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100. Dan Quisenberry
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 7, 1953 in Santa Monica, CA USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 08, 1979
  • Final Game: April 23, 1990
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 1980
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1980
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 1982
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1982
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 1983
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1983
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 1984
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1984
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 1985
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1985
 
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO
56 46 3.76 674 0 244 1,043.3 379
 

Generally, the mold of the Relief Pitcher is a blazing fastball and a powerful delivery.  Dan Quisenberry did not fit that mold…or any other one for that matter.

The “Quiz” was a control pitcher who rarely struck anyone out.  He used a submarine delivery which features his primary weapon; the sinking fastball.  Quisenberry looked to get batters out with weak grounders and it often worked.  He claimed he found “a delivery in his flaw” and for years he kept batters off balance with his style.  For a six year period there was no closer that was more effective than Dan Quisenberry and he was a constant threat to win the Cy Young Award.

Strangely, Dan Quisenberry did not make it past the first ballot for the Hall of Fame.  Considering he has similar numbers and cam from the same era as Bruce Sutter (who just got in) the low vote tally is even more puzzling.   After 1986, his numbers sharply dropped, and this could be the principal reason he has been omitted as went from All Star to liability in a very quick time frame.  Still, when you are the best at your position for multiple years like Dan Quisenberry you deserve better than a “one and done” for HOF enshrinement.

 

Should Dan Quisenberry be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 54.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 11.9%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Monday, 01 January 1996
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Rolaids Relief Award (5) (AL) (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984 & 1985)
    3 Time All Star (1982, 1983 & 1984)
    Most Games Pitched (3) (AL) (1980, 1983 & 1985)
    Most Saves (5) (AL) (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984 & 1985)
    Most Games Finished (4) (AL) (1980, 1982, 1983 & 1985)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1) (AL) (1983)
    World Series Rings (1) (Kansas City Royals 1985)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1980, 8th), (AL: 1982, 9th), (AL: 1983, 6th) & (AL: 1984, 3rd)
    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (AL: 1980, 5th), (AL: 1982, 3rd), (AL: 1983, 4th), (AL: 1984, 2nd) & (AL: 1985, 3rd)
    6 Top Five Finishes (Saves)
    7 Top Five Finishes (Games Finished)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finish (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 25. Games Finished: 553
    36. Saves: 244
    84. Win Probability Added: 20.7
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1996: 3.8
  • Should be Inducted As A: Kansas City Royals

Should Dan Quisenberry be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 54.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 11.9%

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