In breaking MLB news this morning, Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton passed away at the age of 75. The right-hander pitched a total of 23 seasons in the major leagues, with five different teams. These four teams were the Dodgers, Astros, Brewers, A’s, and Angels.
Breaking MLB News: Don Sutton Accomplishments
Over his career, Don Sutton put up some incredible numbers. He was near the top in several major categories for starters, pitching in an era that featured four-man rotations and emphasized completes games. He put up numbers that will never again be approached in MLB.
Don Sutton: Historic Starter
Don Sutton compiled a record of 324-256 over 23 MLB seasons. He finished his career with an ERA of 3.26. He also struck out 3,574 batters, which places him seventh on the all-time list. His win total of 324 ties him for 15th place all-time with Nolan Ryan.
Over his career, Don started 756 games, all in the National League. This places him third overall, behind only Cy Young and Nolan Ryan. Sutton pitched a total of 5,282.1 innings in his career, ranking him seventh all-time. Don Sutton also is the Dodgers’ all-time winningest pitcher with a total of 233 wins for the team.
Perhaps the most amazing stat of Don Sutton’s career is that he never missed a start in 23 years. This durability is breathtaking when one considers how starting pitchers are used today. For some perspective, he averaged around 33 starts a season for 26 seasons. That will not be matched ever again.
Don Sutton won his 300th game on June 16th, 1986, with the Angels. This was big breaking MLB news in 1986. He would go on to win 24 more games with the Angels and Dodgers.
Don Sutton retired on August 9th, 1988. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. he was one of the most durable starters of all time and will be missed by many.
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