Last season, St. Louis Cardinals battery Yadier Molina and right-hander Adam Wenwright set the best record in the major league.
This is the record for the largest number of battery trips. He surpassed the previous record of 324 games played by Detroit Tigers catcher Bill Freehan and right-hander Mickey Lolich Battery. The two formed the Detroit Battery from 1963 to 1975. For both records, he appeared as a starting pitcher and formed a battery with the catcher.
Wainwright and Molina set great records while working together as pitchers for 16 years from 2007 to 2022. After being drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Braves in 2000, Wainwright was traded to St. Louis in December 2003, worked in the bullpen, and became a permanent starter starting in 2007.
Last year, Molina retired from his playing career. But Wainwright extended his active career. The two are the same age, both 42 years old. The club signed a one-year contract extension with an annual salary of $17.5 million. Last year, he pitched 191.2 innings and recorded 11 wins, 12 losses, and an ERA of 3.71. Considering age, the salary is also a bonus. He became the second oldest pitcher after left-hander Rich Hill (43), who signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Domestic fans also know Wainwright well. As soon as Gwang-Hyun Kim (SSG) entered the major league, it was Wainwright who took care of him like an older brother when he was having a hard time mentally and physically due to the coronavirus pandemic. That year, Wainwright received the Roberto Clemente Award, given to a player who has taken the lead in good deeds and community service.
A player who received the Roberto Clemente Award can be thought of as a ‘nice guy’ who goes far beyond what we generally consider good or sincere. Good Samaritans are ingrained in being considerate of others and caring for those less fortunate than themselves.
The biggest reason why he extended his active career despite being 42 years old is because he has a goal of achieving 200 wins. I wanted it for myself and the team. Wainwright became the winning pitcher in a 1-0 win against the Milwaukee Brewers at home on the 19th, reaching the 200th win mark. It was meaningful as he achieved his 200th win with the best pitching of the season with 4 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and no runs in 7 innings. The first score was a home run by catcher Wilson Contreras, who led the battery.
In fact, if it weren’t for St. Louis, it would have been difficult to achieve 200 wins. 토토사이트 His current record is 5 wins, 11 losses, and an ERA of 7.40. This is a pitch that cannot protect the starting rotation. It was possible because he was a one-club man. This is an achievement achieved after 18 years and 411 appearances as a starter since he debuted in the big league in 2005.
Although St. Louis is a prestigious club, there are only three pitchers with 200 wins. Fireballers include Bob Gibson with 251 wins (1959-1975), Jesse Haynes with 210 wins (1920-1937), and Wainwright with 200 wins (2005-2023).
Since 1961, only five pitchers have achieved 200 wins as a one-club man. Baltimore Orioles’ Jim Palmer has 268 wins, St. Louis’ Bob Gibson has 251 wins, New York Yankees’ White Ford has 236 wins, LA Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw has 209 wins, and Wainwright has 200 wins.
The reason they did not release a pitcher with an ERA in the 7-point range or exclude him from the starting rotation is because everyone knows how valuable a one-club man’s 200 wins is.
Among active pitchers, those who have achieved more than 200 wins include Justin Verlander (255 wins), Zack Greinke (224 wins), Max Scherzer (214 wins), Kershaw (209 wins), and Wainwright (200 wins). Except for Kershaw and Wainwright, he moved around to several teams. Currently, the closest pitcher to 200 wins is the Miami Marlins’ 37-year-old Johnny Cueto with 144 wins, followed by the New York Yankees’ Gerrit Cole (33) with 143 wins.