Sawchik: Mark Buehrle and the value of working quickly

From Travis Sawchik at FanGraphs on March 1, 2017:

My regard for Mark Buehrle is growing.

We often don’t fully appreciate people or things while we still have access to them. Buehrle quietly slipped into retirement prior to last season after a remarkable career during which he struck out batters at well below league-average rates, possessed a sub-90 mph fastball for much of his career, and yet accumulated 52 WAR and a 215-160 record over 18 seasons in the majors.

His success was curious, though he was not without his gifts. He could paint corners as well as any starter in baseball.

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Originally published: March 1, 2017. Last Updated: March 1, 2017.