6. 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
 
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During the first half of the 1980’s, Dan Quisenberry was the best closer in the American League, and if you don’t believe that it should be believed that he was the best known.

“Quiz” was known throughout baseball as an eccentric character but his on field success were even more bizarre.  Unlike most relievers who rely on a potent fastball to strikeout batters, Quisenberry was a submarine pitcher who used accuracy and guile to get batters out.  He would take over the closing role for the Royals in 1980 and would help them reach their first ever World Series that year.  1981 was a bit of a down year, but from 1982 to 1985 Quisenberry went on a four year run of ninth inning dominance that should still be celebrated today.

While he did not win the Cy Young Award in that time frame, he was the runner-up twice and the third place finisher the other two seasons.  Each season he would finish atop the AL in Saves and would also win the Rolaids Reliever of the Year.  In 1985, he would help the Royals win their first ever World Series.

Quisenberry’s skills quickly eroded shortly thereafter to the point where he was released three years after but it will take one hell of a special talent to knock him off as the best Relief Pitcher the Kansas City Royals ever had.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent 6/7/75.
  • Departed: Released 7/4/88.
  • Games Played: 573
  • Notable Statistics: 51-44 Record
    2.55 ERA
    503 Games Finished
    238 Saves
    920.1 Innings Pitched
    321 Strikeouts
    3.25 FIP
    1.150 WHIP
    25.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1985)

    All Star Game (1982, 1983 & 1984)

    Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Year (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984 & 1985)

    Most Games Pitched (1980, 1983 & 1985)

    Most Saves (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984 & 1985)

    Most Games Finished (1980, 1982, 1983 & 1985)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1983)

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