15. Rick Reuschel
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 16, 1949 in Quincy, IL USA
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 19, 1972
  • Final Game: April 22, 1991
  • TSN All-Star - 1977
  • Gold Glove - 1985
  • Hutch Award - 1985
  • Gold Glove - 1987

Nicknamed “Big Daddy” for his portly physique, Rick Reuschel is now viewed as a sabermetric star, and most of those accomplishments took place as a Chicago Cub.

In terms of traditional numbers, Reuschel would net 135 of his career 214 Wins as a Cub.  An All-Star in 1977, he would have his only 20 Win Season and would lead the National League in HR/9 with a third-place finish in Cy Young voting.  Reuschel was never considered an elite hurler, but maybe he should have been championed more than he was.  When he pitched at Wrigley, he did not just have the highest bWAR for Pitchers in 1977 but had five other campaigns where he was in the top eight.  He did all of the things that were not sexy but advanced metrics caught, hence why he is more celebrated now than when he played.

His overall numbers in Chicago show 135 Wins with a 49.1 bWAR.  That is pretty damned good.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round of the Amateur Draft 6/4/70.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the New York Yankees for Doug Bird, $400,000, and a Player to be Named Later (which would be Mike Griffin) 6/12/81.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 6/28/83.

    Departed (2): Signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates 2/28/85.
  • Games Played: 358
  • Notable Statistics: 135 Wins
    127 Losses
    343 Games Started
    3.50 ERA
    65 Complete Games
    9 Games Finished
    3 Saves
    2,290.1 Innings Pitched
    1,367 Strikeouts
    3.15 FIP
    1.312 WHIP 
    49.1 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1977)
    Most Games Started (1980)
    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1977 & 1980)
    Most Assists by a Pitcher (1980)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Pitcher (1979 & 1980)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1975)

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