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Retired All-Star Ben Sheets starts coaching at alma mater

Aug 20, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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If not for injuries ruining his career Ben Sheets would probably still be pitching at age 35, but instead the four-time All-Star called it quits after starting the final game of the Braves’ season last year.

And now he’s getting into coaching at his alma mater, joining the University of Louisiana-Monroe staff as a volunteer assistant.

Sheets pitched for ULM from 1997-1999 before being drafted 10th overall by the Brewers and earned more than $50 million during a 10-year career that saw him post a 3.78 ERA in 1,600 innings between injuries.

  1. cadillacjosh - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    From that 18 strikeout game, to the year got robbed of the Cy Young, to pitching when he was already broken just to see us Brewers get to the wildcard in 2008, Sheets will always be one of Milwaukee’s favorites.

    • cohnjusack - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Meh, I don’t think he got robbed of the Cy Young that year. I would have gone with Randy Johnson.

      Nevertheless, Sheets and Johnson were pretty handily the best two pitchers in the league that year. And no other year may illustrate how stupid W-L records are for pitchers.
      Here where ranks in various categories

      IP: Johnson (2nd), Sheets (3rd)
      ERA: Johnson(2nd) Sheets (3rd)
      CG: Sheets (2nd) Johnson (4th)
      SO: Johnson (1st) Sheets (2nd)
      WHIP: Johnson(1st) Sheets(2nd)
      K/9: Johnson(2nd) Sheets (3rd)
      BB/9: Sheets (2nd) Johnson (4th)

      …and they went a combined 28-28. Shame, I guess they just didn’t know how to pitch to the score properly.

  2. muskyhunter2542 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I always wonder what would have been. Had the brewers scored more than 1 or 2 runs a game whenever he pitched.
    I felt bad for him because the lack of run support whenever he took to the mound.

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