Today’s Random Player From The Baseball Project That May Or May Not Amount To Anything is Wayne Garland. After going 20-7 in 1976 – because “baseball guys” still believed that some guys just knew how to win games – the Indians signed him to a 10-year contract worth over two million dollars. Smart guys now would notice that his strikeout rate was below the league average and those guys seldom if ever succeed. Regardless, Garland never lived up to the contract. It was not exactly a cautionary tale, since you still watch stupid pitching signings all the time, just not by good teams or teams that can afford the risk.


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