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275. Jon Matlack
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 19, 1950 in West Chester, PA USA
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: July 11, 1971
  • Final Game: September 15, 1983
  • Rookie of the Year - 1972
  • All-Star Game MVP - 1975
  • Cy Young - 1976
  • Rookie of the Year - 1972
 
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Jon Matlack debuted for the New York Mets two years after their “Miracle Season” of 1969, but the southpaw found a home as part of a powerful Mets rotation of the 1970s.

From 1972 to 1976, Matlack was one of the better Pitchers in the National League.  Winning the Rookie of the Year in 1972, Matlack went to three straight All-Star Games (1974-76).  Matlack only had one top-ten Cy Young finish (sixth in 1976), but he led the National League in bWAR for Pitchers (9.1) and FIP (2.42), and was second in SO/BB (2.566) and third in ERA (2.32).  How did he not receive any Cy Young votes that year?

Matlack was traded to the Texas Rangers after the 1977 Season, but realistically, only his first year there was any good.  He played until 1983, retiring one game under .500 (125-126), but was massively underrated.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 1989
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: New York Mets, Texas Rangers
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    All-Star (3) (1974, 1975 & 1976)
    Rookie of the Year (1) (1972)
    All-Star Game MVP (1) (1975)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1) (NL) (1974)
    Lowest BB/9 (1) (NL) (1980)
    Most Shutouts (2) (NL) (1974 & 1976)
    Lowest FIP (1) (NL) (1974)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (NL; 1976, 6th)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    1 Top Ten Finish (H/9)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    2 Top Ten FInishes (Games Started)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: None.
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1989: 0.0%

  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Met

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