2.25.2012

Terry Mulholland, 1991 Studio (Studio Saturday No. 46)


Name: Terry Mulholland
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Position: Pitcher
Value of card: Razor burn
Key 1990 stat: No ointment used
The ol' neck ball: Coming off a season in which he had only 75 strikeouts in 180 innings, Terry Mulholland was stressing out. He had already been traded once, and he knew he needed to do something to keep his career afloat. After a few bad outings in the spring, Mulholland's stress manifested itself in the form of psoriasis on his neck. At first, the southpaw was embarrassed and tried to cover up his unsightly condition. But he quickly realized he could scuff up a new baseball on his flaky neck, giving him another inch of drop on his breaking ball. That year, Mulholland K'd a career-high 142 batters — and skipped 39 doctor's appointments.
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