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Another letter arrives from beyond

Enjoy a new installment of "En la Pelota" by Juan Vené

Joe Nuxhall's for José Berríos

Valuable José: I write to you from this More Here that you call Beyond, because it seemed logical to me to do so.

You were this year the glorious Major League pitcher, under 30 years old, with the most games won, 88. Well, you are no longer under 30, because you turned 27 on May 5. By the way, this year you are going 4-2.80, 88. Remarkable. Your most complete numbers, 70-4.06, 1250 and 1293 strikeouts in XNUMX innings pitched.

Very good race, so your hometown, Bayamón, where they are such party animals, they must be throwing their houses out of the windows.

I inform you. The relationship that I found between you and me was that I pitched in the Major Leagues with the Reds and against the Cardinals, with Stan Musial and all the others, when I was just 15 years old, on June 10, 1944, ago. today Monday 80 years old. My performance: Zero wins, zero losses. Effectiveness 67.59 in two thirds of an inning. I received two hits, five earned runs scored, I walked five, I threw a wild pitch, I faced nine batters. It couldn't have been worse.

Of course, they hadn't taken me out of the game yet, I was already on my way to the minors. That is, I started in the Major Leagues and continued in the branches. And when they called me back to the majors, I had already turned 23, because it was eight years later. And then, in 16 seasons, I improved on that memory, with 135-117, 3.90 and 18 saves. When I retired I became a commentator, until November 2007, when I came to this More Here.

Friend José: Now, the Venezuelan from San Félix, Germán Márquez, of the Rockies, is the líder of those under 30 years old, with 65-56, 4.41, and in his 29th until February 22, but he is out of the game, recovering from the Tommy John.

In short, the fact that you, with your 88 victories, are one of the best at 30 years old, shows that the winners of 300 games may have disappeared. If you earn another 88 until you are 40, you will only add 176.

However, you must be proud and optimistic, because whatever numbers you have, you are one of the best at this moment.

By the way, the assets with the most wins, until yesterday: Justin Verlander, 244; Max Scherzer, 203; Clayton Kershaw, 200; Gerrit Cole, 145 and Jonny Cueto, 144.

As you can see, there is no candidate in sight to reach 300 games won. And those of 200 are very few.

What to think, when you remember that Cy Young won 511 times in 22 years?!
It is true that the winners of 300 games have been only 24 and four since 1990.

I hope that your won games multiply, I wish that I send you with the strongest of hugs. I will always follow you… Joe.

Thanks to the life that has given me so much, even a reader like you.

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