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Joe Azcue

Jose Joaquin (Lopez) Azcue (The Immortal Azcue)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: August 18, 1939 in Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos, Cuba
Signed
by the Cincinnati Redlegs as an amateur free agent in 1956. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 3, 1960 (Age 20.351)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1962 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Angels/Athletics/RedSox/Reds/... 1960-1972

Final Game: September 29, 1972 (Age 33.042)
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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1960 20 CIN NL 14 33 31 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 6 .097 .152 .097 .248 -31 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
1962 22 KCA AL 72 248 223 18 51 9 1 2 25 1 0 17 27 .229 .287 .305 .592 58 68 3 3 1 4 7 2
1963 23 TOT AL 96 343 324 26 91 16 0 14 46 1 1 15 47 .281 .310 .460 .770 114 149 13 0 1 3 1 2
1963 23 KCA AL 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1963 23 CLE AL 94 339 320 26 91 16 0 14 46 1 1 15 46 .284 .314 .466 .779 117 149 13 0 1 3 1 2
1964 24 CLE AL 83 294 271 20 74 9 1 4 34 0 2 16 38 .273 .314 .358 .672 87 97 4 2 1 4 2 2
1965 25 CLE AL 111 371 335 16 77 7 0 2 35 2 1 27 54 .230 .290 .269 .559 60 90 15 3 2 4 8 2
1966 26 CLE AL 98 330 302 22 83 10 1 9 37 0 2 20 22 .275 .319 .404 .723 107 122 6 2 1 5 5 2
1967 27 CLE AL 86 324 295 33 74 12 5 11 34 0 3 22 35 .251 .307 .437 .744 116 129 8 3 1 3 0 2
1968 ★ 28 CLE AL 115 389 357 23 100 10 0 4 42 1 1 28 33 .280 .331 .342 .672 106 122 9 0 2 2 5 2 AS
1969 29 TOT AL 106 365 323 23 72 8 0 2 23 0 1 35 36 .223 .299 .266 .566 62 86 17 2 1 4 12 2
1969 29 CLE AL 7 28 24 1 7 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 3 .292 .393 .417 .810 124 10 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1969 29 BOS AL 19 55 51 7 11 2 0 0 3 0 0 4 5 .216 .273 .255 .528 45 13 3 0 0 0 1 2
1969 29 CAL AL 80 282 248 15 54 6 0 1 19 0 1 27 28 .218 .295 .254 .549 60 63 14 2 1 4 11 2
1970 30 CAL AL 114 381 351 19 85 13 1 2 25 0 0 24 40 .242 .292 .302 .594 67 106 12 2 1 3 4 *2
1972 32 TOT AL 14 16 16 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 .125 .176 .125 .301 -8 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
1972 32 CAL AL 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1972 32 MIL AL 11 15 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 .143 .200 .143 .343 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 /2
11 Yrs 909 3094 2828 201 712 94 9 50 304 5 12 207 344 .252 .304 .344 .648 84 974 87 17 11 32 45
162 Game Avg. 162 551 504 36 127 17 2 9 54 1 2 37 61 .252 .304 .344 .648 84 174 16 3 2 6 8
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
CLE (7 yrs) 594 2075 1904 141 506 64 7 45 229 4 10 132 231 .266 .313 .378 .691 99 719 55 10 8 21 21
CAL (3 yrs) 197 664 601 34 139 19 1 3 44 0 1 51 69 .231 .293 .281 .574 64 169 26 4 2 7 15
KCA (2 yrs) 74 252 227 18 51 9 1 2 25 1 0 17 28 .225 .283 .300 .582 55 68 3 3 1 4 7
BOS (1 yr) 19 55 51 7 11 2 0 0 3 0 0 4 5 .216 .273 .255 .528 45 13 3 0 0 0 1
CIN (1 yr) 14 33 31 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 6 .097 .152 .097 .248 -31 3 0 0 0 0 0
MIL (1 yr) 11 15 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 .143 .200 .143 .343 5 2 0 0 0 0 1
AL (10 yrs) 895 3061 2797 200 709 94 9 50 301 5 11 205 338 .253 .305 .347 .652 86 971 87 17 11 32 45
NL (1 yr) 14 33 31 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 6 .097 .152 .097 .248 -31 3 0 0 0 0 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1960 20 CIN NL 14 33 -5 -0 0 0 0 -5 -0.6 1 -4 -0.4 .461 .497 -0.4 0.1 -4 2
1962 22 KCA AL 72 248 -17 2 1 1 4 -10 -1.2 8 -2 -0.4 .485 .493 -0.4 0.4 -3 2
1963 23 KCA AL 2 4 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .441 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /2
1963 23 CLE AL 94 339 9 -0 -2 4 5 15 1.6 10 26 2.6 .518 .510 2.2 0.9 22 2
1964 24 CLE AL 83 294 -5 -1 0 -1 4 -3 -0.5 9 6 0.4 .496 .498 0.6 0.2 7 2
1965 25 CLE AL 111 371 -16 -1 -2 2 5 -12 -1.5 11 -1 -0.3 .487 .491 -0.5 0.8 -3 2
1966 26 CLE AL 98 330 1 -1 -0 6 5 11 1.1 11 22 2.2 .513 .508 1.7 1.1 16 2
1967 27 CLE AL 86 324 5 -1 -0 1 5 10 1.0 11 20 2.1 .514 .507 2.1 0.6 19 2
1968 ★ 28 CLE AL 115 389 8 1 -0 4 5 17 2.0 13 31 3.4 .519 .513 3.0 1.0 27 2 AS
1969 29 CLE AL 7 28 1 -0 0 0 0 1 0.1 1 2 0.2 .516 .501 0.2 0.0 2 /2
1969 29 BOS AL 19 55 -4 0 -1 1 1 -2 -0.2 2 0 -0.0 .489 .499 -0.1 0.2 -1 $26,500 2
1969 29 CAL AL 80 282 -17 0 -2 2 4 -13 -1.5 10 -3 -0.5 .482 .491 -0.7 0.7 -5 2
1970 30 CAL AL 114 381 -15 -2 -1 -4 6 -16 -1.9 13 -3 -0.5 .484 .489 0.0 0.2 1 $26,500 *2
1972 32 CAL AL 3 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .491 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1972 32 MIL AL 11 15 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.1 .489 .499 -0.1 0.0 -0 $23,000 /2
11 Seasons 909 3094 -58 -4 -7 16 45 -9 -1.8 100 92 8.5 .499 .500 7.6 6.2 76 $76,000
CLE (7 yrs) 594 2075 2 -4 -5 16 30 39 3.8 66 106 10.6 .508 .505 9.4 4.7 90
CAL (3 yrs) 197 664 -32 -2 -3 -2 10 -29 -3.4 23 -6 -1.1 .483 .490 -0.7 0.8 -5 $26,500
KCA (2 yrs) 74 252 -18 2 1 1 4 -11 -1.3 8 -3 -0.5 .484 .494 -0.5 0.4 -4
BOS (1 yr) 19 55 -4 0 -1 1 1 -2 -0.2 2 0 -0.0 .489 .499 -0.1 0.2 -1 $26,500
CIN (1 yr) 14 33 -5 -0 0 0 0 -5 -0.6 1 -4 -0.4 .461 .497 -0.4 0.1 -4
MIL (1 yr) 11 15 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.1 .489 .499 -0.1 0.0 -0 $23,000

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1960 CIN NL 20 C 14 6 5 74.0 72 66 6 0 0 1.000 0 0 8.76 5.14 .986 6.58 6.57 1 4 3 3 50% 40% 0
1962 KCA AL 22 C 70 64 53 553.2 411 363 42 6 5 .985 1 2 6.58 5.79 .989 6.30 6.28 11 15 23 16 41% 36% 4
1963 TOT AL 23 C 92 84 70 742.0 616 569 42 5 13 .992 4 6 7.41 6.64 .989 6.64 6.64 6 20 25 18 42% 33% 6
1963 KCA AL 23 C 1 0 0 5.0 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 5.00 .988 6.66 6.60 0 0 0 0 0
1963 CLE AL 23 C 91 84 70 737.0 611 564 42 5 13 .992 4 7 7.40 6.66 .989 6.64 6.64 6 20 25 18 42% 33% 6
1964 CLE AL 24 C 76 70 68 633.0 550 510 36 4 2 .993 -1 -2 7.76 7.18 .990 7.07 7.06 16 25 22 15 41% 37% 3
1965 CLE AL 25 C 108 97 75 845.0 772 714 53 5 2 .994 2 3 8.17 7.10 .988 6.96 6.94 14 31 29 19 40% 34% 3
1966 CLE AL 26 C 97 86 72 774.0 635 588 40 7 3 .989 6 9 7.30 6.47 .988 6.86 6.85 12 23 17 28 62% 38% 1
1967 CLE AL 27 C 86 80 72 732.2 694 636 57 1 4 .999 1 2 8.51 8.06 .989 7.22 7.23 17 30 19 21 53% 41% 3
1968 CLE AL 28 C 97 90 73 797.2 752 699 50 3 11 .996 4 6 8.45 7.72 .990 6.97 6.94 9 24 24 23 49% 37% 1 AS
1969 TOT AL 29 C 105 95 84 843.0 650 573 70 7 15 .989 3 4 6.86 6.12 .987 6.65 6.65 12 39 38 31 45% 36% 5
1969 CLE AL 29 C 6 6 6 60.0 51 46 4 1 2 .980 0 0 7.50 8.33 .987 6.64 6.65 0 2 3 2 40% 36% 0
1969 BOS AL 29 C 19 14 13 133.0 106 90 14 2 3 .981 1 9 7.04 5.47 .987 6.65 6.65 2 7 4 5 56% 36% 1
1969 CAL AL 29 C 80 75 65 650.0 493 437 52 4 10 .992 2 4 6.77 6.11 .987 6.65 6.65 10 30 31 24 44% 36% 4
1970 CAL AL 30 C 112 98 83 891.2 644 587 51 6 10 .991 -4 -5 6.44 5.70 .988 6.65 6.62 17 33 42 24 36% 39% 0
1972 TOT AL 32 C 11 2 2 39.2 29 24 5 0 2 1.000 0 0 6.58 2.64 .985 6.47 6.45 2 1 2 3 60% 39% 0
1972 CAL AL 32 C 2 0 0 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 18.00 2.00 .985 6.30 6.45 0 0 0 0 0
1972 MIL AL 32 C 9 2 2 37.2 25 20 5 0 2 1.000 0 0 5.97 2.78 .985 6.48 6.46 2 1 2 3 60% 39% 0
11 Seasons C 868 772 657 6926.1 5825 5329 452 44 67 .992 16 3 7.51 6.66 .989 6.82 6.80 117 245 244 201 45% 37% 26
11 Seasons TOT 868 772 657 6926.1 5825 5329 452 44 67 .992 16 3 7.51 6.66 .989 6.82 6.80 117 245 244 201 45% 37% 26
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1969 AL  12 (6th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1968 AL  97 (5th)
1970 AL  112 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1963 AL  569 (5th)
1965 AL  714 (2nd)
1968 AL  699 (2nd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1963 AL  42 (5th)
1965 AL  53 (4th)
1967 AL  57 (4th)
1968 AL  50 (5th)
1969 AL  70 (1st)
1970 AL  51 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1963 AL  13 (1st)
1968 AL  11 (3rd)
1969 AL  15 (2nd)
1970 AL  10 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1962 AL  11 (5th)
1964 AL  16 (2nd)
1965 AL  14 (4th)
1966 AL  12 (2nd)
1967 AL  17 (1st)
1968 AL  9 (5th)
1969 AL  12 (2nd)
1970 AL  17 (1st)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1970 AL  42 (5th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1963 AL  18 (2nd)
1969 AL  31 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1963 AL  41.9 (2nd)
1964 AL  40.5 (4th)
1965 AL  39.6 (4th)
1966 AL  62.2 (1st)
1967 AL  52.5 (2nd)
1968 AL  48.9 (2nd)
1969 AL  44.9 (4th)
Career  45.2 (91st)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1966 AL  6 (1st)
1968 AL  4 (3rd)
Career  16 (74th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1962 AL  6.58 (5th)
1963 AL  7.41 (1st)
1964 AL  7.76 (3rd)
1965 AL  8.17 (1st)
1966 AL  7.30 (4th)
1967 AL  8.51 (1st)
1968 AL  8.45 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1963 AL  6.64 (3rd)
1964 AL  7.18 (3rd)
1965 AL  7.10 (2nd)
1966 AL  6.47 (4th)
1967 AL  8.06 (1st)
1968 AL  7.72 (1st)
1969 AL  6.12 (4th)
Career  6.66 (51st)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1963 AL  .992 (5th)
1965 AL  .994 (3rd)
1967 AL  .999 (1st)
1968 AL  .996 (1st)
1970 AL  .991 (3rd)
Career  .992 (38th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1823), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2986), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (172nd), 8.5 career WAR/10.2 7yr-peak WAR/9.3 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1969 29 Boston Red Sox $26,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1970 30 California Angels $26,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database 3/28/70 TSN: $40,000
1972 32 Milwaukee Brewers $23,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database 3/18/72 TSN: $21,300
Career to date (may be incomplete)$76,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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