Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Proficient Pitchers Part Two 6/13/12

Hey Guys!

Here's part two of my blog of the Proficient Pitchers greatest nicknames ever:

The Rocket - Roger Clemens
Clemens, although not the most loyal person to the law, is called "The Rocket" for a reason. His blazing fastballs were a big part of why he won seven career Cy Young Awards, far more than any other player. Clemens is the only pitcher to start a season 20-1 (2003 with the Yanks) and he also started the memorable sixth game of the '86 Series, a game he was taken out of due to a blister on his pitching hand. His career from 1984-2007 with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, and Astros is surely one to marvel at.
The Big Train - Walter Johnson
The second winningest pitcher in baseball history. How much more can you say? Well, from 1907-1927 with the original AL Washington Senators, Walter is considered by many a better pitcher than Cy Young (which I agree with)! He has a 2.17 lifetime ERA, surprisingly only good for 12th all time. However, his 417 wins is second all time to Cy Young. He also had 279 losses, but with numbers like his ERA, who cares. He earned his nickname because of his size and fastball. He was probably so intimidating, not even the best of his time could hit off him. He also has the most shutouts ever with 110, and had 3,508 career strikeouts (and held the strikeout record for over 50 years!!).
Ryan Express - Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan has the most strikeouts of all time (5,714), 324 career wins, and pitched seven no-hitters! Like Johnson, he did have many losses as well, 292. But with stats like his about no-hitters pitched, who cares (deja vu)?  His overpowering fastball, which still was in the high nineties well into his forties, earned him the nickname "The Ryan Express". He is considered by many to be overrated, because he pitched for such a long time, from 1966-1993 (with the Mets, Angels, Astros, and Rangers), and had he not pitched so long, he would not have reached 300 wins. Nonetheless, he's in the Hall of Fame and on my all time Dream Team for a reason, right?

Well, that's my list. Check out my blog in a few days for the greatest ever hitting nicknames.

Also, if you haven't voted yet, please be sure to take part in my nickname survey on the right column above the Blog Archive. Right now we are doing a survey of the Splendid Speedies group.  As of this moment, it's neck and neck between Larcenous Lou and the Man of Steal.  Remember, every vote counts!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Great post, Matthew! Your writing is really getting so much better and your posts so much meatier. Love it!

    My only complaint about the pitchers is you left off two of my favorite Yankees:

    Ron Guidry - Louisiana Lightning
    Rich Gossage - The Goose

    What gives?

    1. This nicknames aren't as good as the ones I blogged about.

  2. Hi, Matt! I'm a huge fan of video games and ice cream, but I don't know much about baseball. I used to live in Georgia and got to see Braves games, those were fun! My son is 15 and likes baseball a little, he's more a basketball fan. It's nice to meet you, looking forward to reading more about baseball nicknames.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Keep on checking my blog for more posts.


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