• Hiroki Kuroda Fashioning One Of The Greatest Pitching Seasons In Yankees History

    Posted by on August 13th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    How good? Witness:

    Rk Player WAR ERA+ G Year Age Tm GS W L W-L% IP BB SO ERA HR
    1 Ron Guidry 9.6 208 35 1978 27 NYY 35 25 3 .893 273.2 72 248 1.74 13
    2 Lefty Gomez 9.4 193 34 1937 28 NYY 34 21 11 .656 278.1 93 194 2.33 10
    3 Lefty Gomez 8.2 176 38 1934 25 NYY 33 26 5 .839 281.2 96 158 2.33 12
    4 Whitey Ford 6.7 170 39 1964 35 NYY 36 17 6 .739 244.2 57 172 2.13 10
    5 Spud Chandler 6.5 198 30 1943 35 NYY 30 20 4 .833 253.0 54 134 1.64 5
    6 Hiroki Kuroda 5.1 174 24 2013 38 NYY 24 11 7 .611 154.2 29 110 2.33 12
    7 Whitey Ford 4.3 177 30 1958 29 NYY 29 14 7 .667 219.1 62 145 2.01 14
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 8/13/2013.

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    It will be interesting to see what Kuroda does over his next seven starts – and if he can keep up this incredible work. If he does, it will be a season for the Yankees history books.

    Comments on Hiroki Kuroda Fashioning One Of The Greatest Pitching Seasons In Yankees History

    1. Kamieniecki
      August 13th, 2013 | 6:45 pm

      Amazing… Some great names on that list.

      “Kuroda declared his intention to play in the major leagues next season on October 18, 2007… The Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, [Los Angeles Dodgers, and not the New York Yankees or Brian Cashman] showed varying degrees of interest in signing Kuroda, and he signed a three-year 35.3 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 12, 2007.”

      Probably because Cashman still owed Igawa $16 mil. of the original $46.000194 mil…

      “Igawa declared his intention to play in North America in 2006… On November 29, 2006, it was announced that the New York Yankees [and Brian Cashman] were the highest bidders at $26,000,194, with the last three digits representing his strikeout total for the 2006 season.” His strikeout total for the 2007-11 seasons: 53.

    2. August 14th, 2013 | 9:10 am

      Cashman would probably blame Jean Afterman.

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