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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
17 2898.7 194 126 1 2668 3.46 47.8
Birth Date1-2-1963
Height6' 1"
Weight180 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1986 KCA 23 11 0 22.7 0.0 22.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 108 29 14 14 2 45 13 12 1 21 5.56 3.94 5.68 -0.5 -0.0
1987 NYN 24 21 13 99.3 78.7 20.7 5 6 1 0 8 1 420 87 46 41 11 141 44 43 5 68 3.71 4.42 5.32 -0.9 -0.2
1988 NYN 25 35 28 231.3 214.0 17.3 20 3 0 1 22 2 936 178 67 57 10 245 80 73 4 213 2.22 2.52 2.82 40.5 4.2
1989 NYN 26 34 33 219.7 218.7 1.0 14 8 0 0 20 3 910 183 92 86 20 295 74 68 4 190 3.52 3.18 3.26 40.3 4.0
1990 NYN 27 31 30 211.7 210.7 1.0 14 10 0 0 19 4 860 177 84 76 21 285 65 64 1 233 3.23 2.83 3.07 52.6 5.5
1991 NYN 28 34 34 232.7 232.7 0.0 14 14 0 0 24 1 966 204 95 85 13 286 73 71 5 241 3.29 2.45 3.00 50.2 5.3
1992 NYN 29 27 27 196.7 196.7 0.0 13 7 0 0 18 2 831 162 75 63 12 236 82 77 9 214 2.88 2.78 3.24 26.8 2.9
1992 TOR 29 8 7 53.0 51.0 2.0 4 3 0 0 5 1 224 39 16 15 3 58 29 27 3 47 2.55 3.56 3.19 10.7 1.2
1993 KCA 30 34 34 254.0 254.0 0.0 11 14 0 0 24 4 1060 205 102 94 20 316 114 112 10 191 3.33 3.99 4.43 28.2 2.9
1994 KCA 31 23 23 171.7 171.7 0.0 16 5 0 0 15 3 690 130 60 56 15 207 54 54 7 132 2.94 3.86 4.70 22.9 2.2
1995 NYA 32 13 13 99.0 99.0 0.0 9 2 0 0 7 2 417 82 42 42 12 138 47 47 1 89 3.82 4.37 4.66 15.2 1.5
1995 TOR 32 17 17 130.3 130.3 0.0 9 6 0 0 9 4 537 113 53 49 12 179 41 39 5 102 3.38 3.83 4.52 17.4 1.7
1996 NYA 33 11 11 72.0 72.0 0.0 7 2 0 0 8 0 295 50 25 23 3 71 34 34 2 71 2.88 3.32 3.45 22.7 2.2
1997 NYA 34 29 29 195.0 195.0 0.0 12 6 0 0 21 2 805 155 67 61 17 236 86 84 4 222 2.82 3.39 3.62 44.9 4.3
1998 NYA 35 31 31 207.7 207.7 0.0 20 7 0 0 19 1 866 186 89 82 20 291 59 58 15 209 3.55 3.53 3.74 47.7 4.8
1999 NYA 36 31 31 193.3 193.3 0.0 12 9 0 0 18 1 827 164 84 74 21 268 90 88 11 177 3.44 4.35 4.66 36.5 3.2
2000 NYA 37 30 29 155.0 153.7 1.3 4 14 0 0 10 0 733 192 124 119 25 315 82 79 9 120 6.91 5.53 5.88 8.2 1.0
2001 BOS 38 25 25 135.7 135.7 0.0 9 7 0 0 10 0 614 148 74 65 17 224 57 53 10 115 4.31 4.51 4.75 17.2 1.4
2003 NYN 40 5 4 18.0 16.0 2.0 1 3 0 0 0 0 85 20 13 13 4 36 13 12 0 13 6.50 6.58 6.72 -0.3 -0.0
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Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1982 CSC A 16 16 104.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 FTM A+ 10 9 72.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 MEM AA 29 29 178.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 OMA AAA 28 27 158.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 KCA MLB 11 0 22.7 5.68 76 .315 .254 .325 .409 .264 .380 99 -0.5 -0.0 -0.5 -0.0
1986 OMA AAA 39 2 71.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 NYN MLB 21 13 99.3 5.32 79 .262 .259 .320 .401 .254 .260 97 1.7 0.2 -0.9 -0.2
1987 NOR AAA 3 3 11.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 NYN MLB 35 28 231.3 2.82 122 .225 .250 .307 .361 .252 .267 93 38.6 4.2 40.5 4.2
1989 NYN MLB 34 33 219.7 3.26 114 .244 .250 .312 .367 .256 .262 97 34.2 3.7 40.3 4.0
1990 NYN MLB 31 30 211.7 3.07 126 .237 .257 .319 .379 .258 .289 97 46.8 5.0 52.6 5.5
1991 NYN MLB 34 34 232.7 3.00 125 .238 .252 .314 .368 .255 .301 97 52.7 5.6 50.2 5.3
1992 NYN MLB 27 27 196.7 3.24 114 .242 .253 .311 .370 .254 .292 97 28.3 3.1 26.8 2.9
1992 TOR MLB 8 7 53.0 3.19 128 .241 .261 .323 .377 .262 .255 102 10.7 1.2 10.7 1.2
1993 KCA MLB 34 34 254.0 4.43 106 .237 .268 .337 .408 .264 .255 100 28.2 2.9 28.2 2.9
1994 KCA MLB 23 23 171.7 4.70 109 .216 .275 .345 .439 .269 .239 98 22.9 2.2 22.9 2.2
1995 NYA MLB 13 13 99.0 4.66 112 .234 .275 .347 .438 .270 .261 104 15.2 1.5 15.2 1.5
1995 TOR MLB 17 17 130.3 4.52 111 .234 .267 .341 .423 .265 .268 99 17.4 1.7 17.4 1.7
1996 NYA MLB 11 11 72.0 3.45 137 .209 .276 .349 .446 .270 .254 101 22.7 2.2 22.7 2.2
1996 NRW AA 2 2 10.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NYA MLB 29 29 195.0 3.62 124 .224 .267 .337 .423 .262 .290 96 45.6 4.5 44.9 4.3
1998 NYA MLB 31 31 207.7 3.74 123 .238 .271 .337 .428 .265 .295 96 48.3 4.7 47.7 4.8
1999 NYA MLB 31 31 193.3 4.66 110 .241 .278 .348 .444 .266 .271 97 36.5 3.4 36.5 3.2
2000 NYA MLB 30 29 155.0 5.88 81 .298 .276 .349 .447 .267 .336 93 7.4 0.7 8.2 1.0
2001 BOS MLB 25 25 135.7 4.75 99 .276 .267 .333 .426 .263 .316 96 17.4 1.7 17.2 1.4
2001 SAR A+ 1 1 4.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 NYN MLB 5 4 18.0 6.72 55 .304 .268 .330 .418 .258 .291 100 -1.0 -0.1 -0.3 -0.0
2003 SLU A+ 3 3 12.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .220 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1982 CSC A 9 2 0 16 16 104.7 84 47 87 4 0% .000 7.2 4.0 0.3 7.5 1.25 2.06 0.0 0.0
1982 FTM A+ 7 1 0 10 9 72.3 56 25 57 1 0% .000 7.0 3.1 0.1 7.1 1.12 2.12 0.0 0.0
1984 MEM AA 8 12 0 29 29 178.7 162 114 110 9 0% .000 8.2 5.7 0.5 5.5 1.54 4.28 0.0 0.0
1985 OMA AAA 9 15 0 28 27 158.7 157 93 115 13 0% .000 8.9 5.3 0.7 6.5 1.58 4.65 0.0 0.0
1986 KCA MLB 0 0 0 11 0 22.7 29 13 21 2 40% .380 11.5 5.2 0.8 8.3 1.85 5.56 -0.5 -0.0
1986 OMA AAA 8 4 14 39 2 71.0 60 25 63 3 0% .000 7.6 3.2 0.4 8.0 1.20 2.79 0.0 0.0
1987 NOR AAA 0 1 0 3 3 11.0 10 6 7 1 0% .000 8.2 4.9 0.8 5.7 1.45 5.73 0.0 0.0
1987 NYN MLB 5 6 1 21 13 99.3 87 44 68 11 47% .260 7.9 4.0 1.0 6.2 1.32 3.71 -0.9 -0.2
1988 NYN MLB 20 3 0 35 28 231.3 178 80 213 10 43% .267 6.9 3.1 0.4 8.3 1.12 2.22 40.5 4.2
1989 NYN MLB 14 8 0 34 33 219.7 183 74 190 20 39% .262 7.5 3.0 0.8 7.8 1.17 3.52 40.3 4.0
1990 NYN MLB 14 10 0 31 30 211.7 177 65 233 21 41% .289 7.5 2.8 0.9 9.9 1.14 3.23 52.6 5.5
1991 NYN MLB 14 14 0 34 34 232.7 204 73 241 13 42% .301 7.9 2.8 0.5 9.3 1.19 3.29 50.2 5.3
1992 TOR MLB 4 3 0 8 7 53.0 39 29 47 3 31% .255 6.6 4.9 0.5 8.0 1.28 2.55 10.7 1.2
1992 NYN MLB 13 7 0 27 27 196.7 162 82 214 12 40% .292 7.4 3.8 0.5 9.8 1.24 2.88 26.8 2.9
1993 KCA MLB 11 14 0 34 34 254.0 205 114 191 20 38% .255 7.3 4.0 0.7 6.8 1.26 3.33 28.2 2.9
1994 KCA MLB 16 5 0 23 23 171.7 130 54 132 15 38% .239 6.8 2.8 0.8 6.9 1.07 2.94 22.9 2.2
1995 NYA MLB 9 2 0 13 13 99.0 82 47 89 12 40% .261 7.5 4.3 1.1 8.1 1.30 3.82 15.2 1.5
1995 TOR MLB 9 6 0 17 17 130.3 113 41 102 12 37% .268 7.8 2.8 0.8 7.0 1.18 3.38 17.4 1.7
1996 NYA MLB 7 2 0 11 11 72.0 50 34 71 3 34% .254 6.2 4.2 0.4 8.9 1.17 2.88 22.7 2.2
1996 NRW AA 0 0 0 2 2 10.0 9 1 13 1 0% .000 8.1 0.9 0.9 11.7 1.00 0.90 0.0 0.0
1997 NYA MLB 12 6 0 29 29 195.0 155 86 222 17 43% .290 7.2 4.0 0.8 10.2 1.24 2.82 44.9 4.3
1998 NYA MLB 20 7 0 31 31 207.7 186 59 209 20 41% .295 8.1 2.6 0.9 9.1 1.18 3.55 47.7 4.8
1999 NYA MLB 12 9 0 31 31 193.3 164 90 177 21 38% .271 7.6 4.2 1.0 8.2 1.31 3.44 36.5 3.2
2000 NYA MLB 4 14 0 30 29 155.0 192 82 120 25 42% .336 11.1 4.8 1.5 7.0 1.77 6.91 8.2 1.0
2001 BOS MLB 9 7 0 25 25 135.7 148 57 115 17 52% .316 9.8 3.8 1.1 7.6 1.51 4.31 17.2 1.4
2001 SAR A+ 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 2 0 6 0 0% .000 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 0.50 0.00 0.0 0.0
2003 NYN MLB 1 3 0 5 4 18.0 20 13 13 4 46% .291 10.0 6.5 2.0 6.5 1.83 6.50 -0.3 -0.0
2003 SLU A+ 0 1 0 3 3 12.7 10 3 6 1 0% .220 7.1 2.1 0.7 4.3 1.02 2.83 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2003-04-23 2003-05-28 15-DL 35 31 Left Hip Arthritis -
2001-03-21 2001-05-17 15-DL 57 39 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2000-09-06 2000-09-15 DTD 9 9 Left Shoulder Separation - -
1999-08-25 1999-08-31 DTD 6 5 - Neck Stiffness - -
1998-07-28 1998-07-28 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Stiffness - -
1998-05-06 1998-05-13 DTD 7 5 Right Knee Sprain - -
1997-10-18 1997-10-18 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Bone Spur 1997-10-18 -
1997-08-18 1997-09-20 15-DL 33 31 Right Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis - -
1996-05-03 1996-09-02 60-DL 122 111 Right Shoulder Surgery Aneurysm 1996-05-10 -
1987-05-28 1987-08-15 79 72 Right Fingers Surgery Little Finger Fracture 1987-05-28 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2001 BOS $1,000,000
2000 NYA $12,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$13,000,000
2 yrTotal$13,000,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 58 dSteve Fehr

Details
  • 1 year (2003). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 2/13/03 (minor-league contract). Retired 5/03.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2001). Signed by Boston as a free agent 1/11/01 (minor-league contract). May earn up to $5M with performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$12M (2000). Re-signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/6/99.
  • 1 year/$8M (1999). Re-signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 11/11/98.
  • 3 years/$18M (1996-98). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/21/95. $2M signing bonus. 96:$4M, 97:$6M, 98:$6M.
  • 3 years/$18M (1993-95). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/8/92. $9M signing bonus. 93:$2M. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Kansas City 4/6/95. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Toronto 7/28/95.
  • 1 year/$4.25M (1992). Won arbitration with NY Mets 2/92 ($4.25M-$3M). Acquired by Toronto in trade from NY Mets 8/27/92.
  • 1 year/$3.25M (1991). Re-signed by NY Mets.
  • 1 year/$1.3M (1990). Won arbitration with NY Mets. ($1.3M-$0.815M).
  • 1 year/$0.3325M (1989). Re-signed by NY Mets.
  • 1 year/$92,500 (1988). Re-signed by NY Mets.
  • 1 year/$62,500 (1987). Re-signed by Kansas City. Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Kansas City 3/27/87.
  • 1 year (1986). Contract purchased by Kansas City.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 1981 (3-74) (Rockhurst HS, Kansas City).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

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Diagnostics

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2002 It was a better season than 2000, but it was still the second-worst of his career. Cone had enough life on his pitches in 2001 to be a league-average pitcher, but his days as anything more than that appear to be over. He might try to pull one more year out of his elbow in an attempt to reach 200 wins (he’s seven short), but he’s at the point where a bad month will lead to retirement.
2001 At this writing, all we know is that David Cone won't be a Yankee. He's likely to sign for a low base salary and lots of incentives wherever he lands. He's a good risk: while the degradation of his strikeout and walk rates continued, the real problem was the .306 average he surrendered. That figure will come down closer to his career rate (in the .240s) in 2001. He still has a year or two left, maybe more, as an average pitcher. Speculation that Cone could become a reliever is misguided; his problem isn't in-game stamina but rebounding after an appearance.
2000 The beginning of the end. Cone is really struggling with the transition as his fastball continues to lose steam. He still delivers an assortment of hard breaking stuff from a few arm angles, but without a heater that can get him out of trouble, he is forced to nibble. The deterioration in his numbers is comparable to that of Clemens, but Cone wasn’t injured: he’s simply losing his best pitch. Cone still has a couple of years left; he’s just a #3 starter now instead of a #1.
1999 There's defeinitely evidence of decline, although a good chunk of the difference between 1997 and 1998 was a terrible April. He may have come back too quickly from off-season surgery on his right shoulder. The rest of the year, he was David Cone. I still think the four months he missed in 1996 will help him in the long-term. Good bet to continue at this level in 1999.
1998 Cone is assembling a Hall of Fame resume. His win and strikeout totals are climbing into the lower echelon of the Hall’s pitchers, while his career ERA has fallen in three of the last four years (now 3.13). He also has the baubles that Hall voters like: a Cy Young Award, a 20-win season, two World Championships, a great story (the aneurysm and comeback). His injuries the past few years have hurt his counting stats but not his effectiveness. Two more years at this level, plus some adding to the bulk numbers, should put him in.
1997 Cone had the best season ever for a player diagnosed with an aneurysm during it. Seriously, despite the seven no-hit innings in his return, he didn’t pitch all that well after coming back. He’s become increasingly reliant on his breaking pitches, particularly to left-handed batters, and seems unwilling to throw fastballs unless he absolutely has to. Throwing under 100 innings will help his career, and I expect two more years at his ’93-’95 level, followed by a steep decline.
1996  An exceptionally talented and durable starting pitcher. I'm a bit concerned about those high inning numbers year after year, but some would view that as a positive. Probably the safest bet to be a good pitcher in 1996 besides that guy in Atlanta. Then again, you could have said the same thing about Jose Rijo in 1994, right?

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)I hate the Yankees, but man am I fascinated by their pitching staff. What Hiroki Kuroda is doing at his age isn't done by very many, is it? It seems to me like scares related to Sabathia are just media-microscope foolishness -- shouldn't the real narrative be that the surgery was relatively minor and the velo might be a case of him taking it easy, a'la Verlander, until he and the weather warm to the season? And whither Ivan Nova? I'm dying to see the arsenal addition, but they took the opportunity to skip him.
(smallflowers from (undisclosed black site))
Hey smallflowers, thanks for joining us. Yeah, Kuroda has had a great career since coming to North America. His age 33-38 seasons compare well with those of another former Yankees hurler, David Cone. As for the media stuff, that seems to happen sometimes in New York. BTW, while looking up Cone's numbers, I realized he's younger than Jamie Moyer. (Geoff Young)
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think some writers will hold a grudge against Glavine next year due to his imput on the 1994 Major League Baseball strike and drug testing as a players' union representative ?
(19braves77 from Pensacola. FL)
I voiced this opinion last night on Twitter. I think there's something to it, if you go back and look at the low votes for Ted Simmons, Joe Torre and more recently David Cone. Curt Schilling, a JAWS-approved candidate, himself noted that he felt his low vote share (38.8%) in part reflected his activity as a player representative who didn't do enough to combat PEDs during his time. For once, I agree with him.

Will it be enough to keep Glavine out? Possibly on the first ballot given the crowd of candidates, the tenor of the electorate, and the precedent of not all 300-game winners making it on the first try (Gaylord Perry, Don Sutton and Phil Niekro had to wait). He'll get his plaque eventually, though. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2013-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Piggy-backing on Bill (New Mexico)'s question. Do you think Morris' late-career overlap with Clemens affect his balloting? Which if any of the following contemporary pitchers would you rank as "better" or "about equal to" Morris' career or peak performance? David Cone, Dennis Martinez, Saberhagen, Steib, Tanana, Bob Welch. Any others who stick out in your mind as "about equal?"
(BR from NYC)
I feel that Dennis Martinez and Dave Stieb were better pitchers than Morris. Saberhagen would have been the best of the group were it not for injuries. (Dan Evans)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Were you a little surprised that Kevin Brown got so little support last year on the ballot? I can't imagine a lot of people standing up for him in a veteran's committee meeting in future decades.
(Brian from DC)
Brown, David Cone, Dwight Gooden and Orel Hershiser all had disconcertingly short stays on the ballot. I do think all of them will have at least some proponents in a VC-like panel situation, particularly because their postseason accomplishments will get closer looks.

Gooden's actually the strongest of those candidates. In fact - holy smokes, I just realized this - he's above the standard at 52.1/38.1/45.1, because he had 16.7 WARP through his first two seasons. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Morris does get in, should Rick Reuschel hit him with a steel chair during his acceptance speech and steal his plaque?
(MrWorkrate from Raleigh, NC)
David Cone and Dwight Gooden have dibs. Reuschel is well below both of them now, actually more in Morris country, JAWSwise (again, because we moved away from an ERA/FIP-based driver). (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has there ever been such a drastic meltdown from such a reliably productive hitter like the one we've seen from Adam Dunn? He just looks completely overmatched.
(Lespaul1 from Charlotte)
I'm afraid we're witnessing history when it comes to Dunn. I can't think of a batter who's fallen so far, so fast without going out a window. Watching him in this Yankees-White Sox series, he's defeated the moment he steps into the batter's box. Terrible body language. The appendectomy may have played a part but I think his problems are at least 90 percent mental (not 90% half-mental - that's Emma Span's book, which you should buy).

Plenty of pitchers have gone that route, though. David Cone comes to mind. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-06-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the most surprising player you can create a convincing HoF argument for? Triple-bonus points if his first name's "Tony" and his surname's "Fernandez".
(JT from Exhibition Stadium)
Rick Reuschel does unusually well on the JAWS scale. Prior to Bert Blyleven's election, Big Daddy rated as the second-best eligible pitcher despite relatively unassuming raw numbers (214-191, 3.37 ERA, 3 All-Star apperaances, no Cy Young votes. Stayed very useful late into his career.

That said, I can make better *arguments* for guys like Orel Hershiser, David Cone and Dwight Gooden, all of whom fell just short of 200 wins but had Cy Youngs and rings to their credit. I can make a better argument for Kevin Brown, but it's hindered by his being named in the Mitchell Report, not to mention his 2004 postseason shame. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin Brown only got about 2% of the vote, and John Olerud got less than 1%. I know neither of them are clear choices...in fact, they're probably not Hall of Famers. But both are close enough that they deserved a few years of discussion, right?
(John from Atlanta)
I agree, but the precedent with guys like David Cone, Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser and Will Clark going one and done on the ballot certainly suggested this was a possibility. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which baseball annoucers are your favorites? I enjoy the rapport between Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone quite a bit and the Red Sox guys (Orsillo and Remy) are fun too.
(JG Ballard from Vermillion Sands)
Vin Scully is my favorite, hands down. Great bit from the Sons of Steve Garvey site yesterday (http://www.sonsofstevegarvey.com/2010/03/vin-scully-on-bill-veeck-and-colored.html) about Scully telling a story about racism, Bill Veeck, and the flight of major league spring training facilities to Arizona.

I'm no Michael Kay fan, but I really like Ken Singleton on the Yankees games, and enjoyed David Cone while he was around. Al Leiter is decent too. I don't mind Krukow and Kuiper for the Giants, even though they're "the enemy" to a Dodger fan. For national games, I'm really eager to hear more of Jon Sciambi on ESPN, because he's a friend of BP and because I like what I've heard. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, any clue as to what we can expect from Jeremy Bonderman this year? Any comps out there?
(don from ann arbor, MI)
Kenny Rogers is the closest comp pitching-wise, tho David Cone is close. I think he'll come back and essentially be a bit behind where he was until mid-season. It might, in the long run, be a good thing since even handled smartly, he has a lot of innings on a young arm. The more I think about Bonderman, they more I really like the Kenny Rogers comp for his career, except maybe longevity. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your favorite / most entertaining baseball fight? Pedro vs. Zimmer was interesting, as was Ventura vs. Ryan. But for my money, it doesn't beat Pedro Guerrero throwing a bat at David Cone after getting hit with a curveball! Who fights after getting hit with a curveball?!? And how insane do you have to be to heave your bat at the pitcher!?!
(mymrbig from New Orleans)
I was talking to Marc Normandin about the 80s book earlier, and reminiscing about the time that Indians' manager Pat Corrales went after Dave Stewart - and tried to get his with this inept karate kick. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OnePedro was always a very creative and intelligent pitcher. It wasn't just the heat. Of course, some creative and intelligent pitchers can't survive the loss of heat -- look at David Cone. It's great that he's been able to adapt despite all the injuries. (Steven Goldman)