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Robert Person P

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
16 206 897.3 51 42 9 4.64 10.1
Birth Date10-6-1969
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
Age50 years, 2 months, 2 days
BatsR
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.
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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
1995 NYN MLB 3 1 12.0 1 0 0 5 2 10 1 95 3.8 1.5 0.8 7.5 0% .129 0.58 2.98 0.75 106 4.32 88.4 0.2
1996 NYN MLB 27 13 89.7 4 5 0 86 35 76 16 96 8.6 3.5 1.6 7.6 0% .268 1.35 4.95 4.52 102 4.36 86.1 1.6
1997 TOR MLB 23 22 128.3 5 10 0 125 60 99 19 93 8.8 4.2 1.3 6.9 0% .277 1.44 5.04 5.61 121 6.27 130.4 -0.6
1998 TOR MLB 27 0 38.3 3 1 6 45 22 31 9 93 10.6 5.2 2.1 7.3 0% .300 1.75 6.53 7.04 118 6.99 144.7 -0.7
1999 PHI 0 31 22 137.0 10 5 0 130 70 127 23 97 8.5 4.6 1.5 8.3 0% .284 1.46 4.97 4.27 106 4.92 95.7 1.8
1999 TOR 0 11 0 11.0 0 2 2 9 15 12 1 100 7.4 12.3 0.8 9.8 0% .286 2.18 7.37 9.82 104 5.80 112.8 0.0
2000 PHI MLB 28 28 173.3 9 7 0 144 95 164 13 107 7.5 4.9 0.7 8.5 0% .282 1.38 3.88 3.63 97 3.76 72.3 4.6
2001 PHI MLB 33 33 208.3 15 7 0 179 80 183 34 96 7.7 3.5 1.5 7.9 0% .258 1.24 4.63 4.19 105 4.05 84.0 4.1
2002 PHI MLB 16 16 87.7 4 5 0 79 51 61 13 92 8.1 5.2 1.3 6.3 0% .256 1.48 5.32 5.44 123 6.59 141.3 -0.9
2003 BOS MLB 7 0 11.7 0 0 1 11 8 10 0 106 8.5 6.2 0.0 7.7 0% .306 1.63 3.69 7.71 106 5.43 113.7 0.0
1999 TOT MLB 42 22 148.0 10 7 2 139 85 139 24 97 8.5 5.2 1.5 8.5 0% .000 1.51 5.15 4.68 106 4.99 97.0 1.9
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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-
1989 BNC Rk APL 10 5 34.0 0 1 1 23 17 19 1 6.1 4.5 0.3 5.0 0% .000 1.18 4.15 3.18 0 0.00 0.0
1990 WTT A- NYP 5 2 16.3 1 0 0 8 7 19 0 4.4 3.9 0.0 10.5 0% .000 0.92 2.03 1.10 0 0.00 0.0
1990 KIN A+ CRL 4 3 16.7 1 0 0 17 9 7 0 9.2 4.9 0.0 3.8 0% .000 1.56 4.03 2.69 0 0.00 0.0
1991 SBN A MDW 13 13 78.3 4 3 0 50 56 66 3 5.7 6.4 0.3 7.6 0% .000 1.35 3.97 3.22 0 0.00 0.0
1991 BND A- NWN 2 2 10.0 1 1 0 6 5 6 0 5.4 4.5 0.0 5.4 0% .000 1.10 3.88 3.60 0 0.00 0.0
1991 KIN A+ CRL 11 11 52.0 3 5 0 56 42 45 2 9.7 7.3 0.3 7.8 0% .000 1.88 4.12 4.67 0 0.00 0.0
1992 SAR A+ FSL 19 18 105.3 5 7 0 90 62 85 7 7.7 5.3 0.6 7.3 0% .000 1.44 3.96 3.59 0 0.00 0.0
1993 HDS A+ CLF 28 26 169.0 12 10 0 184 48 107 13 9.8 2.6 0.7 5.7 0% .000 1.37 3.94 4.69 0 0.00 0.0
1994 BIN AA EAS 31 23 159.0 9 6 0 124 68 130 18 7.0 3.8 1.0 7.4 0% .000 1.21 4.29 3.45 0 0.00 0.0
1995 NYN MLB NL 3 1 12.0 1 0 0 5 2 10 1 95 3.8 1.5 0.8 7.5 0% .129 0.58 2.98 0.75 106 4.32 88.4
1995 BIN AA EAS 26 7 66.7 5 4 7 46 25 65 4 6.2 3.4 0.5 8.8 0% .000 1.06 3.19 3.10 0 0.00 0.0
1995 NOR AAA INT 5 4 32.0 2 1 0 30 13 33 2 8.4 3.7 0.6 9.3 0% .000 1.34 3.15 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
1996 NYN MLB NL 27 13 89.7 4 5 0 86 35 76 16 96 8.6 3.5 1.6 7.6 0% .268 1.35 4.95 4.52 102 4.36 86.1
1996 NOR AAA INT 8 8 43.0 5 0 0 33 21 32 7 6.9 4.4 1.5 6.7 0% .000 1.26 5.54 3.35 0 0.00 0.0
1997 TOR MLB AL 23 22 128.3 5 10 0 125 60 99 19 93 8.8 4.2 1.3 6.9 0% .277 1.44 5.04 5.61 121 6.27 130.4
1997 SYR AAA INT 1 1 7.0 1 0 0 4 2 5 0 5.1 2.6 0.0 6.4 0% .211 0.86 2.65 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
1998 TOR MLB AL 27 0 38.3 3 1 6 45 22 31 9 93 10.6 5.2 2.1 7.3 0% .300 1.75 6.53 7.04 118 6.99 144.7
1998 SYR AAA INT 20 6 59.0 3 3 6 38 29 55 9 5.8 4.4 1.4 8.4 0% -.305 1.14 4.97 2.29 0 0.00 0.0
1999 PHI MLB NL 31 22 137.0 10 5 0 130 70 127 23 97 8.5 4.6 1.5 8.3 0% .284 1.46 4.97 4.27 106 4.92 95.7
1999 TOR MLB AL 11 0 11.0 0 2 2 9 15 12 1 100 7.4 12.3 0.8 9.8 0% .286 2.18 7.37 9.82 104 5.80 112.8
1999 DUN A+ FSL 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 4 1 3 0 12.0 3.0 0.0 9.0 0% -1.000 1.67 2.42 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2000 PHI MLB NL 28 28 173.3 9 7 0 144 95 164 13 107 7.5 4.9 0.7 8.5 0% .282 1.38 3.88 3.63 97 3.76 72.3
2000 CLR A+ FSL 1 1 2.7 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 10.0 3.3 0.0 6.7 0% -1.000 1.48 3.02 6.67 0 0.00 0.0
2000 REA AA EAS 1 0 4.7 1 0 0 3 3 7 1 5.7 5.7 1.9 13.4 0% -.182 1.28 5.10 5.74 0 0.00 0.0
2001 PHI MLB NL 33 33 208.3 15 7 0 179 80 183 34 96 7.7 3.5 1.5 7.9 0% .258 1.24 4.63 4.19 105 4.05 84.0
2002 PHI MLB NL 16 16 87.7 4 5 0 79 51 61 13 92 8.1 5.2 1.3 6.3 0% .256 1.48 5.32 5.44 123 6.59 141.3
2002 SWB AAA INT 2 2 8.3 0 1 0 8 1 7 2 8.7 1.1 2.2 7.6 0% .273 1.08 4.90 4.34 0 0.00 0.0
2003 BOS MLB AL 7 0 11.7 0 0 1 11 8 10 0 106 8.5 6.2 0.0 7.7 0% .306 1.63 3.69 7.71 106 5.43 113.7
2003 SAR A+ FSL 7 7 24.7 1 1 0 27 6 17 1 9.8 2.2 0.4 6.2 0% .333 1.34 2.93 2.91 0 0.00 0.0
2003 PAW AAA INT 6 1 7.7 0 0 1 5 5 6 0 5.8 5.8 0.0 7.0 0% .227 1.30 3.67 4.68 0 0.00 0.0
2005 CHR AAA INT 7 7 36.0 2 3 0 34 25 24 11 96 8.5 6.3 2.8 6.0 0% -.377 1.64 8.01 7.00 150 5.75 113.4

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
2004-02-13 2004-03-05 Camp 21 0 - Lower Leg Surgery Achilles Tendon 2004-02-21
2003-06-08 2003-10-17 60-DL 131 102 Right Hip Inflammation -
2003-03-26 2003-05-13 15-DL 48 37 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Bone Spurs -
2002-07-23 2002-09-30 60-DL 69 63 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2002-08-06
2002-04-30 2002-06-02 15-DL 33 28 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis -
2000-06-19 2000-07-22 15-DL 33 29 Right Shoulder Strain - -
1999-03-26 1999-04-12 15-DL 17 6 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1997-09-08 1997-09-29 60-DL 21 20 Right Shoulder Surgery Bone Spurs 1997-09-15 -
1997-05-08 1997-05-27 15-DL 19 16 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2003 BOS $300,000
2002 PHI $6,250,000
2001 PHI $2,975,000
2000 PHI $1,400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$10,925,000
4 yrTotal$10,925,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 yr/0.75M (04)+$2.5M 05 cl opt

Details
  • released 3/04 signed as a free agent from BOS 1/04 (minor-league contract)
  • 40-m 3/03 signed as a free agent from PHI 2/03, 1 year/$0.3M (03) (minor-league contract)
  • avoided arbitration 1/02 1 year/$6.25M (02), 1 year/$2.975M (01)

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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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2004 The Sox were hoping that Person would compete for a spot in the rotation, but he had not sufficiently recovered from elbow and shoulder problems when the team broke camp. Once he was ready, he was anointed the closer, since everyone else in the city had had a turn. That did not go well, and he was soon disabled with an inflamed right hip and never heard from again. There were loud whispers about his poor conditioning, but it hardly matters at this point. At his advanced age, Person's just about at the end of the line.
2003 Person has been nursing a fragile shoulder for the past few years and last year it finally caught up to him. He tried to pitch through it in his walk year, which only made it worse. A 34-year-old pitcher coming off major shoulder surgery is not likely to get a significant contract offer, nor should he. Person might sneak in one more good season, but his brief days as a rotation anchor are done.
2002 The Philsí most valuable starting pitcher was nearly relegated to a career as a closer, which, despite everything you may have read, is nowhere near as valuable to a team as a 200-inning starter. The Blue Jays tried to force Person into the closer role, but he was so horrible that they ended up dealing him for Paul Spoljaric, who is now out of baseball. Give the Phils credit for using Person correctly, and give Person credit for overcoming the way he was mishandled.
2001 His motto last year seemed to be "Why use three pitches to get an out when eight will do?" A frequent pattern found Person quickly getting two strikes on a batter then nibbling, running the count to full before finally retiring him. He needs Ruhle and Lieberthal leaning on him to just throw strikes.
2000 After years of scouts raving about his high-90s fastball while he had an ERA around 6.00 or 7.00, he finally put together a solid half-season. As it turns out, velocity wasnít his key to success, but the obstacle. When he started sacrificing a little speed to improve his location and using a variety of pitches, including a nasty curve ball, the results improved. As long as he doesnít go back to trying to blow everyone away, he should be a solid starter. Any success he has makes him a candidate for overwork, as we saw in August.
1999 It was a rotten year for Person almost any way you slice it. Dumped from the rotation, shipped off to Syracuse, surviving a concussion and a car accident.... The move to relief seems to have done him good, although he leaves his fastball over the plate far too often for him to really turn into a reliable closer. He could easily be the new Alan Mills, which isn't exactly greatness, but can be useful and lucrative.
1998 The Hanson and Guzman injuries created a spot for Person, acquired in the John Olerud trade. He came up with a sore shoulder in September, a product of his biggest workload as a pro. He was inconsistent, and at his age itís unlikely weíll see dramatic improvement from here.
1997 He was a shortstop when he started pro ball in 1989, and heís made slow, steady progress while learning to pitch. He throws hard (they donít move guys to pitcher who donít) and the long ball is a problem. His peripheral numbers donít look that bad in the majors; I think heíll rebound nicely. Traded to Toronto for John Olerud.
1996  After bouncing from organization to organization, Person seems to have found a home with the Mets. His late season performance in New York opened a lot of eyes, and the Mets are seriously considering putting him in the bullpen to start the season. His arm has always been prized, so it's likely he'll be given every chance to succeed.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)As long as you're talking about Philly players & the media, what happened to Rolen when he was there? He seems like a great guy but it seemed that the Phillies & the Cardinals both couldn't wait to get rid of him. Is he too thoughtful and intelligent? Bowa was kind of a knuckle scraper so I understand that one, but isn't LaRussa intelligent?
(Wendy from Chicago)
Rolen's situation in Philly was similar to Schilling's -- he wanted to win and did not see the Phillies front office or ownership doing anything to indicate that winning seasons were around the corner. I mean, their rotations were headed by Robert Person and Omar Daal, and a right side of the infield of Travis Lee and Marlon Anderson doesn't strike fear into opponents. In actuality, Rolen's departure signaled a turning point for the Phillies, who went out and signed Thome and traded for Millwood, while coming close to signing Glavine in an attempt to take the next step. (Eric Seidman)


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