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46. David Cone
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 2, 1963 in Kansas City, MO USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 08, 1986
  • Final Game: May 28, 2003
  • Cy Young Award - 1994
  • TSN All-Star - 1994
  • Hutch Award - 1998

David Cone may not be best remembered for winning a Cy Young Award. He may be best known for being a true hired gun that baseball teams coveted for their stretch drive.

Cone had the coveted label as a big game pitcher. Cone was at his best during high-pressure situations and showcased his abilities as a member of five World Series winning teams. He was a very smart pitcher who was able to use varying skills to defeat opposing batters. Cone was the subject of various sex scandals, yet was able to shut out those distractions and often had his best outings while the target of public ridicule. As such, he shook off those labels and remained with one label: winner.

What prevented David Cone from making a serious run for the Hall of Fame is that he had a few bad seasons that really brought down his overall career numbers. He failed to make the 200 win milestone, though had he had more offensive run support he could have made it. His “hired gun” status also gave him a label that was dissatisfactory to some, though he was one of many to do so. Flat out, David Cone was one of the top pitchers of the ’90s and that should not be denied.


Should David Cone be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 74%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.9%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 2.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Thursday, 01 January 2009
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Cy Young Award (1) (AL) (1994)
    All-Star (5) (1988, 1992, 1994, 1997 & 1999)
    Hutch Award (1) (1998)
    Most Wins (1) (AL) (1998)
    Highest SO/9 (NL) (1990, 1991 & 1992)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (AL) (1995)
    Most Strikeouts (2) (NL) (1990 & 1991)
    Highest SO/9 (3) (NL) (1990, 1991 & 1992)
    Most Shutouts (1) (NL) (1992)
    Highest SO/BB (1) (NL) (1990)
    Lowest FIP (1) (NL) (1991)
    World Series Rings (5) (Toronto Blue Jays, 1992 & New York Yankees, 1996, 1998, 1999 & 2000)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (NL: 1988, 10th) & (AL: 1994, 9th)
    Other Top Ten Cy Young Award Finishes: (Won The 1994 AL Cy Young)
    (NL: 1988, 3rd), (AL: 1995, 4th), (AL: 1998, 4th) & (AL: 1999, 6th)
    ML Hutch Award (1998)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    5   Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    6   Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    4   Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    6   Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    5   Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 26. Strikeouts: 2,668
    51. SO/9: 8.282
    52. Win Probability Added: 25.4
    55. WAR for Pitchers: 61.7
    70. H/9: 7.775
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2009: 3.9
  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Yankee

Should David Cone be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 74%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.9%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 2.3%


+1 #3 Pat67 2016-08-11 10:58
Where is the note of his perfect game? How can that even be overlooked?
+1 #2 jabs517 2014-09-07 20:14
The problem with the HoF is that they reward people for longevity rather than being one of the most dominant in a shorter window. Playing 20plus years and getting 250 wins is not more impressive then winning 100 in 6 years. Also the quality of opponent is much higher when you pitch in post season games and Cone excelled there. If you had to win one big game I bet you would take Cone over MOST HoF pitchers.
0 #1 Belize Breeze 2013-07-10 01:09
One of the best! Few and far between. We all make mistakes, some of us are scrutinized more for being famous.
Got to admitt, you always got your monies worth, as expensive as sporting events are.
Lets face it, the owners who have the power will never forget his role in organizing players. Never!

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