29. 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
 
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David Cone would become known (right or wrong) as a “gun for hire”, a Pitcher who could get you over the hump.  While he was often a Cy Young contender the only time he did win the award was in 1994…when he was a member of the Kansas City Royals.

Cone was actually drafted by Kansas City and he would debut for them in 1986 but was traded to the Mets shortly after and where he would first prove himself as a star Pitcher.  Cone returned as a Free Agent in 1993 and while his first season back saw him with a losing 11 and 14 record, he was actually third among all AL Pitchers in bWAR and was fourth in Strikeouts.  In the strike shortened 1994 season Cone was first in bWAR for Pitchers and won the coveted Cy Young.  He also finished ninth in MVP balloting that year.

While he was only a Royal for two years (and 11 Games as a rookie) those two years were more than good enough to place him above far more tenured Pitchers.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the Third Round of the Amateur Draft. 6/8/87.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the New York Mets with Chris Jelic for Rick Anderson, Mauro Gozzo and Ed Hearn. 3/27/87.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent. 12/8/92.

    Departed (2): Traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Tony Medrano, Dave Sinnes and Chris Stynes 4/6/95.
  • Games Played: 68
  • Notable Statistics: 27-19 Record
    57 Games Started
    3.29 ERA
    10 Complete Games
    448.1 Innings Pitched
    344 Strikeouts
    3.90 FIP
    1.216 WHIP
    14.0 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Cy Young (1994)

    All Star (1994)

    Highest bWAR for a Pitcher (1994)

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