@TylerKepner: With Pettitte and Halladay retired, only 2 active pitchers, Tim Hudson and CC Sabathia, have 200 wins. Next on the list: Bartolo Colon, 189.
Roy Halladay retires, signing a one day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jays - 1998-2009; Phillies - 2010-2013
203-105, .659 winning % (17th all-time, only five HOFers have higher)
2 Cy Young Awards (2003, 2010); Top 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011); 8th in career Cy Young shares all-time
Led NL in WAR, 8.1, 2010; Led NL pitchers in WAR, 2010 & 2011; Led AL pitchers in WAR, 2002 & 2003; 65.6 career WAR is 41st among all MLB pitchers in history
At retirement led MLB in career complete games (67) and shutouts (20).
8 All Star games
Perfect game (May 29, 2010); Second playoff no-hitter in MLB history (October 6, 2010)
Sources: Baseball-reference.com and Wikipedia
Your newest Hall of Famers, as elected by the Veterans’ Committee.
Bobby Cox (Braves and Blue Jays)
4th in career wins (2504), 15 playoff appearances, 1 World Series, 5 NL Pennants
Tony LaRussa (White Sox, A’s Cardinals)
3rd in career wins (2728), 14 playoff appearances, 3 World Series, 6 pennants (3 AL, 3 NL)
Joe Torre (Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees, Dodgers)
5th in career wins (2326), 16 playoff appearances, 4 World Series, 6 AL pennants
And the Hall of Fame has a six-month waiting period of induction for managers over the age of 65 if you thought this happened rather quickly.
Btw the top two managers in career victories are Connie Mack (A’s) with 3731 and John McGraw (Orioles and Giants) 2763.
Today, the Baseball Writer’s Association of America has released the official 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot, and because the organization did not induct a single
The Big Hurt
and for mere entertainment purposes…
Obit of the Day: Inaugural Member of the AAGPBL
Mary Nesbitt Wisham was playing baseball with a men’s team in Chattanooga, Tennessee when a scout invited her to tryout for a new women’s baseball league. The 18-year-old high schooler took a train to Wrigley Field, one of only 280 women in the country invited to attend.
Mrs. Wisham was one of the first 60 players selected to play in the inaugural season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). And what a season it was for her and her Racine Belles. A left-handed pitcher with a impressive knuckleball*, Mrs. Wisham pitched 47 games and won 26 of them against only 13 losses, earning a spot on the AAGPBL’s first all-star team. The Belles would go on to win the first-ever AAGPBL championship, defeating the Kenosha Comets three games to none.
Switching off between the mound and first base during her first three seasons, she was a dual threat. Between 1943 and 1945, she won 65 games while posting a 2.43 earned run average. She also led the league in batting in 1945 with a .319 average.
She took the 1946 season off after marrying Vester Wisham, the Racine Belles’ bus driver, but was coaxed back in 1947 with the promise of a $500 bonus (about $5200 today).
When she returned she joined the Peoria Redwings, an expansion team that joined the league in 1946. Her best season was 1948 when she hit .292, with 24 doubles and 64 stolen bases leading the Redwings to their only winning season and playoff appearance.
After another season off in 1949 (OOTD could not determine the reason), Mrs. Wisham returned for 1950 season but only played in 49 games - while hitting .340. She was pregnant with her first child and retired from the game.
After leaving the AAGPBL, Mrs. Wisham became a school bus driver in Putnam County, Florida. She continued to play in softball leagues. In 1975 she and her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Wisham, were players on the Kentucky state championship team and would end up finishing ninth in the women’s fastpitch national championship. Mary Nesbitt Wisham was 50 years old at the time.
Mrs. Wisham, who never considered herself a part of history (“I never give it a thought. I was just thrilled to death because I love to play ball and did pretty well I thought.”) died on November 17, 2013 at the age of 88.
(Image of Mary Nesbitt Wisham as a member of the Peoria Redwings, circa 1947-1950, is courtesy of AAGPBL.org)
Other members of the AAGPBL featured on Obit of the Day:
Doris Sams - Threw a perfect game
Orioles 60th anniversary patch.
They moved to Baltimore for the 1954 season after spending half a century as the St. Louis Browns.
Courtesy @TylerKepner who believes the stars represent the O’s 3 World Series wins - very World Cup of them.
In other news, managers are banging their heads thinking “If only I had ASKED Jack to give up only two runs a game, I was so STUPID!”
Kent Hrbek was later quoted as saying that he would have hit .330 if only a manager had said please.Btw Morris’ lifetime ERA was 3.90.
Mo. Supreme Court deciding whether “baseball rule” should also apply to injuries caused by mascots or other personnel that teams employ to engage fans…
I hate the offseason.
Watch out, Dodgers - Wacha Flocka is coming - and he’s going hard in da paint!
(Artwork by Joey Devine)
Wacha Flocka Flame does it again.
Announcer I Like Best
Using the AILB analysis I pick the Dodgers, giving me 8-14 more Vin Scully-voiced games.
Coincidentally the AILB ends up with the same result for 95% of all fans who do not have a team in the playoffs. The other 5% find Joe Castiglione charming.
Pretty sure this is just Jonny doing his own version of the “sprinkler dance”. I’d explain what “Gomesing” looks like, but it’s really nasty & this is a family blog.
This is called Gomesing.
Dusty Baker is jobless once again. The man who led the Reds for the last six seasons, taking them to the postseason in three of the last four years (losing in each appearance, most recently on Tuesday in the ML Wild Card Playoff to the Pirates) was fired by the Reds on Friday morning.
Baker, who finished 2nd in the NL Manager of the Year voting in 2010 and 2012 (and has won the award 3 times: 1993, 1997, 2000), could not get the Reds far enough into the postseason for the satisfaction of Reds management and fans.
Since his 10-season stint with the SF Giants, Baker has managed to wear out his welcome both in Chicago and Cincinnati, this in spite of the fact that he is the 16th winningest manager in MLB history with a lifetime .526 winning percentage.
Baseball can be rough.