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Jeff
Reardon

Jeff "The Terminator" Reardon was a critical piece to the success of the Twins first World Series Championship in 1987.  A 23rd round pick by the Mets in the 1973 MLB amateur draft, Jeff elected to finish his colleger career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Following college, he signed a minor league contract with the Mets in 1977 and was assigned to the Lynchburg Mets in the Single-A Carolina League.  He made his way rapidly through the Mets minor league organization and made his Major League debut with the Mets on August 25, 1979.  In 1981, he was traded to the Montreal Expos where he was quickly moved from middle relief to the role for which he would become famous - closer.  While with the Expos he was twice named to the NL All-Star team and in 1985 led the Majors in saves, and earned the coveted Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award.

Prior to the start of the 1987 season, Jeff was traded again - this time to the Minnesota Twins.  The trade certainly paid dividends to the Twins as Reardon was a key component in helping the Twins to the pinnacle of baseball in 1987, when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games in that season's World Series.  In 1988 he was named to his third All-Star team, and in that season became the first Major League player in history to record 40 or more saves in both leagues.  This time in an American League uniform with the Twins.  In 1990 he signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox, and in 1991 was again named to the American League All-Star team. In 1992, he would break Rollie Fingers all-time save record with his 342nd successful close.  Later that season he was traded to the Atlanta Braves where he pitched in his second World Series.  Jeff pitched for both the Cincinnati Red and New York Yankees before retiring early in the 1994 campaign.

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