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Bill Butler

William Franklin Butler

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: March 12, 1947 in Hyattsville, MD
High School: Herndon HS (Herndon, VA)
Drafted
by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round of the 1965 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 9, 1969 (Age 22.028, 10,388th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1969 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Royals/Twins/Indians 1969-1977

Last Game: July 11, 1977 (Age 30.121)
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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
1969 22 KCR AL 9 10 .474 3.90 34 29 1 5 4 0 193.2 174 91 84 15 91 5 156 3 0 4 834 94 3.36 1.368 8.1 0.7 4.2 7.2 1.71
1970 23 KCR AL 4 12 .250 3.77 25 25 0 2 1 0 140.2 117 66 59 17 87 1 75 1 0 3 610 99 5.02 1.450 7.5 1.1 5.6 4.8 0.86
1971 24 KCR AL 1 2 .333 3.45 14 6 3 0 0 0 44.1 45 19 17 6 18 0 32 0 0 0 190 99 3.98 1.421 9.1 1.2 3.7 6.5 1.78
1972 25 CLE AL 0 0 1.54 6 2 1 0 0 0 11.2 9 3 2 1 10 0 6 0 0 0 52 217 5.06 1.629 6.9 0.8 7.7 4.6 0.60
1974 27 MIN AL 4 6 .400 4.10 26 12 7 2 0 1 98.2 91 47 45 9 56 2 79 1 0 0 427 92 3.90 1.490 8.3 0.8 5.1 7.2 1.41
1975 28 MIN AL 5 4 .556 5.95 23 8 5 1 0 0 81.2 100 61 54 12 35 0 55 0 0 0 377 65 4.44 1.653 11.0 1.3 3.9 6.1 1.57
1977 30 MIN AL 0 1 .000 6.86 6 4 0 0 0 0 21.0 19 17 16 5 15 0 5 1 0 1 94 59 7.64 1.619 8.1 2.1 6.4 2.1 0.33
7 Yrs 23 35 .397 4.21 134 86 17 10 5 1 591.2 555 304 277 65 312 8 408 6 0 8 2584 88 4.23 1.465 8.4 1.0 4.7 6.2 1.31
162 Game Avg. 7 11 .397 4.21 41 27 5 3 2 0 183 172 94 86 20 96 2 126 2 0 2 799 88 4.23 1.465 8.4 1.0 4.7 6.2 1.31
MIN (3 yrs) 9 11 .450 5.14 55 24 12 3 0 1 201.1 210 125 115 26 106 2 139 2 0 1 898 75 4.51 1.570 9.4 1.2 4.7 6.2 1.31
KCR (3 yrs) 14 24 .368 3.80 73 60 4 7 5 0 378.2 336 176 160 38 196 6 263 4 0 7 1634 96 4.05 1.405 8.0 0.9 4.7 6.3 1.34
CLE (1 yr) 0 0 1.54 6 2 1 0 0 0 11.2 9 3 2 1 10 0 6 0 0 0 52 217 5.06 1.629 6.9 0.8 7.7 4.6 0.60
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
1969 22 KCR AL 193.2 34 29 91 4.23 4.00 -0.08 0.05 101.6 4.20 0 0.0 1.4 -0.1 1.7 16 .501 .500 $7,200
1970 23 KCR AL 140.2 25 25 66 4.22 4.13 0.01 0.07 100.7 4.21 1 0.1 -0.1 1.4 12 .504 .501
1971 24 KCR AL 44.1 14 6 19 3.86 3.85 0.01 -0.02 100.0 3.82 -0 -0.0 1.1 -0.0 0.4 3 .498 .500
1972 25 CLE AL 11.2 6 2 3 2.31 3.58 0.29 -0.04 106.5 3.45 2 0.2 .3 -0.0 0.3 2 .533 .501 $15,000
1974 27 MIN AL 98.2 26 12 47 4.29 4.23 -0.11 -0.08 102.0 4.34 1 0.1 1.5 -0.1 0.9 9 .503 .500
1975 28 MIN AL 81.2 23 8 61 6.72 4.35 0.01 -0.14 100.5 4.22 -23 -2.2 .9 -0.1 -1.5 -15 .403 .486
1977 30 MIN AL 21.0 6 4 17 7.29 4.93 -0.03 0.09 99.1 5.01 -5 -0.5 2.4 -0.1 -0.4 -3 .414 .497
7 Seasons 591.2 134 86 304 4.62 4.13 -0.04 0.00 101.2 4.22 -25 -2.4 1.2 -0.5 2.8 25 .482 .498 $22,200
MIN (3 yrs) 201.1 55 24 125 5.59 4.35 -0.05 -0.09 101.1 4.36 -27 -2.7 1.3 -0.2 -0.9 -9 .451 .494
KCR (3 yrs) 378.2 73 60 176 4.18 4.03 -0.04 0.05 101.1 4.16 1 0.1 1.2 -0.2 3.5 31 .502 .500 $7,200
CLE (1 yr) 11.2 6 2 3 2.31 3.58 0.29 -0.04 106.5 3.45 2 0.2 .3 -0.0 0.3 2 .533 .501 $15,000

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
1969 22 KCR AL 34 70 60 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 38 .050 .123 .050 .173 -50 3 1 0 5 0 0 1
1970 23 KCR AL 25 49 44 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 31 .045 .125 .045 .170 -51 2 1 0 1 0 0 1
1971 24 KCR AL 14 13 12 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 .083 .077 .083 .160 -54 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
1972 25 CLE AL 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1974 27 MIN AL 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1975 28 MIN AL 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1977 30 MIN AL 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
7 Yrs 134 133 117 1 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 9 79 .051 .118 .051 .169 -51 6 2 0 6 1 0
162 Game Avg. 162 161 141 1 7 0 0 0 7 0 0 11 96 .051 .118 .051 .169 -51 7 2 0 7 1 0
MIN (3 yrs) 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KCR (3 yrs) 73 132 116 1 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 9 79 .052 .119 .052 .171 -51 6 2 0 6 1 0
CLE (1 yr) 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 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
1969 22 KCR AL 34 70 -13 -0 0 0 8 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .486 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 $7,200 1
1970 23 KCR AL 25 49 -9 -0 0 0 6 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .486 .498 -0.3 -0.0 -3 1
1971 24 KCR AL 14 13 -2 -0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .492 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1972 25 CLE AL 6 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $15,000 /1
1974 27 MIN AL 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1975 28 MIN AL 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1977 30 MIN AL 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
7 Seasons 134 133 -25 -0 1 0 16 -8 -1.0 0 -8 -1.0 .493 .499 -0.9 0.0 -8 $22,200
MIN (3 yrs) 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0
KCR (3 yrs) 73 132 -24 -0 1 0 15 -8 -1.0 0 -8 -1.0 .487 .498 -0.9 -0.0 -8 $7,200
CLE (1 yr) 6 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $15,000

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
1969 KCR AL 22 P 34 29 5 193.2 21 4 16 1 1 .952 0.93 0.59 .951 1.88 1.88 3 5 63% 36% 1
1970 KCR AL 23 P 25 25 2 140.2 17 3 13 1 1 .941 1.02 0.64 .951 1.86 1.85 6 7 54% 39% 0
1971 KCR AL 24 P 14 6 0 44.1 8 0 7 1 0 .875 1.42 0.50 .958 1.97 1.97 3 2 40% 39% 0
1972 CLE AL 25 P 6 2 0 11.2 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.77 0.17 .950 1.85 1.85 0 2 100% 38% 1
1974 MIN AL 27 P 26 12 2 98.2 7 1 6 0 0 1.000 0.64 0.27 .947 1.81 1.80 1 11 92% 38% 0
1975 MIN AL 28 P 23 8 1 81.2 17 4 11 2 0 .882 1.65 0.65 .940 1.87 1.86 8 6 43% 38% 0
1977 MIN AL 30 P 6 4 0 21.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0.43 0.17 .950 1.97 1.93 1 2 67% 39% 0
7 Seasons P 134 86 10 591.2 72 12 55 5 2 .931 1.02 0.50 .949 1.87 1.87 22 35 61% 38% 2
7 Seasons TOT 134 86 10 591.2 72 12 55 5 2 .931 1.02 0.50 .949 1.87 1.87 22 35 61% 38% 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

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1969 AL  7.250 (4th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1969 AL  156 (10th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1969 AL  4 (4th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 5 (1926), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 5 (1445), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1586th), 1.9 career WAR/1.9 7yr-peak WAR/1.9 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
1969 22 Kansas City Royals $7,200 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1972 25 Cleveland Indians $15,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$22,200
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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