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But I agree on the Bravo. MIke Maddux seems strongly to believe that he can take any healthy young guy with a strong arm and train him to start baseball games. And you're exactly right, how could this be any worse than the trusty-rusty-veteran route.
Kirk Bullinger CHC
Jim Bullinger MTL
BOS: This is a weird one; I'd be curious to hear the explanation. After making the 1986 World Series thanks in large part to the pitching of Roger Clemens, Bruce Hurst, and Oil Can Boyd, the Opening Day starter in 1987 was... the guy who lost the closer job the previous year, Bob Stanley. (He went on to go 4-15, 5.07.)
My favorite is Tommy John. Not per se, but that it was 1989, he was 45 years old
My favorite is Tommy John. Not per se, but that it was 1989, he was 45 years old, and he was IIRC quite legitimately the best guy the New York Yankees could find to run out there coming north from spring training. He would retire two months later at 2-7 with an ERA of 5.80 for the season. But he did beat the Twins on Opening Day.
NYM: I can see Bobby J. Jones starting one Opening Day, but three was really pushing it.
STL: Everyone's pretty good, of course.
CHW: No one too awful. I'll say James Baldwin just because I barely remember him. Him or Mike Sirotka.
Yanks Opening Day Lineup 1989:
#13. CLE: I'll say Ken Schrom.
I don't know the story, but apparently Clemens, Hurst, and Boyd didn't start any of the opening 3-game series in '87.
Ricky Horton in 1988.
Clemens held out that year (does anyone do that anymore?)
Havens was league average the previous year, but turned out to be crap, particularly in 1983: 5-8, 8.18 (80.1 IP)! You don't see ERAs like 8.18 too often.
You don't see ERAs like 8.18 too often.
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