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Full Name: Howard Bruce Sutter Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/190 First Game: May 9, 1976
Birthdate: January 8, 1953 Final Game: September 9, 1988
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania MLB Experience: 12 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006


Biography

Born on January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Bruce Sutter (Howard Bruce Sutter) played for the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves over the course of his 12 year career. Sutter broke into the bigs on May 9, 1976 with the Chicago Cubs, and put up a 2.70 ERA in 83.1 innings pitched in 1976, his rookie year.

There is some disagreement on what was Bruce Sutter's most productive season. Some believe that it was 1984, when he posted a 1.54 ERA, notched 45 saves and struck out 77 batters. However, others believe that it was 1977, when he posted a 1.34 ERA, notched 31 saves and struck out 129 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1976 CHI N 52 0 6 3 2.70 73 27 25 0 0 10 83.1 63 4 26 8 2 0
1977 CHI N 62 0 7 3 1.34 129 21 16 0 0 31 107.1 69 5 23 7 7 1
1978 CHI N 64 0 8 10 3.18 106 44 35 0 0 27 99 82 10 34 7 8 1
1979 CHI N 62 0 6 6 2.22 110 29 25 0 0 37 101.1 67 3 32 5 9 0
1980 CHI N 60 0 5 8 2.64 76 35 30 0 0 28 102.1 90 5 34 8 2 1
1981 STL N 48 0 3 5 2.62 57 24 24 0 0 25 82.1 64 5 24 8 0 1
1982 STL N 70 0 9 8 2.90 61 38 33 0 0 36 102.1 88 8 34 13 5 3
1983 STL N 60 0 9 10 4.23 64 45 42 0 0 21 89.1 90 8 30 14 2 1
1984 STL N 71 0 5 7 1.54 77 26 21 0 0 45 122.2 109 9 23 4 2 1
1985 ATL N 58 0 7 7 4.48 52 46 44 0 0 23 88.1 91 13 29 4 0 3
1986 ATL N 16 0 2 0 4.34 16 9 9 0 0 3 18.2 17 3 9 2 0 0
1988 ATL N 38 0 1 4 4.76 40 26 24 0 0 14 45.1 49 4 11 3 0 1
Total 661 0 68 71 2.83 861 370 328 0 0 300 1042.1 879 77 309 83 37 13

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1976 CHI N P 52 0 83.1 6 9 1 1 0 0 7 4 0 .938
1977 CHI N P 62 0 107.1 11 14 0 0 0 0 7 4 0 1.000
1978 CHI N P 64 0 98.2 12 9 0 0 0 0 12 5 0 1.000
1979 CHI N P 62 0 101.1 9 15 3 0 0 0 8 2 1 .889
1980 CHI N P 60 0 102.1 6 14 0 0 0 0 13 5 0 1.000
1981 STL N P 48 0 82.1 7 8 0 0 0 0 11 3 0 1.000
1982 STL N P 70 0 102.1 6 15 1 5 0 0 6 1 0 .955
1983 STL N P 60 0 89.1 11 19 2 1 0 0 12 4 0 .938
1984 STL N P 71 0 122.2 14 19 0 2 0 0 9 3 0 1.000
1985 ATL N P 58 0 88.1 5 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.000
1986 ATL N P 16 0 18.2 1 3 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 1.000
1988 ATL N P 38 0 45.1 2 7 2 0 0 0 6 2 0 .818
Total P 661 0 1042 90 145 9 9 0 0 97 36 1 .963

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1976 CHI N 52 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .111 .000 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
1977 CHI N 62 20 4 3 0 0 .150 .227 .150 0 0 2 10 0 0 0 0 1
1978 CHI N 64 13 1 1 0 0 .077 .200 .077 0 0 2 8 0 4 0 0 0
1979 CHI N 62 12 0 3 0 3 .250 .308 .250 0 0 1 5 0 2 1 0 0
1980 CHI N 60 9 0 1 0 1 .111 .111 .111 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 0
1981 STL N 48 9 0 0 0 1 .000 .100 .000 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
1982 STL N 70 8 1 1 0 1 .125 .111 .125 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
1983 STL N 60 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
1984 STL N 71 10 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
1985 ATL N 58 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1986 ATL N 16 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1988 ATL N 38 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 661 102 6 9 0 6 .088 .153 .088 0 0 7 50 1 10 1 0 1

Transactions

  • Selected by Washington Senators in the 21st round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 4, 1970).
  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Chicago Cubs (September 9, 1971).
  • Traded by Chicago Cubs to St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Leon Durham, Ken Reitz and a player to be named later (December 9, 1980); Chicago Cubs received Ty Waller (December 22, 1980).
  • Granted free agency (November 8, 1984).
  • Signed by Atlanta Braves (December 7, 1984).

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