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02-10-2013, 10:41 AM
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With the 105th overall pick in the 2013 HF Boards All-Time Draft the Montreal Expos are pleased to select, from Michigan State University in Lansing Michigan, a native of Springfield, Illinois,
SP Robin Evan Roberts
Robin Roberts was one of the top pitchers of the 1950s and arguably the top right-handed starter for a six year period between 1950 and 1955. During those seasons he won twenty or more games every season and compiled a .639 winning percentage (138-78 record) with a 2.93 ERA for the youthful "Whiz Kids" Philadelphia Phillies teams. He was a key element of the 1950 squad that won the National League for the first time in thirty five years and finished second in MVP voting in 1952 when he won a career-high 28 games to pace the Major Leagues. That season he was also awarded the Major League Player of the Year Award.
The Illinois, Springfield native was primarily known for his pinpoint control and blazing fastball, which he used to maximum effectiveness in winning 286 career games for mostly losing ballclubs. A seven-time all-star, Roberts was the NL starter in the All-Star Game on five separate occasions. He led the league in wins above replacement in consecutive seasons from 1952-53 and led the league in wins above replacement by a pitcher six different times, including five seasons consecutively between 1950-54. Roberts' 45 career shutouts rank in the top thirty of all-time amongst starting pitchers and his 305 career games rank him in the top forty in that category.
*286 career victories (28th all-time)
*305 career complete games (38th all-time)
*45 career shutouts (29th all-time)
*2,357 career strikeouts (42nd all-time)
*4,688.7 career innings pitched (21st all-time)
*2-time NL leader in strikeouts
*4-time NL leader in wins
*5-time NL leader in innings pitched
*6-time NL leader in games started
*5-time NL leader in complete games
*9 top ten finishes in ERA
*9 top ten finishes in strikeouts
*1952 Major League Player of the Year Award
*2-time NL TSN Pitcher of the Year Award (1952, 1955)
*2-time NL leader in wins above replacement
*6-time NL leader in wins above replacement (pitchers)
*80.1 career wins above replacement (52nd all-time - 25th amongst pitchers)
Easily the best pitcher left on the board IMO, good pick.
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