On Saturday, Aceves pitched 3 shutout innings in relief to earn a 4-0 win against the Oakland A's, improving his season record to 9-1. Ace (as his former manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees used to call him) is now 23-2 for his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 23-2 career record is the best record in major-league history by a pitcher in his first 25 career decisions. Aceves broke the old record of 22-3 held by Larry Corcoran of the, get this, 1880 Chicago White Stockings (now known as the Cubs).
|An 1887 baseball card of Larry Corcoran|
Here's Aceves career won-lost record:
2008 Yankees 1-0
2009 Yankees 10-1
2010 Yankees 3-0
2011 Red Sox 9-1 (thus far)
131 years? Now that's a mighty LONG time. In order to break Aceves' new record, somebody is going to have to go 24-1 or 25-0 in their first 25 decisions. If it took Aceves 131 years, I wonder how long it'll take for someone to break his record?
Finally, for the record, Larry Corcoran and the 1880 Chicago White Stockings/Cubs were the World Champions that year.
....And who says the Cubs don't win world championships?!