• Santo Makes Hall, Kaat Missed By Two Votes

    Posted by on December 5th, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Here’s the story

    Guys to throw 4,000+ innings in the bigs since 1901:

    Rk Player ERA+ IP From To Age G GS W L SV BB SO ERA HR BF
    1 Walter Johnson 147 5914.1 1907 1927 19-39 802 666 417 279 34 1363 3509 2.17 97 23405
    2 Roger Clemens 143 4916.2 1984 2007 21-44 709 707 354 184 0 1580 4672 3.12 363 20240
    3 Christy Mathewson 137 4755.0 1901 1916 20-35 630 551 373 185 30 828 2492 2.11 88 18756
    4 Randy Johnson 136 4135.1 1988 2009 24-45 618 603 303 166 2 1497 4875 3.29 411 17067
    5 Pete Alexander 136 5190.0 1911 1930 24-43 696 600 373 208 32 951 2198 2.56 164 20893
    6 Greg Maddux 132 5008.1 1986 2008 20-42 744 740 355 227 0 999 3371 3.16 353 20421
    7 Tom Seaver 128 4783.0 1967 1986 22-41 656 647 311 205 1 1390 3640 2.86 380 19369
    8 Eddie Plank 122 4495.2 1901 1917 25-41 623 529 326 194 23 1072 2246 2.35 42 17803
    9 Red Faber 119 4086.2 1914 1933 25-44 669 483 254 213 28 1213 1471 3.15 111 17104
    10 Warren Spahn 119 5243.2 1942 1965 21-44 750 665 363 245 29 1434 2583 3.09 434 21547
    11 Ted Lyons 118 4161.0 1923 1946 22-45 594 484 260 230 23 1121 1073 3.67 223 17797
    12 Bert Blyleven 118 4970.0 1970 1992 19-41 692 685 287 250 0 1322 3701 3.31 430 20491
    13 Tom Glavine 118 4413.1 1987 2008 21-42 682 682 305 203 0 1500 2607 3.54 356 18604
    14 Gaylord Perry 117 5350.0 1962 1983 23-44 777 690 314 265 11 1379 3534 3.11 399 21953
    15 Phil Niekro 115 5404.0 1964 1987 25-48 864 716 318 274 29 1809 3342 3.35 482 22677
    16 Steve Carlton 115 5217.2 1965 1988 20-43 741 709 329 244 2 1833 4136 3.22 414 21683
    17 Fergie Jenkins 115 4500.2 1965 1983 22-40 664 594 284 226 7 997 3192 3.34 484 18400
    18 Eppa Rixey 115 4494.2 1912 1933 21-42 692 554 266 251 14 1082 1350 3.15 92 18754
    19 Robin Roberts 113 4688.2 1948 1966 21-39 676 609 286 245 25 902 2357 3.41 505 19174
    20 Nolan Ryan 112 5386.0 1966 1993 19-46 807 773 324 292 3 2795 5714 3.19 321 22575
    21 Tommy John 111 4710.1 1963 1989 20-46 760 700 288 231 4 1259 2245 3.34 302 19692
    22 Red Ruffing 110 4344.0 1924 1947 19-42 624 538 273 225 16 1541 1987 3.80 254 18546
    23 Don Sutton 108 5282.1 1966 1988 21-43 774 756 324 256 5 1343 3574 3.26 472 21631
    24 Burleigh Grimes 108 4180.0 1916 1934 22-40 616 497 270 212 18 1295 1512 3.53 148 17974
    25 Jim Kaat 108 4530.1 1959 1983 20-44 898 625 283 237 18 1083 2461 3.45 395 19023
    26 Early Wynn 107 4564.0 1939 1963 19-43 691 612 300 244 15 1775 2334 3.54 338 19408
    27 Frank Tanana 106 4188.1 1973 1993 19-39 638 616 240 236 1 1255 2773 3.66 448 17641
    28 Jamie Moyer 104 4020.1 1986 2010 23-47 686 628 267 204 0 1137 2405 4.24 511 17102
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/5/2011.

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    Red Ruffing is in the Hall. So, Kitty has a case to be there too.

    Comments on Santo Makes Hall, Kaat Missed By Two Votes

    1. KPOcala
      December 5th, 2011 | 1:35 pm

      Both players should have been inducted years ago. In a perfect universe the Santo family snubs the HOF by boycotting the ceremony. IMHO, the hall committed “infamia”.

    2. Jim TreshFan
      December 5th, 2011 | 2:35 pm

      @ KPOcala:
      I get the drift, but in point of fact one cannot “commit infamia” as infamia is a legal consequence rather than a criminal act. But in any case MLB isn’t quided by ancient Roman or canon law. And I’m sure the Santo family will be delighted to attend the ceremonies.

    3. KPOcala
      December 5th, 2011 | 11:11 pm

      @ Jim TreshFan: There are other uses of the word “infamia” that don’t refer to Roman, canon, or legalities. My beef is that this induction is a cruel, cynical act. Cruel because these men didn’t vote Santo in years ago, and cynical because MLB gets to blow that opium-tinged air up the public’s closest orifice. It was a well known story in baseball for the past few years that Santo was in rapidly failing health, and these “men” could/should have done the RIGHT THING. I don’t know personally the validity to the story that Santo made a lot of enemies by show-boating at times in career. “Supposedly” this offended a lot of the writers at the time, as well as a number of players. The “show-boating” act was that he’d jump in the air and click his heals (I presume after hitting a homer/scoring a run….Until the last couple of days I hadn’t heard that story, maybe you remember or have read something about this “act”. If legends of the undead coming back are true, it should happen during the HOF inductions. Maybe “Honest Bud” gets his brains sucked out on ESPN.

    4. KPOcala
      December 5th, 2011 | 11:14 pm

      @ Jim TreshFan: a little tongue-in-cheek, btw…………

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