20-Game Loser: Profiles of the 20-Loss Seasons
This article was published in the Spring 2013 Baseball Research Journal.
It has become almost as rare as the major-league Triple Crown, and even more so than its statistical opposite of a pitcher winning 20 games in a single season. Since 1980, there has been only one pitcher who lost 20 games in a single season—21 to be exact—and there is no reason to think baseball will see another such season in the foreseeable future. It has become baseball’s equivalent of Bigfoot: seemingly rumored to exist, but impossible to see. . . .
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