The Yanks are off today. They made their first round of cuts yesterday. No surprises.
Bill Hands, who won 20 games for the 1969 Cubs, died last week at the age of 76. The 1969 Cubs had a nice lead in early August, but collapsed down the stretch and wound up 92-70, 8 games behind the eventual WS Champion Amazin’ Mets in the NL East.
Hands was 20-14, 2.49, ERA+ 162 that year, pitching 300 innings. From 1968-1971, he averaged 16-14, 3.10 and 266 innings a season, ERA+ 126 (meaning he deserved better than averaging 16-14).
For his career, he was 111-110, 3.35, ERA+ 114, meaning that he should have had a better than .500 record considering his ERA was 14% above the league average.
He spent 1965 with the SF Giants, 1966-1972 with the Cubs, 1973-1974 with the Twins, and 1974-1975 with the Rangers.
His average year was 28 starts, 12 more relief appearances, 12-12, 3.35.