I am going to try to be as objective as possible with this post. But by now, you should certainly know that I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for Fergie Jenkins.
I am almost done reading his autobiography, and the more I read and learn I am feeling more and more confident that he belongs in conversation about the game’s best pitchers from the last 50 years. Unfortunately the media during his career and after, do not see him in the same light.
When you hear Fergie’s name mentioned one of the first stats mentioned is 6 consecutive 20 win seasons. This is certainly impressive, but it is not the only impressive feat he has accomplished.
So, what I am going to try to do is compare Fergie’s numbers to some of baseball’s other great pitchers from the last 50 years and see how he stacks up. And, as always I would like to hear from you, the reader, as to where you place Fergie among this elite grouping.
|Player||Wins||Losses||Win %||20-Win Seasons||Shut-outs||Career ERA||K’s||Walks||K:Walk Ratio||Cy Young Awards|
It would be fair to say that these guys all have similar stats. While no one can match Ryan’s strikeout levels, the same can be said for Carlton’s Cy Young awards and Fergie’s K:walk ratio. But, they all played over the same period of years and each had what can be considered as a very respectable and superior career as a starting pitcher.
So, can anyone tell me why it took the Baseball Writers of America 3 years to vote Fergie Jenkins into the Hall of Fame??? Gibson, Ryan, Koufax, Carlton, Palmer, and Seaver all got in on their 1st ballot. I just don’t get it. What would make the writers treat Fergie Jenkins this way? His numbers compare and in some cases are better than these guys. All of these guys were voted into the Hall, with the exception of Koufax, within the same 6-7 year period… I am truly puzzled by this.
I hear the words ‘sure-fire Hall of Famer’ thrown around so often. You even get ‘He’s a 1st Ballot Guy’ every once in a while. But, with number like Fergie’s, why would it take the writers so long to admit him into Cooperstown????
Please help me understand this.