Seasons with Braves: 1983-85
Career Stats with Braves: 7-5, ERA 2.23, 165.3 IP, 16 SV
Okay, this is starting to get ugly. As Mac’s players rise to quasi-Hall of Fame level, mine are sinking to, well, Terry Forster.
The Fat Tub of Goo, as Dave Letterman called him on national television, was the 1980s version of Mike Remlinger. He was used not as a LOOGY so much as the old fashioned fireman: the guy you give the ball to when the game is about to get away. He had three of his best years ever for the Braves. His ERA+ for those three years were 182, 142, 169. He looked like Jabba the Hutt and he pitched like Sandy Koufax.
Terry Forster could also hit like Ty Cobb. He maintained a .400 batting average for virtually his entire career, retiring finally with an abysmal .397 batting average. I never understood why he was not allowed to PH. Maybe he couldn’t run to first.
No, he can’t make the Gang of 44. He just didn’t play long enough. But he was very, very good while he was here.