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Billy Wagner

William Edward Wagner (born July 25, 1971, in Tannersville, Virginia), nicknamed "Billy the Kid", is a retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher. ... More »William Edward Wagner (born July 25, 1971, in Tannersville, Virginia), nicknamed "Billy the Kid", is a retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He pitched for the Houston Astros (1995–2003), the Philadelphia Phillies (2004–2005), the New York Mets (2006–2009), the Boston Red Sox (2009), and the Atlanta Braves (2010). Wagner is one of the few Major League relief pitchers to accumulate a total of 400 or more saves in his baseball career. Wagner was a natural-born right-handed person, but after breaking his right arm twice in accidents as a young boy, he taught himself to throw baseballs using his left arm by throwing thousands of balls against the wall of a barn, and then fielding the rebounds, and repeating. Wagner went to school in the Tazewell school system, and he graduated from the Tazewell High School, where he was named the Baseball Player of the Year in 1990. He next attended Ferrum College, a quite small college in Virginia, and in his one year as a student-athlete there,... [ Wikipedia ]

Brandon McCarthy is latest pitcher to be felled by dangerous comebackers

) That such a situation can sometimes result in catastrophe is well-known to Billy Wagner, who retired after the 2010 season in fifth place on the all-time saves list. In July of 1998, when he was a member of the Astros, Wagner threw one of his high-90s fastballs to Diamondbacks ...

Former Mets closer to Harvey: Get surgery now

As somebody who regularly threw high-90s heat for the Mets and ultimately needed Tommy John surgery, Billy Wagner has some advice for Matt Harvey: Get the surgery. The former Mets closer told The Post on Wednesday that Harvey likely is just delaying the inevitable by trying to rehab the ...

Atlanta Braves: 10 Reasons Craig Kimbrel Can Be a Big-Game Closer

Billy Wagner helped teach Craig Kimbrel how to pitch. In 2009 Craig Kimbrel had a walks per nine inning rate of 6.8 across four levels in the minor leagues. After spending some time with Billy Wagner, a similarly built flame-thrower, in 2010 spring training Kimbrel cut his walks ...

Adam Rubin Of ESPN Alleges New York Mets Medical Staff Mistreated Injuries

" Billy Wagner: "Mets exec calling Billy Wagner a wimp for complaining of elbow discomfort during sim game in Pittsburgh. Wagner needed Tommy John surgery. " Ryan Church: "Thanks for reminding me about Ryan Church flying from Atlanta to Colorado with concussion. He said he ...

Billy Wagner: ‘I Was Just A Turd’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Billy Wagner did not have a good relationship with Phillies fans, and that’s putting it lightly. The perception of the closer among fans sits somewhere in between that of Scott Rolen and JD Drew. Looking back on it all, Wagner is taking some responsibility for ...

Heyward strains neck, exits game against Nats

WASHINGTON -- As Billy Wagner concluded his career with Atlanta in 2010, he was introduced to a hard-throwing young prospect named Craig Kimbrel, who at the time was referred to as the right-handed Billy Wagner. Three years later, Wagner finds himself as just one of the ...

Kallet: Amid Another Lost Mets Season, A Look Back To Happier Times

Couple that with the promise of youngsters Jose Reyes and David Wright – not to mention the offseason acquisitions of Billy Wagner, Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca — and my buddies and I purchased Opening Day tickets as soon as the team made them available. My friends and I waited ...

Ultimate Astros » Shane Reynolds, Billy Wagner voice support for Bagwell, Biggio

Former Astros pitchers Shane Reynolds and Billy Wagner are both coaching high school baseball these days, and both will be paying attention on Wednesday. They want to see former teammates Biggio and Jeff Bagwell land in Cooperstown. “I’m following it, I’m following it for sure,” Reynolds ...

Ultimate Astros » Astros putting a lot of work into getting it right with No. 1 pick

13 — Billy Wagner: Wagner is the Astros' career leader in saves with 225. He was a three-time All-Star with the Astros and finished fourth in the Cy Young voting in 1999, when he had 39 saves and a 1.57 ERA. He was on six Astros playoff teams. 14 — Morgan Ensberg: Ensberg played ...

Ultimate Astros » Astros by the jersey number

13 — Billy Wagner: Wagner is the Astros' career leader in saves with 225. He was a three-time All-Star with the Astros and finished fourth in the Cy Young voting in 1999, when he had 39 saves and a 1.57 ERA. He was on six Astros playoff teams. 14 — Morgan Ensberg: Ensberg played ...

The Mariners Probably Just Pulled Off The Best Signing Of The Offseason

(One of those pitchers is Billy Wagner, though, and he's retired. ) Among the seven in that group who are not Wagner, Kuo has the lowest walk rate. Kuo is the Taiwanese Billy Wagner. So he has that anxiety problem, the yips. So what? He looked better when he came off the ...

The Mets' Colossally Inept Medical Staff, Exposed In A Beat Writer's Twitter Rant

' • Mets exec calling Billy Wagner a wimp for complaining of elbow discomfort during sim game in Pittsburgh. Wagner needed Tommy John surgery. • Still haven't figured out rocket scientist behind having Jose Reyes bat righty vs. RHP after oblique injury. Injury lingered whole 2nd ...

The New York Mets Need to Start Adding Starting Pitching Prospects to Bullpen

Future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera was exclusively a starting pitching prospect upon entering the big leagues, as was former Met Billy Wagner. While I’m not saying that any of the Mets prospects will be as good as Rivera or Wagner, some starters find a home in the bullpen once ...

Peas in a pod: Craig Kimbrel, Billy Wagner share bond

"Even before I met Billy," Kimbrel said, "people told me I was the right-handed Billy Wagner. I wasn't sure what to make of that. But after I'd been around him for a while, it was pretty easy to tell why they said it. It's kind of strange that I followed him in the closer role, I ...

Having a plan, finding competitive outlets important to recently retired ballplayers

" Retirement, clearly, has been fun and fulfilling for Billy Wagner. He only hopes that the group of players who recently have hung it up will be just as happy with their decisions. Paul Hagen is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League ...

Billy Wagner's book candidly reflects on time with Phillies

Former Phillies closer Billy Wagner's new book details his two seasons he spent with Philadelphia. Billy Wagner's two meteoric seasons with the Phillies sometimes get lost in the shuffle when the subject of the best closers in franchise history are discussed. Maybe it's because ...

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals

" ... Former major league closer Billy Wagner, who spent the final season of his 16-year career with the Braves, was in the visitors' clubhouse before the game. Wagner, now a high school baseball coach, recently wrote an autobiography called "A Way Out. " "It's not meant to be a ...

Kimbrel coming of age for Braves

It was his first time in Major League Spring Training, which put him in close proximity to then-Braves closer Billy Wagner. From Wagner, Kimbrel said he learned a lot about the mental side of being a reliever, like how to calm himself down and simplify the game. Wagner, who is ...

Kimbrel ready to put '11 conclusion behind him

" Strengthened by support received from his teammates and his former mentor, Billy Wagner, Kimbrel dealt with the initial pain and frustration. Then he seemingly stayed busy enough over the past four months to distance himself from the event. Along with planning his own wedding, Kimbrel ...

Support of Barry Larkin grew over the years

The year after that we find Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, Andy Pettitte, and Billy Wagner. You’re allowed to vote for 10 people maximum. Few voters ever do. Many voters have self-imposed limits on how many people he or she will vote for. With so many primo candidates on the horizon...

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