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Portrait of Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter PAthletics

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
15 500 3449.3 224 166 1 3.26 50.7
Birth Date4-8-1946
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
Age73 years, 6 months, 11 days
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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
1965 KC1 MLB 32 20 133.0 8 8 0 124 46 82 21 101 8.4 3.1 1.4 5.5 0% .248 1.28 4.30 4.26 111 4.12 103.3 0.9
1966 KC1 MLB 30 25 176.7 9 11 0 158 64 103 17 98 8.0 3.3 0.9 5.2 0% .255 1.26 3.64 4.02 110 4.30 107.5 0.8
1967 KC1 MLB 35 35 259.7 13 17 0 209 84 196 16 96 7.2 2.9 0.6 6.8 0% .256 1.13 2.70 2.81 97 3.32 88.1 3.6
1968 OAK MLB 36 34 234.0 13 13 1 210 69 172 29 92 8.1 2.7 1.1 6.6 0% .261 1.19 3.30 3.35 105 3.58 104.8 1.1
1969 OAK MLB 38 35 247.0 12 15 0 210 85 150 34 94 7.7 3.1 1.2 5.5 0% .242 1.19 4.02 3.35 113 4.07 99.7 1.9
1970 OAK MLB 40 40 262.3 18 14 0 253 74 178 32 95 8.7 2.5 1.1 6.1 0% .269 1.25 3.60 3.81 97 3.18 73.1 5.7
1971 OAK MLB 37 37 273.7 21 11 0 225 80 181 27 94 7.4 2.6 0.9 6.0 0% .242 1.11 3.23 2.96 101 3.03 77.7 4.9
1972 OAK MLB 38 37 295.3 21 7 0 200 70 191 21 90 6.1 2.1 0.6 5.8 0% .207 0.91 2.63 2.04 92 2.08 56.3 8.2
1973 OAK MLB 36 36 256.3 21 5 0 222 69 124 39 97 7.8 2.4 1.4 4.4 0% .227 1.14 4.40 3.34 119 3.87 91.6 2.8
1974 OAK MLB 41 41 318.3 25 12 0 268 46 143 25 97 7.6 1.3 0.7 4.0 0% .238 0.99 3.16 2.49 91 2.66 64.5 7.9
1975 NYA MLB 39 39 328.0 23 14 0 248 83 177 25 96 6.8 2.3 0.7 4.9 0% .222 1.01 3.26 2.58 96 2.85 67.6 7.6
1976 NYA MLB 36 36 298.7 17 15 0 268 68 173 28 96 8.1 2.0 0.8 5.2 0% .256 1.13 3.39 3.53 93 2.76 69.2 6.6
1977 NYA MLB 22 22 143.3 9 9 0 137 47 52 29 96 8.6 3.0 1.8 3.3 0% .226 1.28 5.68 4.71 133 5.33 119.0 -0.3
1978 NYA MLB 21 20 118.0 12 6 0 98 35 56 16 92 7.5 2.7 1.2 4.3 0% .222 1.13 4.27 3.58 119 4.05 97.9 1.0
1979 NYA MLB 19 19 105.0 2 9 0 128 34 34 15 96 11.0 2.9 1.3 2.9 0% .301 1.54 4.96 5.31 126 6.80 151.2 -2.0
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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.
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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-
1965 KC1 MLB AL 32 20 133.0 8 8 0 124 46 82 21 101 8.4 3.1 1.4 5.5 0% .248 1.28 4.30 4.26 111 4.12 103.3
1966 KC1 MLB AL 30 25 176.7 9 11 0 158 64 103 17 98 8.0 3.3 0.9 5.2 0% .255 1.26 3.64 4.02 110 4.30 107.5
1967 KC1 MLB AL 35 35 259.7 13 17 0 209 84 196 16 96 7.2 2.9 0.6 6.8 0% .256 1.13 2.70 2.81 97 3.32 88.1
1968 OAK MLB AL 36 34 234.0 13 13 1 210 69 172 29 92 8.1 2.7 1.1 6.6 0% .261 1.19 3.30 3.35 105 3.58 104.8
1969 OAK MLB AL 38 35 247.0 12 15 0 210 85 150 34 94 7.7 3.1 1.2 5.5 0% .242 1.19 4.02 3.35 113 4.07 99.7
1970 OAK MLB AL 40 40 262.3 18 14 0 253 74 178 32 95 8.7 2.5 1.1 6.1 0% .269 1.25 3.60 3.81 97 3.18 73.1
1971 OAK MLB AL 37 37 273.7 21 11 0 225 80 181 27 94 7.4 2.6 0.9 6.0 0% .242 1.11 3.23 2.96 101 3.03 77.7
1972 OAK MLB AL 38 37 295.3 21 7 0 200 70 191 21 90 6.1 2.1 0.6 5.8 0% .207 0.91 2.63 2.04 92 2.08 56.3
1973 OAK MLB AL 36 36 256.3 21 5 0 222 69 124 39 97 7.8 2.4 1.4 4.4 0% .227 1.14 4.40 3.34 119 3.87 91.6
1974 OAK MLB AL 41 41 318.3 25 12 0 268 46 143 25 97 7.6 1.3 0.7 4.0 0% .238 0.99 3.16 2.49 91 2.66 64.5
1975 NYA MLB AL 39 39 328.0 23 14 0 248 83 177 25 96 6.8 2.3 0.7 4.9 0% .222 1.01 3.26 2.58 96 2.85 67.6
1976 NYA MLB AL 36 36 298.7 17 15 0 268 68 173 28 96 8.1 2.0 0.8 5.2 0% .256 1.13 3.39 3.53 93 2.76 69.2
1977 NYA MLB AL 22 22 143.3 9 9 0 137 47 52 29 96 8.6 3.0 1.8 3.3 0% .226 1.28 5.68 4.71 133 5.33 119.0
1978 NYA MLB AL 21 20 118.0 12 6 0 98 35 56 16 92 7.5 2.7 1.2 4.3 0% .222 1.13 4.27 3.58 119 4.05 97.9
1979 NYA MLB AL 19 19 105.0 2 9 0 128 34 34 15 96 11.0 2.9 1.3 2.9 0% .301 1.54 4.96 5.31 126 6.80 151.2

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
1978-06-22 1978-07-17 25 22 Right Shoulder Surgery Manipulation Under Anesthesia for Limited Motion - -
1978-05-10 1978-06-21 42 39 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
1977-04-08 1977-05-05 27 21 - Foot Contusion - -
1966-07-25 1966-09-03 40 0 - Abdomen Surgery Appendix 1966-07-26 -

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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
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your JAWS articles are one of my favorite parts of the site. Is Catfish Hunter the most underqualified member of the HOF in recent memory? The topic was brought up on a message board recently and the consensus was that I was an idiot for thinking Hunter isn't an obvious HOFer. I was surprised at how poorly Hunter measured via WARP. He seems to have benefited a lot via his home park, the pitching version of Jim Rice, if you will, and his career ERA+ is only 105, which puts him about on par with Tim Wakefield. Actually, my quick estimate of JAWS scores has Wakefield as only 2 points worse than Hunter.
(The Groovin' Mahoovin from Atlantic City, NJ)
Thanks for the kind words. Hunter fares poorly on the JAWS scale because of his middling run prevention, and while he's slightly further from the standard at starting pitching than Rice is in left field, he's slightly closer in terms of peak - he was washed up at 33 years old due to injuries that may have had something to do with the problems that felled him later in life. Furthermore, he dusts Rice when it comes to the postseason, having won five World Series rings. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does JAWS say about George Steinbrenner's chances of making the Hall of Fame?
(K. Olbermann from New York, NY)
Oh, a wise guy, eh? JAWS is notably silent on the non-numerical aspects of the Hall, even moreso when it comes to owners. Joe Posnanski recently had an excellent post on the small sample of them in the Hall of Fame. Suffice it to say that if Tom Yawkey, an open racist who ran his team like a country club and spent lavishly in pursuit of a championship that never came is in the Hall of Fame, then Jeffrey Loria belongs, to say nothing of the twice-suspended Steinbrenner.

That said, I do believe you can make a stronger case for him than that. Yes, it's possible the Yankees might not have won without his suspensions given that the groundwork for both was laid during them, but anyone who thinks he was divorced from the team's affairs during that period is deluded - read John Helyar's excellent Lords of the Realm to find out how involved he was in the Catfish Hunter signing, for example. I think he belongs. So does a previous Yankee owner, Jacob Ruppert. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ok, I know it's not likely, but say jamie moyer sticks arounds long enough to get to 300 wins. He's 54 away, and signed for two years. The writers will love the story, and will probably elect him, right? Would he have the lowest jaws score of a HOF pitcher?
(Mike from Chicago)
No, not by a longshot. If his career ended today he'd be on the border between the third and fourth quartiles. There are relievers and short-career VC selections below him, and even guys like Catfish Hunter. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameMike (oakland): Was Catfish Hunter better than Andy Petitte?

He was more famous, and perhaps more colorful, but ultimately, he was not as good at run prevention in his day as Pettite has been in his. Hunter's Pitching Runs Above Average mark is actually in the red, and he was worth just 33.8 WARP over the course of his career; a couple of his seemingly-normal looking seasons come in at replacement level once you adjust for park and era (18-14, 3.81 ERA in 1970, for one). Pettitte is at 58.0 and counting.

And they now have the same number of rings if I'm not mistaken. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameOh, absolutely, Steve. Was just reminding myself of that while re-reading John Helyar's Lords of the Realm, about how the Catfish Hunter deal went down. Steinbrenner and Gabe Paul had breakfast the day the deal was struck, and I don't think the topic of discussion was grandchildren. (Jay Jaffe)