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David Cone pitched 17 seasons with the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox.
In his career, Cone won over 15 games five times and won 20 games two times. Also, Cone struck out over 200 batters seven times in his career.
During Cone’s first all-star season with the Mets in 1988, his record was 20-3 with a 2.22 ERA. Also, Cone struck out 213 batters in that season. What’s crazy about 1988 season, Cone started in the bullpen and in May moved to the starting rotation. In 1991 during the last game of the season, Cone struck out 19 batters.
In 1994, Cone won his only Cy Young Award while pitching for the Kansas City Royals. He won 16 games in the strike-shortened season and had an ERA of 2.94.
Cone was a member of five World Series championship teams in 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays and 1996, 199, 1999, and 2000 with the New York Yankees. Also with the Yankees, Cone thew a perfect game in 1999.
In the postseason, Cone was masterful; he posted an 8-3 in 11 innings pitched. With an ERA 3.80, in the World Series, his ERA was 2.12.
Cone win-loss percentage is .606 ranks 95th on MLB all-time list: 7.8 hits allowed per nine innings pitched is ranked 60th. Cone in his 17-year career won 194 games, posted a 3.46 ERA, and struck out 2,668 batters.
A down year in 2000, were Cone went 4-14, hurt his chances to get 200 plus wins, which could have made his Hall of Fame efforts a little more appealing. I still think he should be in, but probably won’t get in. To me, Cone is one of the best big-game pitchers of all-time.