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HE SAID WHAT?
“There is no dancing, except for celebrating big plays.” — “Dancing With the Stars” champion Jason Taylor after his introduction as the newest Redskins player
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Tony Stewart has won two of the last three races at the Brickyard in Indianapolis. And he could use a good result to stay among the pack of drivers vying for a spot in the season-ending chase.
Hall of Fame induction ceremonies
They don’t make closers like Goose Gossage anymore. And no one can pull off the Fu Manchu quite as well, either.
TWT FIVE: BEST HALL OF FAME RELIEVERS
1. Dennis Eckersley — He leads all Hall of Famers with 390 saves, a remarkable feat considering he spent 12 years a as a starter before becoming a closer. From 1988 to 1992, he averaged 44 saves a season and an ERA of 2.44.
2. Rollie Fingers — His 341 saves are the second-most of any pitcher in the Hall, and he pitched in an era when multi-inning saves were the norm. His 28 saves and 1.04 ERA in 1982 earned him Cy Young honors.
3. Bruce Sutter — Recorded 300 saves and averaged nearly 1 innings every time he entered a game. His 1984 campaign (45 saves, 122 IP, 1.54 ERA) remains one of the best seasons ever for a relief pitcher.
4. Goose Gossage — In a career spanning nearly four decades, Goose managed 310 saves and a career ERA of 3.01.
5. Hoyt Wilhelm — Finished 651 games over a 21-year career, ending six seasons with an ERA under 2.00. In 1965, at age 42, the knuckleballer threw 144 innings — all in relief — and allowed just 29 runs. He went on to pitch seven more seasons.
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