Blyleven not ‘shutout’ of Hall of Fame honor
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Pitcher Bert Blyleven will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame today along with second baseman Roberto Alomar and executive Pat Gillick.
One of the amazing stats from Blyleven’s career is that he ranks ninth in MLB history with 60 complete game shutouts. With the emergence of set-up men and closers, and teams’ concern for “total pitches” thrown by a starter, there’s a good chance that few, if any, current pitcher will approach Blyleven’s shutout totals, let alone the baseball record of 110 complete game shutouts by Walter Johnson.
What makes Blyleven’s 60 complete game shutouts even more noteworthy is that there is only one active pitcher with 60 or more career complete games (not complete game shutouts like Blyleven; just complete games!!)… Roy Halladay with 64.
With shutouts and the Hall of Fame as the focus, following are those pitchers who had 40 or more complete game shutouts yet are not in the Hall of Fame.
49: Luis Tiant
46, Roger Clemens, Tommy John, Jack Powell
45: Doc White
44: Babe Adams
43: Milt Pappas
42: Tommy Bond, Bucky Walters
41: Mickey Lolich, Hippo Vaughn
40: Larry French, Claude Osteen, Ed Reulbach, Mel Stottlemyre
Note: Ed Reulbach’s name may not be familiar to a lot of you (especially considering he played in the early 1900’s) but his claim to fame is that he is the only pitcher to throw two complete game shutouts in one day. Reulbach threw two shutouts in a doubleheader on September 26, 1908.
Note #2: Active leader in this category is Halladay with 19 shutouts. He is followed by Chris Carpenter (13) and Tim Hudson and CC Sabathia with 12 each.