247. Bill Hutchinson

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Technically not eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame as he didn’t play ten years in the Majors, Bill Hutchinson lands on this list based on the strength of three incredible years with the Chicago Colts.

Hutchinson played two games for the Kansas City Cowboys of the Union Association in 1884, and it would not be for another five years before he made it back to the Majors.  The Chicago White Stockings of the National League called him up in 1889, where he went 16-17 in 36 Starts.  The White Stockings became the Colts in 1890, and Hutchinson led the National League in Wins the next three seasons (41, 44 & 36), Games Pitched (71, 66 & 75) and Innings Pitched (603.0, 561.0 & 622.0), always had an ERA under three, and led the NL in Strikeouts in 1892 with 314.

This type of workload led to a sharp decline, and he had a losing record in the three years that followed with a ballooning ERA.  He was demoted after 1895 and made it back to the St. Louis Browns for six Games in 1897, but that would be the end of the Majors for Hutchinson.

Hutchinson would post a record of 182-163 with 1,235 Strikeouts.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Chicago Colts, Chicago White Stockings, Kansas City Cowboys, St. Louis Browns
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1) (NL) (1891)
    Most Wins (3) (NL) (1890, 1891 & 1892)
    Most Games Pitched (3) (NL) (1890, 1891 & 1892)
    Most Innings Pitched (3) (NL) (1890, 1891 & 1892)
    Most Strikeouts (1) (NL) (1892)
    Most Games Started (3) (NL) (1890, 1891 & 1892)
    Most Complete Games (3) (NL) (1890, 1891 & 1892)
    Highest SO/BB (1) (NL) (1892)

  • Other Points of Note:

    3 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts) 
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    32. Complete Games: 321

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: N/A
  • Should be Inducted As A: Chicago Colt

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