A close look at the most dominant reliever of his time
There's been a lot of speculation on whether or not Christoper
Siddall will get enough votes to get into the Hall of Fame this
season. And I'll admit, I'm probably a bit biased because Siddall was a
Dirtbag for the first seven seasons of this world's existence. But his
numbers simply cannot be denied -- he was the most dominant reliever of
his era, hands down. It's really not even close.
The biggest knock on Siddall is probably that he doesn't have enough
saves to get in. And if you're a reliever without any saves, you don't
have much of a chance to get in the Hall of Fame. Generally, I would
agree with that stance. A reliever would really have to have been
dominant -- historically dominant -- to get consideration without any
Well, Siddall was historically dominant. For a reliever or a
starter, Siddall owns The Bigs' pitching record books. He is The Bigs
all-time career leader in strikeout/walk ratio (a ridiculous 3.84), WHIP
(1.03) and on base percentage allowed (.266). He is number two all-time
in ERA (2.61) and slugging percentage allowed (.311) and third all-time
in batting average allowed (.212).
So he doesn't have 300 saves. Big deal. He threw almost 1200
innings, which is more than borderline Hall of Fame starting pitchers
like Vin Solano, and threw over 100 innings in each of his first nine
seasons in The Bigs. So it's not like he didn't play long enough.
People can get caught up in the saves category but it's really a lot
like the RBI stat -- based largely on outside factors. Siddall couldn't
control how many saves he got much like hitters can't control whether
or not there are runners on base when they come to bat. I chose to use
Siddall as a setup A so that I could get the most innings pitched out of
him. All he could control was how well he pitched when he was in the
game and he ended up being better than any pitcher, starter or reliever,
EVER. The only pitcher who could even be considered better than him is
his ex-teammate Javier Henriquez.
Still think he's not Hall of Fame worthy?