Today’s Random Player From The Baseball Project That May Or May Not Amount To Anything is Jim Konstanty. Konstanty was a relief pitcher in the 1940’s and 1950’s and while good (112 career ERA+) never completely stood out. Except for one year. In 1950 the Philadelphia Phillies did something they hadn’t done in 35 years – won the pennant. Naturally what happens when a team wins the pennant is that certain players become big stories. Konstanty ended up being that story for the Whiz Kids. Konstanty was 16-7 out of the bullpen in 152 innings and because of that and the fact that the Phillies won the pennant (he was the 32nd best pitcher by Fangraphs.com‘s WAR for all pitchers with at least 150 innings) Konstanty was voted the NL MVP. On the list of the weakest selections (even by baseball-reference.com‘s WAR he was only the ninth best pitcher in the NL that season). Another example of individual W-L records being deceiving.

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