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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
12 661 1042 68 71 300 2.83 17.3
Birth Date1-8-1953
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
Age67 years, 0 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
1976 CHN MLB 52 0 83.3 6 3 10 63 26 73 4 113 6.8 2.8 0.4 7.9 0% .258 1.07 2.45 2.70 78 3.02 75.6 1.4
1977 CHN MLB 62 0 107.3 7 3 31 69 23 129 5 107 5.8 1.9 0.4 10.8 0% .253 0.86 1.60 1.34 37 2.10 46.8 3.4
1978 CHN MLB 64 0 98.7 8 10 27 82 34 106 10 110 7.5 3.1 0.9 9.7 0% .274 1.18 2.85 3.19 60 2.44 58.8 2.4
1979 CHN MLB 62 0 101.3 6 6 37 67 32 110 3 108 6.0 2.8 0.3 9.8 0% .248 0.98 1.85 2.22 46 2.27 50.5 2.9
1980 CHN MLB 60 0 102.3 5 8 28 90 34 76 5 105 7.9 3.0 0.4 6.7 0% .277 1.21 2.91 2.64 73 3.95 92.0 0.8
1981 SLN MLB 48 0 82.3 3 5 25 64 24 57 5 104 7.0 2.6 0.5 6.2 0% .244 1.07 2.98 2.62 74 2.98 74.5 1.4
1982 SLN MLB 70 0 102.3 9 8 36 88 34 61 8 100 7.7 3.0 0.7 5.4 0% .252 1.19 3.65 2.90 91 3.87 90.0 1.0
1983 SLN MLB 60 0 89.3 9 10 21 90 30 64 8 100 9.1 3.0 0.8 6.4 0% .292 1.34 3.44 4.23 82 3.93 90.6 0.9
1984 SLN MLB 71 0 122.7 5 7 45 109 23 77 9 93 8.0 1.7 0.7 5.6 0% .272 1.08 3.07 1.54 76 3.05 71.2 2.5
1985 ATL MLB 58 0 88.3 7 7 23 91 29 52 13 100 9.3 3.0 1.3 5.3 0% .274 1.36 4.43 4.48 100 5.07 116.4 -0.2
1986 ATL MLB 16 0 18.7 2 0 3 17 9 16 3 103 8.2 4.3 1.4 7.7 0% .269 1.39 4.56 4.34 92 4.97 112.1 0.0
1988 ATL MLB 38 0 45.3 1 4 14 49 11 40 4 103 9.7 2.2 0.8 7.9 0% .328 1.32 2.88 4.76 75 3.22 77.5 0.8
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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-
1976 CHN MLB NL 52 0 83.3 6 3 10 63 26 73 4 113 6.8 2.8 0.4 7.9 0% .258 1.07 2.45 2.70 78 3.02 75.6
1977 CHN MLB NL 62 0 107.3 7 3 31 69 23 129 5 107 5.8 1.9 0.4 10.8 0% .253 0.86 1.60 1.34 37 2.10 46.8
1978 CHN MLB NL 64 0 98.7 8 10 27 82 34 106 10 110 7.5 3.1 0.9 9.7 0% .274 1.18 2.85 3.19 60 2.44 58.8
1979 CHN MLB NL 62 0 101.3 6 6 37 67 32 110 3 108 6.0 2.8 0.3 9.8 0% .248 0.98 1.85 2.22 46 2.27 50.5
1980 CHN MLB NL 60 0 102.3 5 8 28 90 34 76 5 105 7.9 3.0 0.4 6.7 0% .277 1.21 2.91 2.64 73 3.95 92.0
1981 SLN MLB NL 48 0 82.3 3 5 25 64 24 57 5 104 7.0 2.6 0.5 6.2 0% .244 1.07 2.98 2.62 74 2.98 74.5
1982 SLN MLB NL 70 0 102.3 9 8 36 88 34 61 8 100 7.7 3.0 0.7 5.4 0% .252 1.19 3.65 2.90 91 3.87 90.0
1983 SLN MLB NL 60 0 89.3 9 10 21 90 30 64 8 100 9.1 3.0 0.8 6.4 0% .292 1.34 3.44 4.23 82 3.93 90.6
1984 SLN MLB NL 71 0 122.7 5 7 45 109 23 77 9 93 8.0 1.7 0.7 5.6 0% .272 1.08 3.07 1.54 76 3.05 71.2
1985 ATL MLB NL 58 0 88.3 7 7 23 91 29 52 13 100 9.3 3.0 1.3 5.3 0% .274 1.36 4.43 4.48 100 5.07 116.4
1986 ATL MLB NL 16 0 18.7 2 0 3 17 9 16 3 103 8.2 4.3 1.4 7.7 0% .269 1.39 4.56 4.34 92 4.97 112.1
1988 ATL MLB NL 38 0 45.3 1 4 14 49 11 40 4 103 9.7 2.2 0.8 7.9 0% .328 1.32 2.88 4.76 75 3.22 77.5

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
1989-04-04 1989-10-02 60-DL 181 161 Right Shoulder Strain Severe Rotator Cuff Tear - -
1988-07-24 1988-08-19 15-DL 26 25 - General Medical Bells Palsy - -
1987-04-07 1987-10-05 60-DL 181 161 - Shoulder Surgery Nerve Possible Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 1987-02-12 -
1986-05-28 1986-10-06 60-DL 131 117 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Partial Rotator Cuff 1986-08-13 -
1985-12-13 1985-12-13 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 1985-12-13 -
1985-09-20 1985-10-06 DTD 16 15 Right Shoulder Soreness Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - -
1977-08-02 1977-08-23 21 20 - Low Back Strain - -

Compensation

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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
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jay - I've enjoyed watching you on the MLB network this week along with your coulumns, which are always great. What do you think of Trevor Hoffman's chances especially with the way most of the sabermetric community feels about the save statistic. Thanks
(sarsfield from San Diego, California)
To me, Hoffman looks a lot like Lee Smith, who held the all-time saves lead for awhile before being overtaken - a guy with an impressive save total but not above-average value relative to the already-enshrined relievers, even with Bruce Sutter weighing that group down. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had an "all facial hair" HOF, who would be in your initial class: Bruce Sutter, Jim Kern, Al Hrabosky, others?
(dianagram from NYC)
All of those guys would be in eventually but the reliever standard still starts with Rollie Fingers, and I'd want to balance the distribution out so it wasn't all 1970s guys. As the 1994-2005 period was to homers, the Seventies were to facial hair. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Raines' vote total is a shame.
(Joe Lefkowitz from NJ)
Well, 36 percent is a marked improvement, and there is now an even greater precedent for people with lower voting percentages on the fourth ballot getting in: Bruce Sutter, Duke Snider and Byleven all had less than 30 percent of the vote on their fourth ballots. His eventual election will depend upon the evolution of the voting body, but I think it will happen. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-10-12 12:00:00 (link to chat)Best (worst) baseball beard: Jim Kern, Jayson Werth, Brian Wilson, Al Hrabosky, other
(Beards 'R Us from USA)
Kern had the barely visible mustache, which is a little weird I think. Werth's is great but I think he makes the goatee a little too prominent. The Mad Hungarian gets big style points, but his style has gone out of fashion. I think Bruce Sutter's beard was best. (Tommy Bennett)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Bill James HOF book showed that about 10% of at bats have gone to hall of famers over the years other than the '20s and '30s, which were higher. This seems like a good barometer. It also seems the '80s & '90s will be lower than this. I think the bar has been raised too high, c.f. Alan Trammell and Tim Raines. Your thoughts?
(WillMeier from Muskegon, MI)
It does seem that the BBWAA has become more picky over the years--but then again, they've elected Tony Perez, Bruce Sutter and, next year, Jim Rice. Hard to say they're upholding a standard.

Remember that we're not dealing with complete information yet. Only players who ended their careers by 1988 have gone through a full ballot cycle. No one has been elected by the VC yet, and that system will change four more times before lunch. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, do you thing Rice would be the worst BBWAA choice ever? I think he might be better than Brock, but Brock had enough mitigating circumstances (3000 hits, stolen base record, 3 really good world series) that it is sort of understandable.
(djackson from New York)
He's better than Bruce Sutter and a little bit better, I think, than Tony Perez. The BBWAA has some older weird picks, too. I think Herb Pennock is their nadir.

Brock has markers Rice doesn't. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)How many players have ever been inducted into the Hall with as low of a vote percentage as Raines received today? Also, will we be waiting for Frank Thomas to be inducted for the DH position to be recognized by the Hall? Is Thomas looked at as a first ballot guy?
(Brian from Tinley)
In the question above, I meant 15 years on the ballot, not 20 - that's 20 years after the end of his career.

As for the question at hand, confining ourselves to the post 1965 annual balloting era, Duke Snider (17.0%), Don Derysdale (21.0%), Billy Williams (23.4%) and Bruce Sutter (23.9%) started out in bigger holes than Raines.

As for Frank Thomas, I do think Paul Molitor already scored some points on behalf of the DHs. Thomas, with 500+homers and a 400+ OBP, could well be a first-ballot guy. At 101.7 JAWS, he's about 12 points above the 1B benchmark. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Little known MLB rule: relievers who seek to grow a full beard must receive permission from Bruce Sutter. (Steven Goldman)