Thursday, October 31, 2013

Player Profile: Steve Bedrosian

I have 78 cards of Steve Bedrosian. This one is from 1985 Fleer.

Playing career: Steve Bedrosian was one of the best relievers of the 1980s, serving as a consistent closer for the Braves, Phillies and Giants, saving 184 games. His best season was 1987, when he was a surprise Cy Young Award winner, saving a league-leading 40 games. Finger numbness caused by too much chewing tobacco and caffeine led to his retirement after the 1991 season. His fingers impoved and he returned to pitch for the Braves again from 1993-1995.

My memories: I remember him as a star pitcher in the late 1980s, but nothing really specific.

Where he is now: He spent time as a youth baseball coach and served as president of the Coweta, GA school board. He is now retired.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Steve Bed, ahead of Steve Bedair, owner of Bedair Machine Works. There do not appear to be any other prominent Steve Bedrosians.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Matt Beech.

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