1982: Terry Felton drops to 0-14

Wednesday August 11, 1982

1982 is not a season that is remembered fondly by Twins fans, and Terry Felton may have just been the “face” of that first season in the Metrodome. It’s not that he was particularly good or bad, in fact his ERA heading into the August 11 game against California was 4.79 – not a great number to be sure, but not terrible (AL ERA that year was 4.08).

Felton, a right-handed pitcher, was selected by the Twins in the second round of the 1976 amateur draft. He made his major league debut in 1979, but was used sparingly and entered the 1982 season with just seven career appearances and an 0-3 win/loss record.

After making a few relief appearances in early 1982, Felton started a game on April 17. The Twins lost 6-2, with Felton allowing five runs on 10 hits to earn his first loss of the season. 12 days later, Felton came on to pitch the 10th inning in Seattle after Ron Davis and the Twins blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning. Felton pitched a scoreless 10th but allowed the winning run to score when Todd Cruz hit a walk-off home run to lead off the 11th.

He lost his next two starts in early May, not reaching the sixth inning in either. Felton lost three consecutive appearances in late June, all game in which he entered late with a tie score or a one run lead. And so it went. When he entered another tie game and lost on August 4, Felton’s record stood at 0-10 on the season, 0-13 for his career – one loss shy of the worst record to start a career in major league history (held by Guy Morton whose “accomplishment” occurred in 1914).

On August 11, in a game against the first-place Angels, Felton entered with the score tied and two outs in the sixth inning. Starter Jack O’Connor was removed after he had allowed the tying run to score on a double by Don Baylor. When Felton entered, Baylor was still at second. Felton retired the only man he faced in the sixth, but got himself into some major trouble in the seventh. With two on and two out, Felton allowed a single off the bat of Doug DeCinces. Two runs scored and the Angels went ahead.

Though Felton was removed from the game, two batter later Don Baylor put any suspense to rest with a grand slam off of Ron Davis. The Angels won 6-3, and Felton held a dubious record.

He went on to lose two more games, bringing his final career total to 0-16.

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