I don't know much the guy other than him being only a handful of people to record 50 saves in one year. But, 38 is too young to go. Here's hoping that no foul play was involved.
Hell of a closer. Had the "look" - wild hair, big "stash", scowled at ya, then threw a fastball or a cutter to get ya. They called him Shooter.
I didn't read the article attached, so it might have been in there, but he made a comeback with the Iowa cubs back 4-5 years ago and while he was with them, he lived in an RV parked in the parks parking lot. Fan's would go hang with him, whatever.
Was with the Cubs back the in the years we had several good closers in the row after Lee Smith moved on - Randy Myers was one, Rod Beck was another. I swear, apparently, Joe Borowski was better than Shooter.
Sad to hear. Cubs announcers did a little memorial piece on him today as they swept the Sox (Sorry, Shooter would have wanted me to get that in).
I admired Rod Beck. He didn't throw 95, he didn't have the best stuff, but he was a gamer. He saved the Padres' bacon in 2003 when Hoffman was out recovering from shoulder surgery. Shooter was one of the best closers in the game. RIP, Shooter.
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