Bob Caruthers

Position
Pitcher
Years
1884-1893
Hall Rating
102
Hall of Stats
Inductee
Hall of Merit
Inductee
Next Ballot
Bob Caruthers is next eligible for the Hall of Fame via the Early Baseball Era Committee in 2022.
Bob Caruthers Photo
Peak
65%
Longevity
35%

Only three players in the history of the game compiled sixteen or more Wins Above Replacement both as a pitcher and a position player. One, obviously, was Babe Ruth. Another was Hall of Famer and pioneer Monte Ward. The third was Bob Caruthers. Ruth and Ward both started as pitchers, but moved to other positions (Ruth to get his bat in the lineup everyday and Ward because of injury). Caruthers, on the other hand, was one of the best in the league at both—simultaneously.

Caruthers was the American Association’s most valuable player (by WAR). From 1884 to 1889, he went 175–64 (a .732 winning percentage) with a 2.62 ERA (133 ERA+). He led the league in victories twice and ERA once and was worth 34.7 WAR. In those same years, he hit .287 with a .391 on base percentage (translating to an OPS+ of 144). He was worth 13.2 WAR at the plate, playing as many games in the field as he did on the mound. He had a pair of successful seasons in the National League before he switched to hitting due to a dead arm. Despite a .456 OBP in 14 games at the plate in 1893, he was released and played several seasons in the minors as a hitter.

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Win-Value Statistics
WAR WAA adjWAR adjWAA
About the stats
59.6 38.9 52.3 32.1
Run-Value Statistics
Bat Run DP Fld Pos Pit
132 -5 0 -19 22 253
Season-by-Season Statistics
Year Team WAA WAR
1884 STL 1.0 1.5
1885 STL 7.7 10.0
1886 STL 9.4 11.6
1887 STL 8.3 10.7
1888 BRO (LAD) 4.3 6.6
1889 BRO (LAD) 6.1 8.5
1890 BRO (LAD) 1.4 4.3
1891 BRO (LAD) 1.3 4.1
1892 STL -0.9 1.9
1893 2 teams 0.1 0.4
1893 CHC -0.1 0.0
1893 CIN 0.2 0.4
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