Despite missing the last month of the season, Koufax had a record, had the league's best ERA 1. Koufax posted similar numbers in With a record of , he had the league's best ERA 2. Koufax also won his second Cy Young Award. But these were not Koufax's best accomplishments of the season. Koufax pitched a perfect game on September 9, He retired all 27 batters, the last six on strikeouts.
I was just getting people out. But the last two innings were probably as good as I ever pitched. Koufax became a hero to many of his fellow Jews by refusing to pitch in the first game of the World Series against the Minnesota Twins because it fell on Yom Kippur , the high holy day. Koufax was criticized by some because the Dodgers lost that game. However, he went on to pitch in three of the next six games.
He lost the first, but won the last two, including the deciding seventh game, At the beginning of the season, Koufax and another Dodgers pitcher, Don Drysdale, held out at the beginning of the season for several weeks in a salary dispute. They hired an agent to negotiate for them, which was unheard of at the time.
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This marked the beginning of a trend in Major League baseball because it worked for them. He earned his pay by posting a record. He led the league in strikeouts , had the league's best ERA 1. Koufax pitched in one game, and lost. Koufax thought he might retire all season long, and did so after the conclusion of the season.
He did not want to risk permanent damage because of his injuries. According to Jerry Crowe of the Los Angeles Times, at the time he said, "I've got a lot of years to live after baseball. And I would like to live them with complete use of my body. He was known throughout his career for being rather aloof. In retirement, Koufax would guard his privacy even more.
He moved to Maine, using that as his home base for many years. To make a living, Koufax signed a ten-year contract with NBC to be a baseball broadcaster in While was good at the job, he was not always comfortable on camera. He quit before the start of the season. Baseball had not forgotten Koufax's contributions. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in the first year that he became eligible. At 36 years of age, he was the youngest inductee, and one of only six to be elected in their first year of eligibility.
Koufax remained close to the game by serving as a guest pitching coach in various training camps, including the Dodgers and New York Mets. He also spent 11 years, , working as a roving minor league pitching instructor in the Dodgers' system. Koufax enjoyed his anonymity. He was twice married, first to Anne Widmark, daughter of the famous actor, Richard Widmark. They divorced in the early s. He was remarried to a woman named Kim, but they also were divorced in the late s.
Of his life and career, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated wrote, "Koufax was the kind of man boys idolized, men envied, women swooned over and rabbis thanked, especially when he refused to pitch Game 1 of the World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. And when he was suddenly, tragically done with baseball, he slipped into a life nearly monastic in its privacy. Porter, Greenwood Press, Karst, Gene, and Martin J. Jones, Jr. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.
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From to , Koufax pitched four no-hitters including a perfect game and struck out more than 1, batters, winning games and losing only What makes Koufax's story so marvelous, however, is his transformation. During his early years, Koufax struggled at times to get the ball near the plate. Yet in the end, Koufax tamed his fastball, prompting Pittsburgh 's Willie Stargell to remark that hitting Koufax was like "trying to drink coffee with a fork. Koufax became a hero for refusing to pitch in the opening game of the World Series because it fell on the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.
Koufax's dedication to his religion helped generations of American Jews take pride in their heritage. As quickly as Koufax's arm brought him into the spotlight, it also took him out. In the end, Koufax's arm proved to be as delicate as it was powerful. Arm pain forced Koufax into retirement in when he was only 30 years old and still at the top of his game. As a youngster, Koufax stayed with his Jewish grandparents, Max and Dora Lichtenstein, while his mother, an accountant, worked. When Koufax was nine, his mother married a lawyer named Irving Koufax.
Young Sandy took his stepfather's last name and pretty much severed ties with his birthfather. Growing up, Koufax's true love was basketball. With his Herculean arm, Koufax could launch a basketball the length of the court to a teammate waiting under the basket. Koufax was a shy kid who preferred staying out of the spotlight, yet his muscles continually drew him in.
In Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, author Jane Leavy recalled that a childhood friend noted that strangers at the beach gawked at the teenage Koufax's build, calling him "a Greek god. Though Koufax loved basketball, he dabbled in baseball and played in a sandlot league. Legend has it that when Koufax pitched, his teammates sat down because they didn't expect any hits: Koufax either walked the batters with his wild pitches, or struck them out with his fastball.
Following high school, Koufax headed to the University of Cincinnati in , hoping to study architecture. He made the basketball team and earned a partial scholarship from coach Ed Jucker. Jucker also coached the baseball team and by the spring of , Koufax was on the roster. That season, Koufax had 51 strikeouts in 32 innings, coupled with 30 walks. Despite his wildness, the Brooklyn Dodgers saw potential and signed Koufax in Because Koufax received a large signing bonus, the Dodgers had to place Koufax on their roster.
The rule was supposed to keep wealthy clubs from signing all the best prospects. That followed back-to-back shutouts by the A's, whose rotation has been stellar as of late. Since Aug. Matt Olson started the onslaught with an RBI single. Kyle Freeland started the game for the Rockies after earlier being reinstated from the injured list, where he'd been with a groin strain. Buehler gave up four runs and five hits in six-plus innings.
He struck out five and walked three. McMahon homered leading off the second. His only other hit off Buehler was a single on June 27 in Denver. He had been 1-for with eight strikeouts against the right-hander. That scored Cody Bellinger after he reached on a throwing error by Gonzalez. Russell Martin followed with an RBI The Astros also would clinch with a loss by second-place Oakland, but the A's took a quick lead over Texas in a late game.
Miley hit Michael Hermosillo leading off the second and allowed a single to Kaleb Cowart, and David Fletcher greeted Jose Urquidy with a run-scoring single. Luke Bard struck out three in two scoreless innings to win in relief of Patrick Sandoval, who lasted three innings. Angels: 2B Tommy La Stella ran bases pregame and could possibly return to playing in the final week of the season.
He has been out since early July with a right tibia fracture. C Max Stassi oblique saw a specialist in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday to see whether his injury will require surgery Washington got a pinch-hit, bases-clearing double from Kurt Suzuki in the 10th inning. Washington increased its advantage in the eighth on Robles' run-scoring single and a fielders' choice by Gomes that scored Zimmerman from third.
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The Nationals took an early lead on a run-scoring single by Strasburg in the second. Strasburg drove in Gomes, who had reached on a two-out double. Miami's Jordan Yamamoto, making his first start since Aug. Yamamoto allowed two runs, six hits, struck out three and walked two. Randy Rosario retired the only batter he faced out of the Kansas City bullpen as the Royals ended a four-game losing streak. After a sacrifice, Cuthbert connected. Twins: OF Max Kepler shoulder pinch-ran in the eighth inning after missing the previous six games.
Kepler has been running the bases and shagging flyballs during batting practice. The shoulder injury bothers Kepler when hitting. Cron bruised thumb had no Hiura put staked the Brewers to a lead in the first with his 18th home run, atoning for his error at second base in the top half that handed the Pirates a run. Grisham, who drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, put the Brewers up in the seventh with his sixth homer.
Brent Suter relieved to start the fifth and pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Starter Zach Davies gave up an unearned run on three hits in four innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. The Brewers pushed the lead to with three runs in the fourth, aided by a pair of bases-loaded walks. Pirates starter James Marvel walked two straight to load the bases and then force in a run. Parker Markel relieved and struck out Yasmani Grandal, but then walked in another run. Pirates: C Elias Diaz left in the fourth inning with a right knee injury, sustained while stopping a pitch in the dirt.
Rays starter Yonny Chirinos, reinstated from the day injured list after being sidelined since Aug. Tyler Glasnow made his third start for the Rays after missing four months with a strained right forearm. He struck out seven in three scoreless innings. Boston used 11 pitchers on a bullpen day. With Glasnow on a pitch count of around 50, the Rays used nine pitchers.
With the addition of Chirinos, the Rays now have a team record 39 active players. This is the last season that a team can At , the Braves will finish with their most wins since San Francisco dropped to , ensuring Bruce Bochy will not have a winning record in his 25th and final season as a major league manager, the last 13 with the Giants.
Billy Hamilton also doubled in a run. Cervelli returned from made the most of his first start since Sept. The third baseman hesitated on what he thought might be a foul ball, allowing Aristides Aquino to beat out a bases-loaded infield hit that drove in the Cincinnati Reds' first run in the New York Mets' critical loss on Saturday. New York dropped four games back of Milwaukee for the second NL wild card with eight games left. The Brewers played last-place Pittsburgh later Saturday. I remember doing that once when I was younger and telling myself, 'Always play it through.
That's on me. New York's last 14 batters were retired in order, and the Mets went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position, including four strikeouts in two innings with runners in scoring position. Aquino followed with his chopper, a ball that appeared to be foul but was ruled fair by third base umpire Mark Ripperger. One out later, Iglesias singled to drive in the second run. Wheeler hit an RBI grounder in the third after Frazier's double off the center-field wall, and the Mets tied the score in the fourth when Brandon Nimmo allowed Anthony DeSclafani's pitch to hit the protective gear on his right arm.
New York went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and dropped four games back of Milwaukee for the second wild card with eight games left. Joel Kuhnel , a year-old right-hander who made his big league debut last month, got the final out of the eighth for his first major league win. A day after hitting his 50th homer, Mets rookie Pete Alonso went 0 for 4 and stranded the bases loaded in the fifth when he struck out.
The Reds took advantage when former Red Todd Frazier allowed Joey Votto's potential double-play grounder to bounce off his glove for an error, then was slow to throw to first on Aquino's grounder down the line. The ball appeared to be foul but was ruled fair by third base umpire Mark Ripperger. Wheeler hit an RBI grounder in the third after Frazier's double off the center-field wall, and the Mets tied the score in the fourth when Brandon Nimmo allowed Anthony DeSclafani's pitch to hit the protective Abraham Toro was honored as the Player of the Year.
New York manager Aaron Boone was ejected after another tangle with a rookie umpire, and the win Yankees got promising news shortly before first pitch when an MRI of Gleyber Torres' achy right hamstring came back negative. Two years after leading the majors with 59 homers for Miami, Stanton hit just his second of the season leading off the sixth against reliever Brock Stewart. He also had an RBI double in the fourth. Stanton has only played 12 games this year due to biceps, shoulder, calf and knee injuries. He was replaced defensively in the seventh inning to manage his workload. Paxton allowed an unearned run while pitching three-hit ball over six innings.
The left-hander threw just 87 pitches and has a 2. Toronto batters struck out 15 times, including on their last five outs and 10 of their final 11 as shadows extended between the plate and the mound. Boone watched nearly all of it from the clubhouse. Zeuch to end the first inning. Fiers struck out five and didn't walk a batter over eight dominant innings to win for the first time in four starts. Chad Pinder hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Mark Canha also connected as the A's kept their margin over Cleveland and Tampa Bay Oakland is a season-best 32 games over.
Fiers allowed two hits and faced the minimum, helped by a double play and a pickoff. The right-hander had gone over his prior three outings following a stretch over 20 starts that began with a no-hitter against the Reds on May 7. Fiers said his latest effort provided "peace of mind that I can go back out there and pitch. Chris Bassitt struck out two in a perfect ninth to finish Oakland's 11th shutout in 2 hours, 38 minutes.
Canha, a versatile outfielder team executive Billy Beane considers one of the season's biggest surprises, hit his 25th homer leading off the fifth. Mike Minor allowed six runs, six hits and four walks in five innings as Texas lost its sixth straight game. Minor also lost to the A's in Texas last Houston has won six straight games and is already assured a postseason spot, and it's getting shortstop Carlos Correa in the swing of things at just the right time.
Correa homered twice Friday in his second game after missing nearly a month with a sore back, and he finally looks healthy after missing 80 games total with various injuries. We all are anxious about things right now which is normal because we want to make it happen. The NL Central-leading Cardinals are sending another red-hot pitcher to the Wrigley Field mound with a chance to ensure a series victory in their crucial four-game set against the Cubs.
Right-hander Dakota Hudson , 3. That's bad news for slumping Chicago, which has totaled nine runs while losing four straight games. Louis for the NL Central lead. They will start left-hander Jose Quintana , 3. The Brewers again face Pittsburgh, with right-hander Zach Davies , 3. The year-old right-hander pitched seven dominant innings and Josh Rojas hit a three-run double in the seven-run eighth for the Diamondbacks, who beat the lackluster San Diego Padres Friday night. The Diamondbacks have won four of their last six games after losing six straight.
Kelly was impressive in his final road start this season. He held the Padres to two hits and struck out nine while walking three.
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San Diego had only two baserunners in the first four innings, one of whom was erased by a double play. That's what it looked like to us. I know he pitched halfway through this game with a no-hitter. That wasn't by accident. It was a very good night for him. Kelly has thrown seven innings in consecutive starts and in three of his last four. He's gotten the win in three of his last four starts and in five of his last eight. Said Lovullo: "I think he's on that wave a lot of players look for and he's executing at a pretty high level.
Merrill's definitely on a good roll right now. Carlos Carrasco got his first save in five years, and Cleveland beat the Phillies Friday night to remain tied with Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card at I know I'm one of the guys to be truly extremely excited about the position we're in. It's awesome to be a part of this especially in my first year.
Cleveland's fifth straight win eliminated the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox from postseason contention and dropped Philadelphia five games behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild card with 10 games left. The Phillies lost for the fourth time in six games. Period," Jay Bruce said. You listen, you read and concern yourself too much about it, it doesn't do you any good.
So we have to win and see what happens. There are no promises, but we know we can't get where we want to go if we don't win. Carrasco retired Bruce with two on to end the eighth and pitched a perfect ninth for his second big league save, his first since June 16, against the Los Angeles Angels. Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia in June and made his eighth appearance with the A year after going to win their third straight AL East title, the Red Sox were knocked out during the ninth inning when Cleveland beat Philadelphia, around the time Mitch Moreland hit his second two-run homer.
Boston lost eight of its opening 10 games and 13 of its first 19, then struggled to recover.
After moving into second place on July 27 at , the Red Sox skidded to a season-worst eight-game losing streak. They did an outstanding job. Ten of the last 18 champions failed to reach the playoffs in the year after their title. Maybe some carryover to that. Also, you've got a bullseye on your back.
All those things are things you think you should be able to deal with, so it's hard to answer that really. We've got a really good ballclub. We're just getting started. Atlanta's 19th division title tied the New York Yankees for the most since Major League Baseball split into divisions for the season.
Atlanta's win ensured it will finish ahead of second-place Washington and will start the NL Division Series at home on Oct. Atlanta moved into sole possession of first place for good on June Nobody gave us a chance early, and it was good to see these guys get on a roll. Just took care of business, winning a lot of first games and winning a lot of series. That was Given what's transpired, he probably can't wait for it to be done.
The seven-year contract he signed in expires after this season, and the rebuilding Mariners are unlikely to bring back the six-time All Star and Cy Young Award winner. I don't know if I'm going to be emotional. I don't know if I'm going to be quiet," he said. I don't know. I think I can go out there and compete against anybody," he insisted. But if I get healthy, I can compete. Torres was hurt when his legs buckled while fielding a grounder and made an early exit Friday night as the New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays Boone said he pulled Torres as a precaution.
Torres leads the team with 38 home runs and is hitting. The Yankees have been beset by injuries this year, with several stars banged up heading into their Division Series opener Oct. Torres was shaken up in the fourth. But his plant leg gave way, and he went down hard as Biggio scored. The fall caused the crowd of 45, to gasp, and Boone and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue hurried to check on Torres. After a few moments, Torres got up.
Torres initially told Boone was more than scared than anything and said he felt fine to stay in. But after striking out in the sixth, Torres said he felt a little weak. Without worry, Dobnak and his girlfriend planned their wedding. The Twins won for the sixth time in eight games to maintain their four-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central. They reduced their magic number to clinch the division title to five with eight games to play. Kansas City has dropped seven of eight to fall to It is one defeat away from its second consecutive loss season and No.
The Royals could give the majors four loss teams in a single season for only the second time. Dobnak gave up one run and three hits in his fourth start and eighth major league appearance overall. He's certainly earned it. He had some fastballs that were going two different ways. We thought he had a good slider. He had a real quick arm which had deception built in, especially on the slider. Baldelli said Dobnak will make one more appearance before leaving for his wedding in Williamsport, Maryland, on New York's rookie first baseman hit his major league-leading 50th home run, Jacob deGrom pitched shutout ball for seven innings and the Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds Friday night.
It means the world to me, but I don't think I'll be able to appreciate it until after the season. Alonso is two homers shy of Yankees star Aaron Judge's total for the rookie record. The right-handed hitter connected on a two-run blast in the eighth inning against reliever Sal Romano, reaching for a down-and-away fastball and lining it an estimated feet to the faux riverboat smokestacks in right-center field.
I don't know what you do if you're a pitcher. Former Red Todd Frazier said he's never seen a left-hander hit one there. Alonso is the second rookie to reach 50 homers, and he leads Cincinnati's Eugenio Suarez by two for most in the majors. Cincinnati rookie Aristides Aquino led off the ninth with a homer. The midseason call-up has 17 home runs in 49 games this season. Anderson had two more hits in his pursuit of the American League batting title.
Cease struck out eight with two walks. The White Sox chased Jordan Zimmermann in the fourth. The Detroit right-hander allowed several hard-hit balls and received little help from his defense, which made three errors in the first four innings. I don't have to run in there and yell at them," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.
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Moncada's two-run homer in the third put the White Sox up That made the score and ended Zimmermann's outing. Pollock hit a three-run homer in the Dodgers' half of a seven-run, fourth inning that took 41 minutes, and Los Angeles defeated the Colorado Rockies Friday night for its 99th victory this season. The NL West champions improved to against the Rockies this year, including at home.
Colorado has dropped 12 straight games at Dodger Stadium, tying Cincinnati for the longest skid at the ballpark. At , the Dodgers have their best home record since the franchise moved to Los Angeles for the season. They are closing in on their second win series in three years. Kershaw gave up another homer to Garrett Hampson in the fourth that left the Dodgers trailing Kershaw allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wasn't around for all of his team's rally after he was ejected by plate umpire Greg Gibson for arguing balls and strikes in the bottom of the fourth. Roberts had been the only big league manager not tossed this season. In the especially long inning, Colorado's three pitchers threw 61 pitches to 12 batters. The Dodgers had five hits, three walks and one batter hit by a pitch. The Rockies committed an error on a pickoff throw, too. Corey Seager got the comeback going with a solo shot off rookie Peter Lambert Will Smith reached on an infield single that scored Chris Taylor, who was hit by a pitch.
Castellanos also scored the first run of the game when he scampered home on Yadier Molina's Most of the players had no idea. Josh Hader got four outs for his 35th save in 41 tries. Thames belted a two-run homer off Michael Feliz in the sixth to extend the lead to The right hander was candid after the loss about his recent struggles. Washington finished on the road. The Angels have until five days after the end of the World Series to decide whether to exercise the option on Calhoun's contract. Calhoun has hit a career-high 33 homers this season. The White Sox got a homer from Wellington Castillo but lost for the 17th time in 25 games.
Joe Jimenez pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Both teams got two-run homers in the first inning. Michael Conforto's three-run home run came early and made the difference in the game, as the Mets defeated the Reds by a final score of on Sunday. A win would clinch the AL West for the Astros.
The Brewers led after six innings behind two homers by Eric Thames and another by Arcia. Also: Injured infielder Wong eases back on his push for activity, eyes a return for the final regular-season series. Visit RotoWire. When J. Davis took a Trevor Bauer fastball over the wall in right for a solo homer in the sixth inning Sunday, he became the fifth Mets player to hit his 20th home run of the season.
This was a great team win,'' starting pitcher Matthew Boyd said. We hit the ball, we made some great defensive plays and we did a good job pitching against a good offensive team. Springer got to work immediately, sending Jose Rodriguez's first pitch into left-center field for his franchise-record 12th leadoff homer this season. After Robinson Cano got the Mets on the board with an RBI double in the first, Michael Conforto delievered the big blow, a three-run homer off of Trevor Bauer to give his team a lead. Rangers lineups: Tanner Roark looks for first win over Texas. The final week of the regular season is upon us.
Webb was sharp in his seventh start, preventing the Braves from a three-game sweep in their final regular-season game at SunTrust Park. Pete Alonso became the first rookie in major league history with 50 homers and 30 doubles in a season on Sunday. He still has two teammates left on this list who have yet to be named.
Care to take any guesses? No peeking forward! Cito Gaston had a pretty good career as a ballplayer for 12 seasons, however, he gained national acclaim for his stint as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, guiding them to back-to-back World Series championships in and Gaston may also have been the coolest looking manager of his time, sporting a fashionable mustache that fit him perfectly. Taylor Tankersley enjoyed a bit of success for the Florida Marlins in and , appearing in games as a reliever, striking out 95 batters in Last year, Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Carl Pavano spawned an entire community devoted to his mustache.
Pavano's mustache, or Pavstache for short, has been credited by the St. Paul Police Department with solving multiple cold cases. Next thing you know, we've got three guys in lockup. If you watched last night's game in HD, and you're ovulating, congratulations! You are now pregnant with Pavstache's baby! Please refer any questions about child support and midwifery to the Twins front office. When Eric Wedge was named the manager of the Seattle Mariners, one thing was for sure: order would be restored in the Pacific Northwest.
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Wedge promised a no-nonsense direct approach, and he has certainly delivered that so far, with disgruntled veteran Milton Bradley finding out the hard way. Really, is there anything scarier in baseball than a manager who scowls with a mustache? Pud Galvin, part of the real old guard of the National League, won games during his career, and 46 games in back-to-back seasons.
The incredible part of that fact is that in , Galvin won 46 games in 72 appearances, and amassed an incredible Talk about an elastic arm. By the time second baseman Phil Garner started playing full-time for the Oakland Athletics in , he was on the tail end of the Oakland dynasty that had won three-straight championships in the previous years. Garner nonetheless fit right in with his mustache along with most of the rest of the team.
It almost looks like he could have fit right in with the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean. However, he certainly tried to pull off the look with the mustache. When Beck retired, he had amassed saves, good for 25th all-time. Beck also had a mean-looking Fu Manchu-style mustache, and as can be seen in the attached photo, even a picture of Beck in his uniform looked like a mug shot. It worked out pretty well for Cey, however, being selected to the All-Star team six times during his career and winning the World Series MVP as well.
Cey was also known for his signature mustache, cultivated during his days as a Dodger along with fellow mustache-wearing teammate Davey Lopes. When closer John Axford took over last season as closer for the Milwaukee Brewers, he performed admirably, with an record, 24 saves and a 2. This season, Axford is picking up where he left off last year, saving 12 games thus far with a 4. Balboni could hit some monstrous blasts, but more often than not he would whiff, leading the American League in strikeouts with in The following season, Hunter bolted for the greener read richer pastures of New York, where he won 23 games in his first season with the Yankees, and helped them get back to the World Series in for the first time in 12 seasons.
But he is not the last one on this list. So, continue reading…. Oscar Gamble played for 17 years in the majors with seven different teams, but never fully lived up to all the hype that surrounded him, with his best year coming in his only season with the Chicago White Sox, hitting 31 home runs with a. The one thing Gamble did become famous for was all his hair, both on top of his head and on his upper lip. Oscar looked like he could hang around with Linc from the Mod Squad.
Known as much for his signature mustache along with being the captain of the New York Yankees, Mattingly seemingly made the mustache look stylish during his entire playing career.
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It would be hard to separate Wade Boggs from Don Mattingly, seeing as they were fierce competitors on the field of battle for many years together, and then together with the Yankees for three seasons. For a five-year period during the mids, there was no better closer in the American League than Dan Quisenberry. Quiz was money at the end of the game during that time, placing in the top three in the Cy Young-award balloting for four-straight seasons.
Quisenberry, who was also one of the many closers of that time who favored the hair on his upper lip, died at the age of 45 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. From the time Jim Leyland made his debut as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in until now, he has sported the same mustache, with very little change whatsoever. Maybe even a little yellow, with all the cigarettes he smokes. Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Clay Zavada had a pretty impressive rookie campaign in , being called up in mid-May, making 49 appearances and finishing his first season with an impressive 3.
When spring training rolled around the following spring, Zavada struggled mightily, and he was sent down to Triple-A.
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