Re: RIP Mel Parnell
posted at 3/21/2012 2:19 PM EDT
In Response to RIP Mel Parnell
[QUOTE]One of the all-time Red Sox greats has passed away. This guy was a throwback to the time when pitchers were expected to pitch.
Condolences to his family. http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/7716737/mel-parnell-former-boston-red-sox-pitcher-dead-89
Posted by davetheknave[/QUOTE]
Glad you started this post. I psses me off when Sox fans don't know former greats like him.
I would like to make a comment about the statement in bold. Parnell had just six prme years out of his short 10-year career. He was basicall done after age 31 -- just 12-16 with a 4.44 ERA. In those six excellent years, he averages 241 innings pitched, 37 games, 30 GS and 17 CG. In those years had had between four and nine games where he pitched in relief.
In his best year, 1949, when he went 25-7, he started 33 games with 27 complete games and pitched in relief six times. He finished with 295 innings pitched and led the league with 1,240 batters and walked 134 batters. They didn't keep pitch counts back then, but I would hate to see what his pitch counts were that year.
His IP decreased in ensuing years -- 249-221-214 (12-12) before bouncing back up to 241 in his last good year when he went 21-8 with a 3.06 ERA but led the league with 116 walks.
I just wonder if his career was cut short because of the way he was used. Pitchers might be babied too much today, but there's a reason. Look back throughout baseball history and see the number of pitchers who had great years 20-game winners -- but you never really heard of (and even many you have) because they had just a couple of good years then were gone. If you look at their games and IP you can guess that they probably blew out their arms from overuse.