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67. Bret Saberhagen
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 11, 1964 in Chicago Heights, IL USA
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 04, 1984
  • Final Game: August 07, 2001
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1985
  • Cy Young Award - 1985
  • TSN All-Star - 1985
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1985
  • World Series MVP - 1985
  • Cy Young Award - 1989
  • Gold Glove - 1989
  • TSN All-Star - 1989
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1989
 
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO
167 117 3.81 399 371 1 2,562.7 1715
 

Baseball Players are notorious for being superstitious.  We really don’t know if Bret Saberhagen consulted the Psychic Friends Network, but it always seemed curious that he performed significantly better in years that ended in odd numbers than he did in even ones.

Saberhagen is one of the rare pitchers in Major League history to win two Cy Young Awards.  When he was on, Saberhagen executed pinpoint control and often performed well in pressure situations as displayed in his 1985 World Series performance.  The problem though with Saberhagen is that despite his two Cy Young Awards, the rest of his campaigns were basically average.  He was an All Star only three times, which is a little surprising considering the two dominant campaigns that he had.  Basically, you would think that he was capable of having at least a few “Very Good” seasons, but he didn’t exactly accomplish that.

It isn’t likely that the Veteran’s Committee will be calling, but considering the individual and team accolades that Bret Saberhagen achieved, he likely retired feeling that his career goals were accomplished.

Should Bret Saberhagen be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 45.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 27.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 13.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 13.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Chicago Heights, Illinois, U.S.A
  • Eligible In: Monday, 01 January 2007
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Cy Young Award (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    World Series MVP (1985)
    3 Time All Star (1987, 1990 & 1994)
    Gold Glove (1) (AL) (1989)
    Lowest ERA (1) (AL) (1989)
    Lowest WHIP (1) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    Lowest BB/9 (2) (AL) (1985) (NL) (1994)
    Most Wins (1) (AL) (1989)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (AL) (1989)
    Most Complete Games (1) (AL) (1989)
    Highest SO/BB (3) (AL) (1985 & 1989) (NL) (1994)
    Highest ERA+ (1) (AL) (1989)
    Lowest FIP (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    Highest WAR for Pitchers (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    Lowest FIP (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    Highest Win Probability Added (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    World Series Rings (1) (Kansas City Royals, 1985)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: (MVP)
    (NL: 1985, 10th) & (NL: 1989, 8th)
    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes: (Won the Award in 1985 & 1989)
    (NL: 1994, 3rd)
    1985 & 1989 AL TSN Pitcher of the Year
    1985 AL Babe Ruth Award
    1989 Comeback Player of the Year
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Lowest Earned Run Average)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Most Wins)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    9 Top Ten Finsihes (BB/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Most Innings Pitched)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Most Strikeouts)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    8 Top Ten Finsihes (SO/BB)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 20. SO/BB: 3.641
    35. BB/9: 1.654
    39. Win Probability Added: 28.6
    54. WHIP: 1.141
    62. ERA+: 126
    63. WAR for Pitchers: 59.1
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2017: 1.3
  • Should be Inducted As A: Kansas City Royals

Should Bret Saberhagen be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 45.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 27.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 13.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 13.6%

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