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34.  Luis Tiant
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 23, 1940 in Marianao, La Cuba
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 19, 1964
  • Final Game: September 04, 1982
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1975
 
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In the long and illustrious (often tortured) history of the Boston Red Sox a case can be made that of all the men who graced Fenway’s mound Luis Tiant was the most popular of them all.  Considering the amount of great athletes who have donned the Red Sox uniform this is an impressive accolade indeed.

Tiant wasn’t just popular because of his friendly demeanor, inviting accent and the fact that he didn’t look like an athlete; Tiant was also popular because he was damn good.  Four times in his career, the Cuban won twenty games with his unorthodox delivery.  When he was on, he had excellent control and could get batters out with finesse or power.

Midway through his career, Taint missed a lot of games due to issues with his shoulder.  After a few very sup par campaigns, he resurrected his career with Boston but not before losing out on seasons that would have easily padded his stats to make him more palatable to Cooperstown.  Tiant also gave up a lot of home runs which hampered him at every juncture of his career.  If those bad seasons were just below average, Tiant very well could have had a place in the Hall.

Should Luis Tiant be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 74.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Marianao, Cuba
  • Eligible In: Friday, 01 January 1988
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, California Angels
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 3 Time All Star (1968, 1974 & 1976)
    Lowest Earned Run Average (2) (AL) (1968 & 1972)
    Lowest WHIP (1) (AL) (1973)
    Lowest H/9 (1) (AL) (1968)
    Lowest SO/9 (1) (AL) (1967)
    Most Shutouts (3) (AL) (1966, 1968 & 1974)
    HIghest ERA+ (2) (AL) (1968 & 1972)
    Lowest FIP (1) (AL) (1968)
    Highest Win Probaility Added (2) (AL) (1968 & 1974)
    Highest WAR for Pitchers (1) (AL) (1968)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes
    (AL: 1968, 5th) & (AL: 1972, 8th)
    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (AL: 1972, 6th), (AL: 1974, 4th) & (AL: 1976, 5th)
    AL Babe Ruth Award (1975)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    1 Top Ten Finish (BB/9)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 21.   Shutouts: 49
    40.   WAR for Pitchers: 66.1
    41.   Strikeouts: 2,416
    50.   Win Probability Added: 25.2
    56.   Games Started: 484
    66.   Wins: 229
    72.   Innings Pitched: 3,486.3
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1988: 30.9
    1989: 10.5
    1990: 9.5
    1991: 7.2
    1992: 11.6
    1993: 14.7
    1994: 9.2
    1995: 9.8
    1996: 13.6
    1997: 11.2
    1998: 13.1
    1999: 10.7
    2000: 17.2
    2001: 12.2
    2002: 18.0
  • Should be Inducted As A: Boston Red Sox

Should Luis Tiant be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 74.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6%
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-1 #3 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-21 00:28
Such a bubble guy, but he looks more like a compiler than a star.

There were injury issues that frame this, but in 1968, the Year of the Pitcher, when Tiant led the AL in ERA, the mound was 15 inches. The following year, when the mound was lowered to 10 inches, Tiant led the AL in losses, HR allowed, and walks.

He's had his looks by veterans committees, which have reached their verdicts. Not a Hall of Famer.
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+3 #2 John Smith 2015-04-30 03:49
If I had to choose among Red Sox pitchers in recent history who to have on the mound in a must win game I would choose Tiant over 7-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens.
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0 #1 Art Bell 2014-11-09 13:39
:D :lol: :-)
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