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  • this thread motivated me to lok up JR Richard, and he was certainly not as good as I remember. Yeah he was winning 18-20 games a year and getting a ton of strikeouts, but his results were not as dominating as one would expect. Even in his peak seasons his ERA+ was between 106-130, although when he went down he was in the midst of an awesome year..maybe he was finally putting it all together.

    I don't feel he would have been a HOFer even if he had stayed healthy, unless he was Randy Johnson in his 30s.

    Has Brandon Webb been mentioned yet? 33 pitching WAR in six seasons, three consecutive top 2 CY award showings, and then..poof he was gone.

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    • Originally posted by willshad View Post
      this thread motivated me to lok up JR Richard, and he was certainly not as good as I remember. Yeah he was winning 18-20 games a year and getting a ton of strikeouts, but his results were not as dominating as one would expect. Even in his peak seasons his ERA+ was between 106-130, although when he went down he was in the midst of an awesome year..maybe he was finally putting it all together.

      I don't feel he would have been a HOFer even if he had stayed healthy, unless he was Randy Johnson in his 30s.

      Has Brandon Webb been mentioned yet? 33 pitching WAR in six seasons, three consecutive top 2 CY award showings, and then..poof he was gone.
      Yeah - Brandon Webb was REALLY good. Jose Rijo was in the same mold.
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      • IF Ron Kittle didn't have a bad back, he likely would have been at a minimum, a 400 HR career guy. Would have been tough to get to 500 due to his years working in the steel mill, which gave him a late start. One of the strongest players I've ever seen....and each swing gave him some pain, and he could still bomb long homers. The bad back hurt him in the field, on the bases, etc.

        As a side note, I think he only did one full year in the steel mills, but worked there in the off seasons. I think....
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        • Originally posted by BigRon View Post

          I was in Vietnam in 1970, Gullett's rookie season, with a kid who played high school ball against him. I remember him telling me that Gullett was going to be one of the greatest pitchers ever, blah blah. I remember thinking, right. Every hot shot high school pitcher looks like Lefty Grove to overmatched opponents.

          But, Gullett WAS very good. He could throw really hard, had a good slider. As I recall, he didn't have great endurance. He was terrific for 5 or 6 innings, then faded some. He had the advantage of playing for terrific Cincinnati teams, but he did his share.

          He hurt his arm or shoulder. Some said it was because of his pitching motion- I don't remember exactly what happened. I doubt he would have been a HOF pitcher, but he might have been. Like a bunch of other guys.
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          • Originally posted by willshad View Post
            this thread motivated me to lok up JR Richard, and he was certainly not as good as I remember. Yeah he was winning 18-20 games a year and getting a ton of strikeouts, but his results were not as dominating as one would expect. Even in his peak seasons his ERA+ was between 106-130, although when he went down he was in the midst of an awesome year..maybe he was finally putting it all together.

            I don't feel he would have been a HOFer even if he had stayed healthy, unless he was Randy Johnson in his 30s.
            Not that far fetched. Richard made great strides from 78-80

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            • Bo Jackson was a great football player and he had nice commercials, but he was far from an elite baseball player.
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              • Originally posted by BigRon View Post

                I was in Vietnam in 1970, Gullett's rookie season, with a kid who played high school ball against him. I remember him telling me that Gullett was going to be one of the greatest pitchers ever, blah blah. I remember thinking, right. Every hot shot high school pitcher looks like Lefty Grove to overmatched opponents.

                But, Gullett WAS very good. He could throw really hard, had a good slider. As I recall, he didn't have great endurance. He was terrific for 5 or 6 innings, then faded some. He had the advantage of playing for terrific Cincinnati teams, but he did his share.

                He hurt his arm or shoulder. Some said it was because of his pitching motion- I don't remember exactly what happened. I doubt he would have been a HOF pitcher, but he might have been. Like a bunch of other guys.
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                • Originally posted by willshad View Post
                  this thread motivated me to lok up JR Richard, and he was certainly not as good as I remember. Yeah he was winning 18-20 games a year and getting a ton of strikeouts, but his results were not as dominating as one would expect. Even in his peak seasons his ERA+ was between 106-130, although when he went down he was in the midst of an awesome year..maybe he was finally putting it all together.

                  I don't feel he would have been a HOFer even if he had stayed healthy, unless he was Randy Johnson in his 30s.

                  Has Brandon Webb been mentioned yet? 33 pitching WAR in six seasons, three consecutive top 2 CY award showings, and then..poof he was gone.
                  JR Richard was famous because he threw extremely hard, maybe harder than Nolan Ryan, and his back-to-back 300 K seasons. Back then a 300 K season was a seen as a "wow" season. They were very rare back then.
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                  • The two players that keep floating to the top with me are Herb Score and Karl Spooner. IIRC, Joe Cronin, then general manager of the Red Sox, offered Indians GM Hank Greenberg one million dollars for Score's contract- just a few weeks before the accident with Gil McDougald. Both players were never the same again- McDougald retired a few years later at 32, leaving some good years on the table. If IIRC, Score never had a winning record after he came back. He was reunited with Al Lopez when he was traded to the White Sox in 1960, and Lopez put him to work with his good pitching coach Ray Berres, but Herb could never reclaim the magic and retired a couple of years later, on the scrap heap at age 29. I used to work late at night years ago, and on the way home, even though I lived in New Jersey, I would hear Herb doing Indians' games on WWWE. They just adored him in Cleveland.

                    I do remember the phrase, "Why wasn't Spooner brought up sooner!" He had an amazing year in Double A Fort Worth, where I believe he struck out 262 batters before being called up to the big club. IIRC, in his first game against the Giants, Dusty Rhodes said if he struck out, he'd kiss everyone on the bench. After Spooner fanned him, Rhodes was supposed to have said, "Well, you can just call me Liberace." LOL Spooner hurt his arm warming up in a spring training game in 1955, and he was never the same, bouncing around for a few years before he hung it up at age 27. Sad.

                    BTW, has anyone mentioned Pete Reiser yet? Oh, there was a player.... if he only hadn't run into so many walls his first couple of years.I always used to remember that they said about him, "They padded the fences for Pete Reiser."

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