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.