Years ago, a fellow gamer using the Game That Must Not Be Named hosted a website for his Tom Seaver Career Replay. Forever my motivation, but never acted upon. Until today.
Going forward - the Frank Tanana Career Replay.
As-played ... every game Frank Tanana appeared in. We'll go from 20 year old fireballer to 40 year old slop baller. We'll see if he can pitch complete games and clinch the 1979 AL West for the Angels and the 1987 AL East for the Tigers just as he did in real life. If you're still hanging around here when we get there, I *might* let him make the Angels roster in 1994 when he was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training and juset see what happens.
In between, we'll highlight the other events DKS brings to light over Frank's career.
While his legend is well known, the details sometimes are lost. Run his game log on baseball-reference.com from July 27, 1976 to June 24, 1977. A record of 19-7 over 31 starts. 243.2 IP, 181 H, 248 K and an ERA of 1.81. 1977 was a rabbit-ball year, but he was lights out until the tendons frayed. In that span, you'll see several extra inning performances, including a 13 inning shutout performance that the Angels lost after he finally left the mound. Can you imagine the pitch count?
Though it reaches 2 starts beyond the stats mentioned above, Frank pitched 14 COMPLETE GAMES IN A ROW from 4/29/77 to 7/3/77 (including 11 and 10 inning games) before the arm fell off. Again, not in the deadball era but in the midst of a season dominated by offense. Old school folks take note. The roadside is littered with abused arms like Tanana's.
So here we go - and it couldn't have started more unbelievable than DKS delivered.