h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Terry Mulholland

Mulholland baclkMulholland frontThis is Terry Mulholland’s rookie card. He was a first round draft pick of the Giants in 1984 as a 23-year-old. He’d never perform well in the minors (723.2 IPs, 3.69 ERA and 1.49 WHIP), so it isn’t terribly surprising that he would have to work as a gas station attendant during the off-season. Clearly he wasn’t drawing the Annie Savoy bedroom eye dollars.

It took him four years, but by 1988, the Giants would pay him enough ($70,000) to leave the Chevron behind. However, his finest year wouldn’t come until 1993 for the Philadelphia Phillies for whom he would go 9-10 but post a 3.34 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He’d follow that up with back-to-back 225+ IP campaigns.

Mulholland would also be part of five different trades that included the likes of Steve Bedrosian (who was himself traded three times between the Braves, Giants and Phillies), Dennis Cook, Desi Relaford, Jose Hernandez and Paul Shuey. In addition, Mulholland was part of the oldest battery (along with Pat Borders) in baseball history and pitched the first no-hitter in venerable Veteran’s stadium history.

Given his longevity as a LOOGY, it’s not surprising that his career compares favorably to Jeff Fassaro, Greg Swindell, Shane Rawley and Darren Oliver.

Still, his most memorable start would be game six of the 1993 World Series. He’d give up five runs in five innings of work, but pitch well enough for the Phillies to be in position to win the game when, hells bells, Mitch Williams entered. Unfortunately, Williams would give up a walk-off season-ending home run to Joe Carter that led to the leap of joy.

In all, Mulholland would pitch 20 seasons and earn $20.1 million — enough to buy a lot of cool baseball cards. Along the way, he would make stops in Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Minnesota, Chicago, etc. That’s a lot for a guy who started off needing to pump gas in the off-season. Oh, and one other thing, he recorded a win in 18 consecutive seasons, tied for the 51st longest streak in major league baseball history.

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For the history of this series, check out this article: Check You Out On the Flip Side: Howard Johnson.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Evan Rosen on October 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

    This series of articles is fantastic. I always was a fan of Mulholland, don’t know why.


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