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Joe Cowley

Joseph Alan Cowley

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: August 15, 1958 in Lexington, KY
Signed
by the Atlanta Braves as an amateur free agent in 1976. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 13, 1982 (Age 23.241, 12,183rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1982 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/WhiteSox/Braves/Phillies 1982-1987

Last Game: May 3, 1987 (Age 28.261)
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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
1982 23 ATL NL 1 2 .333 4.47 17 8 4 0 0 0 52.1 53 27 26 6 16 2 27 1 0 0 221 85 4.15 1.318 9.1 1.0 2.8 4.6 1.69
1984 25 NYY AL 9 2 .818 3.56 16 11 2 3 1 0 83.1 75 34 33 12 31 1 71 2 1 2 356 107 4.12 1.272 8.1 1.3 3.3 7.7 2.29
1985 26 NYY AL 12 6 .667 3.95 30 26 2 1 0 0 159.2 132 75 70 29 85 2 97 6 1 5 684 102 5.54 1.359 7.4 1.6 4.8 5.5 1.14
1986 27 CHW AL 11 11 .500 3.88 27 27 0 4 0 0 162.1 133 81 70 20 83 1 132 3 0 4 692 112 4.34 1.331 7.4 1.1 4.6 7.3 1.59
1987 28 PHI NL 0 4 .000 15.43 5 4 0 0 0 0 11.2 21 26 20 2 17 1 5 2 0 0 73 28 9.13 3.257 16.2 1.5 13.1 3.9 0.29
5 Yrs 33 25 .569 4.20 95 76 8 8 1 0 469.1 414 243 219 69 232 7 332 14 2 11 2026 97 4.81 1.376 7.9 1.3 4.4 6.4 1.43
162 Game Avg. 13 10 .569 4.20 38 30 3 3 0 0 187 165 97 87 27 92 3 132 6 1 4 806 97 4.81 1.376 7.9 1.3 4.4 6.4 1.43
NYY (2 yrs) 21 8 .724 3.81 46 37 4 4 1 0 243.0 207 109 103 41 116 3 168 8 2 7 1040 104 5.05 1.329 7.7 1.5 4.3 6.2 1.45
PHI (1 yr) 0 4 .000 15.43 5 4 0 0 0 0 11.2 21 26 20 2 17 1 5 2 0 0 73 28 9.13 3.257 16.2 1.5 13.1 3.9 0.29
ATL (1 yr) 1 2 .333 4.47 17 8 4 0 0 0 52.1 53 27 26 6 16 2 27 1 0 0 221 85 4.15 1.318 9.1 1.0 2.8 4.6 1.69
CHW (1 yr) 11 11 .500 3.88 27 27 0 4 0 0 162.1 133 81 70 20 83 1 132 3 0 4 692 112 4.34 1.331 7.4 1.1 4.6 7.3 1.59
AL (3 yrs) 32 19 .627 3.84 73 64 4 8 1 0 405.1 340 190 173 61 199 4 300 11 2 11 1732 107 4.77 1.330 7.5 1.4 4.4 6.7 1.51
NL (2 yrs) 1 6 .143 6.47 22 12 4 0 0 0 64.0 74 53 46 8 33 3 32 3 0 0 294 60 5.06 1.672 10.4 1.1 4.6 4.5 0.97
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
1982 23 ATL NL 52.1 17 8 27 4.64 4.12 -0.20 0.02 103.4 4.49 -2 -0.2 .6 -0.0 0.3 4 .490 .499 $33,500
1984 25 NYY AL 83.1 16 11 34 3.67 4.51 -0.22 0.08 93.1 4.48 8 0.8 1.7 -0.0 1.6 15 .552 .505 $50,000
1985 26 NYY AL 159.2 30 26 75 4.23 4.71 0.16 0.12 97.8 4.57 6 0.6 .3 -0.1 2.0 21 .521 .504 $120,000
1986 27 CHW AL 162.1 27 27 81 4.49 4.69 0.36 0.16 103.4 4.65 2 0.3 -0.1 1.7 19 .509 .502 $295,000
1987 28 PHI NL 11.2 5 4 26 20.06 4.57 0.10 0.14 107.3 4.94 -20 -1.4 .4 0.0 -1.3 -18 .214 .491
5 Seasons 469.1 95 76 243 4.66 4.60 0.12 0.12 99.8 4.58 -5 0.1 .8 -0.2 4.3 40 .501 .502 $498,500
NYY (2 yrs) 243.0 46 37 109 4.04 4.64 0.03 0.11 96.2 4.54 14 1.5 1.1 -0.1 3.6 37 .532 .504 $170,000
PHI (1 yr) 11.2 5 4 26 20.06 4.57 0.10 0.14 107.3 4.94 -20 -1.4 .4 0.0 -1.3 -18 .214 .491
ATL (1 yr) 52.1 17 8 27 4.64 4.12 -0.20 0.02 103.4 4.49 -2 -0.2 .6 -0.0 0.3 4 .490 .499 $33,500
CHW (1 yr) 162.1 27 27 81 4.49 4.69 0.36 0.16 103.4 4.65 2 0.3 -0.1 1.7 19 .509 .502 $295,000

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
1982 23 ATL NL 17 16 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400 11 3 0 0 1 0 0 1
1984 25 NYY AL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1985 26 NYY AL 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1986 27 CHW AL 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1987 28 PHI NL 5 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000 154 2 0 0 0 0 0 /1
5 Yrs 96 19 18 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .222 .222 .278 .500 36 5 0 0 1 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 32 30 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .222 .222 .278 .500 36 8 0 0 2 0 0
NYY (2 yrs) 46 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PHI (1 yr) 5 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000 154 2 0 0 0 0 0
ATL (1 yr) 17 16 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400 11 3 0 0 1 0 0
CHW (1 yr) 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AL (3 yrs) 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (2 yrs) 22 19 18 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .222 .222 .278 .500 36 5 0 0 1 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
1982 23 ATL NL 17 16 -2 -0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $33,500 1
1984 25 NYY AL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $50,000 1
1985 26 NYY AL 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $120,000 1
1986 27 CHW AL 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $295,000 1
1987 28 PHI NL 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .517 .501 0.1 0.0 1 /1
5 Seasons 96 19 -2 0 0 0 3 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $498,500
NYY (2 yrs) 46 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $170,000
PHI (1 yr) 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .517 .501 0.1 0.0 1
ATL (1 yr) 17 16 -2 -0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $33,500
CHW (1 yr) 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $295,000

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
1982 ATL NL 23 P 17 8 0 52.1 12 6 6 0 1 1.000 2.06 0.71 .952 1.96 1.97 10 4 29% 32% 0
1984 NYY AL 25 P 16 11 3 83.1 21 7 12 2 0 .905 2.05 1.19 .958 1.79 1.78 4 1 20% 36% 0
1985 NYY AL 26 P 30 26 1 159.2 31 6 22 3 1 .903 1.58 0.93 .953 1.86 1.84 12 7 37% 33% 5
1986 CHW AL 27 P 27 27 4 162.1 36 16 16 4 0 .889 1.77 1.19 .957 1.83 1.81 17 5 23% 34% 0
1987 PHI NL 28 P 5 4 0 11.2 2 1 0 1 0 .500 0.77 0.20 .955 1.93 1.90 6 0 0% 29% 0
5 Seasons P 95 76 8 469.1 102 36 56 10 2 .902 1.76 0.97 .955 1.85 1.85 49 17 26% 33% 5
5 Seasons TOT 95 76 8 469.1 102 36 56 10 2 .902 1.76 0.97 .955 1.85 1.85 49 17 26% 33% 5
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

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1986 Sep 21st AL Player of the Week

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1985 AL  .667 (4th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1986 AL  7.374 (5th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1986 AL  7.318 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1985 AL  29 (5th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1986 AL  4 (3rd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 5 (1926), Average HOFer ≈ 185
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1280th), 4.4 career WAR/4.4 7yr-peak WAR/4.4 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
1982 23 Atlanta Braves $33,500 ? TSN, 8/2/82
1984 25 New York Yankees $50,000 ? 1/4/85 TSN
1985 26 New York Yankees $120,000 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 27 Chicago White Sox $295,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$498,500
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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