JOSH Ronald HADER
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   LHP
Home: N/A Team:   BREWERS
Height: 6' 3" Bats:   L
Weight: 185 Throws:   L
DOB: 4/7/1994 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 71  
Birth City: Millersville, MD
Draft: Orioles #19 - 2012 - Out of high school (MD)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2012 GCL GCL-Orioles   12 20.1 12 35 7 0 0 0 2 2 0   2.66
2012 NYP ABERDEEN   5 8.1 2 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2013 MWL QUAD CITIES   5 22.1 14 16 12 5 0 0 0 2 0   3.22
2013 SAL DELMARVA   17 85 67 79 42 17 0 0 0 3 6   2.65
2014 TL CORPUS CHRISTI   5 20 16 24 16 4 0 0 0 1 1   6.30
2014 CAL LANCASTER   22 103.1 76 112 38 15 0 0 2 9 2   2.70
2015 SL BILOXI   7 38.2 27 50 11 7 0 0 0 1 4   2.79
2015 TL CORPUS CHRISTI   17 65.1 60 69 24 10 0 0 1 3 3   3.17
2016 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   14 69 63 88 36 14 0 0 0 1 7   5.22
2016 SL BILOXI   11 57 38 73 19 11 0 0 0 2 1   0.95
2017 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   12 52 49 51 31 12 0 0 0 3 4   5.37
2017 NL BREWERS   35 47.2 25 68 22 0 0 0 0 2 3 0.156 2.08
2018 NL BREWERS $557.00 55 81.1 36 143 30 0 0 0 12 6 1 0.132 2.43
2019 NL BREWERS $688.00 61 75.2 41 138 20 0 0 0 37 3 5 0.155 2.62
2020 NL BREWERS $1,519.00 21 19 8 31 10 0 0 0 13 1 2 0.123 3.79
Today's Game Notes
  • Sept 10, 2021:  Josh Hader likes his free time to be free time. The only baseball games he watches, he said, are the Brewers’ games.If he looked around a little more, though, Hader would see that the consistency Milwaukee has enjoyed from its bullpen during his tenure is not the norm. It’s a highly volatile and inconsistent area of the game, but you wouldn’t know it from watching Hader put up sub-1.00 WHIP marks every year since 2017.

    Hader, though, realizes that what he achieved earlier this week in notching his 30th save of the season was special. It marks his second 30-save season in the last three years (he led the National League with 13 saves in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season) and puts him in fine company. Dan Plesac (1988-89), John Axford (2011-12) and Francisco Rodriguez (2014-15) are the only other Brewers closers with multiple 30-save seasons. “I think it’s pretty special,” Hader said. “Obviously the guys the Brewers have been able to have in their ‘pen, and also just coming up in 2017 and having the ‘pen we had, is great. I’m just enjoying the time I have here, and the fans and the team we have each year.

    Hader was a revelation when he arrived, catching the league off-guard with his wicked fastball and slider, and almost instantly becoming manager Craig Counsell’s multi-inning game-changer. Hader's staying power in the time since has been both his ability to stay healthy and greater incorporation this year of a changeup that has limited opposing hitters to a .133 average and .133 slugging percentage. “There’s a lot of things you can learn in this game, even if you’re having success,” Hader said. “There are things you can learn from and make yourself better, whether that’s physically on the mound or whether that’s looking at what you eat and how you’re working out, how you’re preparing, how your routine’s going. There are so many things built into it. So I think it’s just the next step for me to advance what I had going on off the field to on the field and make sure I can stay recovered and as healthy as possible.

    Hader said taking on more traditional closer duties and getting away from the multi-inning role has been vital his career.“I’ve been able to get into more games,” he said. “The health is the biggest thing for me. Being able to feel ready each and every day, to just recover and feel 100 percent.” (A Castrovince - MLB.com - Sept 10, 2021)

  • September 11, 2021:  IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, S



    Corbin Burnes didn’t bother bartering or pleading at the end of the eighth inning
    .  His Brewers are steamrolling their way to October, and those are the innings when they’ll need him most.  So while Burnes’ no-hit bid was not over, his outing was.

    Still, with his good friend and teammate Josh Hader finishing off the 3-0 victory over Cleveland at Progressive Field, Burnes has his place in Brewers history, handling the bulk of the duties in a combined no-hitter that stands as the franchise’s first no-no of any type since 1987
    .

    “Watching those eight innings,” Hader said of Burnes’ effort, “was incredible
    .

    Burnes, who took a perfect game into the seventh, and Hader combined on the second no-no in Brewers history -- the first since Juan Nieves’ gem on April 15, 1987, against the Orioles
    .  (Castrovince - mlb.com)
Personal
  • Being from Old Mill High School in Millersville, MD, Hader grew up around the Orioles. In his senior year at Old Mill, Hader had 125 strikeouts on his way to a 10-0 record and 0.30 ERA. He also hit over .400.

    Instead of attending Anne Arundel Community College in his home county as he originally planned, Hader signed a contract with the Orioles after he was drafted by the Orioles.

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    In 2012, Hader got drafted by the Orioles (see Transactions below).

  • The Orioles put Josh on a weight-gaining program and a long-toss program. They also straightened out his delivery.

  • In 2013, Baseball America rated Hader as the 19th-best prospect in the Orioles organization.

    After being acquired by the Astros, he was #14 in their organization in the winter before 2014 spring training. He was at #10 in the spring of 2015—and #11 a year later, early in 2016, after moving to the Marlins organization.

    After being acquired by the Brewers, he was second-best prospect in the Brewers organization, behind only OF Lewis Brinson in 2017.

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  • In 2014, Josh was named the Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Hader went 9-2 with a California League-best 2.70 ERA while becoming the first player in Lancaster history to be named Cal League pitcher of the year.

  • June 9, 2017: The Brewers called up Hader, the top lefthanded-pitching prospect in baseball, from Triple-A Colorado Springs, his first Major League call-up. Hader, rated the Brewers' No. 3 prospect and No. 33 overall by MLBPipeline.com, was brought up for Milwaukee's game against the D-backs at Chase Field . 

    "It's exciting," Hader said. "It's one of my dreams come true. You just take it all in and enjoy it." As for Hader's role with the team, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that he plans to use the southpaw out the bullpen, for now, although the club still projects him as a starter moving forward. "We're definitely going to use Josh out of the bullpen, and then we'll see how that evolves," Counsell said. "We pitched him [in the Minors] two innings the last couple of times. We shortened him up a little bit. "We think this is the best way for him to have a quick impact. We'll see how it goes, but the long-term [goal] of the organization is to get him back to starting."  (B Bloom - Mlb.com - June 9, 2017)

  • During 2018 spring training, Hader experimented with wearing contact lenses in place of his trademark prescription goggles. “That’s what spring training is for—to work on things,” Hader quipped.

  • July 2018: Hader was selected to play in the MLB All-Star game.

    TROUBLE WITH TWEETS

  • July 18, 2018: Hader will be required to go through sensitivity training after years-old racist and homophobic tweets of his resurfaced during the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball said. MLB announced that the commissioner's office would require Hader to participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives in addition to the sensitivity training. In a statement, Brewers GM David Stearns said the team would continue to work through the issue with Hader. 

  • July 20, 2018: A tearful Josh Hader addressed Brewers teammates to apologize and explain as best he could the offensive tweets—sent as a teenager—that were exposed during the All-Star Game. Three hours later, as the Brewers prepared to begin the second half against the Dodgers at Miller Park, those teammates had his back. As Hader stood before local media for the first time, a group that included the Brewers' four African-American players—Lorenzo Cain, Jeremy Jeffress, Eric Thames and Keon Broxton—filed in behind Hader as he answered questions.

    "This isn't me. I hope that people who I've touched and came across, they know who I really am," Hader said. "I've made mistakes. I'm not perfect. I've grown as a person. Baseball really helped me grow." The 24-year-old expressed similar sentiments in a team meeting following several hours with MLB vice president Billy Bean, who has counseled players in times of crisis as Ambassador for Inclusion. Their sit-down began Hader's league-mandated sensitivity training.

    Hader said he did not remember writing the series of racist, sexist and homosexual-related tweets that appeared on his timeline in 2011 and 2012, before he was drafted by the Orioles. "I have regret for mistakes that I made in the past, and that doesn't resemble the person that I am now," Hader said. "That's not my beliefs at all. And it's tough, because for people that I've hurt by those tweets, that's not something I want to do."

    Asked again what had changed in the past seven years to change his beliefs, Hader said, "They were never my beliefs. I was young. I was saying stuff out of just ignorance and that's just not what I meant."

    Billy Bean said this would be the start of Hader's sensitivity training. Hader also will participate in MLB's diversity and inclusion initiatives. "[I met] a young man who is in a tremendous amount of pain, and I sympathize for him tremendously," Bean said. "I was really proud of him today for how he wanted to convey that he feels like he let his teammates down. He wants to repair that more than anything. 

    "I was really convinced after a couple of hours today—much longer than we expected—that his experience as an athlete and a professional in an integrated and diverse environment has created the person he is today." Bean added, "We can't fix everything today."

    The teammates who spoke out in support of Hader included All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich, who had the locker next to Hader's at Nationals Park for the 2018 All-Star Game. Along with Cain, Jeffress and Jesus Aguilar, they traveled with Hader on a quiet flight home from Washington.

    "Everything that you have known about the guy, every interaction, there has been no sign of anything like that," Yelich said. "It's something that happened and needs to be addressed. His commentary in those tweets was tough. Where we're at today in this society is far past that, and he regrets it. As teammates we need to acknowledge that it was wrong, but we also need to be there to support him because he's been there for us."

    Brewers manager Craig Counsell characterized Hader's address to teammates as "heartfelt." "He's emotional, very remorseful," Counsell said. "In [the clubhouse], really, he's asking for support. He's asking because he's hurting." (A McCalvy - MLB.com - July 20, 2018)

  • July 2019: Hader was asked to represent the Brewers at the All-Star Game, but was replaced by Brandon Woodruff due to back soreness.

  • 2019 season: When looking at the numbers, you wouldn’t necessarily be able to tell a huge difference between the pitcher Josh Hader was in 2018 versus who he was in 2019. However as with any high profile reliever, there is more to the story than just what the numbers are telling you.

    Hader actually gave up the exact same amount of earned runs (22) in both seasons, but this season he pitched 5.2 fewer innings, meaning his ERA increased slightly from 2.43 to 2.62. That is still all star level, but there was one looming issue with Hader throughout the year: the home run.

    Another aspect of Hader’s season that was much different from 2018 was when he pitched in the game. In 2018, Hader finished just 14 games, and he was rarely used as the main “closer” for the Milwaukee Brewers.

    In 2019, with Corey Knebel down and Jeremy Jeffress never getting back into that role, he was really the only good option for closing games, and he finished 46 games on the mound, which is a significant difference in terms of his role despite the innings and overall numbers being very similar.

    Overall, Brewers fans need to remember how good Hader really is. Despite the home run issues, Hader carried this bullpen through the season, and he is a talent that doesn’t come around in Milwaukee, or in baseball very often. He cannot be taken for granted, but the Brewers also need to continue to develop Hader into the best possible version of himself that he can be, which he is not at right now. (Matt Yeazel - Fansided - Oct. 2019)

  • In 2019, Josh posted the fourth-highest strikeout rate all time (47.8 percent) for a pitcher who worked at least 50 innings. Hader bumped his 2018 season (46.7 percent) down to fifth.
  • Nov. 10, 2019: Baseball had never before had an official star squad that salutes a full season's worth of work the way other major professional sports do. But the results of the voting for the first All-MLB Team finally arrived at the Winter Meetings. The Brewers Hader was named to the first team relief pitching group.

  • 2020 Season: Hader added another very strong season to his already impressive resume.

    While many of the headlines regarding the Brewers bullpen rightfully went to breakout star Devin Williams, Hader continued to be a force to be reckoned with in the closer’s role, leading the National League with 13 saves.

    This is an impressive feat, considering Hader didn’t get as many appearances as Craig Counsell would’ve hoped. Due to the fact that the Brewers were often playing from behind this season and not finding themselves in save situations as much, Hader only appeared in 21 games.

    Much like recent years, Hader was nearly untouchable once he got the count in his favor. He only gave up one hit on an 0-2 count in 2020 (hitters were 4-52 against him in 0-2 counts in 2019), which reflects his ability to control at-bats and not let hitters get comfortable.

     One of the goals for Josh Hader after struggling a bit at the end of 2019 was developing a reliable slider to complement his overpowering fastball, which he did. This helped him be less predictable to hitters who were growing more accustomed to his style.

    Aside from one mess of an outing in an August 29th game against Pittsburgh where Hader lost command of his fastball and proceeded to walk five batters before being pulled, the long-haired lefty was as steady as can be. Opponents were hitless against him until September 5.

    2020 Season Grade: A-  Hader is still just 26 years old, so clearly he should have many years of his prime ahead of him. He made $4.1 million in 2020 in his first round of arbitration, and will be due for a pay raise every year, assuming he continues his high level of play, until he hits the open market in 2024.  (Leo Koenig - Oct. 14, 2020)

  • It was in Biloxi, Miss., sometime in late 2015. Josh Hader had a busy summer between pitching for Team USA in the Pan American Games. And he was traded for the second time in his young professional career, this time from the Astros' organization to the Brewers as part of the blockbuster that sent Carlos Gómez and Mike Fiers to Houston. Looking back now, no move short of the Christian Yelich trade had a bigger impact on the Brewers’ quick transition from rebuilding to contending in about three years.

    At the time, Hader was still a starting pitcher getting grounded in another new system. The Brewers sent their roving pitching coordinator, Chris Hook, to have a look.

    “I remember talking to him in the weight room,” Hook said. “Like, 'Hey man, what have you been doing?' He was like, 'Oh, I was just in the Olympics and I was out there really letting it go as a reliever. Man, that's really, really comfortable for me.' I just remember him back then speaking about throwing in the Olympics and letting it go and, 'Man, that was fun. I really enjoyed that.'” Today, that’s what Hader gets to do. After transitioning him to the bullpen and using him in multiple-inning stints, always with extensive rest between outings, the Brewers slowly watched Hader evolve into what he is now: Essentially, a traditional, one-inning closer. (July 2021)

  • Hader, who occasionally sparred with the club in arbitration as the sides struggled to assign value to his unique usage, has embraced the evolution. And he’s made it work in two important ways. One, he has added strength and durability to his naturally wiry frame over the years to bounce back better from outing to outing, which is imperative for a pitcher in a closer’s role. Two, he has become more efficient with increased usage of two off-speed pitches—a slider that was long part of his repertoire but became a significantly bigger part of his arsenal during the shortened 2020 season, and a changeup with which Hader had tinkered for years and years, but finally was honed in 2021.

    So, a pitcher that was the NL Reliever of the Year in 2018 and 2019 has become a totally different pitcher. His fastball usage went from 82.9 percent in 2019, according to Statcast, to 67.7 percent in 2020 and 65.2 percent entering the Brewers’ final series of the first half in 2021. His slider usage, meanwhile, went from 15.5 percent in 2019 to 32.3 percent in 2020 back down to 27.8 percent in 2021 because of the introduction of that changeup, which he is throwing seven percent of the time.

    And the results continue to be excellent. Hader became the third pitcher in Brewers history to begin a season 20-for-20 in save opportunities before experiencing his first blown save in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Mets. José Peraza’s tying home run was the first homer off Hader all year. “Completely different,” Hader said of his approach to pitching in 2021.

    “There's a process to everything we do, the way we learn about this game and the way we have to adjust because there's so much information out on us now that they know what to expect
    . At the end of the day, you have to try and use everything you can to your advantage because these guys are good enough to sit on that one pitch -- the fastball was my one pitch, but now I'm able to use different pitches to be able to make that fastball look a little bit better. I think that's the cool thing. That's how you stay here as long as you can, is adapting to the league itself.

    Part of this is a matter of technology. High-speed cameras and radar today allow pitchers to get instant feedback on every pitch, even when they are at home throwing in the backyard during the offseason. The tech has evolved right alongside Hader, such that a process of developing a pitch by feel or feedback from hitters’ swings can now be done by viewing spin rate and spin access and velocity, right on the spot.

    “Even back then, the changeup was something that he was working on,” said Hook, referring to their first meeting in Biloxi. “But now with the Edgertronic, with the TrackMan, we can really see if it's good or not. And that's what really took him forward.

    The key, Hook said, is that Hader bought in. Hook thinks of Hader’s evolution like this: “It’s just being stubborn to be great.

    That stubbornness is the common thread between the Brewers’ quartet of All-Star pitchers, Hader and starters Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta. Hader and Woodruff found success early. Peralta and Burnes took more of a winding path to the Midsummer Classic, especially Burnes, who achieved as a reliever in 2018, struggled as a starter in 2019, then had to remake his arsenal and his mental approach to rediscover success in 2020 and 2021.

    But Hader’s desire to evolve came against the backdrop of the greatest immediate success
    . He didn’t debut in the Major Leagues until midway through the 2017 season, but already he’s tied with Dan Plesac for the most career All-Star appearances, three, for a Brewers reliever. The record for All-Star Game berths for a Brewers pitcher is four, by Ben Sheets.

    “It's really amazing to think that Josh Hader is getting better,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We see this improvement every season and I just think that's such a credit to him as a professional, that he achieved great things immediately when he walked into this league, and yet he still found ways to get better. I really admire that. It's a great trait that he has and that's why he's going to be in the league for a really, really long time.

    Said Hook: “It's just like, he never stops. Some people, when they have success here, they don't want to change anything. These guys don't think that way. It is always looking to get better.” (A McCalvy - MLB.com - July 12, 2021) 

    July 2021: Hader was chosen to be part of the pitching staff for the All-Star Game.

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2012: Hader was selected by the Orioles in 19th round, out of Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland. He signed for $40,000 via Orioles scout Dean Albany.

  • July 31, 2013: The Astros sent P Bud Norris to the Orioles; acquiring outfielder L.J. Hoes, Hader; and a Competitive Balance pick.

  • July 30, 2015: The Brewers sent Mike Fiers and Carlos Gomez to Houston in exchange for four prospects and international signing slot No. 76. The four prospects going to the Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser, OF Brett Phillips, RF Domingo Santana, and LHP Josh Hader.

  • Oct 10, 2019: Club officials confirmed that Hader will qualify for arbitration as a Super Two with two years and 115 days of Major League service time. This means he is in line for a significant raise from the $687,600 he earned in 2019. 

  • 2020: Josh signed for $4.1 million for one year.
  • Jan 15, 2021: Hader and the Brewers avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract for $6.7 million.
Pitching
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  • Hader's CLASS="highlight"> funky CLASS="highlight"> sidearm CLASS="highlight"> delivery CLASS="highlight"> indeed CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> devilish CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> lefty CLASS="highlight"> hitters. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> plus CLASS="highlight"> fastball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> improving CLASS="highlight"> slider, CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> makings CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> starter, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Brewers CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> reason CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> convert CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> relief CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> point. CLASS="highlight"> (June, CLASS="highlight"> 2016)

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    Rick CLASS="highlight"> Peterson, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Orioles' CLASS="highlight"> director CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> pitching CLASS="highlight"> development, CLASS="highlight"> worked CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> smooth CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mechanics CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> refine CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> delivery. CLASS="highlight"> Peterson CLASS="highlight"> introduced CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> long-toss CLASS="highlight"> program CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> advanced CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> participated CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> amateur.

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    "We CLASS="highlight"> eat CLASS="highlight"> together, CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> shopping CLASS="highlight"> together, CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> golfing CLASS="highlight"> together, CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> everything," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Minor. CLASS="highlight"> "I'm CLASS="highlight"> sure CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> roommates CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> together. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> find CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> [instance]."

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    "He's CLASS="highlight"> tall, CLASS="highlight"> long, CLASS="highlight"> turns CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hitters, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see," CLASS="highlight"> Hook CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "His CLASS="highlight"> arm CLASS="highlight"> angle CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> different. CLASS="highlight"> There CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> ordinary CLASS="highlight"> left-hander. CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> try CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> commanding CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baseball, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> brings CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> different. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> angle, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> delivery CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> add CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> stuff CLASS="highlight"> component CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> becomes CLASS="highlight"> spectacular. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> length, CLASS="highlight"> angle, CLASS="highlight"> funkiness, CLASS="highlight"> stuff CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> side.

    "If you're CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> reliever, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> pitches CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> throw CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> strikes," CLASS="highlight"> Hook CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "If CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> pitches, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> long-term CLASS="highlight"> starter. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> capability CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> that. CLASS="highlight"> Can CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lineup CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> times? CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> so. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> goal CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> falls CLASS="highlight"> short, CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> OK. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> competitiveness, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> athleticism, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> shot CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> it." CLASS="highlight"> (Sam CLASS="highlight"> Dykstra CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MiLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 5/06/2016)

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2016, CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Southern CLASS="highlight"> League-leading CLASS="highlight"> 32.7 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> hitters CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> faced.

  • April CLASS="highlight"> 30, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> extra CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> tank, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> history. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> hadn't CLASS="highlight"> pitched CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> five CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> career-high CLASS="highlight"> 8 CLASS="highlight"> batters CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2.2 CLASS="highlight"> innings CLASS="highlight"> (8 CLASS="highlight"> outs) CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> close CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 6-5 CLASS="highlight"> Brewers CLASS="highlight"> victory CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Reds CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Great CLASS="highlight"> American CLASS="highlight"> Ball CLASS="highlight"> Park. 

    "I've CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> seen CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> performance CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that," CLASS="highlight"> Brewers CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Craig CLASS="highlight"> Counsell CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "My CLASS="highlight"> mouth CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> wide CLASS="highlight"> open CLASS="highlight"> watching CLASS="highlight"> him. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> Josh. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> slider CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> changeup CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> becoming CLASS="highlight"> weapons." 

    No CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> eight CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> outing CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> less CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> innings. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> record CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> save CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> eight CLASS="highlight"> strikeouts CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> Randy CLASS="highlight"> Johnson CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Aug. CLASS="highlight"> 13, CLASS="highlight"> 1996. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> four-inning CLASS="highlight"> save.

    Only CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> faced CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> nine CLASS="highlight"> batters CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> fanned CLASS="highlight"> eight. CLASS="highlight"> On CLASS="highlight"> May CLASS="highlight"> 4, CLASS="highlight"> 1981, CLASS="highlight"> Ron CLASS="highlight"> Davis CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Yankees CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> three-inning CLASS="highlight"> save CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Angels CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> threw CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> perfect CLASS="highlight"> innings CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 8 CLASS="highlight"> Ks. CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> record CLASS="highlight"> eight CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> outs CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> via CLASS="highlight"> strikeout.

    "Fun," CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> describe CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> performance. CLASS="highlight"> "My CLASS="highlight"> body CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> feeling CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> rest. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> nice CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> let CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fastball CLASS="highlight"> eat CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> bit. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> zone, CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> swings CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> misses."  CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> needed CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> 37 CLASS="highlight"> pitches CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> plow CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Reds' CLASS="highlight"> lineup. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> faced CLASS="highlight"> nine CLASS="highlight"> batters, CLASS="highlight"> fanning CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> one. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> blemish CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> walk CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Tucker CLASS="highlight"> Barnhart CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> eighth.  CLASS="highlight"> (Wallner CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 4/30/2018) CLASS="highlight">  

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2018, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> Best CLASS="highlight"> Tools CLASS="highlight"> Survey CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> managers, CLASS="highlight"> scouts CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> executives CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Best CLASS="highlight"> Reliever CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL.

  • September CLASS="highlight"> 22, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: Hader CLASS="highlight"> recorded CLASS="highlight"> 16 CLASS="highlight"> consecutive CLASS="highlight"> outs CLASS="highlight"> via CLASS="highlight"> strikeout, CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> record CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> expansion CLASS="highlight"> era.

    Hader CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> 136 CLASS="highlight"> batters, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> record CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> left-handed CLASS="highlight"> reliever, CLASS="highlight"> surpassing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> mark CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> John CLASS="highlight"> Hiller, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> 134 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Tigers CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 1974. CLASS="highlight"> Not CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> pass CLASS="highlight"> Hiller's CLASS="highlight"> mark, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> 77 CLASS="highlight"> innings, CLASS="highlight"> compared CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Hiller's CLASS="highlight"> 150 CLASS="highlight"> innings. CLASS="highlight"> (Alan CLASS="highlight"> Saunders CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com)

  • 2018: CLASS="highlight"> Hader's CLASS="highlight"> fastball CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> nastiest CLASS="highlight"> pitches CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> players.

     Hader  CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> trouble CLASS="highlight"> honing CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> four-seam CLASS="highlight"> fastball CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2018. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> combining CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> wicked CLASS="highlight"> slider, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> 46.7 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> batters CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> faced—the CLASS="highlight"> fourth-highest CLASS="highlight"> percentage CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> Hitters CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> 27-for-208 CLASS="highlight"> (.130) CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fastball, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> velo CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 94.5 CLASS="highlight"> mph.

    "He CLASS="highlight"> throws CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> 80 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> strikes CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> world," CLASS="highlight"> White CLASS="highlight"> Sox CLASS="highlight"> lefty CLASS="highlight"> Jace CLASS="highlight"> Fry CLASS="highlight"> said.

    Fry's CLASS="highlight"> right. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> actual CLASS="highlight"> percentage CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 77.2, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> hitters CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> grew CLASS="highlight"> accustomed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> it.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> saw CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> couple CLASS="highlight"> replays CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> plate, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> completely CLASS="highlight"> turns CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> [while CLASS="highlight"> delivering CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pitch]," CLASS="highlight"> reliever CLASS="highlight"> Brian CLASS="highlight"> Duensing CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> shows CLASS="highlight"> almost CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> whole CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> name, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hair CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> flying CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> over. CLASS="highlight"> Any CLASS="highlight"> extra CLASS="highlight"> movement CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> cause CLASS="highlight"> distraction." CLASS="highlight"> (Anthony CLASS="highlight"> Castrovince CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Jan.7, CLASS="highlight"> 2019)

  • March CLASS="highlight"> 31, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> batters CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> faced CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> minimum CLASS="highlight"> nine CLASS="highlight"> pitches CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> save CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 4-2 CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cardinals. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> immaculate CLASS="highlight"> inning, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Baseball.

  • April CLASS="highlight"> 2, CLASS="highlight"> 2019:  CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> continued CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> thrive CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Brewers, CLASS="highlight"> taking CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ninth CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-run CLASS="highlight"> lead CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> promptly CLASS="highlight"> throwing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 47th CLASS="highlight"> consecutive CLASS="highlight"> fastball CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> start CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> finally CLASS="highlight"> throwing CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> off-speed CLASS="highlight"> pitch—a CLASS="highlight"> changeup—to CLASS="highlight"> Jose CLASS="highlight"> Iglesias. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> threw CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> slider CLASS="highlight"> later CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> at-bat CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Iglesias CLASS="highlight"> ultimately CLASS="highlight"> worked CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> walk, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> resumed CLASS="highlight"> firing CLASS="highlight"> fastballs CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> ended CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> retiring CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> straight CLASS="highlight"> hitters, CLASS="highlight"> including CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pair CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> strikeouts.  CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> earned CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> fourth CLASS="highlight"> save CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> open CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season.

    “He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> adamant, CLASS="highlight"> 'Hey, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> today,'" CLASS="highlight"> Counsell CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> closer. CLASS="highlight"> “So CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> there. CLASS="highlight"> We’ve CLASS="highlight"> used CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> differently CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> week CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season. CLASS="highlight"> Not CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> plan; CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> circumstance CLASS="highlight"> here. CLASS="highlight"> He’s CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> job.”  CLASS="highlight"> (McCalvy CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 4/2/2019)

  • 2019 CLASS="highlight"> Season: CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> strong CLASS="highlight"> case CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> Reliver CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year CLASS="highlight"> again CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2019. CLASS="highlight"> Serving CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> Milwaukee's CLASS="highlight"> closer, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> southpaw CLASS="highlight"> saved CLASS="highlight"> 37 CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 2.62 CLASS="highlight"> ERA CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 0.81 CLASS="highlight"> WHIP. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> often CLASS="highlight"> overpowering, CLASS="highlight"> registering CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fourth CLASS="highlight"> highest CLASS="highlight"> single-season CLASS="highlight"> strikeout CLASS="highlight"> rate CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> history CLASS="highlight"> (min. CLASS="highlight"> 50 CLASS="highlight"> innings) CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> 47.8 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> leading CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> relievers CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 138 CLASS="highlight"> K's CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 75.2 CLASS="highlight"> innings.

  • Oct CLASS="highlight"> 26, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> Brewers CLASS="highlight"> lefty CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> presented CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Trevor CLASS="highlight"> Hoffman CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Reliever CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year CLASS="highlight"> Award CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> Hoffman CLASS="highlight"> himself. 

  • March CLASS="highlight"> 29, CLASS="highlight"> 2020: CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> Hader's CLASS="highlight"> four-seamer CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> why CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> nasty. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 1.04 CLASS="highlight"> ERA CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 57% CLASS="highlight"> strikeout CLASS="highlight"> rate CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> fastball-only CLASS="highlight"> outings. CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> MLB’s CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> predictable CLASS="highlight"> pitchers. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> 2019, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> threw CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> four-seamer CLASS="highlight"> nearly CLASS="highlight"> 80 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> might CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> MLB’s CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> unhittable CLASS="highlight"> pitcher.

    Beating CLASS="highlight"> opponents CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> guess CLASS="highlight"> what’s CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> true CLASS="highlight"> dominance CLASS="highlight"> (think CLASS="highlight"> Mariano CLASS="highlight"> Rivera’s CLASS="highlight"> cutter). CLASS="highlight"> For CLASS="highlight"> Hader, CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> evident CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> seven CLASS="highlight"> appearances CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> threw CLASS="highlight"> heaters. CLASS="highlight"> Whether CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> slider CLASS="highlight"> wouldn’t CLASS="highlight"> cut CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> simply CLASS="highlight"> felt CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> hardball CLASS="highlight"> couldn’t CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> beat, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> hitters CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> couldn’t CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> Those CLASS="highlight"> opponents CLASS="highlight"> swung CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> 69 CLASS="highlight"> fastballs CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> seven CLASS="highlight"> games, CLASS="highlight"> missed CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> 43 CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> swings CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> 10 CLASS="highlight"> times. CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> two-run CLASS="highlight"> homer CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rockies’ CLASS="highlight"> Ian CLASS="highlight"> Desmond CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> April CLASS="highlight"> 30 CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> Hader’s CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> blemish, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> save.

    The CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> plagued CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> summer CLASS="highlight"> wore CLASS="highlight"> on, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> question CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> becoming CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> predictable. CLASS="highlight"> Put CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> camp CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> simply CLASS="highlight"> missed CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> spots. CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> heat CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> incredibly CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> hand, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> looks CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> climbing CLASS="highlight"> toward CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> batter’s CLASS="highlight"> eyeballs, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> exposure, CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> hitters CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> can’t CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> locates. CLASS="highlight"> No CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> asking CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> step CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> freight CLASS="highlight"> train. CLASS="highlight"> (M CLASS="highlight"> Kelly CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> March CLASS="highlight"> 29, CLASS="highlight"> 2020)

  • Sept CLASS="highlight"> 2, CLASS="highlight"> 2020: Hader CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> 12 CLASS="highlight"> straight CLASS="highlight"> hitless CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> spanning CLASS="highlight"> 11 CLASS="highlight"> 2/3 CLASS="highlight"> innings CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> begin CLASS="highlight"> 2020. CLASS="highlight"> According CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Elias CLASS="highlight"> Sports CLASS="highlight"> Bureau, CLASS="highlight"> that’s CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> longest CLASS="highlight"> season-opening CLASS="highlight"> streak CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> appearances CLASS="highlight"> without CLASS="highlight"> allowing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> history, CLASS="highlight"> snapping CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> tie CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> shared CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 2017 CLASS="highlight"> Tiger CLASS="highlight"> Justin CLASS="highlight"> Wilson, CLASS="highlight"> 1999 CLASS="highlight"> Phillie CLASS="highlight"> Scott CLASS="highlight"> Aldred CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 1987 CLASS="highlight"> Red CLASS="highlight"> John CLASS="highlight"> Franco.

  • 2020 CLASS="highlight"> Season: CLASS="highlight"> After CLASS="highlight"> putting CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 2.42 CLASS="highlight"> ERA CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 0.850 CLASS="highlight"> WHIP CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> combined CLASS="highlight"> 15.3 CLASS="highlight"> K/9 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> seasons CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Milwaukee, CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> slight CLASS="highlight"> step CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 3.79 CLASS="highlight"> ERA, CLASS="highlight"> 0.947 CLASS="highlight"> WHIP, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> 14.7 CLASS="highlight"> K/9. CLASS="highlight"> Still, CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> 13 CLASS="highlight"> saves CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2020, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> ended CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> leading CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League.  

  • April CLASS="highlight"> 1, CLASS="highlight"> 2021: CLASS="highlight"> 'Electric' CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> thrown CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> hardest CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> pitch!

    In CLASS="highlight"> Hader's CLASS="highlight"> 172 CLASS="highlight"> regular-season CLASS="highlight"> appearances CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> Opening CLASS="highlight"> Day CLASS="highlight"> 2021,  CLASS="highlight"> Statcast CLASS="highlight"> counted CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> threw CLASS="highlight"> 3,648 CLASS="highlight"> pitches. CLASS="highlight"> Of CLASS="highlight"> those, CLASS="highlight"> 2,832 CLASS="highlight"> (77.6 CLASS="highlight"> percent) CLASS="highlight"> registered CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> four-seam CLASS="highlight"> fastballs. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> gone CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> well. CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> Reliever CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2018 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 2019, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> 44.1 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> strikeout CLASS="highlight"> rate CLASS="highlight"> entering CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> history CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> logged CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> 35 CLASS="highlight"> innings. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> yet, CLASS="highlight"> none CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> fastballs CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> 2017-20 CLASS="highlight"> topped CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 99.2 CLASS="highlight"> mph CLASS="highlight"> four-seamer CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> threw CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cubs’ CLASS="highlight"> Willson CLASS="highlight"> Contreras CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Oct. CLASS="highlight"> 1, CLASS="highlight"> 2018, CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Wrigley CLASS="highlight"> Field. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> Central CLASS="highlight"> tiebreaker CLASS="highlight"> game, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> Hader CLASS="highlight"> closed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> door CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 3-1 CLASS="highlight"> Brewers CLASS="highlight"> victory CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> division CLASS="highlight"> crown CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> franchise CLASS="highlight"> history. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> threw CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> hardest CLASS="highlight"> pitches CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> at-bat CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> Contreras. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> 98.8 CLASS="highlight"> mph.

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Career Injury Report
  • Aug 2-12, 2021: Hader was on the IL with Covid-19.