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The 53-year-old closer, who retired in 1988 with 300 saves, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 30
SI: Did you know that you're the first player to sport a full beard on his Hall plaque?
Sutter: I didn't know that [laughs]. But there's no real significance other than I don't like to shave.
SI: How should relievers' Hall of Fame credentials be judged?
Sutter: Back in the 1970s and '80s our job was different from today's relief pitchers. We pitched more innings and came in more with guys on base. You have to judge me against Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Tug McGraw, Dan Quisenberry and Gene Garber, the guys who pitched in that era. You can't compare us to the guys today because the role was just different.
SI: Gossage was third in this year's voting. Should he be in?
SI: Are there other relievers who deserve enshrinement?
Sutter: Lee Smith. With 478 saves, the alltime leader, how can he not be in?
SI: Why was your split-fingered fastball so hard to hit?