Cy Young

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Cy Young Career Stats

Year Team Lg W SV IP ERA Age PEVA-P
1890 CL4 NL 9 0 147.7 3.47 23 2.182
1891 CL4 NL 27 2 423.7 2.85 24 14.082
1892 CL4 NL 36 0 453.0 1.93 25 31.345
1893 CL4 NL 34 1 422.7 3.36 26 43.542
1894 CL4 NL 26 1 408.7 3.94 27 26.323
1895 CL4 NL 35 0 369.7 3.26 28 32.941
1896 CL4 NL 28 3 414.3 3.24 29 38.520
1897 CL4 NL 21 0 333.7 3.80 30 18.713
1898 CL4 NL 25 0 377.7 2.53 31 26.356
1899 SLN NL 26 1 369.3 2.58 32 40.907
1900 SLN NL 19 0 321.3 3.00 33 21.483
1901 BOS AL 33 0 371.3 1.62 34 48.628
1902 BOS AL 32 0 384.7 2.15 35 28.273
1903 BOS AL 28 2 341.7 2.08 36 26.153
1904 BOS AL 26 1 380.0 1.97 37 21.996
1905 BOS AL 18 0 320.7 1.82 38 22.243
1906 BOS AL 13 2 287.7 3.19 39 6.429
1907 BOS AL 21 2 343.3 1.99 40 18.401
1908 BOS AL 21 2 299.0 1.26 41 19.816
1909 CLE AL 19 0 295.0 2.26 42 10.301
1910 CLE AL 7 0 163.3 2.53 43 4.048
1911 CLE AL 3 0 46.3 3.88 44 1.462
1911 BSN NL 4 0 80.0 3.71 44
Total 511 17 7354.7 2.63 504.145
  • Cy Young

    From Stat Geek Baseball's, the Best Ever Book.

    Yes, Cy Young would have won a whole lot of his own awards. He was the best pitcher at the turn of the century and many think the best pitcher in the game. And it's hard to quibble, although some of his exploits need to be put into some historic context. Cy Young won 511 games and pitched over 400 innings five times. It's that durability, as well as skill, that pushes Young toward the top. His ERA of 2.63 when adjusted for the age and park ranks #17 on the career list. He wasn't as precise as Maddux and didn't strike out as many batters as hurlers whose careers would start after the turn of the century, but those were the sole items where some could criticize him.

    Only one season in a span of 19 years from 1891 to 1909 did Cy Young fail to win 15 games, including over 30 wins in four separate seasons. There were six seasons with an ERA south of the pitcher's Mendoza line of 2.00. What all that adds up to is the 2nd Best Pitching Career in baseball history within the baseballevaluation universe, plus an annual award given to the best pitchers in the American and National Leagues. It's good to give out props where they're deserved, as the awards remind us of Cy Young each fall.

    Geez, wonder what he would think of pitch counts and two hundred inning seasons considered as overuse. Perhaps just progress, perhaps not.


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Notes: Photo Credits: Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Christy Mathewson. Library of Congress.

HOF/HOFP - Hall of Fame player. PEVA - Player Rating for Season or Career. PEVA per Year - Average Player Rating per season. Seasons include all seasons played with no monimum.

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