Play at the Plate for allowing me to plug the post after not getting any comments.
Moving on to new business and that is welcoming a new member to our exclusive club. Since every general position is now covered (C, IF, OF, SP, RP), it'll be a little tougher to decide now. But I think I have picked a pretty good pitcher to be the 6th member of The Cube.
Ladies and gentlemen, the sixth inductee to The Cubicle of the Unique.
(sound of one hand clapping)
Bob Welch had a 17 year major league career with two teams the L.A. Dodgers and the Oakland A's. Welch first gained notoriety in the 1978 World Series when he struck out Reggie Jackson with two runners on to save the game (but not the Series) for the Dodgers. He would pitch the next 10 years in LA, garnering some nice numbers (of course pitching in LA is a lot like hitting in Coors numbers can be skewed). He was traded to Oakland during the 1987 offseason and proved to be a big part of their "near" dynasty during the late 80s. His best season, by far, was 1990 when he went 27-6 with a 2.95 ERA. Reason #493 why WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is stupid, Welch's WAR for 1990 was 2.5 meaning a replacement pitcher that year would've won 24 games at a minimum. Quick, somebody sign that guy. Following the 1990 season. Welch's age started catching up to him and he lasted four more years with not nearly the succes of his early career. He retired during the 1994 strike with 211 career victories.
1990 A.L. Cy Young Award winner, also finished 9th in MVP voting
Finished in the top 10 in Cy Young voting 2 other times
2 time All Star Selection (1 in each league), including starting the 1990 game for the AL
Pitched in 4 World Series, winning in 1989 with Oakland
Pitched in a total of 8 League Championship Series
His career ERA was nearly 1.50 higher during the postseason
Votes for Mr. Welch's enshrinement plaque will be accepted for one week on the left sidebar. As a sidebar of my own, I think Bob Welch should have gotten more love from Hall of Fame voters than he did. I don't think his career was worthy of the Hall, but he deserved more than 1 vote. As always you voting is highly encouraged and appreciated.