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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

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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
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

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

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
1976 KCR AL 26 C 23 8 7 101.0 62 57 4 1 1 .984 0 0 5.44 2.65 .981 5.75 5.77 0 2 9 3 25% 34% 0
1976 KCR AL 26 1B 3 1 0 11.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -11 4.91 2.00 .992 9.82 9.90
1977 KCR AL 27 C 35 19 16 205.0 140 130 9 1 0 .993 -3 -18 6.10 3.97 .986 6.01 5.97 2 4 15 3 17% 39% 0
1977 KCR AL 27 1B 5 4 1 26.0 27 26 0 1 2 .963 -1 -28 9.00 5.20 .990 10.00 9.96
1977 KCR AL 27 DH 2 0
1978 KCR AL 28 1B 47 31 23 296.1 329 307 22 0 20 1.000 6 24 9.99 7.00 .992 10.05 9.95
1978 KCR AL 28 C 21 16 12 146.1 86 78 6 2 0 .977 0 0 5.17 4.00 .983 5.53 5.48 1 2 11 6 35% 38% 0
1979 KCR AL 29 1B 49 25 16 250.0 285 264 19 2 30 .993 -0 -1 10.19 5.78 .992 10.08 9.96
1979 KCR AL 29 C 23 18 16 164.1 76 70 5 1 0 .987 0 0 4.11 3.26 .982 5.46 5.39 0 2 7 2 22% 36% 0
1979 KCR AL 29 DH 10 5
1979 KCR AL 29 OF 3 0 0 8.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -1 -120 2.25 0.67 .980 2.48 2.43
1979 KCR AL 29 LF 2 0 0 6.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -100 1.50 0.50 .980 2.25 2.20
1979 KCR AL 29 RF 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -180 4.50 1.00 .980 2.25 2.20
1980 KCR AL 30 C 77 72 70 651.0 337 306 25 6 5 .982 -4 -7 4.58 4.30 .986 5.48 5.47 1 17 58 21 27% 35% 0 MVP-24
1980 KCR AL 30 OF 35 31 26 278.0 56 54 1 1 0 .982 -1 -6 1.78 1.57 .979 2.47 2.46 MVP-24
1980 KCR AL 30 LF 19 18 15 157.0 36 35 0 1 0 .972 1 6 2.01 1.84 .980 2.35 2.35 MVP-24
1980 KCR AL 30 RF 17 13 11 121.0 20 19 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -22 1.49 1.18 .975 2.13 2.12 MVP-24
1980 KCR AL 30 1B 12 11 9 102.1 120 112 7 1 14 .992 0 0 10.47 9.92 .992 10.02 10.00 MVP-24
1981 KCR AL 31 C 73 68 61 615.1 333 300 26 7 1 .979 -3 -6 4.77 4.47 .987 5.51 5.49 2 10 45 18 29% 38% 0
1981 KCR AL 31 OF 16 13 8 115.0 17 15 2 0 0 1.000 -6 -61 1.33 1.06 .983 2.48 2.47
1981 KCR AL 31 RF 13 10 7 92.0 15 14 1 0 0 1.000 -4 -50 1.47 1.15 .980 2.16 2.15
1981 KCR AL 31 LF 3 3 1 23.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 -2 -104 0.78 0.67 .980 2.39 2.37
1981 KCR AL 31 1B 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -120 9.00 1.00 .990 9.90 10.00
1982 KCR AL 32 C 120 116 93 991.1 511 463 38 10 3 .980 0 0 4.55 4.18 .988 5.69 5.66 4 29 61 40 40% 36% 0
1982 KCR AL 32 1B 3 2 0 18.2 21 19 2 0 2 1.000 0 13 10.12 7.00 .992 9.88 9.80
1983 KCR AL 33 C 92 89 83 786.2 398 360 32 6 5 .985 -1 -2 4.48 4.26 .986 5.70 5.66 2 28 57 30 34% 33% 1
1983 KCR AL 33 1B 37 27 21 238.0 273 244 26 3 24 .989 1 7 10.21 7.30 .992 9.90 9.82
1983 KCR AL 33 OF 9 3 0 33.0 11 11 0 0 0 1.000 0 7 3.00 1.22 .981 2.51 2.48
1983 KCR AL 33 RF 8 2 0 24.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 0 15 3.38 1.13 .978 2.25 2.22
1983 KCR AL 33 LF 3 1 0 9.0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -13 2.00 0.67 .975 2.30 2.30
1984 KCR AL 34 C 59 49 36 421.0 240 213 21 6 2 .975 -2 -6 5.00 3.97 .987 5.96 5.92 1 13 29 13 31% 36% 1
1984 KCR AL 34 1B 33 1 1 77.1 101 91 10 0 8 1.000 1 14 11.75 3.06 .991 9.74 9.68
1984 KCR AL 34 DH 4 0
1984 KCR AL 34 LF 1 1 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -150 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.30
1984 KCR AL 34 OF 1 1 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -150 0.00 0.00 2.48 2.50
1985 KCR AL 35 C 49 40 35 371.2 279 247 28 4 6 .986 4 13 6.66 5.61 .987 6.05 5.99 2 9 21 16 43% 33% 0
1985 KCR AL 35 1B 6 1 0 14.0 13 12 1 0 0 1.000 1 69 8.36 2.17 .991 9.77 9.67
1985 KCR AL 35 DH 2 0
10 Seasons C 572 495 429 4453.2 2462 2224 194 44 23 .982 -9 -2 4.89 4.23 .986 5.69 5.67 15 116 313 152 33% 35% 2
10 Seasons 1B 196 103 71 1034.2 1176 1082 87 7 100 .994 8 9 10.17 5.96 .992 9.99 9.87
5 Seasons OF 64 48 34 438.0 86 82 3 1 0 .988 -8 -23 1.75 1.33 .980 2.48 2.46
4 Seasons RF 39 25 18 239.0 45 43 2 0 0 1.000 -6 -30 1.69 1.15 .977 2.15 2.15
5 Seasons LF 28 23 16 199.0 41 39 1 1 0 .976 -2 -14 1.81 1.43 .980 2.35 2.33
10 Seasons TOT 832 646 534 5926.1 3724 3388 284 52 123 .986 -9 -2 5.58 4.41 .988 6.21 6.42 15 116 313 152 33% 35% 2
Lg 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
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
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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)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1981 AL  7 (4th)
1982 AL  10 (3rd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1981 AL  45 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1985 AL  43.2 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1985 AL  4 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as 1B s c a p y
1978 AL  6 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2219), 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

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
198535Kansas City Royals$425,0001985 USA Today survey
198636Kansas City Royals$400,0001986 USA Today survey
198737Kansas City Royals$450,000Proofing corrections
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,275,000
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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