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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
24 5404 318 274 29 3342 3.35 51.3
Birth Date4-1-1939
Height6' 1"
Weight180 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
1964 MLN 25 10 0 15.0 0.0 13.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 15 10 8 1 19 7 7 1 8 4.80 4.15 4.82 -0.4 -0.0
1965 MLN 26 41 1 74.7 5.0 62.7 2 3 6 0 0 0 285 73 32 24 5 77 26 23 3 49 2.89 3.36 3.56 9.0 0.9
1966 ATL 27 28 0 50.3 0.0 48.0 4 3 2 2 0 0 213 48 32 23 4 67 23 18 2 17 4.11 4.52 5.12 -1.8 -0.1
1967 ATL 28 46 20 207.0 155.7 44.7 11 9 9 2 15 0 793 164 64 43 9 202 55 52 7 129 1.87 2.88 3.46 21.2 2.4
1968 ATL 29 37 34 256.7 225.0 3.0 14 12 2 0 23 3 917 228 83 74 16 298 45 42 5 140 2.59 2.85 3.58 -1.2 0.1
1969 ATL 30 40 35 284.3 279.0 5.3 23 13 1 1 27 2 1143 235 93 81 21 340 57 50 5 193 2.56 2.91 3.43 44.9 5.0
1970 ATL 31 34 32 229.7 224.0 5.7 12 18 0 1 13 7 980 222 124 109 40 379 68 66 6 168 4.27 4.62 5.01 11.3 1.4
1971 ATL 32 42 36 268.7 262.3 6.3 15 14 2 0 25 3 1101 248 112 89 27 370 70 64 3 173 2.98 3.38 4.02 17.5 2.0
1972 ATL 33 38 36 282.3 281.3 1.0 16 12 0 1 24 3 1150 254 112 96 22 375 53 50 5 164 3.06 2.99 3.47 32.4 3.5
1973 ATL 34 42 30 245.0 215.7 29.3 13 10 4 1 17 4 1023 214 103 90 21 314 89 85 5 131 3.31 3.75 4.70 5.3 0.7
1974 ATL 35 41 39 302.3 300.3 2.0 20 13 1 0 31 1 1219 249 91 80 19 363 88 85 6 195 2.38 3.05 3.58 42.4 4.6
1975 ATL 36 39 37 275.7 274.0 1.7 15 15 0 1 25 7 1160 285 115 98 29 430 72 69 11 144 3.20 3.84 4.55 9.1 1.0
1976 ATL 37 38 37 270.7 270.3 0.3 17 11 0 0 25 3 1157 249 116 99 18 358 101 94 8 173 3.29 3.44 3.67 31.6 3.5
1977 ATL 38 44 43 330.3 329.7 0.7 16 20 0 0 23 11 1428 315 166 148 26 455 164 152 8 262 4.03 3.73 4.00 52.0 5.6
1978 ATL 39 44 42 334.3 329.0 5.3 19 18 1 0 30 4 1389 295 129 107 16 405 102 97 13 248 2.88 2.79 3.17 71.5 8.4
1979 ATL 40 44 44 342.0 342.0 0.0 21 20 0 0 28 8 1436 311 160 129 41 496 113 105 11 208 3.39 4.12 4.70 21.6 2.8
1980 ATL 41 40 38 275.0 272.0 3.0 15 18 1 0 22 5 1137 256 119 111 30 394 85 82 3 176 3.63 3.84 4.32 13.2 1.2
1981 ATL 42 22 22 139.3 139.3 0.0 7 7 0 0 15 0 578 120 56 48 6 165 56 54 1 62 3.10 3.57 3.94 5.9 0.6
1982 ATL 43 35 35 234.3 234.3 0.0 17 4 0 0 18 2 969 225 106 94 23 325 73 72 3 144 3.61 3.77 4.36 19.4 2.2
1983 ATL 44 34 33 201.7 199.7 2.0 11 10 0 0 16 2 888 212 94 89 18 301 105 102 2 128 3.97 4.16 4.71 10.1 1.0
1984 NYA 45 32 31 215.7 214.7 1.0 16 8 0 0 22 0 916 219 85 74 15 309 76 76 3 136 3.09 3.49 4.05 21.8 2.3
1985 NYA 46 33 33 220.0 220.0 0.0 16 12 0 0 17 3 955 203 110 100 29 339 120 119 2 149 4.09 4.76 4.98 10.9 1.1
1986 CLE 47 34 32 210.3 207.0 3.3 11 11 0 0 17 3 951 241 126 101 24 361 95 94 6 81 4.32 4.95 5.21 9.4 1.0
1987 ATL 48 1 1 3.0 3.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 6 5 5 0 8 6 6 0 0 15.00 8.87 9.84 -1.4 -0.1
1987 CLE 48 22 22 123.7 123.7 0.0 7 11 0 0 6 2 561 142 83 81 18 233 53 52 4 57 5.89 5.23 5.85 4.4 0.4
1987 TOR 48 3 3 12.0 12.0 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 56 15 11 11 4 33 7 7 0 7 8.25 7.79 9.03 -3.2 -0.3
Career8647165404.05119.0238.7318274299439732248350442337201248274161809172312333423.353.664.17456.751.3

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
1964 MLN MLB 10 0 15.0 4.82 84 .266 .253 .302 .378 .254 .279 103 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
1965 MLN MLB 41 1 74.7 3.56 116 .236 .248 .307 .369 .256 .264 106 9.4 1.1 9.0 0.9
1966 ATL MLB 28 0 50.3 5.12 79 .262 .255 .307 .378 .260 .251 104 -1.4 -0.2 -1.8 -0.1
1967 ATL MLB 46 20 207.0 3.46 112 .214 .252 .310 .367 .265 .237 103 20.3 2.4 21.2 2.4
1968 ATL MLB 37 34 256.7 3.58 84 .242 .244 .298 .346 .259 .268 91 -0.7 -0.1 -1.2 0.1
1969 ATL MLB 40 35 284.3 3.43 119 .219 .253 .318 .375 .262 .247 103 41.7 4.6 44.9 5.0
1970 ATL MLB 34 32 229.7 5.01 91 .268 .254 .325 .394 .264 .261 101 10.3 1.1 11.3 1.4
1971 ATL MLB 42 36 268.7 4.02 99 .247 .253 .312 .369 .259 .267 101 15.1 1.7 17.5 2.0
1972 ATL MLB 38 36 282.3 3.47 114 .238 .248 .312 .368 .266 .257 103 29.0 3.4 32.4 3.5
1973 ATL MLB 42 30 245.0 4.70 93 .236 .256 .319 .372 .260 .249 106 8.1 0.9 5.3 0.7
1974 ATL MLB 41 39 302.3 3.58 115 .227 .259 .325 .370 .264 .253 101 39.3 4.3 42.4 4.6
1975 ATL MLB 39 37 275.7 4.55 92 .262 .261 .327 .376 .262 .283 102 8.0 0.9 9.1 1.0
1976 ATL MLB 38 37 270.7 3.67 111 .251 .256 .317 .363 .260 .270 104 28.0 3.1 31.6 3.5
1977 ATL MLB 44 43 330.3 4.00 116 .247 .262 .328 .399 .261 .299 108 49.5 5.1 52.0 5.6
1978 ATL MLB 44 42 334.3 3.17 127 .227 .257 .318 .372 .258 .277 108 64.0 7.0 71.5 8.4
1979 ATL MLB 44 44 342.0 4.70 97 .238 .262 .323 .386 .256 .254 108 17.2 1.8 21.6 2.8
1980 ATL MLB 40 38 275.0 4.32 96 .246 .261 .320 .377 .257 .268 103 15.1 1.6 13.2 1.2
1981 ATL MLB 22 22 139.3 3.94 99 .241 .258 .314 .363 .258 .252 100 9.7 1.1 5.9 0.6
1982 ATL MLB 35 35 234.3 4.36 98 .242 .260 .315 .375 .255 .278 104 17.4 1.8 19.4 2.2
1983 ATL MLB 34 33 201.7 4.71 92 .267 .251 .316 .368 .253 .306 106 10.1 1.1 10.1 1.0
1984 NYA MLB 32 31 215.7 4.05 103 .261 .264 .324 .394 .264 .297 94 21.8 2.3 21.8 2.3
1985 NYA MLB 33 33 220.0 4.98 89 .269 .261 .324 .402 .265 .266 97 10.9 1.1 10.9 1.1
1986 CLE MLB 34 32 210.3 5.21 91 .287 .262 .329 .410 .268 .291 103 9.4 1.0 9.4 1.0
1987 ATL MLB 1 1 3.0 9.84 9 .347 .265 .336 .418 .271 .429 113 -0.9 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
1987 CLE MLB 22 22 123.7 5.85 84 .283 .266 .334 .425 .266 .289 102 4.4 0.4 4.4 0.4
1987 TOR MLB 3 3 12.0 9.03 9 .346 .257 .315 .410 .258 .289 95 -3.2 -0.3 -3.2 -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
1964 MLN MLB 0 0 0 10 0 15.0 15 7 8 1 77% .279 9.0 4.2 0.6 4.8 1.47 4.80 -0.4 -0.0
1965 MLN MLB 2 3 6 41 1 74.7 73 26 49 5 67% .264 8.8 3.1 0.6 5.9 1.33 2.89 9.0 0.9
1966 ATL MLB 4 3 2 28 0 50.3 48 23 17 4 70% .251 8.6 4.1 0.7 3.0 1.41 4.11 -1.8 -0.1
1967 ATL MLB 11 9 9 46 20 207.0 164 55 129 9 57% .237 7.1 2.4 0.4 5.6 1.06 1.87 21.2 2.4
1968 ATL MLB 14 12 2 37 34 256.7 228 45 140 16 60% .268 8.0 1.6 0.6 4.9 1.06 2.59 -1.2 0.1
1969 ATL MLB 23 13 1 40 35 284.3 235 57 193 21 60% .247 7.4 1.8 0.7 6.1 1.03 2.56 44.9 5.0
1970 ATL MLB 12 18 0 34 32 229.7 222 68 168 40 63% .261 8.7 2.7 1.6 6.6 1.26 4.27 11.3 1.4
1971 ATL MLB 15 14 2 42 36 268.7 248 70 173 27 55% .267 8.3 2.3 0.9 5.8 1.18 2.98 17.5 2.0
1972 ATL MLB 16 12 0 38 36 282.3 254 53 164 22 52% .257 8.1 1.7 0.7 5.2 1.09 3.06 32.4 3.5
1973 ATL MLB 13 10 4 42 30 245.0 214 89 131 21 54% .249 7.9 3.3 0.8 4.8 1.24 3.31 5.3 0.7
1974 ATL MLB 20 13 1 41 39 302.3 249 88 195 19 50% .253 7.4 2.6 0.6 5.8 1.11 2.38 42.4 4.6
1975 ATL MLB 15 15 0 39 37 275.7 285 72 144 29 54% .283 9.3 2.4 0.9 4.7 1.30 3.20 9.1 1.0
1976 ATL MLB 17 11 0 38 37 270.7 249 101 173 18 49% .270 8.3 3.4 0.6 5.8 1.29 3.29 31.6 3.5
1977 ATL MLB 16 20 0 44 43 330.3 315 164 262 26 52% .299 8.6 4.5 0.7 7.1 1.45 4.03 52.0 5.6
1978 ATL MLB 19 18 1 44 42 334.3 295 102 248 16 49% .277 7.9 2.7 0.4 6.7 1.19 2.88 71.5 8.4
1979 ATL MLB 21 20 0 44 44 342.0 311 113 208 41 50% .254 8.2 3.0 1.1 5.5 1.24 3.39 21.6 2.8
1980 ATL MLB 15 18 1 40 38 275.0 256 85 176 30 54% .268 8.4 2.8 1.0 5.8 1.24 3.63 13.2 1.2
1981 ATL MLB 7 7 0 22 22 139.3 120 56 62 6 48% .252 7.8 3.6 0.4 4.0 1.26 3.10 5.9 0.6
1982 ATL MLB 17 4 0 35 35 234.3 225 73 144 23 53% .278 8.6 2.8 0.9 5.5 1.27 3.61 19.4 2.2
1983 ATL MLB 11 10 0 34 33 201.7 212 105 128 18 47% .306 9.5 4.7 0.8 5.7 1.57 3.97 10.1 1.0
1984 NYA MLB 16 8 0 32 31 215.7 219 76 136 15 49% .297 9.1 3.2 0.6 5.7 1.37 3.09 21.8 2.3
1985 NYA MLB 16 12 0 33 33 220.0 203 120 149 29 47% .266 8.3 4.9 1.2 6.1 1.47 4.09 10.9 1.1
1986 CLE MLB 11 11 0 34 32 210.3 241 95 81 24 44% .291 10.3 4.1 1.0 3.5 1.60 4.32 9.4 1.0
1987 ATL MLB 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 6 6 0 0 21% .429 18.0 18.0 0.0 0.0 4.00 15.00 -1.4 -0.1
1987 CLE MLB 7 11 0 22 22 123.7 142 53 57 18 44% .289 10.3 3.9 1.3 4.1 1.58 5.89 4.4 0.4
1987 TOR MLB 0 2 0 3 3 12.0 15 7 7 4 39% .289 11.2 5.2 3.0 5.2 1.83 8.25 -3.2 -0.3

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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
1982-03-31 1982-04-23 15-DL 23 14 - Lower Leg Inflammation Achilles Tendon - -

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
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)
2011-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Watching Jose Bautista become a superstar at 29 got me wondering - which players in the HoF were the most unlikely to have been considered worthy at that age?
(dtwhite from Toronto)
That's a very good question ripe for a January column. Offhand, I'd say Dazzy Vance (0-4, 4.91 ERA) is the heavyweight champion - he didn't win his first game until age 31. Phil Niekro had 31 wins at that point in his career, too. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it a reach to expect 180 innings from Randy Johnson this year?
(Steve Culver from NY)
Probably. The list of pitchers to throw that many innings at his age is rather short (just five), and he hasn't exactly been Mr. Healthy in the recent past. Most of the pitchers to show any durability at this age were knuckleballers -- of the five seasons I just mentioned, three were by Phil Niekro, one by Charlie Hough, one by Jamie Moyer... The thing with Randy is that he's such a historical outlier, physiologically speaking, that predictions are tough to make. Niekro obviously isn't an acceptable comp. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)I know it's not really what you meant, Joe, but Phil Niekro won 264 games after pitching in the 1969 NLCS. He was 30 at the time. (Steven Goldman)