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Dennis Eckersley

Dennis Eckersley

Position(s):
P
Nicknames:
Eck
Born:
October 3, 1954
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
190 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-12-1975 with CLE
Allstar Selections:
1988 ALCS, 1988 RR, 1992 CY, 1992 MVP, 1992 RR, 1992 TSN
Hall of Fame:
2004

 

Unform Number

#37 (1975-1977), #43 (1978-1998)

Replaced By

After he left the Cardinals as a free agent in the 1997 off-season, St. Louis made Juan Acevedo their closer in '98.

Best Season

Eck put up one of the best seasons ever by a closer. He won the AL MVP and Cy Young award for his effort, leading the A's to the playoffs. In 69 games he saved 51, won seven, posted a 1.91 ERA and fanned 93 in 80 innings. He walked just 11 batters, giving him 27 free passes in his last 287 regular season innings.

Facts:

On May 15, 1991, Dennis Eckersley nailed down a 6-3 win for the A's over the Orioles in Baltimore, pitching the last 1 1/3 innings for the save. In the crowd that day was President George Bush and Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Transition

June 6, 1972: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 3th round of the 1972 amateur draft;

March 30, 1978: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with Fred Kendall to the Boston Red Sox for Rick Wise, Mike Paxton, Ted Cox, and Bo Diaz;

May 25, 1984: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Mike Brumley to the Chicago Cubs for Bill Buckner;

November 8, 1984: Granted Free Agency; November 28, 1984: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs;

April 3, 1987: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Dan Rohn to the Oakland Athletics for Brian Guinn (minors), Dave Wilder (minors), and Mark Leonette (minors);

October 25, 1994: Granted Free Agency;

April 3, 1995: Signed as a Free Agent with the Oakland Athletics;

February 13, 1996: Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the St. Louis Cardinals for Steve Montgomery;

October 29, 1997: Granted Free Agency;

December 9, 1997: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox;

November 3, 1998: Granted Free Agency.

 

Feats

On May 30, 1977, Eckersely hurled a no-hitter against the Angels, striking out 12 batters... On September 3, 1988, Eckersely set an AL record with his 37th save of the season... On September 26, 1998, Eckersely set a major league record by appearing in his 1,071st game, breaking Hoyt Wilhelm's mark. It was his final game.

Scouting Report

"He has good control, but when behind, the fastball and slider are up in the strike zone… is rated average at pitching when behind in the count…but it still takes a good hitter to beat him in tough spots… is a flyball pitcher" — from the 1984 Scouting Report

 

Notable Achievements

    * 6-time AL All-Star (1977, 1982, 1988 & 1990-1992)
    * AL MVP (1992)
    * AL Cy Young Award Winner (1992)
    * 3-time AL Reliever of the Year Award Winner (1988, 1991 & 1992)
    * 2-time AL Rolaids Relief Award Winner (1988 & 1992)
    * 1988 ALCS MVP
    * 2-time AL Saves Leader (1988 & 1992)
    * 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1978 & 1979)
    * 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1978)
    * 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1977-1979, 1982, 1984 & 1986)
    * 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1976)
    * 30 Saves Seasons: 8 (1988-1993, 1996 & 1997)
    * 40 Saves Seasons: 4 (1988 & 1990-1992)
    * 50 Saves Seasons: 1 (1992)
    * Won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1989
    * Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 2004

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1988 World Series, 1989 World Series, 1990 World Series, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Cy Young Award, Dennis Eckersley, Hall of Fame, MVP, Rolaids Relief Award, St. Louis Cardinals

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