From the horse’s mouth: Brawling with Pedro

Let us acquire a glimpse at yet another brawl from Phillies history. This a single features a Corridor of Famer who would inevitably participate in for the Phillies, and it also offers me with an possibility to write about Mike Williams.

Why Mike Williams? Why not!

Brawling with Pedro

In 1996, Pedro Martinez was a skinny starting pitcher for the Montreal Expos who hadn’t still made into a Cy Younger caliber ace. In a late September commence versus the Phillies, his lack of command induced a brawl:

In the third inning, Martinez strike Phillies very first baseman Gregg Jefferies on the elbow, knocking him out of the recreation. Jefferies experienced a maligned Phillies job, and his 1996 period was surely underwhelming. But as opposed to most of his expertise-deprived teammates on the 1996 crew, he was a star, which intended the Phillies had been obligated to retaliate.

The man to do the retaliating was Phillies beginning pitcher Mike Williams. When Pedro came to the plate, Williams threw a suspiciously inside pitch that prompted warnings for each dugouts. When the upcoming pitch was powering Martinez, it was brawling time.

Some observations:

  • For a star pitcher, that was a weak toss of the helmet from Martinez.
  • As soon as once more, Curt Schilling was appropriate in the middle of things. Perhaps he was just a seriously supportive teammate? Or it’s possible he just appreciated punching men and women?
  • Martinez had some regulate challenges in his early times, so there’s a fantastic probability that his beaning of Jefferies was unintended. But this is why you shouldn’t hit players on past location groups. They have nothing to eliminate, and they may well be looking for an outlet for their frustrations.
  • Williams does the obligatory shrug immediately after the 1st inside of pitch, even even though it was blindingly clear that he was throwing at him.
  • This was the 12 months the Phillies had Benito Santiago as their catcher. Usually, the catcher is shut behind when a participant rates the mound, but it appears to be that he resolved to chase down the wild pitch as an alternative. Questionable determination, or it’s possible he just didn’t care for Williams all that substantially.

The illustrious profession of Mike Williams

Mike Williams was a merchandise of the early ‘90s Phillies farm method, which commonly doesn’t portend upcoming results. And he was not prosperous with the Phillies, bouncing concerning the rotation and bullpen for a number of years, but not excelling in possibly purpose. That’s not to say he did not make his mark with the crew:

On leaving the Phils as a free of charge agent after 1996, he turned a total-time reliever, with stops in Kansas Metropolis, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Pittsburgh again. He served as the nearer for individuals Pirates groups, and in fact manufactured the All-Star team in consecutive many years. In one of people yrs, he was quite excellent, racking up 46 will save and a 2.49 Era.

The upcoming yr, he wasn’t incredibly superior, but nevertheless made the All-Star group because the Pirates have been poor, and the team essential a rep. He actually has the history for best Period of any pitcher to make an All-Star crew. Wanting at the roster of the 2003 Pirates, I’m bewildered why they did not go with Brian Giles, Reggie Sanders, or Jason Kendall, all of whom have been significantly more worthy of variety. If any one has know-how of the 2003 Pirates (and sorry if you do), I’d enjoy to hear an explanation.

Phillies Common Supervisor Ed Wade was determined to enhance the 2003 team’s bullpen, so when an All-Star closer became offered at the trade deadline, he jumped at the chance. The improve of locale did not make improvements to Williams’ time. Thanks in part to his 19 walks in 25.2 innings, Williams recorded a 5.96 Era for the Phillies to go along with two blown saves. He did productively help save three games, so maybe it was not all poor?

(Checks notes on 2003 season)

No, it was lousy. Nothing will at any time leading 2020 in phrases of obtaining a lousy bullpen destroy a time, but the 2003 bullpen was rather dreadful in its personal right.


Final week’s remedy: Scott Rolen made only one All-Star team with the Phillies. It was in 2002, soon just before he was traded. Chapdaddy had it right.

This week’s query: Like the Pirates, the Phillies had just a person representative in the 2003 All-Star sport. Who was it?

Featured baseball card

Many thanks to @TheReliefRoom for finding this classic card of Mike Williams:

I’m not positive if Bowman went with glamour photographs for just about every player that period, or if Williams was singled out for the honor. Either way, Williams appears to be like extremely enjoyable there.

Closing considered

I have remarkable news: To rejoice the 10-12 months anniversary of the Phillies’ unforgettable 2012 time, following 7 days is likely to be 2012 7 days here at The Excellent Phight! We’re likely to celebrate all points 2012: Pop tradition, politics, and of system, the 2012 Phillies who valiantly attempted to defend their Countrywide League East title.

Be aware: I’m not certain if any of the other writers are going to be part of me in this endeavor, so 2012 Week may well just manifest by itself in a single story by me. But possibly way, it ought to be fun!