Sid "El Sid" Fernandez is the best MLB athlete to ever wear the jersey number 50. You probably knew that Sid Fernandez was one of the New York Mets best pitchers and a key component of their 1986 Championship season team. But have you taken a look at his career pitching stats? They are high caliber for sure.
114 career wins
.543 career winning percentage
3.36 lifetime ERA
1743 career strikeouts in 1866.2 career innings pitched (with only 715 career walks)
1989 League Win-Loss percentage leader (.737)
1985 Strikeouts per 9 Innings Pitched leader (9.511)
In 1985, at age 22, Fernandez started 26 games. Although the win column showed only nine for El Sid that year, his other stats showed a far more phenomenal pitching performance. He had 180 strikeouts in 170.1 innings pitched and a 2.80 ERA. In subsequent seasons where he was the starting pitcher in 30 or more games for the season, Fernandez twice had a sub-3 ERA (in 1989 he had 2.83 ERA in 32 GS, and in 1992 he had a 2.73 ERA in 32 GS; he also had a 3.03 ERA in 31 GS in 1988 and a 2.93 ERA in 18 GS in 1993.
Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, according to the Wikipedia entry for Sid Fernandez, he wore the baseball jersey number 50 in honor of his home state, the 50th in the Union.
Did you know that Fernandez's given first name is Charles, not Sid?
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(credits: Wikipedia, baseball-reference.com)