By Dayn Perry
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As you’ll see in a later chapter, they fielded one of the youngest gaggles of position players of any playoff team; they opened the season at an NL record 13–0 (then lost five straight); and, as you see above, the front of their rotation was conspicuously weak. Fronting that rotation, however, was future Hall of Famer Phil Niekro (35th in SNLVAR), and behind him was Rick Mahler (65th in SNLVAR). In many ways Niekro’s 1982 season is an object lesson in the silliness of pitcher win-loss records (the idea of ascribing a win or a loss to any one player for any given game has always seemed terrifically stupid to me).
However, it was his substantial secondary hitting skills that made him a near-great player for half a decade. Thomas wound up with 268 home runs for his career and 697 walks in 5,445 plate appearances. He hit for power, played an up-themiddle position for several years, and got on base at a solid clip—those are far more important than striking out too much or posting a low batting average. Thomas remains an underappreciated ballplayer. And now for the worst power teams in terms of SLG to make the playoffs since 1980.
Martinez would go on to become one of the best lefty relievers of the late ’70s and early ’80s (and would once pick off three Toronto Blue Jays in a single inning), and Dempsey would be the O’s regular catcher for more than a decade. Following the 1977 season, Baltimore traded May in a six-player deal with the Expos, and another starter, Grimsley, signed with the Expos as a free agent. That left two vacancies in the rotation. One would be filled by Dennis Martinez, and the other would go to McGregor.