When Dennis Eckersley retired in 1998 Jesse Orosco took over the all time games pitched lead and became one of only ten (10) pitchers in Major League history with more than one-thousand (1,000+) career games pitched.
Bullpens have changed. Should the baseball writers change as well and recognize these relievers by placing them into the National Baseball Hall of Fame? How about middle relievers — do they belong or not? Share your opinion on Baseball Fever.
Did you know that Lee Smith, who is number eight (8) on the all-time games pitched chart (above), is also the all time saves leader? How about that after the 2003 season; Frank Tanana (638), Bob Stanley (637) and Christy Mathewson (635) lost their chart spots due to active players pitching their way onto the list? In 2004 Robb Nen (643), Tom Henke (642), Dutch Leonard (640), Gerry Staley (640), Dennis Lamp (639) & Diego Segui (639) lost their spots. In 2005 Tom Seaver (656), Paul Lindblad (655), Chuck McElroy, Wilbur Wood (651) and Sam Jones (647).