Dennis Eckersley had an impressive 24-year Major League career where he was a successful starting pitcher during his first twelve seasons and then became one of the best closing pitchers of all time during his last twelve seasons. Playing for the Indians, Red Sox, Cubs, Athletics, and Cardinals, he compiled 197 wins, 390 saves, and 2,401 strikeouts, which led to many career accolades including six All-Star appearances, two-time AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year, and 1992 AL Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Award. He helped lead the Athletics to three consecutive World Series appearances, from 1988-1990, where they would go on to win the 1989 World Series. During his stellar career he pitched 100 complete games, pitched a no-hitter in 1977, led the league in saves twice in 1988 and 1992, and is sixth on the all-time saves list. Dennis Eckersley is a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, his number 43 is retired by the Oakland Athletics, and in 2004 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
Eckersley’s win/saves numbers will likely never be equaled. The only one who has ever come close is probable future Hall of Famer John Smoltz, who bested Eck by 16 wins, but trails by 236 in the saves column.
July 21, 2012