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Fittingly, we end our yearlong Team of The Decade extended coverage with
your choices for the bullpen.
Winning more than double the points of the second place finisher, the
Reliever of the Decade is none other than Dennis Eckersley. The
Eck was just hitting his prime in his second career as a reliever at
the turn of the decade, and his 1990 season was legendary.
In second place is the dominant reliever in the league through
the last half of the decade, Trevor Hoffman. By 1996, when
Eckersley was winding down his career, Hoffman was blowing opposing
batters away in San Diego.
Rounding out the bullpen are John Wetteland, John Franco,
Jeff Montgomery, and Randy Myers.
(Please note: a floor of 300 appearances was used to determine eligibility for
this award, which made some pitchers ineligible. If you’re wondering
where Mariano Rivera is, that’s your answer.)
Thanks for sticking with us while we lost the data from this contest
and found it all over again, and please mark your calendars and
clear your schedules for November 2009, when we begin taking votes
for the next Team of The Decade competition.
Pitcher P Dennis Eckersley 401 Trevor Hoffman 191 John Wetteland 150 John Franco 146 Jeff Montgomery 53 Randy Myers 44 Rod Beck 39 Roberto Hernandez 38 Mike Jackson 36 Tom Henke 31 Robb Nen 27 Rick Aguilera 25 Lee Smith 24 Jesse Orosco 22 Doug Jones 12 Steve Reed 10 Jose Mesa 6 Mike Maddux 5 Mitch Williams 4 Mark Wohlers 4 Jeff Shaw 3 Duane Ward 3 Joe Boever 2 Mark Eichhorn 2 Xavier Hernandez 2 Graeme Lloyd 2 Gregg Olson 2 Jeff Parrett 2 Jeff Russell 2 Paul Assenmacher 1 Jeff Brantley 1 Greg Cadaret 1 Norm Charlton 1 Dennis Cook 1 Buddy Groom 1 Eddie Guardado 1 John Habyan 1 Mike Henneman 1 Darren Holmes 1 Rick Honeycutt 1 Kent Mercker 1 Mike Munoz 1 Mike Myers 1 Bob Patterson 1 Eric Plunk 1 Paul Quantrill 1 Scott Radinsky 1 Heathcliff Slocumb 1 Dave Veres 1 Bob Wickman 1 Todd Worrell 1 TOTAL 1310