Phillies Wall of Fame candidate: Steve Bedrosian

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Former manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies talks about being inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame during a ceremony before the start of a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 9, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Former manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies talks about being inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame during a ceremony before the start of a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 9, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 20: A view of the sunset behind the scoreboard in the fourth inning during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 20, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 20: A view of the sunset behind the scoreboard in the fourth inning during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 20, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

Only one reliever is currently on the Phillies Wall of Fame, but that could change this summer.

While known as star for the Phillies, Steve Bedrosian was originally a third round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 1978.  He pitched to a 4.44 ERA in 15 games this rookie before a very solid rookie season in 1982, going 8-6 with a 2.42 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 137 2/3 innings in 64 games.

He continued to pitch the next two seasons primarily out of the bullpen, winning 18 and saving 30 before moving to the starting rotation in 1985.  Bedrosian set a career-high with 206 2/3 innings that season, but won just seven of 22 decisions with a 3.83 ERA.

Bedrosian was traded by the Braves along with Milt Thompson to the Phillies on December 10, 1985, for Ozzie Virgil and Pete Smith. Bedrosian spent nearly 3 1/2 seasons with the Phillies, winning 21 and saving 103. His best season was in 1987 when he saved a league-high 40 and won the Cy Young Award.

The Phillies ultimately dealt Bedrosian with Rick Parker to the Giants on June 18, 1989, for Terry Mulholland, Dennis Cook, and Charlie Hayes.  Bedrosian pitched with the Giants through the 1990 season before being traded to the Twins. After a mediocre 4.42 ERA in 56 games with the Twins, Bedrosian became a free agent.

Out of baseball in 1992, Bedrosian was signed by the Braves and had his best season in 1993 in terms of ERA, posting a slim 1.63 ERA in 49 games.  After a solid 1994 campaign, Bedrosian became a free agent and was re-signed by the Braves. After struggled to a 6.11 ERA in 29 games, Bedrosian retired.

Bedrosian retired with a 76-79 record, 184 saves and an ERA of 3.38 in 732 games. He ranks third in Phillies history in saves, behind Jonathan Papelbon and Jose Mesa after holding the record for over a decade.

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