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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sayonara Salute #25: Bob Welch

When I reflect on the late 80's, early 90's Oakland Athletics... Bob Welch tends to get lost in the shuffle.  This is difficult to admit, because he was such an integral part of the team that went to three straight World Series.

But when they had big name players like Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Dennis Eckersley, and Rickey Henderson on their roster, it's hard for me to see outside of the enormous shadow they cast.  And when you add all of the key role players like Walt Weiss, Dave Henderson, Dave Stewart, Carney Lansford, and Terry Steinbach... the task of remembering him isn't any easier.  However from this post forward, I'm certain that remembering Mr. Welch will never be an issue again.

Yesterday in the staff lounge, one of my co-workers asked me if I had heard the news of Welch's passing.  I hadn't and as soon as I got back into my classroom, I looked the story up and read several articles.  It opened my eyes and helped me remember his accomplishments during his tenure in Oakland.

I'm embarrassed to write this... but I totally forgot about his amazing 1990 Cy Young Award winning season, when he was the starting pitcher for the American League All-Star team and became the last pitcher to win 25 games or more in a season.  I also calculated (and learned) that from 1988 to 1990, he had a 61-23 record with an ERA of 3.21.  That's pretty damn impressive.

And if that isn't enough to grab your attention, he struck out Mr. October to earn the save in game two of the 1978 World Series.  Not to mention his 1980 performance against the Atlanta Braves where he allowed only one hit while facing the minimum number of batters.

Rest in peace, Mr. Welch.  I apologize for not appreciating everything you gave the city of Oakland and their fans twenty-plus years ago, but from this moment on... you won't be forgotten.

Happy Wednesday and sayonara!

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  1. Seriously too young. I hardly ever think of him as an Oakland pitcher despite the huge year in 1989...he's a Dodger to me.

  2. welch pitched for the a's? kidding - although i had forgotten that he was a coach for the dbacks in 2001.

    fuji, i sent you a package last week - hopefully it gets forwarded on!

  3. We, at least some of us, are getting to the age where our favorite players will begin to pass. R.I.P Bob.

  4. I forgot he coached with the Dbacks too. Way too young.