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Let's not forget the season a 20- year old from Tampa had in 1985

His last name was Munson. Monson is a small town outside Springfield in Massachusetts! Spell check I'm sure. I went to Monson Academy the last three years it was open from 1969-1971. Shocking news for a place that opened in 1804.

No doubt Lefty had a great season that year. He and Sandy Koufax are two of the best pitchers in the modern era. But there was a 20 year old from Tampa named Dwight Gooden that may have had a better season in 1985. Especially from a sabermetrics view.

Coming off a rookie of the year season at the age of 19 with the Mets, he was almost unhittable the next year.

24-4 record
1.53 ERA
Unanimous Cy Young Award

His 12.2 WAR (wins above replacement) ranks as the best major league season in the past 106 years! Only Walter Johnson's 15.1 in 1913 and 13.2 in 1912 rank above that, but that was in the dead ball era. That ERA was the lowest outside Bob Gibson's 1.12 in 1968 (where every pitcher ruled) in the past 100 years.

Steve Carlton WAR was 12.1, virtually no difference from Doctor K and the Phillies were really bad that year.

Of course, substance abuse took over the next year for Dwight and for the Straw man. No telling what a career those two could have had.


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