Monday, May 12, 2008

#440 Steve Bedrosian


Why this card is awesome: Because this is one of the best Phillies cards in the set, given that they aren't just posing on a minor league field, like Carman or Frohwirth or Thompson or Toliver.

Cool stat: Bedrock gave up 4 career game-ending homers to some pretty good hitters.

7 comments:

Jim said...

Check out those stats for 1987, a closer with a 2.83 ERA and it won him the Cy Young award that year, wow who voted that year and are they still allowed to vote?

Andy said...

I thought the same thing, Jim. A couple of factors came into play, I think. #1 is that closers are more dominant today than they were back than. In 1987, closers still usually worked more than 1 inning, and they tended up to give more runs. #2 is that 1987 was a screwy year with all those home runs, and there was ERA shock all around the league.

Triple Play said...

What I find interesting is that who from the Phillies decided to take a guy that started 37 games in '85 back into a relief pitcher. Smart Move.

Jim said...

Nolan Ryan led the league in strikeouts and ERA in 1987 but his record was 8-16! It was those whacky HRs like Andy said that led to a weird pitching year.

David said...

Of the 4 major awards in 1987, only 1 (AL Cy) was given to a candidate that could easily be argued was most-deserving.

George Bell over Trammell, Evans, Boggs, Puckett, or even Molitor?

Dawson over Strawberry, Clark (Jack or Will), Raines, Gwynn, Eric Davis, or Murphy?

Bedrosian was aided by the fact that there weren't any stand-out choices for the NL Cy. Still, an odd choice.

Even the NLCS MVP was odd: Jeffrey Leonard of the Giants, who lost the series.

capewood said...

I'm not convinced that the photo wasn't taken during spring training. Bedrosian is in a home uniform. It's been a few years but I don't remember that Vet Stadium in Philadelphia had ground level advertisements in the outfield.

Andy said...

Definitely spring training--just not a posed close up like those others.