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September 18, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley faced the most pressure-filled moments baseball can present. In winning the American League Cy Young and most valuable player awards in 1992, and closing games during the Oakland Athletics' World Series-winning 1989 season, Eckersley recorded the biggest outs necessary. Against Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series, well … . With the Angels and Dodgers among many trying to make the playoffs in an increased field thanks to the extra wild-card entrant, Eckersley, a major leagues analyst for TBS, assesses how late September and early October will play out. How does the game, the stress of winning change for a player this time of year?
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May 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Twenty-five years is a hunk of time. For an individual and a team. Amazingly, or painfully, it has been 25 years since the Dodgers last won a World Series. Not so coincidentally, former "Dodgers Talk" host Josh Suchon has a new book out that examines that 1988 season, “Miracle Men.” Suchon, who will be signing copies of the book in the right-field store at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until the end of the third inning, has done a marvelous job or recounting that season.
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September 30, 1989 | KEN ROSENTHAL, Baltimore Evening Sun
Some opinions on the annual baseball awards: American League MVP: Dennis Eckersley. The preference here is to vote for a player on a contending, if not winning, team. Eckersley is clearly a compromise choice, but he's the one player Oakland missed most during its rash of injuries earlier in the season. The A's were 20-20 without him. Eckersley's best statistic is that he has nearly as many saves (32) as hits and walks combined (35), but his candidacy, too, is flawed.
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September 18, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley faced the most pressure-filled moments baseball can present. In winning the American League Cy Young and most valuable player awards in 1992, and closing games during the Oakland Athletics' World Series-winning 1989 season, Eckersley recorded the biggest outs necessary. Against Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series, well … . With the Angels and Dodgers among many trying to make the playoffs in an increased field thanks to the extra wild-card entrant, Eckersley, a major leagues analyst for TBS, assesses how late September and early October will play out. How does the game, the stress of winning change for a player this time of year?
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May 1, 1988 | Ross Newhan
With Dave Parker, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Carney Lansford and Don Baylor, there was no question that the Oakland Athletics held the hammer in the American League West. But what about the nails? Did they have a closer? Dennis Eckersley seems to have removed the doubt.
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January 25, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Oakland Athletics' Dennis Eckersley and the St. Louis Cardinals' Lee Smith received Rolaids' Relief Man awards as the top relievers in baseball.
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May 2, 1990
Oakland Athletic reliever Dennis Eckersley agreed to a two-year contract extension for $6 million. Eckersley will get a $2-million signing bonus, $2 million in 1991 and $2 million in 1992.
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October 30, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Dave Winfield and Roberto Alomar of the World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays were among those on the 1992 Associated Press all-star team. The top vote-getter was Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley.
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March 1, 1994 | Associated Press
Reliever Dennis Eckersley will be held out when the Oakland Athletics start exhibition play this weekend. Eckersley has a stiff neck, and the A's are not going to rush him.
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September 27, 1998 | Associated Press
After 1,070 games, Dennis Eckersley still couldn't wait to pitch Saturday. And the Boston reliever still can't stand it when he makes a mistake. Eckersley, a rookie starter with the Cleveland Indians in 1975, ran in from the bullpen to a standing ovation in the ninth inning at Boston, setting a major league record with his 1,071st pitching appearance. But he was disgusted with the home run ball he served to B.J. Surhoff.
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October 19, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
The chipped, scratched, tar-streaked piece of old wood is a thing of beauty. I actually felt a chill Tuesday when I picked up the black Worth Tennessee Thumper that Kirk Gibson used to drive a ball into the most memorable moment in Los Angeles Dodgers history. It was the first time in 22 years I have seen the bat that a gimpy Gibson used to hit a two-run homer against the Oakland Athletics' Dennis Eckersley in the bottom of the ninth to win the 1988 World Series opener. It is probably also the last time I will see it. In an act as odd and unexpected as the famous swing itself, Gibson is auctioning the bat, jersey and helmet from a play that was once voted the top sports moment in our city's history.
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December 18, 2009 | By Diane Pucin
You may think there are too many television talk shows. It's not even fun to mock ABC's "The View" anymore. ESPN's "Around the Horn" might as well be over the moon. It just feels over. But wait. There's more. On Sunday night at 7 p.m., the HLN network (which until recently was CNN Headline News) will premiere a one-hour show called "With All Due Respect." The panel? Charles Barkley, Dennis Eckersley and Kyle Petty with host Robin Meade. Basketball star, baseball star, auto racing star.
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July 26, 2004 | From Associated Press
Dennis Eckersley can still come up with the save in a tough spot. Flanked by 50 Hall of Famers, cheered by hundreds of fans, and staring out at his parents, Eckersley repeatedly fought back tears on Sunday and managed to complete his induction speech into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The cocky right-hander with the mustache and shaggy hair was humbled as never before. "It was brutal. I've never been through something like this.
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July 25, 2004 | From Associated Press
Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor excelled in the clutch, so they should be used to it by now. Then again, induction speeches at the Baseball Hall of Fame are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. "I'm getting a little bit more anxious," said Molitor, contemplating today's ceremony. "There's a lot of things to handle." Eckersley, a studio analyst on cable TV for Boston Red Sox home games, said he was "uptight" about his induction.
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July 24, 2004 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Seldom is a man so celebrated for his success so remembered for his failure. The televised image of Dennis Eckersley inevitably precedes the image of Kirk Gibson, jerking his elbow backward, limping around the bases and reveling in one of baseball's most glorious home runs.
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December 11, 1998 | From Associated Press
After pitching in the most games in major league history--1,071--Dennis Eckersley said Thursday he had thrown his final fastball. His 24 seasons in the majors were really two careers: 13 years as a starter and then, after a battle with alcohol, a move to the bullpen for 11 years as one of the most dominating relievers the game has ever seen. "It's hard to walk away," he said, fighting back tears. "It's been a major part of my life since I was 8 years old."
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December 11, 1998 | From Associated Press
After pitching in the most games in major league history--1,071--Dennis Eckersley said Thursday he had thrown his final fastball. His 24 seasons in the majors were really two careers: 13 years as a starter and then, after a battle with alcohol, a move to the bullpen for 11 years as one of the most dominating relievers the game has ever seen. "It's hard to walk away," he said, fighting back tears. "It's been a major part of my life since I was 8 years old."
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July 24, 2004 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Seldom is a man so celebrated for his success so remembered for his failure. The televised image of Dennis Eckersley inevitably precedes the image of Kirk Gibson, jerking his elbow backward, limping around the bases and reveling in one of baseball's most glorious home runs.
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September 27, 1998 | Associated Press
After 1,070 games, Dennis Eckersley still couldn't wait to pitch Saturday. And the Boston reliever still can't stand it when he makes a mistake. Eckersley, a rookie starter with the Cleveland Indians in 1975, ran in from the bullpen to a standing ovation in the ninth inning at Boston, setting a major league record with his 1,071st pitching appearance. But he was disgusted with the home run ball he served to B.J. Surhoff.
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April 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
Houston's reserves beat the Cardinals again. Bill Spiers, who had struck out in his first three at-bats as a pinch-hitter, came off the bench in the 10th inning and doubled in two runs off Dennis Eckersley, leading the Astros to a 4-2 win at St. Louis on Monday. "He's one of the best closers in the game, and today I was lucky to get him," Spiers said. "Any time you face him, it's going to be a battle."
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