1983 Topps Super Veteran – Kent Tekulve

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!!!


4 responses to “1983 Topps Super Veteran – Kent Tekulve

  1. Also, is playing from (at that point) 1974 to 1983 really long enough to be considered a super veteran?

    Was Kent Tekulve just incapable of being photographed well? Let us not forget this:

  2. Kent Tekulve was more super than most people realize. He was one of just a handful of pitchers to pitch in over 1,000 games, including over 100 games in a season 3 times. His stats compare favorably to Bruce Sutter, who got in the hall of fame because he struck batters out while Tekulve got batters to ground out.

  3. I can not believe that this superstar is not in the hall of fame! In his time of [laying he was one of the most effective relief pitchers in the 70’s and 80’s. I really think people should really look at what the relief pitchers responsibuilty is . Has there been a more effective long lasting durable relief pitcher then Kent? I THINK NOT!!!!!!! I think he was a master at his craft

    • Wyman F. Heath IV

      to Ben there are players who have not even played five years and are called superstars! Kent came to a team and he was effective from the very start! Are you going to tell me that he was not a great relief pitcher ? If so then you don;t understand baseball.

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