February 13, 1985
Logan Ondrusek pitched five years out of the bullpen for the Reds, collecting 21 victories with a 3.89 ERA before heading overseas in 2015. The 6’8 righty from Texas played for the Yakult Swallows in Tokyo in 2015 and part of 2016, before flying back to the States to pitch for the Orioles.
Logan Ondrusek played for the Reds 2010-2014, compiling a 21-11 record with a 3.89 ERA in 281 relief appearances. He had two very solid years in 2011 and 2012, but declined sharply in 2013 and 2014. The Reds decided not to offer him a contract for the 2015 season, and Ondrusek was not picked up by any other major league team. So, he flew across the ocean and signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball’s Central League. He is 5-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 63 appearances, hopefully rebuilding his resume for a return to North American soil soon.
The Reds traded outfielder Chris Heisey to the Dodgers last night for pitcher Matt Magill, and non-tendered pitchers Logan Ondrusek and Curtis Partch. I always liked Heisey and Ondrusek, and hope they find success elsewhere in the majors. Below are some of the “fun cards” I created for them over the years.
Sitting at the same station as Sam LeCure was another reliever, Logan Ondrusek. To be honest, I don’t know much about him, but he seems to do pretty well when he comes into the game. In my opinion his stats support that; 5-2 last year with 2 saves and a 3.46 ERA.
The only Ondrusek card I own is from the 2011 stadium giveaway set. I’m fine with that for the time being, but I do hope to add some more Logans to the Reds binder in the future.
Eight pitchers were used in Saturday’s game against the Dodgers. Five different relievers were used for less than an inning each. The B-R blog notes that the last manager to so ineffectively use his bullpen was Dusty Baker himself last year. OK, so I threw in the adverb in that sentence. Logan Ondrusek only gave up one earned run, but also allowed all three of his inherited runners to score on Matt Kemp‘s grand slam. Why is there no statistic for “inherited runs allowed”?
A bright spot in the bullpen, Logan Ondrusek has been a workhorse so far this season.
It’s always fun to trade with Steve over at White Sox Cards. I sent him some 2011 ChiSox and a few odds and ends last week, and today a package arrived chock full of goodies, Redleg style!
On to a career Red who will be inducted, perhaps next year, Barry Larkin:
Another Red, who at one time appeared on the fast track to Cooperstown but was derailed by injuries, Eric Davis:
What’s this? A vintage Red?
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A great package as always! Thanks, Steve!
Ondrusek is one of those guys that drives me crazy…you never know when he’s going to be on. Sometimes he comes into the game and just mows down the opposition, but other times he gets shelled like a pink-haired girl.