1983 Topps Super Veteran – Kent Tekulve
Super isn’t a word I would use to summarize Kent Tekulve’s 16-year career. ‘Tek’ was a nice pitcher and he put up some very solid numbers, but not enough to garner the label of super.
As a relief pitcher, ‘Tek’ had some every successful seasons as he collected 14 or more saves 7 different times. He also helped dig his team out of losing games as he had 4 seasons with double digit wins(all in relief appearances). Still, with a lifetime record of 94-90 with 184 career saves he doesn’t really make the cut in the ‘Super’ group.
Kent Tekulve was a serviceable pitcher, and part of the Pittsburg Pirates 1979 World Series championship team. He was a 1-time All-star and finished in 5th place for the Cy Young award two time in his career.
Kent Tekulve is the kind of pitcher that every team needs. He is that guy that bales you out when your starter can’t get out of trouble. He is that guy that gets no credit. He is that guy who works hard to get his team back into position to win games. Every team needs a Kent Tekulve!!!