Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Power earned
a promotion to the Major Leagues by going 18-3 for
Albuquerque in 1981. A hard-throwing righthander who
pitched almost exclusively in relief in his first six ML
seasons, Power led the NL with 78 appearances in 1984 and
saved 27 games for the Reds in 1985.
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He was forced into the
Reds' starting rotation late in 1986 when Mario Soto and
John Denny were injured, and went 6-1 down the stretch to
earn a regular spot in the rotation the following year.
Power started 34 games in 1987, finishing 10-13, 4.50, then
was traded to Kansas City with Kurt Stillwell for Danny
Jackson after the season, and was traded again to Detroit in
August after going 5-6 for the Royals.
Power became a
journeyman from 1988 onward despite some solid seasons.
During the five year period from 1988 to 1993 he
pitched for eight teams: the Royals, Tigers,
Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, a second tour of duty with
the Reds, Indians, and finally the Seattle Mariners. He
retired in 1993.
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»August 31, 1988:
The first-place Tigers try for pennant insurance: Ted Power from Kansas City and Fred Lynn from Baltimore for players to be named later.
»May 4, 1992:
During KC's 11–6 win over Cleveland, Indians OF Albert Belle charges the mound after two of P Neal Heaton's pitches sail behind him. In the bullpen, Indian P Ted Power gets up from his chair to join the fight at the mound, and suffers a strained right calf muscle. He is forced to go on the DL with the injury.