We move on, in our project to crowd-source the top 50 all-time players for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they completed the franchise’s first two decades. Having got the position players sorted, we now move on the pitching staff. They are divided into two categories: starters and relievers, with two-thirds of the spots going to the former (in rough line with the proportion of innings they have pitched). Below, you will find some selected statistics for the starting pitcher to have posted at least one bWAR as a Diamondback.
Top D-backs starting pitchers, 1998-2017
Players are regarded as starting pitchers if they started in one-third or more of their appearances for Arizona. However, the value and stats above are for ALL appearances, whether starting or relieving. Note that players will either be a starter or reliever. They will not appear in both categories. So, do not hold off voting for, say, Josh Collmenter here, in the belief you’ll be able to vote for him as a reliever, because he won’t be part of that poll next week. Otherwise, it’s much the same as last week, but I’ll copy-paste the instructions from the position players poll, so we’re clear.
Below, you’ll find a link to a Google form, listing the players, and for this stage, a straight yes/no question: should they be included in the all-time top 50? The 16 who receive the highest percentage of votes will proceed on to the second, ranking stage. [#17 may be included as a wild-card, if he gets a higher percentage than the top non-qualifying reliever] You shouldn’t worry too much about voting yes for exactly 16. It would make sense to approve about half of them, but if you have 15 or 17, I’m not going to disqualify you. To prevent ballot-box stuffing - for example by douchebag Dodger fans (not that such a thing could possibly exist) - a username is requested, but as long as your ballot makes sense, I’m not going to agonize if you don’t provide one.
It’s entirely up to you on what criteria you use to judge whether or not a player should advance, and what process you adopt. Personally, I’d do three sweeps and triage the candidates. The first would involve voting yes on the “obvious” qualifiers. The second, voting no on the obvious non-qualifiers. The final sweep will involve a more detailed look at the remaining candidates. The form lists the candidates in random order, so there should be no bias resulting from a player’s position on the list. I’ve also added a wild-card box, so you can write-in any other starting pitchers, not listed. Responses will close at 5pm on Thursday, with the results being published later that day.
Feel free to explain selections - especially for or against the candidates you consider to be borderline choices - in the comments below.