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Leiter Than Air
2005-07-18 20:49
by Mike Carminati

Aside from being the just the tenth player to return to a former team after a 15-year gap, he is among the "leaders" in career wins for a pitchers who never won more than 17 in a season:

NameWLPCTFirstLast
Dennis Martinez245193.55919761998
Milt Pappas209164.56019571973
Doyle Alexander194174.52719711989
Danny Darwin171182.48419781998
Scott Sanderson163143.53319781996
Bump Hadley161165.49419261941
Al Leiter159127.55619872005
Jim Slaton151158.48919711986
Rick Rhoden151125.54719741989
Tom Candiotti151164.47919831999
Bob Knepper146155.48519761990
Tim Belcher146140.51019872000
Hoyt Wilhelm143122.54019521972
Bobby Witt142157.47519862001
Kevin Gross142158.47319831997
Lindy McDaniel141119.54219551975
Mike Morgan141186.43119782002
Woodie Fryman141155.47619661983
Charlie Leibrandt140119.54119791993
Jim Clancy140167.45619771991
Sonny Siebert140114.55119641975

Yeah, that's a nutty set of criteria, but that's a great list of B-list pitching stars.

If that's not enough, here are the pitchers who won at least twenty games in a season and won the fewest games overall for their careers:

NameWLPCTFirstLast
Henry Schmidt2213.62919031903
Jocko Flynn236.79318861886
Bill Wise2421.53318821886
Harry Salisbury2424.50018791882
Dick Burns2527.48118831885
Bill Stemmeyer2929.50018851888
Buck O'Brien2925.53719111913
Johnny Beazley3112.72119411949
Gus Krock3226.55218881890
Joe Corbett3218.64018951904
Bill James3721.63819131919
Mickey Hughes3928.58218881890
Roscoe Miller3945.46419011904
Pat Luby4041.49418901895
Scott Perry4068.37019151921
George McConnell4151.44619091916
Lou Fette4140.50619371945
Tom Vickery4242.50018901893
Nick Maddox4320.68319071910
Bob Emslie4444.50018831885

Schmidt played one season and quit the Brooklyn Dodgers and the majors in general to return to the west coast and the PCL. Maybe he was right: The Dodgers followed him some fifty years later.

Fette was one of two 30-year-old rookies who won 20 games for the 1937 Braves nee Bees, Jim Turner being the other. Beazley won 21 for the Cardinals in 1942 and then two more in the Series to beat the Yankees. He would injure himself doing exhibitions during World War II and win just 9 more.

Johan Santana was actually on the list (43-18) prior to the season. He isn't anymore.

Comments
2005-07-19 09:09:50
1.   Casey White
I'm sure it's easily out there somewhere, but I can't find it and I'd like to see the list of players returning to their team after a 15-year gap. A link, please?
2005-07-19 11:05:10
2.   Mike Carminati
It's the next one down. The permalink is http://mikesrants.baseballtoaster.com/archives/213177.html

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