This is an omission, I presume, due to Mac’s distaste for this particular player. I think he makes the three full seasons rule, since he came up in early May and appeared in 47 games. And he also appeared in another 30 in his fourth season. And, well, between the lines, he can’t hardly be left off. He’s the Braves No. 4 in all-time saves, and his ERA is phenomenal. I love Cecil Upshaw and Rick Camp being on the 44. This guy was way better.
His stuff was filthy.
He averaged 1.32 Ks per inning, which is the all-time best for the Braves: better than Wohlers, McMichael, Smoltzie, anybody. A lot better. By comparison: Roger Clemens is 0.95. Randy Johnson is 1.19. Bruce Sutter is 0.82. Mariano Rivera? 0.88. This guy was nasty.
His H/9 is 6.27! No other reliever is under 7.
His ERA+ for all four seasons with the Braves are 199, 174, 161, and 142.
Can’t keep him off. Don’t care what he did. In the 44? Absolutely.
Mac’s additional comments: I mentioned in my introduction to the series that “I couldn’t bring myself to include” Rocker. So Bledsoe is correct. But Rocker’s career with the Braves was really short, less than 200 innings, shorter than Remlinger’s, McMichael’s, or Ligtenberg’s, and far shorter than Camp’s. Camp was the closer for two seasons in which his ERA, relative to the league, was better than Rocker’s — and threw just about as many innings in those two years as Rocker did in his four. So they’re even, and then you add in Camp’s career as a starter and setup man, and it’s no contest.
I could have found a Rocker card but I didn’t want to, so a picture from when he was with the Indians.