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Bret Saberhagen    \SAY-ber-HAY-gen\

Bret William Saberhagen (Sabes)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: April 11, 1964 in Chicago Heights, IL
High School: Grover Cleveland HS (Reseda, CA)
Drafted
by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the 1982 amateur draft.
Signed July 26, 1982. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 4, 1984 (Age 19.359)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1984 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Royals/Mets/RedSox/Rockies 1984-2001
Agents: Dennis Gilbert,??? Cohen?,??? Schneider [*]
Final Game: August 7, 2001 (Age 37.118)
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Standard Fielding

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
1984 KCR AL 20 P 38 18 2 157.2 38 15 22 1 1 .974 2.11 0.97 .958 1.79 1.78 13 8 38% 36% 2
1985 KCR AL 21 P 32 32 10 235.1 62 22 38 2 4 .968 2.29 1.88 .953 1.86 1.84 12 8 40% 33% 3 CYA-1,MVP-10
1986 KCR AL 22 P 30 25 4 156.0 42 14 26 2 0 .952 2.31 1.33 .957 1.83 1.81 10 5 33% 34% 2
1987 KCR AL 23 P 33 33 15 257.0 57 21 34 2 5 .965 1.93 1.67 .955 1.84 1.82 10 10 50% 31% 2 AS
1988 KCR AL 24 P 35 35 9 260.2 52 15 34 3 3 .942 1.69 1.40 .961 1.78 1.77 11 3 21% 31% 4
1989 KCR AL 25 P 36 35 12 262.1 61 21 36 4 1 .934 1.96 1.58 .960 1.87 1.85 5 9 64% 31% 3 CYA-1,MVP-8,GG
1990 KCR AL 26 P 20 20 5 135.0 45 16 28 1 2 .978 2.93 2.20 .953 1.78 1.76 2 5 71% 34% 2 AS
1991 KCR AL 27 P 28 28 7 196.1 49 17 30 2 2 .959 2.15 1.68 .956 1.80 1.80 9 9 50% 34% 4
1992 NYM NL 28 P 17 15 1 97.2 33 7 26 0 2 1.000 3.04 1.94 .954 1.94 1.94 6 5 45% 32% 3
1993 NYM NL 29 P 19 19 4 139.1 46 14 30 2 0 .957 2.84 2.32 .953 1.84 1.83 9 7 44% 32% 1
1994 NYM NL 30 P 24 24 4 177.1 49 13 34 2 1 .959 2.39 1.96 .958 1.86 1.85 8 4 33% 32% 3 AS,CYA-3,MVP-22
1995 TOT NL 31 P 25 25 3 153.0 43 8 34 1 3 .977 2.47 1.68 .956 1.84 1.83 4 1 20% 30% 4
1995 NYM NL 31 P 16 16 3 110.0 32 6 26 0 3 1.000 2.62 2.00 .956 1.84 1.83 3 0 0% 30% 4
1995 COL NL 31 P 9 9 0 43.0 11 2 8 1 0 .909 2.09 1.11 .956 1.84 1.83 1 1 50% 30% 0
1997 BOS AL 33 P 6 6 0 26.0 4 1 2 1 1 .750 1.04 0.50 .955 1.70 1.68 4 0 0% 32% 1
1998 BOS AL 34 P 31 31 0 175.0 34 13 20 1 1 .971 1.70 1.06 .958 1.78 1.76 4 7 64% 31% 1
1999 BOS AL 35 P 22 22 0 119.0 23 5 18 0 0 1.000 1.74 1.05 .952 1.69 1.66 5 5 50% 33% 3
2001 BOS AL 37 P 3 3 0 15.0 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 2.40 1.33 .955 1.74 1.73 3 1 25% 29% 0
16 Seasons P 399 371 76 2562.2 642 203 415 24 26 .963 2.17 1.55 .956 1.82 1.80 115 87 43% 33% 38
16 Seasons TOT 399 371 76 2562.2 642 203 415 24 26 .963 2.17 1.55 .956 1.82 1.80 115 87 43% 33% 38
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1984 KCR AL 20 P
1985 KCR AL 21 P
1986 KCR AL 22 P
1987 KCR AL 23 P
1988 KCR AL 24 P
1989 KCR AL 25 P
1990 KCR AL 26 P
1991 KCR AL 27 P
1992 NYM NL 28 P
1993 NYM NL 29 P
1994 NYM NL 30 P
1995 NYM NL 31 P
1995 COL NL 31 P
1997 BOS AL 33 P
1998 BOS AL 34 P
1999 BOS AL 35 P
2001 BOS AL 37 P
16 Seasons P
16 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1984 KCR AL 20 39 18 1 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1985 KCR AL 21 32 32 0 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 KCR AL 22 30 25 0 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 KCR AL 23 33 33 0 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 KCR AL 24 35 35 0 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 KCR AL 25 39 35 3 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1990 KCR AL 26 20 20 0 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 KCR AL 27 28 28 0 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 NYM NL 28 17 15 17 17 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 NYM NL 29 19 19 19 19 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994 NYM NL 30 24 24 24 24 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 NYM NL 31 16 16 16 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 COL NL 31 9 9 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 BOS AL 33 6 6 1 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 BOS AL 34 31 31 2 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 BOS AL 35 22 22 2 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 BOS AL 37 3 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Seasons 403 371 94 399 399 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1984 KCR AL 20 633 87% 31% 22 100% 2 14 1 11 22 15 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 4 100%
1985 KCR AL 21 931 82% 28% 37 100% 0 21 1 16 39 30 3 2 0 0 2 0 4 3 4 0 7 100%
1986 KCR AL 22 652 81% 33% 28 93% 2 13 1 9 27 22 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 80%
1987 KCR AL 23 1047 81% 33% 40 95% 1 21 3 11 33 26 3 2 0 0 2 0 5 3 4 1 11 82%
1988 KCR AL 24 1089 82% 33% 38 87% 0 16 4 11 32 22 5 3 0 0 3 0 3 3 3 0 9 78%
1989 KCR AL 25 1021 79% 31% 39 87% 3 21 1 16 35 26 2 4 0 0 4 0 1 1 1 0 11 73%
1990 KCR AL 26 561 81% 35% 37 84% 1 15 4 8 28 20 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 11 73%
1991 KCR AL 27 789 80% 33% 32 100% 1 17 6 7 30 20 1 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 8 100%
1992 NYM NL 28 397 76% 29% 26 100% 1 7 2 4 26 17 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 6 100%
1993 NYM NL 29 556 83% 35% 37 95% 1 14 4 7 30 24 3 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 91%
1994 NYM NL 30 694 79% 36% 36 94% 0 13 2 8 33 27 3 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 9 100%
1995 NYM NL 31 452 81% 35% 24 96% 2 8 1 5 25 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 3 0 7 100%
1995 COL NL 31 206 79% 29% 11 82% 0 2 1 1 8 7 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 100%
1997 BOS AL 33 120 83% 23% 1 100% 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
1998 BOS AL 34 725 84% 30% 20 100% 1 12 1 9 20 15 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 100%
1999 BOS AL 35 480 83% 29% 15 100% 0 5 0 5 18 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 100%
2001 BOS AL 37 64 88% 16% 3 100% 0 1 0 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Seasons 10417 81% 32% 446 94% 15 201 32 129 411 304 35 24 0 2 22 2 26 17 23 3 108 89%
MLB Averages 79% 31% 91% 86%
Lg PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
2007 BBWAA ( 1.3%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1985 AL (10, 11%)
1989 AL (8, 21%)
1994 NL (22, 0%)
0.32 Career Shares (601st)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1985 AL (1, 91%)
1989 AL (1, 99%)
1994 NL (3, 30%)
2 Cy Youngs
2.20 Career Shares (13th)

Gold Gloves
1989 AL (P)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1985 July AL Pitcher of the Month
1987 April AL Pitcher of the Month
1989 August AL Pitcher of the Month
1989 September AL Pitcher of the Month
1994 July NL Pitcher of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1985 Jul 14th AL Player of the Week
1989 Sep 17th AL Player of the Week
1989 Oct 1st AL Player of the Week
1991 Sep 1st AL Player of the Week

Assists as P s c a p y
1994 NL  34 (3rd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1989 AL  4 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1995 NL  2.47 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1995 NL  1.68 (4th)

Salary s c a p y
1994 NL  $4,647,249 (7th)
1995 NL  $5,562,990 (9th)
1996 NL  $5,612,991 (10th)

Youngest s c a p y
1984 AL  born 1964-04-11 (3rd)
1985 AL  born 1964-04-11 (9th)

                           

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