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Frank Viola

Frank John Viola (Sweet Music) (twitter: @FrankViola16)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: April 19, 1960 in Hempstead, NY
High School: East Meadow HS (East Meadow, NY)
School: St. John's University (Queens, NY)
Drafted
by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the 1981 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 6, 1982 (Age 22.048)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1982 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Twins/Mets/RedSox/BlueJays/Reds 1982-1996
Agents: Craig Fenech [*]
Final Game: May 28, 1996 (Age 36.039)
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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
1982 MIN AL 22 P 22 22 3 126.0 18 1 15 2 0 .889 1.14 0.73 .958 1.80 1.80 12 5 29% 36% 2
1983 MIN AL 23 P 35 34 4 210.0 31 7 23 1 2 .968 1.29 0.86 .958 1.80 1.78 9 5 36% 33% 2
1984 MIN AL 24 P 35 35 10 257.2 33 6 26 1 1 .970 1.12 0.91 .958 1.79 1.78 7 9 56% 36% 2 CYA-6
1985 MIN AL 25 P 36 36 9 250.2 44 6 33 5 0 .886 1.40 1.08 .953 1.86 1.84 6 9 60% 33% 5
1986 MIN AL 26 P 37 37 7 245.2 32 8 21 3 1 .906 1.06 0.78 .957 1.83 1.81 12 16 57% 34% 1
1987 MIN AL 27 P 36 36 7 251.2 43 6 34 3 1 .930 1.43 1.11 .955 1.84 1.82 6 8 57% 31% 4 CYA-6
1988 MIN AL 28 P 35 35 7 255.1 37 5 30 2 1 .946 1.23 1.00 .961 1.78 1.77 7 8 53% 31% 6 AS,CYA-1,MVP-10
1989 TOT MLB 29 P 36 36 9 261.0 49 10 35 4 3 .918 1.55 1.25 .957 1.87 1.86 16 11 41% 32% 5
1989 MIN AL 29 P 24 24 7 175.2 36 7 26 3 1 .917 1.69 1.38 .960 1.87 1.85 11 9 45% 31% 5
1989 NYM NL 29 P 12 12 2 85.1 13 3 9 1 2 .923 1.27 1.00 .947 1.87 1.87 5 2 29% 32% 0
1990 NYM NL 30 P 35 35 7 249.2 46 11 34 1 1 .978 1.62 1.29 .957 1.80 1.79 25 15 38% 29% 1 AS,CYA-3
1991 NYM NL 31 P 35 35 3 231.1 44 6 34 4 1 .909 1.56 1.14 .955 1.86 1.85 6 16 73% 33% 0 AS
1992 BOS AL 32 P 35 35 6 238.0 55 6 47 2 6 .964 2.00 1.51 .953 1.72 1.71 12 5 29% 34% 1
1993 BOS AL 33 P 29 29 2 183.2 45 10 31 4 1 .911 2.01 1.41 .953 1.79 1.78 11 11 50% 36% 1
1994 BOS AL 34 P 6 6 0 31.0 4 0 4 0 1 1.000 1.16 0.67 .955 1.71 1.72 3 3 50% 31% 0
1995 CIN NL 35 P 3 3 0 14.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1.26 0.67 .955 1.82 1.83 2 1 33% 30% 1
1996 TOR AL 36 P 6 6 0 30.1 4 2 2 0 0 1.000 1.19 0.67 .960 1.78 1.77 0 3 100% 30% 0
15 Seasons P 421 420 74 2836.1 487 84 371 32 19 .934 1.44 1.08 .956 1.81 1.80 134 125 48% 33% 31
15 Seasons TOT 421 420 74 2836.1 487 84 371 32 19 .934 1.44 1.08 .956 1.81 1.80 134 125 48% 33% 31
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
1982 MIN AL 22 P
1983 MIN AL 23 P
1984 MIN AL 24 P
1985 MIN AL 25 P
1986 MIN AL 26 P
1987 MIN AL 27 P
1988 MIN AL 28 P
1989 MIN AL 29 P
1989 NYM NL 29 P
1990 NYM NL 30 P
1991 NYM NL 31 P
1992 BOS AL 32 P
1993 BOS AL 33 P
1994 BOS AL 34 P
1995 CIN NL 35 P
1996 TOR AL 36 P
15 Seasons P
15 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1982 MIN AL 22 22 22 0 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 MIN AL 23 35 34 0 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 MIN AL 24 35 35 0 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 MIN AL 25 36 36 0 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 MIN AL 26 37 37 0 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 MIN AL 27 36 36 0 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 MIN AL 28 35 35 1 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 MIN AL 29 24 24 1 24 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 NYM NL 29 12 12 12 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 NYM NL 30 35 35 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 NYM NL 31 35 35 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 BOS AL 32 35 35 0 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 BOS AL 33 29 29 0 29 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994 BOS AL 34 6 6 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 CIN NL 35 3 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 TOR AL 36 6 6 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Seasons 421 420 87 421 421 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%
1982 MIN AL 22 543 82% 23% 15 93% 0 1 0 1 16 10 3 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1983 MIN AL 23 949 78% 21% 22 91% 0 7 0 6 22 16 4 1 0 1 0 1 2 2 2 0 4 100%
1984 MIN AL 24 1046 81% 22% 24 100% 1 5 0 1 26 17 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 100%
1985 MIN AL 25 1059 84% 23% 26 96% 1 6 0 4 33 19 1 5 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1986 MIN AL 26 1053 77% 22% 24 79% 1 8 2 3 22 9 2 3 0 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 5 20%
1987 MIN AL 27 1037 76% 27% 31 94% 0 7 1 6 33 23 0 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 6 83%
1988 MIN AL 28 1031 78% 27% 25 92% 0 6 2 4 28 19 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 5 80%
1989 MIN AL 29 731 78% 31% 29 83% 0 7 3 4 26 20 0 3 0 0 3 1 1 0 1 0 10 70%
1989 NYM NL 29 351 74% 31% 12 75% 0 4 0 4 9 7 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 5 60%
1990 NYM NL 30 1016 81% 36% 38 89% 2 11 1 10 34 29 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 13 85%
1991 NYM NL 31 980 84% 34% 32 97% 0 6 2 3 34 26 1 4 0 0 4 1 1 1 1 0 10 100%
1992 BOS AL 32 999 82% 39% 47 98% 0 6 1 5 47 35 7 2 0 0 2 1 6 6 6 0 7 100%
1993 BOS AL 33 787 82% 34% 37 86% 5 9 3 5 32 22 2 4 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 7 71%
1994 BOS AL 34 136 87% 27% 3 100% 0 0 0 0 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 100%
1995 CIN NL 35 64 95% 27% 1 100% 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1996 TOR AL 36 150 75% 32% 5 60% 0 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 67%
15 Seasons 11932 80% 28% 371 91% 10 85 16 57 370 257 28 32 0 4 28 8 19 15 18 1 80 80%
MLB Averages 80% 31% 91% 87%



* - 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
2002 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1988 AL (10, 10%)
0.10 Career Shares (932nd)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1984 AL (6, 1%)
1987 AL (6, 4%)
1988 AL (1, 99%)
1990 NL (3, 16%)
1 Cy Young
1.20 Career Shares (46th)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1987 July AL Pitcher of the Month
1988 May AL Pitcher of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1989 Jul 2nd AL Player of the Week

Assists as P s c a p y
1992 AL  47 (1st)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1985 AL  5 (1st)
1991 NL  4 (5th)
1993 AL  4 (5th)

Salary s c a p y
1989 AL  $2,766,666 (1st)
1991 NL  $3,166,667 (9th)
1992 AL  $4,833,333 (3rd)

                           

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