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Monday, April 28, 2014

Pitcher Clay Hensley will retire from baseball

Hensley spent parts of seven seasons in the majors with the Padres, Marlins, and Giants, finishing his career with an even 4.00 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 271 games and 517 innings pitched. He last played in the majors in 2012, and was most recently pitching for the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 28, 2014 at 03:30 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: florida marlins, general, retirements, san diego padres, san francisco giants

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   1. morineko Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:47 AM (#4695627)
This has been a big year for relievers who have spent some time in the Milwaukee Brewers organization retiring. Hensley did not have a good 2013.
   2. Moeball Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:36 AM (#4695652)
Hensley did not have a good 2013.


He didn't have a good 2012 or 2011 or several other seasons, either, but this is Steroids Clay Hensley, the infamous pitcher who served up #755 to Barry Bonds on 8/4/2007. I was there to witness His Budness standing there with his hands shoved in his pockets and a sour look on his face. Gee, he must have been really cold that night because, you know, it's always so cold in August.

The best part was all the Padres fans who were cheering Hensley when his name was announced at the start of the game while booing Bonds, of course, because our steroids guys are ok, it's just your steroids guys that are cheaters.

What fun! Rarely do you get to see such a splendid example of hypocrisy on display; it was a truly beautiful thing to experience.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:42 AM (#4695659)
Wow, it takes an impressive lack of interest in PEDs to remember that no-name relief pitcher Clay Hensley had been suspended for PEDs as a minor leaguer 9 years ago.
   4. flournoy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:49 AM (#4695664)
I thought it was impressive when I finally figured out the difference between Clay Hensley and Clay Condrey, but I don't remember which is which anymore. They're a more recent version of Doug Brocail and Doug Bochtler.
   5. Nats-Homer-in-DC Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4695666)
Maybe that opens up a spot on the Skeeters' roster for Tracy McGrady
   6. JJ1986 Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4695676)
I always thought of Hensley as the Padres reliever "Clay" who wasn't Cla Meredith.
   7. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM (#4695751)
I thought it was impressive when I finally figured out the difference between Clay Hensley and Clay Condrey, but I don't remember which is which anymore.

If you played the 2002 season in Diamond Mind Baseball and didn't worry about innings limits, then Clay Condrey (1.69 ERA in 26.2 IP) was one of the best starters available. A rotation of Condrey, Mark Hendrickson, Brian Meadows, Tim Drew, and Wayne Franklin was the best in baseball. And Joey Dawley (1/3 IP, 1 K) was as lights-out as a closer can get.

That's how I remember who Clay Condrey is.
   8. morineko Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4695814)
#2: I do the minor league recaps for the SBNation Brewers site, so that's pretty much the only reason I had his meh 2013 in mind as he was on the Sounds staff for a v.v.v.v. short time last year. And he played for Florida, and he had fangirls on LiveJournal for some reason.

(Guillermo Mota officially retired, Seth McClung essentially retired, I thought there was a 3rd ex-Brewer who quit this year but can't recall. Mark DiFelice is coaching in short-season A; maybe that was it.)
   9. dr. scott Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4695821)
I have no fond memories of Clay as a Giant... he always seemed to have a smirk on his face, which I was convinced pissed off the batter, and made them hit better.
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM (#4695845)
McClung got a job as a high school coach earlier this month.

He looked solid for the Pirates this spring, but that's a tough bullpen to try and break into.
   11. morineko Posted: April 28, 2014 at 12:59 PM (#4695887)
I hope that works out for him, maybe in the minor league way eventually. DiFelice and Sam Narron (Nats short-season) are doing it now, after all. The Pirates had all their 8 trillion injuries happen after he got released, which is exactly the way his luck seemed to run after 2009.

--I care too much about relievers. If Hensley had been longer in the Brewers org, he may have been one of the ones I care more than minimally about. Somewhere out on the internets, someone is crying about his retirement too.
   12. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 28, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4695985)
I thought it was impressive when I finally figured out the difference between Clay Hensley and Clay Condrey, but I don't remember which is which anymore. They're a more recent version of Doug Brocail and Doug Bochtler.


I always get him confused with Ken Hensley, the keyboard player for Uriah Heep.
   13. zenbitz Posted: April 28, 2014 at 05:37 PM (#4696120)
So goes the owner of the most Padre of Padre names.
   14. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: April 28, 2014 at 06:02 PM (#4696138)
Clay Condrey (1.69 ERA in 26.2 IP)

Condrey was a starter on my 2003 Strat-O-Matic team, thanks to those numbers. Too bad he immediately became worthless.
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 28, 2014 at 06:06 PM (#4696141)
Thanks to seeing the name of ex-Padre "Clay Hensley" over and over again, I forgot the name "Chase Headley".
   16. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:26 PM (#4696208)
Between Jun 27, 2006 and Jun 26, 2008, Clay Condrey won 7 games in a row!

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