Josh Hader San Diego Padres

Age: 28 (April 07, 1994) | 6' 3" | 180lbs. | Throws: Left P-55
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
MIL NL 2018 6 1 12 21 55 0 81.0 36 9 30 143 2.44 0.81 0.80 3.3 15.9 .240 29/23/48 25 21
MIL NL 2019 3 5 37 6 61 0 75.2 41 15 20 138 2.62 0.81 0.97 2.4 16.4 .256 22/23/55 39 26
MIL NL 2020 1 2 13 0 21 0 19.0 8 3 10 31 3.79 0.95 0.92 4.7 14.7 .181 26/15/59 33 19
MIL NL 2021 4 2 34 0 60 0 58.2 25 3 24 102 1.23 0.84 0.71 3.7 15.6 .257 31/23/46 38 24
MIL NL 2022 1 4 29 0 37 0 34.0 26 7 12 59 4.24 1.12 1.25 3.2 15.6 .340 28/19/54 20 11
SD NL 2022 1 1 7 0 19 0 16.0 17 1 9 22 7.31 1.62 1.44 5.1 12.4 .409 32/32/36 2 1
Career 6yrs 18 18 132 39 288 0 332.0 178 42 127 563 2.71 0.92 0.92 3.4 15.3 .267 n/a
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Continuing Scott Miller's story in the Times:

... Realmuto’s base hit was the key to the inning, Harper said.

“I knew if I hit the ball into the gap or anything, J.T. was going to score,” he said. “So I wasn’t trying to do too much in that situation at all. I took my chances early in the at-bat and kind of was like, ‘OK, here we go. What do I need to do to either just get him over or get this job done?’”

Upstairs in the suite where the Phillies were housing their alumni for the night, one of the stars of their 2008 World Series title run couldn’t believe what he was seeing, even before Harper stepped in. Having noticed the flamethrowing left-hander Josh Hader warming up in San Diego’s bullpen, Jayson Werth couldn’t believe Hader was not being summoned to face the left-handed-hitting Harper.

“I looked at my wife, Julie, and said, ‘This game is over’,” Werth said.

Ryan Howard, the retired slugger, and Charlie Manuel, the popular manager of that last, legendary Phillies team, were in the suite with Werth. And as the Phillies came back and the rain fell and the wind swept, some special memories came flooding back as the special new memories were being authored.

At one point, Werth said he walked over to Manuel and Howard, recalling the rainy and cold conditions when the Phillies beat Tampa Bay in the 2008 World Series and asked, “Are you guys getting, like, déjà vu? Water’s behind second base, there’s a puddle behind first base. It wasn’t even one-tenth what it was in ’08 but it started. Do you remember how much water was on the field at one point?”

It was in another league championship series a decade ago that Dombrowski witnessed a similar home run, one that broke his heart. Then the chief baseball man in Detroit, Dombrowski and the Tigers were in Fenway Park and looking to take a 2-0 series lead when Ortiz blasted a grand slam in the eighth inning that changed the series and sparked Boston to victory. A Tiger team that included Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez somehow failed not only to win a World Series, but to even get there.

There is no foretelling the sharp twists and turns of the postseason. Dombrowski emphasized Sunday that he would never be so bold as to predict a home run in the situation Harper stepped into in another eighth inning more than a decade after Ortiz.

But when he hit it, in the suite “we were jumping up and down and high fiving everybody and really not believing what we just saw.”

Dombrowski continued, “There are very few people who rise to the occasion. They can do it in special moments. And that’s what it was.”

The connection to Philadelphia’s 2008 title had another view.

“They go on to win a World Series and Bryce goes on to do this a few more times, that’s how you get a statue,” Werth said. “And they don’t give out statues very easy, right? You can put your name up on the stadium, you can get your number retired, but statues don’t come easily at all.”

The Phillies celebrated on the field after Ranger Suárez got the final two outs of the game in the ninth inning.
Credit...Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 24

And, when he's home he's not sleeping. I remember not sleeping when we had a newborn twice. It was brutal for concentration during the work day.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 29

RE: Hader ... things went south right after his kid was born.  Maybe he lost the killer instinct after looking into his child's eyes or maybe he gets 50 texts a day from his wife saying "I'm struggling." or totally unrelated.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Aug 29

The problem on the Brewers side is that the players read it as "we aren't playing for this year." Eric Lauer's comments were brutal.  And truthfully, Williams hasn't stood up to the pressure very well.  It's been Bush who fans are more relieved to see.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Aug 29

Brewers side of that trade looking better.

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Aug 28

Double-oof today :-(  No one is saying anything about injury ... so "confidence crisis" perhaps ... it's some kind of crisis, let me tell you ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aug 28

I'm starting to wonder if there is an underlying injury at this point.  Or a confidence crisis.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Aug 20
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aug 20

He's not the same guy this year ... simple as that ... Brewers obviously knew that ... Padres decided to risk it (they've got a pitching coach that seems good) ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aug 19

LynchMob and SeaDogs.  Explain.

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Aug 19