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66. Billy Wagner
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: July 25, 1971 in Marion, VA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: September 13, 1995
  • Final Game: October 03, 2010
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 1999

Many closers failed to remain consistent for multiple seasons, but Billy Wagner was able to be one of the game’s most effective Relief Pitchers for a dozen years.  Coming up through the Astros system he would win in the closer’s job for Houston in 1997 and two years later he went to his first All Star Game.  That season (1999) he had 39 Saves with a WHIP of 0.777 and was tenth in bWAR for Pitchers, an incredible accomplishment for a Relief Pitcher.  2000 was bad for Wagner but he rebounded to have seven more 30 Save seasons over years with Houston, Philadelphia, the New York Mets and Atlanta.  Overall he recorded 422 Saves and was an All Star seven times.

What hurts Billy Wagner’s candidacy (or at least it should as it is never mentioned much) is his failures in the post season.  Over 14 Playoff Games he had an ERA of 10.03 and a WHIP of 1.971.  That should matter when discussing him.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Marion, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Friday, 01 January 2016
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    7 Time All Star (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 & 2010)

    Rolaids Relief Award (1) (NL) (1999)

    Most Games Finished (2) (NL) (2002 & 2005)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1) (NL) (1999)

    World Series Rings (None)
  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:

    (NL: 1999, 4th) & (NL: 2006, 6th)

    1 Top Ten Finish (bWAR for Pitchers)

    1 Top Ten Finish (Games Pitched)

    10 Top Ten Finishes (Saves)

    9 Top Ten Finishes (Games Finishes)

    4 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 6. Saves: 422
    6. Games Finished: 703
    38. Games Pitched: 853
    38. Win Probability Added: 29.1
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    2016: 10.5%

    2017: 10.2%

    2018: 11.1%

    2019: 16.7%
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