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Portrait of Bruce Sutter

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
12 1042 68 71 300 861 2.83 7.9
Birth Date1-8-1953
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
BatsR
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
1976 CHN 23 52 0 83.3 0.0 83.3 6 3 10 2 0 0 332 63 27 25 4 94 26 18 0 73 2.70 2.46 2.85 16.8 1.8
1977 CHN 24 62 0 107.3 0.0 107.3 7 3 31 9 0 0 411 69 21 16 5 102 23 16 1 129 1.34 1.61 2.62 26.7 2.8
1978 CHN 25 64 0 98.7 0.0 98.7 8 10 27 14 0 0 414 82 44 35 10 128 34 27 1 106 3.19 2.86 4.15 9.0 0.8
1979 CHN 26 62 0 101.3 0.0 101.3 6 6 37 10 0 0 403 67 29 25 3 88 32 27 0 110 2.22 1.85 3.18 18.0 1.8
1980 CHN 27 60 0 102.3 0.0 102.3 5 8 28 9 0 0 423 90 35 30 5 121 34 26 1 76 2.64 2.92 4.28 2.6 0.1
1981 SLN 28 48 0 82.3 0.0 82.3 3 5 25 7 0 0 328 64 24 24 5 103 24 16 1 57 2.62 2.99 3.70 6.4 0.6
1982 SLN 29 70 0 102.3 0.0 102.3 9 8 36 9 0 0 424 88 38 33 8 138 34 21 3 61 2.90 3.66 4.58 1.8 0.2
1983 SLN 30 60 0 89.3 0.0 89.3 9 10 21 9 0 0 384 90 45 42 8 128 30 16 1 64 4.23 3.45 5.02 -1.6 0.0
1984 SLN 31 71 0 122.7 0.0 122.7 5 7 45 8 0 0 477 109 26 21 9 153 23 19 1 77 1.54 3.08 4.04 5.3 0.6
1985 ATL 32 58 0 88.3 0.0 88.3 7 7 23 12 0 0 382 91 46 44 13 149 29 25 3 52 4.48 4.44 5.87 -10.1 -1.0
1986 ATL 33 16 0 18.7 0.0 18.7 2 0 3 3 0 0 80 17 9 9 3 30 9 7 0 16 4.34 4.57 6.22 -1.8 -0.2
1988 ATL 35 38 0 45.3 0.0 45.3 1 4 14 9 0 0 193 49 26 24 4 68 11 8 1 40 4.76 2.88 3.84 5.0 0.5
Career66101042.00.01042.06871300101004251879370328771302309226138612.832.944.0578.07.9

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
1976 CHN MLB 52 0 83.3 2.85 137 .214 .257 .322 .367 .264 .258 113 17.4 1.9 16.8 1.8
1977 CHN MLB 62 0 107.3 2.62 144 .181 .267 .329 .410 .262 .253 107 27.2 2.8 26.7 2.8
1978 CHN MLB 64 0 98.7 4.15 106 .240 .258 .324 .383 .262 .274 110 7.3 0.8 9.0 0.8
1979 CHN MLB 62 0 101.3 3.18 130 .194 .268 .333 .400 .264 .248 108 17.0 1.8 18.0 1.8
1980 CHN MLB 60 0 102.3 4.28 99 .232 .268 .329 .388 .262 .278 105 4.1 0.4 2.6 0.1
1981 SLN MLB 48 0 82.3 3.70 109 .230 .259 .322 .374 .262 .245 104 6.1 0.7 6.4 0.6
1982 SLN MLB 70 0 102.3 4.58 88 .244 .263 .325 .388 .261 .252 100 0.8 0.1 1.8 0.2
1983 SLN MLB 60 0 89.3 5.02 78 .255 .258 .326 .386 .261 .292 100 -1.3 -0.1 -1.6 0.0
1984 SLN MLB 71 0 122.7 4.04 94 .218 .263 .328 .387 .264 .272 93 6.1 0.6 5.3 0.6
1985 ATL MLB 58 0 88.3 5.87 55 .270 .256 .325 .385 .259 .274 100 -9.7 -1.0 -10.1 -1.0
1986 ATL MLB 16 0 18.7 6.22 56 .259 .246 .325 .370 .252 .269 103 -1.6 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
1988 ATL MLB 38 0 45.3 3.84 104 .256 .247 .309 .358 .253 .328 103 5.1 0.6 5.0 0.5

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
1976 CHN MLB 6 3 10 52 0 83.3 63 26 73 4 54% .258 6.8 2.8 0.4 7.9 1.07 2.70 16.8 1.8
1977 CHN MLB 7 3 31 62 0 107.3 69 23 129 5 61% .253 5.8 1.9 0.4 10.8 0.86 1.34 26.7 2.8
1978 CHN MLB 8 10 27 64 0 98.7 82 34 106 10 59% .274 7.5 3.1 0.9 9.7 1.18 3.19 9.0 0.8
1979 CHN MLB 6 6 37 62 0 101.3 67 32 110 3 72% .248 6.0 2.8 0.3 9.8 0.98 2.22 18.0 1.8
1980 CHN MLB 5 8 28 60 0 102.3 90 34 76 5 71% .278 7.9 3.0 0.4 6.7 1.21 2.64 2.6 0.1
1981 SLN MLB 3 5 25 48 0 82.3 64 24 57 5 64% .245 7.0 2.6 0.5 6.2 1.07 2.62 6.4 0.6
1982 SLN MLB 9 8 36 70 0 102.3 88 34 61 8 63% .252 7.7 3.0 0.7 5.4 1.19 2.90 1.8 0.2
1983 SLN MLB 9 10 21 60 0 89.3 90 30 64 8 70% .292 9.1 3.0 0.8 6.4 1.34 4.23 -1.6 0.0
1984 SLN MLB 5 7 45 71 0 122.7 109 23 77 9 63% .272 8.0 1.7 0.7 5.6 1.08 1.54 5.3 0.6
1985 ATL MLB 7 7 23 58 0 88.3 91 29 52 13 56% .274 9.3 3.0 1.3 5.3 1.36 4.48 -10.1 -1.0
1986 ATL MLB 2 0 3 16 0 18.7 17 9 16 3 57% .269 8.2 4.3 1.4 7.7 1.39 4.34 -1.8 -0.2
1988 ATL MLB 1 4 14 38 0 45.3 49 11 40 4 55% .328 9.7 2.2 0.8 7.9 1.32 4.76 5.0 0.5

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
1989-04-04 1989-10-02 60-DL 181 161 Right Shoulder Strain Severe Rotator Cuff Tear - -
1988-07-24 1988-08-19 15-DL 26 25 - General Medical Bells Palsy - -
1987-04-07 1987-10-05 60-DL 181 161 - Shoulder Surgery Nerve Possible Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 1987-02-12 -
1986-05-28 1986-10-06 60-DL 131 117 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Partial Rotator Cuff 1986-08-13 -
1985-12-13 1985-12-13 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 1985-12-13 -
1985-09-20 1985-10-06 DTD 16 15 Right Shoulder Soreness Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - -
1977-08-02 1977-08-23 21 20 - Low Back Strain - -

Compensation

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BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessThe HOF Rule Change: What Happens After 10 Years?Mike Gianella2014-07-28
Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part OneAllan Simpson2014-06-03
The Lineup Card: 10 Items on Our Baseball WishlistsBaseball Prospectus2014-05-07
The BP Wayback Machine: The Old You're In, You're OutJoe Sheehan2014-01-10
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees of 1990-94Doug Thorburn2014-01-10
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Better Versions of Bad Hall of Fame ArgumentsZachary Levine2014-01-02
Pebble Hunting: Why Koji Uehara?Sam Miller2013-09-18
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Meet Andrew AlbersDaniel Rathman2013-08-07
This article requires BP Premium accessIn A Pickle: All-Stars Are Not All StarsJason Wojciechowski2013-02-21
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Pop Quiz: Throwback Bullpen GuysZachary Levine2013-02-07
In A Pickle: That Blank ExpressionJason Wojciechowski2013-01-03
Pebble Hunting: A Hall of Fame Brochure for Ryan KleskoSam Miller2012-12-03
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: Shaving an IconMichael Bates2012-09-05
BP Unfiltered: Jerry Blevins, Non-VultureSam Miller2012-07-28
Inside The Park: Can Teams Protect Their Pitchers?Bradford Doolittle2012-05-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Keltner All Stars, Part IJay Jaffe2012-01-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Barry, Black Jack, and the Big Ballot SurgesJay Jaffe2012-01-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-AllJay Jaffe2012-01-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Morris on the Ballot, Smith to CloseJay Jaffe2011-12-30
Wezen-Ball: The Joy of Being Selected to the Hall of FameLarry Granillo2011-12-05
Wezen-Ball: Player Rankings for Type A/B Calculations, 1982-1984Larry Granillo2011-11-02
The Lineup Card: 13 Iconic Instances of Facial HairBaseball Prospectus2011-10-19
Prospectus Hit and Run: Cooperstown's Backhanded ComplimentJay Jaffe2011-07-22
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Back on the AttackJohn Perrotto2011-06-03
The BP Wayback Machine: How Do You Rate Relief?Nate Silver2011-05-26
This article requires BP Premium accessChanging Speeds: What's In A Name?Ken Funck2011-03-08
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Philadelphia Phillies Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2011-02-25
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Reflecting on Trevor HoffmanJohn Perrotto2011-01-14
Prospectus Hit and Run: Trevor Hoffman and the Coming WaveJay Jaffe2011-01-13
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
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Don't Stop The RockJay Jaffe2011-01-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Edgar MartinezJay Jaffe2010-12-30
Spinning Yarn: The ForkballMike Fast2010-12-09
On the Beat: Falling Out of FirstJohn Perrotto2010-09-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Closer Persona: Chris Perez and Brian WilsonDavid Laurila2010-08-31
This article requires BP Premium accessContractual Matters: The White Rat ReluctantJeff Euston2010-07-26
You Can Blog It Up: Just in Time for HOF inductions, the Whitey Herzog All-StarsSteven Goldman2010-07-24
Changing Speeds: Retro Game Story: Cardinals at Cubs, 6/23/84Ken Funck2010-05-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Chugging Toward CooperstownJay Jaffe2010-04-09
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: 10 Men OutJay Jaffe2010-01-13
Prospectus Hit and Run: Hawk, Rock, and a Couple of ShocksJay Jaffe2010-01-07
Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases for PitchersJay Jaffe2010-01-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Underachieving Class of 2009Jay Jaffe2009-09-23
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Lest We ForgetSteven Goldman2009-06-30
You Could Look It Up: The Naked DraftSteven Goldman2009-06-09
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Fun With PECOTA Comparables IIISteven Goldman2009-02-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Protracting the ProcessJay Jaffe2009-01-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The PitchersJay Jaffe2009-01-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Old You're In, You're OutJoe Sheehan2008-12-18
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Gene TenaceDavid Laurila2008-10-26
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Yosted by His Own PetardSteven Goldman2008-09-16
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Cooperstown CasesJay Jaffe2008-04-30
This article requires BP Premium accessCan Of Corn: Pitching Milestones in ReachDayn Perry2008-04-24
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Putting Cys in MotionJim Baker2008-02-01
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Time FliesJohn Perrotto2008-01-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Dissecting the 2008 Hall of Fame VoteJay Jaffe2008-01-09
The Class of 2008: RelieversJay Jaffe2008-01-04
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Class of 2008: The Starting PitchersJay Jaffe2008-01-03
Prospectus Today: My BallotJoe Sheehan2007-12-28
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: My First Full SeasonDan Fox2007-11-01
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jay - I've enjoyed watching you on the MLB network this week along with your coulumns, which are always great. What do you think of Trevor Hoffman's chances especially with the way most of the sabermetric community feels about the save statistic. Thanks
(sarsfield from San Diego, California)
To me, Hoffman looks a lot like Lee Smith, who held the all-time saves lead for awhile before being overtaken - a guy with an impressive save total but not above-average value relative to the already-enshrined relievers, even with Bruce Sutter weighing that group down. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
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)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Raines' vote total is a shame.
(Joe Lefkowitz from NJ)
Well, 36 percent is a marked improvement, and there is now an even greater precedent for people with lower voting percentages on the fourth ballot getting in: Bruce Sutter, Duke Snider and Byleven all had less than 30 percent of the vote on their fourth ballots. His eventual election will depend upon the evolution of the voting body, but I think it will happen. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-10-12 12:00:00 (link to chat)Best (worst) baseball beard: Jim Kern, Jayson Werth, Brian Wilson, Al Hrabosky, other
(Beards 'R Us from USA)
Kern had the barely visible mustache, which is a little weird I think. Werth's is great but I think he makes the goatee a little too prominent. The Mad Hungarian gets big style points, but his style has gone out of fashion. I think Bruce Sutter's beard was best. (Tommy Bennett)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Bill James HOF book showed that about 10% of at bats have gone to hall of famers over the years other than the '20s and '30s, which were higher. This seems like a good barometer. It also seems the '80s & '90s will be lower than this. I think the bar has been raised too high, c.f. Alan Trammell and Tim Raines. Your thoughts?
(WillMeier from Muskegon, MI)
It does seem that the BBWAA has become more picky over the years--but then again, they've elected Tony Perez, Bruce Sutter and, next year, Jim Rice. Hard to say they're upholding a standard.

Remember that we're not dealing with complete information yet. Only players who ended their careers by 1988 have gone through a full ballot cycle. No one has been elected by the VC yet, and that system will change four more times before lunch. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, do you thing Rice would be the worst BBWAA choice ever? I think he might be better than Brock, but Brock had enough mitigating circumstances (3000 hits, stolen base record, 3 really good world series) that it is sort of understandable.
(djackson from New York)
He's better than Bruce Sutter and a little bit better, I think, than Tony Perez. The BBWAA has some older weird picks, too. I think Herb Pennock is their nadir.

Brock has markers Rice doesn't. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)How many players have ever been inducted into the Hall with as low of a vote percentage as Raines received today? Also, will we be waiting for Frank Thomas to be inducted for the DH position to be recognized by the Hall? Is Thomas looked at as a first ballot guy?
(Brian from Tinley)
In the question above, I meant 15 years on the ballot, not 20 - that's 20 years after the end of his career.

As for the question at hand, confining ourselves to the post 1965 annual balloting era, Duke Snider (17.0%), Don Derysdale (21.0%), Billy Williams (23.4%) and Bruce Sutter (23.9%) started out in bigger holes than Raines.

As for Frank Thomas, I do think Paul Molitor already scored some points on behalf of the DHs. Thomas, with 500+homers and a 400+ OBP, could well be a first-ballot guy. At 101.7 JAWS, he's about 12 points above the 1B benchmark. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Little known MLB rule: relievers who seek to grow a full beard must receive permission from Bruce Sutter. (Steven Goldman)