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Steve Blass

Stephen Robert Blass

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: April 18, 1942 in Canaan, CT
High School: Housatonic HS (Housatonic, CT)
Signed
by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1960. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 10, 1964 (Age 22.022)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1964 season [*]
Team: Pirates 1964-1974

Final Game: April 17, 1974 (Age 31.364)
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Standard Batting

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
1964 22 PIT NL 24 34 30 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 13 .067 .125 .067 .192 -44 2 1 0 2 0 0 1
1966 24 PIT NL 34 54 52 3 12 1 0 0 6 0 0 0 15 .231 .231 .250 .481 34 13 0 0 2 0 0 1
1967 25 PIT NL 32 42 39 2 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 12 .128 .150 .128 .278 -19 5 0 0 2 0 0 1
1968 26 PIT NL 35 88 80 7 11 1 0 0 8 0 0 2 30 .138 .155 .150 .305 -7 12 0 0 4 2 0 1/7 MVP-22
1969 27 PIT NL 44 87 84 12 21 0 2 1 9 0 0 1 16 .250 .259 .333 .592 67 28 2 0 2 0 0 1
1970 28 PIT NL 32 76 70 3 8 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 15 .114 .137 .129 .266 -27 9 2 0 3 1 0 1
1971 29 PIT NL 34 92 83 5 10 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 15 .120 .131 .145 .276 -22 12 0 0 8 0 0 1
1972 ★ 30 PIT NL 35 96 82 8 15 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 22 .183 .202 .207 .410 18 17 1 0 12 0 0 1 AS,CYA-2,MVP-18
1973 31 PIT NL 24 29 24 2 10 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .417 .417 .500 .917 156 12 0 0 5 0 0 1
1974 32 PIT NL 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
10 Yrs 295 600 546 42 94 7 3 1 37 0 0 11 140 .172 .188 .201 .389 11 110 6 0 40 3 0
162 Game Avg. 162 329 300 23 52 4 2 1 20 0 0 6 77 .172 .188 .201 .389 11 60 3 0 22 2 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
1964 22 PIT NL 24 34 -5 -0 -0 0 4 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .493 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 1
1966 24 PIT NL 34 54 -5 -0 0 0 6 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
1967 25 PIT NL 32 42 -6 0 0 0 5 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1968 26 PIT NL 35 88 -10 -1 0 0 9 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 1/7 MVP-22
1969 27 PIT NL 44 87 -4 0 0 0 10 7 0.8 0 7 0.8 .517 .505 0.7 0.0 7 1
1970 28 PIT NL 32 76 -12 -1 0 0 9 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .488 .498 -0.4 0.0 -4 1
1971 29 PIT NL 34 92 -14 0 0 0 10 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .487 .497 -0.5 0.0 -4 1
1972 ★ 30 PIT NL 35 96 -7 0 0 0 10 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .509 .502 0.3 0.0 3 1 AS,CYA-2,MVP-18
1973 31 PIT NL 24 29 2 0 0 0 3 5 0.6 0 5 0.6 .523 .503 0.6 -0.0 5 1
1974 32 PIT NL 1 2 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .467 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
10 Seasons 295 600 -62 -0 1 0 66 4 0.6 0 4 0.6 .502 .500 0.4 0.2 4

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
1964 22 PIT NL 34 31 0 0.0 93 .118 .067 .262 .125 .320 .067 .389 .192 .709 -44 .000 -5.8 -0.6 .138 .067 .000
1966 24 PIT NL 54 42 3 1.9 96 .324 .231 .265 .231 .324 .250 .399 .481 .722 34 .192 -4.8 -0.5 .325 .019 .019
1967 25 PIT NL 42 36 1 0.8 90 .185 .128 .258 .150 .320 .128 .379 .278 .700 -19 .045 -6.1 -0.7 .176 .026 .000
1968 26 PIT NL 88 75 2 0.7 80 .212 .138 .250 .155 .308 .150 .352 .305 .660 -7 .050 -10.4 -1.2 .203 .038 .013
1969 27 PIT NL 87 67 7 2.8 93 .299 .250 .257 .259 .327 .333 .381 .592 .708 67 .325 -4.5 -0.5 .446 .095 .083 .0
1970 28 PIT NL 76 68 1 0.4 101 .143 .114 .263 .137 .336 .129 .402 .266 .738 -27 .011 -12.6 -1.3 .172 .043 .014
1971 29 PIT NL 92 81 2 0.7 94 .147 .120 .262 .131 .328 .145 .384 .276 .712 -22 .035 -13.9 -1.5 .178 .036 .024
1972 30 PIT NL 96 80 4 1.4 90 .250 .183 .254 .202 .322 .207 .376 .410 .698 18 .117 -8.9 -1.0 .279 .049 .024
1973 31 PIT NL 29 19 5 7.1 95 .455 .417 .260 .417 .329 .500 .387 .917 .716 156 .716 1.7 0.2 .857 .083 .083
1974 32 PIT NL 2 2 0 0.0 91 .000 .000 .258 .000 .329 .000 .372 .000 .702 -100 .000 -0.5 -0.1 .000 .000 .000
10 Yrs 600 501 25 1.4 92 .228 .172 .258 .188 .324 .201 .381 .389 .705 11 .115 -65.7 -7.0 .264 .049 .029 .0
162 Game Avg. 329 275 14 1.4 92 .228 .172 .258 .188 .324 .201 .381 .389 .705 11 .115 -65.7 -7.0 .264 .049 .029

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1971 29 PIT NL NLCS SFG W 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0
1971 ❍ 29 PIT NL WS BAL W 2 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 30 PIT NL NLCS CIN L 2 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (3 Series) 6 15 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 1 0 0
2 NLCS 4 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 1 0 0
1 WS 2 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

All-Star Batting

Year Tm Lg Age GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1972 PIT NL 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ratio Batting*

Year Age Tm Lg PA HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% SO/W AB/SO AB/HR AB/RBI GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB
1964 22 PIT NL 34 0.0% 38.2% 5.9% 0.0% 0% 6.50 2.3 30.0 2.40 50%
1966 24 PIT NL 54 0.0% 27.8% 0.0% 1.9% 8% 3.5 8.7 1.25 69%
1967 25 PIT NL 42 0.0% 28.6% 2.4% 0.0% 0% 12.00 3.3 7.8 1.30 64%
1968 26 PIT NL 88 0.0% 34.1% 2.3% 1.1% 9% 15.00 2.7 10.0 1.93 59%
1969 27 PIT NL 87 1.2% 18.4% 1.2% 3.5% 14% 16.00 5.3 84.0 9.3 3.33 77%
1970 28 PIT NL 76 0.0% 19.7% 2.6% 1.3% 13% 7.50 4.7 35.0 2.25 74%
1971 29 PIT NL 92 0.0% 16.3% 1.1% 1.1% 10% 15.00 5.5 41.5 2.47 74%
1972 30 PIT NL 96 0.0% 22.9% 2.1% 2.1% 13% 11.00 3.7 27.3 1.95 63%
1973 31 PIT NL 29 0.0% 6.9% 0.0% 6.9% 20% 12.0 24.0 1.67 76%
1974 32 PIT NL 2 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.00 100%
10 Yrs 600 0.2% 23.3% 1.8% 1.8% 12% 12.73 3.9 546.0 14.8 2.06 68%
MLB Averages 2.0% 14.9% 8.4% 6.0% 27% 1.77 6.0 44.1 9.2 1.12 73%

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg BtRuns BtWins Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI PHlev AB
1964 22 PIT NL -5.8 -0.6 34 -0.7 0.1 -0.8 .86 -0.6 -0.2 -5.6 -0.6 0.96 -6.1 0
1966 24 PIT NL -4.8 -0.5 56 -0.3 0.7 -1.1 1.02 -0.6 0.2 -3.0 -0.3 0.98 -5.4 0
1967 25 PIT NL -6.1 -0.7 42 -0.3 0.5 -0.8 .97 -0.6 0.3 -2.0 -0.2 0.90 -5.5 0
1968 26 PIT NL -10.4 -1.2 83 -0.4 0.5 -0.9 .59 -0.9 0.2 -5.0 -0.6 0.96 -7.8 0
1969 27 PIT NL -4.5 -0.5 88 -0.0 1.5 -1.5 .96 -0.4 0.4 -2.4 -0.3 1.06 -4.1 0
1970 28 PIT NL -12.6 -1.3 76 -1.3 0.3 -1.7 1.00 -1.2 -0.2 -14.4 -1.5 1.03 -13.3 0
1971 29 PIT NL -13.9 -1.5 93 -1.1 0.4 -1.6 .85 -1.3 -0.0 -13.7 -1.5 0.96 -13.9 0
1972 30 PIT NL -8.9 -1.0 97 -0.8 0.7 -1.4 .82 -0.9 -0.0 -10.3 -1.1 0.99 -8.6 0
1973 31 PIT NL 1.7 0.2 30 0.2 0.4 -0.3 .85 0.1 0.1 1.8 0.2 0.86 1.3 0
1974 32 PIT NL -0.5 -0.1 2 0.0 0.0 0.0 .00 -0.0 0.0 -0.5 -0.1 0.99 -0.5 0
10 Yrs -65.7 -7.0 601 -4.8 5.2 -9.9 .87 -6.3 0.8 -55.3 -5.9 0.98 -64.0 0

Baserunning & Misc. Stats*

Year Age Tm Lg ROE XI RS% SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS OOB OOB1 OOB2 OOB3 OOBHm BT XBT% 1stS 1stS2 1stS3 1stD 1stD3 1stDH 2ndS 2ndS3 2ndSH
1964 22 PIT NL 1 0 0% 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1966 24 PIT NL 0 0 25% 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 25% 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
1967 25 PIT NL 0 0 33% 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100% 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968 26 PIT NL 1 0 47% 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 56% 4 3 1 0 0 0 5 0 4
1969 27 PIT NL 1 0 41% 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 55% 8 5 3 1 0 1 2 0 2
1970 28 PIT NL 1 0 27% 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 17% 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 1
1971 29 PIT NL 0 0 42% 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 29% 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 30 PIT NL 3 0 42% 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25% 6 5 1 1 1 0 1 0 1
1973 31 PIT NL 0 0 18% 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0% 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
1974 32 PIT NL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Yrs 7 0 35% 153 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 2 12 38% 32 24 8 3 2 1 12 2 9

Situational Batting*

Hits Pinch Hitting Home Runs SH GIDP PrdOut BaseRunners Advances
Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% H Inf Bnt AB H HR RBI PHlev All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd IP Att Suc % DPopp DPs DP% Opp Suc % BR BRS BRS% <2,3B Scr % 0,2B Adv % PAu
1964 22 PIT NL 34 29% 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 67% 4 1 25% 8 1 13% 20 1 5% 2 0 0% 2 1 50% 0
1966 24 PIT NL 54 26% 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 100% 7 0 0% 9 1 11% 36 6 17% 2 1 50% 1 0 0% 0
1967 25 PIT NL 41 17% 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 100% 5 0 0% 9 0 0% 24 5 21% 1 0 0% 1 0 0% 1
1968 26 PIT NL 82 23% 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 80% 11 0 0% 16 3 19% 53 8 15% 7 4 57% 3 3 100% 6
1969 27 PIT NL 87 32% 21 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 3 2 67% 22 2 9% 21 2 10% 66 8 12% 4 3 75% 5 4 80% 0
1970 28 PIT NL 76 36% 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 75% 11 2 18% 12 3 25% 60 3 5% 3 1 33% 2 2 100% 0
1971 29 PIT NL 92 29% 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 8 80% 15 0 0% 16 5 31% 53 2 4% 2 1 50% 2 1 50% 0
1972 30 PIT NL 96 27% 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 12 92% 23 1 4% 27 6 22% 68 4 6% 4 1 25% 1 1 100% 0
1973 31 PIT NL 29 38% 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 100% 6 0 0% 4 3 75% 13 1 8% 0 0 2 2 100% 0
1974 32 PIT NL 2 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0% 1 0 0% 1 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0
10 Yrs 593 29% 94 0 0 0 0 1 0 20 0 1 0 1 0 47 40 85% 105 6 6% 123 24 20% 394 38 10% 25 11 44% 19 14 74% 7
MLB Averages 54% 76% 11% 31% 14% 47% 52%

Cumulative Batting

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1964 22 24 34 30 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 13 .067 .125 .067 .192 -44 2 1 0 2 0 0
1965 23 24 34 30 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 13 .067 .125 .067 .192 -44 2 1 0 2 0 0
1966 24 58 88 82 3 14 1 0 0 7 0 0 2 28 .171 .190 .183 .373 5 15 1 0 4 0 0
1967 25 90 130 121 5 19 1 0 0 12 0 0 3 40 .157 .177 .165 .343 -2 20 1 0 6 0 0
1968 26 125 218 201 12 30 2 0 0 20 0 0 5 70 .149 .168 .159 .327 -4 32 1 0 10 2 0
1969 27 169 305 285 24 51 2 2 1 29 0 0 6 86 .179 .195 .211 .405 17 60 3 0 12 2 0
1970 28 201 381 355 27 59 3 2 1 31 0 0 8 101 .166 .183 .194 .377 8 69 5 0 15 3 0
1971 29 235 473 438 32 69 3 3 1 33 0 0 9 116 .158 .173 .185 .358 2 81 5 0 23 3 0
1972 30 270 569 520 40 84 5 3 1 36 0 0 11 138 .162 .178 .188 .366 4 98 6 0 35 3 0
1973 31 294 598 544 42 94 7 3 1 37 0 0 11 140 .173 .188 .202 .390 11 110 6 0 40 3 0
1974 32 295 600 546 42 94 7 3 1 37 0 0 11 140 .172 .188 .201 .389 11 110 6 0 40 3 0

Neutralized Batting

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS RC Gact
1964 22 24 34 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 13 .000 .063 .000 .063 0 24
1966 24 34 54 52 3 12 1 0 0 6 0 0 15 .231 .231 .250 .481 3 34
1967 25 32 43 40 3 6 0 0 0 7 0 1 12 .150 .171 .150 .321 1 32
1968 26 35 92 83 11 14 1 0 0 13 0 3 30 .169 .193 .181 .374 3 35
1969 27 44 88 85 13 22 0 2 1 10 0 1 16 .259 .267 .341 .609 8 44
1970 28 32 75 69 2 7 1 0 0 2 0 2 15 .101 .125 .116 .241 1 32
1971 29 34 93 84 6 11 0 1 0 3 0 1 15 .131 .141 .155 .296 2 34
1972 30 37 102 87 10 17 2 0 0 4 0 2 23 .195 .213 .218 .432 4 35
1973 31 24 29 24 2 10 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 .417 .417 .500 .917 5 24
1974 32 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1
10 Yrs 297 612 556 50 99 7 3 1 46 0 12 141 .178 .194 .207 .401 27 295
162 Game Avg. 162 334 303 27 54 4 2 1 25 0 7 77 .178 .194 .207 .401 15 295



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1980 BBWAA ( 0.5%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1968 NL (22, 1%)
1972 NL (18, 3%)
0.04 Career Shares (1203rd)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1972 NL (2, 28%)
0.29 Career Shares (146th)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1968 September NL Player of the Month

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1972 NL  12 (6th)

                           

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