Leaderboarding: Best ironman relief seasons in MLB history

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
Name IP G ERA ERA+ WHIP
Mike Marshall, 1974 208.1 106 2.42 141 1.19
Mike Marshall, 1973 179 92 2.66 142 1.33
Bob Stanley, 1982 168.1 48 3.10 140 1.25
Bill Campbell, 1976 167.2 78 3.01 120 1.24
Eddie Fisher, 1965 165.1 82 2.40 132 0.97
Hoyt Wilhelm, 1952 159.1 71 2.43 152 1.16
Mark Eichhorn, 1986 157 69 1.72 246 0.96
Dick Radatz, 1964 157 79 2.29 170 1.03
Jim Konstanty, 1950 152 74 2.66 151 1.04
John Hiller, 1974 150 65 1.44 283 1.02

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.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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