By Eric Cain / @_Cainer
Former Major League closer — and owner of the eighth-best save tally (377) in the history of baseball — Joe Nathan joined Heather and Tyler on The First Quarter Monday morning to discuss his career and the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft.
During the discussion, Nathan was asked what the reaction will be like for the players who will be hearing their name called over the course of the next few days.
“It’s a whirlwind for them. They are going to wake up and have a lot of nerves, a lot of excitement and a lot of anxiety — but it’s such a good day. It’s a good day for the family to get together. I’m sure some of them will have some extended family come down to try and have a family gathering and just hope for good news. It’s just going to be a fun day for them to start their journey. This is just when the hard work begins for these kids. That’s probably the best advise I could give them. Don’t see this as the end of the road — this is the start. This is when you have to put in the work. They say it’s hard to get drafted but it’s even harder to get to the Big-Leagues. And then it’s harder to stay in the Big-Leagues. If they think their work is done, they have a long way to go from now.”
Nathan was drafted in the sixth round of the 1995 June Amateur Draft by the San Francisco Giants out of Stony Brook University in New York. The right-handed pitcher spent the first four years of his career with the Giants before making a name for himself in Minnesota from 2004-11. Nathan then spent two years in Detroit before splitting the final year of his career with the Cubs and Giants.
All told, Nathan’s career line is: 64-34 (787 games), 2.87 ERA, 923 1/3 IP, 377 saves, 976 strikeouts. The current Knoxville resident was a six-time All-Star and earned the Rolaids Relief Award in 2009, an honor bestowed on the best relief pitcher in baseball.
Listen to the full interview below.
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