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Steve Busby

Steven Lee Busby

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: September 29, 1949 in Burbank, CA
High School: Fullerton Union HS (Fullerton, CA)
School: University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Drafted
by the Kansas City Royals in the 2nd round of the 1971 amateur draft (June Secondary). (All Transactions)
Debut: September 8, 1972 (Age 22.345)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1973 season [*]
Team: Royals 1972-1980

Final Game: August 26, 1980 (Age 30.332)
Relatives: Cousin of Jim Busby
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Standard Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1972 22 KCR AL 3 1 .750 1.58 5 5 0 3 0 0 40.0 28 9 7 1 8 0 31 0 0 0 153 193 1.77 0.900 6.3 0.2 1.8 7.0 3.88
1973 23 KCR AL 16 15 .516 4.23 37 37 0 7 1 0 238.1 246 125 112 18 105 7 174 6 0 9 1037 96 3.48 1.473 9.3 0.7 4.0 6.6 1.66 RoY-3
1974 ★ 24 KCR AL 22 14 .611 3.39 38 38 0 20 3 0 292.1 284 118 110 14 92 6 198 9 2 5 1220 113 2.88 1.286 8.7 0.4 2.8 6.1 2.15 AS,MVP-30
1975 ★ 25 KCR AL 18 12 .600 3.08 34 34 0 18 3 0 260.1 233 96 89 18 81 4 160 3 0 8 1064 126 3.22 1.206 8.1 0.6 2.8 5.5 1.98 AS
1976 26 KCR AL 3 3 .500 4.40 13 13 0 1 0 0 71.2 58 42 35 7 49 1 29 3 0 1 323 81 5.27 1.493 7.3 0.9 6.2 3.6 0.59
1978 28 KCR AL 1 0 1.000 7.59 7 5 1 0 0 0 21.1 24 18 18 2 15 1 10 2 1 0 104 51 5.26 1.828 10.1 0.8 6.3 4.2 0.67
1979 29 KCR AL 6 6 .500 3.63 22 12 5 4 0 0 94.1 71 45 38 10 64 3 45 0 0 1 405 118 5.19 1.431 6.8 1.0 6.1 4.3 0.70
1980 30 KCR AL 1 3 .250 6.17 11 6 2 0 0 0 42.1 59 30 29 3 19 0 12 2 0 4 199 66 4.59 1.843 12.5 0.6 4.0 2.6 0.63
8 Yrs 70 54 .565 3.72 167 150 8 53 7 0 1060.2 1003 483 438 73 433 22 659 25 3 28 4505 105 3.54 1.354 8.5 0.6 3.7 5.6 1.52
162 Game Avg. 15 12 .565 3.72 36 32 2 11 2 0 228 215 104 94 16 93 5 141 5 1 6 966 105 3.54 1.354 8.5 0.6 3.7 5.6 1.52
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1972 22 KCR AL 40.0 5 5 9 2.03 3.35 -0.09 0.05 96.8 3.38 6 0.9 -0.0 1.2 9 .676 .505
1973 23 KCR AL 238.1 37 37 125 4.72 4.25 -0.32 0.13 105.1 4.94 4 0.4 -0.1 2.6 28 .511 .502 RoY-3
1974 ★ 24 KCR AL 292.1 38 38 118 3.63 4.13 -0.14 0.12 105.3 4.63 32 3.8 -0.1 6.5 59 .601 .524 AS,MVP-30
1975 ★ 25 KCR AL 260.1 34 34 96 3.32 4.39 0.09 0.13 99.8 4.42 32 3.7 -0.1 6.1 57 .609 .523 AS
1976 26 KCR AL 71.2 13 13 42 5.27 4.15 0.25 0.13 97.0 3.91 -11 -1.1 -0.0 -0.4 -5 .414 .493
1978 28 KCR AL 21.1 7 5 18 7.59 4.11 0.37 0.00 99.6 3.73 -9 -0.9 .3 0.1 -0.6 -7 .374 .495
1979 29 KCR AL 94.1 22 12 45 4.29 4.67 0.19 0.06 102.5 4.65 4 0.4 1.1 -0.1 1.3 13 .517 .502
1980 30 KCR AL 42.1 11 6 30 6.38 4.41 0.16 0.06 100.7 4.35 -10 -0.9 .0 0.0 -0.5 -6 .414 .494
8 Seasons 1060.2 167 150 483 4.10 4.25 -0.05 0.11 102.5 4.52 48 6.2 .7 -0.4 16.2 149 .537 .510

All-Star Pitching

Year Tm Lg Age GS W L W-L% ERA GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1974 KCR AL 24
1975 KCR AL 25 0 0 0 4.50 0 0 0 0 2.0 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 2.000 18.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Batting Against -- Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PAu G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE
1972 22 KCR AL 5 153 140 9 28 1 1 1 3 0 8 31 .200 .238 .243 .481 .243 34 1 0 2 3 0 0
1973 23 KCR AL 37 1037 909 125 246 32 5 18 16 10 105 174 .271 .348 .376 .724 .315 342 21 6 9 7 7 15
1974 24 KCR AL 38 1220 1101 118 284 45 6 14 16 11 92 198 .258 .319 .348 .667 .302 383 20 9 13 5 6 4
1975 25 KCR AL 34 1064 963 96 233 37 3 18 23 5 81 160 .242 .302 .343 .644 .272 330 22 3 13 4 4 9
1976 26 KCR AL 13 323 266 42 58 8 3 7 15 4 49 29 .218 .344 .350 .693 .220 93 1 3 3 2 1 7
1978 28 KCR AL 7 104 85 18 24 3 1 2 3 1 15 10 .282 .402 .412 .814 .301 35 0 2 2 0 1 2
1979 29 KCR AL 22 405 323 45 71 8 1 10 9 4 64 45 .220 .343 .344 .686 .222 111 7 0 11 7 3 5
1980 30 KCR AL 11 199 176 30 59 14 2 3 0 3 19 12 .335 .402 .489 .891 .344 86 4 2 0 2 0 1
8 Yrs 167 4505 3963 483 1003 148 22 73 85 38 433 659 .253 .328 .357 .685 .285 1414 76 25 53 30 22 43
162 Game Avg. 36 966 850 104 215 32 5 16 18 8 93 141 .253 .328 .357 .685 .285 303 16 5 11 6 5 9
MLB Averages .258 .324 .379 .703 .282

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg PtchR PtchW Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI LevHi LevMd LevLo
1972 22 KCR AL 6.2 0.8 162 1.0 2.7 -1.8 .95 1.0 0.0 6.3 0.8 0.89 7.5 0 0 0
1973 23 KCR AL -3.8 -0.4 1091 0.4 18.6 -18.2 1.01 -0.3 0.7 -2.8 -0.3 0.95 -0.8 0 0 0
1974 24 KCR AL 16.0 1.7 1269 2.5 23.0 -20.4 1.06 2.4 0.0 20.2 2.1 0.96 26.0 0 0 0
1975 25 KCR AL 24.8 2.6 1114 4.0 21.7 -17.6 1.10 2.5 1.2 30.0 3.2 0.94 30.0 0 0 0
1976 26 KCR AL -7.8 -0.8 345 -0.5 5.1 -5.6 .97 -0.9 0.4 -8.7 -0.9 1.00 -9.5 0 0 0
1978 28 KCR AL -7.7 -0.8 111 -0.7 1.5 -2.2 1.00 -0.4 -0.3 -7.3 -0.7 1.12 -5.2 0 0 1
1979 29 KCR AL 5.8 0.6 422 1.0 8.2 -7.1 1.10 0.4 0.6 7.6 0.8 0.95 5.5 2 2 6
1980 30 KCR AL -9.0 -0.9 209 -0.4 3.0 -3.4 .87 -0.8 0.3 -8.5 -0.8 1.08 -8.9 0 0 3
8 Yrs 24.4 2.9 4723 7.3 83.7 -76.4 1.04 3.8 3.2 36.7 4.2 0.96 44.6 2 2 10

Starting Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GS Wgs Lgs ND Wchp Ltuf Wtm Ltm tmW-L% Wlst Lsv CG SHO QS QS% GmScA Best Wrst BQR BQS sDR lDR RS/GS RS/IP IP/GS Pit/GS <80 80-99 100-119 ≥120 Max
1972 22 KCR AL 5 5 3 1 1 0 1 4 1 .800 1 0 3 0 5 100% 69.0 82 56 0 0 0 4 4.2 3.9 8.0
1973 23 KCR AL 37 37 16 15 6 3 3 21 16 .568 3 2 7 1 17 46% 50.1 85 14 48 22 20 8 4.4 4.7 6.4
1974 24 KCR AL 38 38 22 14 2 4 6 23 15 .605 2 1 20 3 25 66% 56.2 89 18 25 9 16 5 5.3 5.2 7.7
1975 25 KCR AL 34 34 18 12 4 3 4 21 13 .618 2 1 18 3 21 62% 58.2 84 18 11 4 13 8 4.2 4.0 7.7
1976 26 KCR AL 13 13 3 3 7 1 1 7 6 .538 2 2 1 0 3 23% 47.0 68 10 11 5 2 6 6.1 6.0 5.5
1978 28 KCR AL 7 5 1 0 4 1 0 4 1 .800 0 4 0 0 0 0% 38.8 61 23 5 2 0 4 5.4 4.2 3.1
1979 29 KCR AL 22 12 4 5 3 0 2 4 8 .333 1 0 4 0 7 58% 53.2 72 27 17 7 1 6 4.0 4.4 6.5
1980 30 KCR AL 11 6 1 3 2 1 1 2 4 .333 0 0 0 0 2 33% 40.3 54 21 8 3 0 3 3.2 3.9 5.9
8 Yrs 167 150 68 53 29 13 18 86 64 .573 11 10 53 7 80 53% 53 89 10 125 52 52 44 4.7 4.7 6.9
MLB Averages .500 54% 52 106 -13 4.2 4.1 6.5

Reliever Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GR GF Wgr Lgr SVOpp SV BSv SV% SVSit Hold IR IS IS% 1stIP aLI LevHi LevMd LevLo Ahd Tie Bhd Runr Empt >3o <3o IPmult 0DR Out/GR Pit/GR
1978 28 KCR AL 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0% 2 1.002 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 8.5
1979 29 KCR AL 22 10 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 4 36% 8 1.104 2 2 6 0 2 8 7 3 5 4 5 0 4.9
1980 30 KCR AL 11 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 25% 6 .869 0 0 3 0 0 5 2 3 3 2 3 0 4.2
3 Yrs 40 17 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 5 26% 1.023 2 2 10 0 2 15 11 6 10 6 10 0 5.1

Ratio Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB DPopp DPs DP%
1972 22 KCR AL 153 58% 0.7% 20.3% 5.2% 2.0% 11% 0.81 73% 25 1 4%
1973 23 KCR AL 1037 53% 1.7% 16.8% 10.1% 5.3% 22% 1.25 70% 194 21 11%
1974 24 KCR AL 1220 56% 1.2% 16.2% 7.5% 5.3% 23% 1.02 73% 238 20 8%
1975 25 KCR AL 1064 52% 1.7% 15.0% 7.6% 5.5% 25% 1.28 74% 199 22 11%
1976 26 KCR AL 323 43% 2.2% 9.0% 15.2% 5.6% 31% 0.74 72% 58 1 2%
1978 28 KCR AL 104 57% 1.9% 9.6% 14.4% 5.8% 25% 0.93 70% 26 0 0%
1979 29 KCR AL 405 59% 2.5% 11.1% 15.8% 4.7% 27% 1.16 68% 76 7 9%
1980 30 KCR AL 199 55% 1.5% 6.0% 9.6% 9.6% 32% 0.91 82% 45 4 9%
8 Yrs 4505 54% 1.6% 14.6% 9.6% 5.4% 24% 1.10 72% 861 76 9%
MLB Averages 45% 1.9% 13.1% 8.6% 6.3% 27% 1.10 75% 11%

Baserunning & Situational Stats*

Hits Home Runs Advances Baserunning
Year Age Tm Lg PA H Inf Bnt All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd <2,3B Scr SO % ROE WP PB SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS BT PAu
1972 22 KCR AL 153 28 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 4 1 67% 0 0 2 49 3 0 100% 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
1973 23 KCR AL 1037 246 18 0 19 13 5 7 11 41 24 6 59% 15 9 2 384 16 10 62% 16 9 0 0 0 1 11 2 22 0
1974 24 KCR AL 1220 284 14 0 15 11 3 7 7 64 29 14 45% 4 5 2 468 16 11 59% 16 10 0 0 0 1 5 0 20 0
1975 25 KCR AL 1064 233 18 0 13 9 9 6 12 42 23 12 55% 9 8 3 390 23 5 82% 22 5 1 0 0 0 8 2 17 0
1976 26 KCR AL 323 58 7 1 8 3 4 5 2 20 11 2 55% 7 1 0 120 15 4 79% 12 4 2 0 1 0 3 1 5 0
1978 28 KCR AL 104 24 2 0 6 2 0 1 1 11 4 1 36% 2 0 0 41 3 1 75% 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1979 29 KCR AL 405 71 10 0 8 5 5 2 8 26 13 4 50% 5 1 1 159 9 4 69% 9 3 0 0 0 1 3 0 11 0
1980 30 KCR AL 199 59 3 0 9 1 2 1 2 21 14 2 67% 1 4 2 74 0 3 0% 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 15 0
8 Yrs 4505 1003 73 1 78 44 29 29 44 231 122 42 53% 43 28 12 1685 85 38 69% 81 34 3 1 1 3 32 5 97 0
MLB Averages 52% 65%

Cumulative Pitching

Year Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W ERA+
1972 22 3 1 .750 1.58 5 5 0 3 0 0 40.0 28 9 7 1 8 0 31 0 0 0 153 193 0.900 6.3 0.2 1.8 7.0 3.88 193
1973 23 19 16 .543 3.85 42 42 0 10 1 0 278.1 274 134 119 19 113 7 205 6 0 9 1190 102 1.390 8.9 0.6 3.7 6.6 1.81 102
1974 24 41 30 .577 3.61 80 80 0 30 4 0 570.2 558 252 229 33 205 13 403 15 2 14 2410 107 1.337 8.8 0.5 3.2 6.4 1.97 107
1975 25 59 42 .584 3.44 114 114 0 48 7 0 831.0 791 348 318 51 286 17 563 18 2 22 3474 112 1.296 8.6 0.6 3.1 6.1 1.97 112
1976 26 62 45 .579 3.52 127 127 0 49 7 0 902.2 849 390 353 58 335 18 592 21 2 23 3797 109 1.312 8.5 0.6 3.3 5.9 1.77 109
1977 27 62 45 .579 3.52 127 127 0 49 7 0 902.2 849 390 353 58 335 18 592 21 2 23 3797 109 1.312 8.5 0.6 3.3 5.9 1.77 109
1978 28 63 45 .583 3.61 134 132 1 49 7 0 924.0 873 408 371 60 350 19 602 23 3 23 3901 106 1.324 8.5 0.6 3.4 5.9 1.72 106
1979 29 69 51 .575 3.61 156 144 6 53 7 0 1018.1 944 453 409 70 414 22 647 23 3 24 4306 107 1.334 8.3 0.6 3.7 5.7 1.56 107
1980 30 70 54 .565 3.72 167 150 8 53 7 0 1060.2 1003 483 438 73 433 22 659 25 3 28 4505 105 1.354 8.5 0.6 3.7 5.6 1.52 105

Neutralized Pitching

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 W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W HR9 Gact
1972 22 4 1 .800 2.36 42.0 34 12 11 1 10 32 0 1.048 7.3 2.1 6.9 3.20 0.2 5
1973 23 13 13 .500 4.12 238.0 247 121 109 18 105 174 6 1.479 9.3 4.0 6.6 1.66 0.7 37
1974 24 18 14 .563 3.36 292.0 294 121 109 14 95 198 9 1.332 9.1 2.9 6.1 2.08 0.4 38
1975 25 18 11 .621 2.99 262.0 240 97 87 19 83 161 3 1.233 8.2 2.9 5.5 1.94 0.7 34
1976 26 3 5 .375 5.25 72.0 62 47 42 7 52 29 3 1.583 7.8 6.5 3.6 0.56 0.9 13
1978 28 1 1 .500 6.86 21.0 24 18 16 2 15 10 2 1.857 10.3 6.4 4.3 0.67 0.9 7
1979 29 6 5 .545 3.60 95.0 70 42 38 10 63 45 0 1.400 6.6 6.0 4.3 0.71 0.9 22
1980 30 2 3 .400 5.57 42.0 60 29 26 3 19 12 2 1.881 12.9 4.1 2.6 0.63 0.6 11
8 Yrs 65 53 .551 3.70 1064.0 1031 487 438 74 442 661 25 1.384 8.7 5.6 1.50 0.6 167



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1974 AL (30, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1974 Jun 23rd AL Player of the Week

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1974 AL  6.6 (9th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1974 AL  6.5 (7th)
1975 AL  6.1 (6th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1975 AL  3.08 (10th)

Wins s c a p y
1974 AL  22 (3rd)
1975 AL  18 (7th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1974 AL  .611 (9th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1975 AL  1.206 (7th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1973 AL  6.571 (7th)
1974 AL  6.096 (4th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1974 AL  292.3 (9th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1973 AL  174 (9th)
1974 AL  198 (6th)
1975 AL  160 (8th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1974 AL  20 (8th)
1975 AL  18 (7th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1975 AL  3 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1973 AL  105 (7th)
1974 AL  92 (9th)

Hits s c a p y
1974 AL  284 (5th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1974 AL  2.152 (9th)
1975 AL  1.975 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1974 AL  0.431 (4th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1973 AL  112 (9th)
1974 AL  110 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1974 AL  9 (2nd)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1974 AL  1,220 (9th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1975 AL  126 (6th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1974 AL  2.88 (3rd)
1975 AL  3.22 (6th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1975 AL  25 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1975 AL  2.7 (7th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1974 AL  20.19 (9th)
1975 AL  29.97 (5th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1975 AL  4.0 (6th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1974 AL  2.4 (10th)
1975 AL  2.5 (8th)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1975 AL  3.2 (5th)

                                         

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 35 (704), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 18 (682), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 10 (867), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (605th), 16.4 career WAR/17.0 7yr-peak WAR/16.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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