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HOF for pitchers now.

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I was wondering with the decrease in starts per year and decreased workload for starters, what kind of career will pitchers need to make it in the HOF now?

Obviously there will always be the case for dominant pitchers to make it, but in the past guys like Don Sutton, Phil Neikro, Bert Blyleven have made it.  They just hung around a long time and racked up a bunch of wins and other stats.  They were good but never really dominant pitchers like Tom Seaver or Roger Clemens( I know...he's not in there).  Is 220 wins comparable to 300 wins in the past? I have trouble believing there will be ever be another 300 winner as things stand now.

Take Chris Sale and Rick Porcello for example, Chris Sale might have trouble getting to 200 wins in his career.  He's 29 and has 96 wins.  Rick Porcello is the same age and has 126 wins.  Across the board, except in wins, Sale has been a much better pitcher statistically than Porcello, but Porcello has 30 more wins.  Even this year Porcello has 3 more wins than Sale.  Voters have always rewarded pitchers that have a large amount of wins (except for Mike Mussina).  Sale has finished in the top 6 in Cy Young voting the last 6 years.  Porcello has only received votes once when he won the award in 2016.  No one remembers who finishes 2nd.  There is no way Rick Porcello is a HOF pitcher, but Sale certainly has the dominance when he pitches to be in that discussion.

Verlander, Scherzer, Hernandez, and Kershaw would seem to be near locks to make the HOF.  What about some of the other pitchers...Chris Sale, CC Sabathia, Strasburg, Lester, Greinke, and Bumgarner?  Others?  

 

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On 6/13/2018 at 1:15 AM, gmoney said:

There is no way Rick Porcello is a HOF pitcher, but Sale certainly has the dominance when he pitches to be in that discussion.

He probably will be when his playing career is over.

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