Rodney Roy Beck
Born: Aug. 3, 1968 in Burbank, Calif.
Died: June 23, 2007 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Debut: 1991 | Pos: P
H: 6'1" | W: 236 | B: R | T: R
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Rod Beck, who was one of baseball's top closers in the 1990s, died on June 23, 2007 in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 38.
His career numbers include a 38-45 record with 286 saves. He recorded 644 strikeouts and a 3.30 ERA. He was an All-Star in 1993, 1994 and 1997. In 1994, he won the Rolaids Relief award for the National League.
He struggled, however, in postseason appearances. He pitched a total of 5.2 innings (three Division Series and a ALCS), giving up five earned runs and recording a 0-1 record.
He was traded by the Athletics to the Giants in March 1988 for a minor league player. In 1998, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs. In August 1999, he was traded by the Cubs to the Red Sox for Mark Guthrie and Cole Liniak.