From 1986-1988, the Philadelphia Phillies won just an average of 77 games a season. The World Series win in 1980 and appearance in 1983 kept flying by in the rearview mirror. Things were similar to the 2012-2015 Phillies, including a great closer.
Steve “Bedrock” Bedrosian saved 103 games in his Phillies career, 3rd most all-time for the Phillies. After being a starter for the 1985 Atlanta Braves, Bedrock would record 28+ saves for the Phillies in 3 straight years.
In 1987, he led the league with 40 saves. A weak pitching year also led Bedrock to a Cy Young win over the Cub’s Rick Sutcliffe. He finished the year with a 2.83 ERA.
After the Phillies started out 22-41-1, Bedrosian was shipped out to San Francisco in a trade that brought back Charlie Hayes and Terry Mulholland. That was the end of Bedrock in a Phillies uniform.
Thirty-two years later, his son is going to dawn the red pinstripes.
Cam Bedrosian has been around the league since 2014 and has a 3.79 ERA in the majors. The majority of his major league experience came with the Los Angeles Angels where he remained through 2020.
In 2021, Bedrosian has pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and Oakland A’s with varying degrees of success. He had an 11.12 ERA with the Reds and a 2.00 ERA with the A’s.
With the Iron Pigs, the Phillies Triple-A squad, mini Bedrock had a 2.25 ERA with 20 Ks in 20 IP. He recorded 2 saves for the minor league team.
Cam will most likely be a low-leverage arm for the Phillies going forward as the rosters have expanded to 28. It’s doubtful he’ll get any save opportunities like his dad did. If he does, Phillies Twitter might have to be shut down for about a week.
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