 7 53 40 49 54 15 .310 .362 .453 .815
1996 CLE 154 662 132 210 35 4 14 67 61 82 75 17 .317 .372 .446 .817
1997 ATL 122 493 90 164 20 6 5 48 64 83 27 20 .333 .409 .428 .837
1998 CLE 154 600 101 169 31 6 12 64 87 80 54 10 .282 .371 .413 .785
1999 CLE 120 465 110 140 28 6 7 39 79 84 25 6 .301 .405 .432 .838
2000 CLE 137 543 107 151 23 5 15 73 79 72 30 7 .278 .369 .422 .791
2001 CLE 133 517 91 135 21 4 14 66 47 69 16 8 .261 .322 .398 .721
2002 CWS 93 352 68 91 20 6 8 42 49 51 22 8 .259 .348 .418 .766
2002 SF 46 180 30 48 10 3 3 9 23 22 7 3 .267 .353 .406 .759
2003 CHC 56 208 39 68 13 4 3 20 18 22 12 4 .327 .381 .471 .852
2003 PIT 84 339 58 94 19 4 9 26 28 29 18 5 .277 .333 .437 .770
2004 NYY 83 276 51 76 10 7 3 18 31 27 7 3 .275 .346 .395 .741
2005 PHI 110 367 67 123 15 5 2 36 32 41 22 3 .335 .392 .420 .811
2006 LAD 129 469 79 141 15 12 3 41 45 42 32 5 .301 .360 .403 .763
2007 CLE 52 173 24 49 9 3 0 15 17 23 2 3 .283 .344 .370 .714
2007 TEX 84 317 62 96 16 3 7 23 39 28 21 4 .303 .380 .438 .818
2007 Total 136 490 86 145 25 6 7 38 56 51 23 7 .296 .367 .414 .791
Career 2103 8120 1528 2428 383 116 130 781 945 1016 622 160 .299 .372 .423 .794

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO TC A E DP FPCT
1997 ATL CF 122 121 1047 289 299 5 5 1 .983
1998 CLE CF 154 150 1321 340 366 18 8 4 .978
1999 CLE CF 119 115 991 255 269 11 3 3 .989
2000 CLE CF 135 133 1152 348 356 4 4 1 .989
2001 CLE CF 130 123 1076 310 319 3 6 0 .981
2002 CWS CF 92 86 744 230 233 3 0 0 1.000
2002 SF CF 44 44 370 116 119 3 0 0 1.000
2003 CHC CF 55 52 456 111 117 3 3 0 .974
2003 PIT CF 81 80 714 203 208 5 0 2 1.000
2004 NYY CF 65 62 539 162 166 3 1 3 .994
2004 NYY RF 10 5 52 18 20 1 1 1 .950
2005 PHI CF 97 88 741 201 212 7 4 1 .981
2006 LAD CF 120 115 961 241 248 4 3 0 .988
2007 CLE LF 50 42 387 82 85 3 0 1 1.000
2007 CLE CF 3 3 21 2 2 0 0 0 1.000
2007 TEX CF 80 79 669 186 194 5 3 3 .985
Total OF1462 1401 12051 3304 3438 86 48 22 .986

Awards

  • 6-time All-Star (1994–99)
  • 4-time Gold Glove Award (1993–96)
  • Holds the MLB record (tie) for runs scored in the first inning in a season, (18) in 2000
  • Holds the MLB record for stolen bases by a rookie, (66) in 1992
  • Holds the MLB record for post-season stolen bases (34)
  • Holds the MLB record for most different teams played on in the playoffs (6)

Transactions

Trivia

  • He was born to a single teenage mother; his father did not take part in his upbringing.
    • Additionally, Lofton was born prematurely, weighing three pounds at birth - he was so small that his mother was afraid to hold him.
  • In college, he was the backup point guard (to Steve Kerr) on an Arizona Wildcats team that made it to the Final Four of the 1988 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, and he set season and career school records for steals.
    • Lofton is one of only two men to play in a college basketball Final Four (1988, the first for the Arizona Wildcats) and a Major League Baseball World Series; the other is fellow East Chicago Washington High School alumnus Tim Stoddard, who was a member of the N.C. State team that won the 1974 NCAA Basketball Championship. Stoddard later pitched for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 World Series.
  • In the 1995 ALCS against the Seattle Mariners, he came around to score from second base on a passed ball.
  • In game four of the 2007 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, Lofton earned his 34th career post-season stolen base, setting a new MLB record for playoff steals.


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