Mark Buehrle is the third person being covered in the Not Your Usual HOF Profile series, following Bobby Abreu and Barry Bonds. Does he make the mark for the Hall of Fame?

Teams played for:

Chicago White Sox (2000-2011), Miami Marlins (2012), Toronto Blue Jays (2013-2015)

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Mark Buehrle was drafted in 38th round of the 1998 draft by the Chicago White Sox. He signed as a free agent with the Miami Marlins at the end of the 2011 season, but was traded after one year with the team in a blockbuster 12 player deal to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Mark Buehrle celebrates perfect game (photo credit: Prisching/AP)

The Boring Shit (aka the Stats and Awards Section):

  • 214 career wins, 1870 career strikeouts, 4.11 ERA, 1.281 WHIP, 117 ERA+, two no-hitters (one perfect game)
  • Very durable pitcher (made 30+ starts every year except his rookie season)

Previous HOF Voting Results:

2021: 11% – Seems about right for someone with marginal credentials.

Why Mark Buehrle Should Be in the Hall of Fame:

Mark Buehrle is on the short list of pitchers with multiple no-hitters to his credit. He is also on the very short list of pitchers who threw a perfect game in their career.

Why Mark Buehrle Shouldn’t Be in the Hall of Fame:

Nothing about Mark Buehrle really stands out career-wise other than the no-hitters. He made a few All-Star teams, but there was never a point where you could say this guy is one of the best pitchers of all-time. Besides, if he was so good, why did he last until the 38th round the year he was drafted? There have been very few players drafted that low to be voted into the Hall of Fame (actually, there is just one – Mike Piazza). The stats don’t lie in this case – Buehrle was good, but not great. Do you really want a soft tosser in the Hall (a very weak 5 K/9 ratio for his career)?

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Tim Farmer

I'm a lifelong Boston sports fan, having spent the first 22 years of my life in Maine. I'm an unabashed Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics pro sports fan, and Notre Dame football and Duke basketball college sports fan. I currently live in Yankees and Bills territory, which lends itself to a lot of sports trash talk.

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