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David Wells is one of the most criminally underrated Left Handed Pitchers of ALL – Time. I put him right up there with Jamie Moyer for never being recognized for just how good they were. But it was almost not to be.
David Wells was about the 10th Pitcher to undergo the Tommy John Surgery ever. This was back in 1985 – before he even made it to the big leagues.
At just age 22, he was also one of the youngest ever to have the procedure done. Only Dwayne Henry of the Mariners was younger at age 20 at the time.
The Blue Jays slowly worked Wells back into their Minor Leagues – and then converted the Starter into a Reliever for the 1st 3 years of his pitching in the MLB.
Wells was one of the best Starters on Toronto for the 1990 and 1991 years, but he was left out of the rotation for the 1992 postseason after a tough 5.40 ERA that season.
The big Lefty made a few stops in Detroit and Baltimore before his career really took off. From 1996 – going 71 – 31 – with a respectable ERA in the AL East of around 4, while he lugged 900 Innings in that time frame.
David Wells through a perfect game for the Yankees – and was part of the 1998 team that won the World Series and a record 125 games all year between the postseason and regular season
His ALL – Time record with the Yankees is 68 – 28 with a 3.90 ERA. He was also a spectacular 7 – 2 for the Bronx Bombers in the playoffs – including winning the Most Valuable Players in the 1998 ALCS vs Cleveland.
The larger than life man was also one of the best finesse pitchers by the time he was in his mid 30’s. Wells had many years where his Walk totals were hovering around his win totals.
Once, he even wore an authentic Babe Ruth 1934 issued hat onto the hill in Yankee Stadium in 2003. He wore #33 in respect to Babe Ruth.
Wells is tied with Kenny Lofton for appearing in the postseason with 6 different teams.
He was one of the most popular New York Yankees pitchers over the last 30 years.
The man won over 15+ Games 8 times and reached the 200 Innings plus plateau 8 times and had a few other season where he pitched 198 and 195 Innings.
The man holds the record for the most wins ever as a Tommy John pitcher at 21, Wins (239), Strikeouts(2201) and Innings thrown at 3439.
Wells is 57th on the ALL – Time win List, which is not bad considering he won 192 of those contests in his age 30 year and higher.
The Lefty is also in the top 50 ALL – Time for BB/SO ratio, and is also in 80th ALL – Time for Pitching WAR at 53.5. Not bad for a guy who may have never had a chance to get his career off the ground once he needed UCL surgery.
Please visit out our Tommy John Surgery All – Time Tracker – We have added – 2015 players to the list + All players under the knife ever http://wp.me/P1iuH8-29k
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