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Fun fact: The last time the Cardinals had three consecutive losing seasons was 1954-56.
The last time they had four in a row was over a century ago.
That same year, the Yankees gave 19 starts and 120 innings to Terry Mulholland, who finished with basically the same ERA as Sutcliffe. Mulholland's ERA+ was 71 and Sutcliffe's was 64.
That same year, the Yankees gave 19 starts and 120 innings to Terry Mulholland,
“That move showed me they’re not going after somebody who’s in the top of his prime,” candid Cardinals pitcher Bob Tewksbury said to the Post-Dispatch after Sutcliffe’s signing.
Who they were paying $3.3 mill for, and gave up 3 prospects for.
You're counting all players he was traded with and for - Buck was traded to the Jays along with Johnson/Buehrle, then traded to the Mets for Dickey.
If you cheat a little, you can get a full lineup just with guys Dick Allen was traded for. And unlike Buck, he was the guy teams were trading for.
OF - Willie Montanez to fill in. Though you could move Essian here, Montanez to Flood's spot and catch Bob Stinson.
The "All-Traded For Willie Montanez" Team would be pretty sound
Rick Sutcliffe is, by all accounts, a smart and personable man
When I think of Sutcliffe, I think of his amazing 1984 season with the Cubs (16-1, right?) and how he seemed to scoop his glove hand on the front of his delivery. It was such a distinctive look to me as a kid and it made it look almost like he was in slow motion. I can easily imagine how that delivery was advantageous, as it could distract the hitter or affect his timing.
it looked like he was trying to hail a cab while scratching an itch in the middle of his back.
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