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John Bateman

John Alvin Bateman

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: July 21, 1940 in Fort Sill, OK
Signed
by the Houston Colt .45's as an amateur free agent in 1962. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 19, 1963 (Age 22.272, 9,703rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1963 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Expos/Astros/Colt.45's/Phillies 1963-1972

Last Game: October 3, 1972 (Age 32.074)
Died: December 3, 1996 in Sand Springs, OK
Buried: Woodland Memorial Park, Sand Springs, OK
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 19, 2014 9:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1864. Art Whitney… #1865. Eddie Grant… #1866. Ralph Young… #1867. JOHN BATEMAN… #1868. Kosuke Fukudome… #1869. Malachi Kittridge… #1870. Dan Meyer… 

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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
1963 22 HOU NL 128 434 404 23 85 8 6 10 59 0 0 13 103 .210 .249 .334 .583 71 135 9 9 4 4 1 *2
1964 23 HOU NL 74 241 221 18 42 8 0 5 19 0 1 17 48 .190 .249 .294 .543 57 65 9 1 0 2 5 2
1965 24 HOU NL 45 157 142 15 28 3 1 7 14 0 1 12 37 .197 .256 .380 .637 84 54 9 0 1 2 3 2
1966 25 HOU NL 131 468 433 39 121 24 3 17 70 0 0 20 74 .279 .315 .467 .781 121 202 17 5 4 6 9 *2
1967 26 HOU NL 76 273 252 16 48 9 0 2 17 0 0 17 53 .190 .245 .250 .495 45 63 9 2 0 2 11 2
1968 27 HOU NL 111 383 350 28 87 19 0 4 33 1 1 23 46 .249 .297 .337 .635 93 118 16 3 3 4 16 2
1969 28 MON NL 74 249 235 16 49 4 0 8 19 0 2 12 44 .209 .250 .328 .578 61 77 7 1 1 0 6 2
1970 29 MON NL 139 557 520 51 123 21 5 15 68 8 4 28 75 .237 .275 .383 .658 76 199 15 1 5 3 9 *2
1971 30 MON NL 139 526 492 34 119 17 3 10 56 1 0 19 87 .242 .273 .350 .623 76 172 27 4 6 5 3 *2
1972 31 TOT NL 100 297 281 10 63 10 0 3 20 0 1 11 43 .224 .253 .292 .545 54 82 5 1 1 3 6 2
1972 31 MON NL 18 32 29 0 7 1 0 0 3 0 0 3 4 .241 .313 .276 .588 68 8 1 0 0 0 0 /2
1972 31 PHI NL 82 265 252 10 56 9 0 3 17 0 1 8 39 .222 .246 .294 .540 52 74 4 1 1 3 6 2
10 Yrs 1017 3585 3330 250 765 123 18 81 375 10 10 172 610 .230 .271 .350 .621 77 1167 123 27 25 31 69
162 Game Avg. 162 571 530 40 122 20 3 13 60 2 2 27 97 .230 .271 .350 .621 77 186 20 4 4 5 11
HOU (6 yrs) 565 1956 1802 139 411 71 10 45 212 1 3 102 361 .228 .274 .353 .628 83 637 69 20 12 20 45
MON (4 yrs) 370 1364 1276 101 298 43 8 33 146 9 6 62 210 .234 .271 .357 .628 73 456 50 6 12 8 18
PHI (1 yr) 82 265 252 10 56 9 0 3 17 0 1 8 39 .222 .246 .294 .540 52 74 4 1 1 3 6

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
1963 22 HOU NL 128 434 -12 -1 -1 -2 6 -10 -1.1 16 6 0.6 .491 .493 0.8 0.6 8 *2
1964 23 HOU NL 74 241 -11 -1 -1 -4 4 -13 -1.4 9 -4 -0.4 .481 .491 -0.1 0.0 0 2
1965 24 HOU NL 45 157 -4 -1 -2 1 2 -3 -0.3 6 3 0.3 .493 .498 0.2 0.4 2 2
1966 25 HOU NL 131 468 9 -3 -2 -6 7 5 0.6 17 22 2.3 .504 .503 2.9 0.2 27 *2
1967 26 HOU NL 76 273 -20 -0 -1 -3 4 -21 -2.4 10 -11 -1.4 .467 .485 -1.1 0.2 -8 2
1968 27 HOU NL 111 383 -5 0 -2 -10 6 -11 -1.2 13 2 0.1 .487 .491 1.2 -0.4 12 2
1969 28 MON NL 74 249 -11 -1 -1 -8 4 -17 -1.9 9 -8 -1.0 .474 .488 -0.2 -0.4 -0 2
1970 29 MON NL 139 557 -17 -2 -1 10 8 -2 -0.1 19 18 1.8 .499 .499 0.6 2.0 7 *2
1971 30 MON NL 139 526 -15 -2 -4 -4 8 -17 -1.9 18 1 -0.0 .486 .488 0.3 0.5 5 *2
1972 31 MON NL 18 32 -1 0 -0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .487 .499 -0.0 -0.1 0 /2
1972 31 PHI NL 82 265 -18 -1 0 -4 4 -18 -2.0 9 -9 -1.2 .474 .487 -0.8 0.1 -5 2
10 Seasons 1017 3585 -105 -10 -14 -31 53 -108 -11.9 126 18 0.9 .488 .493 3.8 3.0 49
HOU (6 yrs) 565 1956 -44 -5 -8 -24 28 -53 -5.9 71 18 1.5 .489 .494 3.8 0.9 42
MON (4 yrs) 370 1364 -44 -4 -6 -3 20 -37 -4.0 47 9 0.7 .489 .493 0.8 2.0 12
PHI (1 yr) 82 265 -18 -1 0 -4 4 -18 -2.0 9 -9 -1.2 .474 .487 -0.8 0.1 -5

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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
1963 HOU NL 22 C 115 111 103 963.2 794 690 81 23 7 .971 -2 -2 7.20 6.70 .986 7.07 7.05 16 26 54 37 41% 42% 3
1964 HOU NL 23 C 72 67 59 580.2 449 400 43 6 4 .987 -4 -8 6.87 6.15 .988 6.81 6.76 10 14 38 11 22% 40% 3
1965 HOU NL 24 C 39 38 33 347.1 264 234 26 4 3 .985 1 3 6.74 6.67 .988 6.96 6.97 4 13 12 10 45% 36% 1
1966 HOU NL 25 C 121 120 103 1023.0 809 731 63 15 14 .981 -6 -7 6.99 6.56 .987 6.84 6.83 21 46 49 26 35% 40% 7
1967 HOU NL 26 C 71 70 58 604.2 535 483 46 6 5 .989 -3 -6 7.87 7.45 .990 6.89 6.89 10 29 31 17 35% 40% 4
1968 HOU NL 27 C 108 105 84 881.0 750 690 49 11 6 .985 -10 -14 7.55 6.84 .990 6.87 6.90 9 39 53 16 23% 39% 2
1969 MON NL 28 C 66 64 53 544.1 466 433 26 7 5 .985 -8 -18 7.59 6.95 .989 7.06 7.01 11 27 36 13 27% 40% 1
1970 MON NL 29 C 137 136 121 1181.1 901 824 62 15 19 .983 10 10 6.75 6.47 .987 6.85 6.82 9 37 51 40 44% 33% 5
1971 MON NL 30 C 137 133 117 1139.0 794 726 56 12 12 .985 -4 -4 6.18 5.71 .988 6.34 6.33 8 45 72 34 32% 35% 0
1972 TOT NL 31 C 87 79 63 676.0 528 475 39 14 6 .973 -5 -9 6.84 5.91 .987 6.61 6.63 6 26 44 23 34% 37% 2
1972 MON NL 31 C 7 5 5 49.0 29 28 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -24 5.33 4.14 .987 6.61 6.63 0 5 1 0 0% 37% 1
1972 PHI NL 31 C 80 74 58 627.0 499 447 38 14 6 .972 -4 -8 6.96 6.06 .987 6.61 6.63 6 21 43 23 35% 37% 1
10 Seasons C 953 923 794 7941.0 6290 5686 491 113 81 .982 -31 -5 7.00 6.48 .988 6.80 6.79 104 302 440 227 34% 38% 28
10 Seasons TOT 953 923 794 7941.0 6290 5686 491 113 81 .982 -31 -5 7.00 6.48 .988 6.80 6.79 104 302 440 227 34% 38% 28
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

Defensive WARs c a p y
1970 NL  2.0 (3rd)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1963 NL  103 (10th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1963 NL  9 (5th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1966 NL  6 (9th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1968 NL  16 (7th)
Career  69 (231st)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1966 NL  17 (7th)
1971 NL  27 (1st)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1963 NL  115 (5th)
1966 NL  121 (5th)
1970 NL  137 (4th)
1971 NL  137 (2nd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1963 NL  690 (5th)
1966 NL  731 (5th)
1970 NL  824 (3rd)
1971 NL  726 (3rd)
Career  5,686 (84th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1963 NL  81 (4th)
1966 NL  63 (4th)
1970 NL  62 (4th)
1971 NL  56 (4th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1963 NL  23 (1st)
1966 NL  15 (1st)
1967 NL  6 (5th)
1968 NL  11 (2nd)
1970 NL  15 (1st)
1971 NL  12 (3rd)
1972 NL  14 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1966 NL  14 (1st)
1970 NL  19 (1st)
1971 NL  12 (1st)
Career  81 (92nd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1963 NL  16 (1st)
1966 NL  21 (1st)
1967 NL  10 (5th)
1968 NL  9 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1963 NL  54 (2nd)
1966 NL  49 (5th)
1968 NL  53 (2nd)
1970 NL  51 (4th)
1971 NL  72 (2nd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1963 NL  37 (4th)
1970 NL  40 (2nd)
1971 NL  34 (4th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1970 NL  44.0 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1970 NL  10 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1963 NL  7.20 (4th)
1966 NL  6.99 (3rd)
1967 NL  7.87 (2nd)
1968 NL  7.55 (1st)
1969 NL  7.59 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1963 NL  6.70 (5th)
1966 NL  6.56 (3rd)
1967 NL  7.45 (1st)
1968 NL  6.84 (3rd)
Career  6.48 (60th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 23 (592), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (403rd), 0.9 career WAR/4.7 7yr-peak WAR/2.8 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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