Best Pitchers in The 90’s

The 1990s saw some great pitchers in Major League Baseball. Some of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game pitched in this era. There will always be arguments and discussions as to which pitchers were the best and in what order. However, in the era of the 1990s, these five pitchers stand out.

Dennis Eckersley

Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher with the Cleveland Indians before moving to the Boston Red Sox. While a good starting pitcher who pitched a no-hitter, Eckersley achieved his pitching fame as a relief pitcher.

During his time with the Oakland A’s in the late 80 through the mid-90s, Eckersley had great numbers. In 1992, he won the Cy Young Award and League MVP. He was named to the All-Time MLB Team roster.

David Cone

David Cone played his career with several teams most notably with the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets, and the New York Yankees. He was a dominating pitcher who won 20 games on two occasions. Cone was a Cy Young winner who had a great career ERA.

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson was an imposing presence on the mound. His nickname was the “Big Unit”. During the 90s, Johnson played for Seattle most of the time. He led the league with the lowest ERA twice in the 90s, and he was the strikeout leader for four years in a row. He won the Cy Young Award twice in the 90s, and he won the award five times in his career.

In the 2000s, Johnson would continue his great career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would retire with over 300 wins.

Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux was part of one of the greatest starting pitching rotations ever when he played for the Atlanta Braves. He helped lead the team to multiple playoff appearances.

Greg Maddux won 355 games in his career, and he won the Cy Young Award four times in the 90s. He was a great fielding pitcher winning 18 Gold Glove Awards.

Roger Clemens

Clemens had notable years with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Yankees. He is a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and five-time strikeout winner.

Roger Clemens finished his career with 354 wins. He was on two World Series Championship teams, and he was voted to the MLB All-Century Team.

Originally posted on franklobue.net

Unbreakable Baseball Records

Some records you just can’t break. Baseball has a wide variety of records that some people consider to be unbreakable. The evolvement of baseball has led to some of these records to be increasingly difficult to break. Listed, are some records and their record holders that baseball professionals and analysts consider to be unbreakable.

 

Career Wins – 511 – Cy Young

 

Cy Young holds the record for most career wins for a single player. His long career spans over twenty seasons with five of them having thirty wins and the other fifteen having twenty. No other player has come relatively close to the record that Cy Young has set with career wins.

 

Completed Games In A Season – 75 – Will White

 

In 1879, before the modern era of baseball Will White set the record for most completed games in a season at 75. Evaluating this record and adjusting the number to begin the live-ball era in 1920, the record is still considered to be unbreakable.

 

Most Consecutive No-Hitters – 2 – Johnny Vander Meer

 

Considered to be the most unbreakable of all baseball records is the consecutive no-hitter record. Set by Johnny Vander Meer on June 11th and June 15th. The thought of throwing three consecutive no-hitters is regarded as almost unfathomable. The closest a pitcher has come to throwing two consecutive no-hitters was Max Scherzer in 2015. Scherzer, unfortunately, was stripped away of the chance in the seventh inning of the second game.

 

Most Career Strikeouts – 5,714 – Nolan Ryan

 

Over Nolan Ryan’s career from 1966-1993, he threw six 300 strikeout seasons and an additional fifteen 200 strikeout seasons. To accomplish this feat, Ryan completed twenty-seven seasons total, setting the record for most seasons played in Major League Baseball. Since 2002 there have only been two pitchers that have surpassed the 300 strikeout season mark. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale are the only two pitchers to throw 300 strikeout seasons since 2002.

 

Most Career Hits – 4,256 – Pete Rose

 

Pete Rose has led Major League Baseball as most career hits from 1963 to 1986. The only person to have surpassed his record was Ichiro Suzuki with 4,358. Unfortunately, 1,278 of those hits were recorded in the Japanese major leagues which do not count towards the MLB total. One player named Miguel Cabrera has potential to break Rose’s record. Cabrera currently stands at 2,636 hits in his fifteen season career at age 34. If all goes well, Cabrera may be able to break the most career hits record.

Originally published on: franklobue.net