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Bob James

Robert Harvey James

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 215 lb.

Born: August 18, 1958 in Glendale, CA
High School: Verdugo Hills HS (Sunland, CA)
Drafted
by the Montreal Expos in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 1976 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 7, 1978 (Age 20)
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Expos/Tigers 1978-1987
Agents: Randy Hendricks,Alan Hendricks [*]
Final Game: October 2, 1987 (Age 29)
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA FIP G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1978 19 MON NL 0 1 .000 9.00 7.34 4 1 2 0 0 0 4.0 4 4 4 1 4 0 3 0 0 1 19 43 2.000 9.0 2.3 9.0 6.8 0.75
1979 20 MON NL 0 0 13.50 6.23 2 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 2 3 3 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 11 33 2.500 9.0 0.0 13.5 4.5 0.33
1982 23 TOT MLB 0 2 .000 5.34 4.04 19 1 7 0 0 0 28.2 32 19 17 4 16 1 31 0 1 6 131 75 1.674 10.0 1.3 5.0 9.7 1.94
1982 23 MON NL 0 0 6.00 2.94 7 0 1 0 0 0 9.0 10 6 6 0 8 1 11 0 1 2 44 64 2.000 10.0 0.0 8.0 11.0 1.38
1982 23 DET AL 0 2 .000 5.03 4.55 12 1 6 0 0 0 19.2 22 13 11 4 8 0 20 0 0 4 87 82 1.525 10.1 1.8 3.7 9.2 2.50
1983 24 TOT MLB 1 0 1.000 3.50 3.35 31 0 19 0 0 7 54.0 42 22 21 5 26 2 60 3 1 2 227 104 1.259 7.0 0.8 4.3 10.0 2.31
1983 24 DET AL 0 0 11.25 9.50 4 0 3 0 0 0 4.0 5 5 5 2 3 0 4 0 0 0 19 38 2.000 11.3 4.5 6.8 9.0 1.33
1983 24 MON NL 1 0 1.000 2.88 2.86 27 0 16 0 0 7 50.0 37 17 16 3 23 2 56 3 1 2 208 125 1.200 6.7 0.5 4.1 10.1 2.43
1984 25 MON NL 6 6 .500 3.66 3.22 62 0 33 0 0 10 96.0 92 47 39 6 45 7 91 4 2 4 430 95 1.427 8.6 0.6 4.2 8.5 2.02
1985 26 CHW AL 8 7 .533 2.13 2.36 69 0 60 0 0 32 110.0 90 31 26 5 23 4 88 2 2 3 436 203 1.027 7.4 0.4 1.9 7.2 3.83
1986 27 CHW AL 5 4 .556 5.25 4.85 49 0 40 0 0 14 58.1 61 36 34 8 23 3 32 4 1 5 263 83 1.440 9.4 1.2 3.5 4.9 1.39
1987 28 CHW AL 4 6 .400 4.67 5.19 43 0 32 0 0 10 54.0 54 32 28 10 17 6 34 4 0 3 238 99 1.315 9.0 1.7 2.8 5.7 2.00
8 Yrs 24 26 .480 3.80 3.61 279 2 194 0 0 73 407.0 377 194 172 39 157 24 340 17 7 24 1755 107 1.312 8.3 0.9 3.5 7.5 2.17
162 Game Avg. 6 6 .480 3.80 3.61 68 0 47 0 0 18 98 91 47 42 9 38 6 82 4 2 6 425 107 1.312 8.3 0.9 3.5 7.5 2.17
MON (5 yrs) 7 7 .500 3.80 3.23 102 1 53 0 0 17 161.0 145 77 68 10 83 11 162 7 4 9 712 93 1.416 8.1 0.6 4.6 9.1 1.95
CHW (3 yrs) 17 17 .500 3.56 3.70 161 0 132 0 0 56 222.1 205 99 88 23 63 13 154 10 3 11 937 124 1.205 8.3 0.9 2.6 6.2 2.44
DET (2 yrs) 0 2 .000 6.08 5.39 16 1 9 0 0 0 23.2 27 18 16 6 11 0 24 0 0 4 106 68 1.606 10.3 2.3 4.2 9.1 2.18
AL (5 yrs) 17 19 .472 3.80 3.86 177 1 141 0 0 56 246.0 232 117 104 29 74 13 178 10 3 15 1043 115 1.244 8.5 1.1 2.7 6.5 2.41
NL (5 yrs) 7 7 .500 3.80 3.23 102 1 53 0 0 17 161.0 145 77 68 10 83 11 162 7 4 9 712 93 1.416 8.1 0.6 4.6 9.1 1.95

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
1978 19 MON NL 4.0 4 1 4 9.00 3.95 0.39 -0.21 101.4 3.40 -3 -0.3 .0 0.1 -0.1 -2 .433 .498
1979 20 MON NL 2.0 2 0 3 13.50 4.50 0.20 -0.36 110.0 4.34 -2 -0.2 .0 0.1 -0.1 -2 .398 .499
1982 23 MON NL 9.0 7 0 6 6.00 4.25 0.02 -0.33 101.1 3.94 -2 -0.2 .6 0.0 -0.1 -1 .466 .499
1982 23 DET AL 19.2 12 1 13 5.95 4.53 0.42 -0.30 100.6 3.85 -4 -0.5 1.0 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .462 .497
1983 24 DET AL 4.0 4 0 5 11.25 4.63 0.40 -0.37 100.7 3.89 -3 -0.3 .2 0.1 -0.2 -3 .420 .498
1983 24 MON NL 50.0 27 0 17 3.06 4.07 0.20 -0.32 100.4 3.57 3 0.3 1.2 -0.1 0.7 7 .511 .502
1984 25 MON NL 96.0 62 0 47 4.41 4.12 0.24 -0.32 96.8 3.45 -11 -1.2 1.3 -0.4 -0.7 -2 .480 .492
1985 26 CHW AL 110.0 69 0 31 2.54 4.57 0.00 -0.36 104.0 4.38 22 2.4 1.9 0.9 4.3 33 .534 .515 $265,000
1986 27 CHW AL 58.1 49 0 36 5.55 4.83 0.43 -0.38 103.6 4.16 -9 -0.9 1.7 -0.4 -0.8 -3 .481 .494 $555,000
1987 28 CHW AL 54.0 43 0 32 5.33 4.98 0.62 -0.39 103.5 4.11 -7 -0.7 1.7 -0.3 -0.5 -2 .484 .496 $470,000
8 Seasons 407.0 279 2 194 4.29 4.48 0.25 -0.34 101.5 3.95 -17 -1.7 1.5 -0.0 2.2 22 .494 .500 $1,290,000
MON (5 yrs) 161.0 102 1 77 4.30 4.11 0.22 -0.32 98.4 3.52 -15 -1.7 1.2 -0.2 -0.3 -0 .484 .496
CHW (3 yrs) 222.1 161 0 99 4.01 4.74 0.27 -0.37 103.8 4.26 6 0.7 1.8 0.1 3.0 28 .505 .503 $1,290,000
DET (2 yrs) 23.2 16 1 18 6.85 4.55 0.41 -0.31 100.6 3.85 -8 -0.8 .8 0.1 -0.5 -6 .452 .497

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
1978 19 MON NL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1979 20 MON NL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1982 23 TOT MLB 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1982 23 MON NL 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1982 23 DET AL 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1983 24 TOT MLB 31 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 .286 .286 .286 .571 60 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
1983 24 DET AL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1983 24 MON NL 27 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 .286 .286 .286 .571 60 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
1984 25 MON NL 62 14 14 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 .143 .143 .143 .286 -18 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
1985 26 CHW AL 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1986 27 CHW AL 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1987 28 CHW AL 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
8 Yrs 279 21 21 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 .190 .190 .190 .381 9 4 0 0 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 12 12 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 .190 .190 .190 .381 9 2 0 0 0 0 0
MON (5 yrs) 102 21 21 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 .190 .190 .190 .381 9 4 0 0 0 0 0
CHW (3 yrs) 161 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DET (2 yrs) 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AL (5 yrs) 177 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (5 yrs) 102 21 21 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 .190 .190 .190 .381 9 4 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
1978 19 MON NL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1979 20 MON NL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1982 23 MON NL 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1982 23 DET AL 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1983 24 DET AL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1983 24 MON NL 27 7 -0 -0 0 0 1 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 0 1
1984 25 MON NL 62 14 -2 -0 0 0 2 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 0.1 -0 1
1985 26 CHW AL 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 0 $265,000 1
1986 27 CHW AL 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $555,000 1
1987 28 CHW AL 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $470,000 1
8 Seasons 279 21 -2 -0 0 0 4 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .501 .500 0.2 0.2 2 $1,290,000
MON (5 yrs) 102 21 -2 -0 0 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.1 0
CHW (3 yrs) 161 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $1,290,000
DET (2 yrs) 16 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
1978 MON NL 19 P 4 1 0 4.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 2.25 0.25 .950 1.80 1.90 3 0 0% 32% 0
1979 MON NL 20 P 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.80 0 0 0
1982 TOT MLB 23 P 19 1 0 28.2 8 1 4 3 0 .625 1.57 0.26 .958 1.85 1.86 4 3 43% 36% 0
1982 MON NL 23 P 7 0 0 9.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 0.14 .950 2.00 1.97 0 0 0
1982 DET AL 23 P 12 1 0 19.2 7 0 4 3 0 .571 1.83 0.33 .959 1.78 1.80 4 3 43% 36% 0
1983 TOT MLB 24 P 31 0 0 54.0 18 4 12 2 1 .889 2.67 0.52 .952 1.92 1.89 7 0 0% 33% 2
1983 DET AL 24 P 4 0 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.78 1 0 0% 33% 0
1983 MON NL 24 P 27 0 0 50.0 18 4 12 2 1 .889 2.88 0.59 .952 1.93 1.91 6 0 0% 33% 2
1984 MON NL 25 P 62 0 0 96.0 16 5 7 4 0 .750 1.12 0.19 .954 1.88 1.87 15 0 0% 31% 0
1985 CHW AL 26 P 69 0 0 110.0 21 12 8 1 0 .952 1.64 0.29 .953 1.86 1.84 9 2 18% 33% 1
1986 CHW AL 27 P 49 0 0 58.1 9 3 6 0 0 1.000 1.39 0.18 .957 1.84 1.81 5 0 0% 34% 0
1987 CHW AL 28 P 43 0 0 54.0 15 3 9 3 1 .800 2.00 0.28 .955 1.83 1.82 7 0 0% 31% 0
8 Seasons P 279 2 0 407.0 88 28 47 13 2 .852 1.66 0.27 .954 1.86 1.85 50 5 9% 33% 3
8 Seasons TOT 279 2 0 407.0 88 28 47 13 2 .852 1.66 0.27 .954 1.86 1.85 50 5 9% 33% 3
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.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Games Played s c a p y
1985 AL  69 (6th)

Saves s c a p y
1985 AL  32 (2nd)
Career  73 (198th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1984 NL  4 (10th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1985 AL  60 (3rd)
1986 AL  40 (10th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1985 AL  25 (8th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1985 AL  2.5 (9th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1985 AL  3.6 (6th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1984 NL  4 (4th)

Youngest s c a p y
1978 NL  born 1958-08-18 (1st)
1979 NL  born 1958-08-18 (5th)

                                         

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 4 (2049), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 5 (1347), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Relief Pitcher (866th), 2.4 career WAR/3.1 7yr-peak WAR/2.8 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
198526Chicago White Sox$265,0003/3/86 TSN
198627Chicago White Sox$555,0001986 USA Today survey
198728Chicago White Sox$470,000Proofing corrections
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,290,000
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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