June 21, 2024


You are Your Only Limit

Why Cubs legend Fergie Jenkins’ job quantities ‘hard to even fathom’

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It’s nearly hard to imagine the quantities Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins posted in his vocation.

Well, at minimum in the context of the modern day sport.

“The stats back then are just sort of laughable when you review it to pitching these times,” Cubs starter Drew Smyly reported. “It’s tricky to even fathom how they did all that, how they managed individuals innings.

“It’s just a distinct sport. It is really extraordinary to remain that healthful and to just be that long lasting and that very good for that very long of a time. It’s wild.”

Setting up pitchers’ innings are limited a lot more than at any time and ‘bullpening’ has grow to be these types of a pronounced system throughout baseball in current a long time.

In 2019, the last full 162-video game period in advance of COVID-19, Justin Verlander led MLB with 223 innings pitched.

Jenkins routinely eclipsed that range in his vocation and did so effortlessly. He averaged 243 innings in his 19 career seasons and pitched 300+ innings 5 situations. 

He built 36 or more starts off 10 moments, and his career-highs are 328 1/3 innings (1974) and 42 starts (1969).

The Cubs unveiled a statue in Jenkins’ honor exterior of Wrigley Industry right before Friday’s activity.

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“That’s what stands out to me. I indicate, those fellas [in that era] did not arrive off the mound,” Cubs manager David Ross said, laughing.

Not only was Jenkins durable, but he was trustworthy. He received 20-plus online games, a uncommon feat in present-day recreation, in six straight seasons (1967-72).


“His streak of 20 straight wins, which is ridiculous,” said Smyly of what comes to head when he thinks of Jenkins’ occupation.

“It’s anything that will never ever transpire yet again.”

Racking up as many innings he did definitely meant Jenkins went the length generally. He threw 267 finish games in his job and 49 shutouts. 

He ranks 11th and fourth in Cubs background in those people two groups (154 full online games, 29 shutouts).

For reference, the Cubs have thrown 293 full video games given that 1984 — the first 12 months of Jenkins’ retirement.

“That’s as well poor, way much too poor,” Jenkins claimed when questioned about the way pitchers function now. “I do not feel [teams] give them an opportunity to present what their capability is all about.”

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Ross was requested if he could even picture a starter throwing 325 innings in the current working day.

“Well, what I feel about is what [Jenkins] may well do to me if I experienced to get him out in the fourth or fifth,” Ross claimed with a smile. 

“Can you picture that? I would like to listen to his prices on that.”

Five innings for every start off was the MLB typical getting into Friday. 

So, what would Fergie do?

“I’d give [the ball] to him,” Jenkins explained of Ross. “I under no circumstances had a dilemma with professionals having from me.

“I applied to give it to Leo [Durocher], [Don] Zimmer, Billy Martin, Bobby Hunter, Gene Mauch. If they needed the ball, hand it to them.”

There you have it.

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