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Vida Rochelle Blue

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Both, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 189 lb.

Born: July 28, 1949 in Mansfield, LA
High School: De Soto HS (Mansfield, LA)
School: Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA)
Drafted
by the Kansas City Athletics in the 2nd round of the 1967 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 20, 1969 (Age 19)
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Giants/Royals 1969-1986

Final Game: October 2, 1986 (Age 37)
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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
1969 OAK AL 19 P 12 4 0 42.0 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 1.07 0.42 .952 1.89 1.88 1 0 0% 36% 1
1970 OAK AL 20 P 6 6 2 38.2 8 1 7 0 0 1.000 1.86 1.33 .951 1.86 1.85 4 1 20% 39% 0
1971 OAK AL 21 P 39 39 24 312.0 39 15 24 0 0 1.000 1.12 1.00 .958 1.98 1.97 7 7 50% 39% 0 AS,CYA-1,MVP-1
1972 OAK AL 22 P 25 23 5 151.0 23 4 17 2 0 .913 1.25 0.84 .950 1.86 1.85 6 2 25% 39% 2
1973 OAK AL 23 P 37 37 13 263.2 39 9 30 0 0 1.000 1.33 1.05 .951 1.86 1.85 14 7 33% 38% 2 CYA-7,MVP-29
1974 OAK AL 24 P 40 40 12 282.1 29 10 16 3 0 .897 0.83 0.65 .947 1.81 1.80 12 8 40% 38% 0
1975 OAK AL 25 P 39 38 13 278.0 39 4 34 1 1 .974 1.23 0.97 .940 1.87 1.86 23 9 28% 38% 1 AS,CYA-6
1976 OAK AL 26 P 37 37 20 298.1 38 3 34 1 2 .974 1.12 1.00 .950 1.87 1.88 20 15 43% 34% 2 CYA-6,MVP-20
1977 OAK AL 27 P 38 38 16 279.2 51 6 42 3 2 .941 1.54 1.26 .948 1.95 1.93 17 23 58% 39% 2 AS
1978 SFG NL 28 P 35 35 9 258.0 41 12 29 0 4 1.000 1.43 1.17 .951 1.91 1.89 14 15 52% 32% 3 AS,CYA-3,MVP-12
1979 SFG NL 29 P 34 34 10 237.0 53 10 42 1 5 .981 1.97 1.53 .951 1.80 1.80 16 16 50% 34% 3
1980 SFG NL 30 P 31 31 10 224.0 57 14 42 1 4 .982 2.25 1.81 .952 1.91 1.91 14 16 53% 31% 5 AS
1981 SFG NL 31 P 18 18 1 124.2 41 11 29 1 1 .976 2.89 2.22 .959 1.97 1.98 10 12 55% 33% 6 AS
1982 KCR AL 32 P 31 31 6 181.0 38 14 22 2 0 .947 1.79 1.16 .958 1.80 1.80 8 9 53% 36% 6
1983 KCR AL 33 P 19 14 1 85.1 13 3 10 0 1 1.000 1.37 0.68 .958 1.80 1.78 12 5 29% 33% 0
1985 SFG NL 35 P 33 20 1 131.0 30 7 21 2 1 .933 1.92 0.85 .953 1.92 1.92 8 5 38% 30% 5
1986 SFG NL 36 P 28 28 0 156.2 29 3 24 2 0 .931 1.55 0.96 .955 1.94 1.94 11 14 56% 32% 2
17 Seasons P 502 473 143 3343.1 573 127 427 19 21 .967 1.49 1.10 .952 1.89 1.88 197 164 45% 35% 40
17 Seasons TOT 502 473 143 3343.1 573 127 427 19 21 .967 1.49 1.10 .952 1.89 1.88 197 164 45% 35% 40
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG 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

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
1969 OAK AL 19 P
1970 OAK AL 20 P
1971 OAK AL 21 P
1972 OAK AL 22 P
1973 OAK AL 23 P
1974 OAK AL 24 P
1975 OAK AL 25 P
1976 OAK AL 26 P
1977 OAK AL 27 P
1978 SFG NL 28 P
1979 SFG NL 29 P
1980 SFG NL 30 P
1981 SFG NL 31 P
1982 KCR AL 32 P
1983 KCR AL 33 P
1985 SFG NL 35 P
1986 SFG NL 36 P
17 Seasons P
17 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1969 OAK AL 19 12 4 12 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 OAK AL 20 6 6 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 OAK AL 21 39 39 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 OAK AL 22 27 23 27 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1973 OAK AL 23 38 37 2 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1974 OAK AL 24 40 40 3 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 OAK AL 25 39 38 0 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 OAK AL 26 37 37 0 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 OAK AL 27 38 38 2 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 SFG NL 28 35 35 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 SFG NL 29 37 34 37 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
1980 SFG NL 30 31 31 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 SFG NL 31 18 18 18 18 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 KCR AL 32 31 31 0 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 KCR AL 33 19 14 0 19 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 SFG NL 35 33 20 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 SFG NL 36 28 28 28 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Seasons 508 473 273 502 502 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
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%
1969 OAK AL 19 191 81% 16% 4 75% 1 1 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 67%
1970 OAK AL 20 147 71% 27% 6 100% 0 2 0 2 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1971 OAK AL 21 1207 70% 22% 31 94% 0 16 1 9 25 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 100%
1972 OAK AL 22 607 76% 25% 17 94% 1 4 1 2 17 12 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1973 OAK AL 23 1083 79% 25% 30 100% 2 8 0 6 31 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 100%
1974 OAK AL 24 1159 79% 24% 22 77% 2 12 1 10 16 12 3 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 50%
1975 OAK AL 25 1153 78% 24% 40 85% 0 4 0 2 34 27 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 8 88%
1976 OAK AL 26 1205 84% 25% 36 94% 0 3 3 0 34 23 5 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 6 100%
1977 OAK AL 27 1184 84% 26% 46 93% 4 6 1 5 45 35 2 3 0 2 1 2 2 2 2 0 6 83%
1978 SFG NL 28 1042 81% 24% 29 100% 2 6 1 3 30 22 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 0 6 100%
1979 SFG NL 29 1039 80% 27% 43 95% 1 10 5 3 41 28 5 1 0 0 1 1 5 3 3 2 7 86%
1980 SFG NL 30 914 83% 27% 43 95% 1 14 4 7 41 28 4 1 0 0 1 0 4 3 4 0 8 100%
1981 SFG NL 31 513 83% 29% 27 93% 1 11 1 7 27 18 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 6 100%
1982 KCR AL 32 773 80% 20% 20 80% 0 14 1 10 23 14 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 100%
1983 KCR AL 33 382 82% 18% 6 100% 1 3 0 2 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 100%
1985 SFG NL 35 574 74% 20% 15 93% 0 6 2 2 17 9 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 100%
1986 SFG NL 36 663 78% 21% 19 84% 2 3 2 1 25 13 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 100%
17 Seasons 13836 79% 24% 434 92% 18 123 23 71 425 296 35 19 1 8 10 8 21 15 17 3 78 94%
MLB Averages 81% 28% 91% 88%
Lg PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%



* - 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
1992 BBWAA ( 5.3%)
1993 BBWAA ( 8.7%)
1994 BBWAA ( 3.1%)
1995 BBWAA ( 5.7%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1971 AL (1, 80%)
1973 AL (29, 1%)
1976 AL (20, 3%)
1978 NL (12, 10%)
1 MVP
0.94 Career Shares (270th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1971 AL (1, 82%)
1973 AL (7, 1%)
1975 AL (6, 2%)
1976 AL (6, 7%)
1978 NL (3, 14%)
1 Cy Young
1.06 Career Shares (52nd)

Assists as P s c a p y
1981 NL  29 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1981 NL  2.89 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1980 NL  1.81 (3rd)
1981 NL  2.22 (1st)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1971 AL  1.000 (1st)
1973 AL  1.000 (1st)
1978 NL  1.000 (1st)
1980 NL  .982 (5th)

Youngest s c a p y
1969 AL  born 1949-07-28 (5th)
1970 AL  born 1949-07-28 (8th)

                           

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