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Sal Butera

Salvatore Philip Butera

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: September 25, 1952 in Richmond Hill, NY
School: Suffolk County Community College (Brentwood, NY)
Signed
by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 1972. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 10, 1980 (Age 27.198)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1981 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Twins/Expos/Reds/BlueJays/Tigers 1980-1988

Final Game: September 26, 1988 (Age 36.001)
Relatives: Father of Drew Butera
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Standard Batting

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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 27 MIN AL 34 91 85 4 23 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 .271 .300 .282 .582 57 24 4 1 1 1 0 2/D
1981 28 MIN AL 62 194 167 13 40 7 1 0 18 0 0 22 14 .240 .325 .293 .618 76 49 8 0 3 2 0 2/3D
1982 29 MIN AL 54 146 126 9 32 2 0 0 8 0 0 17 12 .254 .347 .270 .617 71 34 6 1 2 0 0 2
1983 30 DET AL 4 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1984 31 MON NL 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .250 .000 .250 -23 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1985 32 MON NL 67 138 120 11 24 1 0 3 12 0 0 13 12 .200 .281 .283 .565 62 34 1 1 3 1 1 2/1
1986 33 CIN NL 56 137 113 14 27 6 1 2 16 0 0 21 10 .239 .356 .363 .718 96 41 5 0 2 1 3 2/1
1987 34 TOT MLB 56 134 122 8 21 5 0 2 14 0 0 8 22 .172 .220 .262 .482 26 32 7 0 2 2 0 2
1987 34 CIN NL 5 12 11 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 6 .182 .250 .455 .705 79 5 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1987 34 MIN AL 51 122 111 7 19 5 0 1 12 0 0 7 16 .171 .217 .243 .460 21 27 7 0 2 2 0 2
1988 35 TOR AL 23 62 60 3 14 2 1 1 6 0 0 1 9 .233 .246 .350 .596 65 21 1 0 1 0 0 2
9 Yrs 359 911 801 63 182 24 3 8 76 0 0 86 85 .227 .302 .295 .597 65 236 32 3 14 7 4
162 Game Avg. 162 411 361 28 82 11 1 4 34 0 0 39 38 .227 .302 .295 .597 65 106 14 1 6 3 2
MIN (4 yrs) 201 553 489 33 114 15 1 1 40 0 0 49 48 .233 .303 .274 .577 59 134 25 2 8 5 0
CIN (2 yrs) 61 149 124 15 29 6 1 3 18 0 0 22 16 .234 .347 .371 .718 95 46 5 0 2 1 3
MON (2 yrs) 70 142 123 11 24 1 0 3 12 0 0 14 12 .195 .281 .276 .557 60 34 1 1 3 1 1
DET (1 yr) 4 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400 12 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOR (1 yr) 23 62 60 3 14 2 1 1 6 0 0 1 9 .233 .246 .350 .596 65 21 1 0 1 0 0
AL (6 yrs) 228 620 554 37 129 17 2 2 46 0 0 50 57 .233 .296 .282 .578 59 156 26 2 9 5 0
NL (4 yrs) 131 291 247 26 53 7 1 6 30 0 0 36 28 .215 .315 .324 .639 78 80 6 1 5 2 4

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 27 MIN AL 34 91 -4 -0 -1 -1 2 -4 -0.4 3 -1 -0.2 .486 .497 -0.1 0.1 -0 2/D
1981 28 MIN AL 62 194 -3 -1 -1 5 3 4 0.4 7 10 1.0 .506 .502 0.4 1.0 5 2/3D
1982 29 MIN AL 54 146 -4 -1 -1 -3 3 -6 -0.7 5 -1 -0.2 .488 .496 0.1 -0.0 2 2
1983 30 DET AL 4 5 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.1 .463 .499 -0.0 -0.1 -0 /2
1984 31 MON NL 3 4 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .486 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1985 32 MON NL 67 138 -7 -1 1 -7 3 -11 -1.2 5 -6 -0.7 .482 .493 0.0 -0.5 1 2/1
1986 33 CIN NL 56 137 0 -0 -0 -1 2 1 0.1 5 6 0.6 .502 .501 0.7 0.1 7 $102,500 2/1
1987 34 CIN NL 5 12 -0 -0 0 -1 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .473 .499 0.0 -0.1 0 $62,500 /2
1987 34 MIN AL 51 122 -14 -1 -1 -5 2 -18 -1.8 4 -14 -1.4 .464 .489 -0.9 -0.2 -9 2
1988 35 TOR AL 23 62 -3 -0 -0 0 1 -2 -0.2 2 -0 -0.0 .490 .499 -0.0 0.1 -0 $100,000 2
9 Seasons 359 911 -37 -4 -3 -14 17 -41 -4.1 31 -10 -1.1 .488 .497 0.2 0.4 4 $265,000
MIN (4 yrs) 201 553 -26 -3 -4 -4 10 -26 -2.5 19 -7 -0.7 .487 .496 -0.4 0.8 -3
CIN (2 yrs) 61 149 -0 -0 -0 -2 3 0 -0.0 5 5 0.5 .500 .501 0.7 0.1 7 $165,000
MON (2 yrs) 70 142 -7 -1 1 -7 3 -11 -1.2 5 -6 -0.7 .482 .493 0.0 -0.5 1
DET (1 yr) 4 5 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.1 .463 .499 -0.0 -0.1 -0
TOR (1 yr) 23 62 -3 -0 -0 0 1 -2 -0.2 2 -0 -0.0 .490 .499 -0.0 0.1 -0 $100,000

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
1987 34 MIN AL ALCS DET W 1 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 2 0 0 0 0 0
1987 ❍ 34 MIN AL WS STL W 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Yr (2 Series) 2 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 2 0 0 0 0 0
1 ALCS 1 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 2 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Pitching

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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
1985 32 MON NL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2.68 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 33 CIN NL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 3.77 1.000 0.0 0.0 9.0 9.0 1.00
2 Yrs 0 0 0.00 2 0 2 0 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 3.23 0.500 0.0 0.0 4.5 4.5 1.00
162 Game Avg. 0 0 0.00 68 0 68 0 0 0 68 0 0 0 0 34 0 34 0 0 0 238 3.23 0.500 0.0 0.0 4.5 4.5 1.00
CIN (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 3.77 1.000 0.0 0.0 9.0 9.0 1.00
MON (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2.68 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
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
1985 32 MON NL 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 3.52 0.04 -0.28 100.0 3.20 0 0.0 .0 -0.0 0.0 0 .540 .500
1986 33 CIN NL 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 3.93 -0.09 -0.31 108.0 4.01 0 0.1 .0 -0.0 0.0 1 .550 .500 $102,500
2 Seasons 2.0 2 0 0 0.00 3.73 -0.03 -0.29 104.0 3.61 1 0.1 .0 -0.0 0.1 1 .545 .500 $102,500
CIN (1 yr) 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 3.93 -0.09 -0.31 108.0 4.01 0 0.1 .0 -0.0 0.0 1 .550 .500 $102,500
MON (1 yr) 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 3.52 0.04 -0.28 100.0 3.20 0 0.0 .0 -0.0 0.0 0 .540 .500

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1980 MIN AL 27 C 32 28 18 234.0 121 106 9 6 0 .950 -1 -5 4.42 3.59 .986 5.48 5.47 3 7 15 10 40% 35% 0
1980 MIN AL 27 DH 2 0
1981 MIN AL 28 C 59 51 47 466.0 304 254 41 9 0 .970 5 13 5.70 5.00 .987 5.51 5.49 1 10 25 29 54% 38% 0
1981 MIN AL 28 1B 1 0 0 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 360 18.00 2.00 .995 9.90 10.00
1981 MIN AL 28 DH 1 1
1982 MIN AL 29 C 53 41 36 367.0 259 230 26 3 5 .988 -3 -10 6.28 4.83 .988 5.69 5.66 3 14 29 15 34% 36% 0
1983 DET AL 30 C 4 1 0 14.0 14 12 1 1 0 .929 -1 -86 8.36 3.25 .986 5.72 5.65 0 1 1 0 0% 33% 0
1984 MON NL 31 C 2 1 0 9.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 4.50 .986 6.50 6.50 0 0 1 0 0% 31% 0
1985 MON NL 32 C 66 40 19 363.1 251 227 20 4 5 .984 -7 -23 6.12 3.74 .987 6.42 6.42 3 17 52 11 17% 30% 1
1985 MON NL 32 P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90 0 0 0
1986 CIN NL 33 C 53 31 23 322.2 237 215 17 5 2 .979 -1 -4 6.47 4.38 .985 6.93 6.94 1 14 32 14 30% 32% 0
1986 CIN NL 33 P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90 0 0 0
1987 TOT MLB 34 C 56 43 26 353.1 263 232 25 6 3 .977 -6 -20 6.55 4.59 .988 6.76 6.69 10 23 49 18 27% 31% 1
1987 CIN NL 34 C 5 3 2 28.0 25 19 4 2 0 .920 -1 -43 7.39 4.60 .987 6.94 6.90 1 1 6 3 33% 29% 0
1987 MIN AL 34 C 51 40 24 325.1 238 213 21 4 3 .983 -5 -18 6.47 4.59 .988 6.74 6.67 9 22 43 15 26% 31% 1
1988 TOR AL 35 C 23 19 14 161.2 108 97 10 1 1 .991 0 0 5.96 4.65 .989 6.22 6.16 1 5 11 4 27% 31% 0
9 Seasons C 348 255 183 2291.0 1566 1382 149 35 16 .978 -14 -7 6.01 4.40 .987 6.13 6.16 22 91 215 101 32% 33% 2
2 Seasons DH 3 1
2 Seasons P 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90 0 0 0
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 360 18.00 2.00 .995 9.90 10.00
9 Seasons TOT 351 255 183 2294.0 1568 1384 149 35 16 .978 -14 -7 6.01 4.37 .987 6.13 6.14 22 91 215 101 32% 33% 2
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

Assists as C s c a p y
1981 AL  41 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1981 AL  9 (2nd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1981 AL  53.7 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1981 AL  5 (4th)

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
1986 33 Cincinnati Reds $102,500 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 34 Cincinnati Reds $62,500 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 35 Toronto Blue Jays $100,000 ? 12/13/88 NYT
Career to date (may be incomplete)$265,000
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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Name and misspellings: Salvatore Philip Sal Butera

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