Saturday, April 3, 2010

Orioles great Mike Cuellar, Dead at 72

Suffering from stomach cancer former Orioles pitcher Mike Cuellar passed away yesterday in Florida. Cuellar was famous for being in one of the greatest rotations that has ever been.

In 1971, on their way to another World Series, Cuellar joined Pat Dobson, Dave McNally and Jim Palmer in a rotation that saw each of them win 20 games. A four-man rotation all 20-game winners. That is something we are not likely to see ever again without drastic changes to the dynamics of today's game.

Just to put that feat in perspective:

* Only three other teams in the since that Orioles rotation have seen multiple 20-game winners, only one team has done it since 1980.
* Above that, no team has had more than two 20-game winners.
* Last year there were no 20-game winners in MLB. In 2001 there were seven 20-game winners in MLB

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace.

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