Dan Haren goes for pitching history tonightby Chris Jaffe
July 08, 2013
Tonight, Nationals pitcher Dan Haren comes off the DL—just in time for him to try to claim a bit of baseball history for himself.
If things go according to schedule, Haren will start in the first game of this week’s Nationals-Phillies series, and if Haren picks up the “W” he will become the 13th pitcher in baseball history to beat all 30 franchises. Right now, he’s at 29 down, Philadelphia to go.
Currently, only these 12 men have entered this club: Al Leiter, Kevin Brown, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling, Woody Williams, Jamie Moyer, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, Javier Vazquez, Vicente Padilla, Derek Lowe, and A.J. Burnett.
It’s no guarantee. He has faced the Phillies six times so far in his career—including twice earlier this year—and has lost three and won none. We’ll see if the law of averages will finally be on his side today.
If you’re curious, here’s when he picked up his first win against the other 29 teams (broken up into groups of five to make it easier to follow along):
WSN 7/30/03 (back when they were still the Expos)
Haren had two starts against the Phillies in 2003, another pair in 2009, and the rest this year. Will he do it? Tune in tonight and find out.
History instructor by day, statnerd by night, Chris Jaffe leads one of the most exciting double lives imaginable; with the exception of every other double life possible to imagine. Despite his lack of comic-book-hero-worthiness, Chris enjoys farting around with this stuff. His new book, Evaluating Baseball's Managers is available for order. Chris welcomes responses to his articles via e-mail. Oh, and now he's on twitter.