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April 16, 2008
BASEBALL: The Biggest Loser

On Sunday, Tom Glavine passed a milestone I was watching for a year ago, becoming just the second pitcher to lose 200 games among pitchers who broke in after 1973, the first being his longtime teammate Greg Maddux, who is one win away from 350. Barring a Roger Clemens return to rack up 16 more losses, the only active pitcher approaching 200 is Jamie Moyer, who needs 22 more - a feat he can accomplish if he stays in the rotation through the end of 2009 (as he's 45 now and straining to crack 80 on the radar gun, that may be a stretch). After that is Steve Trachsel, who's 37 and needs 44 more losses; about the only other active pitcher who is anywhere in the neihborhood is Livan Hernandez, whose age is indeterminate but who needs 72 more losses, about 6 years' work for him.

The 200-game loser is likely to remain rarer than the 300-game winner - as with Maddux, Glavine, Clemens and possibly Randy Johnson, the path to 300 wins will mainly be trod in the future by guys who win more than 60% of their decisions, given how hard it is to get that many decisions these days.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:03 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Tim Wakefield is 54 away and at 41 throwing the knuckleball it is not completely out of the question that he pitches long enough to get there. Perhaps not likely but not inconceivable.

Posted by: jim at April 16, 2008 12:42 PM

It takes one helluva pitcher to lose 200 games let alone stick around long enough to even have the opportunity. Niekro, Ryan, etc . For my money all of the Braves big 3 from the 90's are HOFers.

Posted by: seth soothsayer at April 16, 2008 12:47 PM

Really makes Grove, with all those wins, and (if memory serves) 141 losses even more amazing.

Also, to quote Red Smith, when he wrote about Cy Young, "They don't keep you around the majors because you are good at losing." Well, unless you are Glavine, game 162 and facing the Marlins I guess.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at April 16, 2008 2:14 PM

Check Robin Roberts

Regrettably for his W-L record, he spent his best years with the Phillies in the 1950's and outside of a pennant in 1950, they generally stunk big-time. He was 286-245.

Of course, they pitched the whole game (33 in 1953 for example) unless they were shelled out, so he had many more decisions than contemporary pitchers. Can anyone imagine a record of 19-18 in today's game. Anyway, even though he was a little before my time (I only remember him as an Oriole in the 60's) his statistics indicate that he was a major stud.

Posted by: NRA Life Member at April 16, 2008 3:12 PM
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