Tommy John Surgery Thursdays: David “Boomer” Wells

David Wells was the 1st Yankee to throw a perfect game since Don Larsen had thrown one in the 1956 World Series. It was the 15th perfect game in World Series history. This underrated Lefty was a 3 time ALL - Star, 2 time World Series winners and is tied with Kenny Lofton for appearing with 6 teams in the playoffs. He also was the last player to have been carried off at Yankee Stadium.

David Wells was the 1st Yankee to throw a perfect game since Don Larsen had thrown one in the 1956 World Series. It was the 15th perfect game in World Series history. This underrated Lefty was a 3 time ALL – Star and is  2 time World Series winner –  and he also was the last player to have been carried off the field at Yankee Stadium.  Wells led the American League in 1999 with 20 wins, had the best win percentage with the Yankees in 1998 (.818) – and had several years in which he led for Walks/Strikeouts Ratio, Complete Games and even had a year of each leading the league in Innings Pitched and Shutours wih the Yankee.

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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.

David Wells holds many records right now for guys that have had Tommy John Surgery - like wins (239) Innings Pitched (3439) and Strikeouts with 2201. 'Boomer' played 21 seasons and appeared in 660 Games after the TJ surgery, with 489 of those being Game Starts.

David Wells holds many records right now for guys that have had Tommy John Surgery – like wins (239) Innings Pitched (3439) and Strikeouts with 2201. ‘Boomer’ played 21 seasons and appeared in 660 Games after the TJ surgery, with 489 of those being Game Starts.

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 

David Wells was his best of his career when with the Yankees - including a 68 - 28 record (.708) - with a respectable 3.90 ERA in a steroid era AL East. Wells was the 1998 ALCS MVP - and finished 7 - 2 with a low 2 ERA for the Yankees in his postseason career. The big LHP held a .634 win pctg after he entered his age 30 year (192 - 111).

David Wells was his best of his career when with the Yankees – including a 68 – 28 record (.708) – with a respectable 3.90 ERA in a steroid era AL East. Wells was the 1998 ALCS MVP – and finished 7 – 2 with a low 2 ERA for the Yankees in his postseason career. The big LHP held a .634 win pctg after he entered his age 30 year (192 – 111).

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