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Graphing the recent decade-leading pitchers

My friend Ethan Stock -- the same one who suggested that I make that list of pitchers who lead a given decade in wins -- made a graph for us. His comment in the email accompanying the graph is Quote of the Day material:

“Saying Jack Morris is a Hall of Fame pitcher because he occupied the top spot for six years is like saying that Nixon was a good President for the same reason. He was clearly lesser than those who went before and came after.”

Word. And now, the graph:

Morris chart

No, I don’t think this reveals any secrets of the cosmos. Wins went down just before Morris took over the decades win lead because pitcher use changed. And of course, wins are a fairly meaningless way to gauge a pitcher’s effectiveness in the first place. Like I said in the comments to the last post, this is all for fun.