I find it funny that Tom Niedenfuer was given a fan-favorite card in Topps 2005 Baseball card set. If anything, his status with the fans is mixed. He was very good as a Dodgers reliever, and is noted for saving 64 games for the Dodgers over 7 seasons. His ERA in that time was a very respectable 2.76, his ERA+ was 128, and his Dodgers career WAR was a 9.3. These are all very good numbers for a reliever.
Unfortunately, closers are often judged by how they perform in the big games, and Niedenfuer is notable for losing two of the biggest in Dodgers history. On back-to-back nights, Tom Niedenfuer gave up walk-off home runs in the 1985 National League Championship series against the Cardinals.
First, in Game 5 (with the series tied at two wins a piece) Ozzie Smith came up to bat and pounded his first career home run as a left handed batter to win the game. Then in the following game, Jack Clark came up with two men on and belted a walk-off home run that still gives me tears.
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