The Last 300 Game Winner

BaseballAs an impressionable young baseball fan, someone game me a book entitled "The 500 Club". It had a page devoted to every player in Major League Baseball history who had hit 500 or more home runs in their career.

This was the early 80s when there was two members of the 700 club, one member of the 600 club and far fewer members of the 500 club than we have today. The 500 Club used to be a much bigger deal.

This was the start of my fascination with baseball statistics. I had to know who held the Blue Jays single season and career records for every offensive, defensive and pitching category. This was before the Interweb, so gathering this data wasn't easy, but it was worth it.

The great milestone for starting pitchers was 300 wins. That was the magic mark. Only 23 players have ever done it, but Randy Johnson is sitting on 295 career wins. Randy Johnson will join The 300 Club this season, and Randy Johnson will be the very last player to reach this mark. There will never again be a 300 game winner in Major League baseball.

Our greatest pitcher this past decade has been Roy Halladay, who I consider to be the 2nd greatest starter in Blue Jays history. Halladay is a throwback, finishing games and winning at about a .700 clip. Roy Halladay only has 131 wins to date and won't get close to 300 in his career.

There are relief specialists, five man rotations and pitch counts to blame, but the 300 game winner will go the way of the do-do bird. After former Expo Randy Johnson gets there, that is.

Randy Johnson

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Buffalo Boy Mike

I don't know about that Mike, I bet we see 300 wins again. Realistically, Brandon Webb comes to mind as a candidate for that milestone.
IF anyone can pitch long enough to do it Roy Halladay can and if you think about it, he had a couple of injury shortened seasons that if healthy he would at least at 150 if not beyond it.

March 13, 2009 @ 6:15 PM

Toronto Mike

It'll take a while to prove I'm right, but I'll bet Randy Johnson is the last one.

Don't forget, Halladay is 31 years old. He'll have to stay healthy, pitch another 10 years and average close to 20 wins a season.

That ain't gonna happen.

March 13, 2009 @ 6:44 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

I agree, 300 wins is going to go by way of the 70 goal season in hockey, if you see it, its going to be a rare treat, but I don't think its going to disappear, it will make more special when someone acheives it. I could see Halladay pitch till hes mid 40's, he knows how to pitch, he could turn to junk balling it if he had to later in his career and win 12 games for a few years at the end like Jamie Moyer and Tom Glavine.

March 13, 2009 @ 8:10 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

I think the other factor is teams are so damn careful, don't bring them up too early, don't want to ruin them early, a lot of those 300 winners I bet were pitching in the bigs by 20,21,22 years old and never looked back.

March 13, 2009 @ 8:13 PM

JP Alexander

300 wins is an inclusive club but if you were good you can reach it. Now 250 will be the new 300 because of 5 man rotations and releife pictures. It's sad in a way but they are ruining picting stats while escalating hitting stats. I mean 500 home runs means very little nowadays.

April 23, 2009 @ 7:55 AM


I remember what a deal it was when Gaylord Perry pitched his 300th win. It was something special then.

May 30, 2009 @ 6:19 PM

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