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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
21 1245.7 90 87 424 975 2.89 13.4
Birth Date9-17-1960
Height5' 10"
Weight170 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
1984 CIN 23 54 0 79.3 0.0 79.3 6 2 4 5 0 0 335 74 28 23 3 95 36 32 2 55 2.61 3.33 4.00 6.3 0.7
1985 CIN 24 67 0 99.0 0.0 99.0 12 3 12 3 0 0 407 83 27 24 5 114 40 32 1 61 2.18 3.29 4.33 1.7 0.3
1986 CIN 25 74 0 101.0 0.0 101.0 6 6 29 9 0 0 429 90 40 33 7 123 44 32 2 84 2.94 3.35 3.77 12.9 1.5
1987 CIN 26 68 0 82.0 0.0 82.0 8 5 32 9 0 0 344 76 26 23 6 107 27 21 0 61 2.52 3.32 3.37 15.6 1.4
1988 CIN 27 70 0 86.0 0.0 86.0 6 6 39 4 0 0 336 60 18 15 3 73 27 24 0 46 1.57 3.03 3.81 6.8 0.8
1989 CIN 28 60 0 80.7 0.0 80.7 4 8 32 8 0 0 345 77 35 28 3 93 36 28 0 60 3.12 3.00 4.04 8.6 1.1
1990 NYN 29 55 0 67.7 0.0 67.7 5 3 33 6 0 0 287 66 22 19 4 91 21 19 0 56 2.53 2.85 3.59 8.5 1.0
1991 NYN 30 52 0 55.3 0.0 55.3 5 9 30 5 0 0 247 61 27 18 2 81 18 14 1 45 2.93 2.67 3.80 6.3 0.7
1992 NYN 31 31 0 33.0 0.0 33.0 6 2 15 3 0 0 128 24 6 6 1 35 11 9 0 20 1.64 2.96 3.56 3.2 0.5
1993 NYN 32 35 0 36.3 0.0 36.3 4 3 10 7 0 0 172 46 24 21 6 68 19 16 1 29 5.20 5.18 6.02 -3.3 -0.3
1994 NYN 33 47 0 50.0 0.0 50.0 1 4 30 6 0 0 216 47 20 15 2 62 19 19 1 42 2.70 3.11 4.03 6.9 0.7
1995 NYN 34 48 0 51.7 0.0 51.7 5 3 29 7 0 0 213 48 17 14 4 71 17 15 0 41 2.44 3.47 4.36 4.5 0.4
1996 NYN 35 51 0 54.0 0.0 54.0 4 3 28 8 0 0 235 54 15 11 2 64 21 21 0 48 1.83 2.96 3.14 11.3 1.0
1997 NYN 36 59 0 60.0 0.0 60.0 5 3 36 6 0 0 244 49 18 17 3 69 20 18 1 53 2.55 3.01 4.61 3.6 0.4
1998 NYN 37 61 0 64.7 0.0 64.7 0 8 38 8 0 0 289 66 28 26 4 90 29 22 4 59 3.62 3.58 3.35 12.5 1.4
1999 NYN 38 46 0 40.7 0.0 40.7 0 2 19 3 0 0 182 40 14 13 1 54 19 18 2 41 2.88 2.93 3.53 9.0 0.8
2000 NYN 39 62 0 55.7 0.0 55.7 5 4 4 2 0 0 239 46 24 21 6 68 26 20 2 56 3.40 3.95 4.34 6.5 0.6
2001 NYN 40 58 0 53.3 0.0 53.3 6 2 2 6 0 0 232 55 25 24 8 88 19 17 2 50 4.05 4.26 4.76 2.0 0.2
2003 NYN 42 38 0 34.3 0.0 34.3 0 3 2 2 0 0 148 35 11 10 5 56 13 11 1 16 2.62 5.16 5.12 -1.6 -0.2
2004 NYN 43 52 0 46.0 0.0 46.0 2 7 0 1 0 0 207 46 28 27 6 75 24 22 1 36 5.28 4.72 5.54 -2.5 -0.2
2005 HOU 44 31 0 15.0 0.0 15.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 77 23 13 12 0 27 9 7 1 16 7.20 2.86 1.86 5.7 0.6
Career111901245.70.01245.790874241090053121166466400811604495417229752.893.404.03124.613.4

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
1981 VRO A+ 13 11 79.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 SAN AA 17 17 105.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 ABQ AAA 5 5 27.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 ABQ AAA 11 0 15.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 IND AAA 23 18 115.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 CIN MLB 54 0 79.3 4.00 101 .249 .260 .319 .370 .256 .297 99 6.3 0.7 6.3 0.7
1984 WIC AAA 6 0 9.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 CIN MLB 67 0 99.0 4.33 87 .231 .259 .325 .382 .259 .260 94 1.3 0.1 1.7 0.3
1986 CIN MLB 74 0 101.0 3.77 113 .238 .258 .322 .387 .259 .285 103 14.0 1.5 12.9 1.5
1987 CIN MLB 68 0 82.0 3.37 125 .233 .264 .331 .406 .260 .280 100 15.8 1.6 15.6 1.4
1988 CIN MLB 70 0 86.0 3.81 104 .201 .250 .313 .370 .258 .219 103 7.5 0.8 6.8 0.8
1989 CIN MLB 60 0 80.7 4.04 103 .240 .246 .310 .362 .254 .301 105 8.1 0.9 8.6 1.1
1990 NYN MLB 55 0 67.7 3.59 112 .245 .261 .324 .390 .263 .301 96 9.4 1.0 8.5 1.0
1991 NYN MLB 52 0 55.3 3.80 105 .276 .256 .320 .384 .261 .326 98 5.4 0.6 6.3 0.7
1992 NYN MLB 31 0 33.0 3.56 103 .225 .257 .320 .380 .263 .240 95 2.4 0.3 3.2 0.5
1993 NYN MLB 35 0 36.3 6.02 61 .307 .271 .332 .415 .264 .342 96 -4.1 -0.4 -3.3 -0.3
1994 NYN MLB 47 0 50.0 4.03 111 .238 .267 .332 .417 .259 .296 97 6.8 0.7 6.9 0.7
1995 NYN MLB 48 0 51.7 4.36 102 .232 .265 .329 .409 .257 .291 96 4.5 0.4 4.5 0.4
1996 NYN MLB 51 0 54.0 3.14 129 .240 .267 .338 .422 .259 .317 93 11.1 1.1 11.3 1.0
1997 NYN MLB 59 0 60.0 4.61 97 .219 .263 .330 .418 .261 .275 97 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
1998 NYN MLB 61 0 64.7 3.35 124 .269 .263 .329 .411 .257 .321 95 12.2 1.2 12.5 1.4
1999 NYN MLB 46 0 40.7 3.53 128 .237 .271 .339 .433 .259 .328 98 9.0 0.8 9.0 0.8
1999 BIN AA 1 1 1.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 NYN MLB 62 0 55.7 4.34 109 .227 .269 .345 .437 .263 .268 94 6.8 0.6 6.5 0.6
2001 NYN MLB 58 0 53.3 4.76 92 .267 .268 .335 .432 .265 .307 93 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2003 NYN MLB 38 0 34.3 5.12 87 .265 .272 .341 .436 .267 .265 98 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2003 SLU A+ 4 3 4.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .385 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 NOR AAA 2 0 1.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB 52 0 46.0 5.54 71 .278 .267 .334 .424 .264 .286 91 -2.5 -0.2 -2.5 -0.2
2005 HOU MLB 31 0 15.0 1.86 160 .291 .270 .338 .427 .265 .451 101 5.7 0.6 5.7 0.6

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
1981 VRO A+ 7 4 0 13 11 79.0 78 41 60 1 0% .000 8.9 4.7 0.1 6.8 1.51 3.53 0.0 0.0
1982 SAN AA 10 5 0 17 17 105.3 137 46 76 11 0% .000 11.7 3.9 0.9 6.5 1.74 4.96 0.0 0.0
1982 ABQ AAA 1 2 0 5 5 27.3 41 15 24 3 0% .000 13.5 4.9 1.0 7.9 2.05 7.25 0.0 0.0
1983 IND AAA 6 10 2 23 18 115.0 148 42 54 10 0% .000 11.6 3.3 0.8 4.2 1.65 4.85 0.0 0.0
1983 ABQ AAA 0 0 0 11 0 15.0 10 11 8 3 0% .000 6.0 6.6 1.8 4.8 1.40 5.40 0.0 0.0
1984 WIC AAA 1 0 0 6 0 9.3 8 4 11 1 0% .000 7.7 3.9 1.0 10.6 1.29 5.81 0.0 0.0
1984 CIN MLB 6 2 4 54 0 79.3 74 36 55 3 54% .297 8.4 4.1 0.3 6.2 1.39 2.61 6.3 0.7
1985 CIN MLB 12 3 12 67 0 99.0 83 40 61 5 65% .260 7.5 3.6 0.5 5.5 1.24 2.18 1.7 0.3
1986 CIN MLB 6 6 29 74 0 101.0 90 44 84 7 61% .285 8.0 3.9 0.6 7.5 1.33 2.94 12.9 1.5
1987 CIN MLB 8 5 32 68 0 82.0 76 27 61 6 56% .280 8.3 3.0 0.7 6.7 1.26 2.52 15.6 1.4
1988 CIN MLB 6 6 39 70 0 86.0 60 27 46 3 62% .219 6.3 2.8 0.3 4.8 1.01 1.57 6.8 0.8
1989 CIN MLB 4 8 32 60 0 80.7 77 36 60 3 57% .301 8.6 4.0 0.3 6.7 1.40 3.12 8.6 1.1
1990 NYN MLB 5 3 33 55 0 67.7 66 21 56 4 58% .301 8.8 2.8 0.5 7.4 1.29 2.53 8.5 1.0
1991 NYN MLB 5 9 30 52 0 55.3 61 18 45 2 61% .326 9.9 2.9 0.3 7.3 1.43 2.93 6.3 0.7
1992 NYN MLB 6 2 15 31 0 33.0 24 11 20 1 59% .240 6.5 3.0 0.3 5.5 1.06 1.64 3.2 0.5
1993 NYN MLB 4 3 10 35 0 36.3 46 19 29 6 58% .342 11.4 4.7 1.5 7.2 1.79 5.20 -3.3 -0.3
1994 NYN MLB 1 4 30 47 0 50.0 47 19 42 2 51% .296 8.5 3.4 0.4 7.6 1.32 2.70 6.9 0.7
1995 NYN MLB 5 3 29 48 0 51.7 48 17 41 4 54% .291 8.4 3.0 0.7 7.1 1.26 2.44 4.5 0.4
1996 NYN MLB 4 3 28 51 0 54.0 54 21 48 2 58% .317 9.0 3.5 0.3 8.0 1.39 1.83 11.3 1.0
1997 NYN MLB 5 3 36 59 0 60.0 49 20 53 3 61% .275 7.3 3.0 0.5 8.0 1.15 2.55 3.6 0.4
1998 NYN MLB 0 8 38 61 0 64.7 66 29 59 4 56% .321 9.2 4.0 0.6 8.2 1.47 3.62 12.5 1.4
1999 NYN MLB 0 2 19 46 0 40.7 40 19 41 1 56% .328 8.9 4.2 0.2 9.1 1.45 2.88 9.0 0.8
1999 BIN AA 0 0 0 1 1 1.3 0 0 1 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.9 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2000 NYN MLB 5 4 4 62 0 55.7 46 26 56 6 66% .268 7.4 4.2 1.0 9.1 1.29 3.40 6.5 0.6
2001 NYN MLB 6 2 2 58 0 53.3 55 19 50 8 62% .307 9.3 3.2 1.4 8.4 1.39 4.05 2.0 0.2
2003 NYN MLB 0 3 2 38 0 34.3 35 13 16 5 65% .265 9.2 3.4 1.3 4.2 1.40 2.62 -1.6 -0.2
2003 NOR AAA 0 0 0 2 0 1.7 1 1 2 0 0% .250 5.3 5.3 0.0 10.6 1.18 0.00 0.0 0.0
2003 SLU A+ 0 1 0 4 3 4.3 6 1 5 1 0% .385 12.6 2.1 2.1 10.5 1.63 6.28 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB 2 7 0 52 0 46.0 46 24 36 6 55% .286 9.0 4.7 1.2 7.0 1.52 5.28 -2.5 -0.2
2005 HOU MLB 0 1 0 31 0 15.0 23 9 16 0 49% .451 13.8 5.4 0.0 9.6 2.13 7.20 5.7 0.6

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
2003-03-30 2003-05-30 60-DL 61 53 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Common Flexor Tendon 2002-05-15
2002-03-31 2002-09-30 60-DL 183 161 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Common Flexor Tendon 2002-05-15
1999-07-03 1999-09-04 15-DL 63 55 Left Fingers Sprain Middle Finger - -
1993-09-24 1993-10-04 DTD 10 10 Left Thumb Laceration - -
1993-08-03 1993-08-26 15-DL 23 21 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
1993-04-17 1993-05-07 15-DL 20 16 Left Elbow Soreness - -
1992-08-26 1992-10-05 60-DL 40 40 Left Elbow Surgery Flexor Tendon 1992-09-29 -
1992-06-30 1992-08-01 15-DL 32 25 Left Elbow Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2005 HOU $700,000
2004 NYN $1,000,000
2003 NYN $3,750,000
2002 HOU $3,083,333
2001 NYN $3,583,333
2000 NYN $3,350,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$15,466,666
6 yrTotal$15,466,666

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
20 y 160 dDan Horwitz1 yr/$0.7M (05)

Details
  • signed as a free agent from NYM 1/05, 1 year/$0.7M (05)
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/03, 1 year/$1M (04)
  • 3 year/$10.5M (01-03) $0.25M signing bonus
  • 01:$3.5M, 02:$3M, 03:$3.75M
  • bonuses:$1.25M as closer

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BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 15, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-08-15
The Lineup Card: Nine Memorable Extra-Inning GamesBaseball Prospectus2014-08-13
The BP Wayback Machine: New Ways to Spell ReliefJoe Sheehan2013-10-14
Prospectus Hit and Run: Trevor Hoffman and the Coming WaveJay Jaffe2011-01-13
The Week in Quotes: January 3-9Alex Carnevale2011-01-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Blyleven in '11 and Other Tales from the BallotJay Jaffe2011-01-06
Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Relief at ListJay Jaffe2011-01-05
On the Beat: One Man's BallotJohn Perrotto2011-01-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Scott KazmirDavid Laurila2010-05-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Protracting the ProcessJay Jaffe2009-01-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-07-02
This article requires BP Premium accessCan Of Corn: Pitching Milestones in ReachDayn Perry2008-04-24
The Week in Quotes: February 11-17Alex Carnevale2008-02-11
The Class of 2008: RelieversJay Jaffe2008-01-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: The FreshmenJim Baker2007-11-30
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Saves, Strikes, and RetreadsJohn Perrotto2007-06-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Pete PalmerDavid Laurila2007-03-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: The Best EverJim Baker2006-03-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 1-8Christina Kahrl2005-07-08
Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego PadresJason Karegeannes2005-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Offseason - The CentralsChristina Kahrl2005-03-11
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: How Do You Rate Relief?Nate Silver2005-01-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: New Ways to Spell ReliefJoe Sheehan2004-10-08
Prospectus Triple Play: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York MetsBaseball Prospectus2004-10-06
This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: One Week at a Time, NL EditionSteven Goldman2004-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: National League, First-Half EditionSteven Goldman2004-07-09
Prospectus Triple Play: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York MetsBaseball Prospectus2004-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Class of 2004: Analyzing the PitchersJay Jaffe2004-01-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The EastsBaseball Prospectus2004-01-12
This article requires BP Premium accessFree Agent Health Report: National LeagueWill Carroll2003-11-04
Prospectus Triple Play: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York MetsBaseball Prospectus2003-09-10
This article requires BP Premium access6-4-3: OverhangGary Huckabay2003-06-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-06-07
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Who'll Stop the Pain?Will Carroll2003-05-29
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2001 Internet Baseball Awards Results: Your Choices for the League's Top HonorsGreg Spira2001-11-09
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, who are the pitchers coming onto the ballot next year? I've heard that there's going to be a wave which will cut into Blyleven's vote count. Is that true? Also, do you see the Vets Committee enshrining Lou and Tram after Tram drops off the ballot (this seems, rather unfortunately, inevitible).
(David from Huntersville NC)
Pitchers eligible for next year's ballot include Kevin Brown, John Franco, Al Leiter, Wilson Alvarez, Ugueth Urbina, Ismael Valdez, Paul Quantrill, Cal Eldred, Kirk Rueter and Steve Reed. I don't see any of them cutting into anybody's support, and other than the first three, I don't see any of them even getting through the nomination stage. Though if Mike Jackson can... (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is anyone going to sign Julio Franco? He turns 50 in August, and his goal was to play until then.
(Rich from Columbus,OH)
My guess is that someone will give him that chance. Minnie Minoso was certainly a better player than Franco -- he had a lifetime 130 OPS+ -- but Franco was better after the age of 40. While Minoso’s cameos came at ages 50 and 54, his “real” career ended at age 38.

Minoso trivia: His one base hit at age 50 or over came off Sid Monge.

Franco trivia: He has reached base all 4 times he has faced John Franco.

Franco trivia part 2: He went 1-for-7 in his career against Gaylord Perry, who is now 69 years old. (David Laurila)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-06-09 14:30:002009 Draft CoverageThe Mets wake up from their nearly four hour nap and take Steven Matz, a solid lefty from Long Island with their fist pick at #72. John Franco making the pick with his accent was especially fitting. Not a sexy, exciting pick, but he belonged around here. (Kevin Goldstein)