Dan Quisenberry

No one faced Quisenberry more than Hall of Famer Jim Rice. Quiz ate him up to the tune of a .162 average with just one double in 37 at-bats. He was tough on lefties too: Wade Boggs was 2-for-19 off Quisenberry with just one walk. Some will say his career wasn’t long enough to earn him a plaque in Cooperstown. Quisenberry had eight seasons in which he was a closer, in five of them he led his league in saves and finished in the top five in Cy Young voting. The last two years of that stretch (1985-1986) he was only given 27 save opportunities becuase the Royals were (a) pretty bad, and (b) trying out young pitchers in the role. Think of his career as the reliever’s version of Sandy Koufax: 6-7 years of absolute brilliance and domination. Whether that’s enough for HOF consideration remains to be seen if and when Quiz gets his name on a veterans committee ballot.