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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
24 3285.7 197 171 390 2401 3.50 49
Birth Date10-3-1954
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1975 CLE 20 34 24 186.7 172.3 14.3 13 7 2 1 16 1 794 147 61 54 16 220 90 82 7 152 2.60 3.60 3.68 25.2 2.7
1976 CLE 21 36 30 199.3 185.3 14.0 13 12 1 1 17 1 821 155 82 76 13 225 78 76 5 200 3.43 2.71 3.62 20.3 2.3
1977 CLE 22 33 33 247.3 247.3 0.0 14 13 0 0 17 5 1006 214 100 97 31 372 54 43 7 191 3.53 3.57 4.38 21.5 2.2
1978 BOS 23 35 35 268.3 268.3 0.0 20 8 0 0 23 7 1121 258 99 89 30 394 71 63 7 162 2.99 3.67 4.24 26.8 2.9
1979 BOS 24 33 33 246.7 246.7 0.0 17 10 0 0 23 1 1018 234 89 82 29 368 59 55 6 150 2.99 3.87 3.98 45.5 4.7
1980 BOS 25 30 30 197.7 197.7 0.0 12 14 0 0 15 4 818 188 101 94 25 302 44 37 2 121 4.28 3.88 4.70 17.3 1.8
1981 BOS 26 23 23 154.0 154.0 0.0 9 8 0 0 11 2 649 160 82 73 9 220 35 33 3 79 4.27 3.01 3.41 24.9 2.8
1982 BOS 27 33 33 224.3 224.3 0.0 13 13 0 0 19 3 926 228 101 93 31 380 43 40 2 127 3.73 3.96 4.58 24.0 2.6
1983 BOS 28 28 28 176.3 176.3 0.0 9 13 0 0 13 4 787 223 119 110 27 366 39 35 6 77 5.61 4.71 4.79 16.5 1.7
1984 BOS 29 9 9 64.7 64.7 0.0 4 4 0 0 4 1 270 71 38 36 10 120 13 11 1 33 5.01 4.39 5.30 -0.4 -0.0
1984 CHN 29 24 24 160.3 160.3 0.0 10 8 0 0 16 2 662 152 59 54 11 220 36 29 4 81 3.03 3.42 3.50 20.6 2.4
1985 CHN 30 25 25 169.3 169.3 0.0 11 7 0 0 15 3 664 145 61 58 15 223 19 15 3 117 3.08 2.78 3.58 26.2 2.8
1986 CHN 31 33 32 201.0 200.0 1.0 6 11 0 0 16 1 862 226 109 102 21 361 43 40 3 137 4.57 3.43 4.32 25.3 2.5
1987 OAK 32 54 2 115.7 11.7 104.0 6 8 16 7 3 0 460 99 41 39 11 157 17 14 3 113 3.03 2.68 3.04 32.2 3.2
1988 OAK 33 60 0 72.7 0.0 72.7 4 2 45 8 0 0 279 52 20 19 5 71 11 9 1 70 2.35 2.29 2.81 15.7 1.7
1989 OAK 34 51 0 57.7 0.0 57.7 4 0 33 6 0 0 206 32 10 10 5 51 3 3 1 55 1.56 2.28 3.46 7.6 0.8
1990 OAK 35 63 0 73.3 0.0 73.3 4 2 48 2 0 0 262 41 9 5 2 58 4 3 0 73 0.61 1.33 2.19 18.2 1.9
1991 OAK 36 67 0 76.0 0.0 76.0 5 4 43 8 0 0 299 60 26 25 11 105 9 6 1 87 2.96 2.90 3.10 16.1 1.7
1992 OAK 37 69 0 80.0 0.0 80.0 7 1 51 3 0 0 309 62 17 17 5 90 11 5 1 93 1.91 1.73 1.66 27.5 3.0
1993 OAK 38 64 0 67.0 0.0 67.0 2 4 36 10 0 0 276 67 32 31 7 104 13 9 2 80 4.16 2.64 2.49 19.2 1.9
1994 OAK 39 45 0 44.3 0.0 44.3 5 4 19 6 0 0 193 49 26 21 5 81 13 11 1 47 4.26 3.49 3.61 9.4 0.9
1995 OAK 40 52 0 50.3 0.0 50.3 4 6 29 9 0 0 212 53 29 27 5 80 11 11 1 40 4.83 3.56 3.96 9.8 1.0
1996 SLN 41 63 0 60.0 0.0 60.0 0 6 30 4 0 0 251 65 26 22 8 101 6 4 4 49 3.30 3.69 4.19 8.8 0.9
1997 SLN 42 57 0 53.0 0.0 53.0 1 5 36 8 0 0 218 49 24 23 9 88 8 8 2 45 3.91 4.15 4.86 1.4 0.1
1998 BOS 43 50 0 39.7 0.0 39.7 4 1 1 4 0 0 171 46 21 21 6 73 8 5 2 22 4.76 4.83 4.82 3.9 0.4
Career10713613285.72478.3807.319717139077208351353430761382127834748307386477524013.503.403.90463.649.0

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1975 CLE MLB 34 24 186.7 3.68 114 .239 .259 .326 .384 .264 .248 100 25.2 2.7 25.2 2.7
1976 CLE MLB 36 30 199.3 3.62 106 .232 .255 .315 .362 .259 .270 97 20.3 2.3 20.3 2.3
1977 CLE MLB 33 33 247.3 4.38 105 .233 .265 .326 .403 .260 .253 101 21.5 2.2 21.5 2.2
1978 BOS MLB 35 35 268.3 4.24 109 .247 .261 .322 .381 .263 .268 109 26.8 2.9 26.8 2.9
1979 BOS MLB 33 33 246.7 3.98 123 .238 .268 .331 .406 .265 .265 109 45.5 4.7 45.5 4.7
1980 BOS MLB 30 30 197.7 4.70 100 .243 .272 .332 .407 .271 .260 104 17.3 1.8 17.3 1.8
1981 BOS MLB 23 23 154.0 3.41 120 .250 .255 .317 .365 .260 .289 105 24.9 2.8 24.9 2.8
1982 BOS MLB 33 33 224.3 4.58 107 .248 .263 .323 .402 .265 .272 109 24.0 2.6 24.0 2.6
1983 BOS MLB 28 28 176.3 4.79 102 .289 .266 .328 .400 .266 .307 109 16.5 1.7 16.5 1.7
1984 BOS MLB 9 9 64.7 5.30 85 .273 .254 .317 .377 .258 .286 103 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
1984 CHN MLB 24 24 160.3 3.50 116 .237 .258 .318 .377 .257 .266 103 23.7 2.5 20.6 2.4
1985 CHN MLB 25 25 169.3 3.58 114 .214 .254 .317 .380 .255 .255 103 24.8 2.6 26.2 2.8
1986 CHN MLB 33 32 201.0 4.32 102 .269 .253 .318 .379 .254 .312 105 22.9 2.4 25.3 2.5
1987 OAK MLB 54 2 115.7 3.04 135 .216 .264 .329 .422 .262 .278 95 32.2 3.2 32.2 3.2
1988 OAK MLB 60 0 72.7 2.81 133 .191 .258 .323 .390 .266 .245 95 15.7 1.7 15.7 1.7
1989 OAK MLB 51 0 57.7 3.46 115 .167 .258 .320 .385 .263 .190 94 7.6 0.8 7.6 0.8
1990 OAK MLB 63 0 73.3 2.19 146 .151 .256 .322 .388 .260 .213 94 18.2 1.9 18.2 1.9
1991 OAK MLB 67 0 76.0 3.10 129 .224 .258 .325 .393 .264 .257 97 16.1 1.7 16.1 1.7
1992 OAK MLB 69 0 80.0 1.66 161 .199 .259 .324 .388 .265 .286 97 27.5 3.0 27.5 3.0
1993 OAK MLB 64 0 67.0 2.49 145 .247 .270 .337 .414 .265 .345 96 19.2 1.9 19.2 1.9
1994 OAK MLB 45 0 44.3 3.61 127 .272 .278 .349 .450 .272 .346 94 9.4 0.9 9.4 0.9
1995 OAK MLB 52 0 50.3 3.96 120 .250 .270 .343 .427 .267 .310 96 9.8 1.0 9.8 1.0
1996 SLN MLB 63 0 60.0 4.19 108 .251 .265 .329 .412 .254 .310 97 8.9 0.8 8.8 0.9
1997 SLN MLB 57 0 53.0 4.86 89 .245 .268 .335 .415 .261 .260 95 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
1998 BOS MLB 50 0 39.7 4.82 107 .256 .270 .336 .423 .264 .301 102 3.9 0.4 3.9 0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1975 CLE MLB 13 7 2 34 24 186.7 147 90 152 16 35% .248 7.1 4.3 0.8 7.3 1.27 2.60 25.2 2.7
1976 CLE MLB 13 12 1 36 30 199.3 155 78 200 13 37% .270 7.0 3.5 0.6 9.0 1.17 3.43 20.3 2.3
1977 CLE MLB 14 13 0 33 33 247.3 214 54 191 31 33% .253 7.8 2.0 1.1 7.0 1.08 3.53 21.5 2.2
1978 BOS MLB 20 8 0 35 35 268.3 258 71 162 30 42% .268 8.7 2.4 1.0 5.4 1.23 2.99 26.8 2.9
1979 BOS MLB 17 10 0 33 33 246.7 234 59 150 29 40% .265 8.5 2.2 1.1 5.5 1.19 2.99 45.5 4.7
1980 BOS MLB 12 14 0 30 30 197.7 188 44 121 25 39% .260 8.6 2.0 1.1 5.5 1.17 4.28 17.3 1.8
1981 BOS MLB 9 8 0 23 23 154.0 160 35 79 9 41% .289 9.4 2.0 0.5 4.6 1.27 4.27 24.9 2.8
1982 BOS MLB 13 13 0 33 33 224.3 228 43 127 31 40% .272 9.1 1.7 1.2 5.1 1.21 3.73 24.0 2.6
1983 BOS MLB 9 13 0 28 28 176.3 223 39 77 27 39% .307 11.4 2.0 1.4 3.9 1.49 5.61 16.5 1.7
1984 BOS MLB 4 4 0 9 9 64.7 71 13 33 10 46% .286 9.9 1.8 1.4 4.6 1.30 5.01 -0.4 -0.0
1984 CHN MLB 10 8 0 24 24 160.3 152 36 81 11 41% .266 8.5 2.0 0.6 4.5 1.17 3.03 20.6 2.4
1985 CHN MLB 11 7 0 25 25 169.3 145 19 117 15 44% .255 7.7 1.0 0.8 6.2 0.97 3.08 26.2 2.8
1986 CHN MLB 6 11 0 33 32 201.0 226 43 137 21 44% .312 10.1 1.9 0.9 6.1 1.34 4.57 25.3 2.5
1987 OAK MLB 6 8 16 54 2 115.7 99 17 113 11 45% .278 7.7 1.3 0.9 8.8 1.00 3.03 32.2 3.2
1988 OAK MLB 4 2 45 60 0 72.7 52 11 70 5 40% .245 6.4 1.4 0.6 8.7 0.87 2.35 15.7 1.7
1989 OAK MLB 4 0 33 51 0 57.7 32 3 55 5 36% .190 5.0 0.5 0.8 8.6 0.61 1.56 7.6 0.8
1990 OAK MLB 4 2 48 63 0 73.3 41 4 73 2 34% .213 5.0 0.5 0.2 9.0 0.61 0.61 18.2 1.9
1991 OAK MLB 5 4 43 67 0 76.0 60 9 87 11 30% .257 7.1 1.1 1.3 10.3 0.91 2.96 16.1 1.7
1992 OAK MLB 7 1 51 69 0 80.0 62 11 93 5 32% .286 7.0 1.2 0.6 10.5 0.91 1.91 27.5 3.0
1993 OAK MLB 2 4 36 64 0 67.0 67 13 80 7 30% .345 9.0 1.7 0.9 10.7 1.19 4.16 19.2 1.9
1994 OAK MLB 5 4 19 45 0 44.3 49 13 47 5 35% .346 9.9 2.6 1.0 9.5 1.40 4.26 9.4 0.9
1995 OAK MLB 4 6 29 52 0 50.3 53 11 40 5 38% .310 9.5 2.0 0.9 7.2 1.27 4.83 9.8 1.0
1996 SLN MLB 0 6 30 63 0 60.0 65 6 49 8 39% .310 9.8 0.9 1.2 7.3 1.18 3.30 8.8 0.9
1997 SLN MLB 1 5 36 57 0 53.0 49 8 45 9 33% .260 8.3 1.4 1.5 7.6 1.08 3.91 1.4 0.1
1998 BOS MLB 4 1 1 50 0 39.7 46 8 22 6 39% .301 10.4 1.8 1.4 5.0 1.36 4.76 3.9 0.4

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

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1998-06-01 1998-07-24 15-DL 53 47 Right Shoulder Strain - -
1996-05-19 1996-06-13 15-DL 25 21 Right Elbow Inflammation - -
1989-05-28 1989-07-13 46 40 Right Shoulder Strain - -
1985-08-03 1985-09-07 35 32 Right Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis - -

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lee Hazlewood: what kind of grade would you hang on him as an entertainer? I would put an 80 on his mustache tool and an 80 on his turtleneck tool, but he doesn't seem to have the ceiling of someone like Prince. Also, can you think of any players comps for him besides a shirtless Dennis Eckersley?
(Gerard from Beaverton)
Nobody has the ceiling of Prince, so I wont knock a performer if they fail to achieve those heights. Hazelwood was a solid-average type; gives the smooth, velvety voice and some good songwriting, but he doesn't pack a huge punch. He's a hit tool second baseman. It's a good option but it lacks power. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who was your favorite pitcher to watch growing up?
(BobcatBaseball from Athens, OH)
I was partial to the A's growing up, and I especially enjoyed watching the glare of Dave Stewart and the sweeping delivery of Dennis Eckersley.

On the jukebox: Santana & Buddy Miles, "Them Changes" (Doug Thorburn)
2011-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite broadcasters to listen to/watch on TV? Let's say top three.
(Staufferinthetrunk from San Jose, CA)
1. Jon Miller
2. Mike Krukow
3. Duane Kuiper

and that's not to slight Dave Flemming, the fourth member of the Giants crew. I'm a Giants fan, so that's an easily discounted opinion, but the Giants have had such great broadcasters for the past two decades (Hank Greenwald before them) that I can hardly listen to other broadcasts.

Of course, I do listen to other broadcasts, five or six some days, and my favorites outside of those guys are probably Ron Darling (Mets) as a color guy and Len Casper (Cubs) as a play-by-play guy. Among announcers without jobs, I really liked Josh Lewin before the Rangers fired him, and I thought Dennis Eckersley did an tremendous job filling in for Jerry Remy earlier this year. Dennis Eckersley should have a full-time job.

The Rangers have the best reporter-in-the-stands guy. The Red Sox have the on-field microphone most likely to pick up profanity. Minnesota has the best center-field camera. The Giants don't use a pitch-tracker, ever, which is obnoxious, but they have a particularly good Coors Light Freeze Cam. The Angels' announcers are the best in a blow-out, because they get silly. The Rays have the best announcing crew if you want to pretend that Mark McGrath is describing a baseball game to you. The Phillies have the most fans who wave at the camera from behind home plate. The Marlins have the lowest production values -- I wish I'd recorded the time that they interviewed John Dewan in the middle of an inning to talk about the Marlins' defense, but it was a phone interview so he had no idea what was going on in the game. It was about unfollowable as a pre-taped call-in talk show.
(which is a reference to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrlS9_n8GX4) (Sam Miller)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)For the record, I enjoy Wholesome Reading as well... I think the wife swaping story of Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson has to be the single biggest "holy crap, that really happened" story that no one knows about. Agree? How many Americans out of 100 have even heard about it? Maybe 5 would be my guess. Can you imagine the hysteria if that happened now? It was (slightly) before my time but do you have any insight about the reaction then?
(Mark from Milwaukee)
Thank you on WR, Mark. You guys always inspire me. I don't think anyone handled Kekich and Peterson was handled particularly well, the Yankees reaction being to get rid of Kekich. What I'm not clear on is why they felt obligated to tell the public. Seems to me the same thing could have happened and no one needed to have talked about it. There have been similarly complicated stories in baseball (the breakup of Dennis Eckersley's marriage, for example) that didn't become public scandals... I've always thought that the Peterson/Kekich story might make for an interesting film. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of the Cardinals, do you think Chris Perez can cut down his walks and become the closer of the future?
(Trey from San Fran)
I don't think he's ever going to become Dennis Eckersley or anything, and he'll likely drive Cardinals fans insane a few times a year, but everything else about him has me believing that he takes over that role for the Cardinals in 2009. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe! Love the work you do. During class, I just think about baseball (which helps explain my grades last semester). Can you answer this question for me- John Smoltz: Hall of Famer or not?
(Jonathan from Springfield, MO)
Yes. A stronger version of Curt Schilling's case, with a little Dennis Eckersley thrown in. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneAnd back to the well for another one which Steve already touched upon...

Toni (Oakland, CA): (not about this game) Jay I've been thinking a lot about the 1989 A's (20 year anniversary of Loma Prieta) and do you see any of the players from that team making the HoF outside of Rickey? Dave Parker maybe? And do you think Mark McGwire ever get in?

Well, Dennis Eckersley is already in. Parker - I don't see it. His candidacy is like the canned goods at the Kwik-E-Mart: maybe the official expiration date hasn't been reached yet, but everyone's made up their minds pretty firmly on the subject.

McGwire, I think, will eventually be there. It may take 30 years of genetic mutant 80 homer a year guys, and a 20-part Barbara Walters interview, but i think eventually the voters will have enough perspective to tackle the steroids issue with a bit more rationality than they can muster these days.
(Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesHow cool is it, that more than 30 years after the start off his big league career, that Dennis Eckersley has the same haircut and mustache? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-09-30 16:30:00Twins/White Sox Play-In GameWill--I'm watching on TBS using Comcast, and it's just the basic package. Dennis Eckersley's mullet looks incredible in HD. (Marc Normandin)