Thursday, October 10, 2013

Best Seasons: Jose Guzman - 1991.

Ok, moving on in T.R. Sullivan's list of the Top 50 Seasons in Rangers history. At number 30 is Jose Guzman's 1991 season.

Guzman, appearing here on a signed 1988 Topps card, started 25 games for Texas in 1991. He finished five of them, one a complete game shutout, and compiled a 13-7 record. In the 169.2 innings he pitched he tallied a 3.08 ERA and a 1.391 WHIP. He struck out 125 batters and allowed just 10 home runs.

Those numbers may not seem super and they probably aren't. What makes them noteworthy is that Jose had not pitched in the Majors in 1989 or 1991 after suffering a devastating shoulder injury. There was some doubt that he could come back at all, much less be effective. He did both though and won the 1991 American League Comeback Player of the Year Award.

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