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Richard Bleier makes history

According to ERA+, a statistic that takes a pitcher's ERA and normalizes it to both ballpark factors and the league-average ERA, Bleier's 242 ERA+ based on his 1.78 career ERA entering April 21 was the best mark of any pitcher with at least 101 innings in baseball history.

"I'm sure it's a good thing, but you know, whatever," Bleier said at the time. "I don't know. I think one day when I'm done playing, I'll appreciate it more than now. We've got other things going on than personal achievements."

Little did he know...

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