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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rivera pitches in 1,057th game, 1 short of 7th place all time!

Rivera pitched in his 1,057th game, one shy of Mike Timlin for seventh on baseball’s all-time games pitched list. He got his fifth save of the season and the 613th of his career.

Wait, what?

MIKE TIMLIN is 7th on the all-time games pitched list?!?!?!?

Like ... EVER??

Whawhawha???

He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB) Posted: April 21, 2013 at 01:36 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: April 21, 2013 at 08:24 AM (#4420969)
are you ok with Dan Plesac being 6th?

1. Jesse Orosco 1252 L
2. Mike Stanton 1178 L
3. John Franco 1119 L
4. Dennis Eckersley+ 1071 R
5. Hoyt Wilhelm+ 1070 R
6. Dan Plesac 1064 R

or Jose Mesa 11th?

Michael Jackson 14th, Todd Jones 17th, David Weathers 18th - it's a weird list

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/G_p_career.shtml

2nd among active pitchers and 31st overall is... LaTroy Hawkins

Plesac will be the top non-HOF RHP here (excluding Mariano's pending beatification) for a LONG time


   2. BDC Posted: April 21, 2013 at 09:27 AM (#4420980)
Here's a recreation of the Games Pitched leaderboard from the Macmillan Encyclopedia, after the 1968 season, when I first started to spend all my time reading baseball encyclopedias:

Rk              Player   G  GS
1         Hoyt Wilhelm 937  52
2             Cy Young 906 815
3             Roy Face 804  27
4       Walter Johnson 802 666
5           Jack Quinn 756 443
6         Warren Spahn 750 665
7    Johnny Klippstein 711 161
8           Pud Galvin 705 688
9           Stu Miller 704  93
10      Pete Alexander 696 600 


The great starters were beginning to give way to the great relievers. And to Johnny Klippstein, who seems to have been the Mike Timlin of his day. (His day was the 1950s and '60s, but I don't remember him at all, or anyone ever mentioning him.)

Now here's the list as of the end of the 1946 season. At that point it was an ace-starters' game:

Rk              Player   G  GS
1             Cy Young 906 815
2       Walter Johnson 802 666
3           Jack Quinn 756 443
4           Pud Galvin 705 688
5       Pete Alexander 696 600
6           Eppa Rixey 692 554
7           Waite Hoyt 674 425
8            Red Faber 669 483
9        Sad Sam Jones 647 487
10   Christy Mathewson 636 552 


Though even at that, all those guys pitched a great deal in relief. Waite Hoyt was not only a between-starts reliever in his prime (like Johnson or Alexander); but he also extended his career for a long time as a spot starter pitching mostly out of the bullpen.
   3. morineko Posted: April 21, 2013 at 09:27 AM (#4420981)
None of those guys particularly surprise me: 15+-year careers + ability to stay off the DL = a lot of games pitched.

The biggest surprise is probably Trevor Hoffman at #10, but only because he was hurt a lot. I see he pitched a lot more in 2010 than I had thought, too.
   4. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 21, 2013 at 09:51 AM (#4420988)
Plesac will be the top non-HOF RHP here (excluding Mariano's pending beatification) for a LONG time


Plesac was an LHP. Timlin will remain the top non-HOF RHP.
   5. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: April 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM (#4421036)
So.....he's 8th?
   6. Gamingboy Posted: April 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM (#4421050)
I was at the game where Jesse Orosco broke the all-time record...
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: April 21, 2013 at 01:24 PM (#4421134)
"Plesac was an LHP. Timlin will remain the top non-HOF RHP."

whoops. I've only seen the guy pitch at least 100 times.
it's awesome when you know something and still pass incorrect info along. My save-get click stopped just short of the L from bb-ref....

Kent Tekulve is No. 2 to Timlin in that 'category'



   8. BochysFingers Posted: April 21, 2013 at 02:16 PM (#4421217)
Rivera getting to be #7 in Games Pitched is a bit like saying Led Zeppelin is #x in terms of number of albums released... it seems to be highlighting one of his lesser feats.
   9. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: April 21, 2013 at 04:22 PM (#4421405)
What are Led Zeppelin's greater feats?
   10. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 21, 2013 at 04:54 PM (#4421458)
They are travelers of both time and space.
   11. Halofan Posted: April 21, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4421463)
Zeppelin didn't really have that many albums. About their only league average category.
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 21, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4421491)
Rivera getting to be #7 in Games Pitched is a bit like saying Led Zeppelin is #x in terms of number of albums released... it seems to be highlighting one of his lesser feats.

Career lead for saves, games finished & ERA+ are probably Rivera's Big 3. Of course, post-season probably overshadows even those accomplishments - except for those that view post-season as glorified exhibition games.
   13. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 21, 2013 at 06:11 PM (#4421514)
those that view post-season as glorified exhibition games.

Here are those people.
   14. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 21, 2013 at 07:17 PM (#4421552)
What, they are! Almost as much as the WBC! You don't have all the best players playing, you have short series where the best teams don't even come out on top, and it's all basically random.

(I'm not actually serious, but many of the complaints about the World Baseball Classic also apply to the playoffs)
   15. Cblau Posted: April 21, 2013 at 08:43 PM (#4421643)
Even more impressively, Mo recently passed Babe Ruth on the career Innings Pitched list. He's now #939, tied with Ed Cushman.
   16. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 21, 2013 at 09:57 PM (#4421750)
Led Zeppelin sucks.

Carry on.
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: April 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM (#4421754)
Led Zeppelin sucks.

Carry on.


Just because you are a Kansas fan, doesn't mean you dis Zeppelin.
   18. deputydrew Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:31 AM (#4421986)
I was at the game where Jesse Orosco broke the all-time record...


My buddies used to refer frequently to the wild celebration Franco had on the mound after setting the saves record...for a lefty. Just seemed wildly over the top to us.

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