By pitching well at AA San Antonio (Texas League) during the 1981 major league baseball
strike, Niedenfuer earned a promotion to the Dodgers for the second half of the season.
He capped a successful rookie season with 5-2/3 scoreless postseason innings. His
94-mph fastball made him the Dodgers'
bullpen stopper after Steve Howe
Niedenfuer gave up two notorious homers to Ozzie Smith
and Jack Clark
in the final
two games of the 1985 NLCS, with Clark's home run sending the Cardinals to the World