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Lockout Lookup: Buddy Boshers

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This week’s subject is a grown man named Buddy.

Subject: Jeffrey Alan “Buddy” Boshers

Why You Remember Him: In the eminently forgettable 2016 Twins season (59-103, sadness everywhere, any teen fan who watched them is a Goth now and that’s to be expected), a man took the mound for the Minnesota Twins. A man with a plan. A man named…Buddy.

Boshers, a Huntsville, Alabama native, pitched in 37 games for that cursed squad. He went 2-0 with a 4.25 ERA. He followed it up with 38 games for the much-improved 2017 team and didn’t lose that season either. Yes, win-loss records are a devalued currency. Yes, he was a situational reliever. Yes, he was often in games where Ricky Nolasco had already given up seven runs in 2.2 innings. BUT STILL: Buddy Boshers never lost a game for the Minnesota Twins, including one of their most historically inept teams. Where is his bobblehead, Twins PR?

What You Don’t Remember: He was a 4th-round draft pick! The Angels selected him in 2008.

America’s Ten Greatest Buddys, Ranked:

  1. Buddy Holly
  2. Buddy Guy
  3. Buddy Rich
  4. Buddy Hackett
  5. Buddy Miles
  6. Buddy Ryan
  7. Buddy Ebsen
  8. “Buddy Holly” by Weezer
  9. Buddy Boshers
  10. Buddy Valastro, TV's The Cake Boss

(Yes, I'm aware of the NBA's Buddy Hield, but he's Bahamian. Also, Hield got his nickname from Married With Children's Bud Bundy. The more you know.)

What’s He Up To: Appears to be semi-retired after pitching for the Blue Jays in 2019. He spent 2021 working at The Yard, “North Alabama’s premier private indoor sports and training complex designed for softball and baseball players of all ages and skill levels.”  Also found him on Facebook and his family is adorable.

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Good article, but I believe you missed Buddy the Elf.

Agreed, 75 games without a loss, half of them with a team who seldom won, has to be worthy of some kind of career memento. Imagine a whole stadium full of fans wearing headbands that said "BUDDY". Wouldn't that be heart-warming?

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