In his blog, A Grip on Sports, Vince Grippi writes about Spokane native Jeremy Affeldt, a relief pitcher who will retire this weekend from the San Francisco Giants after being a key part of three World Series wins in five years:
Jeremy Affeldt may not be the most physically talented baseball player to ever come out of Spokane, but he’s easily the most successful. That is, if you use team success as your metric. Ryne Sandberg is a Hall of Famer, but his Cubs never got to the World Series. Kevin Stocker played in a World Series (with the Phillies) but didn’t win. If Affeldt had retired after pitching for the Royals and the Rockies, he would have equaled that accomplishment, appearing in the 2007 Series with Colorado. But his 14-year career didn’t end there. Oh no. He’s been with the San Francisco Giants since 2009 and in that span they have won three World Series titles. There is a correlation. How much of one? Well, the left-hander has a postseason ERA of 0.89, which is pretty darn good. And he’ll always be remembered for his win in the seventh game of last year’s Series against the team who drafted him, Kansas City. Full column here.
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