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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 Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1964 PIT NL 22 P 24 13 3 104.2 30 10 18 2 2 .933 2.41 1.17 .953 2.14 2.13 5 3 38% 40% 0
1966 PIT NL 24 P 34 25 1 155.2 24 6 15 3 1 .875 1.21 0.62 .947 1.96 1.96 6 4 40% 40% 0
1967 PIT NL 25 P 32 16 2 126.2 31 7 23 1 2 .968 2.13 0.94 .960 2.00 2.00 4 5 56% 40% 0
1968 PIT NL 26 P 33 31 12 220.1 49 22 27 0 1 1.000 2.00 1.48 .958 2.01 2.02 5 5 50% 40% 0 MVP-22
1968 PIT NL 26 LF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 1.60 MVP-22
1968 PIT NL 26 OF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.00 MVP-22
1969 PIT NL 27 P 38 32 9 210.0 64 21 41 2 3 .969 2.66 1.63 .958 1.95 1.94 4 4 50% 40% 2
1970 PIT NL 28 P 31 31 6 196.2 49 21 26 2 1 .959 2.15 1.52 .951 1.85 1.84 1 3 75% 33% 3
1971 PIT NL 29 P 33 33 12 240.0 67 27 36 4 2 .940 2.36 1.91 .954 1.90 1.90 4 7 64% 35% 6
1972 PIT NL 30 P 33 32 11 249.2 63 15 46 2 6 .968 2.20 1.85 .950 1.78 1.78 5 8 62% 37% 6 AS,CYA-2,MVP-18
1973 PIT NL 31 P 23 18 1 88.2 26 8 18 0 1 1.000 2.64 1.13 .950 1.88 1.88 3 6 67% 36% 2
1974 PIT NL 32 P 1 0 0 5.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.80 1.00 .940 1.80 1.90 0 0 0
10 Seasons P 282 231 57 1597.1 404 137 251 16 19 .960 2.19 1.38 .954 1.93 1.93 37 45 55% 38% 19
1 Season OF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.00
1 Season LF 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 1.60
10 Seasons TOT 283 231 57 1597.2 404 137 251 16 19 .960 2.19 1.37 .954 1.93 1.93 37 45 55% 38% 19
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1964 PIT NL 22 P
1966 PIT NL 24 P
1967 PIT NL 25 P
1968 PIT NL 26 P
1968 PIT NL 26 LF
1969 PIT NL 27 P
1970 PIT NL 28 P
1971 PIT NL 29 P
1972 PIT NL 30 P
1973 PIT NL 31 P
1974 PIT NL 32 P
10 Seasons P
1 Season LF
10 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1964 PIT NL 22 24 13 24 24 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1966 PIT NL 24 34 25 34 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1967 PIT NL 25 32 16 32 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968 PIT NL 26 35 31 35 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
1969 PIT NL 27 44 32 44 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
1970 PIT NL 28 32 31 32 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1971 PIT NL 29 34 33 34 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1972 PIT NL 30 35 32 35 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1973 PIT NL 31 24 18 24 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1974 PIT NL 32 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Seasons 295 231 295 282 282 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 13
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1964 PIT NL 22 458 80% 27% 20 95% 1 9 0 8 18 14 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 0 3 100%
1966 PIT NL 24 662 85% 30% 19 89% 0 6 0 6 17 13 3 3 0 2 1 2 1 1 1 0 0
1967 PIT NL 25 518 81% 32% 24 96% 0 7 0 6 23 18 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 100%
1968 PIT NL 26 816 80% 31% 24 96% 0 17 0 15 23 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1969 PIT NL 27 856 74% 25% 39 92% 2 20 2 14 37 26 5 2 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 2 6 67%
1970 PIT NL 28 824 78% 29% 28 86% 0 20 1 17 27 18 0 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 67%
1971 PIT NL 29 996 82% 26% 42 88% 1 28 0 22 38 26 4 4 0 1 3 1 2 1 2 0 7 86%
1972 PIT NL 30 1024 83% 29% 50 94% 0 15 7 6 46 27 8 2 0 1 1 0 6 4 5 1 6 100%
1973 PIT NL 31 455 77% 23% 18 89% 0 8 1 7 19 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 100%
1974 PIT NL 32 28 71% 25% 2 100% 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Seasons 6637 80% 28% 266 92% 4 131 11 101 249 174 26 16 0 7 9 7 17 8 12 5 32 88%
MLB Averages 79% 28% 90% 86%

Advanced Fielding -- LF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1968 PIT NL 26 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 0 0 1 100% 100% 0% 0
1 Season 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 0 0 1 100% 100% 0% 0
MLB Averages 58.9% 2.8% 64% 79% 27% 47%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

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

Putouts as P s c a p y
1969 NL  21 (3rd)
1971 NL  27 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1971 NL  4 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1969 NL  2.66 (1st)
1971 NL  2.36 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1971 NL  1.91 (4th)
1972 NL  1.85 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1968 NL  1.000 (1st)

                           

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