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Bill Caudill
Born: 1956

RHP 1979-87 Cubs , Mariners, A

Bill Caudill's Teammates

  • All-Star in 1984

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Caudill was a fireballing reliever who saved 106 games while demonstrating pitching proficiency and a wonderful sense of fun. He was nicknamed "The Inspector" by his Mariners teammates when he "investigated" their bats, sleuthing for hits that were mysteriously missing. Caudill would come in from the bullpen to the Pink Panther theme. During a one-sided game against the Blue Jays, Caudill emerged from the dugout between innings with one-half of his beard shaved off. After setting franchise records for saves, Caudill was traded to a stronger Oakland team, where he had a 36-save season in 1984. Toronto traded Alfredo Griffin and Dave Collins for Caudill and signed him to a hefty long-term contract with the expectation that he would be Toronto's first genuine bullpen ace. But because Caudill's arrival in Toronto conicided with the sudden emergence of Tom Henke, he didn't get much opportunity to establish himself as a closer. He had shoulder problems that ended his career after a couple of seasons with the Blue Jays. His attempts to catch on with the A's and Indians were unsuccessful. (TF)
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
March 28, 1977: The Reds swap Joel Youngblood to the Cardinals for P Bill Caudill. Tomorrow, they'll send Pat Darcy to the Cards for Mike Caldwell.

October 31, 1977: The Reds trade pitchers Woody Fryman and Bill Caudill to the Cubs for P Bill Bonham.

August 24, 1980: Nolan Ryan holds the Cubs to two hits in nine innings to give the Astros their 10th straight victory, 21, winning over Bill Caudill. Jose Cruz homers. During the streak, the Houston bull pen has thrown 37 2/3 shut out innings.

November 21, 1983: The Mariners trade reliever Bill Caudill and a player to be named later (minor leaguer Darrel Akerfelds) to the A's for catcher Bob Kearney and pitcher Dave Beard.

August 27, 1984: Dave Kingman hits a double and homer to help Oakland score seven runs in the 7th inning, but that's all the A's score in losing to the Yankees, 76. Bobby Meacham has two homers, including the game winner in the 8th, to back Dave Righetti's relief win. Bill Caudill loses.