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Steve Swisher

Steven Eugene Swisher

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: August 9, 1951 in Parkersburg, WV
High School: South HS (Parkerburg, WV)
School: Ohio University (Athens, OH)
Drafted
by the Chicago White Sox in the 1st round (21st pick) of the 1973 amateur draft.
Signed June 20, 1973. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 14, 1974 (Age 22)
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Cardinals/Padres 1974-1982

Final Game: September 26, 1982 (Age 31)
Relatives: Father of Nick Swisher
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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
1974 22 CHC NL 90 325 280 21 60 5 0 5 27 0 3 37 63 .214 .307 .286 .593 65 80 7 2 3 3 1 2
1975 23 CHC NL 93 298 254 20 54 16 2 1 22 1 0 30 57 .213 .301 .303 .605 66 77 15 4 6 4 7 2
1976 24 CHC NL 109 411 377 25 89 13 3 5 42 2 1 20 82 .236 .275 .326 .601 65 123 11 2 7 5 3 2 AS
1977 25 CHC NL 74 220 205 21 39 7 0 5 15 0 0 9 47 .190 .229 .298 .527 35 61 3 2 2 2 5 2
1978 26 STL NL 45 124 115 11 32 5 1 1 10 1 0 8 14 .278 .331 .365 .696 96 42 6 1 0 0 0 2
1979 27 STL NL 38 80 73 4 11 1 1 1 3 0 0 6 17 .151 .213 .233 .445 21 17 2 0 0 1 0 2
1980 28 STL NL 18 25 24 2 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 .250 .280 .292 .572 58 7 2 0 0 0 0 /2
1981 29 SDP NL 16 30 28 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 .143 .200 .143 .343 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 2
1982 30 SDP NL 26 64 58 2 10 1 0 2 3 0 0 5 24 .172 .238 .293 .531 51 17 0 0 1 0 0 2
9 Yrs 509 1577 1414 108 305 49 7 20 124 4 4 118 322 .216 .279 .303 .581 59 428 47 11 19 15 16
162 Game Avg. 162 502 450 34 97 16 2 6 39 1 1 38 102 .216 .279 .303 .581 59 136 15 4 6 5 5
CHC (4 yrs) 366 1254 1116 87 242 41 5 16 106 3 4 96 249 .217 .282 .306 .587 60 341 36 10 18 14 16
STL (3 yrs) 101 229 212 17 49 7 2 2 15 1 0 15 38 .231 .284 .311 .595 65 66 10 1 0 1 0
SDP (2 yrs) 42 94 86 4 14 1 0 2 3 0 0 7 35 .163 .226 .244 .470 35 21 1 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
1974 22 CHC NL 90 325 -12 -3 -0 2 6 -8 -0.9 11 3 0.1 .491 .495 -0.1 0.8 1 2
1975 23 CHC NL 93 298 -13 -3 -2 3 5 -10 -1.1 10 0 -0.2 .488 .493 -0.5 0.9 -3 2
1976 24 CHC NL 109 411 -19 -2 -0 3 7 -12 -1.4 13 2 -0.1 .488 .492 -0.5 1.1 -1 2 AS
1977 25 CHC NL 74 220 -20 0 0 0 4 -16 -1.7 7 -9 -1.0 .477 .490 -1.1 0.4 -9 $50,000 2
1978 26 STL NL 45 124 0 -1 -1 -2 2 -1 -0.1 4 3 0.3 .497 .499 0.5 0.0 5 2
1979 27 STL NL 38 80 -7 -1 -0 0 2 -6 -0.7 3 -4 -0.4 .481 .496 -0.5 0.2 -4 2
1980 28 STL NL 18 25 -1 0 -0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.0 .494 .499 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1981 29 SDP NL 16 30 -3 -0 -0 -1 0 -4 -0.5 1 -3 -0.4 .470 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -2 2
1982 30 SDP NL 26 64 -3 -1 0 -1 1 -4 -0.4 2 -1 -0.2 .484 .497 -0.1 0.0 -0 2
9 Seasons 509 1577 -79 -9 -3 4 27 -60 -6.9 51 -9 -1.9 .487 .494 -2.6 3.4 -13 $50,000
CHC (4 yrs) 366 1254 -64 -7 -2 8 21 -44 -5.1 41 -4 -1.1 .486 .492 -2.2 3.2 -12 $50,000
STL (3 yrs) 101 229 -8 -1 -1 -2 4 -8 -0.9 7 -1 -0.2 .491 .498 -0.0 0.2 1
SDP (2 yrs) 42 94 -7 -1 -0 -2 2 -8 -0.9 3 -4 -0.6 .479 .497 -0.3 -0.0 -2

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1974 CHC NL 22 C 90 85 74 757.1 550 493 50 7 8 .987 2 3 6.45 6.03 .985 6.12 6.11 6 24 49 25 34% 33% 2
1975 CHC NL 23 C 93 86 58 701.1 472 426 36 10 5 .979 3 5 5.93 4.97 .985 6.03 6.02 7 9 47 21 31% 32% 1
1976 CHC NL 24 C 107 106 89 918.1 634 574 49 11 6 .983 3 4 6.11 5.82 .986 5.96 5.94 8 23 62 36 37% 33% 0 AS
1977 CHC NL 25 C 72 54 45 506.1 374 327 38 9 3 .976 0 0 6.49 5.07 .985 6.49 6.49 1 17 47 26 36% 35% 1
1978 STL NL 26 C 42 34 21 298.2 217 202 13 2 0 .991 -2 -8 6.48 5.12 .985 6.17 6.12 2 13 32 11 26% 32% 0
1979 STL NL 27 C 33 19 12 196.0 114 105 6 3 2 .974 0 0 5.10 3.36 .985 6.13 6.11 0 5 12 5 29% 34% 0
1980 STL NL 28 C 8 4 2 39.2 23 21 1 1 0 .957 0 0 4.99 2.75 .983 6.10 6.10 0 1 5 2 29% 31% 0
1981 SDP NL 29 C 10 6 6 56.2 35 33 1 1 0 .971 -1 -21 5.40 3.40 .983 5.94 5.95 1 2 5 1 17% 33% 0
1982 SDP NL 30 C 26 18 10 168.1 104 93 9 2 0 .981 -1 -7 5.45 3.92 .985 6.29 6.30 1 3 19 5 21% 32% 1
9 Seasons C 481 412 317 3642.2 2523 2274 203 46 24 .982 4 1 6.12 5.15 .985 6.12 6.12 26 97 278 132 32% 33% 5
9 Seasons TOT 481 412 317 3642.2 2523 2274 203 46 24 .982 4 1 6.12 5.15 .985 6.12 6.12 26 97 278 132 32% 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.
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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
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Putouts as C s c a p y
1976 NL  574 (4th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1975 NL  10 (3rd)
1976 NL  11 (2nd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1976 NL  62 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1974 NL  6.03 (4th)
1976 NL  5.82 (2nd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1811), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Catcher (1669th), -1.9 career WAR/-0.4 7yr-peak WAR/-1.1 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 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
197725Chicago Cubs$50,0001977 TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
Career to date (may be incomplete)$50,000
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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