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It is with great sadness that the baseball community learned yesterday of the passing of another Dodgers legend, Don Sutton.
Sutton began his career in 1966 as a starting pitcher with the Dodgers. In his rookie campaign, he recorded a 2.99 ERA over 35 starts and two relief appearances, striking out 209 batters a feat that hadnt been accomplished by a rookie since 1911. Over the next couple of seasons, he acted mostly as a starter, posting an ERA around league average.
In 1971, Sutton began his stretch of dominance. Posting a 2.54 ERA in 1971, he followed that up with a 2.08 ERA, 19 wins, a league-leading nine shutouts, and 207 strikeouts en route to his first All-Star selection in 1972. 1973 was another All-Star campaign for him with 200 strikeouts, 18 wins, and a 2.42 ERA. In 1974, Sutton won another 19 games, led the league with 40 games started, and went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA over 30 innings in the postseason. In 1975 and 1977, Sutton was named an All-Star again, and he won 21 games in 1976. In 1977, he was named MVP of the All-Star Game and went 2-0 with a 2.88 ERA over 25 innings in the postseason. From 1972-1976, Sutton finished top-five in NL Cy Young voting each year, even garnering down-ballot MVP votes in 1976.
In 1980, his final season before becoming a free agent, he led the NL with a 2.20 ERA before joining the Houston Astros, where he posted a 2.61 ERA in his first season. The following year, he was traded to the Brewers midseason, where he would play until he was traded to the As prior to the 1985 season. He was traded again during the 1985 season to the Angels, where he would play until becoming a free agent after the 1987 season. For his 23rd and final season, at age 43, Sutton re-signed with the Dodgers in 1988, posting a respectable 3.92 ERA over 16 starts.
After his playing career, Sutton became an announcer for multiple teams, even earning induction into the Braves Hall of Fame as an announcer in 2015. In 1998, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and had his jersey No. 20 retired by the Dodgers.
Sutton finished his career with a 3.26 ERA, 324 wins, 3,574 strikeouts, and a 66.7 bWAR. He currently holds the Dodgers franchise record for wins (233) and strikeouts (2,696). He also holds the quirky MLB record for most no-decisions in games where he pitched nine scoreless innings (seven).
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