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    Biggest drop in ERA+ from one year to the next

    I'm looking for the biggest drop in ERA+ from one year to the next, minimum 50 innings each season, with the majority of appearances being starts both years. The reason I ask is because Red Witt went 9-2 with a 1.61 ERA and 241 ERA+ in 1958, then the next year he went 0-7 with a 6.93 ERA and 56 ERA+. That's a difference in ERA+ of 185. Is that a record?

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    my first guess was Brad Lidge but he falls a llittle bit short of Witt with a dropoff of "only" 165.
    "There has always been a saying in baseball that you can't make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game."
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    "I know I'm the world's worst fielder, but who gets paid for fielding? There isn't a great fielder in baseball getting the kind of dough I get paid for hitting."
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    Earl Hamilton went from 352 to 92.
    Nick Maddox went from 293 to 100.

    Both barely pitched the required 50 IP in their good year.

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    Dennis Eckersley dropped from 603 to 130
    "There has always been a saying in baseball that you can't make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game."
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    "I know I'm the world's worst fielder, but who gets paid for fielding? There isn't a great fielder in baseball getting the kind of dough I get paid for hitting."
    - Dick Stuart

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    Dennis Eckersley dropped from 603 to 130
    Kindly note the criteria I stipulated in post #1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    Kindly note the criteria I stipulated in post #1.
    kindly noted.
    "There has always been a saying in baseball that you can't make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game."
    - Ted Williams

    "I know I'm the world's worst fielder, but who gets paid for fielding? There isn't a great fielder in baseball getting the kind of dough I get paid for hitting."
    - Dick Stuart

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    Hideo Nomo went from 393 in 2004 to 60 in 2005

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn View Post
    Hideo Nomo went from 393 in 2004 to 60 in 2005
    Looking at that more carefully, there is something wrong with his calculation in baseball-reference for 2004

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    Tim Keefe went from 293 in 1880 to 90 in 1881

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