Tuesday, August 5, 2008

#582 Mike Henneman


Why this card is awesome: Because of an unheralded rookie card from the 1988 Topps set. Henneman went largely unnoticed in his career but he was a very good closer for a number of years.

Cool stat: From 1987 to 1991, Henneman is way out in the lead for most wins by a pitcher who didn't start a single game. Looks like Henneman was used to finish out a lot of games that were non-save situations, and the Tigers came through to win when he was the pitcher of record. Not quite Mitch Williams vulture style.

7 comments:

David said...

What's Mitch Williams Vulture Style? It sounds dirty.

Mike S said...

Blowing a save (usually in hilarious/horrendous fashion) and then getting bailed out by your offense in the next half inning to earn the "win".

Jim said...

Edwar Ramirez got one of those sunday, came in leading 8-5, loaded the bases, allowed a go-ahead grand slam to Mark Teixera.. then Yankees tacked on 6 more runs. Edwar wins the game! 14-9

MMayes said...

The true meaning of "vulturing a win" is simply being a reliever who happens into a game fortuitously when the offense breaks a tie or comes from behind. Phil Regan had that as his nickname because in '66 he had 14 wins, but didn't "create" a lot of his wins (only 2 that year). Even in a year when he won 18 in relief, Elroy Face only had 4 "Mitch" wins. For the record, Henneman had 5 "Mitches" in his 57 career wins. In his 3 years as a Phillie ('91-'93), Williams "Mitched" it up 6 times in his 20 regular season wins.

Andy said...

Williams seemed to vulture a lot more than that. I think the issue is that the year he got double-digit wins, I think he did about 4 within one month.

William said...

Why this card is REALLY awesome:

It gave my mother impetus to explain to me what a cleft chin was, when I asked why his chin looked like a butt.

robbyt said...

Henneman was the original Todd Jones. Boy how us Tigers fans had a love/hate relationship with him.