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John Butcher

John Daniel Butcher

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: March 8, 1957 in Glendale, CA
School: Yavapai College (Prescott, AZ)
Drafted
by the Texas Rangers in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 1977 amateur draft (June Secondary). (All Transactions)
Debut: September 8, 1980 (Age 23.184)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1981 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Twins/Rangers/Indians 1980-1986

Final Game: September 9, 1986 (Age 29.185)
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Standard Pitching

More Stats

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
1980 23 TEX AL 3 3 .500 4.08 6 6 0 1 0 0 35.1 34 19 16 2 13 0 27 0 0 1 152 96 3.06 1.330 8.7 0.5 3.3 6.9 2.08
1981 24 TEX AL 1 2 .333 1.63 5 3 1 1 1 0 27.2 18 6 5 0 8 1 19 0 0 0 106 215 2.09 0.940 5.9 0.0 2.6 6.2 2.38
1982 25 TEX AL 1 5 .167 4.87 18 13 3 2 0 1 94.1 102 53 51 10 34 4 39 2 0 0 406 80 4.41 1.442 9.7 1.0 3.2 3.7 1.15
1983 26 TEX AL 6 6 .500 3.51 38 6 14 1 1 5 123.0 128 50 48 8 41 4 58 1 0 4 522 114 3.68 1.374 9.4 0.6 3.0 4.2 1.41
1984 27 MIN AL 13 11 .542 3.44 34 34 0 8 1 0 225.0 242 98 86 18 53 5 83 4 0 3 944 122 3.83 1.311 9.7 0.7 2.1 3.3 1.57
1985 28 MIN AL 11 14 .440 4.98 34 33 0 8 2 0 207.2 239 125 115 24 43 4 92 6 1 5 893 88 4.01 1.358 10.4 1.0 1.9 4.0 2.14
1986 29 TOT AL 1 8 .111 6.56 29 18 5 2 1 0 120.2 168 93 88 17 37 1 45 4 0 6 554 65 4.88 1.699 12.5 1.3 2.8 3.4 1.22
1986 29 MIN AL 0 3 .000 6.30 16 10 1 1 0 0 70.0 82 50 49 11 24 1 29 1 0 4 308 68 5.06 1.514 10.5 1.4 3.1 3.7 1.21
1986 29 CLE AL 1 5 .167 6.93 13 8 4 1 1 0 50.2 86 43 39 6 13 0 16 3 0 2 246 60 4.63 1.954 15.3 1.1 2.3 2.8 1.23
7 Yrs 36 49 .424 4.42 164 113 23 23 6 6 833.2 931 444 409 79 229 19 363 17 1 19 3577 94 3.98 1.391 10.1 0.9 2.5 3.9 1.59
162 Game Avg. 9 12 .424 4.42 40 28 6 6 1 1 205 229 109 100 19 56 5 89 4 0 5 878 94 3.98 1.391 10.1 0.9 2.5 3.9 1.59
TEX (4 yrs) 11 16 .407 3.85 67 28 18 5 2 6 280.1 282 128 120 20 96 9 143 3 0 5 1186 101 3.69 1.348 9.1 0.6 3.1 4.6 1.49
MIN (3 yrs) 24 28 .462 4.48 84 77 1 17 3 0 502.2 563 273 250 53 120 10 204 11 1 12 2145 96 4.07 1.359 10.1 0.9 2.1 3.7 1.70
CLE (1 yr) 1 5 .167 6.93 13 8 4 1 1 0 50.2 86 43 39 6 13 0 16 3 0 2 246 60 4.63 1.954 15.3 1.1 2.3 2.8 1.23
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
1980 23 TEX AL 35.1 6 6 19 4.84 4.08 -0.52 0.13 97.4 4.60 -1 -0.1 -0.0 0.2 2 .481 .499
1981 24 TEX AL 27.2 5 3 6 1.95 3.85 0.31 0.03 96.0 3.42 5 0.6 .2 -0.1 0.7 7 .610 .503
1982 25 TEX AL 94.1 18 13 53 5.06 4.49 -0.20 0.05 95.8 4.54 -5 -0.5 .7 -0.1 0.3 3 .472 .497
1983 26 TEX AL 123.0 38 6 50 3.66 4.67 0.29 -0.21 97.8 4.08 5 0.6 1.1 -0.1 1.6 17 .515 .504
1984 27 MIN AL 225.0 34 34 98 3.92 4.42 0.70 0.14 106.7 4.12 6 0.6 -0.1 2.6 26 .518 .504 $95,000
1985 28 MIN AL 207.2 34 33 125 5.42 4.63 0.26 0.16 104.8 4.74 -16 -1.6 1.7 -0.1 0.3 4 .454 .490 $320,000
1986 29 MIN AL 70.0 16 10 50 6.43 4.84 -0.16 0.08 99.2 5.04 -11 -1.1 .5 -0.0 -0.4 -4 .434 .493 $385,000
1986 29 CLE AL 50.2 13 8 43 7.64 4.58 -0.33 0.04 98.7 4.89 -16 -1.4 .8 -0.0 -1.0 -11 .389 .491
7 Seasons 833.2 164 113 444 4.79 4.53 0.23 0.07 101.8 4.44 -33 -2.9 1.0 -0.5 4.4 46 .482 .498 $800,000
TEX (4 yrs) 280.1 67 28 128 4.11 4.46 0.03 -0.05 96.9 4.24 4 0.5 1.0 -0.3 2.9 30 .508 .501
MIN (3 yrs) 502.2 84 77 273 4.89 4.57 0.40 0.14 104.9 4.51 -21 -2.0 .7 -0.2 2.5 26 .476 .496 $800,000
CLE (1 yr) 50.2 13 8 43 7.64 4.58 -0.33 0.04 98.7 4.89 -16 -1.4 .8 -0.0 -1.0 -11 .389 .491

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1980 23 TEX AL 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1981 24 TEX AL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1982 25 TEX AL 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1983 26 TEX AL 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1984 27 MIN AL 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1985 28 MIN AL 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1986 29 TOT AL 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1986 29 MIN AL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1986 29 CLE AL 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
7 Yrs 164 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEX (4 yrs) 67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MIN (3 yrs) 84 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CLE (1 yr) 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1980 23 TEX AL 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1981 24 TEX AL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1982 25 TEX AL 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1983 26 TEX AL 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1984 27 MIN AL 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $95,000 1
1985 28 MIN AL 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $320,000 1
1986 29 MIN AL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $385,000 1
1986 29 CLE AL 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
7 Seasons 164 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $800,000
TEX (4 yrs) 67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0
MIN (3 yrs) 84 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.0 0 1 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.1 1 $800,000
CLE (1 yr) 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0

Standard Fielding

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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
1980 TEX AL 23 P 6 6 1 35.1 8 1 6 1 0 .875 1.78 1.17 .958 1.86 1.85 3 2 40% 35% 0
1981 TEX AL 24 P 5 3 1 27.2 8 3 5 0 0 1.000 2.60 1.60 .962 1.98 1.98 0 0 0
1982 TEX AL 25 P 18 13 2 94.1 26 7 19 0 3 1.000 2.48 1.44 .958 1.80 1.80 3 3 50% 36% 0
1983 TEX AL 26 P 38 6 1 123.0 28 11 17 0 0 1.000 2.05 0.74 .958 1.80 1.78 2 3 60% 33% 0
1984 MIN AL 27 P 34 34 8 225.0 48 25 20 3 5 .938 1.80 1.32 .958 1.79 1.78 9 11 55% 36% 0
1985 MIN AL 28 P 34 33 8 207.2 53 24 27 2 2 .962 2.21 1.50 .953 1.86 1.84 15 6 29% 33% 0
1986 TOT AL 29 P 29 18 2 120.2 27 9 15 3 2 .889 1.79 0.83 .957 1.83 1.81 7 3 30% 34% 0
1986 MIN AL 29 P 16 10 1 70.0 14 4 10 0 1 1.000 1.80 0.88 .957 1.83 1.81 3 1 25% 34% 0
1986 CLE AL 29 P 13 8 1 50.2 13 5 5 3 1 .769 1.78 0.77 .957 1.83 1.81 4 2 33% 34% 0
7 Seasons P 164 113 23 833.2 198 80 109 9 12 .955 2.04 1.15 .957 1.83 1.81 39 28 42% 34% 0
7 Seasons TOT 164 113 23 833.2 198 80 109 9 12 .955 2.04 1.15 .957 1.83 1.81 39 28 42% 34% 0
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

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1984 AL  2.120 (6th)
1985 AL  1.864 (3rd)

Shutouts s c a p y
1985 AL  2 (9th)

Hits s c a p y
1984 AL  242 (6th)
1985 AL  239 (10th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1985 AL  2.140 (9th)

Losses s c a p y
1985 AL  14 (9th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1985 AL  115 (3rd)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1984 AL  25 (5th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1984 AL  3 (5th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 5 (1926), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 5 (1443), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1272nd), 4.5 career WAR/4.5 7yr-peak WAR/4.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1983 26 Minnesota Twins $55,000 ? 2/20/84 TSN
1984 27 Minnesota Twins $95,000 ? 2/20/84 TSN
1985 28 Minnesota Twins $320,000 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 29 Minnesota Twins $385,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$855,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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