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Random, slightly mind-blowing factoid of the day

Sep 21, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

Adam Morris of Lonestarball just tweeted something that made my mind reel for a few seconds:

No starting pitcher who debuted in the majors after 1967 has been elected to the Hall of Fame.

Nolan Ryan’s first game was in 1966. Since then the only arguable exception is Dennis Eckersley, but he obviously wasn’t inducted on the strength of his starting pitching.

This speaks mostly to a period of good-but-not-great pitchers who came up after the Tom Seaver/Phil Niekro/Nolan Ryan/Don Sutton crowd.  Guys like Jack Morris. Dave Stieb. Dennis Martinez.  An untold number of guys who were drafted and began their development in the early 70s environment in which 275 innings was the expectation, not grounds for a union grievance.  How many Hall of Fame arms were blown up during that time?

Whatever the cause, it will end soon. Bert Blyleven should be in by now and we shouldn’t even be talking about this, but he may very well make it next year. We’re a couple years away from Maddux, Glavine, Randy Johnson and the giant clusterf— that will be Roger Clemens’ eligibility period.

Between Ryan and those guys, though: no one, and that’s interesting if for no other reason than it made me think of why it was the case in the first place.

  1. JBerardi - Sep 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    With 300 victories no longer a useful standard, the voters are lost.

  2. RichardInBigD - Sep 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    With steroids blowing up ERA’s, even with a formidable number of wins, the “live ball, juiced hitter” era made a lot of guys look not quite as great as they were…

  3. Aarcraft - Sep 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    I’m not sure I get your point. These pitchers, debuting between 1967 through the early 80’s, were not pitching in the “steroid era.” In fact, it was the next wave of Clemens, Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz Martinez, Johnson, etc. (who likely will get inducted) that pitched the bulk of their careers during that era.

  4. Aarcraft - Sep 21, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    I’m not sure I get your point. These pitchers, debuting between 1967 through the early 80’s, were not pitching in the “steroid era.” In fact, it was the next wave of Clemens, Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz Martinez, Johnson, etc. (who likely will get inducted) that pitched the bulk of their careers during that era.

  5. carbon14 - Sep 22, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Just on a first glance, I see Rollie Fingers debut in 1968…

  6. carbon14 - Sep 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    sorry, don’t know why i missed the ‘starting’ part of that description…

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