Tuesday, May 6, 2014

#209 Jeff Parrett

About the Front: Jeff Parrett is sporting #38 in green and gold. Others who wore that number in Oakland before him include Rollie Fingers (rookie season only), Gene Tenace, and Jose Rijo.

About the Back: Paintsville is located in eastern Kentucky, as if you didn't already know that.

Triple Play:

1. Jeff did some impressive vulture work from 1987-1989, with all 31 of his wins in that span coming out of the bullpen.

2. He held Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg to four singles and a walk in 23 career meetings (.182 AVG and SLG, .217 OBP).

3. On August 10, 1989, he earned a relief win in a 16-13 Phillies triumph over the Cubs. Though the teams combined for six home runs, 11 walks, and 35 hits in total, Parrett tossed three perfect innings and benefited from Philly's four-run rally in the seventh. As you may have guessed, this one took place at Wrigley Field.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Jeff Parrett is another one of those names that never stops sounding silly.

Bill James Said: "Why a free agent pitcher coming off a 9-1 season would sign with an expansion team in a bandbox park, this I don't understand." Parrett joined the Rockies in '93 and saw his ERA jump to 5.38.

On This Date in 1993: May 6. Scott Sanderson of the Angels and Mike Witt of the Yankees are engaged in a 1-1 pitchers' duel through seven innings, but Steve Howe relieves Witt in the top of the eighth and promptly surrenders a walk to J. T. Snow and a two-run homer to Chili Davis, resulting in a 3-1 California victory.

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