Sunday, February 14, 2010

Estes signs minor league deal

It happened nine days ago but I just noticed that Shawn Estes signed with the Nats. The mlb.com story notes that he retired last summer while pitching for the Triple A Dodgers club, saying he didn't want to pitch in the minors.

Any story about Estes always mentions the 1997 season, when he was an All-Star and went 19-5 with a 3.18 ERA at the age of 24 and looked like the answer to Giants' fans dreams. Glancing at that 1997 roster, it looks as if only two guys were still active MLB players last season -- Rich Aurilia and Julian Tavarez, who was also on the Nats in 2009.

Estes did go 15-6 in 2000 but it was also with a 4.26 ERA -- which should give you an idea how potent that team was on offense. That team scored 925 runs. That was the third highest in the NL and the sixth highest in the MLB.

He went 64-50 in seven seasons in the Orange and Black. Estes managed to go 15-8 for the Rox six years ago while also leading the NL in earned runs at 131. He had a 5.84 ERA that year.

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