John Wathan

John David Wathan (Duke)

Positions: Catcher, First Baseman and Outfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: October 4, 1949 in Cedar Rapids, IA
High School: St. Augustine HS (San Diego, CA)
School: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Drafted
by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1971 amateur draft (January). (All Transactions)
Debut: May 26, 1976 (Age 26)
Team: Royals 1976-1985

Final Game: October 6, 1985 (Age 36)
Relatives: Father of Dusty Wathan
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Standard Batting

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
1976 26 KCR AL 27 46 42 5 12 1 0 0 5 0 2 2 5 .286 .333 .310 .643 88 13 1 1 1 0 0 2/3
1977 27 KCR AL 55 127 119 18 39 5 3 2 21 2 0 5 8 .328 .346 .471 .817 119 56 1 0 0 3 1 2/3D
1978 28 KCR AL 67 203 190 19 57 10 1 2 28 2 1 3 12 .300 .320 .395 .715 99 75 5 4 3 3 1 32
1979 29 KCR AL 90 216 199 26 41 7 3 2 28 2 1 7 24 .206 .227 .302 .529 41 60 7 0 5 5 1 32D/79
1980 30 KCR AL 126 510 453 57 138 14 7 6 58 17 3 50 42 .305 .377 .406 .783 115 184 19 3 3 1 6 2793 MVP-24
1981 31 KCR AL 89 330 301 24 76 9 3 1 19 11 6 19 23 .252 .298 .312 .611 78 94 9 2 5 3 1 *29/73
1982 32 KCR AL 121 502 448 79 121 11 3 3 51 36 9 48 46 .270 .343 .328 .671 86 147 26 2 3 1 0 *2/3
1983 33 KCR AL 128 469 437 49 107 18 3 2 32 28 7 27 56 .245 .289 .314 .603 67 137 11 1 2 2 0 23/97
1984 34 KCR AL 97 196 171 17 31 7 1 2 10 6 6 21 34 .181 .271 .269 .540 51 46 6 0 4 0 0 23/D7
1985 35 KCR AL 60 165 145 11 34 8 1 1 9 1 1 17 15 .234 .319 .324 .643 78 47 4 1 2 0 0 2/3D
10 Yrs 860 2764 2505 305 656 90 25 21 261 105 36 199 265 .262 .318 .343 .661 83 859 89 14 28 18 10
162 Game Avg. 162 521 472 57 124 17 5 4 49 20 7 37 50 .262 .318 .343 .661 83 162 17 3 5 3 2

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
1976 26 KCR AL 27 46 -1 0 -0 -0 1 -0 -0.0 2 1 0.1 .498 .500 0.1 0.1 1 2/3
1977 27 KCR AL 55 127 6 1 1 -4 1 5 0.6 5 10 1.0 .510 .503 1.4 -0.2 14 2/3D
1978 28 KCR AL 67 203 0 -0 -0 6 -1 5 0.5 7 12 1.2 .507 .503 0.6 0.5 6 32
1979 29 KCR AL 90 216 -18 1 0 -1 -2 -20 -2.0 8 -13 -1.3 .477 .487 -1.2 -0.3 -11 32D/79
1980 30 KCR AL 126 510 11 2 -2 -5 3 9 1.0 17 26 2.6 .507 .506 3.2 -0.2 32 2793 MVP-24
1981 31 KCR AL 89 330 -9 0 1 -9 4 -13 -1.5 11 -2 -0.4 .484 .491 0.6 -0.5 7 *29/73
1982 32 KCR AL 121 502 -4 3 -3 0 7 5 0.5 17 22 2.1 .504 .503 2.2 0.8 22 *2/3
1983 33 KCR AL 128 469 -21 2 -2 1 3 -17 -1.7 16 -1 -0.2 .486 .489 -0.3 0.4 -2 23/97
1984 34 KCR AL 97 196 -10 -3 -0 -2 1 -15 -1.5 7 -8 -0.9 .484 .490 -0.7 -0.0 -6 23/D7
1985 35 KCR AL 60 165 -5 -0 -0 5 2 2 0.2 6 7 0.7 .503 .501 0.2 0.8 2 $425,000 2/3D
10 Seasons 860 2764 -51 6 -7 -9 20 -41 -4.0 95 54 4.9 .495 .497 6.1 1.3 64 $425,000

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
1976 26 KCR AL 46 34 4 3.2 87 .324 .286 .258 .333 .323 .310 .364 .643 .687 88 .398 -0.7 -0.1 .424 .024 .024
1977 27 KCR AL 127 84 20 6.4 102 .330 .328 .269 .346 .333 .471 .409 .817 .742 119 .642 2.9 0.3 .778 .202 .143 2.0
1978 28 KCR AL 203 145 23 4.2 95 .307 .300 .263 .320 .329 .395 .388 .715 .717 99 .491 -0.6 -0.1 .597 .116 .095 2.0
1979 29 KCR AL 216 176 13 2.0 104 .219 .206 .272 .227 .337 .302 .412 .529 .749 41 .169 -17.4 -1.7 .410 .136 .095 2.0
1980 30 KCR AL 510 341 69 5.4 99 .325 .305 .269 .377 .331 .406 .399 .783 .731 115 .577 10.2 1.0 .745 .243 .102 8.9
1981 31 KCR AL 330 248 27 2.9 87 .268 .252 .254 .298 .318 .312 .369 .611 .687 78 .351 -8.6 -0.9 .500 .140 .060 1.8
1982 32 KCR AL 502 366 49 3.6 99 .295 .270 .264 .343 .328 .328 .402 .671 .730 86 .391 -7.9 -0.8 .619 .225 .058 5.5
1983 33 KCR AL 469 352 40 3.0 98 .276 .245 .266 .289 .327 .314 .401 .603 .728 67 .325 -20.6 -2.1 .534 .178 .069 3.7
1984 34 KCR AL 196 156 12 2.1 97 .215 .181 .264 .271 .326 .269 .398 .540 .724 51 .192 -11.5 -1.2 .441 .211 .088 3.0
1985 35 KCR AL 165 118 15 3.4 98 .256 .234 .260 .319 .326 .324 .404 .643 .730 78 .366 -4.0 -0.4 .560 .207 .090 1.0
10 Yrs 2764 2020 272 3.6 97 .284 .262 .264 .318 .328 .343 .397 .661 .725 83 .400 -58.3 -5.9 .578 .188 .081 35.0
162 Game Avg. 521 381 51 3.6 97 .284 .262 .264 .318 .328 .343 .397 .661 .725 83 .400 -58.3 -5.9 .578 .188 .081 7

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1976 26 KCR AL ALCS NYY L 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 27 KCR AL ALCS NYY L 4 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 28 KCR AL ALCS NYY L 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 30 KCR AL ALCS NYY W 3 9 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 0 0 1
1980 30 KCR AL WS PHI L 3 10 7 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 .286 .400 .286 .686 2 2 0 0 1 0
1981 31 KCR AL ALDS OAK L 3 11 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .300 .364 .300 .664 3 0 0 0 0 0
1984 34 KCR AL ALCS DET L 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 35 KCR AL WS STL W 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Yrs (8 Series) 18 41 34 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 7 .147 .268 .147 .415 5 2 0 0 1 1
1 ALDS 3 11 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .300 .364 .300 .664 3 0 0 0 0 0
5 ALCS 10 19 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 .000 .158 .000 .158 0 0 0 0 0 1
2 WS 5 11 8 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 .250 .364 .250 .614 2 2 0 0 1 0

Ratio Batting*

Year Age Tm Lg PA HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% SO/W AB/SO AB/HR AB/RBI GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB
1976 26 KCR AL 46 0.0% 10.9% 4.4% 2.2% 8% 2.50 8.4 8.4 1.80 80%
1977 27 KCR AL 127 1.6% 6.3% 3.9% 7.9% 26% 1.60 14.9 59.5 5.7 0.89 88%
1978 28 KCR AL 203 1.0% 5.9% 1.5% 6.4% 23% 4.00 15.8 95.0 6.8 1.13 88%
1979 29 KCR AL 216 0.9% 11.1% 3.2% 5.6% 29% 3.43 8.3 99.5 7.1 1.08 82%
1980 30 KCR AL 510 1.2% 8.2% 9.8% 5.3% 20% 0.84 10.8 75.5 7.8 1.97 80%
1981 31 KCR AL 330 0.3% 7.0% 5.8% 3.9% 17% 1.21 13.1 301.0 15.8 1.70 85%
1982 32 KCR AL 502 0.6% 9.2% 9.6% 3.4% 14% 0.96 9.7 149.3 8.8 2.03 80%
1983 33 KCR AL 469 0.4% 11.9% 5.8% 4.9% 22% 2.07 7.8 218.5 13.7 1.17 81%
1984 34 KCR AL 196 1.0% 17.4% 10.7% 5.1% 32% 1.62 5.0 85.5 17.1 1.51 69%
1985 35 KCR AL 165 0.6% 9.1% 10.3% 6.1% 29% 0.88 9.7 145.0 16.1 1.24 78%
10 Yrs 2764 0.8% 9.6% 7.2% 4.9% 21% 1.33 9.5 119.3 9.6 1.48 81%
MLB Averages 2.0% 13.1% 8.4% 6.5% 28% 1.56 6.8 44.8 8.5 1.09 75%

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg BtRuns BtWins Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI PHlev AB
1976 26 KCR AL -0.7 -0.1 49 -0.3 0.9 -1.2 1.16 -0.2 0.0 -1.2 -0.1 1.12 -1.4 0.63 2
1977 27 KCR AL 2.9 0.3 132 0.9 3.8 -2.9 1.35 0.8 -0.1 5.9 0.6 0.98 7.3 2.75 18
1978 28 KCR AL -0.6 -0.1 206 0.5 4.0 -3.5 1.02 -0.1 0.5 3.4 0.3 1.01 -1.0 2.22 13
1979 29 KCR AL -17.4 -1.7 219 -1.1 3.4 -4.5 1.13 -1.6 0.7 -17.4 -1.7 1.03 -19.8 1.85 31
1980 30 KCR AL 10.2 1.0 534 1.5 9.3 -7.8 .93 0.6 1.0 6.6 0.7 0.98 6.6 1.30 10
1981 31 KCR AL -8.6 -0.9 350 -2.3 4.4 -6.7 1.07 -1.5 -0.6 -20.6 -2.2 1.01 -16.4 1.17 5
1982 32 KCR AL -7.9 -0.8 559 -0.1 8.4 -8.5 .94 -0.3 0.2 -0.6 -0.1 0.95 -3.9 2.76 2
1983 33 KCR AL -20.6 -2.1 511 -1.5 7.7 -9.1 .98 -2.3 0.8 -20.5 -2.1 0.91 -27.2 2.10 5
1984 34 KCR AL -11.5 -1.2 209 -1.2 2.3 -3.4 .92 -1.4 0.1 -13.8 -1.4 0.90 -14.5 0.82 4
1985 35 KCR AL -4.0 -0.4 168 -0.9 2.5 -3.3 1.09 -0.5 -0.2 -8.0 -0.8 0.91 -7.7 1.20 2
10 Yrs -58.3 -5.9 2937 -4.4 46.7 -51.0 1.01 -6.6 2.3 -66.3 -6.8 0.96 -77.9 1.93 92

Baserunning & Misc. Stats*

Year Age Tm Lg ROE XI RS% SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS OOB OOB1 OOB2 OOB3 OOBHm BT XBT% 1stS 1stS2 1stS3 1stD 1stD3 1stDH 2ndS 2ndS3 2ndSH
1976 26 KCR AL 0 0 26% 23 0 2 0% 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 67% 4 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 1
1977 27 KCR AL 6 0 36% 64 2 0 100% 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 31% 8 7 1 1 1 0 7 2 4
1978 28 KCR AL 4 0 27% 81 2 1 67% 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 1 3 54% 12 6 6 3 2 1 9 3 6
1979 29 KCR AL 3 0 52% 61 2 1 67% 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 4 48% 13 7 6 4 2 2 4 2 2
1980 30 KCR AL 7 0 28% 217 17 3 85% 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 1 2 4 16 47% 37 22 14 7 1 5 18 7 10
1981 31 KCR AL 2 0 24% 121 11 6 65% 10 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 2 0 9 42% 22 14 7 2 2 0 7 1 6
1982 32 KCR AL 9 0 45% 189 36 9 80% 33 8 3 1 0 0 7 3 3 0 1 1 1 13 60% 29 16 13 8 4 4 33 8 25
1983 33 KCR AL 3 0 35% 147 28 7 80% 25 7 3 0 0 0 4 3 6 0 3 0 1 10 52% 19 13 6 5 2 3 24 7 16
1984 34 KCR AL 3 0 24% 74 6 6 50% 6 6 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 2 0 2 36% 6 5 1 3 2 1 2 0 2
1985 35 KCR AL 0 0 17% 72 1 1 50% 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 4 62% 9 4 5 0 0 0 4 1 3
10 Yrs 37 0 32% 1049 105 36 74% 97 35 7 1 1 0 14 8 34 2 8 9 9 70 51% 159 95 62 34 17 16 109 31 75

Situational Batting*

Hits Pinch Hitting Home Runs SH GIDP PrdOut BaseRunners Advances
Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% H Inf Bnt AB H HR RBI PHlev All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd IP Att Suc % DPopp DPs DP% Opp Suc % BR BRS BRS% <2,3B Scr % 0,2B Adv % PAu
1976 26 KCR AL 46 43% 12 2 1 0 0 0.63 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 100% 10 1 10% 7 3 43% 41 7 17% 5 3 60% 5 4 80% 0
1977 27 KCR AL 127 55% 39 18 6 0 5 2.75 2 0 4 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 27 1 4% 11 3 27% 93 19 20% 12 6 50% 4 1 25% 0
1978 28 KCR AL 203 68% 57 13 6 0 3 2.22 2 0 5 1 1 2 0 1 4 3 75% 45 5 11% 20 9 45% 146 26 18% 14 9 64% 9 5 56% 0
1979 29 KCR AL 216 83% 41 31 5 0 6 1.85 2 0 13 1 1 0 2 0 7 5 71% 53 7 13% 28 12 43% 176 27 15% 21 13 62% 6 4 67% 0
1980 30 KCR AL 510 46% 138 10 3 0 1 1.30 6 0 10 5 1 5 1 1 3 3 100% 96 19 20% 47 16 34% 343 53 15% 32 19 59% 21 13 62% 0
1981 31 KCR AL 330 38% 76 5 0 0 0 1.17 1 0 5 1 0 0 1 0 5 5 100% 73 9 12% 36 12 33% 221 18 8% 16 6 38% 13 7 54% 0
1982 32 KCR AL 502 36% 121 2 0 0 0 2.76 3 0 5 2 1 2 1 0 4 3 75% 101 26 26% 55 18 33% 289 52 18% 36 22 61% 21 12 57% 0
1983 33 KCR AL 469 37% 107 5 2 0 1 2.10 2 0 3 2 0 2 0 1 3 2 67% 70 11 16% 34 7 21% 253 35 14% 24 12 50% 18 9 50% 0
1984 34 KCR AL 196 33% 31 4 1 0 0 0.82 2 0 5 0 2 1 1 0 5 4 80% 34 6 18% 18 5 28% 101 8 8% 4 0 0% 6 1 17% 0
1985 35 KCR AL 165 26% 34 2 0 0 0 1.20 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 100% 25 4 16% 12 4 33% 96 8 8% 6 1 17% 7 6 86% 0
10 Yrs 2764 45% 656 92 24 0 16 1.93 21 0 59 13 8 13 8 3 34 28 82% 534 89 17% 268 89 33% 1759 253 14% 170 91 54% 110 62 56% 0
MLB Averages 57% 81% 11% 35% 15% 51% 54%

Cumulative Batting

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1976 26 27 46 42 5 12 1 0 0 5 0 2 2 5 .286 .333 .310 .643 88 13 1 1 1 0 0
1977 27 82 173 161 23 51 6 3 2 26 2 2 7 13 .317 .343 .429 .772 112 69 2 1 1 3 1
1978 28 149 376 351 42 108 16 4 4 54 4 3 10 25 .308 .331 .410 .741 105 144 7 5 4 6 2
1979 29 239 592 550 68 149 23 7 6 82 6 4 17 49 .271 .293 .371 .664 81 204 14 5 9 11 3
1980 30 365 1102 1003 125 287 37 14 12 140 23 7 67 91 .286 .332 .387 .719 97 388 33 8 12 12 9
1981 31 454 1432 1304 149 363 46 17 13 159 34 13 86 114 .278 .324 .370 .694 93 482 42 10 17 15 10
1982 32 575 1934 1752 228 484 57 20 16 210 70 22 134 160 .276 .329 .359 .688 91 629 68 12 20 16 10
1983 33 703 2403 2189 277 591 75 23 18 242 98 29 161 216 .270 .321 .350 .671 86 766 79 13 22 18 10
1984 34 800 2599 2360 294 622 82 24 20 252 104 35 182 250 .264 .318 .344 .662 84 812 85 13 26 18 10
1985 35 860 2764 2505 305 656 90 25 21 261 105 36 199 265 .262 .318 .343 .661 83 859 89 14 28 18 10

Neutralized Batting

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS RC Gact
1976 26 27 48 44 6 14 1 0 0 6 0 2 5 .318 .362 .341 .703 5 27
1977 27 55 127 119 18 39 5 3 2 21 2 5 8 .328 .346 .471 .817 20 55
1978 28 67 207 194 21 61 11 1 2 31 2 3 12 .314 .333 .412 .746 26 67
1979 29 91 217 200 26 41 7 3 2 28 2 7 24 .205 .226 .300 .526 14 90
1980 30 126 515 457 60 142 14 7 6 61 17 51 42 .311 .383 .411 .794 72 126
1981 31 135 516 468 43 127 15 5 2 34 18 32 35 .271 .319 .338 .657 50 89
1982 32 121 508 452 84 125 11 3 3 54 37 50 46 .277 .350 .334 .685 53 121
1983 33 128 474 441 52 111 19 3 2 34 29 28 56 .252 .297 .322 .619 42 128
1984 34 97 198 172 18 32 7 1 2 10 6 22 34 .186 .278 .273 .552 13 97
1985 35 60 165 145 11 34 8 1 1 9 1 17 15 .234 .319 .324 .643 15 60
10 Yrs 907 2975 2692 339 726 98 27 22 288 114 217 277 .270 .325 .351 .676 310 860
162 Game Avg. 162 531 481 61 130 18 5 4 51 20 39 49 .270 .325 .351 .676 55 860



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1991 BBWAA ()

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1980 AL (24, 0%)
0.00 Career Shares (1750th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1982 AL  36 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1982 AL  26 (2nd)

SB % s c a p y
1980 AL  85.00 (7th)
1982 AL  80.00 (9th)
Career  74.47 (189th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1981 AL  13.1 (10th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2217), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (1958), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 3 (2590), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (253rd), 5.0 career WAR/7.6 7yr-peak WAR/6.3 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: John David Duke james jim jimmy John jon Wathan

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