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209. Kenny Rogers

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209. Kenny Rogers
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 10, 1964 in Savannah, GA USA
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 06, 1989
  • Final Game: September 14, 2008
  • Gold Glove - 2000
  • Gold Glove - 2002
  • Gold Glove - 2004
  • Gold Glove - 2005
  • Gold Glove - 2006
  • Cy Young - 2006
  • MVP - 2006
 
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Owning the same name as a Country-Pop legend, Kenny Rogers was one of the most durable pitchers of the modern era.

Nicknamed the "Gambler," Rogers played the vast majority of his career with the Texas Rangers, a team in which he had three stints (1989-95, 2000-02 & 2004-05).  Rogers was a reliever early in his career, and he became a starter in 1993, pitching a perfect game the following season.  An All-Star in 1995 with Texas, Rogers later helped the New York Yankees win a World Series (1996), and he would bounce around to Oakland and later the New York Mets before returning to Texas in 2000.

After a brief stint in Minnesota, Rogers returned to Texas, and at age 39, he entered the best three-year run of his career. He went to three straight All-Star Games, with the third coming as a Detroit Tiger.  That season, Rogers finished fifth in Cy Young voting, the first and only time that he received a vote for the coveted Pitcher's award.

Rogers played until 2008, where he finished with 219 Wins against 156 Losses.  The Pitcher was also notably a five-time Gold Glove winner.

 

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 2014
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (1) (New York Yankees 1996) 
    All-Star (1995, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Gold Glove (5) (AL) (2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Most Games Pitched (1) (AL) (1992)
    Most Games Started (1) (AL) (2004)
    Lowest FIP (2) (AL) (1993 & 1996)
    Highest Win Probability Added (2) (AL) (1992 & 1993)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (AL: 2006, 5th)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    1 Top Ten Finish (BB/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts) 
    3 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    68. Games Pitched: 762
    68. Games Started: 474
    80. Wins: 219
    94. Innings Pitched: 3,302.2
    99. bWAR for Pitchers: 50.5

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    2014: 0.2%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Texas Ranger

Should Kenny Rogers be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 33.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 33.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 33.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%