Baltimore Orioles: Top ten pitchers in franchise history

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Mike Cuellar – Again, all of this is in no particular order (after Palmer, that is). But you can throw Mike Cuellar in there as well, fairly close to the top. Unlike Palmer, Cuellar wasn’t a career Oriole. And mind you, playing for numerous teams wasn’t necessarily the norm back in his day.

Cuellar has a career win percentage of .587 over 15 seasons as a big league pitcher, and an ERA of 3.14. (So let’s call hi Pi!) Cuellar pitched for the Orioles from 1969-1976, during which time he won 143 games. Like Jim Palmer, Cuellar was one of four twenty-game winners in 1971.

He was nicknamed “Crazy Horse,” and he also pitched for St. Louis, Houston, and very briefly for the Califonia Angels in his last season before retiring. However he’s remembered mainly as an Oriole, and it was in Baltimore that his most productive years occurred. Cuellar sadly passed away in April of 2010 in Florida.

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