Jeff Nelson, other non-Ichiro stuff

DMZ · January 12, 2007 at 3:55 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Jeff Nelson, three-time Mariner, has hung ’em up. It’s a sad day for… for him, I guess. I’m sorry, but the Ichiro thing sort of makes it hard to get a good perspective on anything else.

Anyway! We saw Nelson do some of his best and worst work here and make his only appearance in the outfield.

There were also some other transactions. Rodrigo Lopez changed teams, or… something. ICHIROOOOO


22 Responses to “Jeff Nelson, other non-Ichiro stuff”

  1. frenchonion on January 12th, 2007 3:58 pm

    I thought it was odd he decided to retire as a Yankee. (He signed minor league deal and retired.)

  2. Josh on January 12th, 2007 3:58 pm

    Anyway! We saw Nelson do some of his best and worst work here and make his only appearance in the outfield.

    That’s the first thing that comes to mind whenever anyone mentions Nelson.

  3. revbill on January 12th, 2007 4:22 pm

    I always think of his awesome mustache, and how one year players would rub his pregnant wife’s belly for good luck.

  4. EnglishMariner on January 12th, 2007 4:24 pm

    What’s the story behind that outfield appearance then? It happened before I started supporting the team.

  5. David J. Corcoran I on January 12th, 2007 4:47 pm

    Randy was pitching, and Nelson came in in relief. It was a deal where it was R-L-R, so they had Nelly come in and pitch, and put the Unit in th e OF, and then they brought Randy back in, and put Nelly in the OF, and then Nelson pitched again, and then the inning was over.

  6. DMZ on January 12th, 2007 5:00 pm

    Are you sure that’s not a different game?

    It went Nelson replaced Fleming, moved to left, replacing Newfield, Powell pitches, inning over, then Tiny Felder went into left, Nelson returned to pitching, got two outs, and was relieved by Hampton.

    Retrosheet link here.

  7. DMZ on January 12th, 2007 5:07 pm

    Yeah, I’m sure you’re wrong now. Randy’s LF game was 10/3 of 93, the last game of the season. Handy retrosheet link here.

    Randy wasn’t pitching that day, it was Leary. Which raises a whole other question: what happened to doing wacky stuff like that on hte last day of the year?

  8. JI on January 12th, 2007 5:08 pm

    And Mike Hampton got the save. Boy, wouldn’t he have been useful circa 1998 or so…

  9. JI on January 12th, 2007 5:10 pm

    He played LF, and he didn’t pitch? Wha??? Was Lou trying to get fired?

  10. Deanna on January 12th, 2007 5:48 pm

    Any time at all I hear anything by Alan Jackson, even if it’s not Chattahoochee, it reminds me of Jeff Nelson. That’ll be his legacy to me, since I didn’t move here until 2002.

  11. bakomariner on January 12th, 2007 5:53 pm

    maybe if more players had the balls to speak their minds like nelly did, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now…not that they’d listen…i always loved his interviews and his slider…sucks that he’d retire with the emipire…but i can understand it..

  12. Thom Jimsen on January 12th, 2007 6:12 pm

    I wonder which area high school basketball game Nelson’s reffing tonight? (Assuming it hasn’t been canceled due to weather.)

  13. D Truth on January 12th, 2007 6:45 pm

    What I’ll always remember about Jeff Nelson is his relief appearance in game four of the 1995 ALDS:

    IP Hits Runs ER BB K HR
    Nelson 4 6 0 0 2 4 0

    Starter Chris Bosio was hooked after giving up five runs in the first two innings. Nelson comes in and shuts the Yankees down for four innings, while Edgar Martinez hits two homers and drives in seven runs to lead the Mariners to a 11-8 victory.

    And the best part …

    I was there! Whoa Nelle!

  14. pdb on January 12th, 2007 6:49 pm

    what happened to doing wacky stuff like that on hte last day of the year?

    At the risk of sounding like a cranky old man, it’s different than it was in my day (my day being, probably, the mid-to-late 80’s to about 1999). There’s way more at stake now, and players take themselves way more seriously than they used to, and don’t want to “embarrass” themselves by doing something crazy.

    Forget for a moment the disconnect between not wanting to embarrass yourself and being a Kansas City Royal in the first place, and it’s too bad stuff like that doesn’t happen any more.

  15. msb on January 12th, 2007 10:01 pm

    I don’t think Nelly refs anymore– though IIRC he did try his hand at coaching middleschool JV baskeball a few years back … wasn’t it Lou who liked to do the last-day things, like letting JR play out of position?

    maybe if more players had the balls to speak their minds like nelly did, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now…

    um, yeah. and those damn yankees never listened to him either, amd look where they are.

  16. mirrorbob on January 12th, 2007 10:59 pm

    More like #13.

    I watch the last 3 games of the 1995 series against the Yankees once a year or so and I’ve got my 11 yo baseball fanatic son doing it now too.

    Over and over again I’m left with the feeling that it is Nelson’s FOUR innings of relief in game 4 that saved baseball in Seattle. Very dynamic clutch pitching. I know it’s only 4 innings by a reliever, but it should be considered one of the top moments in Mariner history. If you know somebody who has it taped, check it out. When Bosio goes shuffling off the mound, you know everybody thinks it may be all over. The tension is palpable through the time machine of video. Baseball at its best.

  17. David J. Corcoran I on January 13th, 2007 12:31 am

    7: My bad, the Unit appeare din 1 game in the OF the same year, so I naturally assumed it was the same game.

  18. msb on January 13th, 2007 10:22 am

    oh my god. currently on the Outdoor channel you can watch “Ryan Klesko’s Adventures”. This week Ryno (clad in full rock camo, armed with a huuuuge telescope, sights, spotters and armaments) is attempting to pick off small antelope from far far away whilst hunting in Spain. Oh, wait, they are actually going to move in closer.

    (“this is awsome, man.”)

  19. LB on January 13th, 2007 2:13 pm

    There’s an episode that shouldn’t go unmentioned from the 2003 ALCS, in which Nellie, offended by the behavior of a teacher of “special needs children” who was working as a groundskeeper and stationed in the NY bullpen in Fenway Park, acted out.

    After Nellie knocked him down, the groundskeeper, lying on the ground, was repeatedly in the way of Nelson’s spikes. He kept slamming them again and again into the man, who for some foolish reason wouldn’t get out of the way.

    Luckily Karim Garcia, playing right field, saw the predicament that Nelson was in, and leaped over the bullpen wall to add his spikes to the party.

    Jolly times. Enjoy your retirement, Nellie. You went out as a Real Yankee.

  20. Jason Maxwell on January 15th, 2007 7:30 am


    I walked into the Kingdome at the moment Bosio was shuffling off the mound, having just raced across town from the Huskies blowing a lead over Notre Dame. That was about as low as you could get in the space of two hours. We had nowhere to go but up, and Edgar obliged.

  21. Karen on January 16th, 2007 2:16 pm

    Those were the days, Jason…


  22. Karen on January 16th, 2007 2:37 pm

    Oh, yeah. There’s also this little bit in the Yanks’ page:

    Nelson’s agent, Jay Franklin, touched base with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and set up Nelson’s ceremonial invitation to Spring Training.

    “Brian and I talked about it, and I told him Jeff really, really wanted to retire as a Yankee,” Franklin said. “He’s a Yankee, through and through. He has no love for the Mariners, even though he lives up there [in the Pacific Northwest]. Jeff still loves the Yankees.”

    Interesting. That explains why Jeff Nelson pitched for the Mariners his first 4 years in the majors, and returned THREE times in 2001-2, 2003, and 2005.

    And it was the Yankees who dropped Jeff Nelson rather than come across with a $1M negotiating difference in his last contract with them.

    Maybe Jeffie thinks the Mariners’ (as a team, not an organization or front office) laid-back style has less cachet for his upcoming/future endeavors as an “Ultimate Fighter” in UFC pay-per-view events…

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