• Whoa, Nellie!

    Posted by on March 6th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Jeff Nelson played for the 1998 Yankees, who won 114 games, and the 2001 Mariners, who won 116 games.  Has any other player in baseball history played for 2+ teams who won 110+ games in a season?

    Considering that only 4 teams since 1919 have won 110+ games in a season, I would think there’s a great chance he’s the only one.  Unless, maybe, someone played for both the 1906 Cubs and the 1909 Pirates?

    Comments on Whoa, Nellie!

    1. Jim TreshFan
      March 6th, 2012 | 10:43 am

      No one played on both the ’06 Cubs and the ’09 Pirates. Teams generally carried fewer players back then, players tended to have shorter careers and spent alot of their time on one team. But there were several players who nearly played on two 110 win teams. The 1927 Yankees (110-44) and the 1932 squad (107-47) shared several players on their roster, including Hall Of Famers Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, Combs, and Pennock. Waite Hoyt pitch for both the ’27 Yanks and the 1931 Athletics (107-45). And let’s not forget that the Pirates had not only had that 110 win season in ’09, but in 1902 they went 103-36 on a 140 game scahedule with several players that would play for them 7 years later like Honus Wagner.

    2. March 6th, 2012 | 1:48 pm

      @ Jim TreshFan: Good research!

    3. Evan3457
      March 6th, 2012 | 5:37 pm

      Bob Wicker pitched for the 1906 Cubs.
      Charlie Wacker pitched for the 1909 Pirates.

      That’s as close as it got.

    4. Raf
      March 6th, 2012 | 6:18 pm

      That’s a pretty neat piece of trivia, if you ask me.

    5. KPOcala
      March 7th, 2012 | 9:39 am

      @ Evan3457:Kudo!

    6. KPOcala
      March 7th, 2012 | 9:40 am

      So does this mean that Jeff Nelson is the consummate winner of the last four generations, that one that had that “intangibles”?

    7. Jim TreshFan
      March 7th, 2012 | 11:41 am

      @ KPOcala:
      Much like Jeff Goldblum was billing himself some 15 years ago as the most bankable star in Hollywood after scoring a string of blockbuster hits like “Jurassic Park,” “Independence Day,” and “The Lost World.” Yep, we were all flocking to the theater to see him.

    8. #15
      March 7th, 2012 | 2:09 pm

      @ KPOcala:
      It’s a team game, and if anyone qualifies as the “consumate winner” in at least the last generation, it’s got to be Mo. That said, having a hard throwing, 6 foot 8 inch, sidearming righty with nasty double-hump breaking stuff and stinking cheese is always a good horse to have in the stable. At his peak, he was very effective against righties and an important part of the bullpen. I also admired they way he protected his teammates and always took the ball.

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