The Top 10 Eligible Pitchers Not in the Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame debates are plentiful, and they usually bring forth the best supporting statistics one way or the other.
There have been some very good, if not great, pitchers who have been thumbed by the Baseball Sportswriters of America.
Here is a look at my Top 10 Eligible Pitchers Not in the Hall of Fame.
I used a formula with eight different statistics in the mix. It actually moved my favorite guy from my previous top spot to No. 7.
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10. Orel Hershiser (1983-2000)
Orel has the major league record for consecutive scoreless innings.
The “Bulldog” finished his career with 204 wins, 3.48 ERA, 2,014 SO, and one Cy Young Award.
9. Billy Pierce (1945–64)
I was surprised to see that Billy made the Top 10.
Not that I don’t think he was that good. He was one of my favorites growing up.
Billy finished with 211 wins, 3.27 ERA, and 1,999 SO.
8. Miguel (Mike) Cuellar (1959–77)
Mike was one of four Baltimore Oriole pitchers to win 20 games in the same rotation.
In 1971, Cuellar, along with Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, and Pat Dobson, entered the record books for all winning 20 games in the same season.
Mike won 185 games in his career with an ERA of 3.14, 1,411 SO, and one Cy Young Award.
7. Tommy John (1963–89)
Tommy John has more wins (288) than any eligible pitcher who is not in the Hall of Fame, and he has more than most who are in.
He won 20 games three times, and he started more games than any left-hander in history besides Steve Carlton.
John's career statistics are 288 wins, 3.34 ERA, and 2,245 SO.
6. Jim Kaat (1959–83)
Jim Kaat was one of the two best fielding pitchers in the game of baseball.
He won 20 games three times.
His career totals are 283 wins, 3.45 ERA, and 2,461 SO.
5. Luis Tiant (1964–82)
Tiant had one of the most "herky jerky" windups in history. His head would turn around almost to the center fielder before delivering the pitch.
Luis won 20 games four times; his career totals are 229 wins, 3.30 ERA, and 2,416 SO.
4. Bret Saberhagen (1984–2001)
Bret was a 20-game winner twice and won the Cy Young Award twice.
He finished with 167 wins, 3.34 ERA, and 1,715 SO.
Saberhagen also had the best ERA+ of all the finalists I researched.
3. Charlie Buffinton (1882–92)
This will not be a popular choice among those of you who don’t care for baseball players who made the pilgrimage in the Mayflower.
You just can’t overlook what he did.
He had 233 wins, 2.96 ERA, and 1,700 SO.
Charlie won 20 games six times and 40 games once. He had the fourth lowest ERA of all possible choices I researched.
2. Bert Blyleven (1970-92)
Many people think that Bert is the best pitcher not enshrined.
I agreed with that consensus until I did more research.
Bert won 287 games and had an ERA of 3.31, and he is fifth on the all-time strikeout list with 3,701.
He was a 20-game winner on one occasion.
1. Will White (1877-86)
And the winner is...Will White.
Echoing what I wrote earlier about Charlie Buffinton, I imagine this will be a very unpopular decision for the “under 50” crowd.
Will won 229 games with an ERA of 2.28. He had 1,041 SO.
Will won 30 games twice and 40 games three times.
Why he is not in the Hall of Fame is a mystery to me.
Go ahead. Get it off your chest. Let me have it.