Congratulations to Chief
Nov. 10, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - Congratulations to former Cal State Fullerton closer Chad Cordero, who today placed in a tie for fifth in the National League Cy Young Award voting. He received just one vote (a third-place vote), but tied with Andy Pettitte behind the winner Chris Carpenter, Dontrelle Willis, Roger Clemens and Roy Oswalt. No other players received votes.
Despite a lack of run support the final two months of the season, Cordero was the Major League's saves leader, finishing the season with 47 saves. He finished 10 shy of Bobby Thigpen's record of 57 set in 1990 and just six shy of the National League record held by John Smoltz (Atlanta, 2002) and Eric Gagne (Los Angeles, 2003).
Cordero also tied the record this year for most saves in a month when he collected 15 in the month of June, tying John Wettland (New York [AL], 1996) and Lee Smith (St. Louis, June, 1993).
Coredero, who posted a 1.82 ERA in just his second full season in the big leagues, was named to the 2005 All-Star team in July, becoming only the third Titan (Tim Wallach and Phil Nevin) to play in the Mid-Season Classic.
"Chief," the all-time saves leader at Cal State Fullerton, played three seasons for the Titans from 2001-03, going 12-8 with 34 saves while maintaining a 2.09 ERA, the third best in the school's history.