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Bruce Sutter    \SUE-ter\

Howard Bruce Sutter

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, PA
High Schools: Donegal HS (Mount Joy, PA), Donegal HS (Mount Joy, PA)
Signed
by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1971. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 9, 1976 (Age 23.122, 11,357th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1976 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Cardinals/Braves 1976-1988
Agents: Bob Gilhooley,Jim Bronner [*]
Last Game: September 9, 1988 (Age 35.245)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 2006 (400/520 ballots).
   View Bruce Sutter Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

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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
1976 CHC NL 23 P 52 0 0 83.1 16 6 9 1 1 .938 1.62 0.29 .950 1.88 1.87 7 4 36% 33% 0
1977 CHC NL 24 P 62 0 0 107.1 25 11 14 0 0 1.000 2.10 0.40 .950 1.85 1.85 7 4 36% 35% 0 AS,CYA-6,MVP-7
1978 CHC NL 25 P 64 0 0 98.2 21 12 9 0 0 1.000 1.92 0.33 .951 1.91 1.89 12 5 29% 32% 0 AS,MVP-20
1979 CHC NL 26 P 62 0 0 101.1 27 9 15 3 0 .889 2.13 0.39 .951 1.80 1.80 8 2 20% 34% 0 AS,CYA-1,MVP-7
1980 CHC NL 27 P 60 0 0 102.1 20 6 14 0 0 1.000 1.76 0.33 .952 1.91 1.91 13 5 28% 31% 0 AS
1981 STL NL 28 P 48 0 0 82.1 15 7 8 0 0 1.000 1.64 0.31 .959 1.97 1.98 11 3 21% 33% 0 AS,CYA-5,MVP-8
1982 STL NL 29 P 70 0 0 102.1 22 6 15 1 5 .955 1.85 0.30 .952 1.96 1.97 6 1 14% 32% 0 CYA-3,MVP-5
1983 STL NL 30 P 60 0 0 89.1 32 11 19 2 1 .938 3.02 0.50 .952 1.92 1.91 12 4 25% 33% 0
1984 STL NL 31 P 71 0 0 122.2 33 14 19 0 2 1.000 2.42 0.46 .954 1.88 1.87 9 3 25% 31% 0 AS,CYA-3,MVP-6
1985 ATL NL 32 P 58 0 0 88.1 18 5 13 0 0 1.000 1.83 0.31 .953 1.92 1.92 0 2 100% 30% 0
1986 ATL NL 33 P 16 0 0 18.2 4 1 3 0 0 1.000 1.93 0.25 .955 1.93 1.94 6 1 14% 32% 0
1988 ATL NL 35 P 38 0 0 45.1 11 2 7 2 0 .818 1.79 0.24 .955 1.97 1.96 6 2 25% 29% 0
12 Seasons P 661 0 0 1042.0 244 90 145 9 9 .963 2.03 0.36 .952 1.90 1.90 97 36 27% 32% 0
12 Seasons TOT 661 0 0 1042.0 244 90 145 9 9 .963 2.03 0.36 .952 1.90 1.90 97 36 27% 32% 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

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
1976 CHC NL 23 P
1977 CHC NL 24 P
1978 CHC NL 25 P
1979 CHC NL 26 P
1980 CHC NL 27 P
1981 STL NL 28 P
1982 STL NL 29 P
1983 STL NL 30 P
1984 STL NL 31 P
1985 ATL NL 32 P
1986 ATL NL 33 P
1988 ATL NL 35 P
12 Seasons P
12 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1976 CHC NL 23 52 0 52 52 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 CHC NL 24 62 0 62 62 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 CHC NL 25 64 0 64 64 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 CHC NL 26 62 0 62 62 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 CHC NL 27 60 0 60 60 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 STL NL 28 48 0 48 48 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 STL NL 29 70 0 70 70 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 STL NL 30 60 0 60 60 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 STL NL 31 71 0 71 71 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 ATL NL 32 58 0 58 58 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 ATL NL 33 16 0 16 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 ATL NL 35 38 0 38 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Seasons 661 0 661 661 661 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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%
1976 CHC NL 23 332 73% 33% 10 90% 0 7 1 5 9 5 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 0 3 67%
1977 CHC NL 24 411 67% 33% 20 85% 1 14 3 10 14 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 90%
1978 CHC NL 25 414 72% 36% 10 80% 1 11 0 9 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 75%
1979 CHC NL 26 402 69% 33% 17 88% 0 8 1 5 14 13 1 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 100%
1980 CHC NL 27 423 78% 34% 14 100% 0 6 0 6 14 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 100%
1981 STL NL 28 328 79% 34% 10 90% 1 7 0 6 9 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1982 STL NL 29 424 80% 32% 19 95% 0 7 2 4 16 10 3 1 0 1 0 1 5 2 4 1 5 80%
1983 STL NL 30 384 80% 34% 25 88% 0 11 0 9 21 18 1 2 0 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 5 80%
1984 STL NL 31 477 82% 34% 20 100% 0 16 1 12 17 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 3 100%
1985 ATL NL 32 382 79% 29% 14 100% 0 5 0 4 14 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 100%
1986 ATL NL 33 80 78% 31% 3 100% 0 1 0 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1988 ATL NL 35 193 77% 36% 10 70% 0 2 1 1 6 6 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 50%
12 Seasons 4250 76% 33% 172 91% 3 95 9 72 144 118 13 9 0 5 4 7 10 6 9 1 51 88%
MLB Averages 82% 28% 91% 88%



* - 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
1994 BBWAA (23.9%)
1995 BBWAA (29.8%)
1996 BBWAA (29.1%)
1997 BBWAA (27.5%)
1998 BBWAA (31.1%)
1999 BBWAA (24.3%)
2000 BBWAA (38.5%)
2001 BBWAA (47.6%)
2002 BBWAA (50.4%)
2003 BBWAA (53.6%)
2004 BBWAA (59.5%)
2005 BBWAA (66.7%)
2006 BBWAA (76.9%)
Selected to HOF in 2006 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1977 NL (7, 20%)
1978 NL (20, 1%)
1979 NL (7, 21%)
1981 NL (8, 18%)
1982 NL (5, 40%)
1984 NL (6, 20%)
1.20 Career Shares (205th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1977 NL (6, 4%)
1979 NL (1, 60%)
1981 NL (5, 1%)
1982 NL (3, 21%)
1984 NL (3, 28%)
1 Cy Young
1.14 Career Shares (48th)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1977 May NL Pitcher of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1977 May 15th NL Player of the Week
1978 Jul 9th NL Player of the Week
1979 Apr 22nd NL Player of the Week
1982 Aug 29th NL Player of the Week
1982 Sep 19th NL Player of the Week
1984 Apr 15th NL Player of the Week
1984 Sep 9th NL Player of the Week

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1984 NL  71 (5th)

Salary s c a p y
1985 NL  $1,354,167 (10th)
1986 NL  $1,729,167 (8th)
1987 NL  $1,729,167 (8th)
1988 NL  $1,729,167 (10th)

                                         

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