Seven Signs of the Apocalypse: MLB Edition

Welcome to the last day of the world.

Perhaps this could’ve been avoided if we just looked at the signs, spelled out cleanly and neatly for us by the anomalies found in the 2012 MLB season.

1. The record for most perfect games in a single season was broken by Felix Hernandez.
Prior to 2012, MLB had seen, at most, two perfectos in a year’s worth of games. In 1880, the Worcestor Ruby Legs’ Lee Richmond and Providence Grays’ Monte Ward pitched perfect games within a week of each other, while 2010 saw Roy Halladay and Dallas Braden accomplish their feats within the same month.

This year, Philip Humber no-hit the Mariners in April, striking out 9 and finishing his masterpiece with a dubious called strike to Seattle’s Brendan Ryan. Two months later, Matt Cain finished the first perfect game in Giants’ history, fending off the Astros with a record-setting 14 strikeouts and the highest Game Score of the season (101). Finally, the Mariners struck back in August with Felix Hernandez’s perfect game, a franchise first as he retired 27 Rays on 12 strikeouts and 113 pitches.

2. James Shields held the highest Game Score for a complete game loss since 1980.
Shields pitched the game of his career on October 2, 2012, when he posted 15 strikeouts and a GS of 94 during his two-hitter against the Orioles. In the 4th inning, Baltimore’s Chris Davis pulled a home run to center field, accounting for the only run of the game in Tampa Bay’s 1-0 collapse.

3. On the last day of the season, the Oakland A’s clinched the AL West division title. It was their first day in first place all season.

4. R.A. Dickey became the first knuckleballer in MLB history to earn a Cy Young Award.
Before Dickey, just five knuckleballers had received consideration for the Cy Young: Tim Wakefield, Joe Niekro, Phil Niekro, Wilbur Wood, and Bob Purkey.

5. Tim Lincecum tanked.
Following five seasons of a sub-4.00 ERA, two Cy Young awards, and a World Series championship, Lincecum fell apart.

His ERA shot from 2.74 to 5.18, while his bWAR dropped from 3.9 in 2011 to -2.1 in 2012. Over 33 starts and a 10-15 record, he logged his lowest inning and strikeout totals—186 and 190, respectively—since his rookie season in 2007.

Equally as inexplicable, Tim found his footing in the bullpen during the Division Series, posting an ERA of 1.42, striking out 8 batters, and allowing 3 hits and a run over 6.1 IP.

6. The Mariners stockpiled 21 runs against the Texas Rangers in a single game.
While high-scoring games are no stranger to MLB—six games of 21+ runs have appeared in the last five years—this was the first such game won by a last-place team in at least two seasons.

7. The World Series showcased the AL and NL MVPs for the first time since 1988.
2012 World Series –

Buster Posey: 4 H, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 5 SO in 16 PA
Miguel Cabrera: 3 H, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SO in 16 PA

1988 World Series –

Kirk Gibson: 1 HR, 2 RBI in 1 PA
Jose Canseco: 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, 5 SO in 22 PA

Coincidentally, 1988 marked the debunking of another end of the world theory, this time purported by NASA engineer Edgar Whisenant. While nothing came of the rapture, scheduled between September 11 and 13, the Dodgers pitched a two-hitter and the Expos walloped the Cardinals 14-2 during the short window of gloom and doom.

What statistical feat had you stocking up on emergency supplies and hunkering down in your basement this year?

65 thoughts on “Seven Signs of the Apocalypse: MLB Edition

  1. 1
    Jim Bouldin says:

    “What statistical feat had you stocking up on emergency supplies and hunkering down in your basement this year?”

    Astros winning a game in July by sending only 25 men to the plate, for only the second time in MLB since 1919, just a couple of days after some of us had been discussing the rarity of such a feat right here. It was right then and there that I knew that all those old Twilight Zone shows were factual and we were all in big trouble.

    • 7
      Library Dave says:

      “What statistical feat had you stocking up on emergency supplies and hunkering down in your basement this year?”

      The Astros winning a game.

  2. 2

    Good stuff, Ashley. Amazing that, even in a nightmare season, Lincecum struck out more than a batter per inning. Year of the strikeout.

    I think all of this pales in comparison to the Orioles winning 93 games with 31.9 total fWAR. The Red Sox finished 24 games behind them with 34.5 fWAR. Two Orioles were worth as many as three wins. In contrast, seven Rangers were worth at least three wins, and the team earned 50.4. The Rangers finished with the same record and lost to Baltimore in a one-game playoff.

    • 3
      no statistician but says:


      I realize that your comment is only half serious, but all the same, your conclusion seems to be this: since advanced stats are the supreme and only arbiter of explaining what goes on in baseball, the only way to account for deviation from them is to question the phenomenon, not the means of measurement. The flaw is never in the methodology—some occult force has thrown things out of kilter. The end of the world must be nigh!

    • 4
      Jim Bouldin says:

      The lack of a thorough discussion of the Orioles’ success in close games this year, and consequent implications for near-term global security, really detracts from the site. Let’s get to it…:)

    • 30
      Ashley says:

      Thank you. I agree, the Orioles’ dominance was something incredible to behold this season. I was particularly enthralled by their extra-inning W-L record of 16-2, then disappointed when the Mariners lost to them in an 18-inning debacle.

  3. 5
    John Autin says:

    Sticking with a theme of things that never ever happened before, I’ll go with this one:
    (“Johan has done it!”)

  4. 8
    RJ says:

    I was fairly sure the world was going to end when I heard revelations of a Giants left-fielder being mired in a drugs scandal. Couldn’t believe my ears.

  5. 9
    Ed says:

    For the first time in their history, the Indians lost 90+ games three times in a four year period.

    Oh wait, maybe that’s not a sign of the Apocalypse. Maybe that’s just a sign of being an underfunded, poorly managed franchise.

  6. 10
    BryanM says:

    meanwhile, on another planet .. the San diego State Aztecs joined the Big East football conference. Top that , MLB.

  7. 18
    Doug says:

    Other unusual signs:
    – First time two perfect games are pitched in same ballpark in same season
    – First trio of 2500 hit teammates (Ichiro, A-Rod, Jeter) in 84 years (last was Cobb/Collins/Speaker on 1928 As)
    – First teammates (Ichiro, Jeter) in 84 years with 10+ seasons of 175 hits (last were Sisler/Rice on 1928 Senators, and Cobb/Collins/Speaker on 1928 As)
    – First teammates (A-Rod, Jeter) in 74 years to reach 500 doubles in same season (last was Simmons and Goslin on 1938 Senators)
    – Only 2nd time that 3 players (A-Rod, Jeter, Pujols) reach 500 doubles in same season, but 2nd time in 2 years that this happened (Damon, Rolen and Chipper did it in 2011). If Rolen had had one less double in 2011, there would have been 4 players reaching the 500 milestone in 2012, when no more than two had ever previously done so in the same season.
    – First time that teammates (Konerko, Dunn) reach 400 HR in same season.
    – Only 3rd time that 3 players (Ortiz, Konerko, Dunn) reach 400 HR in same season. Others were Mathews, Mays, Snider (1963) and Griffey, McGriff, Palmeiro (2000)
    – First time that 2 players (Dunn, A-Rod) reach 2000 Ks in same season

    • 26
      Doug says:

      Further re: Ichiro and Jeter.
      – First time with teammates having 12 or more 175 hit seasons, and 7 or more 200 hit seasons
      – First time since 1936 Tigers (Simmons, Gehringer) with teammates having 5 or more 200 hit seasons

    • 33
      Ashley says:

      Great stuff, Doug. Earlier this year, I wrote about the 19 times that multiple no-hitters have been played in the same ballpark, same season, but didn’t think about the perfect games. I love the bit about Ichiro, A-Rod, and Jeter, too.

  8. 21
    John Autin says:

    The 2012 Rockies were the first team in modern history with no pitcher logging at least 130 innings. Jeff Francis led them with 113 IP.

    • 24
      Doug says:

      The 2012 Rays were just the second AL pitching staff, and the first of the DH era to record more strikeouts than hits allowed. The 1968 Indians were the first team to do this.

      The 2012 Nationals were the 7th NL team to do this, following the 2003 Cubs, 2003 and 2009 Dodgers, and 2009 to 2011 Giants. The 2011 Braves recorded identical strikeout and hits allowed totals.

  9. 23
    Voomo Zanzibar says:

    “[Branch] Rickey took me aside for ten pitches and taught me how to throw a knuckleball. . . Against Pittsburgh that day I threw 96 knuckleballs . . .” – Bob Purkey

    • 36
      John Autin says:

      Cool quote, Voomo, so I went looking for the rest of the story. In the Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers, Purkey is quoted from 1962:

      “The tail end of last year [so 1961], I hit a bad streak where nothing was working. I came up to a game against Pittsburgh determined to get myself back in the groove or shake up the hitters. Seven years before, Mr. Rickey took me aside for ten pitches and taught me how to throw a knuckleball. I’d been fooling around with it ever since, but I didn’t have the confidence in getting it over. Against Pittsburgh that day, I threw 96 knuckleballs. I got beat 3-1 on two unearned runs, but from then on I’ve known I can get it over the plate.”

      The session with Rickey would have been in either 1954 or 1955, depending on whether he’s dating the “seven years before” from the “last year” game he’s speaking of (1961), or from the time of the quote (1962). So it’s either his first or second year in the bigs; 1955 was Rickey’s last before retiring.

      Anyway, his details — a 3-1 loss and two unearned runs — don’t exactly match any game he ever pitched against Pittsburgh. But the score does match both games he pitched against them at “the tail end” of 1961, on August 30 and on October 1, the last game of the year.

      I’d lay odds he meant the August 30 game, partly because he came into that game on the tails of two six-run whuppings, whereas the Oct. 1 start came after seven straight games yielding 3 runs or less — but also because I imagine he’d remember pitching a meaningless season finale (they’d already clinched the flag) and so he wouldn’t just peg it at “the tail end of last year.”

      In that August 30 game, Purkey went 7 IP and was charged with all 3 runs, 2 of them earned. The unearned run came from a passed ball charged to backup catcher Darrell Johnson, who had come over from Philly two weeks before. (There must have been some injuries because the ’61 Reds used five different catchers for at least a dozen games behind the plate, an awful lot for a pennant winner.)

      The other two runs off Purkey came in the 1st inning on a no-out RBI triple and then, after two strikeouts and while pitching to .360-hitting Clemente, a wild pitch. He retired Roberto to end the inning, so maybe he thought of the wild-pitch run as being unearned.

      Assuming that’s the game, it’s kind of funny that Purkey would mark that as the point from which he knew he could get the knuckler over the plate. In his 7 IP, he walked 4 and had 3 wild pitches and 2 passed balls.

      But maybe it does make sense, after all. Any or all of the walks could have been justified. Three went to Dick Stuart (having perhaps his best year, with not just 35 HRs but his only .300 average), twice with two outs and bags empty, the other with two outs and a man on 2nd. The fourth walk went to Don Hoak (then hitting .315 with some power), with Maz and the pitcher to follow.

      And despite the run-scoring wild pitch, Purkey did get a total of six outs with a man on 3rd in that game.

      And of course, in ’62 he started 13-1 en route to 23-5 with a 143 ERA+, so the search for a turning point in ’61 is only natural.

      By the way, here’s another quote from that Neyer/James passage, about Game 3 of the ’61 Series: “Purkey was pitching as if he could go on forever, mixing sliders and flutterballs with fastballs so effectively the Yanks were slamming their bats into the dugout in disgust.”

      Yup — and if he’d preserved the 2-1 lead he held after 7, the Reds would have gone up 2-1 in the Series, with two more home games. But Johnny Blanchard tied it in the 8th with a two-out pinch-HR, and Maris won it with another blast in the 9th.

      (Um, yes, I am missing baseball and box scores. What made you ask?)

      • 39
        Voomo Zanzibar says:

        Interesting bit about the five catchers.
        The two main guys, Zimmerman and Edwards, were both first-year rookies.

        Their regular catcher from ’56-60, Ed Bailey, was traded to SF on April 27th for Don Blasingame and Bob Schmidt (their 4th catcher, who had led the league in errors-as-catcher the year before).

        Looks like they went after Blasingame because they started the season without a definitive 2nd baseman. Billy Martin was the 2nd sacker in ’60, and he was sold to the Braves in the offseason.

        The 5th catcher, Darrell Johnson, was purchased from Philly on August 14th.

        Not clear what they saw in Zimmerman/Edwards/Schmidt to make them trade an All-Star catcher (Bailey) in the 2nd week of the season. Blasingame was solidly ordinary at 2nd.

        Schmidt was the starter for a few weeks after the trade, yielding to Zimmerman.
        And a month later Edwards came up from AAA and platooned with Zim.

  10. 31
    Doug says:


    I knew about Norwich just because, many moons ago, I was tramping around Europe and journeyed from Amsterdam to England by ship. The vessel docked at a port close to Norwich.

    • 35
      BryanM says:

      Ah, yes, the old summer of love drug route … Amsterdam to “a port close to Norwich ” as I recall, the obligatory swim of the last half mile could be quite cold.

    • 42
      RJ says:

      Ah, that makes sense. East Anglia is not otherwise especially known for its international tourism/worldwide fame.

      In other news, I believe it is now the 22nd of December in all time zones, so doomsday averted! Though I am going to call the apocalypse back on at the first sniff of an Adam Dunn strikeout-free game next year.

  11. 38
    Hartvig says:

    Great post and even better comments.

    In addition to the usual interesting statistical tidbits we also get some excellent baseball history, some really fascinating geographical information and some really funny end-of-the-world asides.

    Well done all.

    I would only add that you may wish to consider Early Wynn when you’re talking about Cy Young award winners who threw a knuckleball. He didn’t use it near as often as most of the other guys but then Dickey didn’t throw it all the time either and neither did Purkey even after Rickey taught him the pitch.

    And that 21 run outburst from Seattle got me wondering if that’s the highest percentage of a teams total runs for a season scored in a single game. It would seem to have to rank right up (or down, depending on how you look at it) there. It’s nearly 3.4% of all the runs they scored all year and a single game accounts for only a little more than 6 tenths of 1% of their total.

    • 41
      Richard Chester says:

      When the Rangers scored 30 runs on 8-22-07 it represented 3.68% of their seasonal total of 816 runs scored. When I have more time later today I may do some more research.

      • 43
        Richard Chester says:

        On 7-27-18 the Cardinals scored 22 of their 454 runs for 4.85%. That year they scored 18.28% of their runs in just 6 of their 131 games.

        • 44
          Ed says:

          Nice find Richard! Oddly the Cardinals 22 run explosion was the back of a doubleheader in which they got shutout in the first game. The explosion started against Harry Heitmann, who gave up 4 runs without retiring a single batter. It was Heitmann’s first and only major league game. He was relieved by future HOFer Burleigh Grimes who gave up 8 runs in 6 innings. The final pitcher of the day was one-time 30 game winner Jack Coombs. Coombs was basically at the end of his career. Coombs gave up 10 runs (9 earned) in 3 innings.

          BTW, the shutout earlier in the day was thrown by Dick Robertson, who only won 3 games in his entire career (and this was obviously his only shutout!).

          Wow, what a weird pair of games!!!

          • 45
            Richard Chester says:

            For a second there it looked like Harry Heilmann. It turns out that Heitmann is one of 152 pitchers to face 4 or fewer batters in his career. Many of those 152 were position players pitching in emergencies or as stunt appearances. BTW I don’t know if that 4.85% is the record.

          • 46
            Ed says:

            The Cardinals were also shut out in the game before the doubleheader. That shutout was tossed by Bob Steele only only threw 4 shutouts in his career. So in back-to-back games, the Cardinals were shutout by two pitchers who combined for only 5 shutouts in their careers.

        • 47
          RJ says:

          I suspect that is the record Richard. I’ve been trawling for a while and have found only a couple of others over 4%, namely:

          -The 1906 Boston Americans, who hit 19 of their 463 runs in one game agianst the Senators on April 24, for 4.10% of their total.

          -The 1909 Senators, whose miserly tally of 380 runs over the season meant that 16 against the St Louis Browns on September 18 was enough for 4.21% of their total.

        • 49
          Doug says:

          That 4.85% for the Cardinals is perhaps a bit misleading in that the 1918 season was cut short. For a full schedule, the Cards would probably have scored something in the neighborhood of 530 runs. At that output, a 22 run outburst would have been about 4.15% of their season runs, in the same territory as the 1909 Senators game RJ found @47.

          A couple of 4% games outside of the deadball era.
          – 1955-04-23, White Sox over As 29-6
          – 1978-06-26, Blues Jays over Orioles 24-10

    • 48
      Doug says:

      There has also been a game where both teams scored over 3% of their season’s runs.

      On May 17, 1979, the Phillies beat the Cubs 23-22 at Wrigley. The Phils took a quick 7-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Cubs came right back with 6 in the bottom half. After batting in the fourth, the Phils were well ahead again at 17-6, but after the 6th the Cubs had stormed back to make a game of it at 21-19, and finally tied it up at 22 with 5 singles to score 3 runs in the 8th. The game settled down after that with Rawly Eastwick taking the mound for the Phils and retiring all 6 batters he faced while Bruce Sutter came in for the Cubs, and allowed just one hit – unfortunately, it was a 10th inning HR to Mike Schmidt.

      The only other game in the searchable era with both teams scoring 20+ runs? It was also at Wrigley and again the Phillies were the visitors. On Aug 25, 1922, the Cubs scored 10 in the 2nd inning and 14 in the 4th to take a 25-6 lead. The Phillies then mounted a furious comeback, but came up on the short end of a 26-23 score. The Phillies used just two pitchers in the game, one of only three games where a team had two pitchers each surrendering 10 or more runs. The other two games: Phillies vs. the Cubs again on June 23, 1930, and the Mets vs. the Phillies on Jun 11, 1985.

  12. 50
    Timmy Pea says:

    Would some stats person out there have a conversation with me about Jack Morris? I’m trying to get my brain around the fact that Morris could not “pitch to the score”, but hitters could magically give him more run support than other starting pitchers. Over the course of a long career it would seem to me that Morris’ run support would trend the same as others. Is his run support calculated per start or per inning? Without looking I seem to remember Sparky Anderson liked to leave Morris in the game longer than most pitchers stay in the game today for sure, and even longer than his contemporaries.

    • 51
      Timmy Pea says:

      Hey Timmy, what you’re not seeing is that hitters on Morris’ team used to “hit to the score”. Whenever Jack pitched, they were able to give him more run support than every other pitcher in the history of baseball.

      • 52
        Brooklyn Mick says:

        According to B-R/Splits/Run Support his teams averaged 3.4 runs per game. Is that really more than any other pitcher in baseball history?

        • 53
          Ed says:

          Brooklyn Mick: Where do you get 3.4 from? When I look at Morris’ splits, it just shows how many times he got 0-2, 3-5, or 6+ run support. I don’t see any bottom line figure. And this article says it was 4.9:

          • 54
            Brooklyn Mick says:

            Ed, 0-2, 3-5, and 6+ pretty much covers the gamut of run support. His run support split indicates that the figures encompass all 527 of his games started (excludes 22 innings of relief work). In his games started his teams scored 1779 runs in 527 starts. The math comes out to 3.385 runs scored in support per game. I rounded it to 3.4.

            In the article you shared, Christina Kahrl stated that “Morris got the best run support within this small peer group, with 4.9 R/G.” Maybe she’s wrong?

          • 55
            Brooklyn Mick says:

            I must be misinterpreting the numbers. An article at Baseball Prospectus states that Morris did indeed get 4.94 in run support, defined as “runs scored while the starter is the pitcher of

            4.94 sounds like a ton, but throughout the course of his career, his teammates got 4.85 in run support. Not much difference, but obviously he played for some good offensive teams and got some good run support.

            My main point is how Timmy validates the assertion that:

            “Whenever Jack pitched, they were able to give him more run support than every other pitcher in the history of baseball.”

          • 56
            Ed says:

            Brooklyn Mick: Not sure where you’re getting the 1779 runs from but that’s definitely not correct. Here’s Morris yearly run support starting in 1979:

            1979: 5.3
            1980: 4.5
            1981: 5.4
            1982: 4.2
            1983: 4.8
            1984: 5.1
            1985: 4.6
            1986: 5.5
            1987: 5.3
            1988: 4.4
            1989: 3.5
            1990: 4.9
            1991: 5.0
            1992: 5.6
            1993: 4.3
            1994: 6.5

            You can see the ’94 numbers here for example:


            I listed run support per game started (RS/GS). There’s also run support per 27 outs while the pitcher was in the game (RS/IP). Though since Morris averaged a lot of innings per start, those numbers don’t vary much.

            I have no idea if Timmy Pea’s assertion that Morris was the best supported pitcher in MLB history is correct. But he was definitely getting a lot more than 3.4 runs per start.

          • 57
            Richard Chester says:

            Brooklyn Mick: Morris gave up 1815 runs during his career and given his 254-186 W-L record it’s a sure bet his teams scored many more runs than that.

            Also the interpretation of the Run Support chart for Morris’ (or anyone else’s) career seems open to question. The total number of runs in that chart is equal to the number of runs he gave up as shown in the chart entitled Pitching Role just above the Run Support chart (1779 runs). Also the Run Support chart shows Morris with 138 starts in which his teams scored 0-2 runs but with 486 runs scored. If that number represents run support it cannot be more than 276. It must be the total number of runs he gave up in the games in which his teams scored 0-2 runs. Ditto for games in which his run support was 3-5 runs scored and 6+ runs scored.

          • 58
          • 59
            Ed says:

            Okay. The 1779 runs isn’t run support. It’s the # of run Morris allowed as a starter. If you add in the 36 runs he gave up as a reliever, you get the 1815 runs that Richard Chester references in post 57.

          • 60
            bstar says:

            Brooklyn Mick, just click on “More Stats”, the tab next to Standard Pitching on Morris’ player page. Scroll down to “Starting Pitching” and in that table you’ll find RS/GS and RS/IP for Morris, both yearly and career totals. As Ed says, both of those career numbers are 4.9

          • 61
            Richard Chester says:

            Here are the RS/GS numbers for some Morris contemporaries;

          • 62
            Brooklyn Mick says:

            Thanks Ed, Richard, and bstar. Looks like I was looking in the wrong place. Morris’s 4.9 RS/GS of 4.9 is a half a run more than the 4.4 MLB Avg during the span of his career.

            If the MLB Avg was 4.4, I wonder what the AL Avg was, given the DH. Was it 4.5? 4.6?

            Are people selling Morris short because he got good run support? He played on some pretty good offensive teams in some good hitting ballparks, but he still had to pitch in those same ballparks.

            As for Timmy’s claim that Morris got the most run support in history? That’s not true. Did he get the most run support from 1977-1994? Maybe — I don’t know. But pitchers from other eras (PED) got significantly more RS/GS. Mike Mussina, for example, got 5.3 RS/GS, which, like Morris, was a half a run more than the MLB Avg for the course of his career, which was 4.8.

          • 63
            Hartvig says:

            I suspect that Timmy was being facetious about the whole “more run support than anyone in history” thing.

            Just a quick glance at the Tigers record during Morris’s time with the team shows that they scored more than 800 runs 3 times between 1979 & 1990 (the period when Morris was a full-time starter) and came close 2 other times. The 1993 Jays also scored over 800 runs. These were all 162 game seasons.

            During Lefty Grove’s 9 years in Philadelphia they scored over 800 runs 8 times and 3 of those were over 900. During his time in Boston his teams scored over 800 runs another 6 times, 1 of which was over 900. And that was all done in a 154 game schedule.

            And when you figure in that guys like Milt Wilcox and Dan Petry were chalking up seasons with winning percentages close to 70% it’s hard to imagine that they weren’t getting their fair share of run support as well.

            Jack Morris was fortunate to be the right pitcher for the right team at the right time in their history- but he was also smart, determined and durable enough to take full advantage of his good fortune as well, and for that he does deserve some credit- just not selection for the Hall of Fame.

          • 64
            Brooklyn Mick says:

            Ahh…there goes Timmy being facetious.

            In the case of Morris, I think the whole “more run support than anyone in history” is repeated so often that many people tend to take it at face value.

            I watched Morris’s entire career, and during that time I considered him to be one of the elite pitchers of his era, and I still do.

            Yet, at the end of the day I think he comes up a bit short in terms of HOF candidacy.

    • 65
      Lawrence Azrin says:

      Somewhat related to the Jack Morris/HOF discussion-

      One of the big drawbacks in a HOF discussion about any particular player, is that supporters of that particular player take it as a major major insult to both them and that player, if you do not also support the HOF candidacy of that particular player.

      There are dozens upon dozens of MLB players who had long, distinguished, outstanding careers, were big stars, won important awards, but despite all that, haven’t gotten serious support for the HOF. That’s not an insult to them, they were still outstanding players, worthy of great admiration for their career accomplishments.

      For example, from last year’s (2012) ballot, I would say these players had outstanding careers, but do not belong in the HOF:
      – Tim Salmon
      – Jack Morris
      – Brad Radke
      – Bernie Williams
      – Don Mattingly

      Brad Radke next to Jack Morris may seem absurd to some, since Morris won over 100 more games, but Radke has a better ERA+ (113-105), a better WHIP, and a marginally better WAR (42.3 – 39.3). YMMV.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *