Cooperstown Chronicles – Chuck Finley

Mar 18, 2008

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Chuck Finley was suggested by aajoe7, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness.

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The Numbers
524 Games 
3197.3 Innings Pitched
.536 Winning Percentage
63 Complete Games
15 Shutouts
2610 Strikeouts (23rd All-time)
3.85 ERA
1.376 WHIP

Playoffs:  7 games, 1-2, 4.50 ERA, 22 innings, 19 K’s

5 All Star Games
Cy Young votes in one seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Wins – Six times
ERA – Five times
Won-Loss % – Three times
Innings – Nine times (Led league in 1994)
Strikeouts – Ten times
Starts – Eight times (Led league in 1994)
Complete Games – Five times (Led league in 1993)
Shutouts – Eight times

There’s no cool nickname for Chuck Finley.  He does have a funny story.  His wife, Tawny Kitaen, beat him with the heal of her shoe while he was driving.  When he started his next game they played Whitesnake’s “Here I go Again” as he warmed up, which is a song in with Tawny starred in the video.  The guy got fired, but I still think that’s one of the funniest moves ever.  OK, to Finley.  He was a great strikeout pitcher.  He was real solid.  He never won 20 games though.  Only once did he make the top ten in Cy Young voting, and he finished 7th.  He was a good pitcher, but the only way he gets into the Hall of Fame is with a ticket like you and me.


Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez

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20 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Luis
    March 18th, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    totally right on him… he was a nice pitcher, never great, but good… but the HOF should be about career-wide excellence. not just pretty good

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 18th, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

    No doubt Luis. You’ve got to be one of the VERY best of your era.

  3. Big Denny
    March 18th, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    She’s hot.

  4. Ryan Lester
    March 18th, 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    She was. Haven’t seen her for a while.

  5. Parma Vic
    June 15th, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    Chuck own a little-known MLB record in that he’s the only pitcher to have pitched more than ONE 4 strike out innings, In fact he has three of them.

    Yeah, his hair-metal trash wife beat him with high-heel shoe, but again, he holds a MLB record.

  6. LestersLegends
    June 15th, 2008 at 8:33 pm #

    Parma – funny. Thanks for adding.

    November 21st, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    You Can’t Deny Chuck Finley Into The Hall Of Fame Considering The Numbers He Put Up. Okay, I’ll Agree, They’re Not Great, But What’s Great? He Spent Most Of His Career With The Angels. A Team That Was Horrible During The Time He Was There. So I Can’t Argue, But I Think The Numbers He Put Up Were Great Under The Team He Was With.

  8. LestersLegends
    November 21st, 2008 at 6:24 pm #

    He should have his number retired by the Angels, but not HOF.

    December 28th, 2008 at 8:03 pm #

    He Sure Should Have His Number Retired By The Angels & Yes I Still Say HOF LOL, But Tim ‘King Fish’ Salmon Too.
    I Don’t Know Why We Ever Got Rid Of Jimmy ‘Baseball’ Edmonds? 5 HR In His Last Season With The Angels, 42 HR In His First Season With The Cardinals. Now Was That Not A Mistake Or What?

  10. LestersLegends
    December 28th, 2008 at 8:10 pm #

    SH – LOL. They should retire his, Salmon’s, and Garrett Anderson for sure. Vlad too I suppose. Yeah, Edmonds went nuts. Didn’t see that coming. Me being a skeptic am a little suspicious if Big Mac didn’t give him some “pointers”.

    January 1st, 2009 at 7:00 pm #

    Nah, I Think It Was All Jim Edmonds Playing With A Chip On His Shoulder. But Yeah, Tim Salmon & Garret Anderson For Sure, But I’m Not Quite Sure For Vlad Guerrero He’s Good, But Could Be Great If He Fixes His Knee Problems & Helps Bring A Few World Series Titles To The Angels. If He Does That, Then We’ll Talk. ;)

  12. LestersLegends
    January 1st, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    Yeah, vlad has a ways to go. thought he’s been there longer than he has. he’s on his way to the HOF though.

    January 1st, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    You Think Jim Edmonds, Garret Anderson & Tim Salmon Are Worthy Of The HOF?

  14. LestersLegends
    January 1st, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    No for Edmonds. 1881 hits, 4 AS, less than 1200 RBI.
    No for Anderson. 3 AS.
    No for Salmon. 1674 H, 299 HR, 1016 RBI, 0 AS

    Hall of Good for them.

    January 1st, 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    Dang! :(

  16. LestersLegends
    January 1st, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    Getting their numbers retired is a pretty big honor.

    June 3rd, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    Sorry To Post This In The Wrong Section, But I’m Not Familiar If You Have A Section Regarding To What I’m Asking. Do You Know Where I Can Get An Authentic Anaheim Angels Hat? The One When The “A” Had The Angel Wing On The Right Side. I Believe They Wore It In The 1998 Season. Also Those Type Jerseys Too?

  18. LestersLegends
    June 4th, 2009 at 5:13 am #

    Not sure. Ebay maybe or a sports shop.

    January 30th, 2010 at 1:52 am #

    How ’bout now HOF for Garrett Anderson?

  20. LestersLegends
    January 30th, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    He’s a nice player, but the only HOF he should be in is the Angels’.

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