Saturday, August 14, 2010

Senators Saturday - Joe Grzenda, 1971.

Joe Grzenda appears here on card number 518 of the 1971 Topps set. In 1971 he appeared out of the bullpen for the Washington Senators.

Grzenda was one of the few bright lights of the Senators final season in Washington. In fact, he enjoyed a career year. In 46 appearances he pitched 70.1 innings. Those numbers put him about the middle of the pack in the Washington bullpen. The rest of his numbers were not the middle of the pack though. His 1.92 ERA was not only the lowest in the bullpen, it was the lowest on the entire pitching staff and the lowest of Joe's career. Likewise his 1.009 WHIP. His 56 strikeouts were also a career best and tied him for the top in the pen.

While 1971 was not a good year for the Senators it was a good one for Joe Grzenda. But even though Joe had provided relief on several levels during the dismal 1971 season he wouldn't make the move to Texas with the team. In November of 1971 he would be dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals for infielder Ted Kubiak.

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