Thursday, October 6, 2016

Greatest White Sox Team of All-Time, Relief Pitchers-- Part 12

These names sure bring back memories in a lot of cases.  Some of the Sox listed, however, were before my time.

Continuing with relief pitchers


Jenks emerged as the closer late in the Sox 2005 championship run and had four saves in the post season, including two in the World Series.

he went on to become an All-Star in 2006 and 2007, when he saved 41 and 40 games.  Jenks' 173 saves are the second-most in Sox history.


The team's all-time saves leader with 201, Thigpen led the majors with a record 57 saves in 1990.  He also posted a 1.83 ERA that season and appeared in a league-high 77 games and was named an All-Star.

Thigpen saved 30 or more games in four consecutive seasons from 1988-1991.

But, his habit of putting baserunners on, and often three of them at a time, sure scared the bejeevers out of me.


The Hall of Fame knuckleballer had his best seasons with the Sox.  In five of his six seasons on the South Side, Wilhelm never posted an ERA higher than 1.99.

He had three seasons with twenty or more saves for the Sox, including a career high 27 in 1964.

Of the five, I would go with Hoyt Wilhelm as best relief pitcher.


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