Almost Cooperstown

Ep. 215 - The Best Failed Starting Pitchers Excelling As Relief Pitchers

July 08, 2021 Gordon Kolier & Mark Kolier Season 2 Episode 15
Almost Cooperstown
Ep. 215 - The Best Failed Starting Pitchers Excelling As Relief Pitchers
Show Notes

The bullpen has not always been the most respected place for #MLB pitchers.  The save did not even become an official statistic until 1969.  Two HOF players far and away represent the best of the best when it comes to having success both starting and relieving. There are  other but not many examples of former starting pitchers who became stellar relief pitchers - even HOFers!  As fans might expect the real rarity is being a relief pitcher who later has success as a starting pitcher.   But it has happened.  Kind of.   We should have included Joe Nathan who started 29 games in his first 2 years and pitched more innings per season those 2 years than he ever pitched in a season again. Of course he did earn 377 career saves! 

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