Watson: Remembering Bret Saberhagen’s 1989 season

From SABR member Darin Watson at U.L.’s Toothpick on April 11, 2019:

Which season would you pick as the most dominant pitching performance in Royals history? Some might point to Zack Greinke’s 2009 season. Others might suggest picking one of Kevin Appier’s excellent back-to-back seasons in 1992 and 1993. Old-timers might point to Steve Busby in 1974 or Dennis Leonard in 1974. And some would throw out Bret Saberhagen’s Cy Young years in 1985 and 1989.

I don’t know what the answer is, but Saberhagen’s 1989 season has to be up there. By bWAR, Greinke has the best season by a Royals pitcher, at 10.4 in 2009. But Saberhagen is right behind, at 9.7 in that 1989 season.

Read the full article here: https://ulstoothpick.com/2019/04/11/the-year-of-the-card-bret-saberhagen-1989/

Originally published: April 12, 2019. Last Updated: April 12, 2019.