Cooperstown Choices: David Wells

With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2013, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

There are twenty four men on the ballot for the first time this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2013 menu at the top of the page.

In this article, we take a look at David Wells

 

David Wells
The man known as “Boomer” would spend a remarkable 21 years with nine different major league teams.  During his long career, he would be selected to three All Star rosters and finish third in the Cy Young Award voting on two seperate occassions.

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
1987 TOR 4 3 3.99 18 2 0 0 29.1 37 14 13 12 32 115 9.8
1988 TOR 3 5 4.62 41 0 0 0 64.1 65 36 33 31 56 85 7.8
1989 TOR 7 4 2.40 54 0 0 0 86.1 66 25 23 28 78 153 8.1
1990 TOR 11 6 3.14 43 25 0 0 189.0 165 72 66 45 115 131 5.5
1991 TOR 15 10 3.72 40 28 2 0 198.1 188 88 82 49 106 114 4.8
1992 TOR 7 9 5.40 41 14 0 0 120.0 138 84 72 36 62 76 4.7
1993 DET 11 9 4.19 32 30 0 0 187.0 183 93 87 42 139 103 6.7
1994 DET 5 7 3.96 16 16 5 1 111.1 113 54 49 24 71 123 5.7
1995 TOT 16 8 3.24 29 29 6 0 203.0 194 88 73 53 133 141 5.9
1995 DET 10 3 3.04 18 18 3 0 130.1 120 54 44 37 83 159 5.7
1995 CIN 6 5 3.59 11 11 3 0 72.2 74 34 29 16 50 115 6.2
1996 BAL 11 14 5.14 34 34 3 0 224.1 247 132 128 51 130 97 5.2
1997 NYY 16 10 4.21 32 32 5 2 218.0 239 109 102 45 156 107 6.4
1998 NYY 18 4 3.49 30 30 8 5 214.1 195 86 83 29 163 127 6.8
1999 TOR 17 10 4.82 34 34 7 1 231.2 246 132 124 62 169 101 6.6
2000 TOR 20 8 4.11 35 35 9 1 229.2 266 115 105 31 166 123 6.5
2001 CHW 5 7 4.47 16 16 1 0 100.2 120 55 50 21 59 104 5.3
2002 NYY 19 7 3.75 31 31 2 1 206.1 210 100 86 45 137 118 6.0
2003 NYY 15 7 4.14 31 30 4 1 213.0 242 101 98 20 101 106 4.3
2004 SDP 12 8 3.73 31 31 0 0 195.2 203 85 81 20 101 104 4.6
2005 BOS 15 7 4.45 30 30 2 0 184.0 220 95 91 21 107 102 5.2
2006 TOT 3 5 4.42 13 13 0 0 75.1 97 41 37 12 38 102 4.5
2006 BOS 2 3 4.98 8 8 0 0 47.0 64 30 26 8 24 96 4.6
2006 SDP 1 2 3.49 5 5 0 0 28.1 33 11 11 4 14 117 4.4
2007 TOT 9 9 5.43 29 29 0 0 157.1 201 97 95 42 82 76 4.7
2007 SDP 5 8 5.54 22 22 0 0 118.2 156 74 73 33 63 72 4.8
2007 LAD 4 1 5.12 7 7 0 0 38.2 45 23 22 9 19 87 4.4
21 Yrs 239 157 4.13 660 489 54 12 3439.0 3635 1702 1578 719 2201 108 5.8
162 Game Avg. 14 9 4.13 39 29 3 1 204 215 101 93 43 130 108 5.8
W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
TOR (8 yrs) 84 55 4.06 306 138 18 2 1148.2 1171 566 518 294 784 110 6.1
NYY (4 yrs) 68 28 3.90 124 123 19 9 851.2 886 396 369 139 557 114 5.9
SDP (3 yrs) 18 18 4.33 58 58 0 0 342.2 392 170 165 57 178 91 4.7
DET (3 yrs) 26 19 3.78 66 64 8 1 428.2 416 201 180 103 293 122 6.2
BOS (2 yrs) 17 10 4.56 38 38 2 0 231.0 284 125 117 29 131 101 5.1
LAD (1 yr) 4 1 5.12 7 7 0 0 38.2 45 23 22 9 19 87 4.4
CIN (1 yr) 6 5 3.59 11 11 3 0 72.2 74 34 29 16 50 115 6.2
BAL (1 yr) 11 14 5.14 34 34 3 0 224.1 247 132 128 51 130 97 5.2
CHW (1 yr) 5 7 4.47 16 16 1 0 100.2 120 55 50 21 59 104 5.3
AL (19 yrs) 211 133 4.11 584 413 51 12 2985.0 3124 1475 1362 637 1954 110 5.9
NL (4 yrs) 28 24 4.28 76 76 3 0 454.0 511 227 216 82 247 94 4.9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Boomer’s career numbers fall just short of the typical yardsticks we use for Cooperstown enshrinement, but that’s not to say he wasn’t a solid player.  While he only got to the coveted 20-win plateua once, he did find himself real close to it on multiple occassions.  He spent a good portion of his career pitching for losing ball clubs, which took an impact on his numbers.

Why He Should Not Get In
Losing clubs or not, Wells is not a Hall Of Famer.  His win total (239), strikeout total (2,201), strikeouts per nine innings (5.8) and earned run average (4.13) do not put him on par with his peers in Cooperstown.  Wells was a good, not great, pitcher.

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