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Monday, January 17, 2022

After 14 seasons, Francisco Liriano hangs up spikes

Liriano pitched his way to an All-Star selection in 2006, his first full season, and he was a mainstay of the Twins’ rotation for parts of seven season before being dealt to the White Sox at the Trade Deadline in ‘12 with free agency looming. He chose to sign with the Pirates, where he enjoyed the most successful years of his career.

In his first four seasons for the Bucs, Liriano was exclusively a starter, pitching under a 3.50 ERA in each season of Pittsburgh’s postseason-bound campaigns from 2013-15. He started the Pirates’ first playoff series since 1992 and secured the first postseason series win since the ‘79 World Series.

However, after a couple of half-seasons in Toronto between 2016-17, Liriano ended the ‘17 campaign with his first World Series ring as a reliever for the Astros. Following a stop in Detroit in ‘18, the reliable starter for the Pirates’ best teams of the 2000s returned to Pittsburgh in ‘19 to close out his MLB tenure as a reliever.

For his career, Liriano had a 4.15 ERA in 419 games (300 starts) with 1,815 strikeouts in 1,813 2/3 innings pitched for six teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2022 at 01:43 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dr. Pooks Posted: January 17, 2022 at 02:30 PM (#6061373)
Liriano pitched well enough in camp to be considered for the second lefty in the Jays pen (after Ryan Borucki) in ST 2021, but the Jays decided to give the job and 40-man roster spot to someone internal in Tim Mayza, who was coming off TJ survey and had been outrighted off the roster in 2019 after he got hurt.

I wanted the Jays to break camp with Liriano in the big leagues and Mayza as insurance in the minors.

But considering that Mayza was the second best reliever for the first half of the season (behind Jordan Romano) in one of the AL's worst pens, the Jays seemed to have made the right call.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: January 18, 2022 at 03:51 PM (#6061497)
Back in 2006, we thought we might be looking at the first Kershaw. Then he got hurt.
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: January 18, 2022 at 07:54 PM (#6061516)
I thought Liriano retired three years ago, after his disastrous 2018 season with the Tigers...
   4. tonywagner Posted: January 18, 2022 at 10:11 PM (#6061528)
He started the Pirates’ first playoff series since 1992 and secured the first postseason series win since the ‘79 World Series.

Am I alone in thinking the wild card game should never be called a “series”? A “round”, sure, but a single game can’t be a series.
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: January 18, 2022 at 10:27 PM (#6061530)
Back in 2006, we thought we might be looking at the first Kershaw. Then he got hurt.

The Twins already had peak Johan Santana in their rotation. Him and Liriano together was scary until, as you said, Liriano got injured.
   6. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 19, 2022 at 07:51 AM (#6061553)

I thought Liriano retired three years ago, after his disastrous 2018 season with the Tigers...


133.2 innings with a 98 ERA+ is disastrous? Jeez, tough crowd.
   7. Lassus Posted: January 19, 2022 at 09:32 AM (#6061560)
He was really an assassin early on, a fun fantasy pickup back in the day. I mean, for a time he was kinda must-watch.
   8. Ken Griffey Junior Bacon Cheeseburger Posted: January 19, 2022 at 10:35 AM (#6061566)
One of only two pitchers (Madison Bumgarner) to be the winning pitcher in 2 Wild Card games
   9. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: January 19, 2022 at 12:02 PM (#6061572)
He had filthy stuff. According to BRef, his K/9 is #25 all-time.
   10. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: January 19, 2022 at 03:01 PM (#6061594)
The Twins already had peak Johan Santana in their rotation. Him and Liriano together was scary until, as you said, Liriano got injured.


My first thought upon reading Walt's post was that "Francisco Liriano" is a synonym for "Johan Santana." See also: Rijo, Jose.

For awhile there, I assumed the English translation was "Kris Medlen."

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