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Win, Win and Win Some More

Posted by Raphy on July 29, 2009

Here are players with the most seasons in the first 9 years of their careers with at least 15 starts and a .600+ winning percentage.:

                   From  To   Ages Seasons Link to Individual Seasons
+-----------------+----+----+-----+-------+------------------------------+
 Roy Oswalt        2001 2009 23-31       9 Ind. Seasons
 Tim Hudson        1999 2007 23-31       8 Ind. Seasons
 Dwight Gooden     1984 1991 19-26       8 Ind. Seasons
 Roger Clemens     1984 1992 21-29       8 Ind. Seasons
 Mordecai Brown    1904 1911 27-34       8 Ind. Seasons
 Mike Mussina      1992 1999 23-30       7 Ind. Seasons
 Ron Guidry        1977 1983 26-32       7 Ind. Seasons
 Whitey Ford       1953 1959 24-30       7 Ind. Seasons
 Lefty Gomez       1931 1938 22-29       7 Ind. Seasons
 Lefty Grove       1927 1933 27-33       7 Ind. Seasons
 Ed Reulbach       1906 1912 23-29       7 Ind. Seasons

This includes Oswalt's 2009. He  is currently 6-4  (.600), so he has little room for error.  However, if he can keep it up  Oswalt could become the  first player ever to start his career with 9 such seasons.


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2 Responses to “Win, Win and Win Some More”

  1. As much as I like Mussina, his W-L in '98 was 13-10 (.565). An even shorter list that Mussina is on, though...since WWII, only Mussina and Marichal were the winning pitchers in 50% or more of all games in which they pitched (250 or more GP).

  2. I think Mussina's seven seasons are 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97 and 99. I don't think this list requires those seasons to be consecutive.