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Old 09-11-2019, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Dinsdale View Post
ILike I said, I'm not a big sports fan. But I was wondering about some of the pitchers I've heard of over the years, who were trumpeted as phenoms, but whose careers didn't last (for whatever reason.) Like Fidrytch (sp?), Valenzuela, or Gooden.
Maybe there would be fodder for another threads of All-Time Greatest Might-Have-Beens!
Mark Fidrych is probably the best example there: he had his amazing rookie season in '76, but he never really recovered from injuries he suffered in '77, and had only 27 starts over the rest of his career.

Valenzuela played for seventeen seasons, but it was a case of being great in his first six seasons, and then being pretty average for the rest of his career.

Gooden, similarly, was great for his first few years, then had a long tail of being an average to below-average pitcher. In his case, of course, we're pretty sure as to the why (substance abuse).


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