When you think of Phillies Cy Young winners, Steve Bedrosian is almost certainly not the first one you think of. The reliever won it in 1987 when he led the league with 40 saves, posting a 2.86 ERA in the process. He was just the sixth reliever to win the award and only one of nine to ever do so. He was also an All-Star and finished 16th in MVP voting that year.
Bedrosian began his career in Atlanta as a third round pick in 1978 and made his debut in 1981 at the age of 23. The Braves worked Bedrosian primarily as a reliever, but in 1985 he made 37 starts and finished the year 7-15 with a 3.83 ERA.
In December of ’85, Bedrosian was traded by the Braves with Milt Thompson to the Phillies for Pete Smith and Ozzie Virgil.
Bedrosian pitched in four seasons for the Phillies, racking up 103 saves and finishing 188 games. Altogether, he had a 3.29 ERA, 1.253 WHIP, 241 strikeouts, and 106 walks in 287.1 innings. He ranks third in saves and eighth in games finished in franchise history.
Halfway through the 1989 season, Bedrosian was traded to the Giants with Rick Parker for Dennis Cook, Charlie Hayes and Terry Mulholland. San Francisco went to the World Series with Bedrosian, but lost to the Athletics.
Bedrosian got his lone World Series title in 1991 with the Twins before returning to Atlanta for three seasons
Today, Bedrosian’s son Cam is a reliever for the Angels leading the way with 62 appearances this season.