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03-08-2013, 09:55 AM
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With the 336th overall pick in the 2013 HFBoards All-Time Draft the Montreal Expos are pleased to select, from Gerstmeyer High School, a native of Terra Haute, Indiana, LHP Tommy John.

Over a twenty six season career spanning three (almost four) separate decades, John established himself as one of the most durable pitchers in league history. This was ironic given that the surgery that now bears his name was completely experimental when it was performed on him in September 1974 at age 31. It was thought that John, already established as one of the most reliable left-handed starters in the majors to that stage in his career, would likely never pitch again. Not only would he pitch again, but John would real off a streak of longevity and innings on his arm that would see him face his last major league batter fifteen years later at age 46.

John would go on to record three 20 win seasons in four years following the surgery and pitch in three World Series championship series. During that period of his career between 1977 and 1980 John finished runner-up in the Cy Young Award voting twice and recorded a fourth and eighth place finish in the two other seasons. Although he was never a fireballer he used his unique feel for pitching and a keen on-field intellect to baffle opposing hitters with his non-lethal stuff for over a quarter of his century. He ended his career with a 3.34 ERA, 288 wins, the twentieth most innings pitched in league history, a 2.65 career post-season ERA, and four All-Star Game selections.

*288 career wins (26th all-time)
*3.34 career ERA
*111 career adjusted ERA
*162 career complete games
*46 career shutouts (26th all-time)
*2.65 career post-season ERA
*2-time league leader in winning percentage
*3-time league leader in shutouts
*4-time All-Star Game selection
*4-time top ten in Cy Young Award voting (3-times top five)
*6-time top five in league ERA
*6-time top ten in league wins
*56.9 career wins above replacement (57th all-time - pitchers)
*Ranked as the 84th best pitcher of all-time according to JAWS metric

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