63. Bret Saberhagen

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63. Bret Saberhagen
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 11, 1964 in Chicago Heights, IL USA
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 04, 1984
  • Final Game: August 07, 2001
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1985
  • Cy Young Award - 1985
  • TSN All-Star - 1985
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1985
  • World Series MVP - 1985
  • Cy Young Award - 1989
  • Gold Glove - 1989
  • TSN All-Star - 1989
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1989
  • Cy Young - 1985
  • Cy Young - 1989
  • Cy Young - 1994
  • MVP - 1985
  • MVP - 1989
  • MVP - 1994
 
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Baseball Players are notorious for being superstitious.  We really don’t know if Bret Saberhagen consulted the Psychic Friends Network, but it always seemed curious that he performed significantly better in years that ended in odd numbers than he did in even ones.

Saberhagen is one of the rare pitchers in Major League history to win two Cy Young Awards.  When he was on, Saberhagen executed pinpoint control and often performed well in pressure situations as displayed in his 1985 World Series performance.  The problem though with Saberhagen is that despite his two Cy Young Awards, the rest of his campaigns were basically average.  He was an All-Star only three times, which is a little surprising considering the two dominant campaigns that he had.  Basically, you would think that he was capable of having at least a few “Very Good” seasons, but he didn’t exactly accomplish that.

It isn’t likely that the Veteran’s Committee will be calling, but considering the individual and team accolades that Bret Saberhagen achieved, he likely retired feeling that his career goals were accomplished.

Should Bret Saberhagen be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 59.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 17.4%
No opinion. - 1.4%
No way! - 4.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Chicago Heights, Illinois, U.S.A
  • Eligible In: Monday, 01 January 2007
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Rings (1) (Kansas City Royals, 1985)
    Cy Young Award (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    TSN Pitcher of the Year (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    All-Star (3) (1987, 1990 & 1994)
    World Series MVP (1985)
    Gold Glove (1) (AL) (1989)
    Babe Ruth Award (1985)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    Lowest ERA (1) (AL) (1989)
    Lowest WHIP (1) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    Lowest BB/9 (2) (AL) (1985) (NL) (1994)
    Most Wins (1) (AL) (1989)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (AL) (1989)
    Most Complete Games (1) (AL) (1989)
    Highest SO/BB (3) (AL) (1985 & 1989) (NL) (1994)
    Highest ERA+ (1) (AL) (1989)
    Lowest FIP (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    Highest Win Probability Added (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
    Highest Championship Win Probability Added (2) (AL) (1985 & 1989)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: (MVP)
    (NL: 1985, 10th) & (NL: 1989, 8th)
    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes: (Won the Award in 1985 & 1989)
    (NL: 1994, 3rd)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Lowest Earned Run Average)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Most Wins)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    9 Top Ten Finsihes (BB/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Most Innings Pitched)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Most Strikeouts)
    3 Top Ten Finsihes (Games Started)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Shuouts)
    8 Top Ten Finsihes (SO/BB)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 27. SO/BB: 3.641
    36. BB/9: 1.654
    45. Win Probability Added: 28.6
    60. WHIP: 1.141
    74. ERA+: 126
    75. Championship Win Probability Added: 29.5
    69. bWAR for Pitchers: 59.1
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2017: 1.3
  • Should be Inducted As A: Kansas City Royals

Should Bret Saberhagen be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 59.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 17.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 17.4%
No opinion. - 1.4%
No way! - 4.3%

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0 #1 Jeff Zoerner 2022-08-15 23:16
There certainly are worse pitchers in the hall. Amazing how little consideratio n Bret got.
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