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Wakefield retires


Icterus galbula

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I hate the Red Sox but love the knuckleball. In any case he merits a thread.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wakefti01.shtml

97th all time in innings pitched, but 56th all time in Ks, 51st all time in walks allowed, and 9th all time in home runs allowed (418.)

This would bother me if R.A. Dickey wasn't in the bigs and doing a fine job. I think MLB is the better for having at least one active knuckleballer.

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I heard on PTI that, with Wakefield gone, there are no 200-game winners active in the majors right now. That's the first time that's happened in over 140 years.

That can't be true... Even if you count the National Association there weren't any 200-game winners until 1875. I think Pud Galvin was the first to win 200 outside of the NA, in 1884.

And in 1948-1950 there weren't any active 210-game winners (Bobo Newsome and Bob Feller were just over 200), so it's not like there's always been a bunch of 250 or 300-game winners active. In 1878-79 the active wins leaders were under 200, including the NA. In 1968-69 there were again no active 210-game winners.

Since 1980 there has been an active 300-game winner in 18 of 32 seasons. From 1931-1960 there was only one year with an active 300-game winner, and that was 1941, with Lefty Grove during the six weeks between his 300th win and his retirement.

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That can't be true... Even if you count the National Association there weren't any 200-game winners until 1875. I think Pud Galvin was the first to win 200 outside of the NA, in 1884.

And in 1948-1950 there weren't any active 210-game winners (Bobo Newsome and Bob Feller were just over 200), so it's not like there's always been a bunch of 250 or 300-game winners active. In 1878-79 the active wins leaders were under 200, including the NA. In 1968-69 there were again no active 210-game winners.

Since 1980 there has been an active 300-game winner in 18 of 32 seasons. From 1931-1960 there was only one year with an active 300-game winner, and that was 1941, with Lefty Grove during the six weeks between his 300th win and his retirement.

They said the last time there wasn't a 200-game winner was in 1874. I just did the math wrong in my post :) So it should say over 130 years.

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