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Leaderboarding: Best ironman relief seasons in MLB history

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

The all-time single-season team entry for Saturday was the L.A./Brooklyn Dodgers and one of our three relief pitchers was Mike Marshall for his 1974 season in which he logged an insane 208 1/3 innings in relief. That happens to be the most innings ever pitched by a reliever who made zero starts in a season.

Marshall is also second on the list. Let's take a quick look at the 10 pitchers in baseball history to work at least 150 innings without the benefit of at least one start. We'll throw in some rate stats just for fun, too.

Most innings pitched in a season without making a start
NameIPGERAERA+WHIP
Mike Marshall, 1974208.11062.421411.19
Mike Marshall, 1973179922.661421.33
Bob Stanley, 1982168.1483.101401.25
Bill Campbell, 1976167.2783.011201.24
Eddie Fisher, 1965165.1822.401320.97
Hoyt Wilhelm, 1952159.1712.431521.16
Mark Eichhorn, 1986157691.722460.96
Dick Radatz, 1964157792.291701.03
Jim Konstanty, 1950152742.661511.04
John Hiller, 1974150651.442831.02

How about Stanley? He had 18 outings in relief of at least four innings, 11 of at least five innings, five of at least six innings and once he even went 8 1/3 innings. That's something we don't see these days in the era of specialization.

Hiller and Eichhorn had some pretty stout seasons in relief and we can't leave without a special mention for Wilhelm, the first truly great reliever and a well-deserved Hall of Famer.

 
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