Bob Welch: Rest in Peace
You may have heard the news this afternoon that former Dodgers and A’s pitcher Bob Welch has died of an apparent heart-attack at age 57.
Bob Welch was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 3, 1956. He went to Hazel Park High School, and attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. He was the Dodgers first round pick in the 1977 amateur draft, the 20th pick overall. He debuted for the Dodgers in 1978 at age 21, appearing in 23 games that season. In 111 innings pitched, he posted a 7-4 record, and recorded a 2.02 ERA.
Welch pitched well for the Dodgers for ten seasons, from 1978 through 1987, inclusive. He made the 1980 All-Star team, and pitched in both the 1978 and 1981 World Series’ against the Yankees. As a Dodger, Welch posted a 115-86 record in 292 games with a 3.14 ERA.
When he was 31-years old, Welch became a member of the Oakland A’s (as part of a three-team trade) in 1988, just in time to join the Bash Brothers as they headed towards the World Series. Welch pitched against his former Dodgers teammates in Game 3 of that Series, performing well but receiving a no-decision for his efforts. The Dodgers ultimately won the Series in five games.
His career record for Oakland over seven seasons was 96-60, with a 3.94 ERA. He made the 1990 All-Star team, and won the A.L. Cy Young award that season as well, posting an incredible 27-6 record in 35 starts. No pitcher since then has won as many as 25 games.
Bob Welch retired after the 1994 season, posting a career win-loss record of 211-146 with a 3.47 ERA. He won two World Series rings as a player, one with the Dodgers in 1981 and the other with the A’s in 1989.
He was also a pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he won a third World Series ring in 2001.
Welch is survived by an eighteen-year old daughter, and two sons in their 20’s, as well as his former wife, Mary Ellen.
My condolences go out to his family. It is truly sad that he passed away at such a young age. May he rest in peace.