Moehringer: Dennis Eckersley, underrated starter

From SABR member Paul Moehringer at The Hardball Times on November 28, 2018:

The common assumption made about Dennis Eckersley— that he was a solid but failed starter turned Mount Rushmore all-time reliever— is one that has always bothered me on both ends.

Not that I view Eckersley as anything less than a great reliever. Rather, it’s that the all-time great status so many have conferred on him is, I think, a bit of an exaggeration . But it’s his overlooked performance as a starter that bothers me the most.

To view Eckersley as anything less than one of the most dominant starters in baseball from the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s does a disservice to what I think has been one of the most overlooked parts of his career.

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Originally published: November 30, 2018. Last Updated: November 30, 2018.