Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#343 Doug Henry

About the Front: This photo captures Doug Henry in mid-windup, and shows how he might be able to hide the ball from the batter at that point in his delivery. That's just one of the many things pitchers do to try and gain the advantage on every pitch.

About the Back: The bio mentions Henry's College World Series complete game. Not only did he never throw a complete game in 582 big league appearances, he never made a single start.

Triple Play:

1. During his excellent rookie season of 1991, Doug did not allow a run in his last 14 appearances, limiting the opposition to four hits and three walks in 12.2 innings.

2. In 18 career matchups with Sammy Sosa, he held the slugger to an 0-for-17 collar with a single walk and five strikeouts.

3. He has coached in the Braves and Royals organizations since 2005.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: If I had been able to gaze into the future to see this later-career headshot of Henry, it would have given me the heebie-jeebies.

Bill James Said: "Had 17 saves but seven blown saves, the poorest percentage (71%) in the American League (for a pitcher with 20 save opportunities)."

On This Date in 1993: December 17. What's Eating Gilbert Grape, starring Johnny Depp and a young Leonardo DiCaprio, premieres in theatres.

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