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Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Eldred - Announced Retirement
P Cal Eldred announced his retirement from baseball.
Eldred burst on the scene in 1992, going 11-2 down the stretch for the last winning Brewers team. Midway through 1993, Eldred tied Boo Ferriss, Russ Ford, and Nick Maddox for quickest to 20 wins, only needing 30 appearances. Surprisingly, none of the quartet made 100 wins.
Garner really worked Eldred in 1993, allowing his 25-year-old pitcher to throw 258 innings. Garner’s been much better about young pitchers since then, but it didn’t keep Eldred from blowing out his arm in ‘94. The next time Eldred was both healthy and effective? 2003. After being healthy for only 1 season in 8 and already announcing his retirement once, Eldred, resurrected as a reliever, had 3 fairly solid years for the Cardinals. The most recent one was marred by a rather scary viral infection of his heart. Luckily, Eldred wasn’t an actor leaving NYPD Blue, so he survived the infection. Eldred’s last game was Game 1 of the NLDS. Not a pretty one as he allowed the Padres a run in the 8th and left Isringhausen with a mess to deal with in the 9th.
Posted: November 29, 2005 at 03:02 PM | 33 comment(s)
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