Monday, October 4, 2010

Pedro Feliciano, Mike Marshall and Kent Tekulve


The New York Mets (79-83) have officially ended yet another disappointing season. In a press conference today owner Fred Wilpon announced the firing of manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya and promised Mets fans an overhaul that will bring back a winning tradition.

Yeah. Ok. We'll believe it when we see it.

But anyway--

Bad season and all, I think a special SHOUTOUT should go out to Mets work-horse and setup man Pedro Feliciano for setting 2 major league records which nobody probably knows about.

Feliciano set records for the most games pitched in a 3-year span and most games pitched in a 4-year span.

Feliciano has pitched in 266 games in a 3-season span (2008-2010), breaking the record of 263 games which was shared by old-school work-horses Mike Marshall (1972-1974) and Kent Tekulve (1978-1980).

Here's a breakdown of the 3 pitchers work load in a 3-season span:

Pedro Feliciano - 86 in 2008, 88 in 2009, 92 in 2010 = 266 games
Kent Tekulve - 91 in 1978, 94 in 1979, 78 in 1980 = 263 games
Mike Marshall - 65 in 1972, 92 in 1973, 106 in 1980 = 263 games

Feliciano has also pitched in 344 games in a 4-season span (2007-2010), which broke the record held by Paul Quantrill (2001-2004) of 341 games.

Here's a breakdown of the 2 pitchers 4-season work load:

Feliciano (2007-2010) - 78, 86, 88, 92 = 344 games
Quantrill (2001-2004) - 80, 86, 89, 86 = 341 games

In addition, Feliciano also joined an exclusive club of pitchers who have pitch in 90+ games in a season.

They are:

Mike Marshall - 106 games (1974)
Kent Tekulve - 94 games (1979)
Salomon Torres - 94 games (2006)
Pedro Feliciano - 92 games (2010)
Mike Marshall - 92 games (1973)
Kent Tekulve - 91 games (1978)
Wayne Granger - 90 games (1969)
Mike Marshall - 90 games (1979)
Kent Tekulve - 90 games (1987)

The jury is still out as to what changes are coming for next season but one thing is certain, a horse like Feliciano is definitely an asset to have.

Did someone say Joe Torre?

Photos courtesy of Getty Images
Stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com

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