Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bruce Sutter


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Today’s fans may not know the name Bruce Sutter, but those of you who were around in the late 70’s and early 80’s remember how much Sutter meant to relief pitching and was what would become the template for relievers like Mariano Rivera.

Bruce Sutter was arguably the first pitcher to make effective use of the split-finger fastball. One of the sport’s dominant relievers in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he became the only pitcher to lead the National League in saves five times (1979–1982, 1984). In 1979, Sutter won the NL’s Cy Young Award as the league’s top pitcher.

Sutter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2006, his 13th year of eligibility. He was the fourth relief pitcher to be inducted. He was also selected to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014. He was hired by the Philadelphia Phillies as a minor league consultant.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes…Bruce Sutter.

MLB debut

May 9, 1976 for the Chicago Cubs

Last MLB appearance

September 9, 1988 for the Atlanta Braves

Career statistics

Games pitched

661

Win–Loss record

68–71

Earned run average

2.83

Strikeouts

861

Saves

300

Teams

Chicago Cubs (1976–1980)
St. Louis Cardinals (1981–1984)
Atlanta Braves (1985–1986, 1988)

Career highlights and awards

6× All-Star (1977–1981, 1984)
World Series champion (1982)
NL Cy Young Award (1979)
4× NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (1979, 1981, 1982, 1984)
St. Louis Cardinals #42 retired

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