....who last night appeared in his 900th game. Timlin was a joker about the milestone in post-game interviews, but this accomplishment puts him in an elite class of middle-relievers. He is currently 15th on the all-time list, but will likely by 12th by the end of the season if he makes 50+ more appearances.
Can he make 1,000? Probably. Timlin has gotten better with each year of age, and is obviously a big part of a very good bullpen. He probably won't make Jesse Orosco's record of 1252 games sweat, but Timlin could certainly make a run at Dennis Eckersley's 1071 games (most ever for a right-hander) for 3rd all-time. He's 171 games away, so if Timlin can stay fresh and healthy, he could probably pass the Eck in May or June of 2008.
While sifting through the all-time records for pitchers...I noticed a few fun things...
Hoyt Wilhelm, who is 4th on the career list for games at 1070 and racked up 227 saves (28th all-time), didn't appear in his first game until age 29.
Wade Boggs has a career ERA of 3.86, which is not nearly as good as Jimmy Foxx's of 1.52.