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Where have all the top lefty pitchers gone?

Last year, there were nine 3-WAR southpaws in baseball (Matthew Boyd, Patrick Corbin, Marco Gonzales, Cole Hamels, Kershaw, John Means, Mike Minor, Eduardo Rodríguez, and Ryu; there were 28 from righties). Dating back to the start of divisional play in 1969, so spanning 51 seasons, that’s the third-fewest in a season—with one enormous caveat.

Fewest 3-WAR lefties in a season, 1969-2019

7—1994
8—1981
9—2019
9—1992
10—five seasons tied
11—five seasons tied, including 2018

You see the issue there, right? 1994 was a strike year, where teams averaged 115 games. 1981 was also a strike year, where teams averaged 107 games. WAR is a counting stat, so fewer games played means less time to pile up stats. (Only one hitter in 1981, for example, reached even 25 home runs.) So if we’re talking about fewest great lefties in a full season, then we just saw the smallest number in a half-century. Maybe there’s something here!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 22, 2020 at 06:09 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rally Posted: May 22, 2020 at 07:48 AM (#5952844)
50 seasons, and not counting the strike years there are 11 others within 2 of the 2019 total. I don't think its an extreme outlier.

I wonder if we see something similar for right handers? Maybe it's not a R/L thing but just fewer 3+ WAR seasons in general. This is what I'd expect to happen if you limit innings, almost nobody puts up 3 WAR from the bullpen. Zack Britton did it in 2016 with the 0.54 ERA, but at that volume it takes a historic run prevention effort, his merely great 1.91 ERA last season was good for 2.5.

It used to be that top starters threw 250+ innings, and a 200 inning season just indicated you made it through the year and stayed in the rotation. Now 200 puts you among the league leaders, and the mid to end rotation guys are only getting 160. Doesn't matter for the top guys, they'll clear 3 WAR either way. But a slightly above average #3 starter might get there with 200 innings, and will definitely not if only given 160.
   2. Rally Posted: May 22, 2020 at 07:53 AM (#5952845)
Daniel Norris 2.9 WAR, 29 starts, 144 innings
Max Fried 2.7 WAR, 30 starts, 165 innings
Brett Anderson 2.6 WAR, 31 starts, 176 innings

Those are the missing ones, cut short by pitch counts and times-through-order limits.
   3. Rally Posted: May 22, 2020 at 07:59 AM (#5952846)
Not taking time to go year by year, but from 1969-2019 there were a total of 1580 3 WAR seasons by righties, or 31 per year. Last year we had 29. For lefties, total of 666, 13 per year, 9 last season.

Obvious conclusion from those numbers: the sinister hand is the work of the devil.
   4. Ron J Posted: May 22, 2020 at 08:03 AM (#5952847)
#2 I wonder if it's more attractive to get into platoon busting (not that there's much platooning going on these days) earlier with a marginal lefty starter.

Probably not much. As you say, most changes are completely predictable.
   5. Esmailyn Gonzalez Sr. Posted: May 22, 2020 at 10:21 AM (#5952871)
Wow. I had never heard the name John Means before today.
   6. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 22, 2020 at 10:41 AM (#5952880)
I think the reduction in 3+WAR seasons as we get fewer true starting pitchers is a great point. There's also the fact that I think lefties are converted to relievers quicker than righties. I wonder if that might change with the new 3 batter rule.
   7. Itchy Row Posted: May 22, 2020 at 11:02 AM (#5952892)
There were 24 2-WAR lefty pitchers last year, the same number as in 2018. They're in a ten-way tie for 17th most since 1969, so basically the middle of the pack.

Like #1 mentions, there are more pitchers dividing up the innings and WAR now. Through 2012, the most pitchers to make an appearance in any season was 666 in 2007. There's been a new record each year since then, with 831 appearing last year. Last year also set a record for most lefties making an appearance, 214, beating the record of 208 set in 2015.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: May 22, 2020 at 11:40 AM (#5952913)
I was a lefty pitcher BITD.

we played slow pitch sandlot baseball, no adult supervision.

not sure why we did that unusual hybrid.

the point was to let everyone get a good swing in. I sort of muscle-memoried my way on every opposing batter, so that usually the first pitch was put into play - then hijinks ensued.

much like our pond hockey, this sport was obliterated by a combination of puberty and no protective equipment.

my final month of pitching, I was terrified enough of these newly-amped batters to adjust my pitches into blatant dead-pull results.
   9. bobm Posted: May 22, 2020 at 01:12 PM (#5952941)
LHP PA% does not seem unusually low overall

For single team seasons, From 1904 to 2019, All Teams in Major Leagues, vs LHP (within Platoon Splits), sorted by descending year

                               
Split    Year    PA  PAtot    %
vs LHP   2019 51750 186517 27.7
vs LHP   2018 52506 185139 28.4
vs LHP   2017 47738 185295 25.8
vs LHP   2016 48003 184580 26.0
vs LHP   2015 49567 183628 27.0
vs LHP   2014 49229 183929 26.8
vs LHP   2013 53207 184873 28.8
vs LHP   2012 54956 184179 29.8
vs LHP   2011 49564 185245 26.8
vs LHP   2010 51931 185553 28.0
vs LHP   2009 51215 187079 27.4
vs LHP   2008 52923 187631 28.2
vs LHP   2007 51735 188623 27.4
vs LHP   2006 50906 188071 27.1
vs LHP   2005 49963 186292 26.8
vs LHP   2004 51432 188539 27.3
vs LHP   2003 50801 187449 27.1
vs LHP   2002 46918 186615 25.1
vs LHP   2001 44963 186976 24.0
vs LHP   2000 46482 190261 24.4
vs LHP   1999 47423 189692 25.0
vs LHP   1998 49705 188280 26.4
vs LHP   1997 46102 175541 26.3
vs LHP   1996 45270 177261 25.5
vs LHP   1995 42524 156703 27.1
vs LHP   1994 34730 124483 27.9
vs LHP   1993 50821 174564 29.1
vs LHP   1992 49371 160545 30.8
vs LHP   1991 51375 160746 32.0
vs LHP   1990 54371 160316 33.9
vs LHP   1989 51154 160033 32.0
vs LHP   1988 48784 159380 30.6
vs LHP   1987 52339 161922 32.3
vs LHP   1986 50399 160858 31.3
vs LHP   1985 50230 160320 31.3
vs LHP   1984 49630 160566 30.9
vs LHP   1983 50005 160615 31.1
vs LHP   1982 48537 161104 30.1
vs LHP   1981 30875 105892 29.2
vs LHP   1980 50024 161210 31.0
vs LHP   1979 49596 160378 30.9
vs LHP   1978 52938 159192 33.3
vs LHP   1977 49568 161547 30.7
vs LHP   1976 44694 147598 30.3
vs LHP   1975 47572 148621 32.0
vs LHP   1974 48342 148855 32.5
vs LHP   1973 49156 148794 33.0
vs LHP   1972 42678 139968 30.5
vs LHP   1971 45109 146705 30.7
vs LHP   1970 45397 149332 30.4
vs LHP   1969 42470 148201 28.7
vs LHP   1968 34292 120827 28.4
vs LHP   1967 36487 121848 29.9
vs LHP   1966 37792 121692 31.1
vs LHP   1965 38234 122765 31.1
vs LHP   1964 37618 122997 30.6
vs LHP   1963 36223 122361 29.6
vs LHP   1962 34163 124554 27.4
vs LHP   1961 31074 109571 28.4
vs LHP   1960 24804  94783 26.2
vs LHP   1959 21957  94725 23.2
vs LHP   1958 22448  94151 23.8
vs LHP   1957 21835  95398 22.9
vs LHP   1956 24757  95240 26.0
vs LHP   1955 26357  95031 27.7
vs LHP   1954 25669  95540 26.9
vs LHP   1953 27335  95423 28.6
vs LHP   1952 25270  94829 26.6
vs LHP   1951 27381  96017 28.5
vs LHP   1950 29075  96474 30.1
vs LHP   1949 29615  96207 30.8
vs LHP   1948 24328  95819 25.4
vs LHP   1947 20492  95385 21.5
vs LHP   1946 22161  95091 23.3
vs LHP   1945 13299  94804 14.0
vs LHP   1944 12248  95666 12.8
vs LHP   1943 15036  95111 15.8
vs LHP   1942 16744  93964 17.8
vs LHP   1941 19028  96493 19.7
vs LHP   1940 20286  95912 21.2
vs LHP   1939 17535  95917 18.3
vs LHP   1938 18572  95367 19.5
vs LHP   1937 20450  96160 21.3
vs LHP   1936 17128  97896 17.5
vs LHP   1935 21255  96208 22.1
vs LHP   1934 18057  95572 18.9
vs LHP   1933 19752  94647 20.9
vs LHP   1932 21915  96599 22.7
vs LHP   1931 23190  96128 24.1
vs LHP   1930 21499  97262 22.1
vs LHP   1929 20515  96361 21.3
vs LHP   1928 20747  95643 21.7
vs LHP   1927 20653  95602 21.6
vs LHP   1926 21317  95183 22.4
vs LHP   1925 24552  96281 25.5
vs LHP   1924 20079  95394 21.0
vs LHP   1923 18659  96255 19.4
vs LHP   1922 15778  96215 16.4
vs LHP   1921 20068  95661 21.0
vs LHP   1920 19566  94709 20.7
vs LHP   1919 13638  83989 16.2
vs LHP   1918 12785  76045 16.8


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Generated 5/22/2020.

   10. bobm Posted: May 22, 2020 at 01:15 PM (#5952942)
% of PA vs LH starter was greater in 2019 than % of PA vs LHP overall

For single team seasons, From 1904 to 2019, All Teams in Major Leagues, vs LH Starter (within Platoon Splits), sorted by descending year

                                           
Split           Year    G    PA  PAtot    %
vs LH Starter   2019 1412 54532 186517 29.2
vs LH Starter   2018 1472 56113 185139 30.3
vs LH Starter   2017 1285 49266 185295 26.6
vs LH Starter   2016 1305 49462 184580 26.8
vs LH Starter   2015 1333 50628 183628 27.6
vs LH Starter   2014 1314 49687 183929 27.0
vs LH Starter   2013 1440 54740 184873 29.6
vs LH Starter   2012 1555 59063 184179 32.1
vs LH Starter   2011 1380 52354 185245 28.3
vs LH Starter   2010 1470 56263 185553 30.3
vs LH Starter   2009 1469 56647 187079 30.3
vs LH Starter   2008 1500 58090 187631 31.0
vs LH Starter   2007 1429 55821 188623 29.6
vs LH Starter   2006 1396 53934 188071 28.7
vs LH Starter   2005 1397 53688 186292 28.8
vs LH Starter   2004 1441 55947 188539 29.7
vs LH Starter   2003 1329 51225 187449 27.3
vs LH Starter   2002 1176 45045 186615 24.1
vs LH Starter   2001 1164 44724 186976 23.9
vs LH Starter   2000 1181 46334 190261 24.4
vs LH Starter   1999 1185 46493 189692 24.5
vs LH Starter   1998 1283 49619 188280 26.4
vs LH Starter   1997 1191 45838 175541 26.1
vs LH Starter   1996 1175 45951 177261 25.9
vs LH Starter   1995 1167 44981 156703 28.7
vs LH Starter   1994  927 36265 124483 29.1
vs LH Starter   1993 1370 52501 174564 30.1
vs LH Starter   1992 1323 50510 160545 31.5
vs LH Starter   1991 1333 50705 160746 31.5
vs LH Starter   1990 1445 54985 160316 34.3
vs LH Starter   1989 1386 52720 160033 32.9
vs LH Starter   1988 1344 50759 159380 31.8
vs LH Starter   1987 1391 53311 161922 32.9
vs LH Starter   1986 1339 51413 160858 32.0
vs LH Starter   1985 1363 51785 160320 32.3
vs LH Starter   1984 1360 52045 160566 32.4
vs LH Starter   1983 1351 51877 160615 32.3
vs LH Starter   1982 1283 48953 161104 30.4
vs LH Starter   1981  802 30351 105892 28.7
vs LH Starter   1980 1302 49574 161210 30.8
vs LH Starter   1979 1334 50819 160378 31.7
vs LH Starter   1978 1428 54041 159192 33.9
vs LH Starter   1977 1303 49737 161547 30.8
vs LH Starter   1976 1165 43897 147598 29.7
vs LH Starter   1975 1235 47253 148621 31.8
vs LH Starter   1974 1280 48758 148855 32.8
vs LH Starter   1973 1313 50146 148794 33.7
vs LH Starter   1972 1131 42445 139968 30.3
vs LH Starter   1971 1204 45505 146705 31.0
vs LH Starter   1970 1230 47274 149332 31.7
vs LH Starter   1969 1118 42641 148201 28.8
vs LH Starter   1968  962 35918 120827 29.7
vs LH Starter   1967 1079 40667 121848 33.4
vs LH Starter   1966 1120 42120 121692 34.6
vs LH Starter   1965 1117 42263 122765 34.4
vs LH Starter   1964 1106 42105 122997 34.2
vs LH Starter   1963 1011 38255 122361 31.3
vs LH Starter   1962  946 36163 124554 29.0
vs LH Starter   1961  869 33199 109571 30.3
vs LH Starter   1960  709 27258  94783 28.8
vs LH Starter   1959  592 22738  94725 24.0
vs LH Starter   1958  605 23311  94151 24.8
vs LH Starter   1957  592 22999  95398 24.1
vs LH Starter   1956  694 26886  95240 28.2
vs LH Starter   1955  769 29567  95031 31.1
vs LH Starter   1954  743 28633  95540 30.0
vs LH Starter   1953  822 31528  95423 33.0
vs LH Starter   1952  775 29591  94829 31.2
vs LH Starter   1951  803 31318  96017 32.6
vs LH Starter   1950  910 35448  96474 36.7
vs LH Starter   1949  949 36566  96207 38.0
vs LH Starter   1948  772 29856  95819 31.2
vs LH Starter   1947  651 25033  95385 26.2
vs LH Starter   1946  700 26947  95091 28.3
vs LH Starter   1945  467 18001  94804 19.0
vs LH Starter   1944  496 19199  95666 20.1
vs LH Starter   1943  520 20047  95111 21.1
vs LH Starter   1942  512 19743  93964 21.0
vs LH Starter   1941  589 22824  96493 23.7
vs LH Starter   1940  568 22279  95912 23.2
vs LH Starter   1939  493 19189  95917 20.0
vs LH Starter   1938  526 20396  95367 21.4
vs LH Starter   1937  582 22670  96160 23.6
vs LH Starter   1936  477 18859  97896 19.3
vs LH Starter   1935  568 22435  96208 23.3
vs LH Starter   1934  492 19190  95572 20.1
vs LH Starter   1933  581 22477  94647 23.7
vs LH Starter   1932  639 24984  96599 25.9
vs LH Starter   1931  721 27963  96128 29.1
vs LH Starter   1930  681 26765  97262 27.5
vs LH Starter   1929  696 27234  96361 28.3
vs LH Starter   1928  644 24977  95643 26.1
vs LH Starter   1927  594 22890  95602 23.9
vs LH Starter   1926  666 25898  95183 27.2
vs LH Starter   1925  763 30174  96281 31.3
vs LH Starter   1924  639 24633  95394 25.8
vs LH Starter   1923  605 23860  96255 24.8
vs LH Starter   1922  546 21324  96215 22.2
vs LH Starter   1921  661 26063  95661 27.2
vs LH Starter   1920  708 27132  94709 28.6
vs LH Starter   1919  628 23369  83989 27.8
vs LH Starter   1918  517 19425  76045 25.5
vs LH Starter   1917  696 25706  92724 27.7
vs LH Starter   1916  792 29508  92553 31.9
vs LH Starter   1915  961 36091 138298 26.1
vs LH Starter   1914  970 36008 139038 25.9
vs LH Starter   1913  719 26675  91893 29.0
vs LH Starter   1912  584 22182  93246 23.8
vs LH Starter   1911  524 19818  94047 21.1
vs LH Starter   1910  556 20831  93029 22.4
vs LH Starter   1909  622 23070  91327 25.3
vs LH Starter   1908  594 21895  90736 24.1
vs LH Starter   1907  616 22473  89737 25.0
vs LH Starter   1906  572 20915  89481 23.4
vs LH Starter   1905  478 17600  91350 19.3
vs LH Starter   1904  533 19509  91161 21.4


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Generated 5/22/2020.
   11. cardsfanboy Posted: May 22, 2020 at 04:25 PM (#5953002)
we played slow pitch sandlot baseball, no adult supervision.

not sure why we did that unusual hybrid.

the point was to let everyone get a good swing in. I sort of muscle-memoried my way on every opposing batter, so that usually the first pitch was put into play - then hijinks ensued.

much like our pond hockey, this sport was obliterated by a combination of puberty and no protective equipment.

my final month of pitching, I was terrified enough of these newly-amped batters to adjust my pitches into blatant dead-pull results.


This feels like my childhood in a way. Strikeouts was almost never an option or a possibility, the goal was throw the ball so the batter put it in play, and the rest of the players reacted to it. Homeruns weren't a possibility(fence/bike path more accurately was probably 300+ feet away, and using a tennis ball, and whiffle ball bat with duct tape wasn't going to get the ball out of there) eventually we started using wooden bats, then replaced the tennis balls and yes the ball started to go over the fence.... aluminum bats were always against the rules. Fine for organized ball, but backyard ball, not an option.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: May 22, 2020 at 07:25 PM (#5953033)
Not affected by pitch/batter limits, there seems to have been a small decline in LHB/BHB with 3+ WAR. In the first wave of expansion (62-67) you had an average of 24 or 1.2 per team. In the 24-team era, the average was 30-31 so a small bump up. The 80s were around 1.2 per team again (ignoring 81). It remained around 1.2 in the early sillyball then went nuts for a few years in the early 2000s, reaching a peak of 1.6 per team. Over the last 13 seasons, it's averaged about 1.15 per team.

Not a big deal obviously. The change is a bit more dramatic when viewed as BF where the last 4 seasons are 2nd-5th lowest since 1999, over 6000 PA below the peak and 2-3,000 PAs below a typical year. Still not a big deal but 100 fewer LHB PAs per team is 100 fewer LHB PAs per team. Whether there's any connection between a slight drop in LHB (including BHB) and a slight drop in LHP is at best a chicken-egg thing.
   13. DanG Posted: May 22, 2020 at 09:14 PM (#5953043)
Looking at 12-year spans in the division era. LHS with 20+ pitching WAR

1969-80
Rk          Player  WAR WAA/pitch ERA+     IP
1    Steve Carlton 61.7      34.2  124 3287.1
2      Wilbur Wood 45.9      24.6  113 2270.0
3    Jerry Koosman 43.8      20.3  113 2765.2
4        Vida Blue 38.8      15.1  112 2664.2
5    Mickey Lolich 38.4      17.1  108 2390.2
6      Jon Matlack 37.7      20.4  118 2037.2
7       Tommy John 36.9      15.7  118 2470.2
8     Frank Tanana 34.3      19.5  118 1615.1
9         Jim Kaat 26.0       5.1  105 2381.1
10      Ron Guidry 23.9      14.8  142  972.0
11    Dave Roberts 23.1       5.2   98 2083.2
12    Ken Holtzman 22.2       1.0  105 2335.0
13     Randy Jones 20.7       6.1  104 1766.0
14        Bill Lee 20.7       4.1  108 1843.1
15 Paul Splittorff 20.1       0.6  103 2109.2 

1982-93
Rk              Player  WAR WAA/pitch ERA+     IP
1          Frank Viola 47.3      23.0  114 2760.2
2        Mark Langston 44.6      23.8  112 2329.0
3            Jimmy Key 36.0      19.1  123 1932.1
4          Bruce Hurst 35.7      16.0  107 2325.2
5    Charlie Leibrandt 32.9      14.8  110 2100.0
6           John Tudor 32.2      18.4  129 1598.0
7        Teddy Higuera 31.4      19.7  121 1321.1
8         Chuck Finley 28.4      15.1  119 1450.0
9        Sid Fernandez 27.6      14.3  113 1590.2
10 Fernando Valenzuela 27.4       7.2  102 2324.0
11           Bob Ojeda 23.5       8.1  105 1789.0
12       Greg Swindell 22.6      10.2  109 1447.0
13           Bud Black 21.9       5.0  106 1950.2
14        Frank Tanana 21.7       0.2  100 2431.2
15          Ron Guidry 20.9       9.5  106 1293.0 

1996-2007
Rk          Player  WAR WAA/pitch ERA+     IP
1    Randy Johnson 71.8      51.5  150 2395.2
2      Tom Glavine 48.3      27.6  123 2629.0
3    Andy Pettitte 45.2      23.5  119 2352.2
4     Kenny Rogers 37.8      16.9  109 2185.2
5      Jamie Moyer 37.2      14.3  110 2433.2
6    Johan Santana 35.8      23.1  141 1308.2
7      David Wells 35.3      14.4  105 2250.1
8        Al Leiter 33.8      19.0  115 1869.0
9       Barry Zito 32.9      17.6  121 1627.0
10    Mark Buehrle 31.6      16.0  122 1629.0
11     CC Sabathia 25.7      12.2  115 1406.1
12 Jarrod Washburn 24.3       9.5  110 1534.0
13    Chuck Finley 23.4      10.5  112 1361.0
14    Mike Hampton 20.5       5.8  111 1865.0 

2008-19
Rk           Player  WAR WAA/pitch ERA+     IP
1   Clayton Kershaw 65.3      47.1  157 2274.2
2       Cole Hamels 52.1      32.6  123 2379.0
3        Chris Sale 45.4      30.0  140 1629.2
4        Jon Lester 42.8      21.5  122 2393.1
5       David Price 39.7      21.0  123 2029.2
6         Cliff Lee 37.5      25.3  138 1415.0
7       CC Sabathia 36.3      16.3  116 2171.0
8 Madison Bumgarner 32.2      17.4  120 1846.0
9      Gio Gonzalez 30.3      14.0  111 1901.1
10     Mark Buehrle 28.5      13.3  111 1654.1
11    Jose Quintana 25.7      12.6  111 1485.0
12        J
.AHapp 22.1       7.5  104 1688.0
13   Dallas Keuchel 20.0       8.4  110 1302.0 

There's the expected downward trend, nothing drastic.
   14. Jose Canusee Posted: May 23, 2020 at 07:55 AM (#5953080)
It would be a correlation if more football QB's were LH that good HS LH arms would see another option. However, there are no LH QB's in the NFL either.
   15. Jack Sommers Posted: May 23, 2020 at 08:04 AM (#5953082)
There is a significant drop in the NATIONAL LEAGUE in IP and BF by Right Handed Starting pitchers beginning in 2014

You see a drop in the AL as well, but it's a much smaller drop.

This makes sense as NL teams are more likely to value positional flexibility and defense, and therefore the need for LHP is less in the NL right now. With expanded rosters, and/or universal DH, you might see a move back in the other direction on this trend.

   16. Walt Davis Posted: May 24, 2020 at 01:46 AM (#5953196)
Condensed companion to #13 for RHP

1969-80: 30 pitchers with 20+ WAR (incl Gossage, Drago and some other 50/50 guys)
1982-93: 34 (includes Lee Smith, Eck and Danny Darwin)
1996-07: 42 (includes Foulke, Hoffman, Mo, Smoltz, D Lowe, K Escobar)
2008-19: 27 (no relievers ... which is interesting)

So #13 has trimmed out the relievers and the only hybrid guy I noticed is Wood who would qualify just on his starting anyway. Even after removing relievers, the numbers were going up for RHS before the recent drop. The recent drop is much more severe for RHS than LHS.

For completeness, LHR with 20+ WAR in these spans are (1) Hiller, Lyle (and Wood) (2) none (3) Wagner (4) none. Smoltz certainly and I assume Eck, Lowe and Darwin would make it on starting alone; not sure about Kelvim, Drago, etc. Foulke was certainly very good but I wasn't expecting his name here with Gossage, Smith, Hoffman and Mo.

For all of 1969-2019, including relievers but limiting to pitchers who also debuted 1969 or later, there have been 219 who have made it to 20 WAR. The most recent debut of such a pitcher is deGrom in 2014 although he got to 20 before 2019 ... so not necessarily saying a lot about the 2015 or later debut pitchers.

Anyway, 219 over 45 years of debut doesn't strike me as a whole lot, 5 debuts a year say ... or maybe 4 in the 24-team days to 6 in the peak 30 team days, coming down in the current usage. So a team can expect to do that about once every 5 years. I mean 20 WAR is good but it's not magical. I I look at pitchers with at least 10 WAA, debuted since 69, it's 129 so maybe once every 8-10 years a team will produce a guy with a consistently above-average career. Prior and Aroldis are the guys on the list with the least WAR.
   17. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 24, 2020 at 05:55 PM (#5953279)
Where have all the lefties gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the lefties gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the lefties gone?
Changed to LOOGYs every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the LOOGYs gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the LOOGYs gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the LOOGYs gone?
Lost to 3 batter rule every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?
   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2020 at 03:02 PM (#5953385)
#17, BBTF’s best folk song.
   19. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: May 26, 2020 at 12:02 PM (#5953563)
So if we’re talking about fewest great lefties in a full season, then we just saw the smallest number in a half-century.


I'm confused by this quote. If we take out strike seasons, then 2019 is tied for the lowest number ever.

If we're counting since 1992, that is a quarter-century ago, not a half-century.

So where does the half-century thing come from?

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