270 is the MAGIC Number (Pitching edition)

by Bill Chuck on November 6, 2012

It’s very simple…on Election Day in the US, 270 is the MAGIC number.

In a prior column, I wrote about how 538 is THE Number because there are 538 electoral votes at stake. But whether you vote for Barack Obama or any other candidate, the goal is to reach 270 electoral votes in order to be elected president.

Continuing a tradition of bringing meaningless baseball statistics to very important situations, here are some 270 pitching stats.

There have been 16 pitchers who have tossed 270 innings in a season

Rk IP Year Tm Lg
1 Earl Whitehill 270.0 1933 WSH AL
2 Allan Sothoron 270.0 1919 SLB AL
3 Jimmy Ring 270.0 1925 PHI NL
4 Bob Rhoads 270.0 1908 CLE AL
5 Ed Reulbach 270.0 1915 NEW FL
6 Bugs Raymond 270.0 1909 NYG NL
7 Jim Perry 270.0 1971 MIN AL
8 Joe Niekro 270.0 1982 HOU NL
9 Jon Matlack 270.0 1978 TEX AL
10 Red Lucas 270.0 1929 CIN NL
11 Fergie Jenkins 270.0 1975 TEX AL
12 Burleigh Grimes 270.0 1918 BRO NL
13 Bill Doak 270.0 1920 STL NL
14 Ron Bryant 270.0 1973 SFG NL
15 Mordecai Brown 270.0 1911 CHC NL
16 Chief Bender 270.0 1903 PHA AL
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Six pitchers have appeared in 270 games

Rk G From To
1 Jim Todd 270 1974 1979
2 Steve Sparks 270 1995 2004
3 Casey Patten 270 1901 1908
4 Jose Paniagua 270 1996 2003
5 Jim O’Toole 270 1958 1967
6 Andy Hansen 270 1944 1953
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Six pitchers have allowed 270 earned runs

Rk ER From To
1 Tom Sheehan 270 1915 1926
2 Steve Ontiveros 270 1985 2000
3 Odell Jones 270 1975 1988
4 Art Decatur 270 1922 1927
5 Shawn Camp 270 2004 2012
6 Jumbo Brown 270 1925 1941
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Three pitchers have allowed 270 career hits

Rk H From To
1 Bobby Parnell 270 2008 2012
2 Les McCrabb 270 1939 1950
3 Clem Hausmann 270 1944 1949
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Seven pitchers have allowed 270 career walks

Rk BB From To
1 Esteban Yan 270 1996 2006
2 Nick Strincevich 270 1940 1948
3 George Stone 270 1967 1975
4 Bill Stafford 270 1960 1967
5 Ernie Shore 270 1912 1920
6 Max Scherzer 270 2008 2012
7 Mark Eichhorn 270 1982 1996
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Two Hall of Fame pitchers struck out 270 batters in a season

Rk SO Year Age Tm IP
1 Nolan Ryan 270 1987 40 HOU 211.2
2 Bob Gibson 270 1965 29 STL 299.0
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