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Steve Carlton

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Following Schmidt on the list in another lock, but this one came on the mound. Steve Carlton played 15 years in Philadelphia, finishing with a 3.09 ERA and 3.05 FIP. In his 499 career starts for the Phillies, Carlton finished with a 241-161 record.

One of the more impressive statistics with Carlton is that in his 499 starts, he threw 185 complete games, including 39 shutouts.

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Think about that for a second: how rare is a complete game in modern day baseball? Pretty rare, especially with elevated injury concerns. In just over 37 percent of his starts with the Phillies, Carlton threw a complete game. In 7.8 percent of his games, Carlton threw a shutout. Those are outstanding numbers.

In terms of wins above replacement, Carlton’s 64.6-WAR ranks second among Phillies pitchers, trailing only Robin Roberts. While Carlton is second in WAR, he is first in games started (499), wins (241) and strikeouts (3,031).

While Carlton is first in several statistical categories, he ranks second in games (499), winning percentage (.600) and shutouts (39).

Further down the list, Carlton is third in complete games (185), sixth in fielding independent pitching (3.05) and seventh in earned run average (3.09) among Phillies pitchers with at least 1,000 innings.

The impressive statistics below helped Carlton to his Hall of Fame induction in 1995, garnering a vote on 95.6 percent of ballots. The list of accolades that helped Carlton get to Cooperstown is quite impressive.

• 300 game winner (329-244)
• 254 complete games; 55 shutouts
• Ten All-Start selections
• Six top-5 Cy Young finishes
• Four-time Cy Young Winner (All in Philadelphia)
• Five top-5 Most Valuable Player finishes
• 1981 Gold Glove Winner
• 1980 World Champion; Also won in 1967 with St. Louis
• One of ten pitchers in MLB history with 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts

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