Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Complete Games: A Thing of the Past

I'd like to draw your attention to this lovely article in the SF Chronicle about the demise of the complete game. Christy Mathewson (above) pitched 434 complete games in his career. Cy Young (shown below during the off-season) threw 749! (source) In 2006, Roger Clemens led all active players with 118 in his career. Will White threw 75 in the 1879 season alone. (source)

As recently as the 1998 season, there were 212 instances of a starter throwing at least 125 pitches. Last season, it happened 14 times.

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