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  • Agreed. It's similar to the situation with NFL quarterbacks. There's no special award for QBs like the Cy Young, but a lot of people judge QBs simply by their teams' record. Or, similarly, rank the all-time best QBs by how many Super Bowls they won.

    On the other hand, when the team stinks, win-loss ratio *is* an interesting gauge for pitchers. The 1972 Phillies were horrible, almost losing 100 games (59-97). But Steve Carlton had a 27-10 record [], which is mind-boggling.

    • With QBs it is different in that *nothing* the QB does is of his own power alone). So you must rate him on things that require cooperation with teammates, including completion percentage, if you are to rate him at all. But yeah, rating him based on W-L and championships makes no sense. Does anyone really think Tom Brady is a greater QB than Dan Marino was?

      What makes it so infuriating in regard to pitchers is that we do -- unlike any other major sport, except for free throw percentage in basketball -- have stats that are owned almost solely by the pitcher, and yet the baseball writers refuse to use them as the primary means of determining who the best pitcher is.