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Tim Redding – Why is he still in the Major Leauges?

Posted by cuorange on July 20, 2009

Tim Redding

Tim Redding

I was passing by the TV today when I heard Tim Redding was coming in for the Mets. Tim Redding? The guy that has failed with 6 Major League teams is still pitching in the big leagues? Why? He’s not even left-handed.

Redding was a minor league phenom (71-42 record), especially with the Round Rock Express back in ’01, when he was 10-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 14 starts. Off to AAA and then the Astros. Sure he was 3-1, but his 5.50 ERA was a hint at what was to come.

In parts of 8 Major League seasons Redding is 35-53 with a 5.08 ERA. He’s given up 831 hits in 754.2 innings. He has also walked 309 batters in those same 754.2 innings.  1140 hits and walks in 754.2 innings?  Are you kidding me?  Redding would have to go 15-9 and lose .50 on his ERA to catch up with the noted Hall of Fame candidate Elmer Dessens.

This year Redding is sporting a 7.22 ERA and a 1-3 record in 12 games (9 starts) with 64 hits and 22 bases on balls in 52.1 innings.

Some guys can’t make the leap from AAA to the bigs.  Why is this guy still in the major leagues?

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