• Conie & The Big Unit Through 2000

    Posted by on January 2nd, 2013 · Comments (3)

    It’s an interesting compare:

    Player WAR From To Age GS SHO W L W-L% IP BB SO ERA ERA+
    Randy Johnson 57.4 1988 2000 24-36 357 28 179 95 .653 2498.2 1089 3040 3.19 138
    David Cone 56.7 1986 2000 23-37 390 22 184 116 .613 2745.0 1067 2540 3.40 122
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 1/2/2013.

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    Of course, Cone was cooked by then whereas Johnson went on for a spell after that…

    Comments on Conie & The Big Unit Through 2000

    1. Evan3457
      January 2nd, 2013 | 5:50 pm

      Johnson was significantly better even in this period. The two stat lines include two extra seasons from Cone, which include his magnificent 1987 season.

      Cone is a near Hall-of-Famer. Johnson is a 1st ballot lock to the skies, unless he admits to using PEDs before the vote comes down.

    2. MJ Recanati
      January 3rd, 2013 | 11:17 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Johnson is a 1st ballot lock to the skies, unless he admits to using PEDs before the vote comes down.

      Agreed. Not that I suspect RJ (ok, maybe a little) but isn’t it nuts that he pitched nearly as well for the next 10 years as he did for that ’88-’00 period?

    3. January 3rd, 2013 | 1:46 pm

      Given the crap that he used to inject into his knee, I would not put it past Johnson to use PEDs. But, then again, to throw as hard as he did, he’s just a freak. And, freaks can do freaky things, like pitch until you’re very old. So, unless there’s a smoking gun, he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

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