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Joe Decker

George Henry Decker

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: June 16, 1947 in Storm Lake, IA
High School: Petaluma HS (Petaluma, CA)
School: Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
Drafted
by the Chicago Cubs in the 9th round of the 1965 amateur draft.
Signed June 26, 1965. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 18, 1969 (Age 22.094)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1970 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Twins/Cubs/Mariners 1969-1979

Final Game: July 7, 1979 (Age 32.021)
Died: March 2, 2003 in Fraser, MI
Buried: Buena Vista Memorial Cemetery, Storm Lake, IA
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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 CHC NL 1 0 1.000 2.92 4 1 1 0 0 0 12.1 10 4 4 0 6 0 13 0 0 1 51 142 1.86 1.297 7.3 0.0 4.4 9.5 2.17
1970 23 CHC NL 2 7 .222 4.64 24 17 3 1 0 0 108.2 108 64 56 12 56 3 79 4 0 5 482 96 4.28 1.509 8.9 1.0 4.6 6.5 1.41
1971 24 CHC NL 3 2 .600 4.73 21 4 4 0 0 0 45.2 62 24 24 2 25 3 37 0 0 1 215 83 3.04 1.905 12.2 0.4 4.9 7.3 1.48
1972 25 CHC NL 1 0 1.000 2.13 5 1 1 0 0 0 12.2 9 3 3 1 4 0 7 0 0 0 52 182 3.27 1.026 6.4 0.7 2.8 5.0 1.75
1973 26 MIN AL 10 10 .500 4.17 29 24 3 6 3 0 170.1 167 87 79 12 88 0 109 4 0 8 743 95 3.82 1.497 8.8 0.6 4.6 5.8 1.24
1974 27 MIN AL 16 14 .533 3.29 37 37 0 11 1 0 248.2 234 105 91 24 97 1 158 2 0 9 1047 115 3.76 1.331 8.5 0.9 3.5 5.7 1.63
1975 28 MIN AL 1 3 .250 8.54 10 7 2 1 0 0 26.1 25 25 25 2 36 0 8 0 0 5 135 46 7.07 2.316 8.5 0.7 12.3 2.7 0.22
1976 29 MIN AL 2 7 .222 5.28 13 12 1 0 0 0 58.0 60 37 34 3 51 0 35 1 1 6 279 69 4.79 1.914 9.3 0.5 7.9 5.4 0.69
1979 32 SEA AL 0 1 .000 4.28 9 2 6 0 0 0 27.1 27 14 13 2 14 1 12 0 0 2 121 104 4.34 1.500 8.9 0.7 4.6 4.0 0.86
9 Yrs 36 44 .450 4.17 152 105 21 19 4 0 710.0 702 363 329 58 377 8 458 11 1 37 3125 95 3.99 1.520 8.9 0.7 4.8 5.8 1.21
162 Game Avg. 10 12 .450 4.17 40 28 6 5 1 0 188 186 96 87 15 100 2 121 3 0 10 827 95 3.99 1.520 8.9 0.7 4.8 5.8 1.21
MIN (4 yrs) 29 34 .460 4.09 89 80 6 18 4 0 503.1 486 254 229 41 272 1 310 7 1 28 2204 93 4.07 1.506 8.7 0.7 4.9 5.5 1.14
CHC (4 yrs) 7 9 .438 4.37 54 23 9 1 0 0 179.1 189 95 87 15 91 6 136 4 0 7 800 98 3.73 1.561 9.5 0.8 4.6 6.8 1.49
SEA (1 yr) 0 1 .000 4.28 9 2 6 0 0 0 27.1 27 14 13 2 14 1 12 0 0 2 121 104 4.34 1.500 8.9 0.7 4.6 4.0 0.86
AL (5 yrs) 29 35 .453 4.10 98 82 12 18 4 0 530.2 513 268 242 43 286 2 322 7 1 30 2325 94 4.08 1.506 8.7 0.7 4.9 5.5 1.13
NL (4 yrs) 7 9 .438 4.37 54 23 9 1 0 0 179.1 189 95 87 15 91 6 136 4 0 7 800 98 3.73 1.561 9.5 0.8 4.6 6.8 1.49
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 CHC NL 12.1 4 1 4 2.92 4.08 -0.06 -0.06 120.5 4.92 3 0.3 .5 -0.0 0.4 4 .577 .502
1970 23 CHC NL 109.0 24 17 64 5.28 4.44 -0.06 0.04 110.3 5.01 -5 -0.5 .9 -0.1 0.5 7 .480 .497
1971 24 CHC NL 45.2 21 4 24 4.73 3.86 -0.27 -0.07 110.5 4.48 -2 -0.2 .6 -0.0 0.2 2 .491 .499
1972 25 CHC NL 12.2 5 1 3 2.13 3.59 -0.15 -0.06 107.2 3.96 2 0.3 .8 -0.0 0.4 4 .558 .502 $16,000
1973 26 MIN AL 170.1 29 24 87 4.60 4.23 -0.11 0.09 105.3 4.67 -0 -0.0 .4 -0.1 1.5 17 .499 .500
1974 27 MIN AL 248.2 37 37 105 3.80 4.18 -0.12 0.12 102.8 4.54 21 2.4 -0.1 4.7 43 .565 .515
1975 28 MIN AL 26.1 10 7 25 8.54 4.36 0.01 0.02 102.6 4.48 -12 -1.1 .0 0.1 -0.8 -9 .385 .493
1976 29 MIN AL 58.0 13 12 37 5.74 3.90 0.10 0.08 101.6 3.94 -11 -1.2 .2 0.0 -0.6 -7 .408 .493
1979 32 SEA AL 27.1 9 2 14 4.61 4.43 -0.04 -0.25 104.9 4.43 -1 -0.1 .3 -0.0 0.2 2 .494 .500
9 Seasons 710.1 152 105 363 4.60 4.19 -0.09 0.06 105.4 4.58 -5 -0.1 .6 -0.3 6.5 63 .499 .502 $16,000
MIN (4 yrs) 503.1 89 80 254 4.54 4.17 -0.09 0.10 103.5 4.51 -3 0.0 .2 -0.1 4.8 44 .500 .504
CHC (4 yrs) 179.2 54 23 95 4.76 4.21 -0.12 0.00 110.8 4.80 -1 -0.1 .7 -0.2 1.4 17 .499 .499 $16,000
SEA (1 yr) 27.1 9 2 14 4.61 4.43 -0.04 -0.25 104.9 4.43 -1 -0.1 .3 -0.0 0.2 2 .494 .500

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 CHC NL 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1970 23 CHC NL 24 38 34 3 6 1 0 1 3 0 0 2 16 .176 .222 .294 .516 32 10 0 0 2 0 0 1
1971 24 CHC NL 22 10 8 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 .250 .333 .375 .708 91 3 0 0 1 0 0 1
1972 25 CHC NL 5 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 3 0 0 /1
1973 26 MIN AL 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1974 27 MIN AL 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1975 28 MIN AL 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1976 29 MIN AL 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1979 32 SEA AL 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
9 Yrs 153 55 46 5 8 2 0 1 3 0 0 3 22 .174 .224 .283 .507 31 13 0 0 6 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 58 49 5 8 2 0 1 3 0 0 3 23 .174 .224 .283 .507 31 14 0 0 6 0 0
MIN (4 yrs) 89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CHC (4 yrs) 55 55 46 5 8 2 0 1 3 0 0 3 22 .174 .224 .283 .507 31 13 0 0 6 0 0
SEA (1 yr) 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AL (5 yrs) 98 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (4 yrs) 55 55 46 5 8 2 0 1 3 0 0 3 22 .174 .224 .283 .507 31 13 0 0 6 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 CHC NL 4 2 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .492 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1970 23 CHC NL 24 38 -4 0 0 0 5 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
1971 24 CHC NL 22 10 -0 0 0 0 1 1 0.2 0 1 0.2 .507 .501 0.2 0.0 1 1
1972 25 CHC NL 5 5 0 -0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .525 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $16,000 /1
1973 26 MIN AL 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1974 27 MIN AL 37 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 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1976 29 MIN AL 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1979 32 SEA AL 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
9 Seasons 153 55 -4 0 0 0 7 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .503 .500 0.4 0.1 4 $16,000
MIN (4 yrs) 89 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 1
CHC (4 yrs) 55 55 -4 0 0 0 6 3 0.4 0 3 0.4 .506 .501 0.3 0.0 3 $16,000
SEA (1 yr) 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

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 CHC NL 22 P 4 1 0 12.1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.73 0.25 .960 1.97 1.95 0 2 100% 40% 0
1970 CHC NL 23 P 24 17 1 108.2 21 4 14 3 0 .857 1.49 0.75 .951 1.85 1.84 9 3 25% 33% 0
1971 CHC NL 24 P 21 4 0 45.2 11 0 11 0 0 1.000 2.17 0.52 .954 1.89 1.90 6 4 40% 35% 0
1972 CHC NL 25 P 5 1 0 12.2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.71 0.20 .950 1.78 1.78 1 0 0% 37% 0
1973 MIN AL 26 P 29 24 6 170.1 47 24 20 3 0 .936 2.32 1.52 .951 1.86 1.85 12 12 50% 38% 0
1974 MIN AL 27 P 37 37 11 248.2 40 19 20 1 2 .975 1.41 1.05 .947 1.81 1.80 31 16 34% 38% 0
1975 MIN AL 28 P 10 7 1 26.1 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 1.37 0.40 .940 1.88 1.86 5 2 29% 38% 0
1976 MIN AL 29 P 13 12 0 58.0 17 4 13 0 0 1.000 2.64 1.31 .950 1.88 1.88 11 4 27% 34% 0
1979 SEA AL 32 P 9 2 0 27.1 11 4 6 1 1 .909 3.29 1.11 .949 1.91 1.89 6 1 14% 36% 0
9 Seasons P 152 105 19 710.0 153 58 87 8 3 .948 1.84 0.95 .950 1.85 1.85 81 44 35% 37% 0
9 Seasons TOT 152 105 19 710.0 153 58 87 8 3 .948 1.84 0.95 .950 1.85 1.85 81 44 35% 37% 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

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1974 AL  5.719 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1974 AL  97 (8th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1974 AL  9 (9th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1973 AL  24 (2nd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 2 (1787), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 3 (1775), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1019th), 6.9 career WAR/8.3 7yr-peak WAR/7.6 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
1972 25 Chicago Cubs $16,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1973 26 Cleveland Indians $15,750 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$31,750
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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