Hans-Peter Jäger

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Hans-Peter Jäger

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 154 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Hans-Peter Jäger played for the German national team, following in the footsteps of father Hans-Norbert Jäger. His younger brothers Frank Jäger and Stephan Jäger also preceded Hans-Peter on the national team.

Hans-Peter Jäger was 2 for 11 with 3 walks, 3 steals, 3 runs and 3 RBI in the 1979 European Junior Championship and allowed one run in three innings on the mound. He was 0 for 5 with a walk in the 1986 European Championship B-Pool. He was a backup for Germany in the 1989 European Championship (his brothers were starters), going 4 for 13 with a walk, double, run and two RBI. He was named the best pitcher in the Bundesliga-1 finals that year; his Mannheim Tornados club won its 7th title that decade, with four more following in the 1990s before Hans-Peter retired.

Jäger was 4 for 15 with a double, triple, 4 walks, 3 steals, 6 runs and 3 RBI in the 1990 European Championship B-Pool. In the same event two years later, Hans-Peter made his last appearance for Germany, going 3 for 8 with a walk, homer, 3 runs and four RBI. No Bundesliga-1 stats are available online prior to 1993 (as of Feb. 2014). In 1994, Hans-Peter hit .429/.532/.679 with 34 runs and 21 RBI in 23 games for Mannheim; he pitched just a little (1-0, 7.71). He finished 5th in the southern Bundesliga-1 in average, tied Glen Buckley for 7th in runs and was 4th in OBP (behind Harold Littlejohn, Mark Soerheide and fellow second-generation star Martin Helmig).

The Mannheim native moved to the Leonberg Lobsters for one season but hit .271/.351/.353 while allowing 14 runs in 6 innings in 1995, a big drop-off from the prior year. In 1996, Jäger returned to Mannheim, hitting .226/.377/.419 and was 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA. During 1997, he hit .269/.343/.425 and had a 1-1, 5.63 record. He drew 18 walks to tie for 9th in the league. He saved one game (1/3 IP) and hit only .158/.307/.275 in 1998 then retired. Through 2010, he was among the German national team career leaders in slugging (.439, 14th, between Georg Bull and Simon Gühring) and OBP (.380, 12th, between Mathias Winterrath and Wolfgang Loos).

Primary Source: German Baseball Federation