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Millwood finished with a 169-152 pitching record during a career in which he made the All-Star team for the National League in 1999, threw a nine-inning no-hitter for the Phillies in 2003 against a San Francisco Giants lineup that included all-time home run leader Barry Bonds and led the American League in ERA (2.86) in 2005 for the Cleveland Indians.
I'm guessing it'll take a lot more work to make Fossum's career sound impressive.
50's: This journeymen all-star set a record for most times striking out when he was a Cub. The next year his on field antics led to a ruling change concerning batted balls. Who is this guy?
80's: This Cub pitchers first career complete game was against Tom Seaver, he also threw a one hitter that day. Name this Pitcher.
90's: What 8 year streak ended on April 5th, 1993?
Add a twist to the Fossum-Marte game: Do that for an arbitrary player of recent vintage, but don't reveal the name, and see how hard it is to guess.
Firey outfielder had over 1500 hits and 200 HR in his career. He is one of only six players who have concluded a 30-homer season with more homers than walks (31 HR, 29 BB) Played for a team in every division during his career. Never afraid of taking one for the team, he once led the league in HBP, is in the top 25 all time in HBP, and 6 times had more HBP than GIDP.
Is that correct? Both in terms of number of players to do it and the numbers for the player?
Player WAR GS ERA+ From To CG IPMark Langston 46.9 428 107 1984 1999 81 2962.2Javier Vazquez 40.2 443 105 1998 2011 28 2840.0Bob Welch 39.9 462 106 1978 1994 61 3092.0Curt Simmons 38.2 462 111 1947 1967 163 3348.1Paul Derringer 37.0 445 108 1931 1945 251 3645.0Jim Perry 35.0 447 106 1959 1975 109 3285.2Charlie Hough 34.8 440 106 1970 1994 107 3801.1Fernando Valenzuela 34.2 424 104 1980 1997 113 2930.0Tim Wakefield 30.4 463 105 1992 2011 33 3226.1George Mullin 30.0 428 101 1902 1915 353 3686.2Rick Wise 28.5 455 101 1964 1982 138 3127.1Kevin Millwood 26.8 443 106 1997 2012 22 2720.1
I don't know why that is; someone else will.
Mark Portugal. When the Giants signed him after their 103 win season of 1993 I thought there was no way they couldn't win in 1994. There wound up being at least two.
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