Random Dodger of The Day: Tim Crews
We’re going to be doing a new type of piece throughout the year called “Random Dodgers of The Day.” It’s so easy to forget a player on our beloved Dodgers from even a few years ago. We want to occasionally remember Dodger players from past eras and players whose time was perhaps too short or under-noted.
Stanley Timothy Crews played his entire career with our boys in blue, from 1987-1992. He pitched almost exclusively in relief, starting only 4 games in his career. He gave the Dodgers 423 good innings in his 6 seasons. His career average of 2.3 BB/9 is considered above average. He always had good numbers in terms of giving up few home runs. In 1990 he threw 107 innings with a 1.137 WHIP, his best season for us. He was a staple of the Dodgers bullpen in an era of pitch-to-contact. As a member of the 1988 Dodgers, he also had a World Series ring to his name.
Tim Crews was a free agent after the 1992 season and signed with the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, he never got to pitch for his new team. During spring training on March 23, 1993, Tim and fellow Indian Steve Olin were killed in a tragic boating accident near Orlando. Fellow former Dodger Bob Ojeda was also on the boat but survived. No active MLB players had died since Thurmon Munson in 1979. The Dodgers wore Tim Crews’ #52 patch on their jersey for the 1993 season.
Tim Crews pitched in 281 games for Los Angeles. His family and friends will always remember him as a family man. Dodger fans will always remember him as a World Series winner, and a good Dodger.
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