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HOF Profile: Jesse Orosco

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Jesse Orosco, Relief Pitcher

 

New York Mets 1979-1987

Los Angeles Dodgers 1988, 2001-2002

Cleveland Indians 1989-1991

Milwaukee Brewers 1992-1994

Baltimore Orioles 1995-1999

St. Louis Cardinals 2000

San Diego Padres 2003

New York Yankees 2003

Minnesota Twins 2003

 

Awards

None

 

All-Star Selections: 2 (1983, 1984)

 

League Leader

Games: 1995

 

Career Ranks

Games: 1st

Saves: 69th

ERA+: 62nd

K/9: 23rd

H/9: 24th

 

Best Performance

October 27, 1986 - Boston at New York (N)

In Game 7 of the '86 World Series, comes in the 8th inning with none out after a Dwight Evans' two-run double off Roger McDowell pulls the Red Sox with a run. Orosco strands the tying run at 2nd by retiring Rich Gedman, Dave Henderson, and Don Baylor in order and then pitches a perfect 9th to clinch the championship for the Mets.

 

Hall of Fame Stats

Black Ink: Pitching - 1 (822) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)

Gray Ink: Pitching - 17 (1143) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)

HOF Standards: Pitching - 13.0 (589) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)

HOF Monitor: Pitching - 62.0 (199) (Likely HOFer > 100)

 

Similar Pitchers in HOF: None

Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Tug McGraw, Don McMahon, Gary Lavelle, John Hiller, Dan Plesac, Kent Tekulve, Darold Knowles, Mike Timlin, Mike Stanton, Ron Perranoski

 

Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)

 

1979: 0/0.4

1981: 2/0.9

1982: 9/4.5

1983: 20/8.0

1984: 17/6.3

1985: 10/4.5

1986: 13/5.4

1987: 5/2.3

1988: 6/2.0

1989: 10/4.1

1990: 3/1.8

1991: 3/1.4

1992: 3/1.4

1993: 7/3.4

1994: 2/1.0

1995: 6/2.9

1996: 6/2.3

1997: 7/3.5

1998: 7/2.9

1999: 1/0.6

2000: 0/0.0

2001: 1/0.5

2002: 3/1.0

2003: 0/-0.2

 

Career Win Shares: 141

Career WARP3: 60.9

 

My Stupid Opinion

 

I have to say it's remarkable a player from the 19th century is a first time nominee on the writer's ballot. Okay not quite, but Orosco and Rickey Henderson will be the last players to make their MLB debut in the 1970s and be a first timer on the ballot. Orosco is purely on the ballot due to his longevity and his career games pitched record might stand for a while but obviously he's not a HOF.

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Orosco and Plesac obviously are not Hall of Famers, but they both had remarkable careers. Orosco of course pitched forever. In that classic 1986 NLCS, he took the win in three of the final four games. Plesac was top ten all time in strikeouts per nine. It almost makes you wish the Hall of Very Good had a sub-section for middle relievers and set up men.

 

Here's a fun Jesse Orosco game.

 

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CI...198607220.shtml

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