Saturday, April 21, 2018

Dave Telgheder, Strange Feeling - 26

Dave Telgheder threw a AAA no-hitter in 1992 and it made national news, according to The Newport News Daily Press.

Telgheder threw it as a member of the Mets organization, whose top club in Queens had never thrown one, The Daily Press noted.

"It was a good game, but I never thought it would become that big of a deal," Telgheder told The Daily Press. "I had a lot of newspapers and reporters lining up to talk to me. It felt strange."

Telgheder had to deal with more newspapers and reporters the next year, when he made the majors. He went on to see time in six major league seasons.

Telgheder's career began in 1989, taken by the Mets in the 31st round of the draft out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

He started with the Mets at short-season Pittsfield. He went 5-3 there, with a 2.45 ERA. He made AA Williamsport in 1991, then AAA Tidewater in 1992. He went 6-14 on the year at Tidewater, with a 4.21 ERA.

In June 1993, Telgheder made the majors. He went 6-2, with a 4.76 ERA over 24 outings, seven starts. He closed out the season with three-straight wins. He explained the run to The New York Times after the third win.

"I've been staying away from the middle of the plate and not giving in to hitters as much," Telgheder told The Times.

Telgheder returned for brief stints for the Mets in 1994 and 1995. He then moved to the Athletics for 1996. He went 4-7, with a 4.65 ERA over 16 outings, 14 starts. He then returned for another 20 outings, 19 starts in 1997.

To start 1997, he went 7.2 shutout innings against the Yankees.

"Outstanding, what can I say?" Oakland manager Art Howe told The San Francisco Examiner afterward of Telgheder's outing. "I don't know that words can express the job he did for us."

Telgheder went 4-6 overall in 1997, with a 6.06 ERA. He then returned for eight final appearances in 1998 and ended his career at AAA in 1999.

Talgheder returned home to Middletown, NY, but stayed in the game. In 2007, he served as a high school pitching coach and instructor.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,930
Made the Majors:1,089-37.2%-X
Never Made Majors:1,841-62.8%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 451-X
10+ Seasons in the Minors:271

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