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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
24 1119 1245.7 90 87 424 2.89 19.7
Birth Date9-17-1960
Height5' 10"
Weight170 lbs
Age59 years, 1 months, 6 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1984 CIN MLB 54 0 79.3 6 2 4 74 36 55 3 99 8.4 4.1 0.3 6.2 0% .297 1.39 3.33 2.61 93 4.20 98.1 0.5
1985 CIN MLB 67 0 99.0 12 3 12 83 40 61 5 94 7.5 3.6 0.5 5.5 0% .260 1.24 3.28 2.18 88 4.04 92.9 1.0
1986 CIN MLB 74 0 101.0 6 6 29 90 44 84 7 103 8.0 3.9 0.6 7.5 0% .284 1.33 3.34 2.94 83 3.71 83.6 1.6
1987 CIN MLB 68 0 82.0 8 5 32 76 27 61 6 100 8.3 3.0 0.7 6.7 0% .280 1.26 3.31 2.52 83 3.87 81.3 1.3
1988 CIN MLB 70 0 86.0 6 6 39 60 27 46 3 103 6.3 2.8 0.3 4.8 0% .219 1.01 3.03 1.57 98 3.60 86.7 1.2
1989 CIN MLB 60 0 80.7 4 8 32 77 36 60 3 105 8.6 4.0 0.3 6.7 0% .301 1.40 2.99 3.12 94 3.94 94.9 0.8
1990 NYN MLB 55 0 67.7 5 3 33 66 21 56 4 96 8.8 2.8 0.5 7.4 0% .301 1.29 2.85 2.53 79 3.07 71.6 1.4
1991 NYN MLB 52 0 55.3 5 9 30 61 18 45 2 98 9.9 2.9 0.3 7.3 0% .326 1.43 2.66 2.93 74 2.99 69.2 1.2
1992 NYN MLB 31 0 33.0 6 2 15 24 11 20 1 95 6.5 3.0 0.3 5.5 0% .240 1.06 2.95 1.64 93 4.32 104.6 0.2
1993 NYN MLB 35 0 36.3 4 3 10 46 19 29 6 96 11.4 4.7 1.5 7.2 0% .342 1.79 5.17 5.20 98 4.83 104.1 0.2
1994 NYN MLB 47 0 50.0 1 4 30 47 19 42 2 97 8.5 3.4 0.4 7.6 0% .296 1.32 3.10 2.70 90 4.13 83.3 0.8
1995 NYN MLB 48 0 51.7 5 3 29 48 17 41 4 96 8.4 3.0 0.7 7.1 0% .291 1.26 3.47 2.44 84 3.67 75.2 1.0
1996 NYN MLB 51 0 54.0 4 3 28 54 21 48 2 93 9.0 3.5 0.3 8.0 0% .317 1.39 2.96 1.83 78 3.47 68.6 1.2
1997 NYN MLB 59 0 60.0 5 3 36 49 20 53 3 97 7.4 3.0 0.5 8.0 0% .275 1.15 3.00 2.55 79 3.03 62.9 1.5
1998 NYN MLB 61 0 64.7 0 8 38 66 29 59 4 95 9.2 4.0 0.6 8.2 0% .321 1.47 3.57 3.62 82 3.42 70.8 1.4
1999 NYN MLB 46 0 40.7 0 2 19 40 19 41 1 98 8.9 4.2 0.2 9.1 0% .328 1.45 2.92 2.88 74 3.04 59.0 1.1
2000 NYN MLB 62 0 55.7 5 4 4 46 26 56 6 104 7.4 4.2 1.0 9.1 0% .268 1.29 3.95 3.40 76 3.17 61.0 1.5
2001 NYN MLB 58 0 53.3 6 2 2 55 19 50 8 95 9.3 3.2 1.4 8.4 0% .307 1.39 4.26 4.05 83 3.64 75.4 1.0
2003 NYN MLB 38 0 34.3 0 3 2 35 13 16 5 98 9.2 3.4 1.3 4.2 0% .265 1.40 5.15 2.62 104 5.59 117.2 -0.1
2004 NYN MLB 52 0 46.0 2 7 0 46 24 36 6 91 9.0 4.7 1.2 7.0 0% .286 1.52 4.70 5.28 97 4.42 91.2 0.6
2005 HOU MLB 31 0 15.0 0 1 0 23 9 16 0 101 13.8 5.4 0.0 9.6 0% .451 2.13 2.85 7.20 94 3.52 75.7 0.3
CareerMLB111901245.79087424116649597581988.43.60.67.059%.2901.333.402.89863.7582.219.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1981 VRO A+ FSL 13 11 79.0 7 4 0 78 41 60 1 8.9 4.7 0.1 6.8 0% .000 1.51 3.13 3.53 0 0.00 0.0
1982 SAN AA TXS 17 17 105.3 10 5 0 137 46 76 11 11.7 3.9 0.9 6.5 0% .000 1.74 4.29 4.96 0 0.00 0.0
1982 ABQ AAA PCL 5 5 27.3 1 2 0 41 15 24 3 13.5 4.9 1.0 7.9 0% .000 2.05 4.77 7.25 0 0.00 0.0
1983 ABQ AAA PCL 11 0 15.0 0 0 0 10 11 8 3 6.0 6.6 1.8 4.8 0% .000 1.40 7.42 5.40 0 0.00 0.0
1983 IND AAA AA 23 18 115.0 6 10 2 148 42 54 10 11.6 3.3 0.8 4.2 0% .000 1.65 4.52 4.85 0 0.00 0.0
1984 CIN MLB NL 54 0 79.3 6 2 4 74 36 55 3 99 8.4 4.1 0.3 6.2 0% .297 1.39 3.33 2.61 93 4.20 98.1
1984 WIC AAA AA 6 0 9.3 1 0 0 8 4 11 1 7.7 3.9 1.0 10.6 0% .000 1.29 3.36 5.81 0 0.00 0.0
1985 CIN MLB NL 67 0 99.0 12 3 12 83 40 61 5 94 7.5 3.6 0.5 5.5 0% .260 1.24 3.28 2.18 88 4.04 92.9
1986 CIN MLB NL 74 0 101.0 6 6 29 90 44 84 7 103 8.0 3.9 0.6 7.5 0% .284 1.33 3.34 2.94 83 3.71 83.6
1987 CIN MLB NL 68 0 82.0 8 5 32 76 27 61 6 100 8.3 3.0 0.7 6.7 0% .280 1.26 3.31 2.52 83 3.87 81.3
1988 CIN MLB NL 70 0 86.0 6 6 39 60 27 46 3 103 6.3 2.8 0.3 4.8 0% .219 1.01 3.03 1.57 98 3.60 86.7
1989 CIN MLB NL 60 0 80.7 4 8 32 77 36 60 3 105 8.6 4.0 0.3 6.7 0% .301 1.40 2.99 3.12 94 3.94 94.9
1990 NYN MLB NL 55 0 67.7 5 3 33 66 21 56 4 96 8.8 2.8 0.5 7.4 0% .301 1.29 2.85 2.53 79 3.07 71.6
1991 NYN MLB NL 52 0 55.3 5 9 30 61 18 45 2 98 9.9 2.9 0.3 7.3 0% .326 1.43 2.66 2.93 74 2.99 69.2
1992 NYN MLB NL 31 0 33.0 6 2 15 24 11 20 1 95 6.5 3.0 0.3 5.5 0% .240 1.06 2.95 1.64 93 4.32 104.6
1993 NYN MLB NL 35 0 36.3 4 3 10 46 19 29 6 96 11.4 4.7 1.5 7.2 0% .342 1.79 5.17 5.20 98 4.83 104.1
1994 NYN MLB NL 47 0 50.0 1 4 30 47 19 42 2 97 8.5 3.4 0.4 7.6 0% .296 1.32 3.10 2.70 90 4.13 83.3
1995 NYN MLB NL 48 0 51.7 5 3 29 48 17 41 4 96 8.4 3.0 0.7 7.1 0% .291 1.26 3.47 2.44 84 3.67 75.2
1996 NYN MLB NL 51 0 54.0 4 3 28 54 21 48 2 93 9.0 3.5 0.3 8.0 0% .317 1.39 2.96 1.83 78 3.47 68.6
1997 NYN MLB NL 59 0 60.0 5 3 36 49 20 53 3 97 7.4 3.0 0.5 8.0 0% .275 1.15 3.00 2.55 79 3.03 62.9
1998 NYN MLB NL 61 0 64.7 0 8 38 66 29 59 4 95 9.2 4.0 0.6 8.2 0% .321 1.47 3.57 3.62 82 3.42 70.8
1999 NYN MLB NL 46 0 40.7 0 2 19 40 19 41 1 98 8.9 4.2 0.2 9.1 0% .328 1.45 2.92 2.88 74 3.04 59.0
1999 BIN AA EAS 1 1 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.9 0% .000 0.00 1.73 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2000 NYN MLB NL 62 0 55.7 5 4 4 46 26 56 6 104 7.4 4.2 1.0 9.1 0% .268 1.29 3.95 3.40 76 3.17 61.0
2001 NYN MLB NL 58 0 53.3 6 2 2 55 19 50 8 95 9.3 3.2 1.4 8.4 0% .307 1.39 4.26 4.05 83 3.64 75.4
2003 NYN MLB NL 38 0 34.3 0 3 2 35 13 16 5 98 9.2 3.4 1.3 4.2 0% .265 1.40 5.15 2.62 104 5.59 117.2
2003 SLU A+ FSL 4 3 4.3 0 1 0 6 1 5 1 12.6 2.1 2.1 10.5 0% .385 1.63 4.44 6.28 0 0.00 0.0
2003 NOR AAA INT 2 0 1.7 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 5.3 5.3 0.0 10.6 0% .250 1.18 2.70 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2004 NYN MLB NL 52 0 46.0 2 7 0 46 24 36 6 91 9.0 4.7 1.2 7.0 0% .286 1.52 4.70 5.28 97 4.42 91.2
2005 HOU MLB NL 31 0 15.0 0 1 0 23 9 16 0 101 13.8 5.4 0.0 9.6 0% .451 2.13 2.85 7.20 94 3.52 75.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2003-03-30 2003-05-30 60-DL 61 53 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Common Flexor Tendon 2002-05-15
2002-03-31 2002-09-30 60-DL 183 161 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Common Flexor Tendon 2002-05-15
1999-07-03 1999-09-04 15-DL 63 55 Left Fingers Sprain Middle Finger - -
1993-09-24 1993-10-04 DTD 10 10 Left Thumb Laceration - -
1993-08-03 1993-08-26 15-DL 23 21 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
1993-04-17 1993-05-07 15-DL 20 16 Left Elbow Soreness - -
1992-08-26 1992-10-05 60-DL 40 40 Left Elbow Surgery Flexor Tendon 1992-09-29 -
1992-06-30 1992-08-01 15-DL 32 25 Left Elbow Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2005 HOU $700,000
2004 NYN $1,000,000
2003 NYN $3,750,000
2002 HOU $3,083,333
2001 NYN $3,583,333
2000 NYN $3,350,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$15,466,666
6 yrTotal$15,466,666

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
20 y 160 dDan Horwitz1 yr/$0.7M (05)

Details
  • signed as a free agent from NYM 1/05, 1 year/$0.7M (05)
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/03, 1 year/$1M (04)
  • 3 year/$10.5M (01-03) $0.25M signing bonus
  • 01:$3.5M, 02:$3M, 03:$3.75M
  • bonuses:$1.25M as closer

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, who are the pitchers coming onto the ballot next year? I've heard that there's going to be a wave which will cut into Blyleven's vote count. Is that true? Also, do you see the Vets Committee enshrining Lou and Tram after Tram drops off the ballot (this seems, rather unfortunately, inevitible).
(David from Huntersville NC)
Pitchers eligible for next year's ballot include Kevin Brown, John Franco, Al Leiter, Wilson Alvarez, Ugueth Urbina, Ismael Valdez, Paul Quantrill, Cal Eldred, Kirk Rueter and Steve Reed. I don't see any of them cutting into anybody's support, and other than the first three, I don't see any of them even getting through the nomination stage. Though if Mike Jackson can... (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is anyone going to sign Julio Franco? He turns 50 in August, and his goal was to play until then.
(Rich from Columbus,OH)
My guess is that someone will give him that chance. Minnie Minoso was certainly a better player than Franco -- he had a lifetime 130 OPS+ -- but Franco was better after the age of 40. While Minoso's cameos came at ages 50 and 54, his "real" career ended at age 38.

Minoso trivia: His one base hit at age 50 or over came off Sid Monge.

Franco trivia: He has reached base all 4 times he has faced John Franco.

Franco trivia part 2: He went 1-for-7 in his career against Gaylord Perry, who is now 69 years old. (David Laurila)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-06-09 14:30:002009 Draft CoverageThe Mets wake up from their nearly four hour nap and take Steven Matz, a solid lefty from Long Island with their fist pick at #72. John Franco making the pick with his accent was especially fitting. Not a sexy, exciting pick, but he belonged around here. (Kevin Goldstein)