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William Holland Caudill

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Bill Caudill was one of the top relievers in the early 1980s, recording 106 saves over nine seasons in the majors.

Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth round of the 1974 amateur draft, Caudill was primarily a starter in the minors, playing in the Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds organizations before being traded to the Chicago Cubs after the 1977 season. He reached the majors with the Cubs in 1979, going 1-7 with a 4.80 ERA in 29 games split between the rotation and bullpen. He pitched well for Chicago the following season, posting a 2.19 ERA in 72 games for a last-place club.

Prior to the 1982 season, Caudill was traded to the New York Yankees, who then dealt him to the Seattle Mariners. He found immediate success with Seattle, going 12-9 with a 2.35 ERA and 26 saves in his first summer with the team. After recording 26 saves again in 1983, he was dealt to the Oakland Athletics. He saved a career-best 36 games for the A's and appeared in the 1984 All-Star Game. Following one season in Oakland, he was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays for Alfredo Griffin and Dave Collins. However, he soon lost the closer job to Tom Henke and only notched 14 saves in 1985 Blue Jays. After one more year with Toronto, he ended his playing career back in Oakland in 1987.

During his big league days, Caudill was well-known for his sense of humor, and he was the first client of agent Scott Boras (who was also his minor league teammate). Following his playing career, he was co-coach with former teammate Julio Cruz at the Eastside Catholic High School in Kirkland, WA for several years. He also spent time working for Boras.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (1984)
  • 30 Saves Seasons: 1 (1984)

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