Bret Saberhagen Stats

Bret Saberhagen was born on Saturday, April 11, 1964, in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Saberhagen was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 4, 1984, with the Kansas City Royals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bret Saberhagen baseball stats page.

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"Looking back, it was a dream season. Winning a World Series. Winning a World Series MVP Award . My son being born [the day of] Game 6 of the World Series. It was a magical year for me. I was young at the time, but it was a lot of fun. You get to the big leagues at 19 years old for the first week in 1984. You turn 20 the week after. Can't go into the bars with the other guys, because I'm not old enough. What I'm getting at is just growing up very quickly and everything coming at me so quickly. I really didn't get a chance to digest a whole lot. We make the playoffs my first year in the big leagues. We don't win against Detroit. They go on to win the World Series. My following year, 1985, we have the same nucleus of guys. We added a few guys here and there. Just a great ballclub. After my second year, it was 'OK, cool. Playoffs, no problem.' Needless to say after that it was very tough for me to get back to the playoffs with any ballclub. For me, out of all the individual awards -- nothing even comes close to winning that championship. 'Cause it takes an entire team." - Bret Saberhagen on ESPN.com (Mike Fish, 05/25/2011, 'Bret Saberhagen's Series to remember', Source )

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Bret Saberhagen Autograph on a 1992 Upper Deck (#751)

Bret Saberhagen Autograph on a 1992 Upper Deck (#751)

Birth Name:
Bret William Saberhagen ( Twitter : @BretSabes )
Nickname:
None
Born On:
04-11-1964  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Chicago Heights, Illinois
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Grover Cleveland High School (Reseda, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
04-04-1984 (Age 19)
Last Game:
08-07-2001
Draft:
1982 : 19th Round (479th)

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Bret Saberhagen Pitching Stats

1984 20 Royals 38 18 9 10 11 .476 3.48 2 1 1 157.2 634 138 61 71 13 36 4 73 7 2 1 -
1985 21 Royals 32 32 0 20 6 .769 2.87 10 1 0 235.1 931 211 75 79 19 38 1 158 1 1 3 -
1986 22 Royals 30 25 4 7 12 .368 4.15 4 2 0 156.0 652 165 72 77 15 29 1 112 1 2 1 -
1987 23 Royals 33 33 0 18 10 .643 3.36 15 4 0 257.0 1,048 246 96 99 27 53 2 163 6 6 1 -
1988 24 Royals 35 35 0 14 16 .467 3.80 9 0 0 260.2 1,089 271 110 122 18 59 5 171 9 4 0 -
1989 25 Royals 36 35 0 23 6 .793 2.16 12 4 0 262.1 1,021 209 63 74 13 43 6 193 8 2 1 -
1990 26 Royals 20 20 0 5 9 .357 3.27 5 0 0 135.0 561 146 49 52 9 28 1 87 1 1 0 -
1991 27 Royals 28 28 0 13 8 .619 3.07 7 2 0 196.1 789 165 67 76 12 45 5 136 8 9 1 -
1992 28 Mets 17 15 0 3 5 .375 3.50 1 1 0 97.2 397 84 38 39 6 27 1 81 1 4 2 -
1993 29 Mets 19 19 0 7 7 .500 3.29 4 1 0 139.1 556 131 51 55 11 17 4 93 2 3 2 -
1994 30 Mets 24 24 0 14 4 .778 2.74 4 0 0 177.1 696 169 54 58 13 13 0 143 0 4 0 -
1995 31 Mets 16 16 0 5 5 .500 3.35 3 0 0 110.0 452 105 41 45 13 20 2 71 2 5 0 -
1995 31 Rockies 9 9 0 2 1 .667 6.28 0 0 0 43.0 206 60 30 33 8 13 1 29 1 5 0 -
1997 33 Red Sox 6 6 0 0 1 .000 6.58 0 0 0 26.0 120 30 19 20 5 10 0 14 1 2 0 -
1998 34 Red Sox 31 31 0 15 8 .652 3.96 0 0 0 175.0 725 181 77 82 22 29 1 100 4 6 0 -
1999 35 Red Sox 22 22 0 10 6 .625 2.95 0 0 0 119.0 480 122 39 43 11 11 0 81 1 2 0 0
2001 37 Red Sox 3 3 0 1 2 .333 6.00 0 0 0 15.0 64 19 10 11 3 0 0 10 0 1 0 0
16 Years 399 371 13 167 117 .588 3.34 76 16 1 2,562.2 10,421 2,452 952 1,036 218 471 34 1,715 53 59 12 0

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Bret Saberhagen Hitting Stats

1984 20 Royals 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1985 21 Royals 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1986 22 Royals 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1987 23 Royals 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1988 24 Royals 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1989 25 Royals 36 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1990 26 Royals 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1991 27 Royals 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1992 28 Mets 17 28 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 3 0 0 0 .107 .138 .107
1993 29 Mets 19 45 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 10 8 0 0 1 .111 .200 .133
1994 30 Mets 24 58 7 10 2 0 0 0 1 4 0 14 8 0 0 0 .172 .226 .207
1995 31 Mets 16 35 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 5 0 0 0 .114 .139 .143
1995 31 Rockies 9 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 .071 .133 .071
1997 33 Red Sox 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1998 34 Red Sox 31 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1999 35 Red Sox 22 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000
2001 37 Red Sox 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
16 Years 399 190 13 23 4 0 0 0 1 13 0 49 24 0 0 1 .121 .177 .142

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Bret Saberhagen Fielding Stats

1984 Royals P 38 18 473 38 1.0 37 15 22 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.11
1985 Royals P 32 32 706 62 1.9 60 22 38 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.29
1986 Royals P 30 25 468 42 1.4 40 14 26 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.31
1987 Royals P 33 33 771 57 1.7 55 21 34 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .965 1.93
1988 Royals P 35 35 782 52 1.5 49 15 34 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .942 1.69
1989 Royals P 36 35 787 61 1.7 57 21 36 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .934 1.96
1990 Royals P 20 20 405 45 2.3 44 16 28 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.93
1991 Royals P 28 28 589 49 1.8 47 17 30 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .959 2.15
1992 Mets P 17 15 293 33 1.9 33 7 26 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.04
1993 Mets P 19 19 418 46 2.4 44 14 30 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.84
1994 Mets P 24 24 532 49 2.0 47 13 34 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .959 2.39
1995 Mets P 16 16 330 32 2.0 32 6 26 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.62
1995 Rockies P 9 9 129 11 1.2 10 2 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 2.09
1997 Red Sox P 6 6 78 4 0.7 3 1 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .750 1.04
1998 Red Sox P 31 31 525 34 1.1 33 13 20 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .971 1.70
1999 Red Sox P 22 22 357 23 1.0 23 5 18 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.74
2001 Red Sox P 3 3 45 4 1.3 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.40
P Totals 399 371 7,688 642 1.6 618 203 415 24 26 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.17
16 Years 399 371 7,688 642 1.6 618 203 415 24 26 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.17

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Bret Saberhagen Miscellaneous Stats

1984 Royals 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.03 4.17 2.05
1985 Royals 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.16 6.04 1.45
1986 Royals 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.86 6.46 1.67
1987 Royals 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.08 5.71 1.86
1988 Royals 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.90 5.90 2.04
1989 Royals 0 0 .000 0 3 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.49 6.62 1.48
1990 Royals 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.11 5.80 1.87
1991 Royals 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.02 6.23 2.06
1992 Mets 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.1 0.0 3.00 7.46 2.49
1993 Mets 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.5 0.0 5.47 6.01 1.10
1994 Mets 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.1 58.0 11.00 7.26 0.66
1995 Mets 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 0.0 3.55 5.81 1.64
1995 Rockies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 0.0 2.23 6.07 2.72
1997 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.40 4.85 3.46
1998 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.5 0.0 3.45 5.14 1.49
1999 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.0 0.0 7.36 6.13 0.83
2001 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 6.00 0.00
16 Years 0 0 .000 0 4 0 0.0 3.9 190.0 3.64 6.02 1.65

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Did you know that Bret Saberhagen had two twenty win seasons (20-6 in 1985 & 23-6 in 1989), won two Cy Young Awards (1985 & 1989), won two Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Awards (1987 & 1998), started two / won two / pitched two complete games in the 1985 World Series (winning the World Series MVP Award ), and took the mound in two All-Star Games ( 1987 & 1990 )?

Bret Saberhagen threw the last no-hitter in Royals Stadium which still exists, but was renamed Kauffman Stadium in 1993 in honor or Kansas City Royals founder Ewing Kauffman. Baseball Almanac is honored to present this exclusive description of that Bret Saberghagen no-hitter researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Bret Saberhagen', Page 349):

Bret Saberhagen (Box Score: 08-26-1991 )

Bret Saberhagen was no stranger to no-hitters when he opposed the Chicago White Sox on Monday August 26 at Royals Stadium. As a youngster, he had thrown a no-hitter in the Los Angeles high school championship game, the only one ever tossed in that contest.

The 27-year-old Saberhagen had a 9-6 record when he took the mound against Charlie Hough before a crowd of 25,164. The Royals were in fifth place in the AL West, while the White Sox roosted in the same division's second spot.

By the time he was finished, Saberhagen had struck out five and walked two. The White Sox hit seven balls to the outfield.

It didn't take long to realize that Saberhagen had his best stuff. He struck out Tim Raines on a called third strike and Joey Cora on a swinging third strike to start the game. The third batter, Frank Thomas , grounded out weekly to second.

Saberhagen got another strikeout in the second when he whiffed Carlton Fisk in between Robin Ventura's ground out to second and Dan Pasqua's fly out to right.

The Royals, who had given Saberhagen a 2-0 lead in the first with the help of singles by Brian McRae and Jim Eisenreich , a sacrifice fly by George Brett and and RBI force out grounder by Todd Benzinger , added three more runs in the third. Benzinger's two-run single and Bill Pecota's RBI double were the big blows.

Kansas City completed its scoring with two runs in the fourth with Kirk Gibson driving in McRae , who had been hit by a pitch, with a triple and scoring on a sacrifice fly by Eisenreich .

Meanwhile, Saberhagen cruised along, retiring the first seven batters he faced. Chicago finally got a runner on base when Ron Karkovice walked with one out in the third. He moved to second on Ozzie Guillen's ground out to second, but died there as Raines grounded out to third.

The White Sox put another runner on base on a controversial play with one out in the fifth. Pasqua sliced a line drive to left that ticked off Gibson's outstretched glove. Gibson was charged with an error, although many thought the ball should have been ruled a hit. Pasqua was stranded at first, however, as Lance Johnson flew out to left and Karkovice struck out.

Saberhagen then proceeded to retire the next six batters before the pesky Pasqua surfaced again and drew a walk leading off the eighth. But Johnson flew out to left, Karkovice grounded out to third and Guillen grounded out to the mound.

The ninth was easy by comparison. Raines bounced out to Terry Shumpert at second to start the inning. Cora then flew out to Eisenreich , in right. Heavy hitting Thomas was the next batter, and Saberhagen got him on a grounder to Shumpert .

The masterpiece was finished. Saberhagen ended the season with a 13-8 record. Shoulder problems plagued him thereafter, although he won in double figures in 1994 with the Mets and in 1998 with the Red Sox.

Bret Saberhagen No-Hitter
Bret Saberhagen No-Hitter ( Box Score ) | The Cincinnati Enquirer | August 17, 1991 | Page C-4
In 2005, Bret Saberhagen was inducted into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame, their seventh pitcher: #1. Steve Busby (1986), #2. Paul Splittorff (1987), #3. Dennis Leonard (1989), #4. Larry Gura (1992), #5. Dan Quisenberry (1998) and #6. Jeff Montgomery (2003).

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