Dave Stieb may have received World Series Ring with the Toronto Blue Jays when they won their first World Series in 1992, but the pitcher was at the tail end of his career and had little to do with the coveted trophy landing north of the border. He did however give Baseball fans the first legitimate reason to look there in the first place.
At only 176 career Wins in the Majors, Dave Stieb initially does not seem like a Hall of Fame candidate. What cannot be underestimated is the difficulty he had in his first five full seasons playing for a terrible Toronto team that constantly trailed the rest of the American League. Despite playing for bad Jays squads, Stieb had a winning record and became a perennial All Star. Three times, he would lead the league in WAR for Pitchers, and would be dominant in many other sabremetric categories.
The common knock on Stieb was that his intensity was so high (he would give teammates glares of death when they made mistakes) that he would occasionally unravel. Still, we love players who want to win; we know there are far too many athletes who could care less.
The Bullet Points: Country of Origin: Santa Ana, California, U.S.A.
Eligible Since: 2004
Played for: Toronto Blue Jays Chicago White Sox
Major Accolades and Awards: 7 Time All Star (1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988 & 1990) Highest WAR for Pitchers (3) (AL) (1982, 1983 & 1984) Highest ERA (1) (AL) (1985) Most Innings Pitched (2) (AL) (1982 & 1984) Most Complete Games (1) (AL) (1982) Most Shutouts (1) (AL) (1982)
Other Points of Note: Top Ten Cy Young Finishes: (AL: 1982, 4th), (AL: 1984, 7th), (AL: 1985, 7th), & (AL: 1990: 5th) 6 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average) 5 Top Ten Finishes (Wins) 5 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched) 5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts) 5 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games) 7 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers) Notable All Time Rankings: 69. WAR for Pitchers: 53.0
Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2004: 1.4