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Ernie Whitt

Leo Ernest Whitt

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: June 13, 1952 in Detroit, MI
School: Macomb Community College (Warren, MI)
Drafted
by the Boston Red Sox in the 15th round of the 1972 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 12, 1976 (Age 24)
Rookie Status: Lost 1980 [*]
Teams (by GP): BlueJays/Braves/Orioles/RedSox 1976-1991
Agents: Himself,Richard Box [*]
Final Game: July 3, 1991 (Age 39)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 24, 2014 2:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #968. Mike Lieberthal… #969. Brett Gardner… #970. Bob Fothergill… #971. ERNIE WHITT… #972. Walt Weiss… #973. Bob Nieman… #974. Lew Fonseca… 

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 24 BOS AL 8 20 18 4 4 2 0 1 3 0 0 2 2 .222 .300 .500 .800 120 9 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1977 25 TOR AL 23 45 41 4 7 3 0 0 6 0 0 2 12 .171 .200 .244 .444 21 10 1 0 0 2 0 2
1978 26 TOR AL 2 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .200 .000 .200 -39 0 0 0 0 0 0 /2
1980 28 TOR AL 106 325 295 23 70 12 2 6 34 1 3 22 30 .237 .288 .353 .640 72 104 11 0 5 3 0 2
1981 29 TOR AL 74 222 195 16 46 9 0 1 16 5 2 20 30 .236 .307 .297 .604 71 58 2 0 7 0 3 *2
1982 30 TOR AL 105 316 284 28 74 14 2 11 42 3 1 26 34 .261 .317 .440 .758 99 125 5 0 1 5 5 2/D
1983 31 TOR AL 123 400 344 53 88 15 2 17 56 1 1 50 55 .256 .346 .459 .805 115 158 9 0 1 5 5 *2
1984 32 TOR AL 124 364 315 35 75 12 1 15 46 0 3 43 49 .238 .327 .425 .752 104 134 7 1 0 5 7 *2
1985 33 TOR AL 139 465 412 55 101 21 2 19 64 3 6 47 59 .245 .323 .444 .767 105 183 7 1 3 2 9 *2 AS
1986 34 TOR AL 131 433 395 48 106 19 2 16 56 0 1 35 39 .268 .326 .448 .774 106 177 11 0 0 3 3 *2
1987 35 TOR AL 135 494 446 57 120 24 1 19 75 0 1 44 50 .269 .334 .455 .789 105 203 17 1 0 3 4 *2
1988 36 TOR AL 127 468 398 63 100 11 2 16 70 4 2 61 38 .251 .348 .410 .757 112 163 9 1 2 6 4 *2
1989 37 TOR AL 129 440 385 42 101 24 1 11 53 5 4 52 53 .262 .349 .416 .764 120 160 9 0 1 2 2 *2/D
1990 38 ATL NL 67 204 180 14 31 8 0 2 10 0 2 23 27 .172 .265 .250 .515 40 45 6 0 0 1 1 2
1991 39 BAL AL 35 70 62 5 15 2 0 0 3 0 0 8 12 .242 .329 .274 .603 72 17 3 0 0 0 0 2/D
15 Yrs 1328 4271 3774 447 938 176 15 134 534 22 26 436 491 .249 .324 .410 .734 99 1546 97 4 20 37 43
162 Game Avg. 162 521 460 55 114 21 2 16 65 3 3 53 60 .249 .324 .410 .734 99 189 12 0 2 5 5
TOR (12 yrs) 1218 3977 3514 424 888 164 15 131 518 22 24 403 450 .253 .327 .420 .747 102 1475 88 4 20 36 42
ATL (1 yr) 67 204 180 14 31 8 0 2 10 0 2 23 27 .172 .265 .250 .515 40 45 6 0 0 1 1
BOS (1 yr) 8 20 18 4 4 2 0 1 3 0 0 2 2 .222 .300 .500 .800 120 9 0 0 0 0 0
BAL (1 yr) 35 70 62 5 15 2 0 0 3 0 0 8 12 .242 .329 .274 .603 72 17 3 0 0 0 0
AL (14 yrs) 1261 4067 3594 433 907 168 15 132 524 22 24 413 464 .252 .327 .418 .745 102 1501 91 4 20 36 42
NL (1 yr) 67 204 180 14 31 8 0 2 10 0 2 23 27 .172 .265 .250 .515 40 45 6 0 0 1 1

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 24 BOS AL 8 20 0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1 1 0.1 .508 .500 0.1 0.0 1 /2
1977 25 TOR AL 23 45 -4 0 -0 0 1 -3 -0.3 2 -2 -0.2 .485 .498 -0.2 0.1 -2 $23,000 2
1978 26 TOR AL 2 5 -1 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 .518 .500 -0.1 0.1 -1 /2
1980 28 TOR AL 106 325 -13 -1 -2 0 6 -10 -0.9 11 1 0.1 .490 .494 0.1 0.7 1 $30,000 2
1981 29 TOR AL 74 222 -9 -0 1 0 4 -4 -0.5 8 3 0.2 .493 .497 0.3 0.4 3 $55,000 *2
1982 30 TOR AL 105 316 -5 0 2 -3 5 -1 -0.1 11 10 0.9 .499 .499 1.2 0.2 13 $100,000 2/D
1983 31 TOR AL 123 400 6 -1 -1 9 6 19 2.1 14 33 3.4 .516 .512 2.4 1.6 24 $145,000 *2
1984 32 TOR AL 124 364 -0 -0 -0 0 6 5 0.6 12 18 1.7 .504 .503 1.8 0.6 18 *2
1985 33 TOR AL 139 465 -0 -2 0 4 7 9 1.0 16 25 2.5 .507 .506 2.1 1.2 21 $370,000 *2 AS
1986 34 TOR AL 131 433 1 -1 -1 4 7 11 1.2 15 26 2.6 .509 .507 2.2 1.2 22 $325,000 *2
1987 35 TOR AL 135 494 1 -2 -3 7 7 10 1.0 17 27 2.6 .507 .506 1.9 1.4 20 $750,000 *2
1988 36 TOR AL 127 468 6 1 -0 -2 7 12 1.3 16 28 2.8 .510 .508 3.0 0.6 30 $750,000 *2
1989 37 TOR AL 129 440 10 -6 -0 0 6 10 1.2 16 26 2.7 .508 .506 2.6 0.7 26 $800,000 *2/D
1990 38 ATL NL 67 204 -16 -2 -1 -2 3 -17 -1.9 7 -10 -1.2 .472 .488 -1.1 0.2 -8 $1,200,000 2
1991 39 BAL AL 35 70 -2 0 -1 1 1 -1 -0.1 3 2 0.2 .498 .500 0.1 0.2 1 2/D
15 Seasons 1328 4271 -27 -14 -6 19 68 40 4.7 146 187 18.4 .503 .503 16.5 9.3 168 $4,548,000
TOR (12 yrs) 1218 3977 -9 -12 -4 20 63 58 6.6 137 195 19.3 .505 .504 17.4 8.9 174 $3,348,000
ATL (1 yr) 67 204 -16 -2 -1 -2 3 -17 -1.9 7 -10 -1.2 .472 .488 -1.1 0.2 -8 $1,200,000
BOS (1 yr) 8 20 0 -0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1 1 0.1 .508 .500 0.1 0.0 1
BAL (1 yr) 35 70 -2 0 -1 1 1 -1 -0.1 3 2 0.2 .498 .500 0.1 0.2 1

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
1985 33 TOR AL ALCS KCR L 7 23 21 1 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 .190 .261 .238 .499 5 0 0 0 0 0
1989 37 TOR AL ALCS OAK L 5 19 16 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 3 .125 .211 .313 .523 5 0 0 0 1 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 12 42 37 2 6 1 0 1 5 0 0 4 7 .162 .238 .270 .508 10 0 0 0 1 0
2 ALCS 12 42 37 2 6 1 0 1 5 0 0 4 7 .162 .238 .270 .508 10 0 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 BOS AL 24 C 8 6 4 53.0 24 24 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 4.08 3.00 .981 5.76 5.78 0 1 2 1 33% 34% 0
1977 TOR AL 25 C 14 10 9 89.0 66 62 4 0 0 1.000 0 0 6.67 4.71 .986 6.01 5.97 1 4 7 4 36% 39% 0
1978 TOR AL 26 C 1 1 1 8.0 8 7 1 0 0 1.000 1 150 9.00 8.00 .982 5.51 5.50 0 0 0 1 100% 38% 0
1980 TOR AL 28 C 105 92 72 825.2 499 436 56 7 11 .986 0 0 5.36 4.69 .986 5.48 5.47 4 27 70 33 32% 35% 2
1981 TOR AL 29 C 72 61 53 551.1 346 297 46 3 5 .991 0 0 5.60 4.76 .987 5.51 5.49 3 24 29 23 44% 38% 1
1982 TOR AL 30 C 98 75 61 686.1 444 406 30 8 0 .982 -3 -5 5.72 4.45 .988 5.69 5.66 5 22 44 21 32% 36% 1
1982 TOR AL 30 DH 1 0
1983 TOR AL 31 C 119 93 72 854.0 609 554 50 5 4 .992 9 13 6.37 5.08 .986 5.70 5.66 6 13 54 33 38% 33% 1
1984 TOR AL 32 C 118 97 65 840.1 627 583 40 4 8 .994 0 0 6.67 5.28 .987 5.96 5.92 6 27 46 25 35% 36% 1
1985 TOR AL 33 C 134 113 95 1031.1 695 649 38 8 6 .988 4 5 6.00 5.13 .987 6.05 5.99 2 24 60 28 32% 33% 0 AS
1986 TOR AL 34 C 129 109 80 988.1 757 709 41 7 7 .991 4 5 6.83 5.81 .989 6.62 6.56 5 29 63 33 34% 34% 0
1987 TOR AL 35 C 131 113 95 1032.2 863 803 55 5 10 .994 7 8 7.48 6.55 .988 6.74 6.67 8 35 83 46 36% 31% 1
1988 TOR AL 36 C 123 110 96 982.0 690 643 43 4 10 .994 -2 -2 6.29 5.58 .989 6.22 6.16 10 29 90 34 27% 31% 0
1989 TOR AL 37 C 115 104 72 897.1 598 550 43 5 5 .992 0 0 5.95 5.16 .989 6.24 6.17 12 26 62 28 31% 31% 1
1989 TOR AL 37 DH 7 6
1990 ATL NL 38 C 59 54 40 443.1 341 296 42 3 1 .991 -2 -5 6.86 5.73 .987 6.65 6.61 8 23 70 31 31% 29% 1
1991 BAL AL 39 C 20 12 9 118.0 80 72 8 0 0 1.000 1 10 6.10 4.00 .990 6.49 6.48 1 6 11 6 35% 34% 0
1991 BAL AL 39 DH 2 0
15 Seasons C 1246 1050 824 9400.2 6647 6091 497 59 67 .991 19 2 6.31 5.29 .988 6.11 6.05 71 290 691 347 33% 33% 9
15 Seasons TOT 1246 1050 824 9400.2 6647 6091 497 59 67 .991 19 2 6.31 5.29 .988 6.11 6.05 71 290 691 347 33% 33% 9
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
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Defensive WARs c a p y
Career  9.3 (244th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1985 AL  134 (3rd)
1986 AL  129 (4th)
1987 AL  131 (2nd)
1988 AL  123 (2nd)
1989 AL  115 (4th)
Career  1,246 (63rd)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1985 AL  649 (5th)
1986 AL  709 (3rd)
1987 AL  803 (1st)
1988 AL  643 (2nd)
Career  6,091 (69th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1980 AL  56 (5th)
1981 AL  46 (2nd)
1983 AL  50 (5th)
1987 AL  55 (4th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1982 AL  8 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1980 AL  11 (2nd)
1987 AL  10 (4th)
1988 AL  10 (2nd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1988 AL  10 (2nd)
1989 AL  12 (2nd)
1990 NL  8 (5th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1980 AL  70 (4th)
1986 AL  63 (5th)
1987 AL  83 (2nd)
1988 AL  90 (1st)
Career  691 (84th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1987 AL  46 (2nd)
1988 AL  34 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1983 AL  9 (2nd)
1985 AL  4 (5th)
1987 AL  7 (3rd)
Career  19 (66th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1983 AL  6.37 (3rd)
1984 AL  6.67 (3rd)
1987 AL  7.48 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1987 AL  6.55 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1983 AL  .992 (5th)
1984 AL  .994 (3rd)
1986 AL  .991 (4th)
1987 AL  .994 (2nd)
1988 AL  .994 (2nd)
1989 AL  .992 (5th)
Career  .991 (65th)

Oldest s c a p y
1990 NL  born 1952-06-13 (7th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 22 (762), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 27 (416), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (81st), 18.4 career WAR/18.2 7yr-peak WAR/18.3 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
197725Toronto Blue Jays$23,000L. Millson, Ballpark Figures 89
198028Toronto Blue Jays$30,000L. Millson, Ballpark Figures 90
198129Toronto Blue Jays$55,000L. Millson, Ballpark Figures 90
198230Toronto Blue Jays$100,000L. Millson, Ballpark Figures 90
198331Toronto Blue Jays$145,000L. Millson, Ballpark Figures 90
198533Toronto Blue Jays$370,0001985 USA Today survey
198634Toronto Blue Jays$325,0001986 USA Today survey
198735Toronto Blue Jays$750,0001987 USA Today survey
198836Toronto Blue Jays$750,000USA Today, 4/1/88
198937Toronto Blue Jays$800,0001989 USA Today survey
199038Atlanta Braves$1,200,000USA Today
Career to date (may be incomplete)$4,548,000
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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Name and misspellings: Leo earnie Ernest Ernie Whitt

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