Wednesday, January 11, 2006

HALL OF FAME FOR SUTTER



Bruce Sutter began his career with the Cubs in 1976 and joined the Cardinals in 1981. He is the first pitcher elected to the Hall with no career starts, was listed on 76.9 percent of the ballots cast by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The split-finger pioneer collected 400 of a record 520 ballots. Bruce Sutter threw his last pitch in 1988 and waited more than 17 years to get the Hall call. It is a call that every player anticipates, but never really expects it to happen. After falling short of votes a dozen times, Bruce Sutter was relieved. He became only the fourth reliever given baseball's highest honor, gaining election to the Hall of Fame. He was listed on 76.9 percent of the ballots, fetching 400 of record 520 votes cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America who have been in the organization for 10 consecutive years or more. Players needed 390 votes (75 percent) to become the Hall of Famer. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he became the only pitcher to lead the National League in saves five times (1979-1982, 1984), and retired with 300 saves which was at that time, the third highest total in history. After being selected by the Washington Senators in the 21st round of the June 1970 draft, Sutter instead attended Old Dominion University, and later signed with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent in September 1971. He was also a member of the Cardinals team which won the 1982 World Series and is credited with two saves in that Series. He was named to the NL's All-Star team six times ((1977-1981, 1984) earning the win in 1978 and 1979, and saves in 1980 and 1981. He is the first pitcher ever elected who never started a game the first to end his career with fewer than 1700.

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