But once he was on the field, few pitchers ever competed like Hershiser – who was at his best when the pressure was greatest.
His trademark curveball no longer had its bite, but Hershiser remained an effective pitcher – and became a coveted free agent when play resumed following the strike in 1995.
Hershiser then started Game 7 on two days’ rest, shutting out the Mets on five hits to put the Dodgers in the World Series.
They called him “Bulldog”, a nickname that seemed a mismatch when Orel Leonard Hershiser IV took the mound with his boyish looks and mild-mannered personality. He remains the only player in history to win both the NLCS and ALCS Most Valuable Player Awards.
In 1985, he was even better – posting a 19-3 record and a 2.03 ERA to finish third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.
But Mark McGwire’s story contains so much more than that. In virtually all of his managerial stops, Lou Piniella turned struggling teams into pennant contenders.
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Probably better than 5-10 guys already in the HOF too. “My life will be divided in two parts,” Hershiser said. Don Baylor never went down without a fight. And lots of HOF pitchers are going to have a large number of mediocre years, but I don't think that should keep them out of the HOF.
I just don't get it. Orel Hershiser played with the Mets for one season in 1999, toward the end of his career. With all due respect to Welch... Hershiser's peak was longer, he had a lot more postseason success, and he also had the amazing streak.
In terms of WAR for pitchers... Hershiser was in the top 7 five times while leading that category twice. Like I say... he had a longer WAR peak, he won more awards, he had career totals higher on the list, and he holds one of the most impressive records in baseball history.
He still had an impressive peak, postseason success, nice cumulative totals, and the scoreless inning's pitched record. He was consistent as hell, kinda reminds of Beuhlre in that way just putting up decent-but-not-great numbers each year. That's a strong peak for anyone as far as I'm concerned. 2014 was his last time on the ballot.
Statistically, he’s the most consistent power hitter the game has ever known.
I think he falls into a Johan Santana category of great start but injuries/mediocrity derailed any chance. Albert Belle ripped through the big leagues like a 12-year-long storm, leaving numbers in his wake that remain some of baseball’s best. Also... Hershiser's peak in terms of WAR was twice as long as the peak of Maris.
He just didn't quite have enough dominating, HOF-caliber seasons in his career though, nor did he achieve any sexy career milestones.
From his second through seventh starts of his big league career in a 30-day span starting on June 29 1984, Orel Hershiser threw four shutouts, setting the baseball world ablaze with talk of his pinpoint control and unrelenting toughness. He later became a broadcast color analyst for the Dodgers.
He is also a professional poker player. Nicknamed "Bulldog" for his strength in high-pressure situations, Orel Hershiser spent 18 years in the major leagues, including 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hershiser retired following the 2000 season, finishing his career with a 204-150 record, with a 3.48 ERA. Hershiser was named to three All-Star Games, won a Gold Glove Award in 1988 and a Silver Slugger Award in 1993. Hershiser then started Game 7 on two days rest, shutting out the Mets on five hits to put the Dodgers in the World Series. Hershiser only had 3 seasons above 6 WAR, and 4 above 5 WAR - topping out at 7.2 That's actually nowhere near the kind of great peaks that elevate guys into the HoF. After playing baseball in high school at Cherry Hill High School East and at Bowling Green State University, Hershiser was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1979.
We need your help to preserve priceless treasures housed here in Cooperstown. Won't make it, at least not by the BBWAA. (Brad Mangin / National Baseball Hall of Fame), “I never thought I would break this record,” said Hershiser after setting the record with 10 scoreless innings against the Padres on Sept. 28, 1988. America's Pastime. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Groomed as a reliever in the minors, Hershiser earned a call-up to the big leagues in 1983, then worked his way into the Dodgers’ rotation in the early summer of 1984.
Orel Hershiser pitched for the New York Mets in 1999.
Why isn't he in the HOF? In the 1995 Postseason, Hershiser reprised his dominant ways, winning the ALCS MVP and running his career Postseason record to 7-0 before losing Game 1 of the World Series. The next day in Game 4, Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda called on Hershiser to put out the fire in the bottom of the 12th inning, preserving Los Angeles’ 5-4 win.
“My life will be divided in two parts,” Hershiser said. After leading the NL in innings pitched (264.2) in 1987 and earning his first All-Star Game selection, Hershiser put together a season for the ages in 1988.
Why Isn't Orel Hershiser in the MLB Hall of Fame? “I thought nobody would break this record. I feel like Roger Maris is a bad comparison because his cumulative stats aren't as impressive and he didn't win all of the postseason awards that Hershiser did.
Orel Hershiser pitched for the San Francisco Giants in 1998, after three seasons with the Cleveland Indians and 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Born Sept. 16, 1958 in Buffalo, N.Y., Hershiser attended high school in Cherry Hill, N.J. and pitched at Bowling Green University in Ohio before being taken in the 17th round of 1979 MLB Draft by the Dodgers. Maybe none of these things alone would earn him entry into the HOF, but all together he's got a very impressive resume. He totaled 204 wins against 150 losses, posting a 3.48 ERA and 25 shutouts. Excellent pitcher for a very long time, first-ballot Hall of Very Gooder.
Orel Hershiser finished his career with the Dodgers in 2000. Orel Leonard Hershiser IV is an American former baseball pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1983 to 2000.
The Cleveland Indians signed Hershiser to stabilize a young rotation, and he responded with 16 wins in helping Cleveland capture its first American League pennant in 41 years. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum), “The first thing that comes to mind with everybody is the tremendous competitor he is,” Dodgers teammate Mike Scioscia told the Associated Press. Excellent pitcher for a very long time, first-ballot Hall of Very Gooder. After receiving a no-decision in Game 1 of the National League Championships Series against the heavily favored Mets, Hershiser returned to start Game 3 three days later when rain added an extra off day to the schedule. You are crazy. But the best was yet to come for Hershiser in the 1988 Postseason. Orel Hershiser pitched for the New York Mets in 1999. Reframe that Buehlre comment. Explore HOF Explore Hall of Fame … as a life long Dodger fan who watched Orel in his prime. He totaled 204 wins against 150 losses, posting a 3.48 ERA and 25 shutouts. This is the second time he has been on the Veterans Committee ballot. The next day in Game 4, Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda called on Hershiser to put out the fire in the bottom of the 12th inning, preserving Los Angeles’ 5-4 win. But the best was yet to come for Hershiser in the 1988 Postseason. And he led that category twice. Any candidate who receives votes on at least 75 percent of all ballots cast will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017 on July 30.
(Michael Ponzini/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum). In the Postseason, Hershiser was 8-3 with a 2.59 ERA in 22 appearances, including 18 starts.
Orel Hershiser owns one of the most impressive records in baseball... consecutive scoreless innings pitched -- 59. En route, he worked 59 straight scoreless innings – breaking the record of 58 2/3 set by former Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale. Orel Hershiser was inducted into the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.
(Lou Sauritch/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum). Mike Trout It's all about the Politics of the game anymore, no longer about Merit, as is the same in many other sports!
Orel Hershiser finished his career with the Dodgers in 2000. The 10 candidates on the Today’s Game Era Committee ballot are: Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Davey Johnson, Mark McGwire, Lou Piniella, John Schuerholz, Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner and Hershiser. Conversely, he's probably worse than 5-10 guys not in the HoF.
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