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Rick Waits

Michael Richard Waits

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 194 lb.

Born: May 15, 1952 in Atlanta, GA
High School: Therrell HS (Atlanta, GA)
Drafted
by the Washington Senators in the 5th round of the 1970 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 17, 1973 (Age 21)
Teams (by GP): Indians/Brewers/Rangers 1973-1985
Agents: Randy Hendricks,Alan Hendricks [*]
Final Game: October 6, 1985 (Age 33)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 19, 2014 6:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #1055. Scott Bankhead… #1056. Doug Brocail… #1057. Tim Leary… #1058. RICK WAITS… #1059. Hal White… #1060. Russ Christopher… #1061. Bob Howry… 

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
1973 21 TEX AL 0 0 9.00 5.57 1 0 1 0 0 1 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 58 2.000 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
1975 23 CLE AL 6 2 .750 2.94 3.28 16 7 4 3 0 1 70.1 57 25 23 3 25 5 34 1 0 2 285 128 1.166 7.3 0.4 3.2 4.4 1.36
1976 24 CLE AL 7 9 .438 4.00 3.63 26 22 1 4 2 0 123.2 143 60 55 7 54 1 65 0 1 2 539 87 1.593 10.4 0.5 3.9 4.7 1.20
1977 25 CLE AL 9 7 .563 3.99 4.03 37 16 9 1 0 2 135.1 132 67 60 8 64 7 62 1 0 0 581 99 1.448 8.8 0.5 4.3 4.1 0.97
1978 26 CLE AL 13 15 .464 3.20 3.79 34 33 1 15 2 0 230.1 206 97 82 16 86 0 97 2 0 10 957 117 1.268 8.0 0.6 3.4 3.8 1.13
1979 27 CLE AL 16 13 .552 4.44 4.64 34 34 0 8 3 0 231.0 230 123 114 26 91 1 91 4 0 5 982 96 1.390 9.0 1.0 3.5 3.5 1.00
1980 28 CLE AL 13 14 .481 4.45 3.93 33 33 0 9 2 0 224.1 231 118 111 18 82 6 109 1 0 5 955 93 1.395 9.3 0.7 3.3 4.4 1.33
1981 29 CLE AL 8 10 .444 4.92 3.58 22 21 0 5 1 0 126.1 173 74 69 7 44 1 51 1 0 5 578 75 1.718 12.3 0.5 3.1 3.6 1.16
1982 30 CLE AL 2 13 .133 5.40 4.93 25 21 0 2 0 0 115.0 128 74 69 13 57 2 44 1 0 4 510 77 1.609 10.0 1.0 4.5 3.4 0.77
1983 31 TOT AL 0 3 .000 4.89 3.16 18 2 5 0 0 0 49.2 62 33 27 2 20 3 33 0 0 3 225 82 1.651 11.2 0.4 3.6 6.0 1.65
1983 31 CLE AL 0 1 .000 4.58 3.47 8 0 3 0 0 0 19.2 23 13 10 1 9 2 13 0 0 1 91 95 1.627 10.5 0.5 4.1 5.9 1.44
1983 31 MIL AL 0 2 .000 5.10 2.96 10 2 2 0 0 0 30.0 39 20 17 1 11 1 20 0 0 2 134 75 1.667 11.7 0.3 3.3 6.0 1.82
1984 32 MIL AL 2 4 .333 3.58 3.66 47 1 16 0 0 3 73.0 84 32 29 7 24 3 49 0 0 0 316 109 1.479 10.4 0.9 3.0 6.0 2.04
1985 33 MIL AL 3 2 .600 6.51 3.77 24 0 8 0 0 1 47.0 67 37 34 3 20 5 24 0 0 1 220 64 1.851 12.8 0.6 3.8 4.6 1.20
12 Yrs 79 92 .462 4.25 3.98 317 190 45 47 10 8 1427.0 1514 741 674 110 568 34 659 11 1 37 6152 93 1.459 9.5 0.7 3.6 4.2 1.16
162 Game Avg. 11 12 .462 4.25 3.98 43 25 6 6 1 1 191 203 99 90 15 76 5 88 1 0 5 825 93 1.459 9.5 0.7 3.6 4.2 1.16
CLE (9 yrs) 74 84 .468 4.18 4.03 235 187 18 47 10 3 1276.0 1323 651 593 99 512 25 566 11 1 34 5478 94 1.438 9.3 0.7 3.6 4.0 1.11
MIL (3 yrs) 5 8 .385 4.80 3.55 81 3 26 0 0 4 150.0 190 89 80 11 55 9 93 0 0 3 670 83 1.633 11.4 0.7 3.3 5.6 1.69
TEX (1 yr) 0 0 9.00 5.57 1 0 1 0 0 1 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 58 2.000 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00

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
1973 21 TEX AL 1.0 1 0 1 9.00 3.83 -0.45 -0.32 94.0 3.73 -1 -0.1 .0 0.0 -0.0 -0 .439 .500
1975 23 CLE AL 70.1 16 7 25 3.20 4.37 -0.04 -0.01 100.2 4.42 10 1.1 2.5 0.2 1.9 16 .567 .507
1976 24 CLE AL 123.2 26 22 60 4.37 3.99 -0.19 0.09 97.8 4.17 -2 -0.3 .4 -0.1 0.9 8 .490 .498
1977 25 CLE AL 135.1 37 16 67 4.46 4.70 -0.05 0.00 96.9 4.61 2 0.2 1.6 -0.1 1.5 16 .505 .501
1978 26 CLE AL 230.1 34 33 97 3.79 4.27 -0.13 0.12 99.9 4.52 19 2.1 .1 -0.1 4.2 40 .562 .513
1979 27 CLE AL 231.0 34 34 123 4.79 4.62 -0.24 0.15 101.1 5.06 7 0.7 -0.1 2.9 31 .521 .504
1980 28 CLE AL 224.1 33 33 118 4.73 4.60 -0.30 0.15 101.5 5.12 9 0.9 -0.1 2.9 31 .527 .506 $200,000
1981 29 CLE AL 126.1 22 21 74 5.27 4.09 -0.62 0.13 99.7 4.83 -6 -0.7 .3 -0.1 0.4 5 .470 .496 $275,000
1982 30 CLE AL 115.0 25 21 74 5.79 4.46 -0.14 0.12 101.6 4.79 -12 -1.2 1.9 -0.1 -0.2 -2 .451 .492 $375,000
1983 31 CLE AL 19.2 8 0 13 5.95 4.57 -0.33 -0.37 106.4 4.83 -3 -0.3 .8 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .468 .498 $400,000
1983 31 MIL AL 30.0 10 2 20 6.00 5.07 -0.08 -0.19 89.9 4.46 -5 -0.5 .9 -0.0 -0.2 -2 .448 .497
1984 32 MIL AL 73.0 47 1 32 3.95 4.62 -0.21 -0.33 97.9 4.41 4 0.4 1.7 0.0 1.1 11 .509 .503
1985 33 MIL AL 47.0 24 0 37 7.09 4.63 -0.23 -0.36 100.8 4.53 -13 -1.3 .6 0.1 -0.7 -9 .445 .492 $460,000
12 Seasons 1427.0 317 190 741 4.67 4.45 -0.22 0.06 99.8 4.72 7 1.1 1.3 -0.4 14.6 142 .504 .502 $1,710,000
CLE (9 yrs) 1276.0 235 187 651 4.59 4.42 -0.22 0.10 100.1 4.75 22 2.6 1.5 -0.5 14.4 144 .511 .503 $1,250,000
MIL (3 yrs) 150.0 81 3 89 5.34 4.71 -0.19 -0.31 97.2 4.46 -15 -1.4 1.3 0.2 0.2 -1 .483 .499 $460,000
TEX (1 yr) 1.0 1 0 1 9.00 3.83 -0.45 -0.32 94.0 3.73 -1 -0.1 .0 0.0 -0.0 -0 .439 .500

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
1973 21 TEX AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1975 23 CLE AL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1976 24 CLE AL 36 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/D
1977 25 CLE AL 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/D
1978 26 CLE AL 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/D
1979 27 CLE AL 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1980 28 CLE AL 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1981 29 CLE AL 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1982 30 CLE AL 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1983 31 TOT AL 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1983 31 CLE AL 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1983 31 MIL AL 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1984 32 MIL AL 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1985 33 MIL AL 24 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
12 Yrs 329 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
CLE (9 yrs) 247 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MIL (3 yrs) 81 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEX (1 yr) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1973 21 TEX AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1975 23 CLE AL 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1976 24 CLE AL 36 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 -0.1 -0 1/D
1977 25 CLE AL 38 0 0 -0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1/D
1978 26 CLE AL 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1/D
1979 27 CLE AL 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1980 28 CLE AL 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $200,000 1
1981 29 CLE AL 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $275,000 1
1982 30 CLE AL 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $375,000 1
1983 31 CLE AL 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $400,000 /1
1983 31 MIL AL 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1984 32 MIL AL 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1985 33 MIL AL 24 1 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $460,000 1
12 Seasons 329 1 -0 -0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .500 .500 0.1 0.2 1 $1,710,000
CLE (9 yrs) 247 0 0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $1,250,000
MIL (3 yrs) 81 1 -0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $460,000
TEX (1 yr) 1 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
1973 TEX AL 21 P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.80 0 0 0
1975 CLE AL 23 P 16 7 3 70.1 18 5 12 1 1 .944 2.18 1.06 .940 1.87 1.86 3 5 63% 38% 1
1976 CLE AL 24 P 26 22 4 123.2 32 10 20 2 2 .938 2.18 1.15 .950 1.87 1.88 4 10 71% 34% 1
1976 CLE AL 24 DH 8 0
1977 CLE AL 25 P 37 16 1 135.1 30 4 24 2 1 .933 1.86 0.76 .948 1.95 1.93 7 3 30% 39% 2
1977 CLE AL 25 DH 1 0
1978 CLE AL 26 P 34 33 15 230.1 69 19 49 1 1 .986 2.66 2.00 .954 1.90 1.88 17 7 29% 38% 4
1978 CLE AL 26 DH 1 0
1979 CLE AL 27 P 34 34 8 231.0 58 15 43 0 2 1.000 2.26 1.71 .949 1.92 1.89 19 10 34% 36% 3
1980 CLE AL 28 P 33 33 9 224.1 41 10 30 1 0 .976 1.60 1.21 .957 1.85 1.85 12 9 43% 35% 3
1981 CLE AL 29 P 22 21 5 126.1 40 12 28 0 2 1.000 2.85 1.82 .963 1.98 1.98 7 5 42% 38% 2
1982 CLE AL 30 P 25 21 2 115.0 29 6 23 0 1 1.000 2.27 1.16 .958 1.80 1.80 6 7 54% 36% 4
1983 TOT AL 31 P 18 2 0 49.2 8 0 7 1 0 .875 1.27 0.39 .958 1.79 1.78 3 2 40% 33% 1
1983 CLE AL 31 P 8 0 0 19.2 3 0 3 0 0 1.000 1.37 0.38 .957 1.78 1.78 2 1 33% 33% 0
1983 MIL AL 31 P 10 2 0 30.0 5 0 4 1 0 .800 1.20 0.40 .958 1.80 1.78 1 1 50% 32% 1
1984 MIL AL 32 P 47 1 0 73.0 14 2 12 0 0 1.000 1.73 0.30 .958 1.79 1.78 6 4 40% 36% 0
1985 MIL AL 33 P 24 0 0 47.0 12 8 4 0 0 1.000 2.30 0.50 .953 1.86 1.84 3 2 40% 33% 0
12 Seasons P 317 190 47 1427.0 351 91 252 8 10 .977 2.16 1.08 .954 1.88 1.86 87 64 42% 36% 21
12 Seasons TOT 317 190 47 1427.0 351 91 252 8 10 .977 2.16 1.08 .954 1.88 1.86 87 64 42% 36% 21
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
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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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  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Wins s c a p y
1979 AL  16 (8th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1978 AL  8.049 (9th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1979 AL  3 (6th)
1980 AL  2 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1979 AL  26 (9th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1978 AL  86 (10th)
1979 AL  91 (8th)

Hits s c a p y
1981 AL  173 (4th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1981 AL  0.499 (6th)

Losses s c a p y
1978 AL  15 (5th)
1981 AL  10 (8th)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1979 AL  114 (6th)
1980 AL  111 (8th)
1981 AL  69 (4th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1978 AL  10 (5th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1978 AL  49 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1978 AL  2.66 (1st)
1981 AL  2.85 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1978 AL  2.00 (1st)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1979 AL  1.000 (1st)
1981 AL  1.000 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1973 AL  born 1952-05-15 (9th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 8 (1659), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 2 (1760), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 2 (1909), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (649th), 14.7 career WAR/15.5 7yr-peak WAR/15.1 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 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
198028Cleveland Indians$200,0003/1/80 TSN
198129Cleveland Indians$275,0002/6/82 TSN
198230Cleveland Indians$375,0002/6/82 TSN
198331Cleveland Indians$400,0002/6/82 TSN
198432Cleveland Indians$425,0002/6/82 TSN
198533Milwaukee Brewers$460,0001985 USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,135,000
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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