Originally posted on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 2/18/12

With Tim Wakefield announcing his retirement I thought I’d go through the unfortunate list for Pirates fans, of pitchers with the most wins after leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates, just to show where he ranks on that list. I included 11 players just to show the top 10 while he was with the Pirates, as all the other players on the list were retired prior to him leaving Pittsburgh. The list only includes guys who pitched in the majors with Pittsburgh.

Wins after leaving the Pirates:

1.Burleigh Grimes* 222

2.Dazzy Vance* 197

3.Tim Wakefield 186

4.Rube Waddell* 178

5.Wilbur Wood 163

6.Claude Passeau 162

7.Bert Blyleven* 131

8.Woody Fryman 126

9.Jack Chesbro* 122

10.Ed Whitson 118

11.Sherry Smith 114

Of note on this list, there are five Hall of Famers denoted by asterisks next to their name. There is also another well-known knuckleball pitcher on the list, Wilbur Wood. The top man on the list, Burleigh Grimes, actually left the Pirates twice during his career then came back to finish his career in a Pirates uniform. His win total includes only games he won with other teams, not wins accumulated during his second and third stints with Pittsburgh. Vance, Passeau and Smith all picked up their entire career win totals after leaving the Pirates.

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