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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
15 3449.3 224 166 1 2012 3.26 23.4
Birth Date4-8-1946
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
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ThrowsR
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
1965 KC1 19 32 20 133.0 111.3 21.7 8 8 0 0 11 0 567 124 68 63 21 209 46 41 2 82 4.26 4.30 4.46 7.1 0.5
1966 KC1 20 30 25 176.7 167.3 9.3 9 11 0 0 13 4 739 158 87 79 17 256 64 60 2 103 4.02 3.64 4.20 11.1 0.9
1967 KC1 21 35 35 259.7 259.7 0.0 13 17 0 0 23 3 1053 209 91 81 16 308 84 78 2 196 2.81 2.70 2.93 42.0 4.3
1968 OAK 22 36 34 234.0 231.3 2.7 13 13 1 0 22 2 968 210 99 87 29 338 69 59 4 172 3.35 3.30 3.50 18.4 2.0
1969 OAK 23 38 35 247.0 239.7 7.3 12 15 0 0 23 1 1002 210 99 92 34 350 85 84 5 150 3.35 4.03 4.95 -2.9 -0.4
1970 OAK 24 40 40 262.3 262.3 0.0 18 14 0 0 22 3 1116 253 124 111 32 408 74 71 9 178 3.81 3.61 3.77 36.3 3.6
1971 OAK 25 37 37 273.7 273.7 0.0 21 11 0 0 22 3 1109 225 103 90 27 355 80 73 4 181 2.96 3.24 3.36 43.6 4.7
1972 OAK 26 38 37 295.3 293.3 2.0 21 7 0 0 30 1 1149 200 74 67 21 313 70 64 3 191 2.04 2.64 3.41 7.7 0.7
1973 OAK 27 36 36 256.3 256.3 0.0 21 5 0 0 20 3 1040 222 105 95 39 386 69 68 1 124 3.34 4.41 4.34 15.8 1.6
1974 OAK 28 41 41 318.3 318.3 0.0 25 12 0 0 31 4 1240 268 97 88 25 400 46 44 4 143 2.49 3.16 3.93 19.3 2.1
1975 NYA 29 39 39 328.0 328.0 0.0 23 14 0 0 29 6 1294 248 107 94 25 371 83 79 5 177 2.58 3.27 4.07 21.1 2.3
1976 NYA 30 36 36 298.7 298.7 0.0 17 15 0 0 20 5 1210 268 126 117 28 413 68 63 3 173 3.53 3.39 3.81 13.0 1.3
1977 NYA 31 22 22 143.3 143.3 0.0 9 9 0 0 10 2 608 137 83 75 29 259 47 44 3 52 4.71 5.69 5.40 -0.4 -0.0
1978 NYA 32 21 20 118.0 117.0 1.0 12 6 0 0 12 0 477 98 49 47 16 175 35 35 1 56 3.58 4.28 5.00 -4.8 -0.5
1979 NYA 33 19 19 105.0 105.0 0.0 2 9 0 0 7 2 460 128 68 62 15 204 34 34 1 34 5.31 4.97 5.06 2.8 0.3
Career5004763449.33405.344.022416610295391403229581380124837447459548974920123.263.583.99230.123.4

Advanced

'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 FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1965 KC1 MLB 32 20 133.0 4.46 88 .270 .245 .307 .373 .260 .248 101 6.1 0.7 7.1 0.5
1966 KC1 MLB 30 25 176.7 4.20 90 .265 .243 .308 .377 .260 .255 98 9.9 1.1 11.1 0.9
1967 KC1 MLB 35 35 259.7 2.93 117 .238 .235 .300 .355 .256 .256 96 37.2 4.3 42.0 4.3
1968 OAK MLB 36 34 234.0 3.50 89 .274 .230 .297 .345 .261 .261 92 9.4 1.2 18.4 2.0
1969 OAK MLB 38 35 247.0 4.95 71 .259 .248 .318 .369 .261 .241 94 -6.7 -0.7 -2.9 -0.4
1970 OAK MLB 40 40 262.3 3.77 106 .267 .252 .315 .379 .254 .269 95 27.7 2.9 36.3 3.6
1971 OAK MLB 37 37 273.7 3.36 108 .245 .247 .314 .363 .259 .242 94 26.7 3.0 43.6 4.7
1972 OAK MLB 38 37 295.3 3.41 91 .215 .239 .302 .341 .252 .207 90 5.7 0.7 7.7 0.7
1973 OAK MLB 36 36 256.3 4.34 96 .258 .262 .330 .384 .265 .227 97 15.5 1.7 15.8 1.6
1974 OAK MLB 41 41 318.3 3.93 102 .225 .263 .323 .375 .261 .238 97 19.3 2.1 19.3 2.1
1975 NYA MLB 39 39 328.0 4.07 102 .215 .258 .327 .381 .264 .222 96 21.1 2.3 21.1 2.3
1976 NYA MLB 36 36 298.7 3.81 100 .251 .252 .314 .355 .257 .256 96 12.8 1.4 13.0 1.3
1977 NYA MLB 22 22 143.3 5.40 77 .276 .266 .327 .398 .261 .226 96 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
1978 NYA MLB 21 20 118.0 5.00 72 .253 .259 .319 .385 .262 .222 92 -4.8 -0.5 -4.8 -0.5
1979 NYA MLB 19 19 105.0 5.06 88 .300 .273 .333 .413 .268 .301 96 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3

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
1965 KC1 MLB 8 8 0 32 20 133.0 124 46 82 21 43% .248 8.4 3.1 1.4 5.5 1.28 4.26 7.1 0.5
1966 KC1 MLB 9 11 0 30 25 176.7 158 64 103 17 42% .255 8.0 3.3 0.9 5.2 1.26 4.02 11.1 0.9
1967 KC1 MLB 13 17 0 35 35 259.7 209 84 196 16 36% .256 7.2 2.9 0.6 6.8 1.13 2.81 42.0 4.3
1968 OAK MLB 13 13 1 36 34 234.0 210 69 172 29 46% .261 8.1 2.7 1.1 6.6 1.19 3.35 18.4 2.0
1969 OAK MLB 12 15 0 38 35 247.0 210 85 150 34 48% .241 7.7 3.1 1.2 5.5 1.19 3.35 -2.9 -0.4
1970 OAK MLB 18 14 0 40 40 262.3 253 74 178 32 41% .269 8.7 2.5 1.1 6.1 1.25 3.81 36.3 3.6
1971 OAK MLB 21 11 0 37 37 273.7 225 80 181 27 39% .242 7.4 2.6 0.9 6.0 1.11 2.96 43.6 4.7
1972 OAK MLB 21 7 0 38 37 295.3 200 70 191 21 40% .207 6.1 2.1 0.6 5.8 0.91 2.04 7.7 0.7
1973 OAK MLB 21 5 0 36 36 256.3 222 69 124 39 33% .227 7.8 2.4 1.4 4.4 1.14 3.34 15.8 1.6
1974 OAK MLB 25 12 0 41 41 318.3 268 46 143 25 39% .238 7.6 1.3 0.7 4.0 0.99 2.49 19.3 2.1
1975 NYA MLB 23 14 0 39 39 328.0 248 83 177 25 40% .222 6.8 2.3 0.7 4.9 1.01 2.58 21.1 2.3
1976 NYA MLB 17 15 0 36 36 298.7 268 68 173 28 41% .256 8.1 2.0 0.8 5.2 1.12 3.53 13.0 1.3
1977 NYA MLB 9 9 0 22 22 143.3 137 47 52 29 35% .226 8.6 3.0 1.8 3.3 1.28 4.71 -0.4 -0.0
1978 NYA MLB 12 6 0 21 20 118.0 98 35 56 16 37% .222 7.5 2.7 1.2 4.3 1.13 3.58 -4.8 -0.5
1979 NYA MLB 2 9 0 19 19 105.0 128 34 34 15 42% .301 11.0 2.9 1.3 2.9 1.54 5.31 2.8 0.3

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Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1978-06-22 1978-07-17 25 22 Right Shoulder Surgery Manipulation Under Anesthesia for Limited Motion - -
1978-05-10 1978-06-21 42 39 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
1977-04-08 1977-05-05 27 21 - Foot Contusion - -
1966-07-25 1966-09-03 40 0 - Abdomen Surgery Appendix 1966-07-26 -

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BP Articles

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The BP Broadside: Fernandomania and LinsanitySteven Goldman2012-02-16
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The BP Wayback Machine: Pitching to the ScoreGreg Spira2011-12-30
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your JAWS articles are one of my favorite parts of the site. Is Catfish Hunter the most underqualified member of the HOF in recent memory? The topic was brought up on a message board recently and the consensus was that I was an idiot for thinking Hunter isn't an obvious HOFer. I was surprised at how poorly Hunter measured via WARP. He seems to have benefited a lot via his home park, the pitching version of Jim Rice, if you will, and his career ERA+ is only 105, which puts him about on par with Tim Wakefield. Actually, my quick estimate of JAWS scores has Wakefield as only 2 points worse than Hunter.
(The Groovin' Mahoovin from Atlantic City, NJ)
Thanks for the kind words. Hunter fares poorly on the JAWS scale because of his middling run prevention, and while he's slightly further from the standard at starting pitching than Rice is in left field, he's slightly closer in terms of peak - he was washed up at 33 years old due to injuries that may have had something to do with the problems that felled him later in life. Furthermore, he dusts Rice when it comes to the postseason, having won five World Series rings. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does JAWS say about George Steinbrenner's chances of making the Hall of Fame?
(K. Olbermann from New York, NY)
Oh, a wise guy, eh? JAWS is notably silent on the non-numerical aspects of the Hall, even moreso when it comes to owners. Joe Posnanski recently had an excellent post on the small sample of them in the Hall of Fame. Suffice it to say that if Tom Yawkey, an open racist who ran his team like a country club and spent lavishly in pursuit of a championship that never came is in the Hall of Fame, then Jeffrey Loria belongs, to say nothing of the twice-suspended Steinbrenner.

That said, I do believe you can make a stronger case for him than that. Yes, it's possible the Yankees might not have won without his suspensions given that the groundwork for both was laid during them, but anyone who thinks he was divorced from the team's affairs during that period is deluded - read John Helyar's excellent Lords of the Realm to find out how involved he was in the Catfish Hunter signing, for example. I think he belongs. So does a previous Yankee owner, Jacob Ruppert. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ok, I know it's not likely, but say jamie moyer sticks arounds long enough to get to 300 wins. He's 54 away, and signed for two years. The writers will love the story, and will probably elect him, right? Would he have the lowest jaws score of a HOF pitcher?
(Mike from Chicago)
No, not by a longshot. If his career ended today he'd be on the border between the third and fourth quartiles. There are relievers and short-career VC selections below him, and even guys like Catfish Hunter. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameMike (oakland): Was Catfish Hunter better than Andy Petitte?

He was more famous, and perhaps more colorful, but ultimately, he was not as good at run prevention in his day as Pettite has been in his. Hunter's Pitching Runs Above Average mark is actually in the red, and he was worth just 33.8 WARP over the course of his career; a couple of his seemingly-normal looking seasons come in at replacement level once you adjust for park and era (18-14, 3.81 ERA in 1970, for one). Pettitte is at 58.0 and counting.

And they now have the same number of rings if I'm not mistaken. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameOh, absolutely, Steve. Was just reminding myself of that while re-reading John Helyar's Lords of the Realm, about how the Catfish Hunter deal went down. Steinbrenner and Gabe Paul had breakfast the day the deal was struck, and I don't think the topic of discussion was grandchildren. (Jay Jaffe)