I can’t think of a better four-eyed pitcher spanning the last 25 years of baseball than the one and only Orel Hershiser.
Over 18 seasons in the majors, Hershiser compiled 240 wins (with just 150 losses) and a career ERA of 3.48—along with 2,014 strikeouts, 68 complete games, and 25 shutouts.
Starting 466 games during his time in the pros, Hershiser—who was born in Buffalo, New York and attended Bowling Green State University—was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 17th round of the 1979 amateur draft.
Spending time with the Dodgers (13 years), Cleveland Indians (three years), San Francisco Giants (one year), and New York Mets (one year), Hershiser appeared in his final MLB game on June 26, 2000—once again as a member of the LA Dodgers.
Although Hershiser’s final season in LA was far from beautiful—he was 41-years-old at the time—his legacy has been etched permanently in stone.
Hershiser’s best MLB season came in 1988 with the Dodgers—as the All-Star right-handed pitcher went 23-8 while dominating opposing batters with a 2.26 ERA and 178 strikeouts—winning the Cy Young Award and attaining a Gold Glove that season.
Oh yeah, he also won the National League Championship Series MVP and the World Series MVP as a member of the Dodgers in 1988.
Over his 18 years in the majors, Hershiser had just three seasons with losing records, and he’s always been a winner—both on and off the field of play—regardless of his win-loss record as a pitcher.