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January 12, 2008

Missing Stanton, Nelson & Lloyd

Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Season Finder, this list is Yankees pitchers, from 1996 to 2007, who worked 100% of their games in relief and who pitched at least 80 games, ranked by the smallest percentage of inherited runners allowed to score:

 Cnt Player            IS/R%   G  From  To   
+----+-----------------+-----+----+----+----+
    1 Mike Stanton       0.25  456 1997 2005 
    2 Jeff Nelson        0.26  331 1996 2003 
    3 Mike Myers         0.29  117 2006 2007 
    4 Graeme Lloyd       0.29  109 1996 1998 
    5 Mariano Rivera     0.30  768 1996 2007 
    6 Ron Villone        0.30  107 2006 2007 
    7 Steve Karsay       0.30   91 2002 2005 
    8 Randy Choate       0.30   82 2000 2003 
    9 Tom Gordon         0.33  159 2004 2005 
   10 Kyle Farnsworth    0.36  136 2006 2007 
   11 Paul Quantrill     0.48  108 2004 2005 

This list clearly suggests that the Yankees were not able to replace guys like Stanton, Nelson & Lloyd with guys like Quantrill, Farnsworth and Gordon.

The Yankees traded for Nelson on December 7, 1995 and they traded for Lloyd on August 23, 1996. Stanton signed with the Yankees on December 11, 1996.

Gordon signed with the Yankees on December 16, 2003 and Quantrill signed on December 17, 2003. Farnsworth signed with the Yankees on December 5, 2005.

It's a shame that "build a bullpen magic" that New York had in the mid '90's couldn't carry over to the mid 2000's.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at January 12, 2008 12:39 PM

Comments

I think it's probably a little unfair and misleading to lump Gordon with Quantrill and Farnsworth based on this list.

Posted by: Nick from Washington Heights [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 12, 2008 01:31 PM

Nick - Are they not the bottom three in the list?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 12, 2008 02:51 PM

I don't want to discount the inherited runners stat, but Mariano is ranked below Nelson, Meyers, Lloyd and Stanton, and I'm pretty sure he's more valuable, just as I think Tom Gordon was pretty valuable for the Yanks.

Posted by: Nick from Washington Heights [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 12, 2008 09:02 PM

How come no one ever mentions Ramiro Mendoza when they wax nostalgic about Stanton/Nelson/Lloyd? He was just as important in the 98/99/01 runs. Why is he always the forgotten man?

Posted by: Spark [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 13, 2008 09:21 AM