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Old 08-12-2006, 07:43 AM   #320
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Rollie Fingers, RP, A's/Padres/Brewers

Post-Season: 1971 ALCS, 1972 ALCS, 1972 World Series, 1973 ALCS, 1973 World Series, 1974 ALCS, 1974 World Series, 1975 ALCS, 1981 ALDS
Awards: All-Star (7): 1973-1976, 1978, 1981-1982; MVP 1981; Cy Young 1981; Rolaids Relief Man Award (4): 1977-1978, 1980-1981; 1974 World Series MVP

Rollie Fingers' 17-year career epitomized the emergence of the modern-day relief ace. After watching him post inconsistent results as a starter, the A's moved Fingers to the bullpen. He excelled quickly and frequently in his new role. Relying on a sharp slider, Fingers went on to notch 341 career saves. Known for his handlebar mustache, Fingers became a familiar site during the post-season, appearing in 16 World Series games. He won both the American League MVP and Cy Young Award with the Brewers in 1981.

"Before, he was a real power pitcher. Now, he's the type of pitcher who has command of all of his pitches. Another thing is the poise he has out there. He knows he's going to get them out. He gives me a lot of confidence when he's out there."
— Milwaukee Brewers Manager, Rene Lachemann -1984

Did You Know... that Rollie Fingers won the 1974 World Series Most Valuable Player Award with one win and two saves for the World Champion Oakland A's?
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