Happy Birthday Dennis Eckersley!!!
Dennis Eckersley turns 60 years old today.
The man simply known as ‘The Eck’ was one of baseball’s brightest stars in the 1970’s and carried his success through 24 seasons as a big league player. Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher. In fact, one of the game’s greatest relief pitchers in the history of baseball was a starter during his first 12 seasons. As a starter, ‘Eck’ did well as he had (9) 10+ win seasons in 12 years. That all changed in 1987 when Eckersley was traded to the Oakland A’s and was converted into a closer for the Athletics. ‘Eck’ began to dominate. And in 12 seasons after that trade, he piled up 387 saves. Eckersley’s best season came in 1992 when he won the league’s MVP and Cy Young awards. In ’92 he pitched 80 innings and saved 51 games. With an ERA of just 1.91 and the control to strikeout 93 batters while walking just 11 and it is easy to see why ‘Eck’ was tagged as one of the best closers in baseball history. Dennis Eckersley finished in the top 7 for the Cy Young award 6 times in his career – 4 of which came as a closer.
Eckersley has played in 11 post season match-up and 3 World Series championships. He won the title with the Oakland A’s in 1989 and finished his career with 1 championship ring and 15 saves in post season play.
Happy Birthday ‘Eck’!!!