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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
20 450 2898.7 194 126 1 3.46 59.7
Birth Date1-2-1963
Height6' 1"
Weight180 lbs
Age55 years, 6 months, 18 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
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.
Multiple stints are are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1986 KCA MLB 11 0 22.7 0 0 0 29 13 21 2 .264 99 11.5 5.2 0.8 8.3 40% .380 .315 1.85 3.93 5.56 104 5.04 113.9 0.0
1987 NYN MLB 21 13 99.3 5 6 1 87 44 68 11 .254 97 7.9 4.0 1.0 6.2 47% .260 .262 1.32 4.41 3.71 109 5.12 107.5 0.6
1988 NYN MLB 35 28 231.3 20 3 0 178 80 213 10 .252 93 6.9 3.1 0.4 8.3 43% .267 .225 1.12 2.51 2.22 78 3.63 87.3 3.8
1989 NYN MLB 34 33 219.7 14 8 0 183 74 190 20 .256 97 7.5 3.0 0.8 7.8 39% .262 .244 1.17 3.17 3.52 85 3.38 81.4 4.3
1990 NYN MLB 31 30 211.7 14 10 0 177 65 233 21 .258 97 7.5 2.8 0.9 9.9 41% .289 .237 1.14 2.83 3.23 63 2.64 61.6 6.4
1991 NYN MLB 34 34 232.7 14 14 0 204 73 241 13 .255 97 7.9 2.8 0.5 9.3 42% .301 .238 1.19 2.45 3.29 71 3.36 77.8 5.2
1992 NYN 0 27 27 196.7 13 7 0 162 82 214 12 .254 97 7.4 3.8 0.5 9.8 40% .292 .242 1.24 2.77 2.88 79 3.41 82.6 3.7
1992 TOR 0 8 7 53.0 4 3 0 39 29 47 3 .262 102 6.6 4.9 0.5 8.0 31% .255 .241 1.28 3.55 2.55 82 3.87 93.8 0.7
1993 KCA MLB 34 34 254.0 11 14 0 205 114 191 20 .264 100 7.3 4.0 0.7 6.8 38% .255 .237 1.26 3.97 3.33 101 3.98 85.8 4.6
1994 KCA MLB 23 23 171.7 16 5 0 130 54 132 15 .269 98 6.8 2.8 0.8 6.9 38% .239 .216 1.07 3.86 2.94 96 3.80 76.7 3.9
1995 NYA 0 13 13 99.0 9 2 0 82 47 89 12 .270 104 7.5 4.3 1.1 8.1 40% .261 .234 1.30 4.37 3.82 91 3.17 64.9 2.9
1995 TOR 0 17 17 130.3 9 6 0 113 41 102 12 .265 99 7.8 2.8 0.8 7.0 37% .268 .234 1.18 3.82 3.38 91 3.31 67.8 3.6
1996 NYA MLB 11 11 72.0 7 2 0 50 34 71 3 .270 101 6.2 4.2 0.4 8.9 34% .254 .209 1.17 3.31 2.88 92 4.42 87.3 1.3
1997 NYA MLB 29 29 195.0 12 6 0 155 86 222 17 .262 96 7.2 4.0 0.8 10.2 43% .290 .224 1.24 3.38 2.82 80 3.71 77.2 4.6
1998 NYA MLB 31 31 207.7 20 7 0 186 59 209 20 .265 96 8.1 2.6 0.9 9.1 41% .295 .238 1.18 3.53 3.55 72 2.92 60.4 6.7
1999 NYA MLB 31 31 193.3 12 9 0 164 90 177 21 .266 97 7.6 4.2 1.0 8.2 38% .271 .241 1.31 4.34 3.44 86 3.72 72.3 5.3
2000 NYA MLB 30 29 155.0 4 14 0 192 82 120 25 .267 93 11.1 4.8 1.5 7.0 42% .336 .298 1.77 5.53 6.91 100 5.99 115.3 0.6
2001 BOS MLB 25 25 135.7 9 7 0 148 57 115 17 .263 96 9.8 3.8 1.1 7.6 52% .316 .276 1.51 4.51 4.31 96 4.72 97.9 1.6
2003 NYN MLB 5 4 18.0 1 3 0 20 13 13 4 .258 100 10.0 6.5 2.0 6.5 46% .291 .304 1.83 6.58 6.50 112 6.84 143.3 -0.2
1992 TOT MLB 35 34 249.7 17 10 0 201 111 261 15 .256 98 7.2 4.0 0.5 9.4 38% .284 .242 1.25 2.94 2.81 80 3.51 85.0 4.5
1995 TOT MLB 30 30 229.3 18 8 0 195 88 191 24 .267 101 7.7 3.5 0.9 7.5 38% .265 .234 1.23 4.06 3.57 91 3.25 66.5 6.5
CareerMLB4504192898.71941261250411372668258.261977.83.50.88.341%.280.2421.263.583.46853.7681.259.7

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 G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1982 CSC A 16 16 104.7 9 2 0 84 47 87 4 .000 7.2 4.0 0.3 7.5 0% .000 .000 1.25 3.19 2.06 0 0.00 0.0
1982 FTM A+ 10 9 72.3 7 1 0 56 25 57 1 .000 7.0 3.1 0.1 7.1 0% .000 .000 1.12 2.40 2.12 0 0.00 0.0
1984 MEM AA 29 29 178.7 8 12 0 162 114 110 9 .000 8.2 5.7 0.5 5.5 0% .000 .000 1.54 3.88 4.28 0 0.00 0.0
1985 OMA AAA 28 27 158.7 9 15 0 157 93 115 13 .000 8.9 5.3 0.7 6.5 0% .000 .000 1.58 4.13 4.65 0 0.00 0.0
1986 KCA MLB 11 0 22.7 0 0 0 29 13 21 2 .264 99 11.5 5.2 0.8 8.3 40% .380 .315 1.85 3.93 5.56 104 5.04 113.9
1986 OMA AAA 39 2 71.0 8 4 14 60 25 63 3 .000 7.6 3.2 0.4 8.0 0% .000 .000 1.20 2.89 2.79 0 0.00 0.0
1987 NYN MLB 21 13 99.3 5 6 1 87 44 68 11 .254 97 7.9 4.0 1.0 6.2 47% .260 .262 1.32 4.41 3.71 109 5.12 107.5
1987 NOR AAA 3 3 11.0 0 1 0 10 6 7 1 .000 8.2 4.9 0.8 5.7 0% .000 .000 1.45 4.47 5.73 0 0.00 0.0
1988 NYN MLB 35 28 231.3 20 3 0 178 80 213 10 .252 93 6.9 3.1 0.4 8.3 43% .267 .225 1.12 2.51 2.22 78 3.63 87.3
1989 NYN MLB 34 33 219.7 14 8 0 183 74 190 20 .256 97 7.5 3.0 0.8 7.8 39% .262 .244 1.17 3.17 3.52 85 3.38 81.4
1990 NYN MLB 31 30 211.7 14 10 0 177 65 233 21 .258 97 7.5 2.8 0.9 9.9 41% .289 .237 1.14 2.83 3.23 63 2.64 61.6
1991 NYN MLB 34 34 232.7 14 14 0 204 73 241 13 .255 97 7.9 2.8 0.5 9.3 42% .301 .238 1.19 2.45 3.29 71 3.36 77.8
1992 NYN MLB 27 27 196.7 13 7 0 162 82 214 12 .254 97 7.4 3.8 0.5 9.8 40% .292 .242 1.24 2.77 2.88 79 3.41 82.6
1992 TOR MLB 8 7 53.0 4 3 0 39 29 47 3 .262 102 6.6 4.9 0.5 8.0 31% .255 .241 1.28 3.55 2.55 82 3.87 93.8
1993 KCA MLB 34 34 254.0 11 14 0 205 114 191 20 .264 100 7.3 4.0 0.7 6.8 38% .255 .237 1.26 3.97 3.33 101 3.98 85.8
1994 KCA MLB 23 23 171.7 16 5 0 130 54 132 15 .269 98 6.8 2.8 0.8 6.9 38% .239 .216 1.07 3.86 2.94 96 3.80 76.7
1995 NYA MLB 13 13 99.0 9 2 0 82 47 89 12 .270 104 7.5 4.3 1.1 8.1 40% .261 .234 1.30 4.37 3.82 91 3.17 64.9
1995 TOR MLB 17 17 130.3 9 6 0 113 41 102 12 .265 99 7.8 2.8 0.8 7.0 37% .268 .234 1.18 3.82 3.38 91 3.31 67.8
1996 NYA MLB 11 11 72.0 7 2 0 50 34 71 3 .270 101 6.2 4.2 0.4 8.9 34% .254 .209 1.17 3.31 2.88 92 4.42 87.3
1996 NRW AA 2 2 10.0 0 0 0 9 1 13 1 .000 8.1 0.9 0.9 11.7 0% .000 .000 1.00 2.16 0.90 0 0.00 0.0
1997 NYA MLB 29 29 195.0 12 6 0 155 86 222 17 .262 96 7.2 4.0 0.8 10.2 43% .290 .224 1.24 3.38 2.82 80 3.71 77.2
1998 NYA MLB 31 31 207.7 20 7 0 186 59 209 20 .265 96 8.1 2.6 0.9 9.1 41% .295 .238 1.18 3.53 3.55 72 2.92 60.4
1999 NYA MLB 31 31 193.3 12 9 0 164 90 177 21 .266 97 7.6 4.2 1.0 8.2 38% .271 .241 1.31 4.34 3.44 86 3.72 72.3
2000 NYA MLB 30 29 155.0 4 14 0 192 82 120 25 .267 93 11.1 4.8 1.5 7.0 42% .336 .298 1.77 5.53 6.91 100 5.99 115.3
2001 BOS MLB 25 25 135.7 9 7 0 148 57 115 17 .263 96 9.8 3.8 1.1 7.6 52% .316 .276 1.51 4.51 4.31 96 4.72 97.9
2001 SAR A+ 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 .000 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 0% -.333 .000 0.50 0.20 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2003 NYN MLB 5 4 18.0 1 3 0 20 13 13 4 .258 100 10.0 6.5 2.0 6.5 46% .291 .304 1.83 6.58 6.50 112 6.84 143.3
2003 SLU A+ 3 3 12.7 0 1 0 10 3 6 1 .000 7.1 2.1 0.7 4.3 0% .220 .000 1.02 3.84 2.83 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

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
2003-04-23 2003-05-28 15-DL 35 31 Left Hip Arthritis -
2001-03-21 2001-05-17 15-DL 57 39 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2000-09-06 2000-09-15 DTD 9 9 Left Shoulder Separation - -
1999-08-25 1999-08-31 DTD 6 5 - Neck Stiffness - -
1998-07-28 1998-07-28 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Stiffness - -
1998-05-06 1998-05-13 DTD 7 5 Right Knee Sprain - -
1997-10-18 1997-10-18 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Bone Spur 1997-10-18 -
1997-08-18 1997-09-20 15-DL 33 31 Right Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis - -
1996-05-03 1996-09-02 60-DL 122 111 Right Shoulder Surgery Aneurysm 1996-05-10 -
1987-05-28 1987-08-15 79 72 Right Fingers Surgery Little Finger Fracture 1987-05-28 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2001 BOS $1,000,000
2000 NYA $12,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$13,000,000
2 yrTotal$13,000,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 58 dSteve Fehr

Details
  • 1 year (2003). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 2/13/03 (minor-league contract). Retired 5/03.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2001). Signed by Boston as a free agent 1/11/01 (minor-league contract). May earn up to $5M with performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$12M (2000). Re-signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/6/99.
  • 1 year/$8M (1999). Re-signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 11/11/98.
  • 3 years/$18M (1996-98). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/21/95. $2M signing bonus. 96:$4M, 97:$6M, 98:$6M.
  • 3 years/$18M (1993-95). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/8/92. $9M signing bonus. 93:$2M. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Kansas City 4/6/95. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Toronto 7/28/95.
  • 1 year/$4.25M (1992). Won arbitration with NY Mets 2/92 ($4.25M-$3M). Acquired by Toronto in trade from NY Mets 8/27/92.
  • 1 year/$3.25M (1991). Re-signed by NY Mets.
  • 1 year/$1.3M (1990). Won arbitration with NY Mets. ($1.3M-$0.815M).
  • 1 year/$0.3325M (1989). Re-signed by NY Mets.
  • 1 year/$92,500 (1988). Re-signed by NY Mets.
  • 1 year/$62,500 (1987). Re-signed by Kansas City. Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Kansas City 3/27/87.
  • 1 year (1986). Contract purchased by Kansas City.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 1981 (3-74) (Rockhurst HS, Kansas City).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)I hate the Yankees, but man am I fascinated by their pitching staff. What Hiroki Kuroda is doing at his age isn't done by very many, is it? It seems to me like scares related to Sabathia are just media-microscope foolishness -- shouldn't the real narrative be that the surgery was relatively minor and the velo might be a case of him taking it easy, a'la Verlander, until he and the weather warm to the season? And whither Ivan Nova? I'm dying to see the arsenal addition, but they took the opportunity to skip him.
(smallflowers from (undisclosed black site))
Hey smallflowers, thanks for joining us. Yeah, Kuroda has had a great career since coming to North America. His age 33-38 seasons compare well with those of another former Yankees hurler, David Cone. As for the media stuff, that seems to happen sometimes in New York. BTW, while looking up Cone's numbers, I realized he's younger than Jamie Moyer. (Geoff Young)
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think some writers will hold a grudge against Glavine next year due to his imput on the 1994 Major League Baseball strike and drug testing as a players' union representative ?
(19braves77 from Pensacola. FL)
I voiced this opinion last night on Twitter. I think there's something to it, if you go back and look at the low votes for Ted Simmons, Joe Torre and more recently David Cone. Curt Schilling, a JAWS-approved candidate, himself noted that he felt his low vote share (38.8%) in part reflected his activity as a player representative who didn't do enough to combat PEDs during his time. For once, I agree with him.

Will it be enough to keep Glavine out? Possibly on the first ballot given the crowd of candidates, the tenor of the electorate, and the precedent of not all 300-game winners making it on the first try (Gaylord Perry, Don Sutton and Phil Niekro had to wait). He'll get his plaque eventually, though. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2013-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Piggy-backing on Bill (New Mexico)'s question. Do you think Morris' late-career overlap with Clemens affect his balloting? Which if any of the following contemporary pitchers would you rank as "better" or "about equal to" Morris' career or peak performance? David Cone, Dennis Martinez, Saberhagen, Steib, Tanana, Bob Welch. Any others who stick out in your mind as "about equal?"
(BR from NYC)
I feel that Dennis Martinez and Dave Stieb were better pitchers than Morris. Saberhagen would have been the best of the group were it not for injuries. (Dan Evans)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Were you a little surprised that Kevin Brown got so little support last year on the ballot? I can't imagine a lot of people standing up for him in a veteran's committee meeting in future decades.
(Brian from DC)
Brown, David Cone, Dwight Gooden and Orel Hershiser all had disconcertingly short stays on the ballot. I do think all of them will have at least some proponents in a VC-like panel situation, particularly because their postseason accomplishments will get closer looks.

Gooden's actually the strongest of those candidates. In fact - holy smokes, I just realized this - he's above the standard at 52.1/38.1/45.1, because he had 16.7 WARP through his first two seasons. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Morris does get in, should Rick Reuschel hit him with a steel chair during his acceptance speech and steal his plaque?
(MrWorkrate from Raleigh, NC)
David Cone and Dwight Gooden have dibs. Reuschel is well below both of them now, actually more in Morris country, JAWSwise (again, because we moved away from an ERA/FIP-based driver). (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has there ever been such a drastic meltdown from such a reliably productive hitter like the one we've seen from Adam Dunn? He just looks completely overmatched.
(Lespaul1 from Charlotte)
I'm afraid we're witnessing history when it comes to Dunn. I can't think of a batter who's fallen so far, so fast without going out a window. Watching him in this Yankees-White Sox series, he's defeated the moment he steps into the batter's box. Terrible body language. The appendectomy may have played a part but I think his problems are at least 90 percent mental (not 90% half-mental - that's Emma Span's book, which you should buy).

Plenty of pitchers have gone that route, though. David Cone comes to mind. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-06-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the most surprising player you can create a convincing HoF argument for? Triple-bonus points if his first name's "Tony" and his surname's "Fernandez".
(JT from Exhibition Stadium)
Rick Reuschel does unusually well on the JAWS scale. Prior to Bert Blyleven's election, Big Daddy rated as the second-best eligible pitcher despite relatively unassuming raw numbers (214-191, 3.37 ERA, 3 All-Star apperaances, no Cy Young votes. Stayed very useful late into his career.

That said, I can make better *arguments* for guys like Orel Hershiser, David Cone and Dwight Gooden, all of whom fell just short of 200 wins but had Cy Youngs and rings to their credit. I can make a better argument for Kevin Brown, but it's hindered by his being named in the Mitchell Report, not to mention his 2004 postseason shame. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin Brown only got about 2% of the vote, and John Olerud got less than 1%. I know neither of them are clear choices...in fact, they're probably not Hall of Famers. But both are close enough that they deserved a few years of discussion, right?
(John from Atlanta)
I agree, but the precedent with guys like David Cone, Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser and Will Clark going one and done on the ballot certainly suggested this was a possibility. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which baseball annoucers are your favorites? I enjoy the rapport between Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone quite a bit and the Red Sox guys (Orsillo and Remy) are fun too.
(JG Ballard from Vermillion Sands)
Vin Scully is my favorite, hands down. Great bit from the Sons of Steve Garvey site yesterday (http://www.sonsofstevegarvey.com/2010/03/vin-scully-on-bill-veeck-and-colored.html) about Scully telling a story about racism, Bill Veeck, and the flight of major league spring training facilities to Arizona.

I'm no Michael Kay fan, but I really like Ken Singleton on the Yankees games, and enjoyed David Cone while he was around. Al Leiter is decent too. I don't mind Krukow and Kuiper for the Giants, even though they're "the enemy" to a Dodger fan. For national games, I'm really eager to hear more of Jon Sciambi on ESPN, because he's a friend of BP and because I like what I've heard. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, any clue as to what we can expect from Jeremy Bonderman this year? Any comps out there?
(don from ann arbor, MI)
Kenny Rogers is the closest comp pitching-wise, tho David Cone is close. I think he'll come back and essentially be a bit behind where he was until mid-season. It might, in the long run, be a good thing since even handled smartly, he has a lot of innings on a young arm. The more I think about Bonderman, they more I really like the Kenny Rogers comp for his career, except maybe longevity. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your favorite / most entertaining baseball fight? Pedro vs. Zimmer was interesting, as was Ventura vs. Ryan. But for my money, it doesn't beat Pedro Guerrero throwing a bat at David Cone after getting hit with a curveball! Who fights after getting hit with a curveball?!? And how insane do you have to be to heave your bat at the pitcher!?!
(mymrbig from New Orleans)
I was talking to Marc Normandin about the 80s book earlier, and reminiscing about the time that Indians' manager Pat Corrales went after Dave Stewart - and tried to get his with this inept karate kick. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OnePedro was always a very creative and intelligent pitcher. It wasn't just the heat. Of course, some creative and intelligent pitchers can't survive the loss of heat -- look at David Cone. It's great that he's been able to adapt despite all the injuries. (Steven Goldman)