Cooperstown Choices: Mike Stanton

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 Mike Stanton

 

Mike Stanton
Stanton’s 19 year career would lead him to eight major league teams, most notably the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.  In 2001, he would be selected to the American League roster for the All Star Game.

Year Tm W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
1989 ATL 0 1 1.50 20 10 7 24.0 17 4 4 8 27 245 10.1
1990 ATL 0 3 18.00 7 4 2 7.0 16 16 14 4 7 24 9.0
1991 ATL 5 5 2.88 74 20 7 78.0 62 27 25 21 54 136 6.2
1992 ATL 5 4 4.10 65 23 8 63.2 59 32 29 20 44 90 6.2
1993 ATL 4 6 4.67 63 41 27 52.0 51 35 27 29 43 86 7.4
1994 ATL 3 1 3.55 49 15 3 45.2 41 18 18 26 35 120 6.9
1995 TOT 2 1 4.24 48 22 1 40.1 48 23 19 14 23 109 5.1
1995 ATL 1 1 5.59 26 10 1 19.1 31 14 12 6 13 77 6.1
1995 BOS 1 0 3.00 22 12 0 21.0 17 9 7 8 10 164 4.3
1996 TOT 4 4 3.66 81 28 1 78.2 78 32 32 27 60 141 6.9
1996 BOS 4 3 3.83 59 19 1 56.1 58 24 24 23 46 132 7.3
1996 TEX 0 1 3.22 22 9 0 22.1 20 8 8 4 14 165 5.6
1997 NYY 6 1 2.57 64 15 3 66.2 50 19 19 34 70 176 9.5
1998 NYY 4 1 5.47 67 26 6 79.0 71 51 48 26 69 81 7.9
1999 NYY 2 2 4.33 73 10 0 62.1 71 30 30 18 59 109 8.5
2000 NYY 2 3 4.10 69 20 0 68.0 68 32 31 24 75 118 9.9
2001 NYY 9 4 2.58 76 16 0 80.1 80 25 23 29 78 175 8.7
2002 NYY 7 1 3.00 79 25 6 78.0 73 29 26 28 44 148 5.1
2003 NYM 2 7 4.57 50 24 5 45.1 37 25 23 19 34 93 6.8
2004 NYM 2 6 3.16 83 19 0 77.0 70 32 27 33 58 136 6.8
2005 TOT 3 3 4.64 59 12 0 42.2 49 24 22 15 27 91 5.7
2005 TOT 1 2 6.60 29 6 0 15.0 18 11 11 6 13 68 7.8
2005 NYY 1 2 7.07 28 6 0 14.0 17 11 11 6 12 61 7.7
2005 WSN 2 1 3.58 30 6 0 27.2 31 13 11 9 14 115 4.6
2005 BOS 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 9.0
2006 TOT 7 7 3.99 82 22 8 67.2 70 30 30 27 48 110 6.4
2006 WSN 3 5 4.47 56 7 0 44.1 47 22 22 21 30 96 6.1
2006 SFG 4 2 3.09 26 15 8 23.1 23 8 8 6 18 148 6.9
2007 CIN 1 3 5.93 69 11 0 57.2 75 39 38 18 40 78 6.2
19 Yrs 68 63 3.92 1178 363 84 1114.0 1086 523 485 420 895 112 7.2
162 Game Avg. 4 4 3.92 68 21 5 64 63 30 28 24 52 112 7.2
W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ SO/9
ATL (7 yrs) 18 21 4.01 304 123 55 289.2 277 146 129 114 223 99 6.9
NYY (7 yrs) 31 14 3.77 456 118 15 448.1 430 197 188 165 407 121 8.2
BOS (3 yrs) 5 3 3.56 82 31 1 78.1 76 33 31 31 57 142 6.5
NYM (2 yrs) 4 13 3.68 133 43 5 122.1 107 57 50 52 92 116 6.8
WSN (2 yrs) 5 6 4.13 86 13 0 72.0 78 35 33 30 44 103 5.5
SFG (1 yr) 4 2 3.09 26 15 8 23.1 23 8 8 6 18 148 6.9
TEX (1 yr) 0 1 3.22 22 9 0 22.1 20 8 8 4 14 165 5.6
CIN (1 yr) 1 3 5.93 69 11 0 57.2 75 39 38 18 40 78 6.2
NL (12 yrs) 32 45 4.11 618 205 68 565.0 560 285 258 220 417 101 6.6
AL (9 yrs) 36 18 3.72 560 158 16 549.0 526 238 227 200 478 125 7.8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Stanton, while starting his career as a closer, established himself in the thankless role of being one of the best setup men in baseball.  His longevity, durability and stability in the bullpen has him as one of the best players to do what he did.

Why He Should Not Get In
Unfortunately, what he did was something that most writers brush aside.  He does not have the key numbers in wins, strikeouts, or saves to warrant his place in Cooperstown.  A pitcher in the middle of a baseball game that did not start or close the game, makes it hard to qualify his place in history.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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