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Portrait of Russ Springer

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
18 856.3 36 45 9 775 4.52 6.1
Birth Date11-7-1968
Height6' 4"
Weight195 lbs
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ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1992 NYA 23 14 0 16.0 0.0 16.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 75 18 11 11 0 24 10 10 1 12 6.19 3.35 4.33 1.4 0.2
1993 CAL 24 14 9 60.0 52.0 8.0 1 6 0 1 2 0 278 73 48 48 11 116 32 31 3 31 7.20 6.10 6.47 -4.9 -0.5
1994 CAL 25 18 5 45.7 24.3 21.3 2 2 2 1 1 0 198 53 28 28 9 93 14 14 0 28 5.52 5.45 5.30 5.4 0.5
1995 CAL 26 19 6 51.7 27.0 24.7 1 2 1 2 1 0 238 60 37 35 11 110 25 24 5 38 6.10 6.18 6.70 -0.7 -0.1
1995 PHI 26 14 0 26.7 0.0 26.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 112 22 11 11 5 41 10 7 2 32 3.71 4.45 5.09 -0.2 -0.0
1996 PHI 27 51 7 96.7 34.0 62.7 3 10 0 3 1 0 437 106 60 50 12 170 38 32 1 94 4.66 3.97 3.96 14.3 1.4
1997 HOU 28 54 0 55.3 0.0 55.3 3 3 3 5 0 0 241 48 28 26 4 76 27 25 4 74 4.23 3.02 3.25 11.7 1.2
1998 ARI 29 26 0 32.7 0.0 32.7 4 3 0 3 0 0 140 29 16 15 4 45 14 13 1 37 4.13 3.77 4.06 4.4 0.4
1998 ATL 29 22 0 20.0 0.0 20.0 1 1 0 1 0 0 92 22 10 9 0 24 16 13 0 19 4.05 3.57 4.04 2.0 0.2
1999 ATL 30 49 0 47.3 0.0 47.3 2 1 1 2 0 0 194 31 20 18 5 56 22 20 2 49 3.42 3.90 4.24 3.9 0.4
2000 ARI 31 52 0 62.0 0.0 62.0 2 4 0 2 0 0 282 63 36 35 11 112 34 28 2 59 5.08 5.20 5.73 2.3 0.2
2001 ARI 32 18 0 17.7 0.0 17.7 0 0 1 0 0 0 79 20 16 14 5 38 4 4 0 12 7.13 6.01 6.49 -2.0 -0.2
2003 SLN 34 17 0 17.3 0.0 17.3 1 1 0 1 0 0 77 19 16 16 8 46 6 6 1 11 8.31 8.92 9.80 -5.5 -0.5
2004 HOU 35 16 0 13.7 0.0 13.7 0 1 0 0 0 0 62 15 4 4 1 24 6 6 1 9 2.63 4.12 4.58 0.6 0.1
2005 HOU 36 62 0 59.0 0.0 59.0 4 4 0 3 0 0 246 49 34 31 9 86 21 18 3 54 4.73 4.36 4.96 2.8 0.3
2006 HOU 37 72 0 59.7 0.0 59.7 1 1 0 1 0 0 240 46 23 23 10 86 16 15 4 46 3.47 4.75 5.40 0.4 0.0
2007 SLN 38 76 0 66.0 0.0 66.0 8 1 0 3 0 0 257 41 18 16 3 60 19 18 3 66 2.18 2.77 3.42 13.8 1.3
2008 SLN 39 70 0 50.3 0.0 50.3 2 1 0 3 0 0 205 39 14 13 4 57 18 18 1 45 2.32 3.48 4.26 4.2 0.4
2009 OAK 40 48 0 41.7 0.0 41.7 0 1 0 2 0 0 191 52 20 19 5 78 14 12 0 47 4.10 3.46 3.08 11.2 1.1
2009 TBA 40 26 0 15.3 0.0 15.3 1 3 1 1 0 0 65 16 7 7 4 31 3 2 1 11 4.11 5.88 7.07 -2.1 -0.2
2010 CIN 41 2 0 1.7 0.0 1.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 5.40 1.91 2.69 0.4 0.0
Career74027856.3137.3719.036459345037168244584301211375349316357754.524.454.8463.36.1

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1990 GRB A 10 10 56.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 FTL A+ 25 25 152.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 ABY AA 2 2 15.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 NYA MLB 14 0 16.0 4.33 102 .297 .258 .322 .378 .259 .346 102 1.4 0.2 1.4 0.2
1992 COH AAA 20 20 123.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CAL MLB 14 9 60.0 6.47 59 .299 .277 .341 .419 .267 .308 97 -4.9 -0.5 -4.9 -0.5
1993 VAN AAA 11 9 59.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CAL MLB 18 5 45.7 5.30 97 .280 .280 .350 .449 .272 .299 97 5.4 0.5 5.4 0.5
1994 VAN AAA 12 12 83.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CAL MLB 19 6 51.7 6.70 69 .301 .266 .334 .418 .259 .308 100 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
1995 PHI MLB 14 0 26.7 5.09 87 .253 .258 .322 .391 .252 .270 97 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
1995 VAN AAA 6 6 34.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PHI MLB 51 7 96.7 3.96 114 .271 .261 .324 .402 .249 .322 98 16.6 1.6 14.3 1.4
1997 HOU MLB 54 0 55.3 3.25 128 .251 .265 .335 .421 .262 .333 97 11.9 1.2 11.7 1.2
1997 CCH AA 1 0 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .667 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 ARI MLB 26 0 32.7 4.06 109 .241 .261 .331 .409 .259 .298 97 4.5 0.4 4.4 0.4
1998 ATL MLB 22 0 20.0 4.04 108 .269 .254 .320 .375 .248 .386 95 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
1999 ATL MLB 49 0 47.3 4.24 111 .221 .277 .347 .442 .264 .224 96 3.9 0.4 3.9 0.4
1999 GWN AAA 11 0 15.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ARI MLB 52 0 62.0 5.73 88 .269 .265 .332 .434 .255 .295 101 1.6 0.2 2.3 0.2
2001 ARI MLB 18 0 17.7 6.49 60 .298 .262 .324 .434 .257 .259 97 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2
2001 TUC AAA 7 3 7.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SLN MLB 17 0 17.3 9.80 -6 .314 .256 .325 .403 .253 .216 102 -6.2 -0.6 -5.5 -0.5
2003 MEM AAA 7 0 6.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .077 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HOU MLB 16 0 13.7 4.58 96 .291 .265 .337 .441 .269 .311 94 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2004 NWO AAA 26 0 31.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .337 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HOU MLB 62 0 59.0 4.96 91 .238 .266 .331 .427 .264 .252 99 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2006 HOU MLB 72 0 59.7 5.40 82 .226 .266 .327 .424 .262 .220 94 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2007 SLN MLB 76 0 66.0 3.42 130 .197 .266 .328 .415 .254 .229 101 13.6 1.3 13.8 1.3
2008 SLN MLB 70 0 50.3 4.26 105 .226 .258 .327 .405 .256 .255 97 4.2 0.4 4.2 0.4
2009 OAK MLB 48 0 41.7 3.08 136 .287 .265 .330 .425 .261 .376 100 11.2 1.1 11.2 1.1
2009 TBA MLB 26 0 15.3 7.07 58 .288 .261 .324 .431 .257 .261 104 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2010 CIN MLB 2 0 1.7 2.69 133 .200 .246 .306 .382 .257 .333 92 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2010 LOU AAA 7 0 6.3 3.09 130 .110 .270 .327 .421 .257 .133 98 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1990 GRB A 2 3 0 10 10 56.3 51 31 51 3 0% .000 8.2 5.0 0.5 8.2 1.46 3.68 0.0 0.0
1991 ABY AA 1 0 0 2 2 15.0 9 6 16 0 0% .000 5.4 3.6 0.0 9.6 1.00 1.80 0.0 0.0
1991 FTL A+ 5 9 0 25 25 152.3 118 62 139 9 0% .000 7.0 3.7 0.5 8.2 1.18 4.08 0.0 0.0
1992 NYA MLB 0 0 0 14 0 16.0 18 10 12 0 35% .346 10.1 5.6 0.0 6.8 1.75 6.19 1.4 0.2
1992 COH AAA 8 5 0 20 20 123.7 89 54 95 11 0% .000 6.5 3.9 0.8 6.9 1.16 2.69 0.0 0.0
1993 CAL MLB 1 6 0 14 9 60.0 73 32 31 11 29% .308 10.9 4.8 1.6 4.7 1.75 7.20 -4.9 -0.5
1993 VAN AAA 5 4 0 11 9 59.0 58 33 40 5 0% .000 8.8 5.0 0.8 6.1 1.54 4.27 0.0 0.0
1994 CAL MLB 2 2 2 18 5 45.7 53 14 28 9 29% .299 10.4 2.8 1.8 5.5 1.47 5.52 5.4 0.5
1994 VAN AAA 7 4 0 12 12 83.0 77 19 58 7 0% .000 8.3 2.1 0.8 6.3 1.16 3.04 0.0 0.0
1995 CAL MLB 1 2 1 19 6 51.7 60 25 38 11 30% .308 10.5 4.4 1.9 6.6 1.65 6.10 -0.7 -0.1
1995 PHI MLB 0 0 0 14 0 26.7 22 10 32 5 29% .270 7.4 3.4 1.7 10.8 1.20 3.71 -0.2 -0.0
1995 VAN AAA 2 0 0 6 6 34.0 24 23 23 3 0% .000 6.4 6.1 0.8 6.1 1.38 3.44 0.0 0.0
1996 PHI MLB 3 10 0 51 7 96.7 106 38 94 12 36% .322 9.9 3.5 1.1 8.8 1.49 4.66 14.3 1.4
1997 HOU MLB 3 3 3 54 0 55.3 48 27 74 4 34% .333 7.8 4.4 0.7 12.0 1.36 4.23 11.7 1.2
1997 CCH AA 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 2 0 2 0 0% .667 18.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 2.00 9.00 0.0 0.0
1998 ATL MLB 1 1 0 22 0 20.0 22 16 19 0 32% .386 9.9 7.2 0.0 8.6 1.90 4.05 2.0 0.2
1998 ARI MLB 4 3 0 26 0 32.7 29 14 37 4 33% .298 8.0 3.9 1.1 10.2 1.32 4.13 4.4 0.4
1999 ATL MLB 2 1 1 49 0 47.3 31 22 49 5 26% .224 5.9 4.2 1.0 9.3 1.12 3.42 3.9 0.4
1999 GWN AAA 1 0 2 11 0 15.3 9 1 13 0 0% .000 5.3 0.6 0.0 7.6 0.65 1.18 0.0 0.0
2000 ARI MLB 2 4 0 52 0 62.0 63 34 59 11 37% .295 9.1 4.9 1.6 8.6 1.56 5.08 2.3 0.2
2001 ARI MLB 0 0 1 18 0 17.7 20 4 12 5 28% .259 10.2 2.0 2.5 6.1 1.36 7.13 -2.0 -0.2
2001 TUC AAA 0 0 0 7 3 7.3 7 3 6 1 0% .000 8.6 3.7 1.2 7.4 1.37 4.93 0.0 0.0
2003 SLN MLB 1 1 0 17 0 17.3 19 6 11 8 34% .216 9.9 3.1 4.2 5.7 1.44 8.31 -5.5 -0.5
2003 MEM AAA 0 0 0 7 0 6.3 2 4 5 1 0% .077 2.9 5.7 1.4 7.1 0.95 1.43 0.0 0.0
2004 NWO AAA 1 2 6 26 0 31.0 31 14 33 3 0% .337 9.0 4.1 0.9 9.6 1.45 3.48 0.0 0.0
2004 HOU MLB 0 1 0 16 0 13.7 15 6 9 1 24% .311 9.9 4.0 0.7 5.9 1.54 2.63 0.6 0.1
2005 HOU MLB 4 4 0 62 0 59.0 49 21 54 9 40% .252 7.5 3.2 1.4 8.2 1.19 4.73 2.8 0.3
2006 HOU MLB 1 1 0 72 0 59.7 46 16 46 10 29% .220 6.9 2.4 1.5 6.9 1.04 3.47 0.4 0.0
2007 SLN MLB 8 1 0 76 0 66.0 41 19 66 3 32% .229 5.6 2.6 0.4 9.0 0.91 2.18 13.8 1.3
2008 SLN MLB 2 1 0 70 0 50.3 39 18 45 4 33% .255 7.0 3.2 0.7 8.0 1.13 2.32 4.2 0.4
2009 TBA MLB 1 3 1 26 0 15.3 16 3 11 4 24% .261 9.4 1.8 2.3 6.5 1.24 4.11 -2.1 -0.2
2009 OAK MLB 0 1 0 48 0 41.7 52 14 47 5 20% .376 11.2 3.0 1.1 10.2 1.58 4.10 11.2 1.1
2010 LOU AAA 0 0 0 7 0 6.3 2 2 5 0 13% .133 2.9 2.9 0.0 7.1 0.63 0.00 1.2 0.1
2010 CIN MLB 0 0 0 2 0 1.7 2 0 1 0 17% .333 10.8 0.0 0.0 5.4 1.20 5.40 0.4 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 847 0.4923 0.5077 0.7930 0.6859 0.3349 0.8531 0.6736 0.2070
2009 1043 0.4957 0.5710 0.7697 0.7389 0.4049 0.8220 0.6761 0.2303
2010 33 0.5758 0.4848 0.8750 0.6842 0.2143 0.8462 1.0000 0.1250
Career19230.49560.54160.78180.71460.37080.83610.68060.2182

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-08-05 2010-10-11 60-DL 67 53 Right Hip Surgery 2010-08-23
2008-04-05 2008-04-21 15-DL 16 15 Right Elbow Nerve Injury Ulnar Neuritis -
2007-03-04 2007-03-15 Camp 11 0 Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2006-02-23 2006-03-26 Camp 31 0 Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2003-05-01 2003-08-30 60-DL 121 109 Right Elbow Surgery Ulnar Nerve Transposition 2003-07-09
2001-05-23 2001-11-05 60-DL 166 117 Right Shoulder Strain -
1999-04-04 1999-05-18 15-DL 44 37 - Low Back Recovery From Surgery Disc Injury - -
1999-01-15 1999-01-15 Off 0 0 - Low Back Surgery Disc Injury - -
1998-10-20 1998-10-20 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spur Date Is Estimated - -
1998-08-06 1998-08-22 15-DL 16 14 Right Elbow Inflammation Bone Spurs - -
1997-06-17 1997-07-10 15-DL 23 19 - Low Back Strain - -
1993-08-03 1993-10-04 60-DL 62 58 - Low Back Fracture Facet Joint - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 OAK $3,300,000
2009 TBA $3,300,000
2008 SLN $2,500,000
2007 SLN $1,750,000
2006 HOU $750,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$11,600,000
4 yrTotal$11,600,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 128 dHendricks Sports1 yr/$3.3M (09)

Details
  • claimed off waivers from OAK 8/8/09 signed as a free agent from STL 1/29/09, 1 year/$3.3M (09)
  • performance bonus
  • re-signed 10/10/07, 1 year/c$2.5M (08)
  • signed as a free agent from HOU 12/06, 1 year/$1.75M (07)
  • performance bonus:$50K each 35,40,45,50,55
  • award bonus:$50K each All-Star,Gold Glove, $0.1M Rolaids ($50K 2nd, $25K 3rd), $50K each LDS,LCS,WS MVP
  • re-signed 11/05, 1 year/$0.75M (06)
  • contract purchased 4/05 re-signed as a free agent 12/04 (minor-league contract)
  • contract purchased 8/04 retired 3/04 (STL)

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Russ Springer added a 10th major-league team to his résumé when he signed with Louisville in July and tossed a couple innings for the big club in August. He underwent season-ending hip surgery later that month, and set sail for bullpen Valhalla shortly after the anesthesia wore off.
2010 Springer was excellent in 2007-08 as a member of the Cardinals' bullpen, but struggled upon moving to the AL in 2009, and as his 5.83 FRA reflects, he did more harm than good upon being claimed off waivers by the Rays in early August. Long balls were a persistent problem, thanks in no small part to his yielding by far the majors' lowest ground-ball rate at 21.1 percent. At this point in his career, he's best used only against righties; he's held them to .200/.246/.291 line over the last three years, compared to .291/.370/.474 against lefties, and the latter tagged him at a .350/.430/.550 clip in 93 PA in 2009. A free agent at this writing, he'll have to hope there's a senior circuit team which can afford the luxury of carrying such a specialist.
2009 This June, Springer will celebrate the 20th anniversary of signing his first pro contract. A thorough journeyman for most of that time, he has been a surprisingly effective reliever in the last two seasons, albeit in extremely low-leverage situations—roughly two-thirds of his appearances came when the Cards were either trailing or ahead by four or more runs. Still, Duncan can count another unlikely thirtysomething hurler redeemed. Not wanting to give a 40-year-old trash-timer a mandatory raise, the Cardinals didn't offer Springer arbitration. It was, perhaps incidentally, a generous gesture, as Springer was a Type-A free agent, and the required forfeiture of draft picks would have been an impediment to his getting an offer. Nonetheless, the old man remains on the market as we go to press.
2008 Almost all of the Cardinals' relievers had extremely low BABIPs last year, which was a big reason for the pen's success, or rather, defense and good luck were the reasons. Springer allowed just three homers despite a 0.6 GB/FB ratio, which helped, but he won't do that again. Last year's Cardinals staff was lousy with pitchers who just had everything break their way for a year, and the team still won only 79 games; that, more than any other reason, is why the Cardinals will be a fourth-place team in 2008.
2007 Love him or hate him for throwing at Barry Bonds on `principle,` Springer is a useful back-of-the-bullpen guy, even at 38. He held right-handers to a .187 average last year, and will try to do the same this year for the Cardinals.
2006 Maddening. There are those rare days--now likely past--where he looks flat out unhittable, but his tendency to suddenly perform field research on the viability of the thigh-high batting practice fastball as a planetary escape vehicle leaves him with stat lines containing numbers like `9` under HR. That`s okay if you`re a starter and it`s late in the season, but when you`re throwing 60 innings for the year, not so much. Not many pitchers get to have a 13-year career with an ERA north of 5.00. He`s signed on for another year; must be a heck of a guy to have around the clubhouse.
2001 He's entering the second year of a two-year, $4-million contract. Spending that kind of money on a middle reliever is an even better example than Travis Lee’s $10-million bonus of why the entire organization would be fired if baseball clubs had real boards of directors. Even if Russ Springer had been a lock to repeat his 1999 performance, the value of that performance is not worth spending ten times as much what it costs to scout and sign the next Jeff Tam.
2000 With very little fanfare, Springer has developed into a decent middle reliever. On a staff with as many live arms as the Braves have, his chance to move into any kind of glamour role was nil. He’s signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Diamondbacks, where he should be the setup man for Matt Mantei. I think 2000 will be an exceptional year for him.
1999 The Braves raised some eyebrows when they traded Alan Embree for Springer, who’s certainly no one’s idea of a top reliever. The emergence of Rocker and Perez helps take away the sting of losing Embree, but Springer is an unremarkable pitcher who was all but forgotten in October. He is more than capable of pitching middle relief, but there are approximately 29 teams who need a middle reliever more than the Braves do.
1998 I’ve liked Springer since his days in the Yankees’ chain. He’s always had a good fastball, but he always needed a park that was big enough to hold his mistakes. We can pick nits: five runs coughed up in a third of an inning against the American League raised his ERA from 3.27 to 4.23, but you can play that game with almost anybody and their bad days.
1997 He was once a top prospect for the Yankees, one of the principals in the Jim Abbott trade with the Angels. Results since then have been extremely mixed; he bounces around from one season to the next, with the only reliable figure being lots of gopher balls.
1996  He's beginning to look like he's better suited for relief; after high expectations with the Yankees and Angels, he could end up taking a cue from teammate David West and resurrecting his career as a reliever with the Phillies.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for doing this John! It sounds like teams are asking Oakland about Wuertz. Is there much interest in Russ Springer? It seems like he's been pretty solid outside of one bad month.
(Randy from Woodbury)
I know St. Louis has at least some interest in bringing Springer back. I think he could still help someone in a pennant race as an extra bullpen arm. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your best guess, who has a better 2009, Burnett or Joba? Alex Gordon or Chris Davis? And why are the A's spending millions on Russ Springer?
(Adam from Rochester)
Joba, Davis, and "veteran leadership?" Billy's interest in Springer frankly surprised me. That said, I do admire Springer's longevity and late-career productivity. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given the Milton Bradley incident, have you ever had a player confront you, in anger, after hearing some of your comments?
(Mike from Chicago)
It's funny b/c the one thing that is frustrating is that every once in a while a player will get upset with something I said but they didn't actually hear it. It's always the wives, friends or parents that hear it and they don't always remember it correctly. Now obviously, that wasn't the case with Milton. There's nothing that will annoy me more than when a player says "I heard what you guys said last night" and my response always is "No, you need to let me know who said what and then we can have the discussion". For example, last year I came in to the visiting clubhouse and was told Russ Springer wanted to talk to me and so we talked. He was upset about a comment made on our broadcast but the problem was that I didn't make the comment, my partner made the comment and I think that if players want the right to complain about certain comments, then it's their responsibility to find out who said what and not just randomly get pissed off at "the broadcasters". (Jon "Boog" Sciambi)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Russ Springer threw 2,342 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2010, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2010, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (76mph).