Whatever Happened To The Complete Game?

Posted: 31st October 2009 by Don Cable in MLB
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When I signed on the Internet the morning after Game One of the World Series, I saw this picture and realized that Cliff Lee finished what he started.á Pitchers finishing what they started has become an increasingly rare occurrence. The safest record in baseball and probably any other sport, is not Cy Young's 511 career wins, but his 750 complete games.á Taking away his 30 wins in relief meant he completed at least 269 games he did not win.á Babe Ruth finished 107 of his 163 starts and if there would have been a designated hitter, he may have challenged Young, but I doubt it; that was the Deadball Era. Since baseball expanded to 24 teams in 1969, complete games have dramatically declined from 982 in 1969, to 893 in 1979, to 483 in 1989, to 236 in 1999, to 152 in 2009.á Some highly r ...

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