How much is Don Sutton worth?
|Net Worth:||$20 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Athlete
|Date of Birth:||April 2, 1945
|Country:||United States of America|
About Don Sutton
- Born: April 2, 1945
- Hometown: Clio, Ala.
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 185 pounds
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Primary position: Starting pitcher
Before The Bigs:
- Born to sharecroppers in a tar-paper shack in Alabama, his family moved to the Pensacola, Florida, area when Sutton was a child.
- Helped lead J.M. Tate High School to a state title as a junior in 1962.
- Played one season at Gulf Coast Community College and was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Went 23-7 with wo teams in his lone minor-league season, split between Class A Santa Barbara and Class AA Albuquerque. He was 8-1 with a 1.50 ERA in the California League and 15-6 with a 2.78 ERA in the Texas League.
- Made the Dodgers rotation at age 21 in 1966.
- One of the most consistent pitchers of all-time, he pitched for 23 years and went 324-256 with a 3.26 ERA and 3,574 strikeouts.
- His 324 wins ranks 14th all-time as of 2013, and his strikeout total ranks seventh.
- Threw 58 career shutouts, which is 10th all-time.
- His loss total of 256 is seventh in big-league history.
- In 16 seasons for the Dodgers, he set the team’s career record for wins, losses, innings pitched, strikeouts, hits allowed. He also made seven Opening Day starts.
- Never won a Cy Young Award, never pitched a no-hitter and only had one 20-win season, but he was in double digits in wins in every season from 1966 to 1982, and then four more seasons from 1984 to 1987.
- Was the Dodgers’ No. 4 starter — behind fellow Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax (in his final season) and Don Drysdale and 17-game winner Claude Osteen — and was named the Sporting News’ Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1966, when he went 12-12 with a 2.99 ERA, 209 strikeouts (the most by an NL rookie in 55 years) and two shutouts.
- Had his first winning season in 1970, then went 17-12 with a 2.54 ERA in 1971, and his best season statistically in 1972, when he was 19-9 with a 2.07 ERA and a NL-best nine shutouts.
- Was fifth in Cy Young voting in 1972, and was in the top five of the voting in each of the next four years.
- Went 18-10 with a 2.42 ERA in 1973.
- Was 19-9 with a 3.23 ERA in 1974, leading the Dodgers to the National League West title. Dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLCS in two starts, throwing a four-hit shutout in his first postseason start in Game 1. Was the winning pitcher in Game 2 of the World Series against the Oakland A’s, which the Dodgers lost in five games.
- After going 16-13 with a 2.87 ERA in 1975, he had his only 20-win season in 1976, when he went 21-10 with a 3.06 ERA and was third in Cy Young voting.
- Was the winning pitcher in the 1977 All-Star Game and was named MVP. A four-time All-Star, he threw eight innings in the game and never allowed a run.
- Returned to the postseason in 1977 and won two of his three playoff starts, including Game 5 of the World Series against the New York Yankees. The Yankees won the series in Game 6 on Reggie Jackson’s three home runs.
- Led the NL in ERA in 1980, when he went 13-5 with a 2.20 ERA.
- Left the Dodgers as a free agent before the 1981 season, and went 11-9 with a 2.61 ERA with the Houston Astros in the strike-shortened 1981 season, then 13-8 with a 3.00 ERA in 1982 before he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for their pennant drive. Went 4-1 in seven starts for the Brewers, and won his Game 3 start against the California Angels. The Brewers lost in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Traded to the A’s in 1985 and went 13-8 at age 40, and was traded to the Angels late in 1985.
- Went 14-11 in 1986 for the Angels and made his final postseason start in the ALCS at age 41, allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings.
- Went 11-11 in 1987 and returned to the Dodgers for a final season in 1988. The Dodgers won the World Series that year, but Sutton was released in August.
- Had a 1.142 WHIP in his career and led the National League in that category four times (1972, 1975, 1980 and 1981).
- Has the most at-bats without a home run in big-league history (1,354).
- Defeated every team in the major leagues at least once during his career.
- Was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 on his fifth ballot, getting 81.6 percent of the vote.
- His No. 20 jersey is retired by the Dodgers.
- Began his broadcasting career the year after his retirement, working for both the Dodgers on cable and the Atlanta Braves on TBS. Became a full-time TV broadcaster with the Braves from 1990 to 2006. He worked on Washington Nationals broadcasts from 2007 to 2009, then returned to the Braves as a radio broadcaster.
- Had his left kidney removed in 2002 after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer.
- Sutton’s son Daron also worked as a broadcaster for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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