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Jim Kaat PTwins

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
25 4530.3 283 237 18 2461 3.45 38.8
Birth Date11-7-1938
Height6' 4"
Weight205 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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.
Multiple stints are are currently shownClick to hide.
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
1959 WS1 MLB 3 2 5.0 7 4 2 1 .252 109 12.6 7.2 1.8 3.6 79% .300 .366 2.20 7.86 12.60 115 11.06 -0.3
1960 WS1 MLB 13 9 50.0 48 31 25 8 .263 101 8.6 5.6 1.4 4.5 54% .252 .300 1.58 5.64 5.58 127 5.91 -0.4
1961 MIN MLB 36 29 200.7 188 82 122 12 .258 103 8.4 3.7 0.5 5.5 59% .276 .243 1.35 3.45 3.90 96 4.19 2.9
1962 MIN MLB 39 35 269.0 243 75 173 23 .260 100 8.1 2.5 0.8 5.8 60% .267 .236 1.18 3.38 3.14 89 3.70 5.4
1963 MIN MLB 31 27 178.3 195 38 105 24 .256 100 9.8 1.9 1.2 5.3 63% .291 .280 1.31 3.82 4.19 102 4.99 -0.6
1964 MIN MLB 36 34 243.0 231 60 171 23 .256 104 8.6 2.2 0.9 6.3 55% .279 .247 1.20 3.13 3.22 94 3.88 3.1
1965 MIN MLB 45 42 264.3 267 63 154 25 .257 105 9.1 2.1 0.9 5.2 59% .279 .258 1.25 3.23 2.83 100 4.35 1.5
1966 MIN MLB 41 41 304.7 271 55 205 29 .257 105 8.0 1.6 0.9 6.1 54% .259 .236 1.07 2.90 2.75 81 3.54 4.6
1967 MIN MLB 42 38 263.3 269 42 211 21 .254 103 9.2 1.4 0.7 7.2 51% .303 .255 1.18 2.43 3.04 75 3.82 2.1
1968 MIN MLB 30 29 208.0 192 40 130 16 .259 99 8.3 1.7 0.7 5.6 53% .265 .257 1.12 2.59 2.94 91 3.18 2.3
1969 MIN MLB 40 32 242.3 252 75 139 23 .252 98 9.4 2.8 0.9 5.2 52% .286 .271 1.35 3.49 3.49 101 4.25 1.4
1970 MIN MLB 45 34 230.3 244 58 120 26 .254 101 9.5 2.3 1.0 4.7 56% .285 .263 1.31 3.65 3.56 107 4.75 0.9
1971 MIN MLB 39 38 260.3 275 47 137 16 .257 103 9.5 1.6 0.6 4.7 50% .290 .251 1.24 2.72 3.32 89 3.33 3.9
1972 MIN MLB 15 15 113.3 94 20 64 6 .249 103 7.5 1.6 0.5 5.1 55% .249 .225 1.01 2.36 2.06 89 2.95 1.9
1973 CHA 0 7 7 42.7 44 4 16 4 .255 107 9.3 0.8 0.8 3.4 43% .268 .242 1.12 3.33 4.22 0 0.00 0.0
1973 MIN 0 29 28 181.7 206 39 93 26 .259 106 10.2 1.9 1.3 4.6 49% .292 .268 1.35 4.13 4.41 0 0.00 0.0
1974 CHA MLB 42 39 277.3 263 63 142 18 .258 104 8.5 2.0 0.6 4.6 49% .269 .240 1.18 3.14 2.92 90 2.89 6.2
1975 CHA MLB 43 41 303.7 321 77 142 20 .260 104 9.5 2.3 0.6 4.2 49% .292 .257 1.31 3.33 3.11 98 3.77 3.9
1976 PHI MLB 38 35 227.7 241 32 83 21 .258 104 9.5 1.3 0.8 3.3 55% .279 .257 1.20 3.54 3.48 100 4.03 1.6
1977 PHI MLB 35 27 160.3 211 40 55 20 .258 104 11.8 2.2 1.1 3.1 53% .323 .291 1.57 4.45 5.39 113 5.42 -0.4
1978 PHI MLB 26 24 140.3 150 32 48 9 .252 104 9.6 2.1 0.6 3.1 47% .287 .255 1.30 3.56 4.10 106 4.63 0.2
1979 NYA 0 40 1 58.3 64 14 23 4 .267 95 9.9 2.2 0.6 3.5 51% .291 .275 1.34 3.69 3.86 0 0.00 0.0
1979 PHI 0 3 1 8.3 9 5 2 1 .263 97 9.7 5.4 1.1 2.2 50% .276 .309 1.68 5.57 4.32 0 0.00 0.0
1980 NYA 0 4 0 5.0 8 4 1 0 .267 96 14.4 7.2 0.0 1.8 71% .364 .375 2.40 4.76 7.20 0 0.00 0.0
1980 SLN 0 49 14 129.7 140 33 36 6 .254 102 9.7 2.3 0.4 2.5 61% .285 .253 1.33 3.55 3.82 0 0.00 0.0
1981 SLN MLB 41 1 53.0 60 17 8 2 .256 104 10.2 2.9 0.3 1.4 59% .287 .277 1.45 3.82 3.40 119 5.18 -0.6
1982 SLN MLB 62 2 75.0 79 23 35 6 .250 100 9.5 2.8 0.7 4.2 65% .286 .273 1.36 3.85 4.08 102 5.48 -0.7
1983 SLN MLB 24 0 34.7 48 10 19 5 .250 100 12.5 2.6 1.3 4.9 62% .336 .315 1.67 4.32 3.89 105 7.25 -1.0
1973 TOT MLB 36 35 224.3 250 43 109 30 .258 106 10.0 1.7 1.2 4.4 48% .288 .263 1.31 3.98 4.37 98 4.31 1.4
1979 TOT MLB 43 2 66.7 73 19 25 5 .266 96 9.9 2.6 0.7 3.4 51% .289 .279 1.38 3.92 3.92 102 5.08 -0.2
1980 TOT MLB 53 14 134.7 148 37 37 6 .255 102 9.9 2.5 0.4 2.5 62% .288 .259 1.37 3.60 3.94 111 4.43 0.7
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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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
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
1959 WS1 MLB 3 2 5.0 7 4 2 1 .252 109 12.6 7.2 1.8 3.6 79% .300 .366 2.20 7.86 12.60
1960 WS1 MLB 13 9 50.0 48 31 25 8 .263 101 8.6 5.6 1.4 4.5 54% .252 .300 1.58 5.64 5.58
1961 MIN MLB 36 29 200.7 188 82 122 12 .258 103 8.4 3.7 0.5 5.5 59% .276 .243 1.35 3.45 3.90
1962 MIN MLB 39 35 269.0 243 75 173 23 .260 100 8.1 2.5 0.8 5.8 60% .267 .236 1.18 3.38 3.14
1963 MIN MLB 31 27 178.3 195 38 105 24 .256 100 9.8 1.9 1.2 5.3 63% .291 .280 1.31 3.82 4.19
1964 MIN MLB 36 34 243.0 231 60 171 23 .256 104 8.6 2.2 0.9 6.3 55% .279 .247 1.20 3.13 3.22
1965 MIN MLB 45 42 264.3 267 63 154 25 .257 105 9.1 2.1 0.9 5.2 59% .279 .258 1.25 3.23 2.83
1966 MIN MLB 41 41 304.7 271 55 205 29 .257 105 8.0 1.6 0.9 6.1 54% .259 .236 1.07 2.90 2.75
1967 MIN MLB 42 38 263.3 269 42 211 21 .254 103 9.2 1.4 0.7 7.2 51% .303 .255 1.18 2.43 3.04
1968 MIN MLB 30 29 208.0 192 40 130 16 .259 99 8.3 1.7 0.7 5.6 53% .265 .257 1.12 2.59 2.94
1969 MIN MLB 40 32 242.3 252 75 139 23 .252 98 9.4 2.8 0.9 5.2 52% .286 .271 1.35 3.49 3.49
1970 MIN MLB 45 34 230.3 244 58 120 26 .254 101 9.5 2.3 1.0 4.7 56% .285 .263 1.31 3.65 3.56
1971 MIN MLB 39 38 260.3 275 47 137 16 .257 103 9.5 1.6 0.6 4.7 50% .290 .251 1.24 2.72 3.32
1972 MIN MLB 15 15 113.3 94 20 64 6 .249 103 7.5 1.6 0.5 5.1 55% .249 .225 1.01 2.36 2.06
1973 CHA MLB 7 7 42.7 44 4 16 4 .255 107 9.3 0.8 0.8 3.4 43% .268 .242 1.12 3.33 4.22
1973 MIN MLB 29 28 181.7 206 39 93 26 .259 106 10.2 1.9 1.3 4.6 49% .292 .268 1.35 4.13 4.41
1974 CHA MLB 42 39 277.3 263 63 142 18 .258 104 8.5 2.0 0.6 4.6 49% .269 .240 1.18 3.14 2.92
1975 CHA MLB 43 41 303.7 321 77 142 20 .260 104 9.5 2.3 0.6 4.2 49% .292 .257 1.31 3.33 3.11
1976 PHI MLB 38 35 227.7 241 32 83 21 .258 104 9.5 1.3 0.8 3.3 55% .279 .257 1.20 3.54 3.48
1977 PHI MLB 35 27 160.3 211 40 55 20 .258 104 11.8 2.2 1.1 3.1 53% .323 .291 1.57 4.45 5.39
1978 PHI MLB 26 24 140.3 150 32 48 9 .252 104 9.6 2.1 0.6 3.1 47% .287 .255 1.30 3.56 4.10
1979 NYA MLB 40 1 58.3 64 14 23 4 .267 95 9.9 2.2 0.6 3.5 51% .291 .275 1.34 3.69 3.86
1979 PHI MLB 3 1 8.3 9 5 2 1 .263 97 9.7 5.4 1.1 2.2 50% .276 .309 1.68 5.57 4.32
1980 NYA MLB 4 0 5.0 8 4 1 0 .267 96 14.4 7.2 0.0 1.8 71% .364 .375 2.40 4.76 7.20
1980 SLN MLB 49 14 129.7 140 33 36 6 .254 102 9.7 2.3 0.4 2.5 61% .285 .253 1.33 3.55 3.82
1981 SLN MLB 41 1 53.0 60 17 8 2 .256 104 10.2 2.9 0.3 1.4 59% .287 .277 1.45 3.82 3.40
1982 SLN MLB 62 2 75.0 79 23 35 6 .250 100 9.5 2.8 0.7 4.2 65% .286 .273 1.36 3.85 4.08
1983 SLN MLB 24 0 34.7 48 10 19 5 .250 100 12.5 2.6 1.3 4.9 62% .336 .315 1.67 4.32 3.89

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
1972-07-03 1972-10-05 94 87 Left Wrist Fracture - -
1968-04-10 1968-05-03 23 19 Left Elbow Inflammation - -

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BP Articles

Jim Kaat is referenced in the following articles.

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In A Pickle: How To Lose Lots of One-Run GamesJason Wojciechowski2014-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessThe HOF Rule Change: What Happens After 10 Years?Mike Gianella2014-07-28
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: The New Class of Shift CandidateDaniel Rathman2014-04-08
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: As Good as They Once Were?Jason Collette2013-04-02
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: The Undefeated DominicansBen Lindbergh2013-03-20
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: Zeroes and OnesGeoff Young2013-01-15
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Murphy, Morris, and Using the Full 15 BallotsZachary Levine2013-01-10
The BP Wayback Machine: Firing Up the Wayback MachineKevin Goldstein2012-12-28
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: Ferguson Jenkins, Tommy John, and How Some Players End Up Outside the HallAdam Sobsey2012-12-12
Inside The Park Blog: Big 3s: The Complete ListBradford Doolittle2012-05-24
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Golden Era Ballot for the Hall of FameJay Jaffe2011-11-22
The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Basebrawls and Individual Performances in BasebrawlsBaseball Prospectus2011-08-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Stuck in the Middle with YouJay Jaffe2011-07-25
Wezen-Ball: Verducci's "Nintendo Effect"Larry Granillo2011-04-26
The BP Broadside: Thanks to Soriano, CC will Finish with 299 Career WinsSteven Goldman2011-04-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Blyleven in '11 and Other Tales from the BallotJay Jaffe2011-01-06
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Dick AllenBob Hertzel2010-11-23
Prospectus Hit and Run: Billy and GeorgeJay Jaffe2010-11-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Disasterpiece TheaterJay Jaffe2010-09-29
You Can Blog It Up: The Happy, Happy Chuck Tanner All-StarsSteven Goldman2010-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Don't Call it the Veterans' CommitteeJay Jaffe2010-07-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Jacktastic!Jay Jaffe2010-06-30
Under The Knife: Wednesday UpdateWill Carroll2010-06-09
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Left WingJoe Sheehan2009-08-19
You Could Look It Up: The Naked DraftSteven Goldman2009-06-09
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Next 300Jay Jaffe2009-06-05
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The No-Decision KingsSteven Goldman2009-06-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Bert BlylevenDavid Laurila2009-05-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Ross GrimsleyDavid Laurila2009-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Cooper's OptimismJohn Perrotto2009-04-19
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Bleeding Edge of a Whole New Hall GameJay Jaffe2008-12-09
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: The Winter MeetingsJohn Perrotto2008-12-09
Every Given Sunday: Winter Meetings PreviewJohn Perrotto2008-12-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Prelude to the Great UnpluggingJay Jaffe2008-08-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-07-09
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Lightning in a Bottle, Thunder in the BronxJohn Perrotto2008-05-18
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Voting Oddities and Reinventing the Iron ManJim Baker2007-08-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Buehrle DilemmaJoe Sheehan2007-06-28
Prospectus Q&A: Jack McKeonDavid Laurila2007-05-27
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Hummingbirds and SlothsDan Fox2007-05-03
Who Will Rid Me of This Pestilent McCovey?: Pinch Running in the Last 50 YearsBrandon Isleib2007-04-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Gold Gloves in FebruaryJoe Sheehan2007-02-27
This article requires BP Premium accessGrumpy Old Men: JAWS Tackles the Veterans Committee BallotJay Jaffe2007-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessWorld Series Prospectus: Game Five DiarySteven Goldman2006-10-28
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Definition of InsanitySteven Goldman2006-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Annuity That Changed Baseball: Hunter v. FinleyBrent Gambill2006-08-24
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Firing Up the Wayback MachineKevin Goldstein2006-07-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Early ClincherJim Baker2006-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Underrating Mark BuehrleNate Silver2006-04-26
This article requires BP Premium access2006--Setting the Stage: Pack Your Bag WellJay Jaffe2006-03-30
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Most ActiveJim Baker2006-01-25
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The BallotJoe Sheehan2006-01-09
From The Mailbag: JAWS, Revenue Sharing, and Sandwich PicksBaseball Prospectus2005-12-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Balking At WalksJim Baker2005-06-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: A Look at LongevityJim Baker2005-03-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Trivia Manufactured While You WaitJim Baker2005-03-03
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Veterans Committee Ballot: JAWS Chews on the EligiblesJay Jaffe2005-03-02
This article requires BP Premium accessFrom The Mailbag: Unearned Runs, Devil Rays, and the Waiver WireBaseball Prospectus2004-04-26
2004 Internet Hall of Fame: The Results Are InNeal Traven2004-01-05
Prospectus Feature: The Yankees' Seven-Man RotationNate Silver2003-02-11
2003 Internet Hall Of Fame Results: Presented by STATLG-L and Baseball ProspectusNeal Traven2003-01-06
Prospectus Feature: 2002 STATLG-L Internet Hall of FameNeal Traven2002-12-09


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Jack Morris doesn't pitch Game 7 in 1991, is he even on the ballot at this point?
(RMR from Chicago)
Well, Tommy John and Jim Kaat lasted 15 years with just shy of 300 wins, and other than Blyleven, Morris has the highest win total of anyone who's been on the ballot in years, so yes, I think Morris would still be on the ballot, albeit with well below 50 percent of the vote. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, before you started JAWS who did you think were hall of fame players that you later disproved due to your analysis?
(mattseward from Cardiff, UK)
Funny you should mention that. Today I pulled my first piece on starting pitchers from my Futility Infielder blog, written back in January 2002: http://bit.ly/g5yatC

It was written prior to JAWS, prior to my learning about WARP, back when Win Shares was the newest thing. In it, I stump for Blyleven, Jim Kaat and Tommy John, and retain an open mind regarding Morris, whose Win Shares totals hadn't been published. Of those, the only one which holds up in the face of JAWS is Blyleven. (Jay Jaffe)


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