18. Dean Chance
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 1, 1941 in Wooster, OH USA
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 11, 1961
  • Final Game: August 09, 1971
  • Cy Young Award - 1964
  • TSN All-Star - 1964
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1964
  • Cy Young - 1964
  • MVP - 1964
  • MVP - 1967
  • Rookie of the Year - 1962
 
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You didn't need a name or number on the back of Dean Chance’s jersey to know it was him who was pitching.  After obtaining the sign from his catcher, Chance rotated his body so that his back and head were looking towards second.  It worked for him, as one year, he was considered the best on the mound.

Chance debuted in the Majors in 1961 and made the starting rotation the following season, where he was third in Rookie of the Year voting with a respectable 14-10 record with a 2.96 ERA.  Chance slipped a bit in 1963, but he came back with a monster 1964, which was so good that it earned him not only a top-twenty rank on this list but the Cy Young Award.  The right-hander led the AL in Wins (20), ERA (1.65), Shutouts (11), Innings Pitched (278.1), ERA+ (200), and FIP (2.39), with a fifth-place finish in MVP voting.

Chance could not repeat what he did in 1964 but was still solid over the next two seasons before being traded to Minnesota.  With the Angels, Chance had 74 Wins against 66 Losses with a 2.83 ERA.  The organization inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the Washington Senators for Joe Hicks 12/14/60.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Minnesota Twins with a Player to be Named Later (which would be Jackie Hernandez) for Pete Cimino, Jimmie Hall, and Don Minchner 12/2/66.

  • Games Played: 223
  • Notable Statistics:

    74 Wins
    66 Losses
    2.83 ERA
    168 Games Started
    32 Games Finished
    16 Saves
    1,236.2 Innings Pitched
    857 Strikeouts
    3.01 FIP
    1.206 WHIP
    1.86 SO/BB
    16.0 bWAR

    No Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Cy Young (1964)
    The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year (1964)
    All-Star (1964)
    Highest bWAR for a Pitcher (1964)
    Lowest ERA (1964)
    Most Innings Pitched (1964)
    Most Complete Games (1964)
    Most Shutouts (1964)
    Highest ERA+ (1964)
    Lowest FIP (1964)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1964)

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