Happy Reds birthday, Ted Power!
January 31, 1955
Ted Power was the perfect “put me in, coach” pitcher in the 1980s. Case in point: On April 20, 1983, Power entered a game against the Astros in the seventh inning and closed it out, earning his first of two saves that season. Less than two weeks later, Power earned his first victory on the strength of a complete game against the Phillies. Power appeared in 49 games that year for the Reds, starting six, finishing 14. In 1984 and 1985, Cincinnati utlizied him as a full-time reliever, and Power led the National League with 78 appearances in 1984 and saving 27 games in 1985. In 1987, though, with John Franco holding down the last few innings of games, Power found himself in the starting rotation. He collected ten victories in 34 starts that year, and was traded to the Royals with Kurt Stillwell for Danny Jackson and Angel Salazar during the off-season. He came back to the Reds in 1991, again in a bullpen role, appearing in 22 games. During his 13-year career, Power played for the Dodgers, Reds, Royals, Tigers, Pirates, Cardinals, Indians, and Mariners.
Power came back to the Reds last year as bullpen coach after spending several seasons with AAA Louisville Bats as pitching coach.