Good MLB players no one talks about anymore: Kenny Rogers


Kenny Rogers wasn't an ace in the sense that Randy Johnson or Pedro Martinez was, but during the course of his 20-year career, the man who shares a name with a country music icon was one of the sport's most reliable workhorses.

In fact, between 1998 and 2006, Rogers was 10th in baseball with 1,795 innings pitched, a higher mark than Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Tim Hudson, among others.

Over the course of his 20-year career, Rogers made four All-Star teams and established himself as one of the best fielding pitchers in recent memory, winning five Gold Glove Awards.

It's funny, though, Rogers won a World Series as a member of the 1996 New York Yankees and had perhaps his best year in 1998 with the Oakland Athletics, but neither of those are the teams you most associate him with.

Rogers was drafted by the Texas Rangers, and spent parts of 12 seasons with the team across three different stints. Naturally then, quite a few people associate the lefty with the Rangers.

Strangely enough, there was quite a following for Rogers in Detroit, despite the fact that he didn't join the team until his age-41 season. 2006 - Rogers' first of three seasons with the Tigers - was really his only productive campaign in Detroit. That season, though, Rogers was an All-Star, won a Gold Glove Award and finished fifth in American League Cy Young Award voting. He also helped a Tigers team that was just three seasons removed from 43-119 reach the World Series for the first time since 1984.

Nearly 13 years since he last pitched at the major league level, Rogers is the latest entry in our good MLB players that no one talks about anymore series:

Draft: Selected in the 39th round of the 1982 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers

Organizations Played For: Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers

Best Season: 1998 - 16-8 with a 3.17 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 1.182 WHIP and 4.5 fWAR in 238 2/3 innings

Career Nuggets: Rogers won 133 games as a member of the Rangers, only Charlie Hough has more wins with the franchise...Rogers has a 5.22 career postseason ERA, but pitched 23 scoreless innings for the Tigers in the 2006 postseason...Rogers was suspended for 20 games and fined 50,000 in July of 2005 for shoving two cameramen, one of whom had to be taken to the hospital, as you can see in the video below

Career Stats: 219-156 with a 4.27 ERA, 4.38 FIP, 1.403 WHIP and a 42.5 fWAR in 3,302 2/3 innings

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