70. Orel Hershiser

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70.  Orel Hershiser
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 16, 1958 in Buffalo, NY USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 01, 1983
  • Final Game: June 26, 2000
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1988
  • Cy Young Award - 1988
  • Gold Glove - 1988
  • NLCS MVP - 1988
  • TSN All-Star - 1988
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 1988
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1988
  • World Series MVP - 1988
  • Silver Slugger - 1993
  • ALCS MVP - 1995
 
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What a year 1988 was for Orel Hershiser.  He didn’t just win the Cy Young that year, getting better to the point of being unstoppable as the season wound down.  He broke Don Drysdale’s consecutive scoreless innings record to end the regular season than went on to win three games in the post season (including one save) and propelled the Dodgers to a World Series win and won the World Series MVP in the process.  What a year!

Hershiser did not duplicate that year (who could) but he suffered a severe shoulder injury that threatened his career.  Hershiser did come back and was an effective pitcher but he never again dominated and did not reach All Star levels again.  Still with a career with 200 wins and 2,000 strikeouts he had a record that was envied by most.

The issue for the Hall is that Hershiser was considered the best Starting Pitcher in baseball for a two and a half year period and a solid number two or three man after his shoulder surgery.  If Hershiser was a dominate ace for a longer period of time his 1988 season would have helped make him a serious contender for the Hall.

Should Orel Hershiser be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 57.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 25%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.9%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 2006
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Cy Young Award (1) (NL) (1988)
    World Series MVP (1988)
    NLCS MVP (1988)
    ALCS MVP (1995)
    3 Time All Star (1987, 1988 & 1989)
    Gold Glove (1) (NL) (1988)
    Silver Slugger (1) (NL) (1993)
    Most Wins (1) (NL) (1988)
    Most Innings Pitched (3) (NL) (1987, 1988 & 1989)
    Most Complete Games (1) (NL) (1988)
    Most Shutouts (2) (NL) (1984 & 1988)
    Highest WAR for Pitchers (2) (NL) (1988 & 1989)
    Highest ERA+ (1) (NL) (1989)
    Lowest FIP (1) (NL) (1989)
    Highest Win Probability (1) (NL) (1988)
    World Series Ring (1) (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1988)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes
    (NL: 1988, 6th)
    Other Top Ten Cy Young Finishes: (Won the 1988 NL Cy Young Award)
    (NL: 1985, 3rd), (NL: 1987, 4th) & (NL: 1989, 4th)
    The Sporting News Player of the Year (1988)
    The Sporting News NL Pitcher of the Year (1988)
    NL Babe Ruth Award (1988)
    Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1981)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    1 Top Ten Finish (SO/9)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+) 
    4 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 73.  Games Started: 466
    79.  Strikeouts: 2,014
    95.  WAR for Pitchers: 51.57
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2006: 11.2
    2007: 4.4
  • Should be Inducted As A: Los Angeles Dodger

Should Orel Hershiser be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 57.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 25%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.9%

Comments   

-5 #2 P Smith 2013-01-11 19:47
Hershiser was so full of himself that he once autographed bibles and mailed them to every major league player. As if other people would want that from him.
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+5 #1 Brent 2012-12-13 09:37
I have alot of issues with HOF right now. Not alot of inductees and when it comes to pitchers there blown aside. starting with J. R Richards dominating Hall worthy, Dave Stewart, Fernando Valenzuela, Bob Welch and Orel these guys need to be looked at and be correctly represented you will never see these types of pitchers again and what they did for baseball and the community. While Holiday and some of the newer class pitchers with a four to five rotation get to 200 wins or 4 20 win seasons in a roe not going to happen sorry. Opened the door to these guys they are HOF worthy.
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