Virtually every write up you will find on Rick Reuschel you find the word “portly”. He did have a stocky frame, and lived up to his “Big Daddy” nickname, but he was as athletic as they came. Frankly, we think there are better adjectives that should be thought of immediately when you think of Rick Reuschel
Reuschel was more than just a good Pitcher. He was a decent fielder (two time Gold Glove) and was even used as a Pinch Runner on occasion. Of course, it was on the mound where he excelled, as he became one of the stars at Wrigley, winning 135 games there. He would go on to win a respectable 210 games with over 2,000 Strikeouts which showcases a very respectable career, but it is his career WAR that really makes heads turn. Reuschel ranks number 30 all time for Pitchers with 66.3. He rarely allowed Home Runs, and his off speed prowess made him a nightmare for batters.
We are not saying that Reuschel should have been destined for Cooperstown, but he has a resume that deserved better than the 0.4 percent of the vote that he did receive in his lone year of eligibility.
The Bullet Points: Country of Origin: Quincy, Illinois, U.S.A.
Eligible Since: 1997
Played for: Chicago Cubs New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates San Francisco Giants
Major Accolades and Awards: 1985 ML Hutch Award 3 Time All Star (1977, 1987 & 1989) Gold Gloves (2) (NL) (1985 & 1987) Highest WAR for Pitchers (1) (NL) (1977) Most Complete Games (1) (NL) (1987) Most Shutouts (1) (1987)
Other Points of Note: Top Ten Cy Young Finishes: (NL: 1977, 3rd), (NL: 1987, 3rd) & (NL: 1989: 8th) 3 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average) 5 Top Ten Finishes (Wins) 6 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched) 5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts) 3 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games) 9 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
Notable All Time Rankings: 30. WAR for Pitchers: 66.3 34. Games Started: 529 62. Strikeouts: 2,015 67. Innings Pitched: 3,548.3 87. Wins: 214
Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1991: 0.4