Biographical

Portrait of Rollie Fingers

Rollie Fingers P

Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
0 0 0.00
Birth Date8-25-1946
Height6' 4"
Weight190 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
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 H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
1968 OAK MLB 1 0 1.3 4 1 0 1 .268 102 27.0 6.8 6.8 0.0 100% .500 .673 3.75 16.47 27.00 105 4.19 -0.0
1969 OAK MLB 60 8 119.0 116 41 61 13 .260 96 8.8 3.1 1.0 4.6 62% .268 .275 1.32 3.89 3.71 96 4.74 -0.2
1970 OAK MLB 45 19 148.0 137 48 79 13 .256 95 8.3 2.9 0.8 4.8 50% .266 .247 1.25 3.52 3.65 92 3.98 1.7
1971 OAK MLB 48 8 129.3 94 30 98 14 .259 95 6.5 2.1 1.0 6.8 55% .227 .234 0.96 3.13 2.99 91 3.07 2.1
1972 OAK MLB 65 0 111.3 85 32 113 8 .254 93 6.9 2.6 0.6 9.1 46% .273 .222 1.05 2.06 2.51 89 2.50 2.3
1973 OAK MLB 62 2 126.7 107 39 110 5 .264 97 7.6 2.8 0.4 7.8 42% .282 .225 1.15 2.38 1.92 82 2.91 2.7
1974 OAK MLB 76 0 119.0 104 29 95 5 .261 97 7.9 2.2 0.4 7.2 51% .280 .238 1.12 2.28 2.65 77 2.64 2.8
1975 OAK MLB 75 0 126.7 95 33 115 13 .260 96 6.8 2.3 0.9 8.2 46% .252 .225 1.01 3.00 2.98 91 2.82 2.8
1976 OAK MLB 70 0 134.7 118 40 113 3 .257 97 7.9 2.7 0.2 7.6 47% .290 .246 1.17 2.28 2.47 86 2.66 2.9
1977 SDN MLB 78 0 132.3 123 36 113 12 .260 95 8.4 2.4 0.8 7.7 43% .291 .244 1.20 3.04 2.99 79 2.69 3.3
1978 SDN MLB 67 0 107.3 84 29 72 4 .262 94 7.0 2.4 0.3 6.0 47% .244 .210 1.05 2.60 2.52 75 2.85 2.1
1979 SDN MLB 54 0 83.7 91 37 65 7 .263 94 9.8 4.0 0.8 7.0 54% .321 .283 1.53 3.59 4.52 101 4.26 0.5
1980 SDN MLB 66 0 103.0 101 32 69 3 .258 97 8.8 2.8 0.3 6.0 52% .303 .241 1.29 2.72 2.80 76 3.82 1.0
1981 MIL MLB 47 0 78.0 55 13 61 3 .255 97 6.3 1.5 0.3 7.0 44% .237 .186 0.87 2.01 1.04 58 2.02 2.3
1982 MIL MLB 50 0 79.7 63 20 71 5 .266 98 7.1 2.3 0.6 8.0 49% .262 .217 1.04 2.51 2.60 64 2.78 1.8
1984 MIL MLB 33 0 46.0 38 13 40 5 .265 92 7.4 2.5 1.0 7.8 57% .244 .239 1.11 3.27 1.96 78 3.01 1.0
1985 MIL MLB 47 0 55.3 59 19 24 9 .267 97 9.6 3.1 1.5 3.9 43% .265 .279 1.41 5.02 5.04 110 4.63 0.2
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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 G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
1968 OAK MLB 1 0 1.3 4 1 0 1 .268 102 27.0 6.8 6.8 0.0 100% .500 .673 3.75 16.47 27.00
1969 OAK MLB 60 8 119.0 116 41 61 13 .260 96 8.8 3.1 1.0 4.6 62% .268 .275 1.32 3.89 3.71
1970 OAK MLB 45 19 148.0 137 48 79 13 .256 95 8.3 2.9 0.8 4.8 50% .266 .247 1.25 3.52 3.65
1971 OAK MLB 48 8 129.3 94 30 98 14 .259 95 6.5 2.1 1.0 6.8 55% .227 .234 0.96 3.13 2.99
1972 OAK MLB 65 0 111.3 85 32 113 8 .254 93 6.9 2.6 0.6 9.1 46% .273 .222 1.05 2.06 2.51
1973 OAK MLB 62 2 126.7 107 39 110 5 .264 97 7.6 2.8 0.4 7.8 42% .282 .225 1.15 2.38 1.92
1974 OAK MLB 76 0 119.0 104 29 95 5 .261 97 7.9 2.2 0.4 7.2 51% .280 .238 1.12 2.28 2.65
1975 OAK MLB 75 0 126.7 95 33 115 13 .260 96 6.8 2.3 0.9 8.2 46% .252 .225 1.01 3.00 2.98
1976 OAK MLB 70 0 134.7 118 40 113 3 .257 97 7.9 2.7 0.2 7.6 47% .290 .246 1.17 2.28 2.47
1977 SDN MLB 78 0 132.3 123 36 113 12 .260 95 8.4 2.4 0.8 7.7 43% .291 .244 1.20 3.04 2.99
1978 SDN MLB 67 0 107.3 84 29 72 4 .262 94 7.0 2.4 0.3 6.0 47% .244 .210 1.05 2.60 2.52
1979 SDN MLB 54 0 83.7 91 37 65 7 .263 94 9.8 4.0 0.8 7.0 54% .321 .283 1.53 3.59 4.52
1980 SDN MLB 66 0 103.0 101 32 69 3 .258 97 8.8 2.8 0.3 6.0 52% .303 .241 1.29 2.72 2.80
1981 MIL MLB 47 0 78.0 55 13 61 3 .255 97 6.3 1.5 0.3 7.0 44% .237 .186 0.87 2.01 1.04
1982 MIL MLB 50 0 79.7 63 20 71 5 .266 98 7.1 2.3 0.6 8.0 49% .262 .217 1.04 2.51 2.60
1984 MIL MLB 33 0 46.0 38 13 40 5 .265 92 7.4 2.5 1.0 7.8 57% .244 .239 1.11 3.27 1.96
1985 MIL MLB 47 0 55.3 59 19 24 9 .267 97 9.6 3.1 1.5 3.9 43% .265 .279 1.41 5.02 5.04

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
1984-07-24 1984-10-01 15-DL 69 63 - Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc 1984-08-03 -
1983-04-04 1983-10-03 60-DL 182 162 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spur and Reattachment of Muscle 1983-06-11 -

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The Lineup Card: Eight of Our Favorite WTF Pitching PerformancesBaseball Prospectus2013-09-11
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In A Pickle: That Blank ExpressionJason Wojciechowski2013-01-03
Pebble Hunting: A Hall of Fame Brochure for Ryan KleskoSam Miller2012-12-03
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The Lineup Card: 13 Iconic Instances of Facial HairBaseball Prospectus2011-10-19
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)The catcher framing work that I've seen at Baseball Prospectus over the past couple of years just blows my mind. I'm not sure I understand the full implications correctly, though. When we say that Brad Ausmus had 242 catcher strikes above average runs added, are we saying he added about 24 wins above replacement over the course of his career, just by framing? In other words, does the model suggest that his framing created 24 WARP? That's more than Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers earned over his entire career! It's quite possible that I'm totally, embarrassingly wrong. If I am, how can CSAA runs added be translated into WAR terms?
(Rob from DC)
the answer is "yes" and I'm also freaked out by the implications, to some degree. I spend a lot of time looking for ways to 'reduce' the impact (replacement level? no; positional adjustment; no) when it comes to a wins translation....but I'm finding that the elite players of our present time are Posey, Trout, Lucroy and Yadi. I'm going to dive further into this, but, heck it sure screams "wow" to me, too. This also takes Piazza's HOF case further into the "no kidding, elect the man" territory. (Harry Pavlidis)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dallas Braden just got a tattoo of Rollie Fingers riding a dolphin under a rainbow. Your thoughts, please.
(Immanuel #Want from Prussia)
That's pretty cool. My friend has a tattoo of a stingray with a plate of fajitas on its back. (Jason Parks)
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)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)RE: All Facial Hair HOF: I'd be suspicious of the gels and waxes used in the 70s to achieve perfect hold. I mean, have you seen Rollie Fingers' mustache? There's no way that was achieved naturally.
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
It was the Wild West, a loosy Goosey Gossage era, and there were a lot of means of mustache enhancement that fell into the gray area. I know of at least two players who injected the dessicated bone marrow of King Kelley - though I can't say exactly who in public - and even more who partook in various other outre methods. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben What are the chances that Zach Braddock will be closing this year or next? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
I guess that depends on the chances that John Axford won't be closing this year or next. Here's what we said on that subject in this year's annual:

"Relievers with walk rates that high tend to lose their grip on the closer reins as managers grow frustrated with their self-inflicted jams. While itís possible that Axford has developed a newfound ability to find the strike zone and will spend the next half-decade closing games at Miller Park, itís just as likely that Brewers fans will wake up one morning to discover that yesterdayís Rollie Fingers has morphed into todayís Derrick Turnbow."

I don't think Axford is about to enter Turnbow territory, but there are certainly unlikelier closer candidates than Braddock. His talents would be wasted in the bullpen, though: with a name like that, he really should've been a cowboy or a spaceship captain. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)Must admit that I was rooting hard for the Jays to trade Downs at the deadline, so that I no longer was confronted with the abomination of somebody else wearing Dave Stieb's uniform number (37). It's well past time for the Jays to retire the uniform number of their all-time leading pitcher. (Roy Halladay, you say? Never heard of him.)
(rowenbell from IL)
Ah, Rowen, you know how to hit a person smack in their nostalgia lobe, don't you. I do miss Dave Stieb, but there again, you're talking to somebody whose favorite pitcher of all time was Dave Stewart, and the A's can't retire his number, because they subsequently retired it for Rollie Fingers. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)John, does the $1m cap before approval of the commissioner's office go back to the Charlie Finley sell-off of 1976? As as Sox fan, I remember being thrilled, if I recall correctly, of getting Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers.
(Tim from DC)
You know your history. It does go back to Rudi and Fingers being sold to the Red Sox and Vida Blue getting sold to the Yankees. All the deal were voided before those players actually played in a game, though they did put on the uniforms of their "new" teams. (John Perrotto)
2008-10-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)It seems like there are no players on either team who are already good Hall of Fame candidates (though guys like Utley, Upton, etc. have time to qualify.) Can you ever remember a Series without such an established veteran star?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
Wow, that's a good question, one that pretty much ties into what I was saying a couple of days ago about how rare it is to get two fresh teams facing off in the series for the first time in awhile. Add to that the fact that both teams are dominated by younger guys whose best days may still be ahead of them and you wind up with a situation like this. I'm jogging my memory and looking back over the WS matchups and thinking that we've hit a real stumper. At the time, people wondered aloud if the 1998 Yankees would yield a Hall of Famer, but now it's apparent that Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter will make it if nobody else does, to say nothing of Tony Gwynn from the opposite dugout.

The 1982 matchup maybe - at the time it certainly wasn't apparent that Ozzie Smith, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor or Don Sutton would make it (Sutton would win 60-something more games in the majors), adn Rollie Fingers was sidelined too. Definitely a question to sock away for future pondering. (Jay Jaffe)


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