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Pedro Feliciano becomes fifth pitcher in MLB history to make 90 appearances in a season

Sep 30, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

Two seasons ago Pedro Feliciano led baseball by pitching in 86 games and last season he bumped his MLB-leading appearance count up to 88. It turns out, he was just getting warmed up.
Last night Feliciano appeared in his 91st game of the year for the Mets, becoming just the fifth pitcher in baseball history with 90 or more appearances in a season.
Here’s the list of 90-game pitchers:

Salomon Torres         2006
Kent Tekulve           1978, 1979, 1987
Mike Marshall          1973, 1974, 1979
Wayne Granger          1969

Mike Marshall is the only pitcher to ever appear in 100 or more games in a season, logging an insane 208.1 innings in a ridiculous 106 appearances for the Dodgers in 1974. He finished 83 of those games, posting 15 victories with 21 saves and a 2.42 ERA, and received the Cy Young award.
Feliciano is a left-handed specialist, so he’s logged just 61.2 innings in his 91 appearances this season and a total of 174.1 innings in 265 appearances over the past three years. On the other hand, he has a 3.41 ERA during that span and given that he has Jerry Manuel as his manager you can be certain Feliciano has warmed up well over 100 times this season, which is pretty impressive.

  1. BC - Sep 30, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    I was gonna say, it seemed like Kent Tekulve did that EVERY year.

  2. Philip P - Sep 30, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    You have to love the fact that Tekulve not only pulled off the 90+ appearances trick three times but did so a thrid time after a seven gap. Definition of rubber arm.

  3. dlf - Sep 30, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    I was a pretty obsessive baseball fan in the mid to late 1980s … but had completely forgotten Tekulve’s stint with Philly or Cincy. To me, he never left the pillbox caps of the 1979 We Are Family Pirates.

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