Stag Lord said:
LOL yes. ~You have a soft spot for statistical compliers who hang on for 25 years - I prefer dominant players who are clearly the best at their position for an extended period of time.
OK, because I simply can't resist - Blyleven played only 22 years (not 27 like Nolan Ryan - a far bigger 'compiler' IMO).
Just some quick comparisons - # of Seasons finished in top 5 of category for these players (my quick take on what makes someone 'dominant'). I'm using ERA/Ratio (Hits plus BB per IP)/Strikeouts/ERA+ (adjusted for ballpark). Chose some guys elected Recently or under consideration:
Bert Blyleven 7/7/13/7
Nolan Ryan 5/5/18/3
Steve Carlton 5/4/12/5
Catfish Hunter: 3/4/1/3
Jack Morris: 2/2/4/1
I chose those categories because I think they are most emblematic of talent. FYI, Blyleven would fair extremely well if you use Winning Percentage or Shutouts as well, less well if just Wins.
I didn't pick Sutton or Jenkins because I suspect they'd be compilers, though it might be interesting to check. Seaver I figured would be totally awesome - but I also was surprised that Carlton's leader #'s weren't better - I thought they would be. I chose Hunter because he was one of the recent inductees I thought would best represent Dominance further career length. Morris because he's getting a lot of HOF support.
As you can see - Blyleven fares quite well - you can easily say he had 7 great seasons to Ryan's or Carlton's 5.
And yes, the top 5 is arbitrary ( I chose thinking of picking a rotation). but if you would expand to top 10, you could tack on a couple more seasons for Blyleven (I think Ryan would catch up to him then).
Hunter really surprises me - I don't often hear his name mentioned as a mistake, but this method (I admit not perfect) doesn't make him look HOF worthy