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Nate Silver’s 538 blog at ESPN compared Tanaka’s start to that of Bob Feller, Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood.
Masahiro Tanaka: Hall of Famer
Fidrych was successful with low strikeout numbers because he threw a lot of hard stuff down low (so mostly ground balls, and few home runs) and didn't walk people. But, even if he hadn't got hurt, you'd have to think it would've caught up with him eventually: if you don't strike guys out, then you gotta figure some other way to get them out...
26 K in 48 IP, or 4.88, or 3% above league
My Hot Start Quick Burnout inner circle HOF starts with Wayne "16-1 at the All-Star Break" Simpson.
Everyone knows it but it still bears repeating: Fernando's ERA was 0.13 after 70 innings in the majors.
If you don't strike guys out, but don't walk people or give up homers, you're going to be a good pitcher.
the Spin Doctors only stopped because the singer literally had his vocal cords removed.
Repoz, you just WISH the bands of hipsters you tirelessly tout could ever record anything as good as "Two Princes".....
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