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Former Expos pitcher Woodie Fryman passes away

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    Detroit -- A hero of a Tigers' team that nearly went to the World Series has died.
    Woodie Fryman, the left-handed pitcher who gave the 1972 Tigers such a lift in the last two months of their successful drive to win the American League East, died Friday night at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

    His death was confirmed by Price Brothers Funeral Home in Flemingsburg, Ky, which will handle funeral arrangements.

    Fryman was 70.
    From The Detroit News:

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    Inducted to the Expos Hall-of-Fame in July 1995, Woodie tallied 51 wins (tied for 11th in Expos history) and 52 saves (4th in Expos history) in eight seasons for Montreal, as one of 42 pitchers in MLB history to get at least 50 wins and 50 career saves for one team. The lefthander's stats line with Nos Amours was: 51-52, 3.24, 3.4 BB/9, 5.8 SO/9 in 297 games; opponent batters hit .251/.323/.345 against him. As an Expo, he also made true to his reputation of being tough against left-handed batters who hit .229/.280/.278 against him. Of the 778 left-handed batters who faced him as an Expo, only three hit a home run.

    Fryman's best seasons in Montreal were probably 1976, as a starter, and 1980, as a very effective reliever. In 1976, the Phase II season, he was 13-13 with a 3.37 ERA on a 55-107 team. He was the only Expo at the All-Star Game that summer, but did not pitch. In 1980, at age 40 and sharing closer duties with Elias Sosa, he led the team with 17 saves, was 7-4 with a 2.25 ERA, yielding only one home run in 80 innings.

    The farmer from Kentucky still holds the Expos/Nationals franchise record for the longest scoreless inning streak with 33, which he established from April 10 to May 9, 1975, right upon his arrival in Montreal. While with the Expos, he pitched two one-hit shutouts, one in 1975 and the other one in 1978. In 1980, the saves he recorded on June 17 and May 14 seem to stand out because of their high leverage. Finally, let's mention his only 10 strike outs game in 1975, a feat he accomplished in only 5 innings, one of two Expos starters ever to to do that.

    Fryman’s work with the Expos was honoured quite a few times, as shown by the following awards:
    - April 28 to May 4 1975, National League Player of the Week (with Dave Cash, then with Philadelphia);
    - 1976 Expos Player of the Year, from the BBWAA Montreal chapter;
    - April 1975, May 1976, and May 1980 Expos Player of the Month, from the BBWAA Montreal chapter.

    I think it's fair to say that Woodie Fryman was one of the three best lefty pitchers who ever played for the Expos, right up there with Jeff Fassero and Dan Schatzeder.

    Sources : Play Index and Montreal Expos 2004 Media Guide.
    Last edited by Chicoutimi CP; 02-19-2011, 01:02 AM.
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      Sad news. Had fond memories of him.
      The Montreal Expos Forever!!


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        One final word from Ian McDonald of The Gazette. He also has kind words for Ron Piché in this piece. Once again, thanks to the SABR Montreal chapter for sending this to me.
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