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98. Chuck Finley

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98. Chuck Finley
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 26, 1962 in Monroe, LA USA
  • Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Height: 6'6"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: May 29, 1986
  • Final Game: September 28, 2002
  • TSN All-Star - 1989
  • TSN All-Star - 1990
 
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Sadly, like our Notinhalloffame entry for Whitesnake brings about thoughts of Tawny Kitaen; our Chuck Finley Baseball entry conjures up the same image; although this image is not her straddling a sports car, but hitting a Pitcher over the head with a stiletto.

The second Mr. Kitaen, is Chuck Finley, a powerful southpaw with 200 career wins. Finley spent many years as the ace for the sub-par Angels, and as such remained largely under the radar despite being a valuable commodity as a left-handed power pitcher. With an armament of fastballs, slurves and an especially devastating forkball, Chuck Finley managed to rack up a lot of strikeouts and would set many Angels pitching records.

Finley did not receive a lot (or really any) support for the Hall of Fame when he was eligible in 2008, but with a career WAR of 55.0 and his status as an innings eater on bad teams, he should have received a better look than he did.

Should Chuck Finley be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 36%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 28%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 16%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Tuesday, 01 January 2008
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California Angels
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 5 Time All Star (1989, 1990, 1995, 1996 & 2000)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (AL) (1994)
    Most Complete Games (1) (AL) (1993)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (AL: 1990, 7th)  
    5  Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    6  Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    1  Top Ten Finish (WHIP)
    5  Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    9  Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    9  Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    5  Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    2  Top Ten Finsihes (SO/BB)
    5  Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    7  Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    2  Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    5  Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 24. Strikeouts: 2,610
    65. WAR for Pitchers: 58.5
    72. Games Started: 467
    99. Win Probability Added: 18.7
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2008: 0.2
  • Should be Inducted As A: California Angel

Should Chuck Finley be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 36%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 28%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 16%