Bob Wickman

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Bob Wickman
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Wickman with the Braves in 2007
Pitcher
Born: (1969-02-06) February 6, 1969 (age 45)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 24, 1992 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2007 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
Games pitched 835
Win–loss record 63–61
Earned run average 3.57
Strikeouts 785
Saves 267
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Robert Joe Wickman (born February 6, 1969) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Wickman played for the New York Yankees (19921996), Milwaukee Brewers (1996–2000), Cleveland Indians (2000–2006), Atlanta Braves (2006–2007), and Arizona Diamondbacks (2007). He batted and threw right-handed. Wickman was known to rely on his sinker to save games.

During a childhood farming accident, Wickman lost part of his index finger on his right hand, to which he credited much of the sinking motion on his fastball.[1]

School career[edit]

At Oconto Falls High School, Wickman played football, baseball and basketball, swimming, horseback riding, tennis, and table tennis, being named an All-State pick in basketball. After high school, he attended University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, and was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft (2nd round) and signed by area scout Mike Rizzo.[citation needed] In 1992, he was sent by Chicago to the New York Yankees in the same trade that brought Steve Sax to the White Sox.

Major league career[edit]

In 1996, the New York Yankees traded Wickman to the Brewers before they won the World Series. After the Yankees won the World Series, they gave Wickman a World Series ring for being part of the active roster during the 1996 season.

Wickman as a closer of the Cleveland Indians in 2006.

Wickman made his first All-Star Game appearance in 2000 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. He was involved in a seven-player trade between the Brewers and Cleveland Indians, which would include sending Richie Sexson to Milwaukee.[2] On May 7, 2006, Wickman became the Indians' all-time franchise leader in saved games with 130, surpassing the record previously held by Doug Jones.[3] His 139 saves with the Indians is a club record, and his 45 saves on the season in 2005 is tied for second-best in team history.[4]

On July 20, 2006, Wickman was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Single-A Rome catcher Max Ramírez. Wickman then served as Atlanta's closer, recording his first save on July 24.

On September 20, 2006, Wickman signed a one-year $6.5 million contract extension to stay with the Atlanta Braves for the 2007 season.[5]

On August 24, 2007, after giving up a walk-off two run home run to the Reds' Adam Dunn in extra innings, Wickman complained to manager Bobby Cox about pitching in non-save situations. Consequently, he was released.[6]

On September 7, 2007, Wickman signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a move that signaled that he had backed off his disdain for non-save situations, given that the team had an established closer in José Valverde.[citation needed] Wickman pitched in 8 games for the Diamondbacks, going 0-1 with a 1.35 ERA. He became a free agent after the season, subsequently retiring.

Wickman ended his career with 511 games finished, ranking 34th all time among major league pitchers.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Edith. "The Ballplayers - Bob Wickman". BaseballLibrary.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  2. ^ Manoloff, Dennis (June 24, 2008). "It's that time: Whither C.C.?". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ B. Hill, Justice (2006-05-07). "Consistent Wickman claims saves mark". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  4. ^ "Cleveland Indians Top 10 Pitching Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ Bowman, Mark (2006-09-20). "Braves, Wickman agree to one-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  6. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070824&content_id=2167614&vkey=news_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl

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