Jan 19, 2010
non-HOF Profile Derby #8: Dave Stieb
Here's the middle finisher of the first poll (with 3 votes!), Toronto pitcher Dave Stieb (1979-1993, 1998)
Place on the WAR chart: Below Red Ruffing, Billy Pierce, and Joe McGinnity; Above Early Wynn and Eppa Rixey
Career Overview Power pitcher with a propensity to pitch inside, Stieb hurled for Toronto (1979-1992, 1998) and the White Sox (1993). He was a 7 time all-star and led the league in ERA, shutouts, and compete games once. He led in IP and ERA+ twice and in batters hit five times. He was not a control pitcher, walking 80 or more 5 times, but he was practically unhittable in some years, leading to a top ten WHIP finish 8 times in his career. His most similar comparisons for his career stats were Virgil Trucks and Ken Holtzman. I don't have a modern equivalent in mind.
Best Season: Let's say 1984: 16-8, 2.83 ERA (145 ERA+), 198 K in 267 IP.
The Final Numbers:He finished 176-137 with 3.44 ERA (122 ERA+), 1669 K and 129 hit batsmen. After 1990, injuries limited his pitching time and effectiveness. Came back in 1998 as a relief pitcher after five years away from the game.
Why He Should be Remembered: His W-L record doesn't reflect it, but he was a dominating pitcher for Toronto from 1981-1985 and a great one from 1987-1990. He achieved an elusive no-hitter in 1990 after having three broken up with two outs in the 9th inning in previous opportunities, including one near-perfect game.
HOF Balloting Performance:1.4% in 2004
Rookie Card: 1980 Topps #77
Other Key Cards: 2004 Topps Retired Signature #58, 1991 Topps Desert Shield #460